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by Kaji
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Akshobhya and Amitabha
Replies: 14
Views: 2838

Re: Akshobhya and Amitabha

Hello Community, I was wondering why in Amitabha's Pure Land there is no gender, but in Akshobhya Pure Land there are womens (that can get pregnant) and men. I thought that Pure Lands are outside Samsara and without duality (no female-male). Can someone help me understand a little better? Amituofo ...
by Kaji
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren in China and the Dharani chapter
Replies: 5
Views: 1977

Re: Nichiren in China and the Dharani chapter

Mr Chua Boon Tuan of Rawang Buddhist Association has transliterated the dharani: http://www.dharanipitaka.net/2011/2008/dharani/Sad-dharma-pundarika.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (Page 1 contains the dharani in the Dharani Chapter, chapter 26. Page 2 contains those in the chapte...
by Kaji
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Courtesy to Sutra
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Courtesy to Sutra

The sutra are the sarira of the Buddha's Dharma body. The sutra contain great wisdom, knowledge and practice methodologies. Recitation of sutra, even without understanding or pondering upon the ideas conveyed in the texts, brings great benefit to one's practice in Buddhism as well as worldly gains. ...
by Kaji
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Animal Kingdom?
Replies: 14
Views: 3194

Re: The Animal Kingdom?

We are animals too and not much different, except for the capacity for greater knowledge and insight, which if not gained -- well then we have lived a life not much different from them. Chinese Buddhism has coexisted with Confucianism all along. As a Chinese Buddhist I have learned that the five fu...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Topic or Forum Subscriptions
Replies: 0
Views: 607

Topic or Forum Subscriptions

How do I subscribe to a topic or forum? In User Control Panel, under the "Overview" tab there is an option called "Manage subscriptions". In other forums I have used, subscribing to a topic means whenever someone else has posted in that thread the system will notify you with an email. I have tried t...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Breath
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: Breath

I am practicing mindfulness of breath to attain the first jhana. But I don't just stay with the breath, thoughts are also floating in the background. Unless we stay with the breath alone, jhana would be impossible. Ah right. I am not familiar with this practice, having almost no experience to speak...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Have you tried keeping a dream journal? I have for the last couple of months and frequently I will dream of writing before I actually wake up. If I make it a point to write out the nembutsu every morning upon waking up pretty soon it should be the first thing on my mind when my eyes open. Any way, ...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Breath
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: Breath

May I ask what are you practising when you observed that? Meditation? Zen practice? Breath-counting contemplation? Recitation of Buddha's name?
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 9700

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

i know why, now. it's stated in Amitabha's Vow #9 Provided I become a Buddha, if the beings of that country of mine should not all possessed of the Heavenly-step (Riddisakchatkriya) which can in the shortest moment of one thought travelling over a hundred thousand kotis of nayuta of Buddha-countrie...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Hi sinweiy, what does "MCK" stand for? Master Chin Kung. :smile: Ah, right, thanks. The notion of "Ten Recitation" is first mentioned in the Infinite Life Sutra, in one of Amitabha's vows. In recent times and as far as I know, the practical application "Ten Recitation Method" and the "Count-to-Ten ...
by Kaji
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 7968

Re: Pureland Westerners?

Why not begin your own group? Pure Land temples have always puzzled us. Why have them at all? You can chant anywhere,any time. Maybe it's a cultural thing... birds of a feather flock together... I can see your point. The Pure Land methodology requires faith, vow and practice. I have heard this in a...
by Kaji
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What mantras or songs do you use as part of your practice?
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

Re: What mantras or songs do you use as part of your practice?

(1) Recitation of Amitabha's name (nienfo) "Namo Amitābhāya Tathāgathāya"; and (2) the Casket Seal Dharani.

Before eating, drinking or boiling water, I use some other mantra and Buddha's names.
by Kaji
Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 9700

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

According to various teachings I have come across, a being once reborn into the Western Pure Land, thus becoming a Bodhisattva with great powers, may choose to immediately return to any world in an appropriate form (well, perhaps just after greeting Amitabha Buddha). not sure about immediately for ...
by Kaji
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

another thing, since when we die, karma can be one obstruction hindering one's rebirth, if possible attend an 8 precepts retreat during this life. as 8 precepts is great wholesome karma that will bring up one's confidence. Yes, it is a great idea to remove or reduce karmic obstacles to rebirth in t...
by Kaji
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

yes, it's the Ten recitation method by MCK. it's effective for people with little time and working. recite Amitabha's name just ten times with an undisturbed mind will not cause wandering thoughts to enter. then u can carry on doing your things. http://www.amtb-usa.org/eten-1.htm" onclick="window.o...
by Kaji
Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land & Suicide
Replies: 50
Views: 9700

Re: Pure Land & Suicide

I dont see how can we come back as Boddhisatvas to this world. If Pure Land is filled with people, why cant we see, today on Earth, monks "comming" from Pure Land? There should be at least a dozen of guys on Earth that are indeed Bodhisatvas from Pure Land. In Chinese Buddhism there is a notion cal...
by Kaji
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The Twin Practice of Pure Land & Ch'an
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: The Twin Practice of Pure Land & Ch'an

禪淨雙修 chan jing xuan shiou - "double practice of Chan and Pure" - is a common topic in Chinese Buddhism. There are numerous texts written by Chinese Buddhists about it. A very common method is to nienfo while contemplating the question 念佛是誰?, literally "Who is nienfo'ing?" I too hope that one day my ...
by Kaji
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Cool, thanks! It makes sense. If you are going to try this method, let me know how you go with it. In my experience I found it to be not as easy as I thought in practice. Falling asleep while nienfo'ing is not enough to guarantee that you will nienfo as soon as you wake up. I guess if circumstance ...
by Kaji
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese
Replies: 13
Views: 3419

Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Thanks! The Casket Seal Dharani, like so many others, doesn't seem well known outside of the Sinosphere. I have actually been meaning to read up on Casket Seal Dharani more lately, so this is a pleasant surprize. Thanks for the quick response! Amituofo! This version of the dharani is the one that I...
by Kaji
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

I am not sure if this has been posted already; if so I apologise. I think this is something worth sharing to all those who would like to be reborn into the Western Pure Land. In a lecture by Ven Fun Zai (Cantonese pronunciation, "Kuan Ji" in Mandarin), he taught that conventional methods of contempl...

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