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by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment

Don't forget dukkha. What do you mean? Should I keep so suffering and dissatisfaction and mind? As others have said, happiness that depends on impermanent conditions will pass away when those conditions pass away. The First Noble Truth is dukkha. It's also one of the Three Marks of existence. Suffe...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?

Observe over time what supports your practice and what hinders it.
At the same time, see how your life is with more practice versus with less.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhism Reviewing Sexist Teachings in Sacred Texts
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: Buddhism Reviewing Sexist Teachings in Sacred Texts

Under such circumstances, various Buddhism sects promoted the discriminatory “salvation doctrine” that states women will be "salvaged" after being reborn as men. This is an unfortunate misframing and mischaracterization of Amida's 35th Vow, but an understandable one, given the sexist behavior possi...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 51
Views: 1492

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Have you looked into the Chenrezig or Amitabha practices? They both involve a continual sense of the buddha, which is beneficial to self and others. In the Kagyu lineage, Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche have some helpful teachings on these buddhas. In Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Li...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Re: Zen Practice

I like Opening the Hand of Thought, as far as books go.
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 21
Views: 1098

Re: Father has cancer.

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Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu
Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu
Namu Amida Butsu Namu Amida Bu

May your father be born in Amida's pure land of bliss and light.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 20
Views: 733

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

Recite verses of bodhicitta, such as Shantideva's. His Guide is not only inspirational but very instructive with many examples and explanations. An invaluable resource worth owning in paper. Lama Zopa Rinpoche suggests taking everyday activities as the basis of a bodhicitta aspiration . I like to ma...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Stepping Down

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by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Why we wish to be reborn in Sukhavati
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Why we wish to be reborn in Sukhavati

18. 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 there, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment. Excluded, however, are those who ...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

Some things take longer than others. An aspiration is always the beginning. If it takes you 1,000 aspirations to finally make a positive change, then it would be a shame if you stopped at 999. I'm sorry there are things that seem stuck, I'm familiar with that situation. It really does just take time...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 1013

Re: Liberate all living beings

:good: Thank you, the quote ties in nicely with the benefits of things such as dharanis, mantras, and the names of buddhas. For instance, Master Shandao says mindfulness of Amida itself teaches right mindfulness of Amida. Master Honen says Amida's name is a vessel of Amida's countless buddha virtues...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 895

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

For Shin reading, Shinran Works is probably already in your list but worth mentioning. I've found an occasional lack of clarity around Shinran's (and Honen's) teaching in third-party sources. Reading Honen and Shinran directly makes me want to say nembutsu rather than think about it. I think that's ...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions

It is through taking pleasure in space that one understands all the doctrines.
Fascinating. What does it mean here?
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 470

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

rory wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:06 am
The important thing is to get a practice book, beads and start chanting Amida's name!
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by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 470

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

My only caution about the Daily Practices book that Sonam mentions is that if you're generally new to Mahayana, it's a dive into the deep end. I second the recommendation for "Going Home to the Pure Land" by Shi Wuling. It's Chinese Pure Land and includes reciting the Shorter Sutra, as well as the r...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

Welcome.
This is a realm with characteristics of delusion and suffering. The Pure Land is a buddha-field with characteristics of Amida's 48 Vows and bliss.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 470

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Promise of Amida does contain theory and practice instructions, but since it's a collation of Master Honen's writings, there's some amount of repetition. It can also be hard to track which letter contains which teachings. The intro provides a summary of each writing, which helps somewhat. His One-Sh...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Irreversible bodhisattvas
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: Irreversible bodhisattvas

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