Ten Righteous Practices – Part 4

9. The Three Refuges – Sanki Because of the all encompassing and completeness of the Three Jewels it is by taking refuge in them we are able to receive immeasurable benefit.  We do not create the benefit, rather our practice makes it possible to receive these benefits.  We are refugees lost in the wilderness who have wandered lifetime after lifetime looking for a place to shelter us and provide us with a means to happiness. …

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Ten Righteous Practices – Part 3

7.   Transfer of Merit – Eko The Raiju-giki says: “Because the eko is a respectful address, it should be performed with concentration and mindfulness and even more reverence than dokuju [sutra reading] and shodai [Odaimoku chanting].  There should be no confusion, insincerity, and carelessness, or distraction.” The Shutei Hoyo Shiki cautions against overly formal or flowery language. Pleasing and easy to understand language should be used.  We should be able to put our hearts into…

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Ten Righteous Practices – Part 2

4.  Sutra Reading and Reciting from Memory – Dokuju When we recite the sutra we should keep in mind five rules for our recitation: 1. Vocal clarity, 2. Phrase-by-phrase  clarity, 3. Fluency, 4. Noble-mindedness, and 5. Solemnity and propriety.  There are also three cautions which are: 1. Mindful we are before the gods and Buddhas, 2. Pray to placate even the spirits of darkness, and 3. Pray to move and delight the people. When we…

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Ten Righteous Practices – Part 1

What follows does not include the singing of traditional hymns, or shomyo.  If you know how to properly perform the hymns, or shomyo, then of course you may include them in you practice.  If you are unfamiliar, or have not been instructed in how to properly perform the hymns then it is best to omit them until later.  It is important to perform the hymns correctly so when you are in community you contribute to…

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