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by 明安 Myoan
Wed May 27, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharani to develop mental strength
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Dharani to develop mental strength

Have you browsed Rulu's site? Many of the mantras have associated sutras which are also on the site.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat May 23, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Remember their wish to help you.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat May 23, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Using sound
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Using sound

Mantras and buddha names are unique and nurturing sounds as well.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche wrote a book on Tibetan Sound Healing involving syllables also. I haven't read it but am a fan of his work and style.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 22, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1035

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

As Queequeg said, simplicity is often just a wide open gateway to lifelong practice, which is not easy for anyone in Samsara, as problems and confusion are inevitable for everyone. In Honen Shonin's school of Jodo Shu, the nembutsu is taught to be reciting "Namu Amida Bu(tsu)" whether walking, stand...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu May 21, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

:thumbsup: That's true. Honen Shonin often recommends the attitude of Amida Buddha as parent, and Kannon Bosatsu and Seishi Bosatsu as close friends. Some passages: The third [of the Four Practices] is the uninterrupted practice. This is to think of the Buddha always and to maintain a mind desirous ...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu May 21, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

I think it's a very good article on the JSRI's site. Especially for understanding the unique role of auxiliary practices in Jodo Shu, an exclusive nembutsu school. You're right that the awakening of faith and nembutsu as the basis are key points that tie these ideas together, as illustrated in the J...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon May 18, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: kick-starting meditation anew
Replies: 15
Views: 505

Re: kick-starting meditation anew

You can make use of your daily life to develop your good qualities and overcome your harmful ones. The Buddha said training in this way supports your meditation practice and general wellbeing: [Ananda:] "What, O Venerable One, is the reward and blessing of wholesome morality?" [The Buddha:] "Freedom...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun May 17, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bad deeds with good intention
Replies: 96
Views: 2152

Re: Bad deeds with good intention

Hello, I'm wondering, how can one avoid commiting bad deeds, when one's intention is good? It has happend many times, that people were commiting negative deeds, but their intention was good, How can one avoid commiting bad deeds, when you're really confident, that your behaviour is good and that yo...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat May 16, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

Have another look at chapter 4 in the Senchakushu, on the Three Classes of People. More food for thought.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 15, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: How does offering music work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: How does offering music work?

When one offers music via playing a bell, drumming, singing, gongs, bowls, horns, flutes, strings, etc. how does one offer it? The idea of offerings is we are offering our attachments of enjoyment of our senses. We're offering our dharmas, our judgements of things we like and enjoy and sometimes th...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon May 11, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)

It's still worthwhile to correspond by email or private message :smile: I've met some nice people on here that way. Honen Shonin says we should encourage and support other practitioners. This supports one's own faith too.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue May 05, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Question About Kuan Yin
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Question About Kuan Yin

Hi, Kensho. Avalokiteshvara appears in the Three Pure Land Sutras . If you search the PDF for "Avalokite," you'll find lots of results. Generally speaking, Avalokite and Mahasthamaprapta help Amitabha Buddha bring sentient beings to his land as attendant bodhisattvas. Once there, they both teach sen...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat May 02, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Responding to praise and compliments
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Responding to praise and compliments

:good:

Shantideva said to see it as the appreciation of good qualities. We aren't the first ones to be patient or what have you, after all. He also suggested praising others' good qualities in their absence, and avoiding discussions about others' faults.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat May 02, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Origins of Vajrayana
Replies: 27
Views: 1171

Re: Origins of Vajrayana

but i'd like to know if by practicing Vajrayana we are actually practising reformulated shivaism? No :good: One example is the four arms of Chenrezig represent or recall to mind the Four Immeasurables, not what someone else's arms may represent. And Vajrayana (and Mahayana) practice take root in bo...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 01, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Having a hard time with the state of things
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Having a hard time with the state of things

I would also like to share an excerpt from the Longer Sutra (PDF page 45). Here, Dharmakara has just finished making his 48 Vows or promises to sentient beings in front of Lokeśvararāja, the Buddha of his land. These verses are perfumed with his 48 Vows, in condensed form. They are sometimes chanted...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 01, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 754

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

You can develop qualities like patience, sincerity, and receptivity to non-conceptual benefits, as well as blessings which are recognized later, but nonetheless received.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 01, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

Devotion in the sources of true refuge gives inspiration. People need inspiration to do difficult things. Overcoming our greed, anger, and confusion is a difficult thing. Cherishing others more than self is a difficult thing. So inspiration becomes very important, a kind of blessing, a support, all ...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri May 01, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Having a hard time with the state of things
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Having a hard time with the state of things

I've been thinking about the same sort of thing lately. The Contemplation Sutra says nembutsu purifies negative karma. For example, when you recognize anger or fear in your heart, then remember the help of Amida Buddha, of nembutsu, this is called the Profound Heart. That is, we're seeing our ordina...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?
Replies: 19
Views: 733

Re: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?

The Lojong Slogan "Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation".

More reading.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on Well-wishing thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Question on Well-wishing thoughts

The true ennemy is ignorance in them, self-centerdness. If you take your worst ennemy and change his selfish mind by an open mind full of boddicitta, you would want to see them all the time. You have been hurt by ignorance working through those persons. Your enemy is ignorance. You could destroy ig...

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