The DOANryo

What is the doanryo?

Strictly speaking the doanryo strikes the wooden han and rings the bells that create the environment for zazen, ceremonies, and services.  In a wider sense it takes a team of greeters, zazen instructors, and a tenzo (cook) to make events happen at Jikoji.  If you are interested in deepening your practice, the path of a bodhisattva often begins with supporting the practice of others by joining the doanryo.

Can anyone join the doanryo?

Yes.  Just send us an email and we’ll sign you up for the team and set up a training session.  Once you have completed training for a particular role, you are invited to sign up for Sunday Program Roles.

WHAT are the Sunday program roles?

Doan Strikes the han and rings the bells
Greeter Welcomes the people at the Temple Entrance and guide them to zazen, zazen instruction, or whatever it is they came to find
Zazen Instructor Teaches those who came to learn the art of zazen
The Tenzo Cooks the meal around which we gather as a community

I have completed training.  How do I sign up for particular dates?

Easy.  Just click this button. 

But what if I forgot what I am supposed to do?

No problem.  Just keep reading, download the instructions, or send and email to the Tanto or the Sunday Program Ino

Sunday program instructions



Please be in the zendo by the time the first densho is hit, in the morning and after each break, per the schedule.  Light the altar candle and check and adjust the overhead lighting if needed.


After the first period of Zazen in the morning, the robe chant begins:

Dai sai ge da pu ku
muso fuku den e
hi bu nyorai kyo
ko do shoshu jo.

Great robe of liberation
field far beyond form and emptiness
wearing the Tathagata’s teaching
freeing all beings.

Dai sai ge da pu ku
muso fuku den e
hi bu nyorai kyo
ko do shoshu jo.


To begin a period of zazen there are three small bells.    


To end a period of zazen followed by kinhin, two small bells are rung, all other zazen periods end with one bell

    End Zazen 

⬤    ⬤   Kinhin - (one inkin bell to end kinhin) 

Doan Bells for Service

Please note the following symbols:

= big bell in fixed place

◯  = big bell dependent on doshi – watch for doshi bow

  = small bell in fixed place

= stop


Note that the fixed-place bells should be hit on the syllable that follows them; stops are the beat after the last syllable.


Doshi offers incense at altar, steps back, bows ï

           passes bowing mat

     at back of bowing mat, bows

     unfolds zagu           ⬤ ⬤ ⬤⬤⬤

First prostration   ◯    hands are lowered back to the mat

(repeat two times)

Third prostration ◯   head touches mat ◯


Doshi goes to altar again, offers incense, steps back, bows 

     returns to back of bowing mat, first prostration

     second prostration◯

     third prostration           

Chant is introduced       (follow daily instructions)


All Bhuddas in ten directions past present and future   (doshi steps back from mat and bows)

All beings bodhisattvasas, mahasatvas, world honored ones (doshi offers incense, steps back, bows)

               ⬤ ⬤ ⬤⬤⬤     (doshi returns to back of bowing mat) 

The mahaprajna paramita        


First prostration 

Second prostration

Third prostration  head touches mat


Doshi folds zagu, steps back, bows  

      steps back, shashu bow

Doshi bows to seat  

Doshi bows to room