Dissonance During Recitation
Simulates Tainted Thoughts and Afflictions
When you recite, keep your hands in front of your chest. This is called the palms-lowered position.
At the CTTB, people recite the Buddha's name in different intervals. You chant your tune; I sing my song; he intones his melody. No one is in unison. That not only weakens people's resolve, it further intensifies people's worries and tainted thoughts. That is not a session on being mindful of the Buddha, but a session on being afflicted. You can't stand the sight of me; I would rather not look at you. You strike up false thinking when you listen to my recitation; I stir up polluted thoughts when I hear your chanting. We're all pondering uselessly and inducing afflictions. This is a failure to recite the Buddha's name according to the Dharma.
Vajra Bodhi Sea, March 2000