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by Kaji
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting Recitation Method
Replies: 7
Views: 2458

Re: Interesting Recitation Method

Thanks for sharing that, Nosta. Like you, I like to visualise my counting instead of merely using numbers. I am predominantly a visual learner and thinker. I also try to practise another method taught by Ven Yin Guang once a day, in the morning as he suggested. Literally translated from Chinese it c...
by Kaji
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Curious Chinese painting.
Replies: 6
Views: 1866

Re: Curious Chinese painting.

Interestingly, the colour of Maudgalyāyana's sarira is dark brown (bottom), while Śāriputra's is light grey (top):
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by Kaji
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting Recitation Method
Replies: 7
Views: 2458

Re: Interesting Recitation Method

Recently I have been doing a twist of the "count to ten" recitation method - instead of simply counting from one to ten, I contemplate the layers of a stupa, one by one forming from the ground up (see my avatar pic). As there are five layers in each stupa (representing earth, water, fire, air and em...
by Kaji
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Incense Offering Mantra
Replies: 23
Views: 8474

Re: Incense Offering Mantra

i suspect it would be modern influence too. he chants the dharani in Sanskrit, not in traditional chinese pronunciation, and that is very unsual in Taiwan..maybe Tibetan buddhism's influence to Taiwan more and more stronger, so some small groups would adapt Sanskrit pronunciation and Mudra from Tib...
by Kaji
Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:15 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Study shows people are happier when being in the moment
Replies: 0
Views: 511

Study shows people are happier when being in the moment

TED Talk by Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

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by Kaji
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is this the Heart Sutra?
Replies: 4
Views: 1467

Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

I'll second that - yes, it is the Heart Sutra. Is that handwritten and hand-drawn on a leaf? Looks like it is stuck to a white piece of paper - is it framed for hanging? I hope it is not made into a bookmark, as that might cause improper placement of and disrespect to the sutra. It seems to be from ...
by Kaji
Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Incense Offering Mantra
Replies: 23
Views: 8474

Re: Incense Offering Mantra

From what I have learned in the Chinese Buddhist tradition, there are many mantra and dharani that are in sutra. I understand that the use of them does not require transmission by a specific kind of teacher. This practice is still called esoteric, in the board sense that most human practitioners do ...
by Kaji
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Incense Offering Mantra
Replies: 23
Views: 8474

Re: Incense Offering Mantra

I have come across a number of incense offering mantra, but not this one.
by Kaji
Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 152
Views: 50453

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

This is interesting - I tried to read this "chapter" aloud on day to "read it in my ear" - (this goes back to an old post) - and after what seemed like 20 pages my mouth became exhausted. But I have to say reading it "puts it up" in the mind in a way that imply reading it doesn't. Yep, the Avatamsa...
by Kaji
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Halo During Amitabha Retreat
Replies: 50
Views: 12222

Re: Halo During Amitabha Retreat

Nice photos of the circular rainbow, thanks sinweiy!
by Kaji
Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Siddhis in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 6763

Re: Siddhis in East Asian Buddhism

And some emperors banned the practice of vajrayana among commoners, fearing their siddhi might become too powerful in revolts and civil unrests.
by Kaji
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why academics value Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 6314

Re: Why academics value Buddhism?

Ven Chin Kung once said, in the old days the numbers of accomplished Buddhist practitioners were in the order of: monks, nuns, male laities, female laities; and nowadays the order has completed reversed. A lay Chinese Buddhist who regularly goes to temples in Hong Kong recently told me that monks th...
by Kaji
Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why academics value Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 6314

Re: Why academics value Buddhism?

This is interesting. According to Self-Determination Theory (SDT), an environment that supports autonomy is crucial to keeping a person motivated when it comes to tasks that are not inherently interesting or enjoyable. To a lay person like myself, living with hundreds of precepts does not sound easy...
by Kaji
Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience
Replies: 49
Views: 14722

Re: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience

I mean is it reasonable to use faith to justify things when we don;t know the whole picture of a situation?.. . I reiterate my question - is anyone using faith to justify things? If so, who is using faith to justify what? Perhaps it would be worthwhile looking at your question on reasonableness. If...
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience
Replies: 49
Views: 14722

Re: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience

I mean is it reasonable to use faith to justify things when we don;t know the whole picture of a situation?.. . I reiterate my question - is anyone using faith to justify things? If so, who is using faith to justify what? Perhaps it would be worthwhile looking at your question on reasonableness. If...
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience
Replies: 49
Views: 14722

Re: Amitabha buddha - a personal experience

GarcherLancelot wrote:I am not bashing faith ,I am just wondering why is it being used as a reason to justify things? .. . :alien: :alien: :alien: .. .
Sorry I'm not quite following... Who or what is using faith as a reason to justify what?
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What do you think of, just before you start reciting?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: What do you think of, just before you start reciting?

What do you think of, just before you start reciting? Darn... I forgot to feed da cat... ...which gives rise to thoughts like... Who is da cat? ... What is it that I feed dat cat? ... What did I mean by I forgot? I obviously remember it now. But how could I remember something unless it was forgotte...
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What do you think of, just before you start reciting?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: What do you think of, just before you start reciting?

In a fixed period of recitation I would also repent and make the four Bodhisattva vows. After the recitation it is important to transfer the merit to Western Pure Land and explicitly solidify one's vow to be reborn there.
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land practice and community for the isolated
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

Re: Pure Land practice and community for the isolated

I highly recommend the teachings of Ven Yin Guang. I am not sure if there is a complete English translation of the whole text.
by Kaji
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit Romanization
Replies: 10
Views: 7065

Re: Sanskrit Romanization

Below are some related information. What I understand is that issue lies in the way how those text are encoded in the PDF file. Apparently, there is no easy way to convert it back to the Unicode characters, and it may differs from one file to another. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=12...

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