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Practice of saying Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Mahasi Sayadaw gives some insight, if not an actual answer in his discourse on the Hemavata Sutta: The Buddha was constantly into the jhāna, and for that He is adorable. While, after the end of a ...
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Buddhist chant from video game

I puzzled out a similar problem on the Thai Angulimali soundtrack which did turn out to be Pali. As you say, there seems to be two chants; one at the beginning, and another at 1:44. The on at the ...
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Is chanting mantras a common practice in Theravada Buddhism?

There is chanting of Pirith. This is not done as a meditation but sometimes advocated to be done when sloth and torpor is preventing you from meditating to raise energy levels. So in a way it can be ...
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Playing repetitve music as meditation practice

The biggest issue with music is: you can get attached to it can created mental recitation of the lyrics which in turn creates verbal fabrications Hence best is to resort to more conservative ...
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What difference is there in reciting and listening to mantras?

The esoteric vibrations are what its all about. This is why the best mantras are in their original language (usually Sanskirt) not the transliterated and especially not the translated versions. To ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

When reciting a mantra you have vitakka and vicāra which helps you get close to the 1st Jhana. But this is also accumulation of Fabrications (more particularly Verbal Fabrications) which should be ...
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What exactly is 'empowerment' and 'lung'?

Empowerment and lung are two particular forms of samaya (damtsik) that, within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions at least, are seen as aiding personal Buddhist practice. Both traditions are seen as (i) ...
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How to make sense of the Heart Sutra

The topic of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in 100'000 verses is (1) emptiness and (2) the mind that realizes emptiness. The Heart Sutra is its condensed version. All the Perfection of Wisdom sutras ...
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How to make sense of the Heart Sutra

I've been practicing in a zen dôjô for the last year, and have been singing the haramita shingyo a lot of times without really understanding it. Your question made me look for a translation online, ...
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What is the proper Vajra Guru mantra?

First, the spelling of the mantra in Devanagari ("Sanskrit") and Tibetan scripts: Transliteration: oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajra-guru padma-siddhi hūṃ Transliteration: oṃ āḥ hūṃ badzra-guru padma-siddhi hūṃ The ...
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discursive meditation

My question: When sitting shall we use a short sentence? Like: Death is inevitable. I am a mortal being. Like me all beings in samsara will face death when the time comes. Hence, we must transform our ...
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What does this mantra Om Ah Hum Sarba Amrita Siddhi Hum Dze mean?

Mantras aren't complete sentences, so you can't really translate them, but the individual syllables usually have standard symbolic meanings, but there are always multiple layers of meanings in any ...
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Is chanting mantras a common practice in Theravada Buddhism?

In Burmese flavour of Theravada Buddhism, mantras as Sacred utterance with Magical Powers, although believed and practised by many, are not the core part of the teachings. But if you mean mantras as ...
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Practice of saying Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Sadhu in this context is used for approval and agreement as well as saying "well said". Some other contexts it can be used for a holy or venerated person entity. Generally it is generally used for ...
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How much merit is lost if we miss chanting for a few days?

Isn't this like any other meditation object, with vitaka and vicara the strength and sincerity of effort increases. To gauge sincerity, I rely on the generation of piti during recitation. No piti, no ...
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Should mantras always be sung in Tibetan/Pali/... or may I sing them in my native language?

Since it seems that Mr Marcos Valle wishes and beg form somebody, its good that he/she/they understand you wishes, speak this languages. As for Mr. Marcos Valle it would be good to know what he wishes ...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

Prior to Nichiren's time, reading the Lotus Sutra in its entirety was said to result in benefit, or good effects, in this life and the next. As part of Nichiren's efforts toward his goal of "saving ...
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Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone

There are many misconceptions regarding mantrayana. In essence, the ultimate nature of the deity is bliss and emptiness, just like the ultimate nature of our own minds. When we invoke the deity via ...
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What difference is there in reciting and listening to mantras?

Reciting increases the concentration of just listening. Other benefits of reciting are listed in these Buddhist Mantra FAQS: What are some of the benefits? Development of intent, focus and ...
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Do you need to be taught the nembutsu? Are some personalities better suited to it?

Nembutsu - repeating a name of a Buddha - is a practice which might help us to let go of worries, abandon self-centeredness, develop exalted qualities, and develop concentration. If you understand ...
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Om - meaning and "significance" of it in Buddhism - esp. in theravada?

There is no OM or AUM in Theravada to my knowledge. It's found only in Mahayana and Vajrayana. The 14th Dalai Lama explained here the meaning of OM in "OM MANI PADME HUM" as: The first, OM, is ...
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Eating meat mantra

There is no "mantra" in the Theravada tradition for this as far as I am aware. But the practitioner can mindfully reflect on what was taught in the suttas about food, before eating. "'...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

I do not recommend to do mantra like what you are saying "Aun". I prefer meditation to mantra since mantra was not recorded in Pali Canon or Tripitaka. In Buddha discourses mantra is not found as far ...
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Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone

Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone My friend always ask me Praying for him but I simply tell him I do not pray or will do ever. In the book Buddha and His Dhamma of Dr. B. R. ...
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What is the proper Vajra Guru mantra?

The pure Sanskrit is the best from my subjective experience. Remember Padmasambhava was Indian and although he was an Indian Buddhist, he came from the Brahmin caste, was a sadhu , and he carries ...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

It says that starting and ending your day with a dedication to the lotus suttra is the equivalent of reading it, it still takes a whole day...
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Different transmissions for reciting various versions of a same mantra acc. to any of Vajrayana branches

This is a very partial answer because I can provide no textual reference. Differences between mantras of the same deity are of two types: In terms of length (short version / long version) In terms ...
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Should mantras always be sung in Tibetan/Pali/... or may I sing them in my native language?

The origin of mantras starts with an old Indic idea that Sanskrit was the original language and had the power to directly create reality. The closest thing we have to this in modern linguistics are ...
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Playing repetitve music as meditation practice

Meditate on your desire to meditate using music as a meditation device. Or on your love for minimalist repition. That's how I would approach it at least. Becoming aware of wanting, desire, boredom. ...
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