Chanting is a spiritual discipline believed to improve listening skills, heighten energy and add more sensitivity toward others. Chants can express devotion, gratitude, peace, compassion and a call of light into one's life. Chants can help improve one's life.
Mantras are chanted. A mantra is a sacred utterance – a sound, word or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating, or as preparation for meditating.
From Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Buddhist organization empowering individuals toward positive global change ...
The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering. Our lives possess this power because they are inseparable from the fundamental law that underlies the workings of all life and the universe. Nichiren, the 13th-century Buddhist monk awakened to this law, or principle, and he named it “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.” Through the Buddhist practice he developed, he provided a way for all people to activate it within their own lives.
SGI Buddhists chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and recite excerpts from the Lotus Sutra in order to bring forth from within their lives, the highest state of life, known as Buddahood. This state is characterized by abundant wisdom, courage and compassion, and a sense of empowerment.
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo may be described as a vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to difficulties and to win over one’s suffering. At the same time, it is a vow to help others reveal this law in their own lives and achieve happiness. Below is a video which explains how to chant this mantra. Other chants may also be helpful to you. It is not necessary to become a full-fledged buddhist if that is not your cup of tea. But you can adopt some buddhist chanting as part of your own spiritual development program.
SUPPORT FROM SPIRIT
We believe that Spirit supports such spiritual practice as it represents positive and beneficial action. It is good intention and can help you prepare for greater communication with Spirit.
(GS Personal Insight) – I believe that chanting the Nam-myoho-renge-kyo mantra is beneficial for all humans regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs. This is because of the benefits it generates in terms of slowing down our thought processes and helping us obtain inner peace. I know that chanting this mantra for several minutes at a time always makes me feel calmer and better.
I learned this mantra from Daniel Leonard, a shamanic teacher during a weekend course in October 2014. This is an example of how a practitioner of one spiritual belief system (shamanism) can adopt spiritual practices of another belief system (buddhism).