Showing posts with label Holy places. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holy places. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Saga Dawa Duchen And The Vesak Day

 " I am the chief of the world,
  Eldest am I in the world,
  Foremost am I in the world,
 This is the last birth,
 There is now no more coming to be."
Afterbirth, the Buddha began walk on the 7 lotus steps, He stopped with his noble voice shouted.

"Profound peace, natural simplicity, uncompounded luminosity, I have found a nectar-like Dharma"
The enlightenment of the Buddha at the age of thirty-five in Bodhgaya.
"It is in the nature of all things that take form to dissolve again. Strive with your whole being to attain perfection"
The passing of the Buddha's Paranirvana in the forest grove in Kusinagara, India. 

May 10, 2017 Wednesday is a day that fill with many special events:-
1) Shakyamuni Buddha Purnima/Visakha.
2) Full Moon Day of Vesak / Saga Dawa Duchen
3) Amithabha Buddha Prayer Day
4) Sojong Practices ( Eight Mahayana Precepts Practice)
According to Vajrayana practice, on this day, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10,000,000 times if one committed.
The Buddhas Vesak Day / Saga Dawa Duchen 2017 in the following Asia countries:
  1. South Korea Buddhas Birthday -  May 3rd
  2. Macau              Buddha's Birthday -  May 3rd
  3. Taiwan             Buddha's Birthday  - May 3rd
  4. India                 Buddha Purnima    - May 10th
  5. Bangladesh     Buddha Purnima     - May 10th
  6. Thailand          Visakha Bucha Day - May 10th
  7. Malaysia          Wesak Day                - May 10th
  8. Singapore        Vesak Day                 -  May 10th
  9. Cambodia        Visak Bochea Day   -  May 10th
  10. Sri Lanka         Vesak Poya               -  May 10th
  11. Myanmar         Kasong                      -  May 10th
  12. Indonesia         Waisak Day              -  May 11th
  13. Bhutan              Saga Dawa Duchen - June 09th
  14. Tibet                  Saga Dawa Duchen - June 09th
Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and attained parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he died.

Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, was born in India 3,000 years ago. There are various opinions concerning the exact dates of his birth and death, but according to Buddhist tradition, he is said to have been born April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although other Buddhist scholars place his birth five hundred years later.

Come this Wednesday, May 10 its known as the Vesak day in many Asian countries. In Tibet it is known as the “Saga Dawa Duchen” and this festival is usually held at the 4th month of the Buddhist Calendar and this year it fall on the June 09, 2017.  
Saga Dawa is called the "month of merits" for Tibetan Buddhists. Dawa means "month" in Tibetan, and "Saga" is the star prominent in the sky during the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar when Saga Dawa is observed. Duchen means "great occasion." Saga Dawa Duchen usually begins in May and ends in June.

The Vesak Day or Saga Dawa Duchen day is the single most holy day of Tibetan Buddhism. Like the Theravada observance of Vesak. Saga Dawa Duchen commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of our  historical Lord Shakyamuni Buddha.

This is a month especially dedicated to "making merit." Merit is understood in many ways in Buddhism. We can think of it as the fruits of good karma, especially when this brings us closer to enlightenment.

In early Buddhist teachings, the three grounds of meritorious action are generosity (dana), morality (sila), and mental culture or meditation (bhavana), although there are many ways to make merit.
Amithabha Buddha Prayer Day
"If you wish to come and be born in my realm, you must always recite my sacred mantra again and again, you must always keep this thought in mind without letting up, and thus you will succeed in coming to be born in my realm. 
If my 48 Great Vows do not come to pass, may I not attain my enlightenment".
Amitabha Buddha 48 Great Vows

The Tibetan word of "Dewachen" literally means the celestial mandala or the Amithabha Buddha pure land, and in Sanskrit name is Sukhavati and in Chinese is 西方極樂淨土. The Sacred Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha was delivered by Shakyamuni Buddha at the Vulture Peak in Rajagriha, India.

Amithabha  Buddha 南無阿彌陀佛 he is represents the Padma Lotus family. Amitābha means "Infinite Light" so Amitābha is also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light".

He is the Buddha of the West direction.
His Mantra is " OM AMI DEVA HRIH " 
His Mantra in Chinese is " 南無阿彌陀佛 " 
His syllable is "Hrih" 
His color is in red.
His element is signifies or represents fire 
His symbolism is the Lotus.
His wisdom is signifies as Inquisitive and the wisdom of observation.
His hands mudras are signify as Meditation.
He is symbolizes or associated with summer season.
His consort is Pandara.
Sojong Practices ( Eight Mahayana Precepts Practice)
Sojong and its definition (Practice of Confession) by the second Buddha of Oddiyana.
"So" means to replenish, virtue and purify.
"Jong" means harmful deeds as the Tathagata has taught the practice of Sojong. 

