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by Devotee
Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva practice
Replies: 12
Views: 3484

Re: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva practice

in fact, in the Sutra, Guan Yin Bodhisattva herself praises Ksitiagrbha. They're portrayed as Shakyamuni Buddha's entourage. it is perfectly compatible. you could choose a regular practice from the two, and use the other as a supplement (Guan Yin everyday and Ksitigarbha on weekends or vice versa, f...
by Devotee
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello (or as the young say, what up)
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Hello (or as the young say, what up)

Catmoon: Shingon is an esoteric sect, I think *not to be confused with Klingon, from Startrek hahahahahahaha :p*

TKTRU: Welcome! I do remember you from the e-Sangha days. Together with Ven. Huifeng, Henry, and others, you always had good answers to my questions. We're lucky to have you. :D
by Devotee
Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?
Replies: 10
Views: 4356

Re: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?

Cool! I've been a volunteer for 5 years now. Most English translations that we use come from Buddha Gate and/or Buddha Mind, and also a few files from Ven. Huifeng of FGS. I volunteer as an acolyte, and occasionally, a cook. :P The Shifus here are also very busy, we used to have a Chinese Mandarin c...
by Devotee
Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?
Replies: 10
Views: 4356

Re: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?

Woohoo! Chung Tai! Hahahaha.... Seriously, you're the first Chung Tai Dharma-brother that I've seen in a forum :p I'm attending the branch in Manila. :-) They chant the Cundi Mantra everyday for their evening recitation, at 4 pm. Usually, they chant the Diamond Sutra, the Great Compassion Mantra, an...
by Devotee
Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?
Replies: 10
Views: 4356

Re: Any1 practising Cundi mantra here?

I did chant Cundi Bodhisattva mantra but not very often nor do I see many people do from my experience only of course. Maybe Cundi Bodhisattva doesn't have asa much affinity with saha world as other great bodhisattvas. Peace in Chan Bodhi, are you by any chance a disciple of Chung Tai Chan? Because...
by Devotee
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about Medicine Buddha
Replies: 26
Views: 3482

Re: Question about Medicine Buddha

Hi! I dont know exactly to wich tradition belongs Medicine Buddha, so thats why i am posting in this subforum. What i would like to ask is: do you see Medicine Buddha as a real being able to physically heal someone under certain circunstances (like, deep recitation of His name, long practice, etc)?...
by Devotee
Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Incense burning box
Replies: 14
Views: 2351

Re: Incense burning box

Wow. Impressive. :-) That's what real incense is to me--fragrant wood in its purest form. When I dont have incense, I do something similar---powdered cinnamon smells great, and works like a self-igniting incense powder. Just sprinkle a layer over ash, light with a lighter until an ember glows, and i...
by Devotee
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Incense burning box
Replies: 14
Views: 2351

Re: Incense burning box

Most Tibetan and Indian incense brands are good. Avoid incense that is heavily colored and smells artificial, as is the case with mainland Chinese/HK and American incense. If you have access to it, Taiwanese incense seems to be moderately priced compared to Tibetan and Indian incense, and is quite g...
by Devotee
Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Incense burning box
Replies: 14
Views: 2351

Re: Incense burning box

The tar problem is common for all types of incense burners, esp those with lids on them. But for some people, this is sort of a good thing; the tar you would otherwise inhale is blocked by the cover. The cover develops a resinous patina with continued usage, and acts like a filter. Good quality ince...
by Devotee
Tue May 25, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do any of your sanghas practice Medicine Buddha regularly?
Replies: 20
Views: 2407

Re: Do any of your sanghas practice Medicine Buddha regularly?

The Medicine Buddha is very important to us. Though our lineage is Linji (Zen, and not Esoteric), we still consider the Medicine Buddha Sutra to be one of the most important. In fact, during the Rainy-Season retreat period, all temples under the Chung Tai Chan lineage recite the Medicine Buddha Sutr...
by Devotee
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tibetan Yoga Longevity Practice only 15 minutes a day
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Tibetan Yoga Longevity Practice only 15 minutes a day

May I ask a question? I do not want to disparage or insult, I'm just really bewildered. Buddhism strongly teaches the idea of "impermanence," telling us that the physical body will die. And we see that it's true. Will these exercises prolong lifespan? And if it does, will it at least help in the pro...
by Devotee
Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land as a meditation practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 3780

Re: Pure Land as a meditation practice?

The nuns/monks at our temple advise mantra or Buddha-name recitation as a practice for Zen. I was taught that essentially, when one cannot do techniques such as mindfulness of the breath, breath-counting, koans, or what they call "the meditation on compassion" (similar to Metta in Theravada), silent...
by Devotee
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: WOMEN ONLY PLEASE!
Replies: 16
Views: 2167

Re: WOMEN ONLY PLEASE!

Master Shih Cheng Yen of Tzu Chi is a woman, and she really embodies compassionate/humanistic Buddhism. Perhaps she's a woman, and thus possesses motherly instincts? :p I took refuge under Master Wei Chueh of Chung Tai. However, the branch where I am is run by women; we have an abbess, not an abbot....
by Devotee
Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: How to best render 罪 into English?
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: How to best render 罪 into English?

I've seen most translations as "Karmic offenses" (accurate in my opinion, though rather academic, and it begs the question: "Who is being offended?"). Perhaps "karmic faults?" "Wrong doings"? (Although this again raises the question of "wrong" vs "right," duality, etc) Also, "harm." As in, "the harm...
by Devotee
Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Using a Mala
Replies: 21
Views: 6470

Re: Using a Mala

For the number 108, I once read (sorry, I forgot the source) that: Three causes of sufferings (greed, anger and ignorance) multiplied by the three ways of producing bad karma (body, speech, and mind), multiplied by the three world-systems (that is, past, present, and future), multiplied by the four ...
by Devotee
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Modern Buddhism and Stupas

Speaking from experience, Chinese monastics are very willing to teach Dharma. They do so with zeal and vigour. What prevents them from teaching to non-Chinese is their lack of linguistic variety; it's only now that Chinese monastics are learning non-Chinese languages, but even then, they are very fe...
by Devotee
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantras for Multiplying Merit
Replies: 5
Views: 1565

Re: Mantras for Multiplying Merit

Well, if that's the case, how come these mantras still exist or are needed? It would be nice to know the roots of many practices done...
by Devotee
Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantras for Multiplying Merit
Replies: 5
Views: 1565

Mantras for Multiplying Merit

(I do not know where to post this... sorry...)

Can anyone please share and explain the mantras Tibetan Buddhists recite to multiply the merits of other activities?

Are these Sutric, or revealed through the masters of Vajrayana?

Thank you!
by Devotee
Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Special Days
Replies: 74
Views: 25857

Re: Special Days

Well, for the Chinese calendar, certain festivals/deities are incompatible with certain Zodiacs. Unlucky zodiacs are adviced to stay away from certain deities (this is totally compatible with Taoist cosmology where everything is based on duality, etc). In Chinese Buddhsim, we are taught that certain...
by Devotee
Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Calendar
Replies: 144
Views: 8471

Re: Special Days

Well, for the Chinese calendar, certain festivals/deities are incompatible with certain Zodiacs. Unlucky zodiacs are adviced to stay away from certain deities (this is totally compatible with Taoist cosmology where everything is based on duality, etc). In Chinese Buddhsim, we are taught that certain...