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All posts for the day Enero 16th, 2012

Guardian Buddha Base on the Animal Zodiac

Published Enero 16, 2012 by jptan2012

Very much similar to the patron saints of Catholics. The Buddhist has Patron Buddha or Bodhisattva base on the animal zodiac.

Depending on your animal sign you have a corresponding Guardian Buddha. It is said that you, base on your animal zodiac, has an immediate affinity with your Guardian Buddha.

Praying to your Guardian Buddha and or chanting their mantra brings you protection and blessings.

AVALOKITESVARA si the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the RAT.

Avalokitesvara is one of the most revered Bodhisattva. He is popularly known as Kuan Yin in Chinese Buddhism and as Cannon in Japanese Buddhism. Avalokistesvara is also known as the Buddha of Compassion, although, as mentioned He is actually not a Buddha but rather a Bodhisattva.

The mantra of Avalokitesvara is OM MANI PADME HUM.

Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compansion

Avalokitesvara's femaie manifestation is popularly known as Kuan Yin in China. Kuan Yin means 'The One Who Hears the Cries of the World'.

Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin is known as Cannon in Japan. Notice that even though the image looks feminine, the breast is exposed and its flat signifying a breast of a man. This is to signify that Kuan Yin has no gender.

AKASAGARBHA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the OX and TIGER.

Akasagarbha Buddha is also known as the ‘Boundless Space Treasury’ Buddha. He is sometimes considered as twin brother of Ksitigarbha Buddha. He is a Buddha who bestows wisdom through enlightenment.

The mantra of Akasagarbha is OM VAJRA RATNA TRAH SOHA.

Akasagarbha is not a Buddha but a Bodhisattva.

MANJUSHRI is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the RABBIT.

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and awareness associated with spiritual studies or pursuits. He also brings education and marriage luck.

The mantra of Manjushri is OM A RA PA CHA NA DIH.

Manjushri is a disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha. He is also a great Bodhisattva.

SAMANTABHADRA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the DRAGON and SNAKE.

Samantabhadra is perhaps one of the most misinterpreted and un-identified Bodhisattva in Chinese Buddhism. While he is highly revered in Tibetan. In China, his female manifestation is often thought of as Kuan Yin. However, Samantabhadra is easily identified because He/She usually seats a top an Elephant. Samantbhadra together with fellow Bodhisattva Manjushri is a disciple of the Buddha Sakyamuni. If Manjushri is known as the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Samantabhadra is known as the Bodhisattva of Truth.

The mantra of Samantabhadra is OM AH HUM AH A KAR SA LE OD A YANG OM DU

Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

MHASTHAMAPRAPTA  (pronounced with an A after the M. MA-HAS-THA-MA-PRAP-TA) is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the HORSE.

Mhasthamaprapta is also a misinterpreted Bodhisattva. In Chinese Buddhism He/She is usually mistaken as the Kuan Yin. Some think Mhasthamaprapta is a lesser Bodhisattva but He is actually one of the Eight Great Bodhisattva. Mhasthamaprapta aids an enlightenment of a person if they seek the Sutra of Infinite Light.

Unfortunately, I’m not well versed yet with the mantra of Mhasthamaprapta and is unable to share it here.

Mhastamaprapta is very hard to diffenrentiate from Kuan Yin. But the clue is how she holds the flower which is a lotus. Kuan Yin holds a willow. Also she's always on the right side of Amitabha Buddha. Kuan Yin is on the left side. Facing them Mhastamaprapta is on our left and Kuan Yin is on our right.

VAIROCANA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the SHEEP and MONKEY.

Vairocana is a Celestial Buddha and is often interpreted as the Bliss Body of the Historical Buddha Gautama Buddha. He is a Buddha who grants wisdom and enlightenment.

The mantra of Vairocana is OM VAIROCANA HUM.

Buddha Vairocana

ACALA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of ROOSTER.

Acala is the principal destroyer of delusion and protector of Buddhism. Acala helps purifies negative karma and is a powerful Buddha for those who are in need of self control.

