I would like to hear your opinion about the efficacy of chanting mantras like
the Shurangama mantra or the long Mahakaruna Dharani, mentally or audibly.
What you think is the best and why.
Thank you for enlightening me.
My heartfelt gratitude.
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I can't speak for your teachers, but mine told me when I asked that silently vibrating the mantra is much more powerful, even though there's nothing "inferior" about chanting aloud or saying japa or soft whispered repetition.
Hindus, I have heard, believe the same thing.
My own personal opinion is also that, when you can vibrate them internally without distraction (Even when there are other noises or people speaking) it leads to greater internalization of the mantra or Dharani. This will especially help, in my experience, with recalling the mantra in dreams or in liminal states of consciousness like just waking up. Or even at the time of death.
I do all three.
For a healing mantra like Shurangama, out loud can be of benefit to any beings around you like animals etc.
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