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Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:13 pm
by Alternatehistory95
When I set up my shrine, what would be a good chant to say when bowing down before the Buddha?

One idea is the Amitabha chant; Would the Amitabha chant be a good chant to say?

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:28 pm
by Könchok Thrinley
It really depends on which tradition you would like to follow. However, praying to Amitabha and wishing for yourself (and all beings) to be reborn in his pure land is always a good idea. Also if you want a little movement making prostrations infront of an image (or statue) of a buddha and taking refuge for the benefit of you and other beings is always a good idea. It can be very easily done in english, tibetan, japanese, korean, chinese, whatever language really (your native one or language of your tradition, if you know the meaning). That also counts as taking rafuge btw (in some tradition, plus if a living sangha is not near). Also just bowing is good.

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:55 pm
by Alternatehistory95
Miroku wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:28 pm It really depends on which tradition you would like to follow. However, praying to Amitabha and wishing for yourself (and all beings) to be reborn in his pure land is always a good idea. Also if you want a little movement making prostrations infront of an image (or statue) of a buddha and taking refuge for the benefit of you and other beings is always a good idea. It can be very easily done in english, tibetan, japanese, korean, chinese, whatever language really (your native one or language of your tradition, if you know the meaning). That also counts as taking rafuge btw (in some tradition, plus if a living sangha is not near). Also just bowing is good.
So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:06 pm
by Könchok Thrinley
Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:55 pm So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?
Yes, definetly. If you feel affinity to pure land buddhism at the moment definetly go for it.

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:44 pm
by Alternatehistory95
Miroku wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:06 pm
Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:55 pm So, if I preferred it, I could just bow and say Namo Amituofo/Amitabha?
Yes, definetly. If you feel affinity to pure land buddhism at the moment definetly go for it.
Thanks! I'll do that then.

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:31 pm
by WesleyP
~ Namo Amitahbha Buddha ~

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:38 am
by Sonam Wangchug
Namo Shakyamunaye

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:49 am
by Jesse
Om mani padme hum is what I typically use.

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:10 am
by Caoimhghín
Alternatehistory95 wrote: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:13 pm When I set up my shrine, what would be a good chant to say when bowing down before the Buddha?

One idea is the Amitabha chant; Would the Amitabha chant be a good chant to say?
I find the quote I am using for my own signature particularly moving (I guess thats why I decided to use it), but I don't personally use it because I'm not a Tendai priest. I'm not sure if they even use it, its just something I found in a text associated with that school.

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.
(T2397.1.470c5-8)

Re: Chants to say when bowing to Buddha

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:07 pm
by WesleyP
Namo Amida Butsu. :meditate: