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by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Travelling on the sunrays
Replies: 72
Views: 1326

Re: Travelling on the sunrays

Well, although everyone knows already, aspirational bodhicitta is a siddhi before your very eyes :smile: Think of the magical transformative power it brings through your thoughts, words, and actions. I think siddhis are really interesting. They seem to be par for the course when you look at the live...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation

Hello, Mariel. Here is the Lotsawa House translation in English that I like very much. There are also a few other translations available, such as Spanish and Portuguese :) You can compare the three and get a different sense of the meaning that way.

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by 明安 Myoan
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Travelling on the sunrays
Replies: 72
Views: 1326

Re: Travelling on the sunrays

:good:
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi All
Replies: 9
Views: 175

Re: Hi All

Welcome! One of my favorite things about Dharma Wheel is how you can explore most of the major schools of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism just by browsing any of the subforums. There's always something interesting to read.

:twothumbsup:
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling

ratna wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am
If you put this mantra from the Manjushri Root Tantra between the pages of your Dharma book, there will be no fault when the book is stepped over, etc.

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by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 36
Views: 1803

Re: Admin comings and goings

Hopefully Grig sees this question, but is there something we can change in the policy to make these positions less stressful for the people who take them on?
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 166
Views: 31971

Re: Dharma Gems

"O beginners, many of your fear that thoughts arising in your mind will tempt you, and so you follow your breath and maintain a state of no-thought, thinking that this is the ultimate. You seek to improve in this way, but cannot. Thought is of two kinds. One is negative and the other positive. Nega...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do I reconcile Buddhavacana with later textual interpolations?
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: How do I reconcile Buddhavacana with later textual interpolations?

Greetings again, Lokottara :smile: Here are some ways I look at it. There are the the Three Marks of Existence , such as impermanence, which apply to the sutras. On that subject, the Longer Sutra says all the Buddhist sutras will pass away from the world, leaving only Amida's name, then that too wil...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 20
Views: 744

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

:good:
Compassion and wisdom are natural qualities we have, with an unlimited potential to reveal and nurture them.
The Buddha is so optimistic about our potential and our value that he taught the Dharma for 45 years for our benefit.

:thumbsup:
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?

The Contemplation Sutra of the Three Pure Land Sutras gets quite specific :) Take a look through this library of free Sutras from time to time and you'll find other specific instructions as well, even if you don't necessarily intend to try to follow them. It can give you an appreciation for the brea...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Does buddhānusmṛti make you more compassionate?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Does buddhānusmṛti make you more compassionate?

To explain the Jodo Shu side as I understand it, The Three Minds of the Contemplation Sutra as explained by Master Shantao include several aspects perfumed by compassion, such as sincerely wishing what is beneficial for oneself and others and avoiding that which is harmful for oneself and others; fe...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Does buddhānusmṛti make you more compassionate?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Does buddhānusmṛti make you more compassionate?

Yes.

You can consider the general benefits of buddha-remembrance (e.g. here), as well as the benefits associated with the particular buddha or bodhisattva, such as the nature of their vows.
For instance, the Sūtra of Amitāyus Buddha.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: Which school...?

:thumbsup: According to the interpretation of our Jodo Shu, "Cultivating the heart for birth in the Pure Land is referred to as aspiration for enlightenment." To be born in Amida Buddha's Pure Land, we need only to say Namu-Amida-Butsu and believe without a doubt that we will attain birth there. Res...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Trouble with Vegetarianism
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Trouble with Vegetarianism

Are you familiar with mantras? For example, you can recite Chenrezig's mantra "om mani peme hung" with the wish that this animal being will be forever freed from lower birth, through the blessings of Chenrezig. Such a benevolent wish also benefits your mind. This can be done for animals and insects,...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 409

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

It also occured to me. Try looking for a Zen place that has Avalokiteshvara ceremonies weekly or monthly, attend and ask questions about compassion in Zen. I found Dogen's Instructions to the Cook to have valuable teachings on compassion (such as Nurturing Mind ) and concern for one's daily life. Pl...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 409

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

Remember the Four Great Vows, or at least bodhicitta, and you'll find the right fit somewhere :heart:
I changed traditions several times. The time spent in each was very precious and taught me a lot, although at the time, I was often a bit preoccupied :smile:
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: Which school...?

Greetings, Arrau. In Shinran's Hymns of the Dharma Ages , he writes: Amida, Avalokitesvara, and Mahasthamaprapta Ride on the ship of the great Vow; Going out on the ocean of birth-and-death, They call to beings and bring them on board. In Shinran's Hymns on Benefits in the Present , he writes: When ...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Greetings

:hi:
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Observation = Ego?
Replies: 47
Views: 862

Re: Observation = Ego?

Agreed with JD. Also, it's possible for awareness to be non-discursive, but it's unfortunately easy to go astray, just from lack of familiarity. A teacher (or at least a positive intention) will help us stay ahead of anxiety about experience and discernment. Also, the importance of motivation is str...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: love towards one's mother
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: love towards one's mother

I've read love described as sincerely wanting someone to have happiness and the causes of happiness. That doesn't always feel like we expect love to feel.

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