Chanting Experiences

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Chanting Experiences

Postby ananda » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:35 pm

How has chanting helped you in your life ?
According to the Dharani chapter of the Lotus Sutra those who practice the sutra are protected by various deities. Do you feel that you've received protection from disaster or danger ? Tell me your stories.
"Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever." - Nichiren Daishonin

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Re: Chanting Experiences

Postby OregonBuddhist » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:40 am

I feel it's turned my life around. As I've mentioned on previous threads, I was raised Catholic. There was a point in my Catholic upbringing where I really felt a faith, a sense of there being larger forces at work. Something happened to ruin that for me, and I lost faith in Catholicism. It's kind of surprising for me, but as a result of chanting I have started to experience what I felt when I believed in Catholicism. Don't know if any of this makes sense.

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Re: Chanting Experiences

Postby Hickersonia » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:17 pm

Daily chanting (or prayers, as I try to elaborate it in a way to makes sense to those who don't "get it" if I call it chanting) seems to offer some focus in the mornings for me. I try to treat it is a meditation of sorts and maintain my mindfulness on the breath as I speak and inhale afterward, and I pause in between different chants to reflect on the teachings invoked by the chants.

When combined with sila and meditation, the peace of mind has been a nice change and has provided the basis for a number of other behavioral improvements.

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throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."

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Re: Chanting Experiences

Postby lobster » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:02 am

OregonBuddhist wrote:I feel it's turned my life around. . . . Don't know if any of this makes sense.

Makes perfect sense. The effects are dramatic for me too. Chanting, like prostration is a way of unloading the business of busyness. For me it usually precedes sitting meditation. I was asked by an atheist friend if it is just a placebo effect . . . does not seem to be.

Eat popcorn, be kind to fish and chant :popcorn: It's a plan . . . :smile:

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