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by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 665

Re: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?

You can receive teachings from anyone you like and your root Guru is something you discovery, not something you choose :good: We don't have total control over our lives, nor complete understanding of our personalities and situation. So it's not always immediately clear which school, which teacher, ...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for family
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Prayers for family

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Namu Amida Butsu
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

:good: You have nothing to fear when you remember the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. The best way for this to become personally true is to remember them while you are actually vulnerable or suffering. When I have bad dreams, fears, and worries, I think about a buddha. When I recognize repetit...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Avalokiteshvara-focused Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Avalokiteshvara-focused Pure Land Buddhism

When you practice with one, you are never far from the other in mind or aspiration. This is because of how they work together in the Sutras, both ways. For Vietnamese Pure Land, there is "Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith" online, but it's not specifically about Avalokite: https://www.ymba.org/books/budd...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Grumpy and Irritable
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: Grumpy and Irritable

Lojong is excellent, as JD said. Check out Daily Lojong and just chew on one saying a day for a while. Chapter 6 in Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life concerns the Perfection of Patience. Shantideva wrote that nothing burns up the field of merit like anger. He said we should guard the...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Inspiring biographies
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Inspiring biographies

Honen Shonin.
During his exile, he brought Buddhist practice into many laypeople's ordinary lives.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vows, samayas and empowerment
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: Vows, samayas and empowerment

I think if you have the opportunity and a positive aspiration, it will benefit you.
It involves not only our limitations, but also the skillful activity of incomparably wise and compassionate beings.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Suffering & Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Suffering & Goals

What makes our life most meaningful, most happy, most beneficial for every sentient being—with real happiness, inner peace—is living life with bodhicitta, with compassion for others. Then we will have no regrets now, no regrets in the future, no regrets at the time of death; especially no regrets i...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion Mantra
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: Great Compassion Mantra

Unless I'm mistaken about which mantra/dharani is being discussed, there's a Sanskrit version on Rulu 's site here . There's an included audio file of the pronunciation. namo ratna-trayāya | nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya bodhisattvāya mahāsattvāya mahākāruṇikāya | oṁ sarva-bhaya-śodhanāya tasya namaskṛtv...
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: New

Welcome!
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New here
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: New here

:hi:
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

It's a great way to help animals, to develop your positive qualities, to stand strong during difficulties, to confront your negative habits, to remember the teachings, to nurture affection for the Three Jewels. In short, to benefit oneself and others. Here's some general info from Lama Zopa Rinpoche...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5075

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Since this thread is already very interesting and helpful, i hope its OK when i ask if someone knows resources where one can learn more about Pure Land Teachings in Tibetan Buddhism? I really enjoyed "Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook" by Tulku Thondup, but haven't found ...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia

In Jodo Shu, Kannon and Seishi come to help and protect the nembutsu practitioner in daily life and at death. They accompany Amida Buddha. They're often present on a Jodo Shu altar. Some view Honen Shonin as an emanation of Seishi. And Zendo (Shantao) is sometimes viewed as an emanation of Kannon, b...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How are you staying active during the pandemic?
Replies: 14
Views: 970

Re: How are you staying active during the pandemic?

Bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, pushups, planks, bicycle crunches, jumping jacks. Nerd Fitness is a site with good information (although a lot) for working out at home. Exercise circuits instead of doing one exercise over and over have been better for me also. I also find my exercises n...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation

In Jodo Shu, you may encounter the long and short forms. "Namu Amida Butsu" is favored when by itself, such as saying it one time or referring to nembutsu. You may see this in the translated writings of Honen and Ippen, or at the end of an email. "Namu Amida Bu" is what I was taught to recite when r...
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Minimum number of recitations?
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Minimum number of recitations?

Whats the minimum number of recitations so that Amitabha will come get you when you die? According to the Contemplation Sutra, calling out Amitabha Buddha's name even once while dying, praying to be born in his land, is enough to attain birth there. This is considered the lower limit of practice, a...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land mystycism
Replies: 19
Views: 2679

Re: Pure Land mystycism

"Horizontal Escape" and "Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith" are different editions of the same work.
BWF is available for much less than $800 :)
There's also this legally free version online, from YMBA.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: dad just passed away
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: dad just passed away

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