Dharma in Counting
In daily life when picking up certain number of things I am used to using same number of mantra words or Dharma items instead of numerals in counting. For example, for two objects I count as "wisdom, compassion," for three "Weng, A, Hong," for four "Mercy, Compassion, Joy, Renunciation," for five "Weng, A, Hong, Suo, Ha," for six "Weng, Ma, Ni, Bei, Mi, Hong," etc. Numerals in themselves are of course pure; however, due to worldly applications of them they are often polluted with various associated thoughts. Using Dharma items instead could avoid the arising of such connotations, and also render the mind to stay on Dharma without breaks.
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