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  1. Chanting Deity/Buddha names and The Cosmic Doctrine

    I have a matter in regard to Buddha-recitation cultivation dharma door that I wanted some clarification about. I am currently pursuing pure land dharma door, reciting amitabha name while walking, with rosary, etc. I wanted to deepen my practice and I had a pureland handbook by YongHua and the technique could be questionable(probably not?), he recommend reciting amitabha's name at the navel, as he say "just recite the Buddha’s name as you place your attention on your navel." What made me wonder about it was Nan talking about it in Guan Yin Dharma door essay translated by seriousbuddhism "When chanting the Buddha’s name, do not use the mouth to inhale, use the nose to inhale until it reaches the dan-tian (T/N: behind the navel) until the entire body’s hair-pores. Internally, continue this, with each thought pure, and naturally there will be good news." and in Hsuan Hua's chan handbook "if you can breathe through your nose, when you inhale, bring the breath down to just behind the navel, not below it." In Essentials of meditation Zhiyi(Translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra) mentions something similar "This refers to anchoring the mind at such locations as the tip of the nose or the navel in order to prevent the mind from becoming scattered. Accordingly, a sutra states, "One anchors the mind and refrains from falling into neglectfulness."" All of these texts seems to indicate that there's no danger or something harmful(I think so?) with anchoring one's attention at the navel while doing nianfo/recitation of amitabha's name. My doubt was aroused by a video of nan Huaijin lecturing on the danger of recklessly focusing on the Dan-Tien [ ] which made me a bit apprehensive(?) of practicing focusing/being attentive to the navel. Yet I feel great results from testing/using this method, that why I am torn between the danger of focusing on it and doing the practice. Maybe for someone with better reading comprehension and understanding can clarify this for me? I think there could be a misunderstanding on my part... Thank you 🙏
  2. Chanting Deity/Buddha names and The Cosmic Doctrine

    Wonderful essay, whenever I read Nan Huaijin I always find myself understanding a bit more of what he's talking about. I agree that Buddha-recitation dharma door is a very powerful ones and it is one that I am pursuing a little bit on and off. Currently am using pure land dharma/nianfo to use it as a safety net for myself and as something simple that I can carry on without being too invested? but honestly so far I found myself able to get deeper into nianfo without feeling forced. I agree! I honestly found Cundi/Zhunti Dharani, Usnisa Vijaya Dharani to be the most effective/powerful in term of karmic purification, there's always this friction between oneself and the dharani that it make it worth pursuing. I am more of a lurker, but I felt compelled to post this time because your thread made realization click for me that what Nan Huaijin calls "karmic sickness" turned out to be a very real thing brought up by me chanting Amitabha's name. Your post made me realize something that I had a gut feeling about but couldn't articulate very well, thank you.
  3. Hi

    Hi, I am interested in daobums because of it's great amount of material on ZZ, qigong, and cultivation in general. My main practice is simple ZZ and Nianfo, nothing big or grandiose, just small steps sort of practice.