Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chant Just as We Are

On Chanting:
"Chanting is a process of polishing and forging our lives, 
which is why our faith is so important. 
Consequently, the benefit of chanting Nam Myoho Renge 
Kyo is absolutely not dependent on the amount we chant. 
What matters is that we chant to our own heart's content, 
the amount that feels right and satisfying for us. 
Nowhere in his writings does the Daishonin say we should
chant a specific quantity. 
The efficacy of our prayers is influenced by the
strength and depth of our faith, 
and by our determination and attitude. 
At the same time, 
sincerely resolving to chant a specific amount is also an
expression of faith. 
We can chant the amount we've decided on each day,
while continually renewing and deepening our resolve. 
It's also important that we chant honestly and openly, just as we are. 
All of us face times of worry, anguish and sadness in our lives. 
When we do, we can feel free to go
straight to the Gohonzon with our suffering and chant about it
wholeheartedly, just like a child seeking its mother's warm embrace."
Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, Sep./Oct. 2011
pg. 74 & 75


  1. I have been going through a really bad patch with my depression and hurt somebody who I really care about. They won't talk to me, reply to txt or calls. I really don't want to lose them but I fear I may have pushed them further away and lost them forever.
    I have no idea how to chant about this situation.
    They are very important to me and unfortunately when I get really depressed I don't always think before I act. I have tired to explain this to them and I am determined to over come my depression more than ever now so this never happens again. Right now I'm so upset and miss them so much and I'm so disappointed in myself for allowing my depression to get this bad an act in such a horrible way.
    I really don't know what to do and how to change this.

  2. i just lost my handphone, so anxious and frustrated now. Now i'm chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, because i don't know what to do. I hope i can get back my handphone immediately.