Chanting meditation is a method of practice that focuses the mind that is distracted among the myriad things into the one pointed mind by reciting a simple phrase or Sutra. Because the mind of a beginning meditator is not settled, chanting meditation is a very efficient method to calm down one’s mind.
How To Chant
The method of Chating meditation is simple and easy:
- First straighten your back, neck and head and settle your energy. Do not swing or shake your body.
- Do not make your chanting voice either too loud or too soft, but keep it at a level appropriate to your energy.
- Concentrate on your own voice of chanting itself.
- When you chant, let go of each and every thought and maintain a relaxed mind.
- To get hold of the mind, keep a rhythm with a wooden gong or mocktak or you can use meditation beads.
- Chanting constantly reflects the original state of your Buddha nature.
- You may enter Samadhi, a higher level of mediation, if you have one-pointedness while chanting.
In the program, we chant NA-MU-AH-MI-TA-BUL, Four Great Vows, Ilwonsang Vow and Heart Sutra. The Phrase “NA-MU-AH-MI-TA-BUL” means to return to Ami-Ta Buddha, the Buddha of infinite light and life that is within all of us.