Amida Hawaiʻiʻs 2014 Million Nembutsu Practice...Please Join Us!

Amida Hawaiʻi Pureland Buddhist Sangha would like to invite one and all to join our sangha in a hyakuman-ben (1 million) nembutsu practice for 2014. As a daily practice, it would be the equivalent of chanting the 108 beaded nenju rosary 26 times each day (actually, that would come to about 9 days over the million mark). Not a practice to accomplish anything in particular...simply a practice to enjoy, strengthen and deepen you affinity with Amida Buddha. Namo Amida Bu! ~ Shantikara

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Comment by Satyavani Robyn on April 3, 2014 at 7:37

How odd - I just finished my chanting and thought 'I wonder if other people are still accompanying me' and then clicked over to Ning for some other reason and here you all are! Good to have company. Interesting that you do a regular morning & evening practice, Ananda. Something I've never had in my schedule but I do like the idea of it. And how lovely, Shanti! You'll never be able to walk alone again..... Namo Amida Bu, deep bow from Malvern.

Comment by Ananda on April 3, 2014 at 3:17
Still ticking along. Generally I break up the chanting between morning and evening chanting. I do a significant chunk as part of morning services. The balance I recite as part of the evening service. Namo Amida Bu!
Comment by Jiko on March 31, 2014 at 18:05
I too enjoy walking Nenbutsu, and also there is a bond between the act of walking and Namu Amida Bu.

The saying is that walking is a cure all, combined with Nenbutsu, the cure all of the mind, it is like they was made for each other. Walking gives you energy that helps in reciting, joyful in recitation gives more energy for least this is how I find it to be.

Namu Amida Bu
Comment by Shantikara on March 31, 2014 at 17:51

90 days finished...246,600 nembutsu...175 miles of chanting/walking! All is well. What I have noticed is that whenever I walk during the day I find myself inadvertently chanting - an unexpected association between these two activities has formed! Aloha & Namo Amida Bu, Shantikara

Comment by Satyavani Robyn on March 31, 2014 at 11:31

Hi all - feel the need to check in again.

Since writing earlier in the year about doing quick nembutsu leaving me feeling 'staccato', this has faded away - the words are so fast now that it feels more like a 'purr'. I'm also less worried about whether I'm forming the words perfectly or not - I trust that my voice knows what it's doing, and is close enough. I still do my nembutsu first thing most mornings.

I've also been thinking about what Shinran said about trusting his teacher Honen. I feel similar - I've really no idea whether doing the nembutsu is a 'helpful' thing or not, and how it might be affecting me, but I trust Dharmavidya, and all the other Pureland teachers, and this feels enough.

How are you all getting on? Namo Amida Bu.

Comment by Jiko on March 6, 2014 at 17:52

Thank you Robyn,

Going is easy, it is getting going that is the difficulty I find :)

Comment by Satyavani Robyn on March 6, 2014 at 16:58

Glad you're still going Conan. Me too!

Comment by Jiko on March 4, 2014 at 0:10

I got off to a good start with this challenge, then it went down hill for a few weeks. Now having picked myself up, I am going strong, a steady 10,000 every day, the recommended beginning by Genku Honen. Some days it is a pleasure to get into the practice, I reach for the juzu as soon as I get out of bed, other days it is like Master Dharmavidya put it so well, like swimming through treacle. But through it all, I just keep going, and this has resulted in a peace of mind which is a pleasant surprise I did not expect.

The more we recite the stronger the bond to Amida, when that peace of mind is felt, it is Amida's rays of light shinning upon you. Hope everyone else is having fun with this too.

Namu Amida Bu


Comment by Satyavani Robyn on February 13, 2014 at 17:00

Thanks Rob - glad to hear I'm not the only one who ends up babbling! I feel a little more settled about it now - it helped to write it here. And it's more during the practice that I feel a bit hyped - but maybe that's no bad thing. I do have some kind of sense (but there's no way of proving it!) that the practise is providing a deep holding for the rest of my day - I've been much less unhealthily driven since Xmas and it seems too much of a coincidence. Will keep going! Oh - and I ran our service last night and we did the silent Namo A-mida Bu with breathing in and out which you told me about, Rob, and it went down very well - will definitely do it again. So thank you very much. 

Comment by Robert McCarthy on February 12, 2014 at 14:46

Hi Satya,  mamo adima u and all sort of combinations appear when I try the 1000 chants fast or even slowly on a long chant. Its very understandable that you need to balance time with the commitment you have made. Maybe once or twice a week you could give a bit more time and chant at a slower pace.

I am not doing this million times chant I should say, its good to see it happening. But there are issues aren't there if chanting fast is leaving you feeling a bit speedy each morning... staccato mood? I would be finding that difficult. I remember when Jnanamati recited the larger Sutra 108 times and I was amazed at his ability to say so many difficult words clearly.  Maybe you will settle into the pace in time.  Namo Amida Bu


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