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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The sacred colors of the Tibetan Buddhism

The sacred colors of the Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism is an elaborated religion, with its brightly colored extravagant artwork and rituals. All of the colors used in Tibetan art and its rituals hold specific meanings. Then, what are the meanings of different colors in Tibetan Buddhism. 

There are five foremost colors that are known as pancha-varna in Sanskrit, which means The Five Pure Lights, according to Religion Facts. Each color represents a state of mind, a celestial Buddha, a body part, a part of the mantra word “Hum” or a natural element.
The five sacred colors of the Vajrayana Buddhism
  • Blue - Is associated with purity and healing. Akshobhya is the Buddha of this color. Air is the element that accompanies this color. It is believed, when meditating on this color, anger can be transformed into wisdom. Blue represents tranquility, ascension, the infinite, purity, and healing. Over all, the color represents wisdom. 
  • White - Is the color of learning and knowledge in Buddhism. White is representative of the principles of purity, but it is also considered the color of knowledge and longevity. White It is represented by the Buddha Vairocana and It is consider a color of extremes, associated with the cold of snow and the smelting of metal. 
  • Red - Is symbolizes life-force, preservation, fire, and sacred things or places. Also riddled with duality, fire can represent warmth and comfort, but can also be a destructive force. Red is associated with the Buddha Amitabha and is depicted with a red body in Tibetan artwork. Fire is the natural element complementary to the color red. In Buddhism, meditating on the color red transforms the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment. Throughout Tibetan culture, red is a marker of sacred areas, and a true mark of a Buddhist scared area are the simplistic, tall gates at the entrances. We also see this color on the garments on the monks. It is believed to be a protective color.
  • Green - Denotes youth, vigor, action (Karma), and harmony. Because it is the color at the middle of the spectrum, is the color of balance and harmony. Green is associated with the Buddha Amoghasiddhi. Green represents nature. Meditate on this color to transform jealousy into the wisdom of accomplishment.
  • Yellow - symbolizes rootedness and renunciation. Buddha Ratnasambhava is associated with yellow. Earth is the element that accompanies the color yellow. Yellow transforms pride into the wisdom of sameness when visualized in meditation. It symbolizes renunciation and desirelessness. Yellow is the color that possesses the highest symbolic quality because of the saffron color of the monks' robes. 
These five pure lights are often seen in Mandala and Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags and mani stones at mountaintop which you can see everywhere in Tibet. The colors may vary, but there is always a set of five.
The standard Buddhist flag

The first five stripes of the flag are of five colors. The sixth color is a conglomeration of the five, but for the design, it has been separated into its constituent colors. The colonel's flag later came to symbolize the unity of Buddhists. Thereafter, it has been used worldwide and has been used in nearly 60 countries during Buddhist festive seasons, particularly during the Vesak celebrations. 

The standard Buddhist flag is a symbol of faith and peace was first hoisted in 1885 in Sri Lanka. It was designed in 1880 by the Colombo Committee. The five colors of the flag represent the colors of the aura emanated from the body of Buddha when he attained enlightenment.
  1. Blue - Loving kindness, peace and universal compassion.
  2. Yellow - The Middle Path - avoiding extremes, emptiness.
  3. Red - The blessings of practice - achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune and dignity.
  4. White - The purity of the Dharma - leading to liberation, outside of time or space.
  5. Orange - The Buddha's teachings - wisdom
The most prominent color concept in Buddhism is that of the rainbow body, which is the highest level of meditative achievement wherein the body is transformed into pure light. The rainbow body is the highest achievement other than Nirvana, which is the essential end-goal of Tibetan Buddhists. 

Since the "pure light" on the spectrum contains all colors, and is white, to possess a rainbow body means to possess all colors, and to do some means meditating on colors that embody specific teachings.

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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, October 8, 2017

The immovable one - Akshobhya Buddha 阿閦如来

The "Immovable One" - Akshobhya Buddha 阿閦如来

I would like to share with all something of Akshobhya Buddha. 
Yesterday, I attended an Akshobhya Buddha Puja at one of the local Tibetan Buddhist center. 

This was one of my very first and rare opportunity to be part of the activity. 
I am exceptionally blessed to be in the presence of the sacred Holy shrine of Akshobhya Buddha. 
Akshobhya Buddha is one of the five Dhyani Buddhas (wisdom Buddhas), along with Vairocana, Amitabha, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi.

