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Learning to Chant: Nam or Namu?

When we chant, we chant the Daimoku, “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.” It is the primary practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.

The word “Namu” is only used at very specific times during Gongyo, the sutra recitation (the secondary practice). Namu – prolonged Daimoku – is referred to as Hiki-Daimoku. In your Gongyo book (Liturgy of Nichiren Shoshu), you will see these instructions (pages viii) for when to use the Hiki-Daimoku:

Chant three prolonged Daimoku (Hiki-Daimoku, which is pronounced: Namu-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, i.e., chant Namu, breathe, chant Myoho-Renge-Kyo)

Each month our Chief Priest conducts a members-only study meeting. If you would like to attend but are not a member, and have decided to become a Buddhist, please contact the Temple about receiving the Acceptance of the Precepts ceremony, Gojukai. Call 301-593-9397 and speak with Rev Hori or email using the contact form below.

This Sunday, June 1st, after Morning Gongyo, at 11:00 am there will be a Members Study Meeting with our Chief Priest, Rev. Murata.
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