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by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Great River Sutra
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Great River Sutra

Evidently there is one sutra, at least, that speaks of benefits from using a prayer wheel.

Anyone familiar with Chu klung chen po’i mdo - The Great River Sutra ?
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Mantrik wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am
Also found this guidance:
https://earthsanctuary.org/pdf/Use_Bene ... Wheels.pdf
That is an excellent little article!

Evidently there is one sutra, at least, that speaks of benefits from using a prayer wheel. Anyone familiar with Chu klung chen po’i mdo (The Great River Sutra)?
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

https://d1w7fb2mkkr3kw.cloudfront.net/assets/images/book/lrg/9780/8617/9780861711741.jpg https://www.bookdepository.com/Wheel-Great-Compassion-Lorne-Ladner/9780861711741 it can be of use :) Yes indeed Javier, unless your guru teaches you about the value of using the wheel, this book may be the only...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Mine just arrived - a small Ebay purchase. I plan to replace the prayers inside, but can there be several, printed in the right direction, or is just one mantra permissible? My instinct tells me just one as you can only recite one at once. Yes on many inside, but merit and blessings involve body, s...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

In the valuable Wheel of Great Compassion book, (page 41ff) the Fourth Panchen Lama gives the benefits and how to properly build one. The devotion and wisdom put into the construction is important, yet the devotion of the user is also so. I will guess, and it is only that, the devotion of the user i...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

I have just gotten my own and must say it seems to be true! :twothumbsup: I think it is partially due to the fact that one has to focus a little on the hand which can lead to developing of mindfulness and also the meaning behind the wheel and its religious significance make it easier for altruistic...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Many people have noted how having a prayer wheel near them helps them to meditate more effectively or to more easily develop positive states of mind. Though Tibetans may begin engaging in the prayer wheel practice based on faith, I suspect that most continue to engage in it based on their own exper...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

In a realm far away the Buddha Padmanetra gives advice to a group of bodhisattvas who are going to visit this realm: Once you are in that realm, be careful. Why? Because among the beings of that realm desire, anger, and dullness are rife. They have no regard for mendicants and no regard for brahmins...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 759

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Sādhaka, No expert am I, but if Dawa means month, a lunar month from New Moon thru Full, back to New, I would guess merit multiplying occurs on every one of those days. The maximum would be on the day of the Full Moon. Now how exactly the length of the Full Moon day is measured and how or if merit i...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 115
Views: 10685

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor.
Benjamin Franklin
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 149
Views: 29724

Re: Dharma Gems

As a river rushes to the sea,
As the sun and moon glide across the mountains of the west,
As days and nights, hours and moments flee,
Life flows away, inexorably.
Padmasambhava
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta Motivation
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

Re: Bodhicitta Motivation

The fundamental nature of consciousness and its attributes cannot be separated, just as fire cannot be separated from heat. But these qualities are not manifest. It is like a sword whose sharpness remains invisible while the blade is in its sheath, or like a mirror, which has the capacity to reflec...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

More from Kyabje Zopa on the Wheel of Great Compassion which is the book this extract came from: The prayer wheel is a manifestation of the Compassion Buddha's holy speech. Through this practice, one then achieves the holy mind, holy body, and all the qualities of the Compassion Buddha. Some readers...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 145
Views: 37869

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Translations for large sutras are slow, but 84000 has started several chapters of the Avatamsaka. From the Tibetan, while checking the Chinese I am guessing.

http://read.84000.co/section/O1JC114941JC14666.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 145
Views: 37869

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Perhaps more scholarship than many care about, but a good study of the varied Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese etc. translations of the corpus:

http://imrehamar.elte.hu/downloads/Refl ... HamarI.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Here is another PDF version:

Golden-Light Sutra.pdf
(729.62 KiB) Not downloaded yet
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Most of us have heard that our Buddha, in a previous lifetime, gave his body to a starving tigress. This event, in prose and verse, is told in chapter 18 of this sutra. The Tathagata said that sacrifice was a major step toward buddhahood for him. Here is how that chapter ends: I, the Tathagata Shaky...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 3401

Re: Favorite Sutra?

For those who prefer books to pdfs ... There are PDFs on sutrasmantras.info? Honestly, the site is a bit difficult to navigate. My mistake; the individual sutras are all html at the site. Although, if one takes the trouble to copy them into Word or OpenOffice you can make a PDF. The books are avail...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 22
Views: 3041

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

A recent talk from a Bhikshu on merit for Pure Lands:

http://www.cttbusa.org/talks/43.asp
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 759

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

I searched 84000.co in vain: could someone kindly provide me with a link to the Prajñā­pāramitā­sūtra (pdf in preference) Have a good Saga Dawa time and thanks. There are many PP sutras, of varying lengths. Here is one PDF from 84000 (click on Published texts only): http://read.84000.co/section/O1J...

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