The mantra of Acala is NAMAH SAMANTA VAJRANAM CANDA MAHAROSANA SPHOTAYA HUM TRAT HAM MAM.

Acala Buddha. Notice how in Buddhism and Taoism there are gods whose images are wrathful and might seem 'demonic' to Christians and Westeners. But wratful gods are just representation of their protective powers and a lot of the wrathful gods are also good wealth gods.

AMITABHA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the DOG and BOAR.

Amitabha is one of the most revered Buddhas. He is also called as the ‘Buddha of Infinite Light’. Amitabha greatly bestows blessings to those who earns good karma. He is also a powerful protector Buddha.

The mantra of Amitabha is OM AMI DEWA HRIH.

Amitabha Buddha

Biktima ni Sendong

Published Enero 16, 2012 by jptan2012

Mayroon na rin isang buwan nang ginimbal tayo ng trahedya na dulot ni Sendong. However, the sad thing is matagal pa ang recovery ng mga apektadong lugar ng Cagayan de Ora at Iligan. Sabagay ang ilan parte nga ng Marikina ay hindi pa rin tuluyan nakakawala sa trahedya na dulot ni Ondoy.

Just this morning, while I was reading online news I came across a Yahoo! article that talks about how a couple continue to search for their 3 children. Wala akong anak pero may mga pamangkin ako kaya naman naiiintindihan ko ang sakit na nararamdaman nila. Iniisip ko hanggang kailan kaya magkakaroon ng pagasa ang mag asawa na makita pa ang mga anak nila? How will they mourn for them, if there’s no body to confirm that indeed they died sa trahedya na dulot ni Sendong? Should they mourn for them already? Paano kung isang araw bigla nalang nilang makita ang mga anak? This reminded me of a true story. Because of the Tsunami that was triggered by the Indonesian earthquake (2004 o 2006 ba yun? can’t really remember.) nawala ang isang batang babae sa mga magulang niya. Inakala ng nanay niyang patay na ang bata. Until they were reunited again last 2011.

 

D-Day for Chief Justice Renato Corona

Published Enero 16, 2012 by jptan2012

I’m feeling ambivalent towards the impeachment trial of Renato Corona. Naniniwala ako na justice should be served no matter who the are the personalities that are involved. Pero on the other hand, impeaching a Chief Justice, at least for me, might create judicial crisis. Madami na kasi ang hindi naniniwala sa justice system sa bansa, hindi kaya lumala pa ito dahil sa impeachment trial ng Chief Justice.

This is the very first impeachment trial of a chief justice in our country and I hope hindi siya pagmulan ng mas matinding crisis.

I will not pretend that I comprehend everything that has been thrown against Chief Justice Renato Corona, pero to be honest, base sa mga nababasa ko sa dyaryo, napapanood at naririnig sa news sa TV at radyo, there is really grounds to ‘discipline’ the Chief Justice. I’m just not sure whether an impeachment is the right course to do it. Pero, on the other hand, kung hindi impeachment ano? Given that calls for him to resign has not been heeded.

From a perspective of an ordinary citizen, dapat naman sa umpisa’t umpisa pa lang ay hindi na tinanggap ni Renato Corona ang position na pagiging Chief Justice. Considering he was appointed by an outgoing president who belongs to pa party which will be considered as minority in the new administration. Furthermore, the said party’s presidential candidate also didn’t make it as president. Add to the ‘manipulation’ is the fact, that it was one of the most tone downed oath taking. Medyo parang sikreto ang pagkakaganap. Para sa akin lang, kung nag iisip at may delikadesa ang Chief Justice sana doon pa lang eh tinanggihan na niya na ang position na yun.

Pero add to that pa that even before he became Chief Justice ay wala siya ni isang decision that went against GMA. Plus as Chief Justice parang ang dami niyang hinarang na desisyon that will negatively affect the former president’s position or of her ‘people’.

If the question is whether he deserves to be impeach, my answer to that is yes. I’m just saying na sana may ibang paraan pa.

 

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