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Basic elements of Buddhist practice


When we first hear that it's possible to attain enlightmenment simply by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon, it can seem to simple to be true. You may find yourself wondering like I did all those years ago, 'Why am I doing this?, how can it possibly work?'

The great thing is that you don't have to understand how it works in order for it to work. It's a bit like switching on the radio and tuning into a station that you like. You don't have to know the Frequency Modulated or how many MegaHertz you're on in order to hear it.

So how do you get started? you may be asking yourself. It's a good idea to set aside a particular space to chant in, preferably facing a blank wall, so that you can focus on the sound of your chanting without any distractions. It can be helpful to setup a small alter, with candles, incense and greenery. This will provide a good focal point when you are chanting. Sit upright or kneel, use a small cushion if you are kneeling for comfort. With your hands together and eyes open.

Repeat the phrase Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as clearly and rhythmically as you can, trying to give each syllable equal emphisis (the syllables 'myo' and 'kyo' are pronounced as in 'Tokyo') How long you chant for is of course up to you, but it is often recommended to start with about 10mins.

In order to practice a consistent practice, we are encouraged to get into the habit of chanting twice a day, morning and evening. The idea is that just as we eat regulary in order to keep our bodies healthy, we need to nourish our inner, spiritual life regulary in order to keep best possible shape. I chant now for 30mins, sometimes more if people have asked or requested me to add them or a friend, loved one or someone they know into my silent prayers.

It is a good idea to focus your chanting on a specific goal or desire. Is there something in your life that you want to change, something that is causing you, or maybe others, to be unhappy? Concentrate on this one thing, and chant with determination that you WILL see a change for the better.

The problem will not be solved in a magical way, but you will begin to see it more clearly as the wisdom, compassion and courage of your Buddha nature are brought to bear on it. At this point, you may want to chant with another Buddhist or with a group of people. The first time you chant with a roomful of others can be a very powerful (and wonderful) experience!

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Thank you Wizard. That does explain it well. and I was mispronouncing it.

Emm


If you do take requests- I am having some pretty serious surgery on my spinal column on the 20th, if you wouldn't mind including me in part of your meditation/chant time I would appreciate it. I am pretty scared.
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No problem Emm, I'll add you to my prayers on that day too (noted in diary) That's a pretty big operation too, I chant to give you strength and a very speedy recovery.

Saying the the words Nam-myoho-renge-kyo yourself will give you a lift and help you overcome your fears emoticon
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I actually have been saying them and am considering writing them out and taping them over my computer to remind myself to say them during the day.

I know that is not in quiet contemplation, but I will at least learn and memorize them and I believe they will help both before during and during the healing.

I will also place them on the altar I have here. emoticon
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Just been looking on the net and found a good site where you can actually hear Nam-myoho-renge-kyo being said.

Also the site breaks down the words for you to get the correct pronounciation for each word then at the end it give you the whole sentence

Link: How to say nam-myoho-renge-kyo
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That was helpful to be able to hear it~ I was pronouncing it wrong as well...

Make sure you have Emm penciled in ~ I am very sure everything is going to be fine ~ but everything good for her that day helps, she is one of the people in my life I know I was meant to cross paths with and we haven't walked together near long enough yet...

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Hello Wiz, thanks for your helping hand.

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