Can I recite in literal English?

Can I recite in literal English?

Postby NGSigma » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:31 pm

Dear all,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post.
I am glad I found this forum as I have questions regarding Buddha's Name recitation that I have failed to find the answers so far.

I have been practicing recitation of Amitabha since 2010. Being an ethnic chinese, I started reciting "阿彌陀佛" as how every chinese cultivator pronounces the name. However, as time went by, I found reciting 'Amitabha Buddha' in English pronunciation much easier. This is especially so, when I am doing silent recitation. For some unknown reason(s), I find it difficult to pronounce the syallabus "陀" in my mind during silent recitation.

The question I would like to ask is: can one pronounce 'Amitabha Buddha' instead of "阿彌陀佛" for one's cultivation? Or is this a must that one uses "阿彌陀佛"?

Many thanks in advance.

Dan
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby Jikan » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:22 pm

Hi Dan,

The sutra doesn't specify which language you need to recite Amida's name in, does it? The practice works in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tibetan... there's no reason why it shouldn't work in English too, if you are motivated by earnest intentions and an attitude of devotion.
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby plwk » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:28 pm

Yes you can and btw, 'Amitabha Buddha' is Sanskrit...
One English translation of that is 'Infinite Light Awakened One'...
http://www.drba.org/dharma/amitabhasutra.asp
Shariputra, what do you think? Why is this Buddha called Amitabha?
Shariputra, the brilliance of that Buddha's light is measureless, illumining the lands of the ten directions everywhere without obstruction. For this reason he is called Amitabha.
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby NGSigma » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:15 am

Thank you very much guys for your replies ! :thanks:

I am very happy to hear I am not using the wrong recitation method...
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby Osho » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:06 pm

All success to your practice.
It's the intention not the language used that matters.
:-)
More about Mindfulness here
http://bemindful.co.uk/

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(Dogen).
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby cj39 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:36 am

plwk wrote:Yes you can and btw, 'Amitabha Buddha' is Sanskrit...
One English translation of that is 'Infinite Light Awakened One'...
http://www.drba.org/dharma/amitabhasutra.asp
Shariputra, what do you think? Why is this Buddha called Amitabha?
Shariputra, the brilliance of that Buddha's light is measureless, illumining the lands of the ten directions everywhere without obstruction. For this reason he is called Amitabha.


If you want to keep to the semi-traditional six syllables, 'Praise Buddha Boundless Life Light [or Life]' also works as a translation.
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Re: Can I recite in literal English?

Postby Kaji » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:27 am

Personally, I use the Sanskrit "Namo Amitābhāya Tathāgatāya". I include the "Namo" (take refuge) bit as I have learned that it is more respectful. However, I believe there is nothing wrong with just reciting "Amitābhbha Tathāgata" or "Amitābha Buddha".
Namas triya-dhvikānāṃ sarva tathāgatānām!
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