Showing posts with label Tibetan Heritage and Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tibetan Heritage and Crafts. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Live for it – Epic Journey

Live for it – Epic Journey 

In order to live for it , we must go for it.

Life is a journey that one should paying a notable heed to how extreme and outrageous the path could be. 

Sometimes uneventful will reliably be a serendipitous and astounding us completely, yet on the other hand when so frequently in the event that we have everything under an extensive measure of control, we are literally and essentially can't move rapidly and swiftly.
Do whatever it takes not to judge others how they have chosen their journey, in the event that you haven’t walked the comparative way yourself. 

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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Sunday, July 16, 2017

What does a routine day meant to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama?

* What does a routine day meant to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama?

His Holiness The 14th  Dalai Lama , when he was asked by many individual how he sees himself?

He replies that he is just an ordinary Buddhist monk. Even in his daily life, His Holiness remarks that he spends 80% of his time on spiritual activities and the remaining on other issues pertaining to the welfare and development of Tibet.
When His Holiness is often away from the Dharamsala, India on travels both with India and aboard. During his extensive traveling , His Holiness ‘s daily routine varies depending on his engagement  schedule. His Holiness is an early riser  and tries as far as possible to retire early in the evening.
When His Holiness is at home in Dharamsala, he wakes up at 3.30am. After a morning bath, His Holiness begins the day with prayers, meditation and prostration until 5am. After the prostration, His Holiness will take a morning walk around the resident garden. If it’s a morning raining day, His Holiness will instead walk with the treadmill. Breakfast will be served at about 5.30am or 6,00am.
His Holiness his breakfast , is usually a hot porridge, tsampa (barley powder) bread with preserves and tea. His Holiness will tunes to radio for domestic and international news in English. When 6.00am to 8.30am His Holiness continues his meditation and prayers. From 9.00am to 11.30am His Holiness will studies various Buddhist texts. 

Then vegetarian lunch is served from 11.30am to 12.30pm. In Dharamsala, His Holiness’s kitchen is served only vegetarian, however, when His Holiness visit , His Holiness is not necessarily on vegetarian.  As an ordained Buddhist monk, His Holiness does not have dinner.
His Holiness will visit his office for several audiences both Tibetan and non-Tibetan. His Holiness will return to his residence for evening tea by 6.00pm and later for his evening prayers and meditation until 8.30pm and he will retires at bed by 9.00pm.

[ * Note -  His Holiness's regular routine and schedule may, subject to change ]

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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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Myth and Mystery of The Tibetan Dzi Beads

To the Tibetans and other Himalayan people, the Tibetan Dzi bead is well known by its myth and mystery of its natural energy. The Tibetan Dzi bead is a "precious jewel of supernatural origin" with great power to protect its wearer from disaster. 

The Dzi beads are perhaps one of the most powerful, expensive, and sought after of all talismans. Dzi beads have been known to sell for as much as several million dollars. For many Tibetans, the Dzi are sacred heirlooms; the beads will often be passed from generation to generation. 
The Tibetan people believe Dzi beads are spiritual stones fallen from Heaven, which bring good karma to those who own them. The ancient Dzi absorbs cosmic energy from the universe. Tibetans generally believe that Dzi beads are of divine origin and therefore not created by human hands. Some say they were dropped by the Heavenly beings to benefit those who have the good fortune to find them. 

Since they are believed to have a divine source, they are considered to be a very precious and powerful amulet. Beads can often be seen in Tibetan temples adorns the most revered statues and sacred relics.  They are thought to bring good fortune, ward off evil, and protect the wearer from physical harm and illness. It has even been claimed by Tibetan refugees,

The meaning of the  Tibetan word "Dzi" literally means to "shine, brightness, clearness, splendor". The beads originate in the Tibetan cultural sphere and can command high prices and are difficult to come by. 
It’s said to possess mysterious powers and bring good fortune to the wearer. Ancient and pure dZi beads of Tibet are extremely precious and rare. No matter how many or how few eyes, they bear, all dZi beads possess the mystic power of bringing luck, warding off evil, stabilizing blood pressure, guarding against apoplexy and enhancing body strength.  

