Sonrisa wrote:However, can it be considered meditation as well?:
Noble Eightfold Path:-
Meditation means the gradual process of training the mind to focus on a single object and to remain fixed upon the object without wavering. The constant practice of meditation helps one to develop a clam and concentrated mind and help to prepare one for the attainment of Wisdom and Enlightenment ultimately.
sinweiy wrote:口念弥陀 心散乱, 喉咙喊破也徒然.
sinweiy wrote:hence Nienfo focus the mind on the Buddha's name(Amitabha) by mean of vocal or silent recitation, and to remain fixed upon the Name without wavering.
although if you recite but the mind still waver, than there's of not much use, as the saying, 口念弥陀 心散乱, 喉咙喊破也徒然.
Jainarayan wrote:Is it simply personal preference whether one uses "Namo Amitābha", "Namo Amituofo", "Namo Amitābha Buddha", "Namo Amitābhāya" (Sanskrit dative "to Amitābha"), Namu Amida Butsu, and so on?
PorkChop wrote:Jainarayan wrote:Is it simply personal preference whether one uses "Namo Amitābha", "Namo Amituofo", "Namo Amitābha Buddha", "Namo Amitābhāya" (Sanskrit dative "to Amitābha"), Namu Amida Butsu, and so on?
AFAIK it's the meaning & qualities of the Buddha that one is mindful of that is the important aspect and not the sounds of the words themselves. A lot of Japanese will use a shorthand version that's a little easier to chant, a lot of Chinese will drop the "Namo", I've seen/heard Vietnamese chanting "Nam mô A di đà Phật" (Nammo Azida Fut) in Chinese Dharma centers without being pressured to change pronunciation, some Tibetans use Amidewachen, and still others recite the full dharani (Pure Land Rebirth Dhāraṇī 往生淨土神咒 Wangsheng Jingtu Shenzhou) instead:
"namo amitābhāya tathāgatāya tadyathā
gagana kīrtīchare svāhā".
gordtheseeker wrote:I think it can be a very handy mediation to use in times when a more formal mediation isn't possible. I like to do zazen, but there is not always time. There is always time for Namu Amida Butsu though.
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