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Basic Buddhism 6: Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta – A Powerful Bodhisattva That Gives Us Inner Strength!

Published Agosto 15, 2016 by jptan2012

Today, you will receive two different posts. I have written these articles in advance already and are scheduled for automatic posting because one is the birthday of the said Bodhisattva, and the other is to give you enough time to prepare for the ritual.

It is quite exciting for me to write this post because on this post I will be introducing you to another powerful and highly revered Bodhisattva that is usually mistaken as Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also spelled as Guan Yin, or known as Avalokitesvara, Kannon, Cannon, Guan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin).

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Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva / Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa

Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, like Kuan Yin Bodhisattva is actually a Bodhisattva Mahasattva, which means he is one of those higher Bodhisattvas. Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva is also known in Chinese as Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa. He is actually one of the three sages in Pure Land Buddhism that can be differentiated from by Guan Yin Bodhisattva with the jeweled pitcher adorning his/her crown. In Pure Land Buddhism, Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva is usually depicted in his/her female form.

A lot of Buddhist lineage considers Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta as representing wisdom, which makes him/her similar to Bodhisattva Manjushri. However, the difference, as his/her name means “arrival of great strength”, her form of wisdom is more in the form in inner strength in times of adversity.

Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva or Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa is part of the Amita Trinity, which consists of Amitabha Buddha, Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva. He/She is also one the Eight Great Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism, here he/she is along with Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, Bodhisattva Akasagarbha, Bodhisattva Sarvanjyarana – Vishkambhin (which I will write about soon), and Bodhisattva Maitreya or is more popularly known as the Happy Fat Buddha.

Some Buddhist lineages sometime equate Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta with Bodhisattva Vajrapani, which makes her a very powerful Bodhisattva. Like Vajrapani Bodhisattva, she is also considered as a PROTECTOR OF THE BUDDHA. The SUTRA OF INFINITE LIFE talks about Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva in high regards.

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From left to right: Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, Amitabha Buddha, Kuan Yin Bodhisattva

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia has this to say about Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva:

In the Shurangama Sutra, Mahasthamaprapta tells of how he gained enlightenment through the practice of Buddha recitation, or continuous pure mindfulness of Amitābha, to obtain samādhi. In the Contemplation Sutra, Mahāsthāmaprāpta is symbolised by the moon while Avalokiteśvara is represented by the sun.
 Mahasthamaprapta (Sanskrit, “One Who Has Obtained Great Power”) awakens in humans their need to be liberated from Samsara. In Pure Land Buddhism he is often paired with Avalokiteshvara in association with Amitabha Buddha; Avalokiteshvara enacts Amitabha’s compassion, and Mahasthamaprapta brings to humanity the power of Amitabha’s wisdom.

Today is Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta’s Birthday or Feast day, and by chanting her mantra, we will definitely get some blessings. But more than that Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva’s is a great Bodhisattva to help us overcome addictions, or problems that has something to do with inner determination.

Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta’s mantras are the following:

HUM VAJRA PHAT (pronounced as Pay) OM VAJRA CHANDA (pronounced as Zhanzha) MAHA RO (pronounced as Luo) KHA NA HUM PHAT (pronounced as Pay).

also

NAMO DA SHI ZHI PU SA

 

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Chant – A – Mantra (3d): Daily Mantras to Chant – Health, Wealth, Liberty from Negativities!

Published Hulyo 14, 2016 by jptan2012

Yes! I chant a lot of mantras everyday. And while at first it might seem quite tedious once you get the hang of it, it will be quite easy to chant even if there are a lot of mantras to chant. But don’t get me wrong, when I say quite easy it will still take you some time, and it is perfectly worth it to invest some time everyday because the blessings that we receive simply by chanting mantras is quite enormous. It is more powerful when one chants it under deep meditation, at a level where you are almost unaware of your surroundings. However, needless to say, mantras are powerful and depending on your faith simply uttering it a few times is bound to give you some blessings. How much more if you chant it 108x everyday!