Owners and wearers of these beads are blessed with unexpected credit, luck and perfection They are found primarily in Tibet, but also in neighboring Bhutan, Ladakh and Sikkim. Shepherds and farmers pick them up in the grasslands or while cultivating fields. Because Dzi are found in the earth, Tibetans cannot conceive of them as man-made. 
Since knowledge of the bead is derived from oral traditions, few beads have provoked more controversy concerning their source, method of manufacture and even more precise definition. This all contributes to making them the most sought after and collectable beads on earth. The most prized pure Dzi, are generally beads with eyes or unusual decorations. 

A pure Dzi may or may not have eyes. It can be opaque or partially translucent (In Tibet, translucent beads are usually valued lower). The most sought after base color is an opaque dark brown to black.
Legend has it, about three to four thousand years ago, a meteor traveled from the distant planet crashed into the Himalayas. This led to the 14 different types of meteorological elements in Dzi beads, with the element ytterbium possessing the strong magnetic field. This is what gave rise to the mystical power of Dzi beads. Wearing Dzi beads in the long run can enhance our blood circulation and metabolism. It also improves our quality of sleep, revitalizes our body and balances foreign magnetic fields which may be harmful to us.

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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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva 南無大願地藏王菩薩

“If the Hell is not empty, I shall not attain Buddhahood”
The Great Vow of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha and the incoming of Maitreya the next future Buddha,

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in Tibetan word is "Sa Yi Nyingpo". In Sanskrit name is "Ksitigarbha". In Chinese name is "地藏王菩薩" with his great vow- “If the Hell is not empty, I shall not attain Buddhahood”. Having vowed not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied, his activity focuses more particularly on helping those who suffer in the hell realms.
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva has received great respect and trust from all since long ago. Not only did he point out to us a road to achieving Buddhahood, but he also lighted up for us a hope in Dharma. For these reasons, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known as “The King of Great Vows”. 

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is one of the most wonderful dimensions of the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhist practice and teaching are the different manifestations of Buddha’s Qualities of compassion and wisdom. These emanate as different Buddha deities. The form, appearance, costumes, mudras, implements and jewellery of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva differ quite considerably under Mahayana & Tibetan Buddhism. 
Manifestation in Mahayana Buddhism 
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is typically depicted with a shaven head, dressed in a monk's simple robes (unlike most other bodhisattvas, who are dressed like Indian royalty). In his left hand, Ksitigarbha holds a cintamani; in his right hand, he holds a staff "錫杖" , which is used to alert insects and small animals of his approach, so that he will not accidentally harm them. He is often depicted as white in color, holding a staff in his right hand and a jewel that symbolizes wisdom in his left hand.
Manifestation in Tibetan Buddhism
Ksitigarbha is shown wearing a crown depicting the Five Dhyani Buddhas as worn by Tibetan and in Tantric rituals.

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is revered as the protector of stillborn, miscarried and aborted babies. He is the protective deity of travelers and guardian of pregnant women. He protects against earthquakes; he prolongs life and is a guardian of children.
The practice and prayers 
His mantra in Mahayana is “南無大願地藏王菩薩”
His mantra in Sanskrit is “oṃ ha ha ha vismaye svāhā”

I prostate, go for Refuge, make offerings, please grant blessings. The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who has unbearable compassion for me and all sentient beings (whose minds are obscure and who are suffering), who has qualities like the sky and liberates sentient beings from all the sufferings and gives all the happiness. (Recite three times.)
Five Reasons for Being Born into Poverty according to the Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva:-
  1. The first of these is arrogance, particularly toward one’s parents.
  2. The second is obstinacy, that is, refusing to listen to teachers and elders.
  3. The third is lack of diligence in honoring the Triple Gem.
  4. The fourth is thievery.
  5. The fifth reason for being born into poverty is accumulation of unpaid debts. Although money is false and empty, it cannot be used casually and wasted. To borrow money and not repay it, thinking that you have no obligation because money is of no true importance, will lead to rebirth as a servile and poor person.

