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by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Amulets in Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Thank you and could you perhaps cite the scriptural/commentarial textual sources/references for the list of do's and don'ts, in order to understand the proper mechanics and validity? I have known about all these but to date, no monastic or laity could refer me to proper sources other than questiona...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Amulets in Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Thank you Kaji. I cannot read Chinese though:). Curious, do Chinese Ch'an temples give out these amulets? (...) If the amulet is a property of the temple that is meant to be given out, the monk or nun may give it to you. However, from my observation this is not a usual thing in temples in Mainland ...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?
Replies: 27
Views: 5869

Re: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?

The other thing that I am trying to develop a habit of is to chant "namo amitaabhaaya tathaagathaaya" 10 times in my mind the very first thing I do when I wake up every morning. I'd really like to make sure I can successfully go to the Pure Land when I pass away, no matter if I get to die peacefully...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?
Replies: 27
Views: 5869

Re: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?

My morning practice now has been streamlined, due to my recent lack of time. It goes something like this: - Incense chant - Various mantra to cleanse my 10 sins, cleanse the area, offer - A chant to praise Buddha - Make offering, usually water and the flower of my heart (sometimes also flowers, frui...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Amulets in Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

In Chinese Pure Land Buddhism, the wrist mala is optionally worn as a recitation counter and a reminder to practice and not as an amulet...the greatest 'amulet' is one's own proper Dharma practice, which is consistent with the Teaching & Discipline, funny how some people would invest their time and...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Tadyatha
Replies: 16
Views: 6788

Re: Tadyatha

"Tadyathaa" in some sutra has been translated to Chinese as "即說咒曰", which literally means "the mantra is thus now spoken as..."

Hope this helps.
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Amulets in Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

I am Chinese from a Pure Land Buddhist family (I think we are as Buddhist as "the average Christian family in America)." In many of my community temples in New York City, charms and wards and amulets are given out for donations. I am curious about what other specific sects of Buddhism does this pra...
by Kaji
Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I am looking for a help with a Mahayana project.
Replies: 10
Views: 2091

Re: I am looking for a help with a Mahayana project.

I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean by initiated bodhicitta. We can take vows to aspire to become a Bodhisattva, but that doesn't make us one. Even those who have progressed are rarely called a Bodhisattva. IMHO a Bodhisattva would have (should have) reliquished their ego (I) so therefore, and on...
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I am looking for a help with a Mahayana project.
Replies: 10
Views: 2091

Re: I am looking for a help with a Mahayana project.

I am looking for Bodhisattvas.... I doubt any Bodhisattvas would admit they are Bodhisattvas, and if any did they are not trust worthy IMHO. I am sorry to hear of you ailment and I hope you feel better soon :) Gassho Seishin. I apologise for going off topic. I thought in a broad sense any beings th...
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: _/|\_ Hi from a Chinese Buddhist in Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: _/|\_ Hi from a Chinese Buddhist in Australia

Thank you! Please let me know if my posts can ever be more polite or proper. I do not have much experience discussing Buddhism in English.
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Hokyoin Dharani
Replies: 11
Views: 3430

Re: Hokyoin Dharani

You can chant that if you like, of course, but the question at the start of this thread concerned the traditional version as transmitted in Tendai-shu, so we are discussing that. Ah I see. I'm not familiar with Tendai-shu in Japan, so I didn't know there was a different version to the dharani or th...
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Hokyoin Dharani
Replies: 11
Views: 3430

Re: Hokyoin Dharani

I practise this dharani. I have not been taught it by a temple or a monk/nun. My understanding is that, as it is presented in a non-esoteric sutra, anyone can learn and use this dharani. I use this romanised transliteration: http://www.dharanipitaka.net/2011/2008/dharani/Arya-sarva-tathagata-adhisth...
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Casket Seal Dharani Sutra
Replies: 25
Views: 12657

Re: Casket Seal Dharani Sutra

I have made a vow to uphold this dharani and hopefully become one with it one day. However, I don't know too much about the background and history of this dharani/sutra. I understand the sutra belongs to the Esoteric Teachings section of the Taishō Tripiṭaka. The Chinese version was translated by Am...
by Kaji
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: _/|\_ Hi from a Chinese Buddhist in Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

_/|\_ Hi from a Chinese Buddhist in Australia

Hi everyone! Glad to be here. Allow me to introduce myself... Originally from Hong Kong, I have been a Buddhist officially for a couple of years. I took the Five Precepts a few months ago. The vast majority of my studies in Buddhism is in Chinese, so I have to get used to the English terminology. I ...

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