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
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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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