佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Repeating Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva' s name each day via five strings of prayer beads—each string with 108 beads—feels like too much of a stretch. Is it overly done? Is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva going to think it overly done as well?
Repeating Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva' s name each day via five strings of prayer beads—each string with 108 beads—feels like too much of a stretch. Is it overly done? Is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva going to think it overly done as well?

 

Repeating Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva' s name daily within the duration

of five strings of prayer beads is reasonable. But, if feeling stressed

over the said stretch of time, split session into morning and evening.

Continue chanting the Bodhisattva' s name and allowing the faculty of

mind to contemplate the Bodhisattva' s holy face. Such is as well a

way to cultivate and nourish samadhi.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva was the Tathagata with Clear Understanding

of the Right Doctrine, the ancient Buddha returning to the

saha world to build affinity with all living beings. He is liberated from

greed, anger, and ignorance, unattached to worldly contamination,

purified and sublimed. Delusions thoroughly eradicated, he is left

with nothing but cherish for all living beings.

Borrowing the unreal to cultivate the real, we recite and chant as we

emulate the Buddha; in so doing, we remember each line as we reach

new heights. We repeat the Bodhisattva' s name to earn own merit and

virtue, to cleanse the karma generated via body, mouth, and thought,

and to transform own mind.