Akshobhya is usually depicted in blue color, symbolizing the color of clear water that reflects things as they are. Akshobhya symbolizes a clear mirror-like wisdom, which can transform any anger and clean stiff feelings. 

No reflection in a mirror sticks to it, and none repels it. The mirror always stands imperturbable and immutable, just as we should, whether the circumstances are favorable or unfavorable to us. 

Akshobhya is doing earth-touching gesture (Bhumisparsha mudra) with the fingertips of his right hand. This gesture suggests confidence, deep-rootedness and determination. In his left he holds Dorje on his lap. Buddha Akshobhya may be together with his consort Lochana and usually is accompanied by two elephants. 

As an elephant places its foot upon the earth with unshakeable certainty, so the Buddha Akshobhya mind reflects everything. Akshobhya Buddha symbolizes the overcoming of passions such as anger and hatred towards other beings. 
The Akshobhya Buddha originates from the blue mantra "Hum" and when he became a Buddha and reached enlightenment, his Buddha field is the Eastern paradise of Abhirati. 

In Sanskrit, Eastern paradise of Abhirati , literally means the Buddha fields of the most blissful. It is believed that those who are reborn in this realm can never fall back to lower realms of consciousness and are never to be born again. 

The Buddha Akshobhya mantra is considered an effective remedy for purifying ones negative karma and thus is very beneficial even for non-Vajrayana practitioners.

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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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Rhythm of Meditation.

Mountain Stream is the sound of crystal-clear water trickling playfully between rocks and sparkling in the sunshine, accompanied by the occasional bird song. Traditionally there would simply be silenced or ambient background noise to accompany meditation. So-called meditation sound or rhythm is meant to be relaxing, and of course meditation does help you to relax too, but it goes beyond that and helps us to be more alert and focused. It also helps us to reflect deeply. Sound or rhythm meditation and reflection is likely to get in the way of those activities. 

Everyday noise can be harmful, stress and lack of vitality are simply two of the negative impacts that everyday noises might have on our bodies. Furthermore, regular noises have now been demonstrated to contribute to insomnia issues, insufficient of motivation, inspiration, decreasing efficiency levels, creativity, poor state of mind and increased coronary arrest risk.

Counteracting of noises may possibly not be the sole reason behind of the stress and other health issues we experience, but it is most certainly one source. Fortunately, we are able to lessen, and even change, the negative impacts and effects and noise has on our minds and bodies through regular exposure to the higher frequency sounds present in nature.
Spending a day, or even part of a day, in nature provides our bodies and mind with a truly necessary relief from stress. Unfortunately, going out into nature or waterfalls regularity is not always a course of action, so bring nature sounds into your home or terrace is the practical solution. Listening to sound and audio recordings that feature babbling brooks, ocean waves, rain showers, the birds singing, and other natural sounds is one alternative.
Water symbolizes purity, clarity and tranquility, and reminds us to cleanse our minds and attain the state of purity . Water is used to smooth away dirt. When absolutely everyone sees you, they are blissful and joyful. This is due to the fact they are reminded that they could wash away the illusion of their minds. They should wash away egocentric and unkind thoughts and be clean and pure like you. 

The outcomes of mindfulness mediation stated that rain and other water sounds had vigorous alpha rhythm, inducing alpha rhythm activity in the human mind which can be correlated to comfortable, meditative states.

If you’re going to listen to natural sound or rhythm as meditation, then you have to take it significantly as a practice. Try not to do something else at the same time while you’re listening. Switch off your cell phone. Darken the room. Just concentrate to the melodies, sound or rhythm. 
Make sure you’re in a secure function that supports alert attention. Sit readily, comfortably, and just pay attention to the sound. You’ll probably find the state of joyfulness that you will be fond of it like never before.

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, May 13, 2017

What makes us special in life - Gratefulness. - LiteracyBase

What makes us to be grateful in life ? Perhaps , there are various of glorious and compelling stories that have impressed you dearly and spiritually .
There is one issue that we do have a tendency or make the most is to abuse one’s kindness. By exploiting the kindness and trust of others, that is appalling. There is one aspect that cannot be betrayed, that is the inclination and this is the sensation of our affection.
One factor cannot be betrayed, that is our truthfulness or honesties. Utilizing the trustworthiness, or the honesty of an individual, this is we do not assume at the liability, by simply picking up popularity and to misleading individuals that once trusted us most.................
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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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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tibetan Buddhist Chant

A Buddhist chant is a form of musical verse or incantation, in some ways comparable or similar  to other faiths recitations. They exist in just about every part of the Buddhist world, from the in Thailand to the Tibetan Buddhist temples in India and Tibet. 

