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Schools of Buddhism => Mahayana => Nichiren => Topic started by: ph0kin on May 21, 2014, 03:01:35 pm

Title: "Nam" or "Namu"
Post by: ph0kin on May 21, 2014, 03:01:35 pm
Hello,

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?
Title: Re: "Nam" or "Namu"
Post by: Dharmakara 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.

more here >>> http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=1491 (http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=1491)
Title: Re: "Nam" or "Namu"
Post by: dhruvthukral on June 23, 2014, 11:08:17 pm
Thanq for the information, was searchi (http://"http://lifeofnichiren.com")ng for the same  :gawrsh:
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