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Offline Omar067

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Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:20:16 pm »
Can you gain benefits from chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo even if you pronounce it wrong?

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Re: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 04:26:36 pm »
Omar,

Generally spoken, if the meaning of what is kept in mind is by heart rebeated, understood and "visualized", there is no problem if chanted wrongly.

Since it could meet the ear of other, possible wrong understood, then wrong taken to heart its good to pronounce right to cause others no troubles... and those later listen to them.

If alone, never up in the future to teach or transfer, if meaning is understood, no problem at all.

One does thing for one self, one does not call for others when chanting text mostly not a language nobody understands.

Beyound generall: more importand is the meaning of the thought/chant one develops and keeps in mind.

Not touching this matter, here for now, is why it was said "generally spoken".
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Re: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 08:11:50 pm »
I have to respectfully disagree a little bit with Samana Johann, in that the intention of our practice of chanting Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is not only for our own benefit, but is inclusive - that we are chanting also for the benefit of all Beings. 

In fact, there is a certain prayer - said during Gongyo (our twice daily recitation of portions of the Lotus Sutra) in which we offer the merits we may have accumulated for the enlightenment and relief from suffering of every living thing.

Interestingly, some Nichiren practitioners have recently started to chant a specific rhythmic style of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo (especially during Gongyo) called "Honmon Daimoku" - in which it is repeated four times: the first recitation is said to give a Life-Balancing Wave-Motion to the practitioner - with the subsequent three Odaimokus purportedly giving those Life-Balancing Wave Motions for the well-being of others.

Lastly, many Nichiren practitioners recite the "Bodhisattva Vows" - the first one of which declares "Sentient Beings are innumerable: I vow to save them all.   Essentially, that means "When we go, we all go together."

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