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by gingercatni
Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2768

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

so to invoke Ganesha, how do we do that? Do we recite the long mantra above in the sutra or is there another way? Also is the Hindu mantra the same as the Buddhist one? Are they the same Ganesha's? this confuses me because Hindu's are under the impression they are not. Thanks.
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2768

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

Kanjur (Peijing # 338) Volume NG Homage to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Thus have I once heard: The Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha together with a great community of 1250 monks and of Boddhisattva-Mahasattvas. At that time the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda: “O Ananda, the tas...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2768

Re: Ganesha or Ganapati

thanks but really didn't give me the answers I was after :smile: Was Ganesha really just brought into Buddhism to satisfy Hindu converts? I just don't understand his place in Buddhism.
by gingercatni
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ganesha or Ganapati
Replies: 18
Views: 2768

Ganesha or Ganapati

Hello Can anyone explain to me what Ganesha or Ganapati (same person?) means in Buddhism? I read a rather horrible explanation that he is a form of Avalokitesvara who after killing Ganesha took his head and wears it as a protector. Is this true? I cannot imagine Avalokitesvara killing anything, he/s...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ratana Sutta
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Ratana Sutta

Hello, can anyone tell me whether the Ratana Sutta is the origin of Ratnasambhava Buddha or even about him?
by gingercatni
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 23326

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

How can a person prove that enlightenment exists, or that Bodhisattvas or Buddhas exist? What empirical evidence is there that any of the sutras, suttas, tantras and whatnot are true? I mean, most Buddhists are non-theistic. I too am a skeptic and was lead to believe that there isn't a personal god...
by gingercatni
Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada
Replies: 62
Views: 10361

Re: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada

1. Amida's help is an act of grace. Much like the Christian God, he doesn't expect anything -- whether it be roasted lambs or good works -- in exchange for his help. Once you've settled on Ojo then enlightenment in guarranteed and there is nothing more to do. No sacrifices to make. No priests to pan...
by gingercatni
Thu May 31, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Advyavajra sangrah
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: Advyavajra sangrah

Sections of the Advayavajrasaṃgraha have been translated by various different authors over the years. AFAIK no one has done a complete translation yet. Most of the following have been translated from the Sankrit. The translations by Tony Duff are from the Tibetan. The following are listed according...
by gingercatni
Tue May 29, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Advyavajra sangrah
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Advyavajra sangrah

Hello

Does anyone know where I could possibly find an english copy of the Advyavajra sangrah? I've searched online and cannot seem to find anything, any help would be very much appreciated :twothumbsup: :namaste:
by gingercatni
Thu May 17, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 3999

Re: Amitabha dies?

[quote="gingercatni"]This is an excerpt from the Heart sutra, via a commentary of said sutra, can someone explain this? A. Amitabha dies? B. Avalokitesvara becomes Ratnasambhava buddha? Good sons, after the period of the true dharma of Amitabha Buddha has vanished, when a bright star [that might be ...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 3999

Re: Amitabha dies?

We gonna have to trust that Buddha will not abandon us before he leaves because of his compassion. well I suppose in some ways there are some great mis leading elements to sutras, however I suppose a buddha doesn't actually leave their Buddha field after completing their vows, they must retain some...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 3999

Re: Amitabha dies?

mmmmm, this sutra has kind of disappointed me......... how are we to know this hasn't already happened? :crying:
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha dies?
Replies: 24
Views: 3999

Amitabha dies?

This is an excerpt from the Heart sutra, via a commentary of said sutra, can someone explain this? A. Amitabha dies? B. Avalokitesvara becomes Ratnasambhava buddha? Good sons, after the period of the true dharma of Amitabha Buddha has vanished, when a bright star [that might be Venus] appears after ...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 22973

Re: The Lotus Sutra

In the human world there are people with the same name yet they are different persons. There are persons with the name of a city (Paris), yet they are persons and not the city. True, but this is such a significant name, I wonder why then Ratnaketu Buddha's name was changed at all to create such obv...
by gingercatni
Wed May 16, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Incense
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Incense

it is primarily used as one of the offerings when a shrine is opened. But it also helps stimulate the practitioner during meditation. Sandalwood incense is featured heavily through many sutras.
by gingercatni
Tue May 15, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 22973

Re: The Lotus Sutra

why in the lotus sutra is Ratnasambhava referred to as a Buddha field and not a Buddha? I know Ratnasambhava's original name was Ratnaketu and it changed to Ratnasambhava, but it seems rather odd to me. Any ideas? :shrug:
by gingercatni
Sat May 12, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada
Replies: 62
Views: 10361

Re: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada

I personally think the Japanese brand of PL is quite narrow minded, such as only belief in other power, i.e., Amida, and not too keen on precept. I also find it difficult to swallow when Heart Sutra is forbidden in their tradition. In Chineses PL tradition, however, it is much more open and less do...
by gingercatni
Mon May 07, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras with Ratnasambhava Buddha
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Sutras with Ratnasambhava Buddha

Hello Can anyone point me in the direction of some sutras containing reference to Ratnasambhava Buddha? His original name was Ratnaketu. I have searched high and low for some sutra's and tantras but most are out of print or not even available to my knowledge. If you can help I'd be very grateful! :s...
by gingercatni
Mon May 07, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: iconography
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: iconography

http://cttbusa.org//amitabha/amitabha.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; In the six periods of the day and night a heavenly rain of mandarava flowers falls, and throughout the clear morning, each living being of that Land, with sacks full of the myriads of wonderful flowers, makes o...
by gingercatni
Sun May 06, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Society
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Re: Pure Land Society

steveb1 wrote:Please do keep us posted about your site and its future developments :)

will do! :namaste: