Proper recitation for nembutsu

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Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby gordtheseeker » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:31 pm

Hello

I have been doing some nembutsu and I do struggle with the 'Amitabha Buddha'. It's almost like a tongue twister for me. I see some use 'Amida Buddha' or 'Amida Butsu'. Just curious if there is any difference between them. I would like to use Amida as it's much easier to recite.

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby KrisW » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:57 pm

I prefer to use Namu Amida Butsu, because of the way it flows, ive been chanting sanskrit mantras for years and i just like the flow of the nembutsu. I use to experiment with Namo Amitabha Buddhaya, thats a pretty good flow if u like the sanskrit.

I like the japanese because of Bodhisattva Honen.

But this is my experience, try and see what u like best.

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby kirtu » Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:45 pm

Namu Amida Butsu (Japanese) = Namo Amitabha Buddha (Sanskrit)

In Sanskrit there is also Namo Amitabhaya. Some may be able to comment on the possible Sanskrit variations.

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby gordtheseeker » Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:52 pm

Thanks guys! Great info. Much appreciated. :)

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby Seishin » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:45 pm

I like the Japanese personally. "Namo Amida Butsu" should sound roughly "nah-moh Ah-mee-dah Boot-soo" :smile:

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby gordtheseeker » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:24 am

Thanks guys! Appreciate it greatly!

I have been liking Namu Amitābhāya. Although I am not quite sure on sure on pronuciation. Is it ah-meh-tah-bye-yah?

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby gordtheseeker » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:00 pm

Thank you Porkchop! :namaste:

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby cj39 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:09 pm

The Jodo Shu uses "Na Mu Ah Mi Da Bu" while Shin Buddhism tends to use the shortened version, "Na Man Da Bu". I tend to go with the former though in times of stress, the latter is also helpful.

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Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

Postby shaunc » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:42 pm

Yesterday on youtube I heard a girl with an amazingly beautiful voice. She was chanting the chinese version "namo amitoufo". Since I heard her I've been practising it that way. It's my understanding however that it doesn't really matter in what language or tone you chant, the important thing is to do it.


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