Sojong is the Tibetan language and it's also known as the 八關齋戒 or the Eight precepts by the Mahayana practitioners. 
The observance of the Eight Precepts or Sojong Practices:-
1-To refrain from killing.
2-To refrain from stealing.
3-To refrain from sexual misconduct.
4-To refrain from lying and intoxication.
5-To refrain from taking a high or luxurious seat.
6-To refrain from singing and dancing.
7-To refrain from wearing ornaments.
8-To refrain from eating after midday.

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

Aspiration For Bodhichitta
For those in whom the precious Bodhichitta has not arisen
May it arise and not decrease
But increase further and further.

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

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A Land Will Leave You Spellbound - Sikkim India.

Sikkim was blessed by Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, the great Indian Buddhist saint who visited Sikkim in the 8th century and consecrated the land, meditating at its four corners to rid it of all negativity. He is believed to have hidden many secret teachings, which he prophesized would be discovered in the future by those specially blessed by spiritual powers. 

Today Sikkim has nearly 200 monasteries and Lhakhangs and the influence of Buddhism is felt in nearly every corner of the state. From the fluttering prayer flags to the sacred caves, lakes and stupas, the images and symbols of Buddhism retain a freshness undimmed by the passage of time. 
Sikkim paid homage to its patron saint by constructing the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world atop the Samdruptse hill near Namchi in South Sikkim. The grand 138 ft statue was unveiled in February, 2004 and has been crafted according to details specified in religious texts. The statue is visible from as far away as the India-Nepal border and Darjeeling. It has already become a major pilgrimage site with both domestic and foreign tourists making it a part of their itinerary. A two-kilometre long ropeway will soon connect the Samdruptse hilltop with Namchi. Sikkim, is truly a land of the Buddha that will leave you spellbound.
His Holiness the Karmapa' principal seat in exile is the Rumtek Monastery Sikkim India and also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. Rumtek is one of the most significant and largest monasteries in Sikkim, Rumtek is perched on a hill overlooking Gangtok. 
The monastery was founded by Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. After construction of the monastery was completed. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. On Losar in 1966, the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat, called "The Dharmachakra Centre. The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Due to a controversy within the Karma Kagyu school over the recognition process, the identity of the current 17th Karmapa is disputed.  
A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa has written about the benefits of veneration at Rumtek Monastery. One of these is a method of accumulating merit with one's body, which leads both visitors and residents alike to perform kora, the circumambulation of the Dharma Chakra Centre complex along the stupa walkway. At the top of the hill is the tenkhar, a small home built for the dharma protectors and local deities.
The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. It was constructed between 2006 and 2013 and features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece. The statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama, and became a stop on the 'Himalayan Buddhist Circuit'. 
The statue of the Buddha marks the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. This statue was built and installed in the place through the joint efforts of the Sikkim government and its people. The Buddhist circuit of this park was built here under a State government project, for boosting pilgrimage and tourism in the region. 

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

Aspiration For Bodhichitta
For those in whom the precious Bodhichitta has not arisen
May it arise and not decrease
But increase further and further.

Dedication of Merit
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.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The First Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche - Guru Pema Gyalpo

Guru Rinpoche is said to have taken eight forms or manifestations representing different aspects of his being, such as wrath or pacification for example. The eight principal forms were assumed by Guru Rinpoche at different points in his life. The Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava belong to the tradition of the Revealed Treasures.

The Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava do not depict different Padmasambhavas, but reflect his ability to appear according to different needs and demands. In fact, they are called in Tibetan "Guru Tsen Gye".

The eight ‘names’ of the Guru; each manifestation demonstrates a different principle that unveils the innermost nature of mind. As Guru Rinpoche said: “Mind itself is Padmasambhava; there is no practice or meditation apart from that.” Guru Orgyen Dorje Chang ,The vajra-holder,shown dark blue in color in the attire of the Sambhogakaya. Depicted in union with consort.
The first great manifestation - Guru Pema Gyalpo
The first emanation is called Guru Padma Gyalpo. Gyalpo means king. Guru Padma Gyalpo is the form in which Guru Padmasambhava originally appeared in our world.

In this form, Guru Rinpoche is depicted as a young prince with his left leg folded in his lap and his right leg extended and set on a lotus, ready to act; with his right hand he plays the damaru and with his left hand, he displays a mirror. 
This is the precious statue of Pema Gyalpo, one of the great manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. The statue is a terma tresure revealed by the 15th Karmapa. In this picture, The precious statue of Pema Gyalpo is currently kept by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. 

