Doan and Kokyo

Doan – Times the zazen period, and rings the bells at the beginning of zazen, at the end of zazen, and during the service.

Kokyo – Leads the chanting during the service.

We find that participating in our zendo services in these roles enriches and deepens our practice. Moreover, taking responsibility for our practice together strengthens our community. And if one feels nervous or self-conscious, working with these feelings in a supportive environment can be quite helpful.

Doan and Kokyo scripts

You may download the color coded scripts which assist the doan and kokyo in striking bells and leading the chants here. Use these for home practice or services. The doan and kokyo books in the Compassion Ocean zendo have many of these.