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How to bless someone?

If someone is willing to be blessed the Buddha's way, then I could think of no more suitable & special words than the words from the Mangala Sutta that tells us what are the blessings in one's ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

is there a right or respectful way of praying in Buddhism? Praying is conventionally understood as a petition or wish addressed to a deity. In Buddhism, one might: meditate spreading a heart full ...
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How to bless someone?

"May you be well" might be a near equivalent (see also "Metta meditation" for further details). It's easy to find more elaborate versions of that phrase, for example, May you be filled with loving ...
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What tools does a Buddhist have to engender others to take a wiser approach?

I'm sorry to hear about your mother's discomforts. I used to have similar panic attacks that would bring on hyperventilation, taking Xanax and in extreme cases calling the paramedics as well, even ...
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Buddhist Prayer Beads, Malas

String of beads can be used in Anussati meditation in sitting or when you are out of meditation to occupy the mind with wholesome thoughts.
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Does anyone know the origin of the Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness?

According to this Google search the first appearances of this text on the internet is in 2001. And (among those earliest references) this says, Actually, the origins of this prayer are unknown. ...
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What tools does a Buddhist have to engender others to take a wiser approach?

Metta practice, toward all beings seriously, by heart, in action: The Healing Power of the Precepts. Once even right view and right thinking is established, there is no more falling into low states ...
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Prayer in Soto Zen. Is it practiced? If so, how do I start, or where do i go for resources

Like most things in Buddhism, it depends on who you ask and where you practice. Prayer isn't a Zen thing. It's just not. Who, exactly, would you be praying to? What would you even ask for? Zen ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

You asked “is there a right or respectful way of praying in Buddhism?” I’d say that @OyaMist and @Brian_Dias_Flores were kind of on the right track, but I'd like to explore this deeper. Specifically, ...
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Prayer vs Meditation

The definition of "prayer" in the Oxford dictionary: 1 A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity. 1.1 (prayers) A religious service, especially a ...
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Prayer vs Meditation

Theravāda buddhism has only reciting, we don't have prayer. Reciting is like when you want to speak thai language, you have to recite thai vocabulary and thai grammar to memorize it for using it in ...
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Devotion in Buddhism

In Theravada, there is faith and preferably verified confidence in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. One who has faith is called a faith follower. There is faith, but there is no (Hindu style of) ...
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Buddhist Prayer Beads, Malas

A lot of prayer beads have a certain number of beads that correspond to the number of chants one should undertake, usually ending in the number 8 since it is considered a good number. It is to keep ...
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How to bless someone?

The closest equivalent in Buddhism would be to develop the 4 Immeasurables Meditation keeping your friend in mind.
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Do the gods help us if we pray to them according to Buddhism?

Gokul NC ➨Do the gods help us if we pray to them according to Buddhism? Sure, if one honores and respects them, one can espect rewards. Like if one interacts with other beings, here being with guṇā, ...
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Providing a prayer for others

To me prayers and meditation are of the same tree but different branches. This is what works best for me. I usually start my meditation by concentrating of the breath for 10 minutes, and then I move ...
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