When you go to any Buddhist temple you may encounter people chanting. All schools of Buddhism have some kind of chanted liturgy, although the content of the chants varies widely.
What is a Liturgy 
Liturgy is a rite or a system of rites prescribed for public worship in any religion. A Buddhist liturgy is a formalized service of veneration and worship performed within a Buddhist Sangha community in nearly every traditional denomination and sect in the Buddhist world. It is often done one or more times a day and can vary amongst the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana sects.

The liturgy mainly consists of chanting or reciting a sutra or passages from a sutra, a mantra (especially in Vajrayana), and several Gathas. Depending on what practice the practitioner wishes to undertake, it can be done in a temple or at home. The liturgy is almost always performed in front of an object or objects of veneration and accompanied by offerings of light, incense, water and/or food.

Almost every Buddhist school has some tradition of chanting associated with it, regardless of being Theravada or Mahayana. In Buddhism, chanting is the traditional means of preparing the mind for meditation, especially as part of formal practice (in either a lay or monastic context). Some forms of Buddhism also use chanting for ritualistic purposes.
Vajrayana chants
In the Vajrayana tradition, chanting is also used as an invocation of a ritual in order to set one's mind on a deity, Tantric ceremony, mandala, or particular concept one wishes to further in themselves.

For Vajrayana practitioners, the chant Om Mani Padme Hum is very popular around the world as both a praise of peace and the primary mantra of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Other popular chants include those of Tara, Medicine Buddha, and Amitabha Buddha.

Tibetan monks are noted for their skill at throat-singing, a specialized form of chanting in which, by amplifying the voice's upper partials, the chanter can produce multiple distinct pitches simultaneously. Japanese esoteric practitioners also practice a form of chanting called shomyo.
Tibetan lamas throat singing 
The throat singing or overtone singing also known as overtone chanting, harmonic singing or throat singing—is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody. 

You can listen here how the Tibetan Lamas throat singing that is sounded so divinely and spiritually:-

Tibetan Buddhists believe that chanting the mantra of Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig Bodhisattva or in Sanskrit word is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect -- it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured above, and placed where people can see them.  

In surrendering to Buddhist ritual, you quiet yourself, abandon your individuality and preconceptions, and let the myriad things to experience themselves. It can be very powerful. The power of the rituals manifests when you engage in them fully and give yourself to them completely, with your entire heart and mind. When you are fully mindful of a ritual, the "I" and "other" disappear and the heart-mind opens.

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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 migratory from the ocean of existence.
With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Divine Manifestation - Meditation - LiteracyBase

The Divine Manifestation – Meditation
Meditation in the Tibetan language is known as ” Tulpa”.  During the “Tulpa” meditation we rest our hands on our knees, palms facing upward, with this kind of position, our mind and body are in an open position that allowing or enhances the ability to listen or encouraging our awareness.
For this kind of traditional meditation position, it is widely and commonly known as the meditative mudras or hand gesture position. This gesture also known as the giving and receiving hand mudras. With these mudras it allows the energy to............
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bardo - The Transition Period - LiteracyBase

Transition period according to Tibetan Buddhism is called the “Bardo” and the process is known as the Bardo of becoming and takes 49 days of rebirth according to one own karmic.
For some practitioners who had learnt or being trained by how , when , what to recognize during the Bardo stage will be very well prepared for their next transmigration into a higher realm or stage.............
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The Healing Compassion- Medicine Buddha - LiteracyBase

The healing compassion- Medicine Buddha

The healing Medicine Buddha, a fully enlightened being, and the reason for undertaking it is clear and simple. If our physical body is sick and generally, any diseases that do really matter or making us kind of worry, frustration, anxiety, even depression. We will do our very best to seek for medical attention and find a cure for our sickness.

A brief introduction of Medicine Buddha.
Medicine Buddha in Tibetan word is called “Sangye Menla” He is better known to the people as the Buddha of Medicine or Healing master of the Eastern Pure land. Medicine Buddha, he is very kind and dear to the heart of many beings. For many beings have indeed received the Medicine Buddha’s blessing in the form of miraculous cures of.......

