|How shall we pray, Lord, how shall we pray? - Read my bestseller, the chapter by Isaiah.|
|Let me tell you what the Buddha taught.|
|Men only! Jewish guys !ray to their tribal God in front of the Western [Wailing] Wall (W)|
|OMG ("Oh my goodness")! I meditated and saw the light and felt the bliss!|
- Devotional activities (puja) in Buddhism
- "Prayer" (pleading, petitioning) in Buddhism? Not in what the historical Buddha taught. In the earliest Buddhist tradition, the Theravada, and in the later Mahayana tradition of Zen (or Chán), prayer plays only an ancillary role. It is largely a ritual expression of wishes for success in the practice and in helping all beings. There is also the "skillful means" (Sanskrit upāya) of "the transfer of merit" (pariṇāmanā) as an evocation and prayer. What is "transferred" is not the merit itself but a good act is done that the deceased can praise and approve of thereby gaining mental merit for themselves. The same happens for us as the living all the time when we praise or approve bad karma and thereby share in the harm, as for example in celebrating a death penalty or shadenfreude.
|Let us pray, praise, and honor His feet.|
Weaving state-of-the-art research with his extensive knowledge of the Ancient Essenes (the creators of the scroll texts), Braden invites us on a journey where science and miracles are merged into a new wisdom -- and lead to a startling conclusion.
|If only we had a way to influence.|