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Silly question

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:08 pm

Hi all,

Okay, silliest question in the world. Once I asked at another site what the Buddhist equivilant of "Amen!" was, and Stuka told me that "Sadhu!" is a rough equivilant. But I'm not sure I remember right. So yesterday I was goofing around an made an avatar to use at this site with the word "Sadhu!" and a little picture of the Buddha. Before I run around here with that little graphic, please tell me if I'm using the word incorrectly. I looked it up and goggle only served to confuse me.

Thank you! :rolleye:

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Re: Silly question

Postby kc2dpt » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:10 pm

Sadhu means "true" so saying "Sadhu!" after someone says something is roughly "Yes, what you say is true! I agree wholeheartedly!"
So yeah, pretty much amen.
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Re: Silly question

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:12 pm

Then my graphic makes no sense :pig:

Is there a Pali word to wish someone well, or say "peace" (like Shalom) or you know, just something nice? I don't want to use a mantra.

Thanks! :namaste:

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Re: Silly question

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:15 pm

According to The Pali Buddhist Dictionary on Sadhu:

sadhu (saadhu): (exclamation) "It is well"; an expression showing appreciation or agreement.

:namaste:
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Re: Silly question

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:17 pm

Sadhu is used for approval of either speech or action. For speech it would be similar to a Chrstian saying "amen", but you'll also have monks (and others) saying "sadhu" to you if you do something good, e.g. if you make a donation. :thumbsup:

Why not use the word "metta"?

Metta :hug:
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Re: Silly question

Postby Fede » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:41 pm

Amen means "so be it".

From your friend, and mine, "Wiki".....

The word Amen ( ; آمين, ’Āmīn ; "So be it; truly") is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Its use in Judaism dates back to its earliest texts. It has been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns.


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Re: Silly question

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:57 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Sadhu is used for approval of either speech or action. For speech it would be similar to a Chrstian saying "amen", but you'll also have monks (and others) saying "sadhu" to you if you do something good, e.g. if you make a donation. :thumbsup:

Why not use the word "metta"?

Metta :hug:
Mike


Great suggestion Mike, thanks! :thumbsup:

And thanks for the definition Fede :heart:

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Re: Silly question

Postby pererin » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:00 pm

Amen אָמֵן derives from a triliteral root meaning 'to be firm', 'confirmed', 'reliable', 'faithful', 'to have faith, believe'. It has a number of lexical implications: 1. reliability, sureness; 2. stability, continuance; 3. faithfulness, reliability: (a) of men, (b) an attribute of God; 4. truth (a) as spoken, (b) of testimony and judgment; (c) truth as a body of ethical or religious knowledge; 5. adv. in truth, truly. When used liturgically or in response to a statement it means something along the lines of "so be it" (= it is trustworthy).

Either Sadhu or Metta would perhaps seem to fit the bill quite well?

Metta

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Re: Silly question

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Woohoo! Thanks again Mike, and pererin :toast:

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