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Every day is great  to learn something spiritually.
What is Mala ?
Mala is a Sanskrit word  and meaning is “garland” and is a type of rosary used in India and East Asia. A mala is also called as a mindfulness bead. A traditional Mala comprised of 108 beads and together it come with a main head bead for starting point.
The meaning of mala bead is called “ Phreng ba” in Tibetan is to arrange in order, or to string many beads together one after the other to form a rosary or garland.  The essence , or nature of a mala is Samaya (vow ) substance used for ...............
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The two accumulations – Merit and wisdom

Merit is to be accumulated.
Evil is to be abandoned.

Merit and wisdom in Sanskrit are known as “Punya and “Jnana” . 
In Tibetan  known as “Sonam” and  “Yeshi”.  
In Chinese is “功德” and “智慧”

1 ) Merit
Is a concept considered fundamental to Buddhist ethics. It is a beneficial and protective force which accumulates as a result of good deeds, acts, or thoughts. Merit-making is important to Buddhist practice: merit brings good and agreeable results, determines the quality of the next life and contributes to a person's growth towards enlightenment. In addition, merit is also shared with a deceased loved one, in order to help the deceased in their new existence. 

Merit is a force that results from good deeds done; it is capable of attracting good circumstances in a person's life, as well as improving the person's mind and inner well-being. Moreover, it affects the next lives to come, as well as the destination a person is reborn.
Merit can be gained in a number of ways, such as giving, virtue and mental development. There are many forms of merit-making described in ancient Buddhist texts. The most fruitful form of merit-making is those good deeds done with regard to the Triple Gem, that is, the Buddha, his teachings, the Dhamma and the Sangha. 

Merit has become part of rituals, daily and weekly practice, and festivals. In addition, there is a widespread custom of transferring merit to one's deceased relatives. Merit is a "beneficial and protective force which extends over a long period of time and is the effect of Karma done through physical action, words, or thought.

The way merit works, is that acts of merit bring good and agreeable results, whereas demeritorious acts bring bad and disagreeable results. A mixture of the two generates mixed results in a person's life. This explains why people are different and lead different lives in many ways.
Karma is self-regulatory and is the cause and effects of positive and negative actions. In today world we called it the Law of the Universe: it operates without divine intervention and human intention is fundamental to it.

Internally, merit makes the mind happy and virtuous. Externally, present good circumstances, such as a long life, health and wealth, as well as the character and abilities someone is born with, arise from merits done in the past and vice versa, with demerits.

The merits and demerits a person has done may take a while to bear fruit. This is how most often people arguing that ones had done many good deeds yet still facing many harsh ship or unpleasant incidents or bad things happens to them. Likewise, those who has done bad karma yet he or she is still having a very happiest and luxurious life.

Merit or demerit may cause a good or bad future respectively, including in the next lives to come. A bad destination after rebirth may be caused by demerit, but merely a lack of merit may also lead a person to be born in an unhappy destination. When someone is reborn in a happy destination, however, one can only stay there as long as merits last. Thus, it is stated in the Buddhist scriptures that people cannot take anything with them when they die, except for whatever merit and demerit they have done, which will affect their future. 

Merit can be accumulated in different quantities, and stored up, but also has an impermanent character: it can run out. 
How to generate merits?
Merit is not only a concept, but also a way of living. Three bases of merit :-
1) Generosity or giving 
2) Virtue - The defined by the three factors of the Eightfold Path:- 
        Right Speech,  Right Action ,  Right Livelihood.
3) Mental development / Samadhi – Meditation 

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, April 8, 2017

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva's The Ten Great Vows

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva's The Ten Great Vows

Samantabhadra is a Sanskrit language and literally means "The Universal Worthy". Samantabhadra is a Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism associated with practice and meditation. Together with Gautama Buddha and his fellow Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī, he forms the Shakyamuni trinity in Buddhism. 

In the Tibetan or Vajrayana Buddhism, Samantabhadra is also the name of the Adi-Buddha – in indivisible Yab-Yum position with his consort, Samantabhadri. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, particularly the Nyingmapa school, Dharmakaya Samantabhadra (not the Bodhisattva of the Mahayana) is considered the most primordial Buddha, akin in status to Vajradhara for the Sarma traditions. Samantabhadra appears in the Vajrayana tantric text the Kunjed Gyalpo Tantra, as the Primordial Buddha. 
Therefore, in the Nyingmapa tradition, or 'Oldest Translation' school in Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya tradition and the Bon schools view Samantabhadra as the Primordial Buddha. In the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana, Samantabhadra is considered a primordial Buddha in indivisible yab-yum union with his consort Samantabhadri. However, the Kagyu and Gelug schools use Vajradhara to represent the Primordial Buddha.

