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by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1233

Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

I'm curious about Amitābha and Amitayus in Tibetan Buddhism. As far as I know, in East Asian Buddhism (including the Pure Land traditions), the Buddha of Limitless Light and Life was and is referred to as 阿彌陀, pronounced using the local pronunciation of Chinese characters (in modern Mandarin, Amituo...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1799

Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Is it possible for karma to "infest" or "adhere" to inanimate objects? For example, someone buys a computer that he is told is stolen property, and then uses that computer to produce Dharma materials and other products. Would everything that is produced by the computer then be "tainted" with the kar...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions about empowerments and jenang
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Questions about empowerments and jenang

This weekend, His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche will be giving teachings at my local Tibetan Buddhist temple. On the Sunday afternoon, there will be a White Manjushri Jenang. Could somebody please explain what a "jenang" is and how it differs to a standard empowerment? Does it involv...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Need help from someone who can read both Chinese and Tibetan
Replies: 2
Views: 1603

Need help from someone who can read both Chinese and Tibetan

My friend gave me a link to a site that has instructions on how to offer incense to the hungry ghosts. After doing some research, I've concluded that it is a sur offering. However, I haven't been able to find a version with romanised Tibetan. I do read some Chinese, but I know very little Tibetan - ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

javier.espinoza.t wrote: Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:37 pm
KiwiNFLFan wrote: Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am ... is one here, but ...
that guy strongly supported dol'gyal. be careful what you print, lol.
I know, that's why I asked.

Thanks for the info, guys.
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

I'm not sure you're allowed to download and print out the images on Himalayan Art. There's nothing that indicates this.
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Places to get free pictures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to print out for your altar?

Does anyone know any places where you can download free, legal, high-definition pictures of Tibetan Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and print them out for your own altar? I know there is one here , but 1) not all the pictures I want to print are shown; and 2) the guru was quite controversial and discussion...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 5761

Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

Is it normal in Tibetan Buddhism to accept someone you haven’t personally met (but that your mentor/teacher has met)? Can you become the disciple of a guru without meeting them in person (and/or receiving a transmission and/or empowerment from them)?
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 13
Views: 2028

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

It largely depends on your sadhana. Most full sadhanas will have sections for consecrating bell, vajra, mala, etc. I don't have a sadhana. I'm talking about a one-time consecration, either for the first time you use the objects or if they have somehow become defiled/desecrated. Would the mantra men...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 13
Views: 2028

How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

How does a layperson consecrate ritual objects (eg dorje, bell, butter lamp) if they happen to become desecrated? The book The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness mentions that the Mantra of Great Wisdom Bimala Ushnisha can be used to consecrate objects. Would reciting a mala of this...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about serkyem set
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Question about serkyem set

I ordered a serkyem set off Aliexpress and it arrived today. I'd previously used a wine glass or smaller glass glass on a stem.

I noticed that the bowl on the top piece is on an angle. Is it supposed to be like that? If not, can it still be used to make serkyem offerings?
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?

How do the different traditions of what is called "Zen" differ? I know that it started in China under the name 禪 (pronounced "Chan") and then spread to Japan where the same character is pronounced 'Zen', Korea ('Seon) and Vietnam ('Thien'). I'm guessing it developed kind of independently in each of ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 103
Views: 8174

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

If you're scared of going to hell, simply take refuge in Amitabha Buddha. He said: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten quarters who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and call my Name, even ten times, should not be born th...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 31
Views: 4253

Is Avici hell eternal?

In most of the sources I've read about Buddhist cosmology, they state that there is no eternal hell (or heaven) in Buddhism. Only Nirvana is permanent. However, I came across this article in the Chinese Buddhist Encylopedia , where it is stated that Avici may be eternal. Are there any sutras or othe...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Re: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?

Third precept: the list of inappropriate partners is common to both Theravada and Mahayana, but to this Mahayana expositions add various additional ways of breaking the precept (e.g., wrong place, wrong time, wrong orifice etc.), apparently adopted from Sarvāstivādin texts. Yes, Mahayana is against...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha

My local Chinese temple has the Medicine Buddha as the main image, flanked by Suryaprabha (Riguang Pusa) and Candraprabha (Yueguang Pusa). I have not been able to find much information about these Bodhisattvas. I know they are the Bodhisattvas of the Sun and Moon, but some more information would be ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha

My local Chinese temple has the Medicine Buddha as the main image, flanked by Suryaprabha (Riguang Pusa) and Candraprabha (Yueguang Pusa). I have not been able to find much information about these Bodhisattvas. I know they are the Bodhisattvas of the Sun and Moon, but some more information would be ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism

Does anyone have any information about the veneration of Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism? I know that in Chinese She is called 多羅菩薩 (Duoluo Pusa) and Tara bosatsu in Japanese (same characters), but I can't say I've ever encountered Her outside a Tibetan context.
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Difference in ethics between Theravada and Mahayana?

Is there a significant difference in how ethical conduct (in particular the Five Precepts) are interpreted in Theravada Buddhism vs Mahayana Buddhism? The main example I can think of is the First Precept. Vegetarianism is not widespread in Theravada countries or among Theravada Buddhists from what I...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: King Yama and rebirth
Replies: 1
Views: 295

King Yama and rebirth

I know in Theravada Buddhism reincarnation is typically said to take place instantly (there is no equivalent of the bardo), is a natural process and I can't say I've heard of King Yama being mentioned in Theravada Buddhism. However, I know that in Mahayana Buddhism (Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan at ...

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