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

Aspiration For Bodhichitta
For those in whom the precious Bodhichitta has not arisen
May it arise and not decrease
But increase further and further.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit
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.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Living Journal - Guru Rinpoche is the Dharma seed of our heart

Om Ah Hum Benza guru Pema Sidhi Hung
Om Ah Hum Benza guru Pema Sidhi Hung
Om Ah Hum Benza guru Pema Sidhi Hung

Do you often think about doing good deeds throughout your day?
[a] Yes
[b] No
What is your vote?

A simple act of good deed, Good deeds make you feel good, many people may think that "Why would I ever want to do a good deed for someone?" I don't even get a smile or words of thank you from them.

Many people, even if they don't get any appreciation back, they will still feel good about the act. You will still be putting good energy into the universe - and that can only benefit you in the long run.
The wisdom words by the Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava:-
Every drop of Water Helps to Swell the Ocean
Every good and bad action will not go unnoticed.

Join us and submit your Guru Rinpoche recitation mantra count on every weekly Saturday before noon [ at your local time ] for our compilation. 

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

Aspiration For Bodhichitta
For those in whom the precious Bodhichitta has not arisen
May it arise and not decrease
But increase further and further.

Nagarjuna's Dedication of Merit
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.

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I do not own or infringe any copyright of these pictures.
Pictures courtesy and credit to the rightful owners.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Is all about Guru Rinpoche Padmasembhava.

Lake Dhanakosha, Kingdom of Oddiyanna in ancient time of India.
Birthday and birthplace of Guru Rinpoche

It is said that Guru Rinpoche , Padmasembhava birth took place  on the 10th day of the waxing  moon in monkey month was Guru Rinpoche birth anniversary according to Vajrayana Buddhsim. Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava was incarnated as an eight-year-old child appearing in a lotus blossom floating in Lake Dhanakosha, in the kingdom of Oḍḍiyana in ancient India.



In modern times, the kingdom of Oddiyanna is now known as the Swat Valley of South Asia present-day Pakistan.  


The National Flag of The Kingdom Of Bhutan. 


The Birthday of Guru Rinpoche is a public holiday in Bhutan
The kingdom of Bhutan is fondly known as the “land of thunder dragons” to their citizens. Buddhism is supposed to have been brought to Bhutan by the “Padmasambhava” or the “Lotus Born”. 

This is a different form of Buddhism with a tantric side to it. In Tibet and Bhutan, the Padmasambhava is referred to as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Master”) or Lopon Rinpoche. His birthday is celebrated with great joy in Bhutan.

Guru Rinpoche left His footprint, and imprinted in the stone in Tso Pema India.

Guru Rinpoche left His footprint, and imprinted in the stone. In the area around Muktinath Padmasambhava left footprints in stone. On this picture an imprint of his shoe and his right bare foot.



Prayer to Guru Rinpoche to clear away obstacles on the path
Du sum sang gyay guru rinpoche
Ngo drup kun dak de wa chhen poi zhap
Bar chhad kun sel dud dul drak po tsal
Sol was deb so jyin gyiy lap tu Sol
Chhyi nang sang wai bar chhad zhi wa dang
Sam pa lhun gyi drup par jyin gyi lob
Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hung 
(Please repeat for 3 times, 21 times, 108 times)

Explanations of the Supplication to Guru Rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche, The Buddha of , past, present ,the Future.
Guru of the Great Blissful One, Lord and sources of all Accomplishments.
Wrathful Tamer of all maras, Dispelled of All Obstacles.
We pray to you, please grant your blessings and grace.
Please pacify all outer, inner and secret obstacles;
Bless and grace us with spontaneous fulfillment of our aspirations and prayers. 

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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Samye Ling Monastery Scotland UK Part 11 - The Victory Stupa for World Peace

We had a short meditation and relax oneself to the tranquility environment. We spent sometimes by walking around at the garden, the Samye Ling garden comprises some two acres of land within the extensive grounds of the Monastery and is comparable to an old fashioned kitchen garden found at a traditional British country house. 
The garden is completely enclosed by thick hedges and comprises fruit and vegetable plots, and flower and herb gardens. There are workshops and potting sheds, greenhouses and cold frames, a walled garden, a shop and a library.
The first authentic Stupa in Britain was consecrated in Scotland on August 3rd 2000 It had been planned to mark the New Millenium and to celebrate the 60th Birthday of Akong Tulku Rinpoche. and the Stupa and it was dedicated to healing the environment and overcoming obstacles to World Peace. 
The Stupa inner shrine is open to visitors during the weekends. It can be used for private meditation and also offers space for the remains and ashes of those who wish to be laid to rest either within it or in the prayer wheel house.
I and my Scottish friends were having so much of a wonderful moments in Samye Ling Monastery and I do hope that my dear readers will be able to spend and staying some day with the Lamas and Rinpoche for a meaningful paths and to experience a magnificent Monastic life. 

