In the stormy seas of life, Buddhism teaches us to have faith in our own inner power via Karma and in the Highest Power ie Kannon in order to win all of life's battles. By chanting Namo Amida Kannon we align our own inner power with the Highest power and surround ourselves with a positive energy shield to defend us against all negativity and distractions. We become fearless and focused like the mighty Samurai & Shaolin warriors! The Lotus Sutra assures us that simply chanting Namo Kannon/Kanzeon/Kanjizai/Kuanyin/ Avalokiteshwara even once generates more power than worshipping a trillion gods and Buddhas in every way for as long as we live. Other popular mantras are Namu Byodo Dai Ichijo Myoho Renge Kyo or Namu Myoho Renge Kyo and Namu Amida Bo and Om Mani Padme Hum. A unique combination would be Namu Amida Kannon Icihjo Myoho Renge Kyo or Namo Amitabhaya Avalokiteshwara Saddharma Pundarika Sutrarajaya Namah!
"How to be strong like a Zen Warrior
Buddhism is based on uniting one's own inner power with the Higher Power. Inner power involves understanding how karma works and how our thoughts, words and actions will inevitably bring back consequences. Higher Power means the Source of all blessings and the Benevolent Cosmos that we cannot control no matter how hard we try. Therefore wherever things are up to us, we rely on our own inner power. For those situations that are beyond our control, we rely on the Highest Power of the universe which is personified as Kannon. Kannon is the source of miracles and blessings, positive energy and dreams coming true against the odds. Kannon embodies the Law of Attraction that brings us in contact with the right people and resources we need while also cultivating within ourselves the positive qualities of Kannon.
There is a lot of negativity seeping into our subconscious from various sources be it negative information or negative emotions. Just as we must take vitamins to protect our health and regularly exercise to strengthen our bodies we must regularly meditate to create a force field of positive energy around us at all times. This positive energy will help us make better decisions, interact with better people and find better opportunities to engage ourselves.
1] Home shrine: You can create your own shrine in your home and even have a small portable option for traveling. All it needs is a visual representation of Kannon or Amida or Nio-san or Buddha - whichever form of divinity you relate to. This becomes your own personal Savior with whom you forge a close personal bond and Who you can call upon for guidance.
2] Rosary: You can meditate along with a rosary that you can then wear or carry with you as a reminder to always stay focused on the positive and not be distracted by all the negative energies and emotions that sabotage us.
3] Mantra: Choose a mantra that works for you or any combination of mantras. The most powerful as per the Lotus Sutra is Namo Kannon/ Kanzeon/Kanjizai/Avalokiteshwara. Other popular mantras are Namu Ichijo Myoho Renge Kyo and Namu Amida Bo as well as Om Mani Padme Hum. A combined method can also be employed such as Namo Amida Kannon Ichijo Myoho Renge Kyo Advanced Sanskit mantras from the Lotus Sutra can be sent by email to advanced practitioners as they contain the highest power.
4] Meditate: Chant your mantra loudly or in your head until your mind is completely still. Keep this state for as long as you can - at least 5-15 mins.
5] Prayer: After your meditation give thanks for at least 5-10 blessings in your life and then pray for help in what you need the most. End by saying, "I trust you Lord to do what's best for me and together we can face anything."
You will see how every part of your life will improve by this simple practice - No other negative or contradictory religious practices are required.