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Postby upasaka » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:19 am

What is the role of prayer in context of tibetan buddhism?

Are there any traditional or modern resources and commentaries about prayers? Why to pray? What is the benefit of prayers? Do the prayers really help to other beings or its just a skillfull mean or training of ones mind?

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Re: Prayers?

Postby justsit » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:22 pm

Nice description of Buddhist prayer in this interview with Anam Thubten.
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Re: Prayers?

Postby Dhondrub » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:02 pm

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Re: Prayers?

Postby Madeliaette » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:16 pm

Here is a quote from the book I just finished reading - Lama Surya Das/Natural Radiance

'Buddhism is a nontheistic tradition; there is no one to whom you are actually praying. Rather, the gesture is intended to convey respect for everything that is, including your own buddha nature.'
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