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A monk once visited a hermit who lived alone on an island doing retreat. The hermit had given himself three years to complete chanting ten million of the powerful six-syllable mantra of the Compassionate Buddha. The hermit had been told that attaining this level of practice would awaken his Yogic powers. The mantra was OM MANI PADME HUM…
The monk listened as the hermit did his mantra and, with the best intention in the world, leaned over and whispered: “I think you have the pronunciation wrong. The mantra should be chanted this way…” and he proceeded to demonstrate. The hermit listened attentively and then watched as the monk walked back to his boat to leave the island.
Ten minutes later, when the boat was halfway across to the other shore, the monk heard his name being called and, looking around, spied the hermit as the hermit called, “Listen to this, have I got it right now? The hermit proceeded to chant the same mantra, but with the monk’s intonation.
Astounded the monk realized the hermit was walking on the water next to the boat. In that instant, the monk realized that the hermit’s faith and sincerity had given his mantra recitation far more power than he had realized. Getting the intonation correct seemed almost irrelevant…
Originally posted by AnotherYOU
the highest mantra in buddhism is there is no highest mantra in buddhism.
you forget why zen masters defied even buddhism highest principles.
go read the story of the monk who burned a buddha statue to warm himself up.
then forget about it
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