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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Seven Skillful Means

“The Raijitsu-giki states, ‘According to the Makashikan (C. Mohe-zhiguan) the 25 skillful [preparations for meditation] facilitate the realization of the true principle through concrete phenomena.’” Here we focus on actual activities or actions taken in preparation and during our practice or worship of the Lotus Sutra.  Just as a singer warms up before a performance, or an athlete stretches their muscles we too also are advised to do certain things to help prepare us to…

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