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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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Tibetan Wealth Treasure Vase

The Treasure Vase In Tibetan word is "gter gyi bum pa" and in Sankirt is "nidhana kumbha". The Wealth Treasure Vase was introduced by a great Indian master, Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava  to Tibet. He gave specific instructions on how to create and what sacred items need to be put inside them. 

According to the text, the blessings, pacification and improved environment created by the Vases extends for 15 miles outward from the Vases location. By the sacred contents and rituals employed during its creation, the Treasure Vase has the power to magnetize wealth and abundance, improve health and healing, pacify anger , conflict, and increase wisdom and compassion. 

The Treasure Vase is a fat bellied vessel with a short, slim neck. On top, at the opening, there is a large jewel indicating that it is a treasure vase. The tradition of the treasure vase is a very ancient one. The vases were very well known in Tibet for centuries, and many families had them. The Wealth Treasure Vase brings blessings to its possessor. The powers of the vase is concentrated in the building where it is placed, serving to increase the spiritual and material wealth of the residents.
Traditionally, the vase was considered to protect from the negative influences of both human and non-human beings. It protected from fears of life and death. It strengthened karmic connections so that the obstacles to material gain and prosperity were eliminated. It also improved the spiritual environment so worldly and transcendental accomplishments were more easily obtained. 

The Vase provided material wealth and spiritual wealth; if one increased, the other did too. It is an axiom of Tibetan Buddhism that it’s good to fulfill your desires as long as you do not harm anyone else. Obtaining what you want brings a great deal of self knowledge. The Wealth Treasure Vase evokes the inexhaustible wealth within us all.
Wealth Treasure Vases, sealed with precious and sacred substances, are commonly placed upon altars and on mountain passes, or buried at water springs, where their presence is believed to attract wealth and bring harmony to the environment. In relation to Buddhism it specifically means the spiritual abundance of the Buddha, a treasure that did not diminish, however much of it he gave away.

The Treasure Vases have been carefully prepared, sealed and consecrated through prayers and empowerment rituals to invoke the blessings of all the manifestations of the Buddhas and Yidam deities and the vitality of the elements.  Consecrated Treasure Vases bring balance, healing and abundance to the outer world and the inner world.

Inner world is refers to (flesh, blood, heat, breath and mind). Outer world is refers to (earth, water, fire, air, space) that are imbalanced, disturbed or depleted by environmental pollutants. Within the areas surrounding the vase, direct experiences of well being will occur.
Traditionally, Tibetan Treasure Vases are given on auspicious occasions such as births, weddings, housewarmings or new ventures in business premises, consecrated vases can be placed in homes or business to help balance the energy, bring good fortune, bless the residents through spiritual and physical well-being (health and long life) by removing negative energy and obstacles for prosperity and spiritual attainment (improving spiritual practice & virtuous activities), and contribute to the positive energy of the world.

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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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Formidable Symbol of Tibet - Kalachakra

Kalachakra symbol is a very common yet one of the most formidable symbol of protection from Tibet. Kalachakra is literally means "The Wheel of Time"  The Kalachakra symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism is comprehensive and complex. Kalachakra symbol is also referred to as the " Symbol of the Tenfold Powerful Ones”. 

Hence, it is named because it consists of 10 distinct parts. This ancient sacred symbol is made up of a mantra of 7 syllables surrounded by a ring of fire. Above and to the right and left of this potent mantra are 3 additional symbols, hence, totaling 10 parts of the design.
The seed syllable of the Kalachakra Heruka, the powerful mantra for peace and reducing suffering by calming negativity and conflict. It consists of seven individual syllables intertwined and crowned by symbols of the moon , the sun, and the flame, making a total of ten very powerful elements within the image. 