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Dedication of merits

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery Scotland UK Part 9 - The Peacock and Peahen

Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery has changed rapidly in recently years. A new giant smiling Tara ,and her statue is painted in sparkling golden color.She will be greeting with her tranquility and tender smiles on your arrival at the Monastery.


You have never seen before there are many wildlife activity at the Monastery, and especially the Peacock and Peahen are the Monastery celebrities. The Peacock and Peahen are wild birds and has chosen the Monastery as their natural habitat.  
Animals and birds may approach you for food and especially birds may fly and approach you and take food from your palms, because animals and birds through their instinct knew that this is a place where people are with their loving kindness and compassion toward all beings.

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Dedication of merits
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Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery Scotland UK Part 8 - The River Dragon Stupa

During the freezing afternoon, we spent some time exploring and walking  around at  the river bank that is located near the Monastery garden. from a short distance not far away, you will see there is a river stupa stood right in the middle of the junction. In the middle of the stupa, a picture featuring  of a powerful river Dragon deity whom is constantly watches over the cardinal directions.
We spent a night at the Samye Ling Monastery with a reasonable accommodation charges and the Monastery is provided three vegetarian meals a day. Meals are taken in a spacious dinning hall for guessts. The Monastery Dharma programs are scheduled daily as follows:-

6.00 - 7.00am Tara Prayers

7.00 - 8.00am Breakfast
8.00 - 9.00am Meditation session
10.00 - 12.30pm Teaching session during courses
12.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.00pm Mahakala Prayers 
3.00 - 5.30pm Teaching session during courses
5.00 - 6.00pm Meditation session 
6.00 - 7.00pm Dinner
7.00 - 7.45pm Chenrezig Prayers 
(Sundays: 7.00pm - 8.00 pm  Amitabha Prayers, 8.00pm - 8.30pm Chenrezik Prayers)
10.00pm Temple Closed and quiet time. 


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Dedication of merits
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Samye Ling Monastery Scotland UK Part 7 -The temple of the fine arch

At noon we had finally arrived at the Samye Ling Monastery and this is the entrance of the Monastery and you can see the  Majestic and beautiful Tibetan structure, which i called it  "the temple of the fine arch"  is standing tall and welcoming you to the holy place of Scotland UK. This "temple of the fine arch" has been modified in recent years and there are four heavenly guardian deities images had been printed on the 4 pillars. In the Buddhist faiths, be it a Mahayana or a Vajrayana schools,  there are four heavenly deities guardian and each of whom watches over one cardinal direction of the world.
The temperature was rather icy and chilly cold. It was extremely freezing cold weather partly due to the strong wind and until I had the difficulty to put on my winter clothes.The holy lake is completely frozen and while the danger from winter varies across the country, depending on how severe the condition is. 
This is Samye Ling Monastery and we arrived late afternoon and the vegetarian lunch was over. Due to heavily rain and there are not many visitors today. The main shrine was conducting the Mahakala Prayer and it is scheduled at 1.30pm - 3.00pm. We restrained our self for taking any photos when the monks and nuns and others are conducting the afternoon prayers. 
For your information, Mahakala prayers is usually conducted at the afternoon or before the end of the day. For more information of Mahakala the Karma Kagyu lineage Dharma protector , you may please refers my search box  for "mahakala" and it will lead you to more information of this powerful and wrathful Dharma protector.


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Dedication of merits
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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Pilgrimage Tour To India - Sarnath

Sarnath is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, about 30km from the city of Varanasi (Benares). From Bidhgaya the distance is about 250km.
Sarnath , Place of the Buddha's First Sermon, after spending seven weeks at the seven places in Bodhgaya following his enlightenment , The Buddha was undecided about teaching the Dharma to others as he realized that it was profound and hard to discover, and others would not understand Him. 
Brahma Sahampati (大梵天人) 
According to the Buddhist scripture, it was Brahma Sahampati (大梵天人) who entreated the Buddha to teach the world about Dharma. Initially  Buddha hesitated to preach the principal of Dharma teaching that as He realized that it was profound and hard to discover, and others would not understand Him.  But Brahma Sahampati insisted as in this way the doctrine of Dharma will spread amongst the lay peoples, and pleaded with Him to teach the Dharma otherwise the world would be lost.The Blessed one listened to Brahma Sahampati's pleading and decided to go to Benares to peach to the five Ascetics, namely: Kondanna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji, who had served him for 6 years but left Buddha abandoned the path of self-mortification.
Finally Buddha agreed to spread the Dharma.

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Dedication of merits
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