Misconceptions about Honen

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Re: Misconceptions about Honen

Post by Dharma Flower » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:14 am

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:55 am
10,000 per day is roughly how many recitations an average person will complete if they recite at a relaxed pace all day long. If you are awake for 16 hours, this is a mere 625 recitations per hour, about one every six seconds.
Throughout the day, I recite the Nembutsu either out loud or silently. It might give me anxiety, though, if I had a goal for a specific amount of recitations per day. That's just my personal feeling toward the matter.

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Re: Misconceptions about Honen

Post by 明安 Myoan » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:27 pm

The purpose of setting a recitation goal is to encourage more nembutsu, which is simply another way of saying we want to think of Amida more often. There's no need to feel anxious about failure or success.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

The Fundamental Vow [of Amitabha Buddha] is just for such people as woodcutters and grassgatherers, vegetable pickers, drawers of water and the like, illiterate folk who merely recite the Buddha's name wholeheartedly, confident that as a result of saying "Namu Amida Butsu" they will be born into the western land. -- Master Hōnen

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