These seven symbols, along with the moon, the sun, and a flame make up the ten-fold powerful symbol, which is one of the most well-known Buddhist symbols.

The Tenfold Powerful Symbols are described as ten existences - body, awareness, space, wind, fire, water, earth, stable, moving, and the gods unseen and uncreated.
This ancient symbol of the "Tenfold Powerful mighty ones" has occupied a central place in Tantra Buddhism for more than a thousand of years and has become a symbol of good fortune and protection. 

Kalachakra tantra that is chanted in an effort to purify the mind and body. This powerful and efficient tantra is all about time, such as: the cycle of our own breath, the cycles of the planets and the various cycles in our bodies and lives.
The Kalachakra Symbol has been very often to be hanging onto your home or above the main door so that hostile and negative energies are barred from entering your home. Thus, it has become a powerful emblem of good fortune, protection against evil spirits and untimely death. 

Kalachakra Symbol is an ultra strong antidote for removing and purifying evil forces and negative energies. It is often used as a cure for difficult situations when other cures become helpless, in situations that may possibly carry misfortunes, disasters and accidents if not properly remedied. 
It is also a potent cure against visible and invisible harmful Chi or negative energies such as poison arrows and annual afflictions.
According to the Chinese Metaphysics or Fengshui beliefs, the Kalachakra formidable symbols uses the principle of 5 elements, combined with sacred symbols that invoke cosmic powers, in a simple, practical and effective manner to create big changes in energy without the need to remodel your home. It is like a few ounces of positive energy to deflect a thousand pounds of negative forces.

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.

*Note
I do not own or infringe any copyright of these pictures.
Pictures courtesy and credit to the rightful distributors and or studios. Pictures are intended for editorial use only.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Living Encyclopedia of Tibet - Thangka Painting

In 1959 when the Chinese Communist invaded in Tibet and had destroyed a lot of monasteries, including many of the traditions treasures, holy statues and sacred manuscripts and Thangkas. In Tibet, the Thangkas are extremely sacred and it's so important and can be considered as a living Encyclopedia to the entire Vajrayana Buddhism. The Thangkas are used in temples & monasteries and as well can be hung above at the altars to support for our meditation and practices. 
Thangka is considered to convey a sacred message to the practitioners when meditating and looking attentively for a particular holy image. A Thangka could serve as a teaching of Buddha and every detail on it has a profound meaning and the painting refers to some parts of the Buddhist philosophy. A Buddha painting also helps the Buddhist meditations as it shows you how to visualize the Deity.

Thangka is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The Thangka is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting , but consists of a picture panel, which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted and then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. 
Generally, Thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture won't affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting. Thangka performs several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. 
Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. 

You can now easily learn more and can download it from iTunes here for about this astonishingly beautiful Tibetan Thangka of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deity, Dakini, Guru Rinpoche.


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. 

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.

Note
I do not own or violated any infringement of copyright of these pictures, Pictures courtesy and credit to the rightful owners.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cry of the Tibetan Herders

Facing the uncertainty tend to produce certain predictable fears.

• Fear of the Unknown
• Fear of Failure
• Fear of Abandonment 
• Fear of Culture and heritage disappearing

To be truthful, there are many fears and uncertainty what lies ahead of the  Tibetan world.” Fear of an uncertain future and all this related fears can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding onto things that are hurting us.  Fear does not make us strong, instead it makes us weak and incapable of function our minds and thoughts in a right direction. 
In Tibet, an estimated 2 - 3 million Tibetan herders live with their herds in the northern and eastern regions of the plateau. Tibetan herders have lived for centuries in the high grasslands of Central Asia, yet many development programs are currently transforming their lives. Tibetan herders face uncertain future and the traditional herder is fast vanishing by one of the main assumptions of PRC policy, China
Many people’s lives are dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism. Religious customs are part of everyday life, from chanting mantras and prostrating in a local square to walking the ‘kora’ around a temple or sacred site. China wishes to control and limit Tibetan Buddhism in order to weaken Tibetan identity and strengthen its control over Tibet.

