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What is the chant?
« on: July 25, 2010, 12:31:35 pm »
What is the chant that purelanders use, and how can I hear it?

Do Purelanders ever meditate in silence? I have a feeling they don't, and if not, could I have a reason?

Thanks, Jessaka

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 12:38:03 pm »
What is the chant that purelanders use, and how can I hear it?

Do Purelanders ever meditate in silence? I have a feeling they don't, and if not, could I have a reason?

Thanks, Jessaka


Yes, they meditate in silence, at least the ones I know, though some Buddhist sects spend more time at it than others. And as for chanting, you can find a collection of Pureland chants here:

www.amitabha-gallery.org/chants.htm

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010, 01:24:22 pm »
Thank you so much. This is what I have been looking for. I am listening to one now.

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 05:07:32 am »
I wrote up some instructions on how to practice nembutsu with some explanation of how the practice works.  It's a bit too long to copy and paste; here's the link for those interested.

http://dctendai.blogspot.com/2010/08/nembutsu-beneficial-practice-anyone-can.html
Tendai Buddhism in Washington, DC and northern Virginia\

dctendai.blogspot.com

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 06:31:57 am »
By chant do you mean mantra or dharani? The mantra described in the sutras is "Namo Amitabhaya Buddhaya" which in Chinese is "Namo Amito Fo". You can recite this mantra in many ways both aloud and silently.

The rebirth dharani is longer and starts as "Namo Amitabhaya Tathagataya Tadhyata..." which is typically used in ritual after the chanting of the smaller sukhavati sutra.

I use both. Although the dharani is usually not receited silently.

Namo Amito Fo  :namaste:

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2011, 04:09:33 pm »
Amituofo,

Dear Thao

Regarding the meditaiton in Pure Land practice, there is significant meditation practice. However, it varies according to temple and home practice.  Meditation is the same as all the traditions, sitting style and then walking and then sitting again.  During the services there is a morning kneeling meditation before service begins in some temples like my tonsure temple. And then during the services there are meditations in parts of the service.  Pure land meditaiton is reciting the Buddha Amitabha's name or Sakyamuni Buddha's name; bowing meditation, recitation with bowning meditation; caligraphy or other arts meditation to name a few.
Chinese Buddhism is the oldest form of Buddhism in the USA, in 2013 it is 161 years old.  The first Buddhist temples were built in California in 1952 & 1854. Second oldest is Korean in 1900 and Japanese in 1902 both in Hawaii.

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 01:36:07 pm »
Ohm Ah hum Ohm Ah Ah Ohm hum

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 12:06:29 am »
Depends upon which Buddha's Pure Land you are wanting to go to.
Is wanting to go, "desire", a component of suffering???
Perhaps I am digging too much into it.

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Re: What is the chant?
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2015, 10:37:35 pm »
In Chinese Buddhism, other than Amitabha Buddha's name and his mantra/dharani, the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Guan Yin) and his Great Compassion Dharani are also widely chanted as Pure Land practices.

Although not as popular, chanting the names or mantras of many other buddhas or bodhisattvas would also work. For example, Mahāsthāmaprāpta Bodhisattva and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva.

I have learned from a monk that you can seek rebirth to Amitabha's Pure Land even by chanting the names of buddhas/bodhisattvas with their own pure lands! The example he gave was that if you chant Medicine Buddha's name but seeking rebirth in Amitabha's West PL, instead of his own East PL, it's not like Medicine Buddha would deny you of it if you've done everything right. He's a buddha; he doesn't have sectarian or territorial views! Similarly one could also chant Maitreya's name and ask to be reborn in the West Pure Land instead of his one in Tushita.

 


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