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by 明安 Myoan
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Does being a Pureland Buddhist mean that one doesn't have to follow the precepts?
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Does being a Pureland Buddhist mean that one doesn't have to follow the precepts?

Let the Nembutsu of the Original Vow stand by itself and and receive help from no other quarter. By outside help I mean that of of one’s own wisdom, the observance of the commandments (sila), religious aspiration, deeds of charity, and the like. The good man, as he is, and the bad man too, as he is...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents
Replies: 25
Views: 999

Re: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents

Fascinating I wonder if Pure Land authors ever addressed these passages In his Senchakushu, Honen Shonin quoted a passage from Master T'an-Luan: To begin with Dharma Master T’an-luan, we see that he stated in his Commentary on the Treatise on Rebirth in the Pure Land: Let us reverently reflect on w...
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Working with fear
Replies: 16
Views: 507

Re: Working with fear

Diverse thoughts concerning fear. Through chanting practices, you can train the gate of speech away from internal and external expressions of fear and towards the Three Jewels. Fear is a unique opportunity for sincere refuge in the Three Jewels. I gained a lot of confidence when scared out of my wit...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents
Replies: 25
Views: 999

Re: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents

Honen taught that reciting Nembutsu while believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally gives rise to the Three Minds and Four Modes of Practice. These include aspects such as sincerity of heart, faith in the buddhas, venerating the Three Jewels and all holy beings, and so forth. These Minds and Mod...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and sport
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Buddhism and sport

Well, that's not entirely true. I play cooperative video games. :jumping: I try not to get angry or frustrated, or badmouth other players. I try to recognize other's strengths and weaknesses and adapt to their style, so we can work together. I try not to get so self-absorbed in a strategy that I'm o...
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and sport
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Buddhism and sport

You can see exercise as purification, with verses or your imagination. Visualizations help to keep the Three Jewels in mind while the body suffers for long-term benefit. When walking and doing stairs, I chant (aloud or silently) nembutsu or mantras in the rhythm. I think it's helped me keep exercisi...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best quality Prayer Wheel for purchase
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: Best quality Prayer Wheel for purchase

Regarding squeaky wheels, I've had a lot of luck with white lithium grease. It works well for metal-on-metal.
It can sometimes be tricky to get to the point of contact in a prayer wheel in order to apply it.
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Oct 28, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Joie de ... ?
Replies: 53
Views: 1380

Re: Joie de ... ?

Rick wrote: Tue Oct 26, 2021 3:48 pm What does it mean to take refuge in mundane joy?
For example, the Eight Worldly Preoccupations/Concerns:
hope for happiness and fear of suffering,
hope for fame and fear of insignificance,
hope for praise and fear of blame,
hope for gain and fear of loss;
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Furthering confidence in mantras
Replies: 16
Views: 1120

Re: Furthering confidence in mantras

Mantras are a sound manifestation coming from emptiness. They are the authentic sound of emptiness. From the point of view of the absolute truth and of emptiness itself, the mantra does not have any existence. There is neither sound nor mantra. Sounds and mantras, as with all other forms of manifes...
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suffering of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 463

Re: Suffering of impermanence

Thinking about how to best help others within your life as it is.
The Buddhas also have insight into impermanence, but respond by teaching the Dharma and responding to the suffering of beings. Why is this? :shrug:
by 明安 Myoan
Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Furthering confidence in mantras
Replies: 16
Views: 1120

Re: Furthering confidence in mantras

You can recite mantras to benefit others, and downplay your role in whether or not the buddhas will listen to a sincere prayer. Also, Bokar Rinpoche has some lucid explanations on the relationship between our mind, the mantra, and the relevant deity. While the three are not separate, the activity do...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does Karma purification work?
Replies: 54
Views: 2261

Re: How does Karma purification work?

Some quotes from Bokar Rinpoche regarding the general topic, karma and purification: Different items such as water, detergent, and soap are necessary to wash a fabric covered with stains. Likewise, to purify our mind, an agent is necessary: this is the dharma. All its stages, all the aspects that co...
by 明安 Myoan
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Thinking of abandoning Buddhism and its teachings
Replies: 62
Views: 2207

Re: Thinking of abandoning Buddhism and its teachings

Why abandon teachings on virtue? :shrug: Black-and-white thinking is its own burden.
by 明安 Myoan
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does Karma purification work?
Replies: 54
Views: 2261

Re: How does Karma purification work?

I've seen this teaching in books and heard it in centers, such as dredging up a pond and making the water muddy; turning a light on in a messy room; etc. I took it as advice not to be discouraged by setbacks, either in one's life in general or in learning a new subject (Buddhism) and developing new ...
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Passing through
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Passing through

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Welcome! I hope you have success in your Green Tara practice.
by 明安 Myoan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Thinking of abandoning Buddhism and its teachings
Replies: 62
Views: 2207

Re: Thinking of abandoning Buddhism and its teachings

If it's peace of mind you want, why not spend more time with the Buddha's straightforward teachings on virtue?
by 明安 Myoan
Wed Sep 29, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm a Buddhist without a community!
Replies: 9
Views: 578

Re: I'm a Buddhist without a community!

Welcome!

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