Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

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KiwiNFLFan
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Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

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Hi, what does daily practice look like for lay Chinese Buddhist (householders)? What sort of chanting do you do in the morning and evening?

There is a Morning Service and an Evening Service in the chanting books, but I've assumed that it's for monks or nuns and not laypeople. While I've never attended a morning service at my local temple, the evening service goes for about 30-45 minutes, which isn't practical for a lot of laypeople.
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I recall running across either some YouTube videos or phone apps designed for people to use on a daily basis, that had someone leading a Buddhist chanting liturgy in Chinese. I can’t recall where they are. But if you look for them I think you will find them out on the internet somewhere.
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PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:42 pm I recall running across either some YouTube videos or phone apps designed for people to use on a daily basis, that had someone leading a Buddhist chanting liturgy in Chinese. I can’t recall where they are. But if you look for them I think you will find them out on the internet somewhere.
Do either the videos or apps have Hanyu Pinyin? While I do speak and read some Chinese, I need texts annotated with Pinyin to be able to chant. Not to mention that some characters are pronounced differently while chanting. Eg the characters in 般若 are normally pronounced 'ban' and 'ruo' , but when used in Buddhist texts they are pronounced 'bo-re' (transcription/transliteration of prajna into Old Chinese)
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As I suggested, you might need to do some searching to find exactly what you need.

Try doing a google search and add pdf to your search terms. I did that and found this:

http://www.buddhisttexts.org/uploads/6/ ... ndbook.pdf
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When I was staying at Dharma Drum, lay people would always attend morning and evening services. People would often come up to the mountain on the weekends in order to be a part of activities like this, as well as larger pujas such as shuilu fahui (water & earth puja - this was the big one each year), as well as buddha's birthday celebrations, various pujas for ghost month, etc...

People generally choose the practices that interest them. Once lay people learned a method, they would do it as daily homework and they adjust it to their needs. eg. 10 malas of a certain mantra, one mala (or 21x) of Great Compassion dharani, reciting a sutra each day (eg. medicine buddha, pure land, samantabhadra's deeds, lotus sutra (or just popular pumenpin, the 24th chapter), diamond sutra, platform sutra, heart sutra, etc...). Often the sutra in english is as effective as in chinese, all you need is faith. :smile: Lay people often use their earnings to make offerings to the three jewels at their temple or on their home altar. Morning and evening services are also something one can do at home, even if one is a lay person. (I did the morning service for half a year and found it very sustaining.) There's also sitting meditation.

These are what come to mind... though there are many more things one can do.
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