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Chanting in fearful times

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Chanting in fearful times

Postby 3ball » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:49 pm

I had an especially terrifying flight the other day. Is there a good short chant I can do in times of peril? Especially something from the suttas? Thanks!

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby Babadhari » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:14 pm

Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby 3ball » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:23 pm

A good rule of thumb is that if you can remember any Pali, then the most terrifying bit of the experience is safely in the past, or the future.

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby Babadhari » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:10 pm

Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby 3ball » Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:17 am

Looks great plwk, but I'm having trouble believing "horripilation" is a real word!

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby Babadhari » Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:22 am

horripilation: the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement

its a new one one for me
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Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby 3ball » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:48 am

Yes, I know how to google, I guess I should have included a winky smilie or something.

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

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Re: Chanting in fearful times

Postby 3ball » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:59 pm

That's a terrifying story.

I think you're right that something short and elemental is the right strategy. Anything that requires a lot of mental work is going to just fly out the window in some moments when I really need it. Right now I'm leaning toward:

Anicca vata sankhara
Upada vaya dhammino
Upakituva nirujihanti
Tesang vupasamo sukho

All conditioned things are impermanent
Their nature is to arise and pass away.
To live in harmony with this truth
Brings the highest happiness.

And just "Anicca vata sankhara" when I need to.


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