Wednesday, July 29, 2015

No More Massacre And Its Banned In 2019.

Gahimai festival – An old practice.
According to legend, the first sacrifices in Bariyapur were conducted several centuries ago when Gadhimai appeared to a prisoner in a dream and asked him to establish a temple to her. When the prisoner awoke, his shackles had fallen open and he was able to leave the prison. As a promised he builds the temple and where he sacrificed animals to give thanks.

Is a sacrificial ceremony that is held every 5 years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur, in Bara District, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the capital Kathmandu in the southern Nepal, near the Indo-Nepal border, adjacent to Bihar.
The event involves the large scale sacrificial slaughter of animals including water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chickens, and pigeons – with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, thegoddess of power. It is estimated that 250,000 animals were sacrificed during the Gadhimai festival of 2014.
In a significant move that will save the lives of millions of animals, the practice of sacrifice has been banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai festival, the world’s biggest animal sacrifice event held every five years.The temple trust announced its decision on Tuesday and urged all devotees not to bring animals to the festival, a religious practice that had been continuing for the last 300 years.

“The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life,” the chairman of the trust, Ram Chandra Shah, said in a statement.
“For generations, pilgrims have sacrificed animals to the Goddess Gadhimai, in the hope of a better life. For every life taken, our heart is heavy. The time has come to transform an old tradition. The time has come to replace killing and violence with peaceful worship and celebration,” he added.
No more retribution, No more earthquakes. Apparently claims that the magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal was nature's retribution to an alleged massacre of animals slaughter.
Om Mani Padme Hum Hrih.
Om Mani Padme Hum Hrih.
Om Mani Padme Hum Hrih.

Thank you for reading and may you find peace and joyfulness within yourself while you are reading this blog.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit:-
So nam di yi tham chay zig pa nyi
Thob nay nye pa'i dra nam pham jay nay 
Kye ga na chi'i ba lab thrug pa yi 
Si pa'i tso lay dro war drol war shog.

By this merit may we obtain omniscience then.
Having defeated the enemies wrong-doings.
May we liberate migrators from the ocean of existence. With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.

News reported and credited to Skynews on Wednesday 29/07/2015.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Living Journal - Be A Buddhist Outside And Inside the Temple.

I am going to share with you some of the very interesting teachings by His Eminence The 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche. Rinpoche indeed was one of my best teacher, and I had received many of His empowerments and Dharma teachings dated back as early as in the Year of 2005. 

Here are some of the interesting Dharma teachings by Rinpoche.
[In summaries] 

Are you really a Buddhist ?
Many people who believed that they are Buddhist,but they do not live as Buddhist. If you were to ask,;Are you a Buddhist? Do you live life as a Buddhist ? 
Rinpoche pointed out that there are four different type of people.

Four different type of people 
[1] Buddhists, but do not live life as Buddhists.
[2] Buddhists,and live life as Buddhists.
[3] Not Buddhists, but live according to * Buddhist tenets.
[4] Non-Buddhists, Who do not believe in Buddhism

* What is Buddhist tenets ?
[1] Believe in Impermanence.
[2] Pleasure will become suffering.
[3] Believe in selflessness. 
    (nothing is independent or solid or permanent)
[4] Believe that nirvana is peace.

Be A Buddhist Outside And Inside the Temple.
When practitioners differentiate the secular from spiritual, and their practice will never be perfect and successful.This is related to our attitude and actions.
Example,In your daily life, You get angry, jealous, greed, envy, you get attached to many things and you just don't care and continue to do horrible nasty things! BUT when you enter the Monastery, Temple, Buddhist center, you start behaving like a Buddhist! If you are a Buddhist , you have to be a Buddhist both outside and inside the temple.
How to be a Buddhist inside/outside the temple ? When you hold a mala , you "feel" you are holy, you feel you are a Buddhist, at that moment, you don't get angry, jealous, greed, envy and no more attachment, but once you have stopped chanting and out of the temple, it's a different story, everything is back, you are angry and irritated when people say bad thing about you, your desire for something that you used to, smoking, alcohol drinks,gambling. etc..
No time to practice
When your master asks you to practice, but your answer will always be; Rinpoche, I am so busy every day and I don't have the time to practice, and I can't even practice or focus for 5 minutes, because i am having backache, leg pain, headache etc..

