In the second of our puja evenings Vidyatara led a Dhammapada Puja with a two part Shakyamuni mantra and the Indian Shakyamuni mantra. Here they are, along with the shrine salutation and the Refuges and Precepts.
A strong chanting of the Padmasambhava Mantra from the first Triratna European Chairs Assembly of the new year (2014). The chant is led by Nayaka from Dhanakosa Retreat Centre in the Scottish Highlands.
Padmasambhava is the great guru of Tibet, the founder of the different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Sunyata, (Sanskrit, also shunyata; Pali: suññat), in Buddhism, translated into English as emptiness, voidness, openness,spaciousness, is a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its doctrinal context. (Wikipedia)
Mantras and other things! Starting with an excerpt from Vandanajyoti and Vishvantara’s song to mark the event, we get some lovely songs, mantras, chanting and and readings from the Saturday evening puja at the women’s UK& Ireland Order gathering at Adhisthana. The joy of Dharma practice in large numbers!
Day 20 is the Amitabha mantra. Amitabha is a deep red archetypal Buddha. He is particularly associated with love and loving kindness, and with meditation. When we chant the Amitabha mantra you could imagine feeling connected to a great red sun of love and stillness; to the heartbeat of loving kindness. You could visualize or feel rays of ruby light streaming towards you and filling you with love, easing your suffering and stilling your heart and mind. The mantra is...