Aside from the mantras of the 3 Main Buddhas (Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Medicine Buddha) and the 4 Main Bodhisattvas (Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, and Bodhisattva Majushri) and the Protector, Business and Career, Wealth Bodhisattvas (Bodhisattva Sangharama and Bodhisattva Vajrapani), I also chant the following mantras:

  1. NAMO DANG LIE XIA XIENG MI LO CHUN FO and OM MAITRI MAHĀ MAITRI MAITREYA SOHA (Mantra of the Future Buddha, Bodhisattva Maitreya) – Chanting the mantra of the Future Buddha, Maitreya Bodhisattva, who is also known as the Happy Buddha would shower with blessings of health and wealth. To understand him better you can read my post about him entitled: THE HAPPY FAT BUDDHA: A REPRESENTATION OF MAITREYA BUDDHA’S BLESSINGS.
  2. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA (Mantra of the Swift Liberator, Goddess Tara) – Chanting the mantra of Goddess Tara is really good specially when you encounter a lot of problems, because she is considered as the Swift Liberator because she liberates us from sufferings. To understand more about Goddess Tara please read the following articles: GODDESS TARA: THE MOTHER OF SWIFT LIBERATION and PAYING HOMAGE TO GODDESS TARA.Goddess Tara
  3. OM DZAMBHALA DZALIN DRAYE SOHA (Mantra of the Buddhist Wealth Deity, Yellow Dzambhala) – Chanting the mantra of Yellow Dzambhala will shower us with enormous wealth blessings. To understand Yellow Dzambhala, you can check out the article I have written about him entitled, INCREASE YOUR WEALTH BY PAYING HOMAGE TO YELLOW DZAMBHALA!

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    Yellow Dzambhala

You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:

  1. Chant – A – Mantra: A Reintroduction to the Wonderful Benefits of Chanting A Mantra.
  2. Chant – A – Mantra (2): When You Need Compassion, Wisdom, and Power!
  3. Chant – A – Mantra (3a): Daily Mantras to Chant!
  4. Chant – A – mantra (3b): Daily Mantras to Chant – The 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism!

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Chant – A – Mantra (3c): Daily Mantras to Chant – Mantras for Protection, Business or Career, and Wealth!

Published Hulyo 13, 2016 by jptan2012

In the preceding posts of the Chant – A – Mantra series where I talked about the Daily Mantras to Chant, which is basically the everyday mantras that I chant, I talked about the 3 Main Buddhas of Chinese Buddhism and the 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism. The first seven Buddhas and Bodhisattvas whose mantra I wrote about are what you call universal mantras, although I did still wrote about what they are really good for.

On this third part of the Daily Mantras to Chant of the Chant – A – Mantra series I would like to talk about the two other mantras that I chant daily specifically for protection, for business or career and wealth. Both Bodhisattvas are highly revered, one in Chinese Buddhism and the other one in Tibetan Buddhism. But when I mentioned them to my friends and other readers whom I have met in person, the most question they ask is whether they are one and the same.

The answer to that question is no. Bodhisattva Sangharama or Kuan Kong is a very powerful Bodhisattva, although strictly speaking, and I’m uncomfortable writing about this, technically speaking Bodhisattva Sangharama is “lower in rank” compared to Bodhisattva Vajrapani. Why do I say this?kuan-kong-3

Although what we normally hear is simply the word Bodhisattva, strictly speaking there are two types of Bodhisattva, and they are Bodhisattva and Bodhisattva Mahasattva. Bodhisattva Mahasattva is considered higher in rank as oppose to an ordinary Bodhisattva. Vajrapani Bodhisattva is a Bodhisattva Mahasattva. Now I would like to make it clear that this difference in ranking is very little, and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I believe don’t look at it that way.

Other Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas are Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan Yin), Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, and Bodhisattva Manjushri among others.

Chanting the mantras of Bodhisattva Sangharama (also known as Qie Lan Pu Sa, Kuan Kong, Guan Gong, Kuan Yu, Guan Yu) and Bodhisattva Vajrapani will provide protection, but more than that it will also shower us with blessing of wealth and good business or good career. This blog is actually full of stories of people who got a lot of blessing from Bodhisattva Vajrapani, thru the Vajrapani Ruel.Vajrapani Bodhisattva

The mantra of Bodhisattva Sangharama is NAMO QIE LAN SHENG CHONG PU SA.