But then again, when you are watching movies, TV or online, you are glued to it for hours  and hours without feeling any discomfort. This shows that everything we do, is just a matter of habits.


I have learned a great lesson from His teachings, sometimes i react the same ways too, when someone has said some nasty things or raise their voice to me. I am not a perfect person, but i will keep reminding me and trying to be mindful that the effects of the five poisons are actively within my body, speech and mind.


Thank you for reading and may you find peace and joyfulness within yourself when you are reading this Dharma.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit:-
So nam di yi tham chay zig pa nyi
Thob nay nye pa'i dra nam pham jay nay 
Kye ga na chi'i ba lab thrug pa yi 
Si pa'i tso lay dro war drol war shog.

By this merit may we obtain omniscience then.
Having defeated the enemies wrong-doings.
May we liberate migrators from the ocean of existence. With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.

Friday, July 24, 2015

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Chokhor Duchen - July 20, 2015.

One of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar is today July 20. Also known as the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma, Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. 

For seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. After this period, Indra and Brahma offered a dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Shakyamuni to teach. Chokhor Duchen commemorates the Buddha's first sermon and the teaching of the Four Noble Truths. In Buddhism this event is known as the ‘turning of the wheel of dharma’. Theravada Buddhists remember this event on Dhamma Day, also known as Asalha Puja, in reference to the month in which it occurs.

Accepting, Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching on the Four Noble Truths.
On today the effects of positive or negative actions are and will be multiplied by 10,000,000 ten millions times.


Thank you for reading and may you find peace and joyfulness within yourself while you are reading this blog.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit:-
So nam di yi tham chay zig pa nyi
Thob nay nye pa'i dra nam pham jay nay 
Kye ga na chi'i ba lab thrug pa yi 
Si pa'i tso lay dro war drol war shog.

By this merit may we obtain omniscience then.
Having defeated the enemies wrong-doings.
May we liberate migrators from the ocean of existence. With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.



Friday, July 10, 2015

Please Stop The Extremism - Self Immolation Campaign

Please Stop The Extremism - Self Immolation for Free Tibet campaign.

As of 11 April 2015 there have been about 138 reported self-immolation in Tibet since 27 February 2009, when Tapey, a young monk from Kirti Monastery.

He set himself on fire in the marketplace in Ngawa CityNgawa County, Sichuan China.


In 2011 a wave of self-immolation by Tibetans in Chinese-occupied Tibet, as well as in India and Nepal, occurred after the self-immolation of Phuntsog of 16 March 2011 in Ngawa County, Sichuan. Protests are ongoing.


Most of the protesters have been monks and nuns, or ex-monksSome of the protesters who set themselves on fire were teenagers.

Self-immolation protests have become less frequent in 2013 and 2014 but these and other protests are taking place over a widening area of Tibet. Some Tibetans have also set themselves alight outside Tibet and China. 



Most such incidents have taken place in China's Sichuan province.Especially around the Kirti Monastery in Ngawa city, County, Sichuan in Gansu Qinghai and Tibet Autonomous region. Self-immolation protests by Tibetans also occurred in India and Kathmandu, Nepal. 



Although many monks and nuns have set themselves alight, most self-immolation protesters were not from religious institutions. 
They include teachers, students and herdsmen, as well as mothers and fathers.The youngest was just 15 years old.
Om Mani Pad me Hum, Om Mani Pad me Hum.
may my prayers and thoughts are with you ! 
Please stop self immolation, stop self scarifying. By doing this extremist self destruction will not end the crisis completely and against the teaching of Buddha. 

The free Tibet campaign should be in a non violent, non extremism ways and in a true Buddhism path. Please stop self-immolation ! My thoughts and spirits will always be right with you , Please support us for Free Tibet campaign in a non violent acts ! 

PLEASE STOP SELF-IMMOLATION, 
PLEASE STOP SELF-DESTRUCTION.
PLEASE STOP SELF-SCARIFYING.

南無阿彌陀佛 
願往生淨土
南無阿彌陀佛 
願往生淨土
南無阿彌陀佛 
願往生淨土
Om Mani Padme Hung
Om Mani Padme Hung
Om Mani Padme Hung
Om Ami Diva Hri
Om Ami Diva Hri
Om Ami Diva Hri
Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pedma Sidhi Hung
Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pedma Sidhi Hung
Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pedma Sidhi Hung

People fight in the name of their religion,

People die in the name of their religion,

But many never follow and practice in the name of their religion's teaching.

