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by 明安 Myoan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayer wheels in your daily practice and there lineages/practices
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Prayer wheels in your daily practice and there lineages/practices

Here are some resources from the FPMT.

Prayer wheels are wonderful, and easy to use for everyone. A little white lithium grease goes a long way to keep them spinning!
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from UK - MiwaMack
Replies: 9
Views: 517

Re: Hello from UK - MiwaMack

That's an interesting and unique depiction of Amida Buddha! I haven't seen the kalpas of contemplation of the Vows represented by long hair before, very cool :smile: Thanks for sharing.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Greetings

Namu Amida Butsu :thumbsup:
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Language opens doors
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Language opens doors

I learned French in high school and have kept it up as best I could. I also speak Esperanto. Aside from the general benefits of learning a foreign language, some have been Dharma specific. I translated the Shorter Sutra on Amitayus into Esperanto, as well as some shorter writings by Honen Shonin and...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Valentine's Day
Replies: 13
Views: 642

Re: Valentine's Day

A day to remember love. It's a quality we have in common with the buddhas.

I'm trying to take special care of my husband and cats, and be less of a #$&@ today :smile:
I put some birdseed out because it snowed.
by 明安 Myoan
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drowning in Ill Will
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Drowning in Ill Will

:good:

Pray to the buddhas for help, every day.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: How can I still work with my life
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: How can I still work with my life

:good:

Stay close to the sources of true refuge, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.
There are so many ways to do this, just be creative and keep learning so you encounter methods and blessings.

Best of luck. As Shantideva said, the buddhas have unobstructed vision, and we stand before them.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: new to the world of Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: new to the world of Buddhism

Starting with the Buddha's advice on how to treat others will put you on the right track: Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Action.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guard the Sense Doors!
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Guard the Sense Doors!

This reminded me of a few passages. 18. Therefore, I should well control and well guard my mind. Once I have forsaken the vow of guarding the mind, of what use are many vows to me? 19. Just as those standing in the midst of boisterous people carefully guard their wounds, so those standing in the mid...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Not being attached to giver, gift, recipient
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Not being attached to giver, gift, recipient

Lojong slogans can be helpful to avoid the overt dangers of "being attached to giver, gift, recipient", among other benefits. Truly not being attached might be hard to always uphold, as our compassion and energy fluctuates, so we can at least be wary of faults like disappointment or impatience. For...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 2308

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Sheer necessity, for my own sanity and how I treat others when practicing versus not. I landed in a Japanese temple with international outreach, in a relatively minor Pure Land sect in my country. Not culturally or socially Buddhist. I don't know any in person. I'm trying to celebrate the Buddhist h...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Avoiding the heaven realms
Replies: 10
Views: 503

Re: Avoiding the heaven realms

:good:
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Avoiding the heaven realms
Replies: 10
Views: 503

Re: Avoiding the heaven realms

It's a good question. I believe a common answer would be this is the purpose of dedicating your merits to your Buddhist goal. That may be towards buddhahood, towards all mother sentient beings, towards birth in a buddha-land, and so on. There are lots of simple, short verses for this purpose. Dharma...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Deity as Yidam, Protector, Guru, etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Re: Deity as Yidam, Protector, Guru, etc.

One factor might be what you need at the time.
by 明安 Myoan
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for family
Replies: 16
Views: 1235

Re: Prayers for family

Just to contextualize the calligraphy I shared, and its connection to COVID, here is some information: This calligraphy is called "Riken Myogo" or "The Beneficial Sword of the Holy Name" (of Amida Buddha). This original printing block was made by Rev. Taijo Matsuo, the 1st Jodo Shu minister in Hawai...
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: 1298

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: 16
Views: 1235

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: 21
Views: 1086

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: 553

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: 736

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...

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