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Offline ZenFred

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2014, 03:22:11 pm »
Reminds me also of this story which I love..
A monk visited a hermit, who lived alone on an island doing retreat. The hermit had given himself three years to complete chanting ten million of the powerful six-syllable mantra of the Compassionate Buddha. The hermit had been told that attaining this level of practice would awaken his yogic powers. The mantra was “OM MANI PADME HUM”.

The monk listened as the hermit did his mantra and, with the best intention in the world, leaned over to him and whispered:

“I think you have got the pronunciation wrong. This mantra should be chanted this way…” and he proceeded to demonstrate. The hermit listened attentively and then watched as the monk walked back to his boat to leave the island.

Ten minutes later when the boat was halfway across the river the monk heard his name being called, and looking around, he spied the hermit and heard him call:

“Listen to this, have I got it right now?” and the hermit proceeded to chant the same mantra but with the monk’s intonation. Astounded, the monk turned around and saw the hermit walking on the water next to his boat. In that instant he realized that the hermit’s faith and sincerity had given his mantra recitation far more power than he had realized."

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Offline healthandpeace

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Re: zen mindfulness mantras?
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2015, 10:54:03 am »
There are two gatas that Thay shares, that are very useful and beautiful,

"I have arrived,
I am home,
In the here and in the now"


"The mind can go in a thousand directions,
But on this lovely day I walk in peace,
With each step a gentle wind blows,
With each step a flower blooms."

Singing these softly to oneself while walking through the woods is a beautiful practice.  On the subject of calming the mind, or learning to unify oneself, these gatas (or others you may invent) can be very big helps along the way.


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