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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 part of a sermon the audience exclaimed in one voice, "Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu! (Well done!) the Buddha went into jhāna even during that brief interval. And then ...


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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 beginning sounds familiar; I bet it's Tibetan, maybe even Om Mani Padme Hum. I'm pretty sure you'd hear it on one of the movies about Tibetan Buddhism like ...


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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 used as part of your meditation sitting through not exclusively doing this but use it when needed to progress your meditation siting.


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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 meditation pratice. Having said this Richard Shankman of Metta Dharma Foundation teachers mindfulness of sound as an alternative meditation technique. Excerpted from “...


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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 answer your question: How much stronger would the vibrations be if you say it with your voice than your mind? Much much stronger. You are basically doing a magic ...


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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 avoided. Vitakka and vicāra without the constant awareness of arising and passing inhibits the ability to see impermanence. That is why when you are doing ...


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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 are called “mother sutras” because one achieves any of the three types of enlightenment (that of a sravaka, a pratyekabuddha or a bodhisattva) is obtained in ...


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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, and I found this (for french readers only) whose introduction says,: Ce texte, très court, qui se présente comme le "cœur" des sûtra bouddhistes indiens de la ...


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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 following two characters differ (Tibetan script followed by IPA): བ = /ba/, ཛ = /dza/. Why is that? There's no व "va" in the native Tibetan alphabet, so the ...


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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 minds in accordance with the Dhamma. Yes.Short sentences like this helps the mind to focus on a theme/truth.It helps the mind penetrate its meaning. Is there ...


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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 given mantra, but here goes: The first part, Om Ah Hum, is a very important set of syllables. Om represents the enlightened body of a Buddha, Ah represents the ...


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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 mental notes or chants - they are commonly used to build concentration and the same goes for the prayer beads. There are no secret teachings in Theravada ...


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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 Hindu priests. See: http://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/sadhu/index.html for details.


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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 cookie. I'd assume a single sincerely uttered mantra is worth more than a thousand mantras uttered as habit. I'd also expect to become the feeling or the ...


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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 for, given that they will fulfill simply what he requests. :-) not easy, especially the fist one. As for chants (repeating what other said, or what one likes ...


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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 all people" as he put it, he said that reciting the title (prefaced by the Sanskrit word Nam) was enough to gain the same benefit. It is in this context that ...


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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 visualization and/or recitation or chanting of the mantra, we are invoking that aspect of our own consciousness, our Tara-ness or our Medicine-Buddha-ness. The ...


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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 concentration Improved breathing patterns and improved health Sonic healing, similar to the way cats and dolphins use sound for healing and keeping healthy ...


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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 and do this practice sincerely, it might bring you benefits even if nobody particularly taught you. The first effect, helping to drop worries, comes from the ...


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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 composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, ...


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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 as I read. Less effort, more natural Anapana (watching breathing in and out) is more natural to man. You do not need to put any extra unnecessary effort to ...


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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. Ambedkar. He describe what is praying. Praying is a bribe to god that expecting from devotee and want praise through chants. And there is a quote about praying Doing ...


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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 Rudra / Shiva's Trishula ( Trident ) and an Aghori skull cap. Both very powerful symbols of Himalayan Shaivism. There is something very unique about ...


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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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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 of category For instance: Vajrasattva has (1) a short mantra, (2) a long mantra, and (3) a mantra associated with its wratful aspect, that is another category, ...


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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 performatives, e.g. "I now pronounce you man and wife" in a sense, makes it so. If you accept this reasoning, you should say mantras in Sanskrit. As far as I can ...


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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. And how your mind relates to them.


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Sadhu (pronounced saadhu) is a word that occurs in the Tipitaka. It relates to an action. An action involves a subject and an object. If the action is beneficial to both the subject and the object, then it is Sadhu. If somebody utters this word he is stating the above fact. In Sri Lankan practice you can hear this word, usually repeated three times at the ...


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Generally speaking the study of dhāraṇī has been sorely neglected until very recently. As such there is very little published information on the subject. For example Paul William's standard text on Mahāyāna Buddhism contains no reference to dhāraṇī. As the article by the Lokesh Chandra says, the earliest extant texts of this particular dhāraṇī date from the ...


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