Showing posts with label Vajrayana Prayers. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Epic of King Gesar Ling

Dear friends 
When a raindrop falls into a still pond, It dissolves inseparably in its own nature, And nothing has occurred. But when the same raindrop falls into the same pond, Ripples shine and dance on the water's skin. From these two ways of seeing one thing come the true magic that raises and destroys kingdoms, That increases joy or misery, brilliance or degradation - The Famous Poetic by -The King Gesar

Every now and then a spiritual or secular giant of unimaginable power appears on the world stage to bring order and harmony. About eight centuries ago, a glorious, miraculous man of amazing power took birth among the nomadic community of eastern Tibet. He conquered many parts of that land and brought to its peace and harmony, he was the King Gesar of Ling.
The Epic of King Gesar Ling 
The legend of King Gesar has been circulating among Tibetans for over 1000 years. Little is known in the West during the early days of the Internet. It is the longest epic in the world. 

Stories of King Gesar were primarily passed down in oral form, but even the existing written copies, which are estimated to comprise only 10% of the epic, number 246 volumes – containing over 1.5 million lines. 

King Gesar represents the principle of warrior ship – not in the sense of war skills, but in the sense of realizing the power, dignity and wakefulness that are inherent in all of us as human beings. The confident warrior conducts himself or herself with a gentle, fearless, and open-hearted intelligence in all aspects of life.
Ancient Warrior
Warrior ship here refers to realizing the power, dignity and wakefulness that are inherent in all of us as human beings. It is awakening our basic human confidence which allows us to cheer up, develop a sense of vision and succeed in what we are doing.” In this context, the meaning of warrior ship transcends any idea or expression of aggression.

King Gesar raised hundreds of thousands of warrior men and women under the leadership of his legendary warrior commanders: the Seven Men of Supreme Warrior hood, the Thirty Warrior Brothers, the Eighty Champion Warriors, and the Eighteen Supreme Ladies. 
Among them the most famous commanders were :
1. Gyatsa Zhalkar, 
2. Tsazhang Denma Changtra, 
3. Shenpa Meru, 
4. Amye Nangchung Yutag, 
5. Palha Michang Karpo, 
6. Dralha Tsegyal, 
7. Atag Lhamo,
8. Jangtrug Yulha Thogyur.
The Manifestation of Guru Rinpoche
King Gesar was a manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. His chief commanders were also believed to be enlightened, appearing solely to serve the world. 

King Gesar constantly received teachings and prophesies from Guru Rinpoche, many divinities and Dakinis in pure visions, as from person to person. He also received teachings and transmissions from the great sage Amye Changchup Drekhol of the Lang clan and others.

Enlightened beings appear in the forms, sounds and actions of wrathful manifestations and expressions. These wrathful manifestations and actions do not come out of anger, attachment and grasping at “self” nor in order to harm or cause suffering to anyone. 

They come out of love and compassion, and they are powerful manifestations that destroy and eliminate the negative forces, the very sources of suffering.
The miraculous departure of the King Gesar Ling
At the age of eighty-eight, Gesar summoned Tsazhing Denma, the only old warrior commander who was still alive, and the warrior princesses of the young generation with his beloved Ling subjects to Sengdrug Tagtse, his main palace in Ma valley. 

After giving Dharma teachings, he declared that the time of his final departure had arrived. Then the next day, many saw him flying away through the sky sitting on a shawl of light held up by four Dakinis, and then he disappeared. Others saw him dissolving into a rainbow-body, leaving the clothes that he was wearing but no mortal body behind.
The Prophecy of the coming of King Gesar 
According to Mipham Rinpoche and some others great masters, King Gesar will reincarnate as Rudrachakrin, the 25th Rigden King of Shambhala or The Shangri-la. 

The prophecy of the reincarnation of the Rudrachakrin, the 25th Rigden King of Shambhala or The Shangri-la is being prohecies that in the year 2424 A. D. Rudrachakrin will conquer the dark forces and inaugurate the dawn of a new golden age of peace and joy on earth.

Shangri-La was best known in the west as a mystical hidden and invisible paradise supposedly in the Tibet. It is also said that in the Year 2424 A. D. Rudrachakrin will conquer the dark forces and inaugurate the dawn of a new golden age of peace and joy on earth.
For ordinary Tibetans, those King Gesar epics remained a powerful source of inspiration to Dharma, awakening inner courage in their hearts and knowledge of the greatness of their past. 
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May it arise and not decrease
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Verses of The Eight Noble Auspicious Ones 西藏吉祥八宝經文

The Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones 西藏吉祥八宝經文
By Mipham Rinpoche

It is very important to recite this through once before starting on any activity; whatever the project, it will work out exactly as you wish.

“Recite this prayer when you wake up, and you will accomplish all your aims for the day. Recite it when you go to sleep, and you will have good dreams. Recite it before a conflict, and you will be completely victorious. Recite it when you embark on any project, and you will be successful. 

If you recite this prayer every day, the length of your life, your splendor, renown, and wealth will all increase, you will find perfect happiness, you will accomplish your aims exactly as you wish, all harmful actions and obscurations will be purified and all your wishes for higher realms, liberation and omniscience will be fulfilled.” These are the words of the Buddha himself.

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The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Vajrayana Buddhism 西藏金剛佛教的吉祥八宝象徵
The Eight Auspicious Symbols are one of the most common yet very popular in the Tibetan Buddhism and culture for over thousands of years.

Eight Auspicious Symbols in the Sanskrit word is  "Ashtamangala". In the Tibetan language is known as "Tashee-tag-gyay" The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism is a genre of Buddhist symbolism. The symbols derive from Indian iconography and have become especially popular in Tibetan Buddhism. 

The Eight Auspicious Symbols are traditionally offered to Lama, teachers during long life ceremonies and are used in various forms of ritual art. It is believed that each of the Tibetan symbols represents one aspect of the Buddha’s teachings and when appearing all together their powers are multiplied. 
In this fascinating study, the Eight Auspicious Symbols are as follows:-
1. Right-Coiled White Conch Shell
2. Precious Parasol 
3. Victory Banner 
4. Golden Fishes 
5. Dharma Wheel 
6. Endless Knot 
7. Lotus Flower 
8. Treasure Vase

These eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings made by the gods, and Brahma to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he attained enlightenment. 
Legend has it, the Heavenly Brahma, the Four Faced god was the first to appear with an offering of a thousand-spoked golden wheel, requesting Buddha Shakyamuni to turn the teaching of the Dharma wheel to benefit all beings. 

The great Indra god appeared next and presented with a white right-spiraling conch shell as a symbol of the proclamation of the Dharma. Following appeared next was the goddess of mother earth Sthavara who had borne witness to the Buddha's enlightenment, presented with a golden vase full of the nectar of 
immortality. 

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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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May it arise and not decrease
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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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What makes us special in life - Gratefulness. - LiteracyBase

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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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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