Monks and nuns also face restrictions on their practise and China’s military put on shows of force at religious events. Access to important pilgrimage sites is restricted and many sacred lakes and mountains have been dammed and mined without Tibetans' consent.

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Happy 81st Birthday, Your Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

If our tears do not lead us to act, 
Then we have lost the reason of our humanity, 
Which is called the compassion.
Famous quotes by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born in July 06, 1935 and His religious name is Tenzin Gyatso. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser village and He was the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. In 1937 at the aged of two His Holiness was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama.
In November 1950, at the age of 15, His Holiness lost in Homeland after China's invasion of Tibet.  During the 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama escaped and fled to India. The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He has traveled the world and has spoken about the welfare of Tibetans, environment, economics, women's rights, non-violence, interfaith dialogue, physics, astronomy, Buddhism and science, cognitive neuroscience, reproductive health, and sexuality, along with various Mahayana and Vajrayana topics. 

When we see His Holiness the Dalai Lama, what we are actually seeing is the holy body of the Compassion Buddha in human form. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the actual living Compassion Buddha, so besides hearing his holy speech, even just seeing his holy body is great purification—it makes preparation in our mind for us to be liberated from the oceans of samsaric suffering and plants the seed of enlightenment. 
By seeing His Holiness, especially by hearing his holy speech, and by seeing all his qualities, the hearts of many millions in the world have been filled with hope and joy and peace. 


A good news, You get notified by an instant notification of latest message posted by the Dalai Lama Himself. 

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Living Journal - The Tibetan Mala Beads

The mala bead or the rosary beads in Sanskrit known as the “Japa Malas” are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. The important of Mala beads it gives you that focus and concentration on the mantras we are reciting, prostrations and meditation.

Mala beads or Buddhist rosary beads is a tool that we used for keeping count while reciting, chanting the number of times, counting the number of prostrations or mentally repeating a mantra of the name or names of a Buddha, Bodhisattva or deity. 

Tibetans also use their mala for blessing others, as it is believed the mala absorbs great power through deity mantra practice. The 108 mala beads is represents the words or the statements of the Buddha. In some other schools of Buddhism it means 108 account for human passions or human mistakes. 
The mala bead used in various methods and purposes depend on the mantras used, and mala beads are made from a variety of materials, most commonly wood. Preferred woods are sandalwood or sacred wood from the bodhi tree.

More expensive rosaries beads are made of precious and semi-precious stones, including pearls, rubies, crystal, amber, coral, or jade, or precious metals such as gold. They can also be made of seeds, animal bone (most commonly yak), and sometime even human skull. 

Mala beads that made of skull have the important principle and function. While the wrathful skull images in Tibetan Buddhism may seem scary, and the skulls are simply reminders of our mortality. Tibetans use skull beads and jewelry to remind them of impermanence. 
Skull mala beads help users contemplate the meaning of life and death during meditation. The Skull is reflects on death and impermanence and know that death is a fact and the closer that we can relate to death and embrace it the sooner we can start living with love and compassion and realizing that in this cyclic existence death will certainly when it is time. Live life  and embrace death. Recognition is the answer to the unavoidable passing of time and body.

In general, the traditional mala beads are used for all kind of purposes and for all kinds of mantras. The string that holds the beads together is usually made of silk, but is sometimes made of human hair. The materials and colors of the beads can relate to a specific practice. 
Mantras and chants are typically repeated hundreds or even thousands of times. The mala bead is used so that one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions.

One repetition is usually said for each bead while turning the thumb clockwise around each bead, when arriving at the Guru bead or the center bead; Tibetan Buddhists traditionally turn the mala around and then go back in the opposing direction. [I don’t cross over the Guru bead as advised by my Guru] but, some emphasize that this is not important. 

