Mantra Redux

I recite mantras almost every day.
While driving, walking at night or early in the morning,
when not feeling like doing anything else, I
take out the mala if it is close by and chant.


I don’t know why I do this, other than for sheer enjoyment.

When the stories I referred to as “my life” started to break apart,
it dawned here that I no longer knew why I did some things,
or else the motivation for doing had evaporated,
along with the imaginary self-sense that glued the stories together.

At one time, mantra practice was part of my Buddhist practice.

Accumulating “merit” ( positive habits ),
recalling the names of Buddhas,
holding “virtuous objects” ( positive mental images )
were all part of daily practice.

There was a goal.

There was a feeling of taking steps toward the goal.

All heavily seasoned with the spice of great purpose.

Early today,
walked aimlessly
for hours
chanting the hundred syllable mantra
in the fresh
Sunday morning sunshine
for no reason
at all.

What a delight !



Mala photo from here :

Sun photo from here:
Hundred Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva

Gayatri Mantra

Amitabha mantras:

Namo Amita Butsu ( the Nembutsu) , Namo Amitabha, Om Ami Dewa Hrih

General mantra reference:

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5 Responses to Mantra Redux

  1. dadirri7 says:

    joy, simplicity, beauty, riches 🙂

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