chanting for the dead

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chanting for the dead

Postby john perry » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:43 am

What does chanting do when chanting for the dead?

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Re: chanting for the dead

Postby Minobu » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:46 pm

Well no one is actually dead ever. Just in a state of when you SEND ODaimoku to someone you are enhancing their energy , alive or dead to speak in the conventional sense.....
As he died to make men holy
Let us die to make things cheap
And say the Mea Culpa which you’ve probably forgot
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Re: chanting for the dead

Postby Fortyeightvows » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:29 pm

john perry wrote:What does chanting do when chanting for the dead?

What do you think it could do..?
Your probably close to correct.

Alot of people say that stone age burial rites are the origin of religion

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Re: chanting for the dead

Postby Sentient Light » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:34 pm

The Ksitigarbha Sutra infers that all meritorious practices for the dead transfer only a fraction (one-seventh) of the merit of the practice onto the dead; the remainder of the merit fruits within the practitioner's mind.

When chanting, we are most often practicing first and foremost to cultivate certain qualities of mind within ourselves. Reverence and charity toward the deceased can be a large part of that cultivation. When we are chanting specific texts to the deceased, we hope with compassionate hearts that they listen to the dharma-teaching we are presenting and that whatever meagre karmic merit can transfer over to them in this act of transmission is enough to propel them into a more fortunate birth -- a birth closer to the dharma -- than they would have taken otherwise.
:buddha1: Nam mô A di đà Phật :buddha1:
:bow: Nam mô Quan Thế Âm Bồ tát :bow:
:bow: Nam mô Đại Thế Chi Bồ Tát :bow:

:buddha1: Nam mô Bổn sư Thích ca mâu ni Phật :buddha1:
:bow: Nam mô Di lặc Bồ tát :bow:
:bow: Nam mô Địa tạng vương Bồ tát :bow:

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Re: chanting for the dead

Postby Queequeg » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:14 pm

The Venerable Maudgalyāyana put his faith in the Lotus Sutra, which is the greatest good there is, and thus not only did he himself attain Buddhahood, but his father and mother did so as well. And, amazing as it may seem, all the fathers and mothers of the preceding seven generations and the seven generations that followed, indeed, of countless lifetimes before and after, were able to become Buddhas. In addition, all their sons, their wives or husbands, their retainers, supporters, and countless other persons not only were enabled to escape from the three evil paths, but all attained the first stage of security and then Buddhahood, the stage of perfect enlightenment.

Therefore, it is said in the third volume of the Lotus Sutra, “We beg that the merit gained through these gifts may be spread far and wide to everyone, so that we and other living beings all together may attain the Buddha way.”

-On Offerings for Deceased Ancestors

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