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 Monlam Tharchin » 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.
OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT (Lotus Pinnacle of Amoghapasha)
OM HANU PHASHA BHARA HE YE SVAHA ("Just by Seeing" Mantra)
AH AAH SHA SA MA HA (Six Syllables of Clairvoyance Mantra)

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions.
Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. -- Shantideva

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