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by Jainarayan
Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this gym rat says to me
Replies: 18
Views: 706

Re: So this gym rat says to me

smcj wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 2:01 am
Diet and exercise don’t work either. I know. I’ve tried that dozens of times.
Truly. They say abs are made in the kitchen. Well, I'm always in the kitchen and I ain't seen no abs!

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
by Jainarayan
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Pronounciation
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Pronounciation

In addition to what Grigoris said, the stress is on the ro... vy-RO-chuh-nuh. Sanskrit is generally, but not always, stressed on the 2nd to last syllable... PrajApati, YogAnanda, VivekAnanda, etc.
by Jainarayan
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who might these be?
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Who might these be?

Shakyamuni statue or picture can be depicted in various ways and they are related to major events of his life. With the earth touching mudra there should be a begging bowl (i.e. related with the event). Aksobhya bronze statue, which is in this book , is matching. Or you can check out "The Iconograp...
by Jainarayan
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who might these be?
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Who might these be?

Very cool. Thanks guys... :smile: I believe the left is indeed Amoghasiddhi. The right might be Ratnasambhava. You are correct about the rupa on the left. Although he shouldn't really be holding a begging bowl. The one on the right is either Shakyamuni (although he would normally be holding a beggin...
by Jainarayan
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who might these be?
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Who might these be?

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:39 pm
I believe the left is indeed Amoghasiddhi. The right might be Ratnasambhava.
Thanks. I see Ratnasambhava images with the right palm up, this one is down. Makes a difference?
by Jainarayan
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who might these be?
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Who might these be?

These are 2 small bronze and brass statues I have. I'm not exactly sure who they are. I thought the left one might be Amogasiddhi and the right a general depiction of seated Gautama Buddha.Or they both are a general sitting Buddha. Thoughts?
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by Jainarayan
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

if I wanted to use this formula for more buddhas / bodhisattvas I would have to learn the basics of Sanskrit grammar. Learning to inflect their names wouldn’t be terribly difficult. It’s just a matter of making a cheat sheet. Names and other nouns, and pronouns are actually pretty easy. If I’m not ...
by Jainarayan
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

1: In 'āya', the letter a with the line over it is to represent emphasis, correct? Is it necessary? So would this work, I want to say a reverence phrase to Akṣhobhya Buddha; namo akṣhobhāya buddhāya, or namo akṣhobhaya buddhaya? No, the ā represents long a, as in father. Short a is like about. Each...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

How splendid. Now I get to learn too. But this inflection for agreement across all terms is optional, yes? ... Yes, of course. I meant to point out that the rules of grammar are often dispensed with for devotional practice. Even among Hindus, who are usually sticklers for reciting mantras and sloka...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Balanced vegetarian diet
Replies: 59
Views: 3438

Re: Balanced vegetarian diet

Indian vegetarian cooking is very easy. Like Italian cooking with its basic tomato sauce and pasta, Indian cooking starts with a basic tomato sauce (the curry: tomatoes, garlic, ginger, onions) can blenderize a boatload of it, separate and freeze it in containers. I use about a cup of it for each re...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

Yeah I just looked at a the standard Tibetic dedication at at the opening of the LS and saw namaḥ sarvabuddhabodhisattvebhyaḥ, which made me second guess myself. I think I was confusing the nama with the nāma infix you find in constructions like Ākāśagarbhanāmamahāyānasūtra. Yep, that too. sarva .....
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

namasaddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtrāya The sandhi might dictate an initial geminated "s," I'm not actually sure of that. The sandhi for visarga (ḥ as in namaḥ) is namaḥ saddharma... No change in the visarga before a sibilant. Consider oṃ namaḥ śivāya . Yeah I just looked at a the standard Tibetic dedication...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

I am pretty sure all the nouns and adjectives have to be in the same case. Checked... Yes, all in the dative. Consider the Shivopasana (Shiva's epithets)... Namaste astu bhagavan vishveshvarāya mahādevāya tryambakāya tripurantakāya trikagnikalāya kalagnirudrāya nilakanthāya mrutyunjayāya sarveshvar...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

My other concern is that ive seen sutra and sutraM. Sūtra is a masc. a-stem (nom. sing. sutraḥ), so the final <m> is the accusative, the direct object of a verb... sūtram aham namami or sūtram namamyaham (or any word order): "I revere [the] sūtra" (ok, not the best example of a sentence :shrug: ). ...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1480

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:50 am
namasaddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtrāya

The sandhi might dictate an initial geminated "s," I'm not actually sure of that.
The sandhi for visarga (ḥ as in namaḥ) is namaḥ saddharma...

No change in the visarga before a sibilant. Consider oṃ namaḥ śivāya.
by Jainarayan
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 4241

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

I put it in one of those japa bead bags cause I don't think people are supposed to even see my mala(that's my own preference). I was told by a Hindu pujari (priest) to cover the mala when doing japa. No one is supposed to see it. He said by others seeing it, it renders the japa round invalid. Thoug...
by Jainarayan
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo

Interesting. According to wikipedia it says Namo' mitabhaya, but there doesn't seem to be much evidence behind that. ... If so Namo'mitabhaya could be the correct version, but I'm still not so sure. It is correct. Namah + a(mitabha) = Namo'mitabh + āya, the dative case (to/for) = Reverence/obeisanc...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo

Interesting. According to wikipedia it says Namo' mitabhaya, but there doesn't seem to be much evidence behind that. ... If so Namo'mitabhaya could be the correct version, but I'm still not so sure. It is correct. Namah + a(mitabha) = Namo'mitabh + āya, the dative case (to/for) = Reverence/obeisanc...
by Jainarayan
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do you experience PL?
Replies: 49
Views: 5836

Re: How do you experience PL?

How do you know Amitabha (or any other Buddha) and his Pure Land (or any other PL) are real? I think it's a state of mind, and within us. I think it's not unlike Jesus saying the kingdom of God is within, or Hindu jivanmukti. I don't think you have to die and go anywhere to experience the Pure Land...
by Jainarayan
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: why i say the nembutsu...
Replies: 14
Views: 2192

Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Nice! :applause: I think I should recite this when offering at my shrine, as well as other times, of course. If this doesn't engender mindfulness, I don't think anything will.

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