This repetition of the beads serves to remind practitioners of the teaching that it is possible to break the cycle of birth and death. Recite a very large number of mantras, Tibetan Buddhist males have bell and dorje counters (a short string of ten beads, usually silver, with a bell or dorje at the bottom). 

These counters are placed at different points on the mala depending on tradition, sometimes at the 10th, 21st or 25th bead from the Guru bead. Traditionally, one begins the mala in the direction of the dorje (skillful means) proceeding on to the bell (wisdom) with each round. 
In the Vajrayana traditions, the Tibetan Buddhists generally used the left hand for reciting or using the mala beads, and as well using a certain fingers, and either pushing or pulling each bead has a specific purpose and characteristic – whether for healing, protection, wealth, etc. 
Prayer beads are the attributes of certain Buddhist deities, an example is the four arms Chenrezig is often depicted holding a lotus and another hand is holding the rosary of 108 mala beads that representing the Bodhisattva's wish to help sentient beings conquer the 108 passions and attain enlightenment.

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 wheels in the world.

Aspiration For Bodhichitta
May the precious Bodhichitta arise
Where it has not arisen
And where it has arisen may it 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.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Living Journal - The Sound of The Heavenly Melodies

The journal today is about Tibetan religious musical instrument, the Tibetan’s white conch shell. It's widely known as the sound of the heavenly melodies. In Vajrayana tradition, we offerings  religious music to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the enlightened beings during the ritual and other prayer practices.

The Buddhas, enlightened beings they do not requiring these kinds of music offerings. We make these offerings is for accumulation of merits and wisdoms, enlightenment, Buddha hood, is achieved through these great qualities - accumulation and purifications. As we knew the Buddhas had limitless of qualities which were attained through these two mentioned qualities.
“Dung-Dkar” literally means “white conch” in Tibetan language, because most of the trumpet made of white conch shell. Most Tibetan Dung-Dkar trumpet was made of conch shell; sometimes you can see some natural inclusions in the conch shell. Most of the Dung-Dkar trumpet is heavily decorated with ornate patterns in metals, such as silver, bronze or tin. Some beautiful stones will add on it, such as ruby, sapphire and so on. 

Dung-Dkar trumpet has a bright bead; someone even was inserted with beautiful turquoise and coral. When you blow through the mouthpiece on one end, the sound will be created, and it sounds like a trumpet, companioning music sheds long ago, it seems takes you to somewhere beyond the highest Himalaya peak.
Throughout recorded history, the Dung-Dkar has been used as a religious musical instrument, Tibetan people believe that it can invoke spirits or banish evil which is said to represent good energy. It is really a rare artwork and worth collecting for those people who interested in Tibetan culture! Explore Tibet offers you the most sincere invitation to Tibet.
There are different types of instruments, cymbals, bells, guitars, lutes, all are for offerings. Their nature is wisdom, which makes an offering to the ears of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and other enlightened beings. Sound represents wisdom because wisdom is a special power of the mind which penetrates phenomena. Compassion is achieved through great wisdom; interdependence of all phenomena is realized through great wisdom.

All phenomena have the nature of interdependence, causes and conditions, but sound is rather easy to understand. If you play a guitar, what does the sound depend on? It does not come just from the piece of wood, the string, not from the fingers, so where does it come from? Actually it comes from all these things; none is sufficient to produce the sound. That nature is called illusion.
We can hear the sound, but it has no independent existence. We should see all sound are having the nature, it just comes and goes like an echo. The realization is wisdom, and through that realization we can attain super mundane quality. 

May the wisdom, that quality of the super mundane, arise within the minds of all sentient beings and free them from all confusion and ignorance. May them achieve enlightenment. In one’s future lives one will be born with beautiful voice and always hear pleasant sound, especially the sound of Dharma.


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Aspiration For Bodhichitta
May the precious Bodhichitta arise
Where it has not arisen
And where it has arisen may it 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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