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In the Buddhist podcast, an important action in prayer is chanting with the heart, rather than mechanically. If you enjoyed the snippet, make sure to listen to the full podcast.
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In the Buddhist podcast, an important action in prayer is that your chanting originates from the heart. The Host suggests that when he first started praying, noting would happen to him. He suggests that nothing happened because his chanting was mechanic, his chanting felt forced. Once he started praying from the heart, his life started changing for the better. If you enjoyed the snippet, make sure to listen to the podcast.
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Google to expand our lives. Now those of us who have chanted If we were all asked to give our own definitions of what prayer is none would probably be exactly the same. We all know the theory. Very simply put, we chant Name you're hearing Geico on this draws out our inherent Buddha Hood on this positively transforms our inner life on correspondingly transforms our environment. And if I were asked to give a definition tomorrow, it probably would be expressed in a completely different way. Now I think that we can talk about prayer and chanting until the cows come home and then go back out into the fields again and understand it was certain extent with our heads. But prayer, I think, operates most effectively when we understand it with our hearts. With that in mind, I'd like to talk about prayer from a point of view of my personal experiences of it. I'm sure it's the kind of experiences which many of you are familiar with in your life, So apologies in advance for stating the obvious. About five years ago, I had a change of heart with regards to the way that I was chanting I became aware that I was often doing it mechanically. I'd settled after about 10 years of practice into a bit of a rut. As Faras chanting was concerned. I was definitely getting benefit, but there were no major progressions in my life. Everything was just bumping along fairly nicely. I can't say there was an exact moment when I changed the way I chanted, but I think it was a result of a combination off, UH, great lectures and experiences hearing them reading about them, guidance on study, my own personal study. And it's the beauty of the FBI that your involvement in it provides thes tools, which you can use to enhance your practice to keep it ever progressing. First of all, I realized that although I understood in theory with my head that I was chanting to pull out my own Buddha Hood from the depths of my life, I found that in reality I was in fact, largely seeking the law. Outside of myself. On a tradition in is very strict about not doing this in the Go show on attaining Buddha Hood in this lifetime, he says. Even though you chant and believe in your hearing Geico. If you think the law is outside of yourself, you are embracing not the mystic law, but some inferior teaching. He then goes on to say, If you seek enlightenment outside yourself, then you're performing even 10,000 practices and 10,000 good deeds will be in vain. And I realized I was looking at the Johansson and asking it for things. I was saying in effect, Hello, powerful thing over there. Could you sort this stuff out for me, please? Somehow I expect you'll know how by now where does this attitude come from? On. Why is it so easy to slip into? Well, let's have a look at the Collins English Dictionary definition of the word prayer. Ah, personal communication or petition addressed to a deity, especially in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition or Thanksgiving. Now there are certain words in that definition we can relate to. Perhaps Thanksgiving definitely and praise, but supplication contrition. If we go back to the Latin, root off the word prick, Ari, we find it means to beg or implore, and I think probably agree with me that that doesn't relate to prayer as we know it should be in this Buddhism, even though we all sometimes can adopt that attitude on my point about this English definition is how the notion of prayer in our culture has a Christian flavor on also an attitude from the earlier ancient Roman religious outlook. On that is that on external God or gods greater than weak, powerless? Ours will, hopefully, if they're in a good mood, sort our problems out if we ask nicely. This notion of prayer is buried deep in our collective cultural consciousness. I think it's no wonder that we can sometimes take that notion to the Gudjonsson. I think we should always guard against slipping into this. It's almost the exact opposite of what prayer in it. Trans Buddhism is about because one of the wonderful things about prayer in this Buddhism is that it is about finding the way with all to take responsibility for your life, to sort it out yourself. It's definitely the opposite of that style of prayer. We know of old, which is all about dependency. Help me. Dependency is