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by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

It largely depends on your sadhana. Most full sadhanas will have sections for consecrating bell, vajra, mala, etc. I don't have a sadhana. I'm talking about a one-time consecration, either for the first time you use the objects or if they have somehow become defiled/desecrated. Would the mantra men...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 9
Views: 535

How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

How does a layperson consecrate ritual objects (eg dorje, bell, butter lamp) if they happen to become desecrated? The book The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness mentions that the Mantra of Great Wisdom Bimala Ushnisha can be used to consecrate objects. Would reciting a mala of this...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about serkyem set
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Question about serkyem set

I ordered a serkyem set off Aliexpress and it arrived today. I'd previously used a wine glass or smaller glass glass on a stem.

I noticed that the bowl on the top piece is on an angle. Is it supposed to be like that? If not, can it still be used to make serkyem offerings?
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?
Replies: 2
Views: 298

How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?

How do the different traditions of what is called "Zen" differ? I know that it started in China under the name 禪 (pronounced "Chan") and then spread to Japan where the same character is pronounced 'Zen', Korea ('Seon) and Vietnam ('Thien'). I'm guessing it developed kind of independently in each of ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 103
Views: 4336

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

If you're scared of going to hell, simply take refuge in Amitabha Buddha. He said: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten quarters who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and call my Name, even ten times, should not be born th...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 31
Views: 2111

Is Avici hell eternal?

In most of the sources I've read about Buddhist cosmology, they state that there is no eternal hell (or heaven) in Buddhism. Only Nirvana is permanent. However, I came across this article in the Chinese Buddhist Encylopedia , where it is stated that Avici may be eternal. Are there any sutras or othe...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?

Third precept: the list of inappropriate partners is common to both Theravada and Mahayana, but to this Mahayana expositions add various additional ways of breaking the precept (e.g., wrong place, wrong time, wrong orifice etc.), apparently adopted from Sarvāstivādin texts. Yes, Mahayana is against...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha

My local Chinese temple has the Medicine Buddha as the main image, flanked by Suryaprabha (Riguang Pusa) and Candraprabha (Yueguang Pusa). I have not been able to find much information about these Bodhisattvas. I know they are the Bodhisattvas of the Sun and Moon, but some more information would be ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
Replies: 0
Views: 453

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha

My local Chinese temple has the Medicine Buddha as the main image, flanked by Suryaprabha (Riguang Pusa) and Candraprabha (Yueguang Pusa). I have not been able to find much information about these Bodhisattvas. I know they are the Bodhisattvas of the Sun and Moon, but some more information would be ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism

Does anyone have any information about the veneration of Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism? I know that in Chinese She is called 多羅菩薩 (Duoluo Pusa) and Tara bosatsu in Japanese (same characters), but I can't say I've ever encountered Her outside a Tibetan context.
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?

Is there a significant difference in how ethical conduct (in particular the Five Precepts) are interpreted in Theravada Buddhism vs Mahayana Buddhism? The main example I can think of is the First Precept. Vegetarianism is not widespread in Theravada countries or among Theravada Buddhists from what I...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: King Yama and rebirth
Replies: 1
Views: 174

King Yama and rebirth

I know in Theravada Buddhism reincarnation is typically said to take place instantly (there is no equivalent of the bardo), is a natural process and I can't say I've heard of King Yama being mentioned in Theravada Buddhism. However, I know that in Mahayana Buddhism (Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan at ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Treatment of scriptures and sacred objects in Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Treatment of scriptures and sacred objects in Chinese Buddhism

In my quest for an English chanting book, I came across this book by Lu Jun Hong. I've read other threads about him and I know that he is controversial. On the second page of the book, he has a list of rules for treating Buddhist scriptures, including not carrying them below the waist, not placing t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Copyright questions
Replies: 8
Views: 605

Re: Copyright questions

FWIU regarding archive they only allow copyrighted material for which the copyright expired which is 70 years after authors death. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain The 'Community Texts' group has a lot of material that looks like it might be in breach of copyright. What shoul...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Copyright questions
Replies: 8
Views: 605

Copyright questions

How does the modern notion of copyright fit in with the second precept? I'm guessing downloading a movie off a torrent site because you didn't want to pay the money would be a breach of the second precept. But I think there are some grey areas. What if a certain TV program isn't broadcast in your ar...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?
Replies: 6
Views: 3076

Re: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?

Hanmaum Seon Center has one branch in Canada and 4 in the US (LA, NYC, DC and Chicago). I don't know if they are mostly Westerners or Korean immigrants. I visited their head temple in Anyang, near Seoul, to attend a Dharma talk given by an American monk, which he delivered in both English and Korea...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?
Replies: 6
Views: 3076

Re: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?

Hanmaum Seon Center has one branch in Canada and 4 in the US (LA, NYC, DC and Chicago). I don't know if they are mostly Westerners or Korean immigrants. I visited their head temple in Anyang, near Seoul, to attend a Dharma talk given by an American monk, which he delivered in both English and Korean.
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Dharma name
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Dharma name

Hi, what is the process of getting a Dharma name in the Chinese Chan tradition (I think my local temple is in the Linji lineage)? Is it simply through taking the Five Precepts (which I already took when I took refuge in my local Thai temple)? And does it involve placing a burning incense stick on th...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online

This is my setup. I got the scroll of Amitabha from a Jodo Shinshu priest. The images from left to right are: Vairocana (replica of the Daibutsu at Nara), Shakyamuni and Guan Yin (Eleven-faced form I think). When you have a setup like this with a cabinet, is it perfectly form to perform, shall we s...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online

The second page of the book has a list of rules for treating Buddhist scriptures, including not placing scriptures in a bedroom unless it's the bedroom of a celibate single person. Do you think that the book is useful despite Jun Hong Lu's deviant teachings, and if all the rules have to be followed...

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