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"Nam" or "Namu"
« on: May 21, 2014, 03:01:35 pm »

I'm curious about how people chant the name of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese (odaimoku?).  Sometimes I hear nam myoho renge kyo and othertimes I hear namu myoho renge kyo.  The Japanese itself 南無妙法蓮華経 seems to lend itself to "namu", but I can easily see "nam" being short-hand, similar to the way Jodo Shinshu Buddhists say na man da bu instead of namu amida butsu.

However, I've also heard there's a sectarian element between Nichiren sects.  Does anyone know if that's true?

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Re: "Nam" or "Namu"
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 05:33:13 pm »
Myoho-renge-kyo is the Japanese title of the Lotus Sutra, which Nichiren regards as the sutra's essence, and appending nam (a phonetic change of namu ) to that phrase indicates devotion to the title and essence of the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren identifies it with the universal Law or principle implicit in the meaning of the sutra's text.

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Re: "Nam" or "Namu"
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 11:08:17 pm »
Thanq for the information, was searching for the same  :gawrsh:

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Re: "Nam" or "Namu"
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 07:46:54 pm »
Ryuei Michael McCormick, a Nichiren-shu priest in the Bay Area of California, takes a really in-depth look at this question HERE
« Last Edit: June 29, 2019, 04:23:50 am by Seth Roberts, Reason: Slow Brain Day »
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