Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

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Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by bcol01 » Fri May 18, 2018 7:07 pm

Just would like some thoughts on this. :namaste:

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by Queequeg » Fri May 18, 2018 7:24 pm

Yes. And Yes.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by Minobu » Fri May 18, 2018 8:09 pm

i don;t think we could do this practice if our lives were well dry from blessings...

i mean like we are common mortals right now in a degenerative negative age.

i still look back to that moment when i first chanted and my father rose from a death bed.

if that did not happen....between my karma and the world i live in....it would be unbearable to bear some of the chit i stir up in my karmic arcana

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by Minobu » Fri May 18, 2018 8:14 pm

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by dude » Fri May 18, 2018 9:30 pm

Yes. Chanting is the way in this muddied age to gain good fortune and reduce bad karma.
It's a good idea to do it every day, but you don't suddenly lose all you have gained if you miss gongyo ( practice) once.
Observing the practice is a right, not an obligation. On the other hand, it's very much to your advantage to do it consistently, because over time, even a few minutes practice every day adds up to a lot of good fortune.

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by markatex » Fri May 18, 2018 10:22 pm

Even chanting the daimoku just once in your entire life brings innumerable merits. Whether that merit manifests immediately, later in life, or in a future life, is dependent on many things, but it ultimately doesn't matter. Chapters 17 and 18 of the Lotus Sutra discuss this in some detail.

That being said, maintaining a consistent practice is best.

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Post by markatex » Fri May 18, 2018 10:31 pm

Also, just because something in your life doesn't go the way you hoped it would, doesn't indicate that your practice isn't generating merit. Nor does it mean that bad things won't happen to you. Often, what we are given are opportunities to practice perseverance, forbearance, and other qualities of the bodhisattva.

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by bcol01 » Sat May 19, 2018 10:20 pm

Thank you for your insight. :namaste:
markatex wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Also, just because something in your life doesn't go the way you hoped it would, doesn't indicate that your practice isn't generating merit. Nor does it mean that bad things won't happen to you. Often, what we are given are opportunities to practice perseverance, forbearance, and other qualities of the bodhisattva.

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Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Post by Renegade » Mon May 21, 2018 7:00 am

Yes definately! Its similar to if you want to grow flowers or something. They need regular watering to grow (excluding cacti, they can survive ages without water). Any practice is great, but consistent and daily practice will bring the most benefits!
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