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by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation

The character 佛 in Old Chinese was pronounced kind of like 'boot'. The full Chinese word for 'Buddha' is 佛陀 and was pronounced 'Bioot-da' in Middle Chinese. It seems that there is a pattern in Japanese where characters ( kanji ) that end in -t in old Chinese have a -tsu ending (for example, the char...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blessed thread - how long to keep on?
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Blessed thread - how long to keep on?

Last year, before I went overseas, the lama at my local temple tied a blessed thread around my wrist, which had been blessed by the Dalai Lama and other monks. It's still there, even after a year and almost 2 months. What is the protocol with these threads? Do you leave them on until they break, lik...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun May 10, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Any web developers/programmers here? I want to try out an analogy about consciousness
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Any web developers/programmers here? I want to try out an analogy about consciousness

I was listening to Venerable Guan Cheng’s teachings on the Eight Consciousnesses, where he talks about the Yogacara school of Buddhism and the different consciousnesses. He used an analogy of a workplace to explain how the different consciousnesses interact, but as a programmer and web developer, I ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

I recall running across either some YouTube videos or phone apps designed for people to use on a daily basis, that had someone leading a Buddhist chanting liturgy in Chinese. I can’t recall where they are. But if you look for them I think you will find them out on the internet somewhere. Do either ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

Hi, what does daily practice look like for lay Chinese Buddhist (householders)? What sort of chanting do you do in the morning and evening? There is a Morning Service and an Evening Service in the chanting books, but I've assumed that it's for monks or nuns and not laypeople. While I've never attend...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Ok then, so what is the case with so-called lucky charms? Is there a difference between a 'lucky charm' and Buddhist amulets/pendants, etc? Can wearing an item blessed by a monk or that contains an image of the Buddha bring good karma that can protect you from harm or cause things to work out in you...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Re: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

For example, the sutra states (from the translation of Tibetan above) Which sutra is this? One of the Three Pure Land Sutras? If so, is the Tibetan version different than the Chinese? I know this can happen (the Tibetan Heart Sutra is longer than the Chinese one, and begins with "Thus I have heard"...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Re: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

Thanks for the replies. Thanks for explaining the difference between the two. What is the difference between Amitābha and Amitayus practice? I know Tibetan Buddhists do Amitayus practice for a long life, but what is the purpose of Amitābha practice? So Amitābha recitation is practiced, except the ma...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Arya Sanghata Sutra (or which is more powerful: good or bad karma?)
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Arya Sanghata Sutra (or which is more powerful: good or bad karma?)

I've recently started reciting the Arya Sanghata Sutra, after reading this as a recommendation on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book. Reading, reciting or hearing it recited can clear away karma even from committing the Five Great Offences. I'm curious about the part where the Buddha talks abou...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Thanks for the replies. I saw a YouTube ad tonight for a lucky bracelet, accompanied by a testimony of a woman who claimed her life made a turn for the better when she bought one. I looked up the shop (which has the audacity to use the title 'Buddha') and found it to be a scam that has left quite a ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

I'm curious about Amitābha and Amitayus in Tibetan Buddhism. As far as I know, in East Asian Buddhism (including the Pure Land traditions), the Buddha of Limitless Light and Life was and is referred to as 阿彌陀, pronounced using the local pronunciation of Chinese characters (in modern Mandarin, Amituo...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Is it possible for karma to "infest" or "adhere" to inanimate objects? For example, someone buys a computer that he is told is stolen property, and then uses that computer to produce Dharma materials and other products. Would everything that is produced by the computer then be "tainted" with the kar...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions about empowerments and jenang
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Questions about empowerments and jenang

This weekend, His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche will be giving teachings at my local Tibetan Buddhist temple. On the Sunday afternoon, there will be a White Manjushri Jenang. Could somebody please explain what a "jenang" is and how it differs to a standard empowerment? Does it involv...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Need help from someone who can read both Chinese and Tibetan
Replies: 2
Views: 1422

Need help from someone who can read both Chinese and Tibetan

My friend gave me a link to a site that has instructions on how to offer incense to the hungry ghosts. After doing some research, I've concluded that it is a sur offering. However, I haven't been able to find a version with romanised Tibetan. I do read some Chinese, but I know very little Tibetan - ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:37 pm
KiwiNFLFan wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am
... is one here, but ...
that guy strongly supported dol'gyal. be careful what you print, lol.
I know, that's why I asked.

Thanks for the info, guys.
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

I'm not sure you're allowed to download and print out the images on Himalayan Art. There's nothing that indicates this.
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

Does anyone know any places where you can download free, legal, high-definition pictures of Tibetan Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and print them out for your own altar? I know there is one here , but 1) not all the pictures I want to print are shown; and 2) the guru was quite controversial and discussion...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 4607

Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

Is it normal in Tibetan Buddhism to accept someone you haven’t personally met (but that your mentor/teacher has met)? Can you become the disciple of a guru without meeting them in person (and/or receiving a transmission and/or empowerment from them)?
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 13
Views: 1647

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: 13
Views: 1647

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...

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