The 7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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Normally there are two types of prayers – (1) requests for help and (2) praise of the deity, both of these mentioned in the passage from the Tipiṭaka, ‘to beseech, praise and worship with joined hands’ (āyācanti thomayanti pañjalikā namassanāmā, D.I, 240).
The Mahāvastu has an interesting comment suggesting how a combination of chance and coincidence can lead people to believe that prayer works. It says: ‘Once a man prayed to a goddess for prosperity and later he just happened to became rich. This is exactly how false beliefs arise.’
When we make an affirmation, it clarifies and brings to the forefront of consciousness the goal we desire, it marshals and intensifies all the power of the mind, and it focuses that power on the goal.
He declared: ‘Gladly will I let only my skin, sinews and bones remain after my flesh and blood had dried up, but my resolution shall not falter until I have attained what can be attained by human power, human strength, human persistence.’ (A.I, 50).
‘Effacement can be done by thinking like this.... “
Others may be contemptuous, we will not be contemptuous. Others may be domineering, we will not be domineering. Others may be envious, we will not be envious.”’ (M.I,42-3).