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by Jainarayan
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do you experience PL?
Replies: 49
Views: 4048

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: 1714

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.
by Jainarayan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rat catcher
Replies: 12
Views: 901

Re: Rat catcher

Thanks for all the ideas guys.." Have cleaned up the back yard and removed sources of food.... Yes we do feed the birds and also dog poop is here from time to time so will work on these two areas next. Do this also... where you know the rat feeds or has been feeding, or may feed, sprinkle cayenne p...
by Jainarayan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rat catcher
Replies: 12
Views: 901

Re: Rat catcher

It's simple... a Hav-A-Hart trap. I trapped 4 raccoons that invaded my attic that way, a mother and two kits, and another adult. Then re-location at least a few miles away. There are Hav-A-Hart traps for different size animals. However, it can take several days to a week or two to finally catch the ...
by Jainarayan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How does one celebrate the numerous Bodhisattva Birthdays?
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: How does one celebrate the numerous Bodhisattva Birthday

I'm just catching up on reading, so I may have a few questions... When one goes into a Catholic church for the meditation and/or candle lighting, do you simply make a respectful bow or nod? When I've been to a Catholic wedding or funeral I did a bow. I consider Jesus something of a bodhisattva, but...
by Jainarayan
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How does one celebrate the numerous Bodhisattva Birthdays?
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: How does one celebrate the numerous Bodhisattva Birthday

I'm just catching up on reading, so I may have a few questions... When one goes into a Catholic church for the meditation and/or candle lighting, do you simply make a respectful bow or nod? When I've been to a Catholic wedding or funeral I did a bow. I consider Jesus something of a bodhisattva, but ...
by Jainarayan
Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?
Replies: 18
Views: 2347

Re: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?

Is it simply personal preference whether one uses "Namo Amitābha", "Namo Amituofo", "Namo Amitābha Buddha", "Namo Amitābhāya" (Sanskrit dative " to Amitābha"), Namu Amida Butsu, and so on? AFAIK it's the meaning & qualities of the Buddha that one is mindful of that is the important aspect and not t...
by Jainarayan
Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?
Replies: 18
Views: 2347

Re: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?

Is it simply personal preference whether one uses "Namo Amitābha", "Namo Amituofo", "Namo Amitābha Buddha", "Namo Amitābhāya" (Sanskrit dative "to Amitābha"), Namu Amida Butsu, and so on?
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: lonely or antisocial?
Replies: 21
Views: 1358

Re: lonely or antisocial?

Yet somehow I know that I should make a bigger effort to make some more friends in my life. Why? Do you feel the need for more company and more friends, or is it because it's what society expects and the media portray? Or are you happy with your own company, with limited social interaction? I have ...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hanuman in Vajrayana
Replies: 25
Views: 3557

Re: Hanuman in Vajrayana

As far I know, there are a few secret mantras practiced in tantric sadhanas, but the common hindu mantras don't require any transmission. It is very, very different from Vajrayana. Actually, it is also possibile to perform homa (fire puja) to hindu gods without any initiations. You can even find in...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 11805

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

Well, maybe it's time I came out of the closet and admitted I've left Hinduism behind and adopted Amitābha Pure Land. While I do believe in the Hindu deities, I don't think they are 'God'. I think they are supra-mundane beings, on a higher plane, in a different dimension than we are. In fact as far ...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hanuman in Vajrayana
Replies: 25
Views: 3557

Re: Hanuman in Vajrayana

...the common hindu mantras don't require any transmission. Correct. Initiation (transmission) is required from a guru only for beej (bija) mantras (not that I can think of any off the top of my head). Nama mantras such as om sri hanumate namaha, om sri ganeshaya nahama, om sri ganapataye namaha, o...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 6139

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

The publisher would only be deprived of profits if you took the book out of the library copied it, and gave it to your friends. This is why most large copy shops in the US will not copy books. The copy shop would be making a profit on copying the book and not returning anything to the publisher. Th...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 6139

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

Of course, Amazon has forced B&N into near bankruptcy. And libraries around the US are shuttering their doors. Excuse me, I work for B&N. We are quite healthy, thank you very much. Don't believe everything you read in the WSJ (a purchased copy I hope). My county library has been on an expansion and...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 6139

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

There are technological safeguards against photocopying and digital copying. If they are not employed by the publisher or distributor, that says to me they are well aware that the materials will be copied. One can go into a Barnes & Noble, get a Starbucks coffee, sit and read a book cover to cover, ...
by Jainarayan
Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: humans descended from sex between a chimp and a pig
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: humans descended from sex between a chimp and a pig

This kind of gives new meaning to the phrase "men are just pigs".
by Jainarayan
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Native vs. Tibetan language
Replies: 56
Views: 5008

Re: Native vs. Tibetan language

Would this include translating mantras into the vernacular? Syllables in Sanskrit encapsulate a lot of meaning that is otherwise inaccessible in translation. Mantra syllables need to be preserved in Sanskrit because the emphatic particles especially have specific meanings and significance that can'...
by Jainarayan
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Native vs. Tibetan language
Replies: 56
Views: 5008

Re: Native vs. Tibetan language

...then people can compose their own prayers and commentaries, or do their practices exclusively in English with it being completely valid and orthodox, rather than reciting in Tibetan and then in a dead tone saying the English. In due time the English traditions would be settled and have less need...
by Jainarayan
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Native vs. Tibetan language
Replies: 56
Views: 5008

Re: Native vs. Tibetan language

...then people can compose their own prayers and commentaries, or do their practices exclusively in English with it being completely valid and orthodox, rather than reciting in Tibetan and then in a dead tone saying the English. In due time the English traditions would be settled and have less need...
by Jainarayan
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Native vs. Tibetan language
Replies: 56
Views: 5008

Re: Native vs. Tibetan language

Thanks all. :namaste: I agree with Malcolm. I've been at this for more than 4 decades and have visited many TB centers all over the world and have never heard a session ended with OM AH HUNG. OM AH HUNG Badzra Guru Pema Siddhi Hung -- yes, that definitely. Maybe that's what the source was referring ...