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“Namo Amitabha” chant and commentary

“Namo Amitabha” chant and commentary

During the Death and Caring for the Dying Retreat, Venerable Thubten Chodron gave this teaching on the “Amitabha Buddha” chanting practice that is done at Sravasti Abbey.

  • We pay homage to the qualities of an enlightened being, not an external being that will whisk you away at the time of death
  • A pure land is a state of mind
  • The importance of focusing on practicing bodhicitta in the relationships we have now
  • When we die we experience other things that are projections of our minds

Amitabha chanting practice commentary (download)

Praise to Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha chant (download)

Namo Amitabha

Namo Amitabha chant (download)

View the text of this practice. You can also find videos that further explain this practice here and here.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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