Friday, 9 April 2010

How do I chant? What is chanting about? The Gohonzon? SGI - SOKKA GAKKI - Nicherin Buddhism

Hi Sam,

There are lots of questions there, and not something I can answer in 5 minutes.

Practicing Buddhism is a life long practice that takes time.

I would encourage you to read this book, it helped me get things started.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddha-Daily-Life-Introduction-Daishonin/dp/071267456X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270812048&sr=8-1

you could also try watch this. too:
http://www.sgi.info/mabl/sgi/popup/sgi_intro_en.html

To begin, I would recommend chanting 15 minutes every morning and every evening.

Sit quietly and face a blank wall and chant out loud for 15 minutes. Try and keep it constiantt to that and gradually increase the time.

The key is to be consistent every day. It is a bit like going to the gym, the more frequently you go, the better the benefits.

Going the gym once a week for 20 minutes is kind of ok, but you will see results if you go 5 times a week for 30 minutes at a time.

The same is with chanting. It brings focus to the mind, it calms the emotions.

But as with anything, when you begin, it wont be something you can just "get" in 5 minutes. You must persevere.

Bringing about change in your life takes time, and you have to focus on that change.

As far as the Gohonzon is concerned, did you watch my video about it yet?

The Gohonzon is just paper and ink, and there is no point getting one, if you don't fully understand what it is, and how it can help you.

The Gohonzon exists inside you, its the enlightened potential of all human beings.

The one we chant "with" is simply a reminder of what we are doing.

I practiced for a year before I got one, some people practice for several years before getting one.

Just have faith that your life will begin to change.

This form of Buddhism is about fostering a sense of self, about building up your sense of self and ultimately about mastering your mind.

Chanting is our tool, faith is our strength and study is our rock.

If you have any more questions I would be glad to help, please do buy that book and read it, it explains so much.

fond wishes,
Robbie

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