Heart sutra lullaby

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  • AlanLa
    Member
    • Mar 2008
    • 1405

    Heart sutra lullaby

    I have discovered that on those rare nights I can't get to sleep because my mind just keeps going that silently chanting the heart sutra puts me to sleep, often before I can finish it. I think it's probably the rhythm of it, so it might work with anything chanted, take your pick, but by making it the heart sutra it becomes part of my practice, so I figuratively sleep on it so that it literally seeps into my subconscious... or whatever. Anyway, for all you Buddhist insomniacs, feel free to try.
    AL (Jigen) in:
    Faith/Trust
    Courage/Love
    Awareness/Action!

    I sat today
  • Geika
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Jan 2010
    • 4971

    #2
    Re: Heart sutra lullaby

    I have read that things read (or in this case, recited) before bed are more likely to become part of our long-term memory.
    求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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    • AlanLa
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 1405

      #3
      Re: Heart sutra lullaby

      HaHa... well... um... I left out the part about how I sometimes forget the words as I go to sleep, so not so sure about that ops: My only defense is that I sleep on the message, not the wording.
      AL (Jigen) in:
      Faith/Trust
      Courage/Love
      Awareness/Action!

      I sat today

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      • Shokai
        Treeleaf Priest
        • Mar 2009
        • 6391

        #4
        Re: Heart sutra lullaby

        Shiki fu i ku, ku fu i shiki
        Fwiw, I just read an end of day gatha (pg 103, Aitken, Mind of Clover);

        When it is time to stop and sleep,
        I vow with all beings
        to find peaceful retirement
        and a heart that is undisturbed

        gassho,
        合掌,生開
        gassho, Shokai

        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

        https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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        • Myoku
          Member
          • Jul 2010
          • 1487

          #5
          Re: Heart sutra lullaby

          Thanks Alan,
          and thanks Richard, this gatha is great. But probably to short for falling asleep while reciting :lol:
          _()_
          Peter

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          • Shokai
            Treeleaf Priest
            • Mar 2009
            • 6391

            #6
            Re: Heart sutra lullaby

            Don't know about that; i can fall asleep pretty fast (or so my wife tells me) :lol:
            合掌,生開
            gassho, Shokai

            仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

            "Open to life in a benevolent way"

            https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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