How to Pray a Buddhist Prayer: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Pray a Buddhist Prayer: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Pray a Buddhist Prayer: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

Buddhism is not marked by several essential prayers like some other religions, but prayer is a spiritual dialogue that can help you focus mentally and emotionally. When you start praying, imagine the beings mentioned as happy and peaceful. Visualize your thoughts of loving-kindness reaching out to them, touching them, involving them, and making them feel good, happy, and at peace.


Method 1 of 2: Praying Buddhist Prayers

Say a Buddhist Prayer Step 1

Step 1. Assume good posture, breathe evenly, and bring yourself to mindfulness

Before starting, take a deep breath, find a comfortable position, and close your eyes. Focus on the present moment, positioning yourself in the way that feels most right. The important thing is to immerse yourself in prayers, not just say them.

Candles, scents, and lower lighting can help calm you and move you closer to prayer

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Step 2. Learn some basic mantras

Mantras are just phrases made to be repeated over and over again. You don't necessarily need to know their full meaning, as the words themselves, through repetition, lose their meaning and help you avoid distractions.

  • Om mani padme hum:

    pronounced as "om-mani-peme-hum", the translation of this mantra is: "save the lotus jewel".

  • Oṃ Amideva Hrīḥ:

    pronounced "om ami-deva re". The translation is: "to overcome all obstacles and complications".

  • Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih:

    this mantra is believed to help with wisdom, critical thinking and writing. Emphasize "Dhih" (pronounced "Give") when reciting. The pronunciation of Ca is "Tsa".

  • There are many other mantras to practice, and listening to audio tracks from them is a great way to learn them quickly.
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Step 3. Try repeating or vocalizing a simple prayer for the Three Gems

This is a simple prayer that can be repeated like a mantra. Remember to focus on yourself and your spiritual development, without acting as if you are simply asking Buddha for something:

In the Buddha, in the Dharma and in the excellent assembly of the Sanga

until I reach enlightenment, I take refuge in them.

Through my practice of the six perfections, may all beings attain buddhahood.

  • The translation of Sangha it is "community, group or assembly". This term generally refers to the community of people who believe in the ideals of Buddhism.
  • O Dharma it is the universal truth common to all. It is a kind of common force that binds the universe together and holds it together.
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Step 4. Pray for the happiness and well-being of your friends and family

This prayer is a great way to be grateful for the people around you and to recognize your connection to them.

May I be happy and serene.

May my masters be happy and serene.

May my parents be happy and serene.

May my relatives be happy and serene.

May my friends be happy and serene.

May indifferent people be happy and serene.

May hostile people be happy and serene.

May all meditators be happy and serene.

May all beings be happy and serene.

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Step 5. Say simple prayers of thanks before meals

Eating time is a great time to slow down and show gratitude for earthly blessings. By eating, you can become closer to the people around you and respect your own physical nature. Try the following mealtime prayers:

The top for the Three Treasures

The middle part for the Venerable Four

The Bottom for the Six Worlds

So we eat with everyone

First, to extinguish the evil

Second, to do good

Third, to save all beings

And we become the Buddha's Way

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Step 6. Learn the Metta Sutta prayer

The following prayer, adapted from a sermon by the Buddha, is a powerful and comprehensive prayer that you can repeat to yourself:

May I be skilled in what is beneficial, desiring to achieve

that state of peace, and act like this:

capable, correct, honorable, with noble language, gentle and without arrogance, Satisfied and easy to support, without being demanding by nature, frugal in my way of life, the senses soothed, wise, moderate, without coveting gains.

That I can do nothing, even trivial, let him be condemned by the sages.

May I think: may all beings be happy and secure and have hearts full of bliss.

All living beings that exist, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, medium, short, subtle, coarse, visible and invisible, near and far, born and unborn:

Let no one deceive or despise anyone, anywhere, or out of anger or ill will, wish anyone to suffer.

Like a mother, putting her own life at risk, loves and protects her child, her only child, in the same way, embracing all beings, may I cultivate a heart without limits.

With love and kindness to the entire universe, may I cultivate a heart without limits: above, below and all around, unobstructed, free from anger and ill will.

Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, whenever I am awake, let me cultivate this mindfulness: this is called a divine abode in the here and now.

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Step 7. Remember that prayers are just ways you can connect with yourself spiritually

Buddha is not a creator god, although some practices see him as divine. Thus, prayer is not an offering to the Buddha, but a way to deepen one's spirituality. If you feel like praying, then you should pray and worry about theology later. And, of course, you can also make up your own specific mantras and think of your own ways to pray, as there is no wrong way to practice.

There is a wide variety of prayers, and there is no right way to pray as a Buddhist. So you are free to practice your prayers and your spirituality any way you like, not the way you're taught

Method 2 of 2: Using a Tibetan Rosary ("Suitcase")

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Step 1. Use the rosary to help count prayers or mantras, not as a rigid number of prayers you need to recite

Buddhist rosaries, also called mala or japamala, are used to accompany prayers, not as a mark or punishment. They look a bit like Catholic Rosaries, but be aware that they are meant to help, not harm, your spiritual practice.

  • Counting the beads puts your body into prayer, allowing you to work your body (using the beads), mind (by prayer), and spirit (by visualization) all at once.
  • You can use whatever mantras and prayers you like with the beads.
  • You can find these rosaries on the Internet or buy them at many Buddhist temples and oriental goods stores.
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Step 2. Understand the making of a suitcase

The Tibetan mala usually contains 108 beads, plus one larger bill. Whenever you go around the whole mala, you are considered to have said one hundred prayers, with the other eight used as extras in case you have miscounted or skipped a mantra.

Some people believe that the biggest stone, which is sometimes called the "guru stone", has a special meaning. She represents a master who guides you through the cycle of prayer

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Step 3. Say a prayer for each account

Close your eyes and feel the first bead, which is often the guru stone. Say the prayer or mantra to the end and move on to the next bill, repeating throughout the mala. Some people use different mantras for different sized stones, if you have them.

  • You can rely on your right or left hand.
  • Don't worry about doing everything "right". Focus on visualizing the prayer as you say it, keeping yourself completely in the present moment. Keep your hands on your current account to ground yourself in the physical world.
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Step 4. Do not skip the guru stone when completing the first lap

After going through all the bills, turn the suitcase over and continue in the same direction you were going.

This gesture is symbolic and indicates that you are not going to "override" your teacher, guru, or master

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Step 5. Store the suitcase in a clean, protected place or wear it around your neck and hands

There is nothing wrong with using the mala with you so that you can count your prayers whenever you want. When not carrying it, hang it in a safe place or on the altar, safely.


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