In the Avataṃsaka-sutra, the Shakyamuni Buddha states that Samantabhadra Bodhisattva made Ten Great Vows in his path to full Buddhahood. The Great vows as follows:-
Samantabhadra 's The Ten Great Vows 普賢菩薩十種廣大之行願
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1-To pay homage and respect to all Buddhas.
2-To praise the Thus Come One-Tathagata.
3-To make abundant offerings. (i.e. give generously)
4-To repent misdeeds and evil karmas.
5-To rejoice in others' merits and virtues.
6-To request the Buddhas to continue teaching.
7-To request the Buddhas to remain in the world.
8-To follow the teachings of the Buddhas at all times.
9-To accommodate and benefit all living beings.
10-To transfer all merits and virtues to benefit all beings.

The Samantabhadra's Ten Great Vows have become a common practice in East Asian Buddhism, particularly the tenth vow, with many Buddhists traditionally dedicating their merit and good works to all beings during Buddhist liturgies.
普賢菩薩十種廣大之行願

1:禮敬諸佛、2:稱讚如來
3:廣修供養、4:懺悔業障
5:隨喜功德、6:請轉法輪
7:請佛住世、8:常隨佛學
9:恆順眾生、10:普皆迴向

經中一一述此十大願,明其功德無量,臨命終時,得此願王引導,往生阿彌陀佛極樂世界。然此十大願為一切菩薩行願之標幟,故亦稱普賢之願海。以此菩薩之廣大行願,一般稱為大行普賢菩薩。

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聖祝儀規:

(香贊)戒定真香,焚起衝天上,弟子虔誠,熱在金爐上,頃刻紛紜,即遍滿十方,昔日耶輸,免難消災障。南無香雲蓋菩薩摩訶薩(三稱)

(稱聖號)南無大行普賢菩薩(三稱)

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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, March 31, 2017

The Smiling Of The Buddhas


Why the Buddhas and His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama always smiling?

When we look at a statue of the Buddha or the image of great enlightened beings with their serene smiles, it’s easy to say that these enlightened beings do not or never experienced the same reactive emotions or negative thoughts that swirl around in our mind.

The answer it would be incorrect.
The Buddhas and sages faced the same reactive emotions and negative thoughts that you face today. Fear. Anger. Sorrow. Doubt. Overwhelm…all of those and more if we could name all of these negativities. The Buddhas and enlightened beings faced them and through persistent compassionate facing and meditation discovered something remarkable.

The Buddhas and sages  discovered that every emotion & thought no matter how challenging can be transformed, healed, and expressed as life-giving energy. They discovered how to experience freedom not by suppressing, defeating, or avoiding emotions, but by transforming them. They discovered that freedom can be realized in the midst of life’s inevitable ups and downs.
The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and other enlightened beings developed a method we can use to realize how to be free in life. This method is based tapping into the life sources or forces  that underlying all emotions.

What is the sources or forces that underlies all emotions?
The sages traced emotions back to their original sources or nature of the sources, to their original form and found that reactive emotions are simply life energy running wild.

There’s power, juice, creativity, and aliveness in that wildness. But there’s also destruction, chaos, confusion and suffering. If you suppress the emotion—you suppress your life. But if you let it run wild, it destroys your well-being and happiness.
So what to do? 
The Buddhas discovered that at the heart of every emotion and every thought is an essential wisdom quality; at the still, radiant center of every emotion is a pure creative impulse. When you lose your connection with that pure creative impulse, your life gets tangled up in reactive emotions and conflicting thoughts.

When you reconnect to that essential quality, to that pure creative impulse, reactive emotions and negative thoughts are transformed into wisdom, creativity and bliss. The sages realized that the secret of transformation lies in attuning to the nature of the sources.
They called the underlying nature of forces and the answer is the six syllables Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum Hri

There are many others life-enriching mantras. The Buddha once say that the mantras and the Dharma teachings are many as 48,000 pulsing at the heart of every emotion; there is a wisdom-bearing mantra resonating at the still center of every thought.

Mantra meditation attunes your mind to the original source that lies at the heart of every emotion and every thought. Through the practice of mantra meditation, you untangle your consciousness from the reactive patterns that create confusion and chaos in your life.

That’s why the Buddha and the sages are smiling. Not because they never experience reactivity, but because they know how to transform emotion into wisdom and blissful stage.

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.

*Note
I do not own or infringe any copyright of the picture(s).
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