2011-08-15

My new ritual

*edited as some questions arise on the chanting calculator*
The chanting calculator is to replace the rosary beads There are two buttons on it. The bigger button is to press each time I chant "Amituofo". I will check the number on the calculator when I think it is about time for 200 times  The smaller button is to reset the number.
It will be perfect, if it can buzz when I chant up to the number that I pre-set it. May have to wait for the next invention.

As a Buddhist, I learned to chant not too long ago.
I started when I brought my kids to Buddhist Chanting class on weekend. We learned chanting there together. At home we chant "Namo Amituofo" for ten times before we go to bed.
The is considered as the most basic practice that we have as the Buddhist ritual.

I got three green chanting calculators for free from the Buddhist society that I went.  I put one in my car, one in my bedroom and one in my children's bedroom. I am now chanting more often than before.
I try to chant "Amituofo" at least 200 times a day.

I don't actually pray a lot, I don't frequently visit Buddhist temple, I don't often have vegetarian on the first and the fifteen day of Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The least thing that I can do is to chant whenever I am alone. I chant when I drive to work in the morning. I chant when I have an insomnia. I chant when my kids and my spouse are all occupied. I chant in whatever position that I feel comfortable. I chant when lying on the bed, I chant when I sit on the couch, I chant when standing and facing the Buddha. Instead of doing nothing, I chant wholeheartedly and silently in my heart.

Through the daily practice of chanting  "Amituofo", I shall gradually improve myself so that I shall be able to deal with worldly matters more openly and with less attachment. I believe, by each individual improving ultimately society will be saved.

13 comments:

  1. I hope to improve myself, too. Amitabha...

    Hey, I also heard that chanting, "Amituofu" can help to overcome insomnia :)

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  2. Great practice for the soul.

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  3. Yeah, chanting is a great way to relax our mind... oummmm....

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  4. And I am sure that will cleanse your heart and soul,,,, always keep a good heart ya,, good for ya

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  5. This is my first time knowing there is such a thing as a chanting calculator.

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  6. :) I would say this is very good. I do the same thing too. But i don't use the counter. I find it very hard to concentrate whenever i count. Everytime I count, I tend to think about this and that. Sometimes I even wondering how powerful our brain is! When our mouth and heart are reciting Amituofo. But our mind can be thinking about other things. I think my 妄念太多了!:(

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  7. I kind of "pray" in the morning before going out, not really praying but just burn some joss stick without chanting at all la.. just curious what can that chanting calculator do?? detect your voice and count how many times you've chanted??

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  8. Namo Amituofo..Is this a special gadget that replaces the rosary beads? You press the button each time you finish one chant and to check the number as you go along? Or you set it according to the number of times you want to chant and when it reaches that 200th it will buzz or something like that?

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  9. SK and Bananaz, thanks for your question on the chanting calculator. The chanting calculator is to replace the rosary beads There are two buttons on it. The bigger button is to press each time I chant "Amituofo". I will check the number on the calculator when I think it is about time to stop. The smaller button is to reset the number.
    It will be perfect, if it can buzz when I chant up to the number that I pre-set it. May have to wait for the next invention.

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  10. Good to you Yan.

    Wow...now got such invention. So high tech.

    I will chant Amitoufo when I don't feel comfortable especially during bedtime. It really helps.

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