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by 明安 Myoan
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Minimum number of recitations?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Minimum number of recitations?

Whats the minimum number of recitations so that Amitabha will come get you when you die? According to the Contemplation Sutra, calling out Amitabha Buddha's name even once while dying, praying to be born in his land, is enough to attain birth there. This is considered the lower limit of practice, a...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land mystycism
Replies: 19
Views: 2184

Re: Pure Land mystycism

"Horizontal Escape" and "Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith" are different editions of the same work.
BWF is available for much less than $800 :)
There's also this legally free version online, from YMBA.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: dad just passed away
Replies: 8
Views: 172

Re: dad just passed away

Namu Amida Bu
Namu Amida Bu
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Namu Amida Bu

Namu Amida Bu
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Namu Amida Bu

Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Bu
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Benefits of Unceasing Prayer
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Benefits of Unceasing Prayer

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions. Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. When sentient beings constantly and reverently prostrate themselves before Amida Buddha with their body, Amida Buddha will see them. When they arouse themselves to...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Time Management Experience
Replies: 10
Views: 666

Re: Time Management Experience

I'm also curious to hear Könchok's experience :) Seeing daily/ordinary life as a continuous practice: * Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind * The Wheel of Sharp Weapons * Thich Nhat Hanh's gathas for daily life activities * Zopa Rinpoche's Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhicitta in Daily Activities * Mas...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen discursive problems
Replies: 13
Views: 520

Re: Tonglen discursive problems

Apply it to your daily relationships and problems, especially when you feel unhappy or angry all of a sudden, or distracted by unhappy ideas. Practice turns into insight when it becomes personal and specific to how you deal with daily life. The Lojong Slogans are a great guide to the ins and outs of...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time for new friends?
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Time for new friends?

Just continue to study and explore applying the Buddha's advice and techniques. He spoke about what kinds of qualities in friends will help us be happy, and which qualities and activities to avoid, because they cause harm to everybody. And as you learn new ways of learning from situations, you gain ...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?

Hi, Kiwi. I follow a different school, but am in the same situation, as a Pure Land Buddhist in another Western country. There are no Jodo Shu temples in my city or state, and I don't even know any other Buddhists in person, all online. Fortunately, there are temples that have online services, espec...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitofo or amituofo?
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Amitofo or amituofo?

Here is a good explanation on pronunciation from Purelanders.com. I didn't settle on a pronunciation until deciding to formally join a school. I variously said Namo Amitabha, Namo Amitabhaya, Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Bu, Namandabu, briefly Om Ami Dewa Shri. I said just "Amitabha!" for a long wh...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

Hi, Kiwi. In the Pure Land Sutras, Avalokite and Mahasthamaprapta assist Amida Buddha. Their appearance and beneficial activities are described for example in the Contemplation Sutra. Shinran, Honen Shonin, and Master Shantao all teach that, in accordance with the Contemplation Sutra, when we think ...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisatva's way of life translations
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Bodhisatva's way of life translations

Here's a link to Berzin's translation.

Chapter 6 on the Perfection of Patience is very helpful for anger.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisatva's way of life translations
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Bodhisatva's way of life translations

Hi, there are a few versions I've found. There's this version from the FPMT (available for free when you make an account). It's arranged in Tibetan book form, which makes it easy to chant a few verses each day. There's this version from Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace . It has a lot of commenta...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prayers for beings in the Beast/Animal realm
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Prayers for beings in the Beast/Animal realm

If I understand your question correctly, FPMT is a good resource for practices to benefit animals, most of which require no special transmission.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Vows and Bodhicitta Upkeep
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: Bodhisattva Vows and Bodhicitta Upkeep

Read a little Shantideva every day :smile:
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 5
Views: 383

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: 348

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: 655

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...

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