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zen mindfulness mantras?
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:55:52 pm »
To maintain mindfulness during daily activities, that is, outside meditation, do Zen practitioners ever use mantras?  Is it repeated continuously or sometimes just said until the distractions are gone?

I have read about mindfulness of the breath but am curious how a mantra could be used if the distractions are intense.

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 06:16:42 pm »
Nembutsu can be a mantra...and being zen related
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 06:34:30 pm »
Thanks!  Is that generally repeated continuously or just as needed?

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014, 06:56:31 am »
Mantra is more than repeat.im sorry, but i cant not give you teaching about this .
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2014, 11:59:38 am »
Yes, I know they are not merely repeated, there is more to it.  However, I didn't know I was asking an inappropriate question.  I apologize.

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014, 12:02:27 pm »
naah!! no problem at all.
Im sorry to not be able to write fluent english to help you with your practice.i apologize too
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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 06:26:38 pm »
Here is a powerful Mantra in English


                             And you, Tathagata, and the Arahat, together with the Bhagavan, perfect and fully fully and completely.

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 04:10:49 am »
To maintain mindfulness during daily activities, that is, outside meditation, do Zen practitioners ever use mantras?

Is it repeated continuously or sometimes just said until the distractions are gone?
Both dependent on what you want to do.  In general, you want to recite it repeatedly until you develop some skill.

I have read about mindfulness of the breath but am curious how a mantra could be used if the distractions are intense.

Same principles apply.  Just recite the mantra continuously to approach a quietened state of the mind.  Here, you are focusing on 1 thing only - the mantra - and letting go of everything else (including your distractions).  If distractions are intense - get away from them.  Then focus back on your mantra.

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2014, 05:59:11 pm »
Not to worry about anything - There is lots of time and space between us.

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2014, 01:01:27 am »
Are the Mantras spoken, whispered or just said in ones head ?

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2014, 03:27:19 am »
Hi Davytee.

All of the above.... spoken, whispered, or inwardly contemplated. Besides mantras, sometimes mudras (symbolic gestures) are used in practice to evoke a particular state of mind:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/mudras.htm

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2014, 04:46:58 am »
GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA

Translates loosely as; GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, COMPLETELY GONE BEYOND,
ENLIGHTENMENT, HAIL

From the heart sutra "Therefore the mantra of transcendent knowledge, the mantra of deep insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the incomparable mantra, the mantra which calms all suffering should be known as truth, for there is no deception. In transcendent knowledge the mantra is proclaimed"

YouTube of very some great chanting of it (in multiply styles)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3NpB6ORqoZQ

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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2014, 05:04:10 am »
CHANG CHANG CHANGITTY CHANG SHOOBOP

Alternative to: DIP DA DIP DA DIP DOOWOP DA DOOBEE DOO



Sorry, couldn't resist  :D

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2014, 05:46:53 am »
hahaha... points for iconoclasm!  As zen master Seung Sahn teaches "OHM COCA COLA" is just as effective  :eek:

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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2014, 02:21:00 pm »
"Manjusri," said the god Brahma, "is what you have been telling me the Absolute Truth?" "All words are true," said Manjusri. "Are lies then also true?" asked Brahma. "They are," said Manjusri. "And why? Good sir, all words are empty, vain and belong to no point in space. To be empty and vain and to belong to no point in space is the characteristic of Absolute Truth. So in that sense all words are true. Between the words of Devadatta and the words of the Tathagata there is no difference or distinction at all. How is this? All possible words are words of the Tathagata; there is no getting outside him or outside what is So. Whatever can be said in words is able to say something only by dint of saying nothing at all."

Visesha-cinta Brahma-pariprccha (Takakusu XV, 50 and 82)

 


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