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  • Re: Pronouncing Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

    @federica said:

    @Omar067 said:

    @Lionduck said:
    Well, @Omar067, pronouncing it using "key-oh" is fine. Splitting hairs won't help you. You seem
    to be fixating on a pronunciation diacritical and locking out what does not fit your perception.
    While I don't know which org you are with, the org that I am in is the Soka Gakkai International. For us, your effort counts much more than your perfection of pronunciation at this point. With practice and time you will nail the pronunciation.
    Nam myoho renege kyo.

    So, what you are saying is that if try my best to chant the mantra correctly, I will still obtain benefits from the even if I'm pronouncing the word wrong?

    Of course. That;s exactly what @lobster tried to tell you in his first post, right at the top of the page.....

    When I used to attend Mass, we had a visiting catholic priest from China, who assisted in the Mass.
    His pronunciation of the "Our Father" was amusing to say the least (and he was the first to make a joke of it, so we were laughing WITH him, not AT him...).

    Not one single person ever thought that simply because his pronunciation was off (and that's putting it mildly!) his prayer had any less resonance or significance.
    It's not how you say it. It's your Intention as you say it.
    Intention. Is. All.
    And don't let anyone, no matter how expert or elevated they are, tell you any different.

    Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.

  • Re: Pronouncing Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

    @federica said:

    @Omar067 said:

    @JaySon said:
    Thomas Ashley-Farrand was one of the West’s foremost authorities of Vedic and Buddhist Sanskrit mantras. He was recognized for his flawless mastery of mantra practice by swamis, pundits, and shastris across India, and gathered more than 8,000 transliterated mantras—the most comprehensive body of these sacred sound syllables in the English language. He received initiations and blessings from a number of prominent spiritual teachers, including H.H. the Dalai Lama. His guru was Sadguru Sant Keshavadas of Bangalore, India, and he also followed Guru Mata, Sant Keshavadas’ widow, to whom he transferred spiritual authority on the banks of the Ganges before his passing. In addition, Thomas Ashley-Farrand was an expert in the practice of Vedic fire and water rituals. His published works include Mantra Meditation, Healing Mantras, Mantra Meditation for Creating Abundance, and more.

    Well, the mantra that I'm trying to pronounce originates from Japan.

    So instead of trying what people are encouraging you to try, you keep arguing back and telling us that every constructive, helpful and productive bit of advice is ok for everyone else, but not you.

    Yeah, we're fine with that....
    Buddhism didn't originate in Japan, so maybe you're barking up the wrong bonsai.... ;)

    I meant no disrespect to anyone. I was just explaining how I was taught to say the words. I wasn't saying that your advice was not of any value to me. Also, I did not say that Japanese people know more about the religion of Buddhism than any other people of a different race. I'm great full that you guys even answered my question.

  • Re: Does meditation help you think straight?

    I think it gives you a choice in the matter of decisions that we make in life. It gives us the choice to truly decide how we want to treat people ect. It's awareness. When you have that you won't just react to a situation in away that you will regret later on. Some people don't have the ability to choose, instead they just react. Meditation gives you the choice to choose what you do in life. That's basically its purpose.
  • Re: Could a Buddhist believe in 'an eye for an eye' and corporal punishment?

    Too right!!! Its only fair...

    However, i dont understand why anybody would want to give someone the death penalty.. Why should we give them peace????

    For me, Death equals peace

    If a monster commited a horrible crime towards one of my loved ones, i wouldnt want him dead , i would want him kept alive........ So i could torture him and put him through the same amount of pain they put others through....
    Don't let revenge play its sickening game with your mind. The strong people forgive. They show restraint and compassion.
  • Re: Could a Buddhist believe in 'an eye for an eye' and corporal punishment?

    I could have probably agreed with the topic a year ago, but my never ending cycle of thoughts changed my opinion. Killing someone, just because they killed others, only allows for the survival of suffering. People who kill other beings on Earth have people that love them. That person's death will cause his or her family to suffer. You're depriving a person of their right to live. Every person on Earth has Buddha Nature. However people take away their chance to awaken, and allow them to sink into the horrors of the Naraka realm. To add to what others have said, you are no different from the criminal if you stoop to that person's level. It is bad to harbor hate for others in your heart. I have just recently learned that.