Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

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Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

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When I set up my shrine, what would be a good chant to say when bowing down before the Buddha?

One idea is the Amitabha chant; Would the Amitabha chant be a good chant to say?
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It really depends on which tradition you would like to follow. However, praying to Amitabha and wishing for yourself (and all beings) to be reborn in his pure land is always a good idea. Also if you want a little movement making prostrations infront of an image (or statue) of a buddha and taking refuge for the benefit of you and other beings is always a good idea. It can be very easily done in english, tibetan, japanese, korean, chinese, whatever language really (your native one or language of your tradition, if you know the meaning). That also counts as taking rafuge btw (in some tradition, plus if a living sangha is not near). Also just bowing is good.
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Miroku wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:28 pm It really depends on which tradition you would like to follow. However, praying to Amitabha and wishing for yourself (and all beings) to be reborn in his pure land is always a good idea. Also if you want a little movement making prostrations infront of an image (or statue) of a buddha and taking refuge for the benefit of you and other beings is always a good idea. It can be very easily done in english, tibetan, japanese, korean, chinese, whatever language really (your native one or language of your tradition, if you know the meaning). That also counts as taking rafuge btw (in some tradition, plus if a living sangha is not near). Also just bowing is good.
So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?
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Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:55 pm So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?
Yes, definetly. If you feel affinity to pure land buddhism at the moment definetly go for it.
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Miroku wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:06 pm
Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:55 pm So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?
Yes, definetly. If you feel affinity to pure land buddhism at the moment definetly go for it.
Thanks! I'll do that then.
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~ Namo Amitahbha Buddha ~
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Namo Shakyamunaye
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Om mani padme hum is what I typically use.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:13 pm When I set up my shrine, what would be a good chant to say when bowing down before the Buddha?

One idea is the Amitabha chant; Would the Amitabha chant be a good chant to say?
I find the quote I am using for my own signature particularly moving (I guess thats why I decided to use it), but I don't personally use it because I'm not a Tendai priest. I'm not sure if they even use it, its just something I found in a text associated with that school.

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.
(T2397.1.470c5-8)
savi saghara aṇica di, savi saghara dukha di, savi dhama aṇatva di:
yada paśadi cakhkṣuma tada nivinadi dukha eṣo mago viśodhia.

"All formations are inconstant," he said.
"All formations are stressful," he said.
"All phenomena are selfless," he said.
When one sees this, one becomes adverse to stress, and this is the path of purity.

(Gāndhārī Dharmapada fragments)
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Namo Amida Butsu. :meditate:
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