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by 明安 Myoan
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Vajrasattva

Diamond recitation is a useful alternative to vocal recitation.
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

Honen Shonin recommended putting own-effort towards studying and upholding the Three Minds and Four Modes. There is no contradiction with doing this and riding the ship of Amida's vow. Looking up to Amida Buddha with each recitation, during all kinds of activities. Honen Shonin and Zendo (Shantao) b...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

Having faith in Amida is nevertheless an intentional act. If one does not intend it, then there is no relationship with the religion at all. I agree. It reminds me so much of the Christian faith I thought I had left, that it makes me wonder if I should have left it. I spent time in both as well. I ...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

It would be a misunderstanding, as I tried to clarify above.

Here's a post from PC with some additional reading on the topic.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

I think Honen Shonin's essential advice is if studying and upholding the precepts supports your nembutsu practice, then uphold them. They're a support for wellbeing, like staying healthy. Otherwise, these practices aren't indispensable, nembutsu is. That's the basic "lifestyle" advice I think. Thank...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

"Promise" is a large book. There's a summary of each chapter in the first section, which is useful for finding topics. Regarding the Ten Precepts, Honen Shonin says he "earnestly desires" that we uphold them. This is in line with his advice to make our lifestyles supportive of nembutsu. Page 318 in ...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 822
Views: 30928

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

JD -- Honen Shonin suggests holding the juzu at all times. I figured if I have to wash my hands more, probably my cell phone and juzu need cleaning, too. I'm thinking home use only. Good luck with the Zoom service! Make sure to mute everybody :smile: Rinkaian Temple has been doing Zoom Jodo Shu serv...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 822
Views: 30928

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Dad, mom, step-mom, close friend are immunocompromised. Having a vaping habit, I'm thinking this is a good time to quit with the respiratory connection. The added stress of chaotic work hours and the lockdown are making it an interesting time to abandon sense pleasures. I've been thinking this is an...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: help enriching availabilities
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: help enriching availabilities

I've translated some Pure Land works (including the Shorter Sutra ) into Esperanto . It's unfortunately all on a corporate site for now, and I haven't translated anything new in a while. This thread may inspire me :smile: There are some Esperanto resources about Buddhism available, but not many book...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum? I'm a bit confused each website says a different thing
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: What is the meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum? I'm a bit confused each website says a different thing

Bokar Rinpoche says in "Lord of Love" that the mani mantra is another name for Chenrezig.
The six syllables of the mantra are also associated with the Six Paramitas.

Part of what the mantra means is found in reciting it regularly over time, especially as a prayer to benefit others :smile:
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unfounded Doubts about Teachers
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Unfounded Doubts about Teachers

Look for the perfection of the teachings.
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)
Replies: 29
Views: 2311

Re: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)

The Vajrayana teachings on bodhicitta are a precious resource for any Buddhist. Some of my other favorite resources: * Berzin Archies -- Tibetan Buddhism * Daily Lojong * Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Teachings There are also mantras open to everyone, such as those of Chenrezig, Am...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?
Replies: 6
Views: 1495

Re: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?

... :good: Prevention is key, like Padma said. Do your best. Keep the kitchen clean. Plug holes. Move plants. Clean around the house. Remove food sources outside. Secure your garbage cans. Repellants by and large have never worked for me, but sometimes mantras and prayers have. It depends on your i...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bathing Purification
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

Re: Bathing Purification

From FPMT : Bathing, Washing, and Brushing Your Teeth When you take a bath, shower, wash your hands, brush your teeth, and so forth, think: I am washing away all the stains of delusions of all sentient beings. Or when you bathe or shower, visualize making a bath offering to your Guru. If you have r...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 4228

Re: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

I think a good sign is how much their presentation of the teachings speaks to you and begins to inform your daily life and approach to practice.

I think PeterC hit the nail on the head.
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Turning the Light Around?
Replies: 29
Views: 1267

Re: Turning the Light Around?

... I've only ever trained in concentrative meditation and my mind naturally wants to settle upon objects. Is the key here to sit in nonmeditation, keeping the mind free of all external entangling objects, until a moment of satori strikes? Concentration is great. It's a limb of the Eightfold Path o...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question about secrecy within Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1347

Re: A question about secrecy within Tibetan Buddhism

I think we need to be careful about the whole concept of "secrecy". In vajrayana culture it means something much broader than merely "nobody else is supposed to know". That may be included, but it is not the whole point, perhaps even not the main point. One way to think about it might be to say tha...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The 'Reality" of the Pure Land and Amida
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: The 'Reality" of the Pure Land and Amida

AJP wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:39 pm
To get close you need to recite the Name. Western Philosophy has no way of resolving this matter.
:good:

See what the name is like across moods, situations, and difficulties.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The 'Reality" of the Pure Land and Amida
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: The 'Reality" of the Pure Land and Amida

There was this discussion on r/Mahayana recently that might be of interest.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Burning Negative Karma
Replies: 16
Views: 1247

Re: Burning Negative Karma

You are not separate from the buddhas and bodhisattvas in that way.
Shantideva wrote:The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions.
Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them.
:anjali:

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