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by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 10
Views: 173

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

Some things take longer than others. An aspiration is always the beginning. If it takes you 1,000 aspirations to finally make a positive change, then it would be a shame if you stopped at 999. I'm sorry there are things that seem stuck, I'm familiar with that situation. It really does just take time...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 834

Re: Liberate all living beings

:good: Thank you, the quote ties in nicely with the benefits of things such as dharanis, mantras, and the names of buddhas. For instance, Master Shandao says mindfulness of Amida itself teaches right mindfulness of Amida. Master Honen says Amida's name is a vessel of Amida's countless buddha virtues...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 655

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

For Shin reading, Shinran Works is probably already in your list but worth mentioning. I've found an occasional lack of clarity around Shinran's (and Honen's) teaching in third-party sources. Reading Honen and Shinran directly makes me want to say nembutsu rather than think about it. I think that's ...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions

It is through taking pleasure in space that one understands all the doctrines.
Fascinating. What does it mean here?
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 340

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

rory wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:06 am
The important thing is to get a practice book, beads and start chanting Amida's name!
:bow:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 340

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

My only caution about the Daily Practices book that Sonam mentions is that if you're generally new to Mahayana, it's a dive into the deep end. I second the recommendation for "Going Home to the Pure Land" by Shi Wuling. It's Chinese Pure Land and includes reciting the Shorter Sutra, as well as the r...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

Welcome.
This is a realm with characteristics of delusion and suffering. The Pure Land is a buddha-field with characteristics of Amida's 48 Vows and bliss.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 340

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Promise of Amida does contain theory and practice instructions, but since it's a collation of Master Honen's writings, there's some amount of repetition. It can also be hard to track which letter contains which teachings. The intro provides a summary of each writing, which helps somewhat. His One-Sh...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 655

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

And practices support and contain each other. For instance, when you interrupt a thought to return to nembutsu, that's "stopping" as a support for nembutsu. If, during anger, you think "this is an affliction" and return to the method, that's insight. Or if you rouse the strong determination to be bo...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?
Replies: 23
Views: 427

Re: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?

:good: I like to share links, quotes, and such on Reddit. I have a Pure Land Tumblr but I've restarted it a few times. Time to add some stuff to the queue again :smile:
I think if someone responds positively to the beauty of a thangka or statue for example, that's a very good thing for them.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 127
Views: 16254

Re: Thread with no words

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by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 158
Views: 11039

Re: Daily Lojong

:bow: Thanks for finding and sharing these teachings.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sutras To Enshrine At Home
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Sutras To Enshrine At Home

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by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sutras To Enshrine At Home
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Sutras To Enshrine At Home

Yes, for example :) I have in mind sutras that specifically enumerate benefits for those who copy, enshrine, or even just have the sutra in their home, such as the bolded sections in the passages above. E.g. the section in the Infinite-Life Resolute Radiance King Tathāgata which begins, "If there ar...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sutras To Enshrine At Home
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Sutras To Enshrine At Home

最勝佛頂陀羅尼淨除業障咒經 Sūtra of the Buddha-Crown Superb Victory Dhāraṇī Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the Tang Dynasty by The Tripiṭaka Master Divākara from India Thus I have heard: At one time the Bhagavān was staying in the Anāthapiṇḍika Garden of Jetavana Park in the city kingdom of Śrāvastī, ...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sutras To Enshrine At Home
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Sutras To Enshrine At Home

Thanks to Rulu's site , I found these sutras which, if enshrined, bring measureless benefit to the practitioner and to everyone in or near the house :smile: Please include any additional sutras you know of that bring benefit just from being copied or enshrined. :buddha1: 佛說大乘聖無量壽決定光明王如來陀羅尼經 Buddha P...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 462

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Shantideva's work spans teachings on how to reveal uncontrived compassion as well as a chapter on the Perfection of Wisdom at the end that may interest you. If you read the other chapters first, you'll know how to integrate this experience you have so that it brings happiness to yourself and others....
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 462

Re: We dont exist anywhere?

Buddhas are not only immeasurably wise but also immeasurably compassionate. Emptiness of self and others is our buddha-potential, there's no conditioned self to keep authority or to have the final say. Impermanence of self and others is where the merits necessary to realize buddhahood, i.e. virtue a...

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