Chanting and zazen

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doublerepukken
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Chanting and zazen

Post by doublerepukken » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:14 pm

Hello all,

Just wondering if it's ok to do some chanting like the heart sutra mantra in addition to zazen. I used to chant specifically to calm myself down on breaks because my job is extremely stressful and prone to people screaming at me (customer service call center). Is this advisable/ok? I'm kinda going out of my way to make sure I'm practicing correctly. Also, is chanting in general ok, like the heart sutra etc? I rather enjoy it.

Thank you :buddha1:

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Re: Chanting and zazen

Post by Meido » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:27 pm

Excuse me for answering in the Soto forum, but I don't think anyone will disagree: in general it is very ok to chant any of the common texts.

If you specifically want to calm down, you might chant this (in the Sino-Japanese):

http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/lib ... nnon_sutra

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Re: Chanting and zazen

Post by amanitamusc » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:08 am

Meido wrote:Excuse me for answering in the Soto forum, but I don't think anyone will disagree: in general it is very ok to chant any of the common texts.

If you specifically want to calm down, you might chant this (in the Sino-Japanese):

http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/lib ... nnon_sutra

~ Meido
Very nice, :twothumbsup: Chenrezig rocks in all His,Her manifestations.
Thank you Meido.

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Re: Chanting and zazen

Post by amanitamusc » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:22 am

amanitamusc wrote:
Meido wrote:Excuse me for answering in the Soto forum, but I don't think anyone will disagree: in general it is very ok to chant any of the common texts.

If you specifically want to calm down, you might chant this (in the Sino-Japanese):

http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/lib ... nnon_sutra

~ Meido
Very nice, :twothumbsup: Chenrezig rocks in all His,Her manifestations.
Thank you Meido.
As a side note the translation has a eternalist slant to it in places .Is that an accurate translation ?

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Re: Chanting and zazen

Post by amanitamusc » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:18 pm

Here it is in group chant.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=+T ... ORM=VRDGAR

Here is more info and a alt. translations.
http://purelandnotes.com/lantern/enmei_1.htm

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