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by 明安 Myoan
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: New to the forum

Hello and welcome! Another fan of FPMT and Zopa Rinpoche here, although I follow a different lineage. In Portland also :hi:
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can a Lazy Person Awaken? Split from Zen forum
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

According to Bankei, Generally speaking, Zen teachers nowadays instruct people by setting up rules or using devices. Believing that without devices they can't manage, behaving as if without them it's impossible to instruct anyone, they're unable to teach by simply pointing things out directly. To t...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?

Hi, I've attached two images. One is an image I like to open when I use my computer, mostly for work. It's the central Amida Buddha image at Chion-in Temple in Japan, the main Jodo Shu temple in Japan. The other attachment shows where I place the output window for my work software. When I see work a...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11863

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Karma.
And adapting to one's situation and resources.
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Purification
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: Question about Purification

Seconded for 35 Confession Buddhas. The FPMT and Thubten Chodron both have great resources.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11863

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I think it depends on which teachers inspire you to practice which methods.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the application of practicing nagarjuna middle way in real life?
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: What is the application of practicing nagarjuna middle way in real life?

If someone reads and want to apply nagarjuna middle way discourse in real life, how would he do? will he know that all things have no position and simple dont have clinging or no intentional action? what is the real application in terms of experience ? pls use conventional language and words to say...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Best way to print pictures for shrine?
Replies: 3
Views: 1315

Re: Best way to print pictures for shrine?

Yes, think of typical frame sizes if you have the option to change (or specify) the image size.
I have a few art prints that would need a custom frame made to house them, which is kind of a bummer.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Blessings for rebirth in Sukhavati
Replies: 12
Views: 689

Re: Blessings for rebirth in Sukhavati

If good men or women simply hear the Name of this buddha [Amitāyus Buddha] or the names of those two bodhisattvas [Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva & Mahāsthāmaprāpta Bodhisattva], the evil karma that would bind them to birth and death for innumerable kalpas will be extinguished. And so, how much more me...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The flow of time
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: The flow of time

Individual perception depends on karma :smile:
by 明安 Myoan
Wed May 27, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharani to develop mental strength
Replies: 19
Views: 754

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: 16
Views: 1013

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: 236

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: 1884

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: 397

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: 397

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: 800

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: 99
Views: 4031

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: 397

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: 1608

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...

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