Thank you for reading and may you find peace and joyfulness within yourself while you are reading this blog.



Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit:-
So nam di yi tham chay zig pa nyi
Thob nay nye pa'i dra nam pham jay nay 
Kye ga na chi'i ba lab thrug pa yi 
Si pa'i tso lay dro war drol war shog.

By this merit may we obtain omniscience then.
Having defeated the enemies wrong-doings.
May we liberate migrators from the ocean of existence. With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Why Doing Prostration ?

In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there are two forms of prostration. They are: short and long prostration. 

(1) It helps to overcome from your ego and deluded pride, and makes you             peaceful and humble. 

(2) In short prostration you touch the five points of your body on the ground -      forehead, two hands, and two knees. 
(3) In long prostration you lay down your whole body on the ground like a tree      trunk falling on the ground. It is best to ask your teacher to teach on how      to do it properly and traditionally. 


WHEN TO PRACTICE PROSTRATION 

You can do at any time of the day or night. However, doing prostration on a particular sacred or holy day is extremely powerful and effective. Due to the sacredness of the day, the merit or virtue created through the practice of prostration becomes much more powerful. 

It is said in the Sutra that your merit and virtue become a thousand times stronger compared to the rest of the time. So, doing more prostration on a sacred day is important. For instance, doing more prostration on the day of a full moon generates greater merit. 


WHAT SHOULD ONE SAY WHEN DOING PROSTRATIONS 

There are several mantras and prayers that one can recite while doing prostrations. Your mind must be filled with mantra sound or mantra syllables. Or one should recite the following mantras mindfully with a feeling of respect and humility. Also, one should have a feeling of regret towards the negative actions that one has committed in the past followed with a firm resolution and feeling of admiration to enlightened beings’ spiritual qualities.

Here are the mantras.

(1) Taya tha - Om muni muni maha muni yeh soha  [ Sakyamuni Buddha ]
(2) Om varja sattva hung phet  [ Vajrasattva Bodhisattva ]
(3) Om Mani Pad Mey Hung  [ Cherenzig / Avalokestisvara / Kuan Yin Pusa ]
(4) Om Ah hung Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hung [ Guru Rinpoche ]


One can recite any of the above mantras when you do prostration. It is important and highly beneficial when you employ your body, speech, and mind during the entire prostration time. Bodily perform the prostration, verbally recite the mantra, and mentally reflect on the meaning of the mantra. 



BENEFITS OF PROSTRATIONS 

The practice of Prostration is one of the most effective ways to generate merit and virtue. Doing prostration is not that difficult and painful. In general, there are many benefits to making prostrations. However, the following are some of the most prominent: 
• Purification of negativities and karmic obscurations created over the series of past and present lifetimes. 
• Accumulation of merit for uninterrupted spiritual growth and to gain swift     spiritual realization. 
• It implants the seeds of the three Kayas within your mind stream. 
• It helps to overcome from your ego and deluded pride, and makes you peaceful and humble. 
• It releases physical and mental tension and knots 
• It unblocks and clears out the psychic nerve system and other channels through which the vital energy flows. 
• It creates lightness, agility, flexibility, or even suppleness in your body by getting rid of physical lethargic feelings. 
• It burns fats in your body and helps one lose weight. It also helps to increase your digestive function. 
• It cures many of the chronic illnesses primarily caused by karmic debts. 
• It reshapes your body and mind, since the prostrations are good exercise in the ordinary sense, and in the ultimate sense it is a yogic training of body and mind to lay down the groundwork for a sound base for spiritual development.

You will surely feel a great difference in your body, speech, and mind after making 21 or 108 prostrations each day for two to three weeks and also while reciting mantras.

Thank you for reading and may you find peace and great bliss. With your support it helps spread the Buddha's precious teachings and turning the Dharma wheel in the world.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit:-
So nam di yi tham chay zig pa nyi
Thob nay nye pa'i dra nam pham jay nay 
Kye ga na chi'i ba lab thrug pa yi 
Si pa'i tso lay dro war drol war shog.


By this merit may we obtain omniscience then.
Having defeated the enemies wrong-doings.
May we liberate migrators from the ocean of existence. With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.