weakness. Independence is strength in our prayer. We say not only I will help myself, but also I'll help other people too. So I started to try and change the way I directed my prayer inside, not outside. I started concentrating on my inner revolution on what we call human revolution. Now the Japanese phrase Qianjin with Relation to prayer translates as observation of the mind. On one of our tasks with prayer is to see past that petty chattering ego which continually strives to be recognized as the rial us. This ego feeds on external validation. It thrives on the lower worlds. It feels superior to that person inferior to that person. It doubts. It fears it could despair, and it often feels completely separate from the rest of the universe. This ego tries to tell you that it is who you really are on chanting is there to see toe, observe and then strive to manifest our deeper, greater our true self. Buddha wise, compassionate and courageous, happy or at least never without hope, even in the darkest times on, I started getting into the habit of trying to make awareness of this greater self the focus of my chanting and to start being convinced that this wonderful state really is in my life on other people's on. I feel that I've gained in lots of areas of my life as a result of this shift. So what has steered me in this direction practically well, First of all, I've tried to eliminate what I call sleep, chanting You sit there on, then that is, what will I have for tea tonight? Uh, that's a nice bit of carpet. There's a noise somewhere miles away. What is it? Oh, it's me chanting now. I used to do this disengaged, chanting all the time, and I still do sometimes, but less. It's like sometimes in The Simpsons when you see the the the animators let you see what's going on in Homer's head, Onda a bubble appears on the side of his head, and it's a black and white cartoon of a cow with a skipping rope, jumping up and down to some pinky punky music, and he just stares straight ahead with his dead eyes. Now this is not, I would argue the most effective way of chanting, so I try to engage now to be present. When I chant, I listened to my Dharma coup on I try as far as possible to make every single one count now I don't mean sitting there with a straining head, but just try to keep aware to keep focused on. Focus is the kind of buzzword of this study, I think a few years ago str u. K's kazoo. Fuji made an excellent suggestion, he said. When you chance, see if you can keep your eye on the Johansson without taking off for half a now, er, okay, just staring at the Johansson on, not taking your eye off. Not for a second. Try it. It's really difficult, but the Johansen should be our focus. It's the object of devotion. It's the mirror that reflects our in a potential. The enlightened state of life, which was niche runs on, is ours, too, but we have to dig it out. Andi, I would argue that you have to keep your eye on the job. It's so easy to be chanting at home or at a meeting on your object of devotion. Is the Johansson the carpet, a fly climbing up the wall, the Johansson a text that's coming on your mobile phone? Somebody's nice bottom there, Johansson your fingernails. A cow skipping on dso on. I try to keep looking at the Johansen, not as a matter of what President Al Qaeda would call empty formalism. But when I keep focused, I simply find that my prayer becomes more focused on. Therefore, I believe, more powerful. It leaves me feeling mawr energized and grounded than when I was doing the chanting with the 1000 yard stare. President Takeda says it is absolutely essential that we have a solidly focused mind or attitude when chanting Nam, you're hearing Geico in the same passage, he goes on to say it is like trying to shoot a narrow without a clear target. We will not draw the bow with any riel energy or determination in the same way, our prayers can only be realized when we replace vague yearnings with concrete determinations. Now this leads me to another change in the way I prayed. I started setting very clear goals. I started to be specific. I started to make long term goals as well as immediate ones on. I think we should dare to keep aiming higher. Does this practice work or not? Yes, why not keep aiming higher for ourselves and for others to try and create Mawr and mawr value small dreams small result. We can achieve brilliant things with this practice. Then we get to be happy and other people go. How did you do that? And you go Ah, well, you see, it's this thing I do twice a day. Rest is up to you. I believe I've had massive benefits since I started chanting for other people's happiness on cozy Marufu, chanting for people to appear in my environment who need this practice and who could become strong, independent minded on admirable people who will help spread this Buddhism. I always did chant for this, but again with more fully attentive die MCU, I started chanting for these things Mawr arm or with my heart rather than with my
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