December 2010

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In these commentaries he praised the Western Land and encouraged all to have faith in Amida. Anyone who has studied with Tibetan lama has been regularly reminded of the importance of mindfulness of death. Like alobha is not limited to generosity, it is not limited to kindness but refers to any intention not based in aversion or hatred. Chapter 4 Religion, Rituals, and Health Overview of Chapter Topics • Introduction: Religion, spirituality, and ritual • Religion in the U.

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At the same time, there exist modifiers which may serve to free us. Red symbolizes subjugation and summoning. Red transforms the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment. 5. But, doctrine aside, Purgatory has always made the coffers overflow of the pagan religion that taught it. They climb quickly; but sometimes, they fall. Only Maha-acharyas have the authority to accept disciples, give initiations and transmit teachings.

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The Mahaparinirvāna Sutra noted that nirvāna has four special characteristics: a) True Eternity: no longer being governed or ruled by conditional elements that are impermanent and variable; b) True Bliss: the blissful life of the mind stream in which craving, hatred, and ill will no longer exist; c) True Self: different from the personal self in the dualistic realm; and d) True Purity: absolute purity. The Akshobhya Buddha practice is still a mandatory retreat practices in Dechen Choekhor's tradition till today.

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Theistic piety inspired important artistic achievements, beginning perhaps as early as the second century b.c., in the friezes of the Bhārhut and Sānchī topes, and culminating in the Buddha statuary produced by the Mathurā and Gandhāra schools—the latter clearly influenced by Greco–Roman art forms. As soon as the shepherd smelled the smoke, the mara spirit left his body. I chanted along, as well as I could, in Tibetan (a language I don’t speak) and tried to comprehend the esoteric meaning of prayers whose intentions and cultural context often eluded me.

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The bell is the most common and indispensable musical instrument in tantric Buddhist ritual. Care of living things is also a key principle, and the company recycles packaging materials, green energy use in the transport of valuables, it does not pollute the air and is investigating the eco-fuel for its fleet of van. During this period Buddhism was exposed to a variety of influences, from Persian and Greek civilization, to changing trends in non-Buddhist Indian religions—themselves influenced by Buddhism.

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Mary taught us the value of the Scapular. He began to preach, wandering from place to place, gathering a body of disciples, and organizing them into a monastic community known as the sangha. Not to be confused with total annihilation, nirvana is a state of consciousness beyond definition. Zhuangzi marks the high point of mature Daoist philosophical theory as he finds a better way to answer later Mohist challenges than did Hui Shi.

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In the younger but larger sect there is still no god, but there are a great many supernatural beings. We know that if we throw these away in the garbage, we are destroying our planet and are affecting other beings in a negative way. He awakened into that state of enlightenment because his nature was the buddha nature. Holy places are usually located on the banks of rivers, coasts, seashores and mountains. He said we could avoid and in some cases, even overcome the effect of karma if we act wisely.

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Some have included as a drug other methods of divorcing ourselves from reality -- e.g. movies, television, the Internet. 1 Those preparing for monastic life or who are not within a family are expected to avoid an additional five activities: 9. Among a few marginal Buddhist or quasi-Buddhist groups in the Himalayas, animal sacrifice is still practiced today; but Buddhist monastic institutions have fairly consistently opposed the killing of animals for religious purposes.

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As taught by Venerable Nan Huai-Chin, the nianfo is chanted slowly, and the mind is emptied out after each repetition. Maha Pajapati Gotami was the aunt and step-mother of the Buddha. A mantra is a sacred letter-form and sound that contains the genetic essence of a specific energy. In Orthodox practice, the wife must immerse herself in the mikvah monthly following her menstrual cycle in order to resume marital relations. Pönkya Gönpo Wanggyal counseled that a lhapa or lhamo practiced their vocation solely to help sentient beings and that their power must not be misused.

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Zen Buddhism also draws from specific teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, most prominently the Mahayana concept of paramitas and bodhisattva ideal of universe salvation. The other memorable event commemorated by this poya is the establishment of the Order of Nuns (bhikkhuni-sasana) in Sri Lanka by the Theri Sanghamitta when she ordained Queen Anula and her entourage of 500 women at Anuradhapura. He had the opportunity to listen to a sermon given by a buddha, Tathagata Lokeshvararaja (Sejizaio-nyorai).