The mantra of Vajrapani Bodhisattva is OM VAJRAPANI HUM.

You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:

  1. Chant – A – Mantra: A Reintroduction to the Wonderful Benefits of Chanting A Mantra.
  2. Chant – A – Mantra (2): When You Need Compassion, Wisdom, and Power!
  3. Chant – A – Mantra (3a): Daily Mantras to Chant!
  4. Chant – A – mantra (3b): Daily Mantras to Chant – The 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism!

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Chant – A – Mantra (3b): Daily Mantras to Chant – The 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism!

Published Hulyo 12, 2016 by jptan2012

In the preceding post, I briefly talked about the importance of chanting mantras daily. Sometimes, chanting mantras takes getting used to and the more we do it, the more we get used to it, the more it is easier for us to learn new mantras. But more than that, chanting mantras should be considered like taking vitamins, we have to take it everyday for us to build resistance, and in this case resistance to negative chi. Furthermore, aside from building resistance to negative chi or negative energies, chanting mantras daily makes us more attuned to the cosmic energy of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas whose mantra we are chanting, not to mention it makes more attuned to the cosmic energy in general.

While we won’t be able to recite the entire mantras daily, because some of them are long and there are really a lot of mantras available for us. Chanting daily mantras of selected Buddhas or Bodhisattvas will also make us, as mentioned earlier, more attuned with the cosmic energy, to the divine cosmic energy of the world of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, in such a manner that when we have to chant a specific mantra for a specific purpose, because we already have a ‘relationship’ with the divine cosmic energy, it is easier for us to be attuned to the energy of the new mantra we are chanting, even this is for only a specific purpose.

Yesterday, I shared with you the initial list of the mantras I chant daily. Namely of the 3 main Buddhas of our time and they are Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha (Sakyamuni Buddha) and the only celestial Buddha among the three, Medicine Buddha.

Note: Medicine Buddha is the simplified name. Medicine Buddha’s formal name is Bhaisajya – guru – vaidūrya – prabhā – raja or King of Medicine Master and Lapis Lazuli Light. His Tibetan common name is Bhaisajyaguru.

Today, allow me to share with you the other mantras that I chant everyday. They are 4 Main Buddha of Chinese Buddhism, especially for Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.

Note: Zen Buddhism although has Japanese name actually started in China. It’s the English-speaking world that ‘popularized’ Zen Buddhism, but in reality it is called Chan Buddhism.

THE 4 MAIN BODHISATTVAS WHOSE MANTRAS I CHANT EVERYDAY ARE THE FOLLOWING:kuan Yin3 white

  1. NAMO DA PEI KWAN SHI YIN PU SA & OM MANI PADME HUM (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin) – Kuan Yin (also known as Avalokitesvara, Kannon, and also spelled as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin, Gwan Yin) is more popularly known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Sometime people also refer to her as the Buddha of Compassion (although she is not a Buddha) or Goddess of Mercy (although she is also not a Goddess). I have written about Kuan Yin Bodhisattva many times, so I will put the link to those articles below. But it should be noted that perhaps Kuan Yin Bodhisattva is perhaps the most famous and most revered Bodhisattva in all lineage and school of Buddhism. She has become so famous that even the Taoist has adopted her as one of their Goddess. I personally make sure that I always chant her mantra.You can read more about Kuan Yin Bodhisattva by clicking on the links below:

 

  • NAMO DA YUAN DI ZHANG WANG PU SA and OM AH KSTIGARBHA THALENG HUM and OM PRA MANI DANI SOHA (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Great Vow, Ksitigarbha) – Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known to have committed to the Buddha that he will not enter Buddhahood unless he has freed all sentient beings from hell or from being a hungry ghost. This is his great vow. Chanting his mantra will help ensure that we are freed from suffering and help ensure a good rebirth. To under stand Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva better please read: Ksitigarbha Buddha is a Bodhisattva Who Vowed to Help All Those Who Suffer in Hell and In this World.

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    Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

  1. NAMO DA XING PU XIAN PU SA and OM AH HUM AH A KAR SA LE OD A YANG OM DU (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Great Conduct, Samantabhadra) – Samantabhadra Bodhisattva is a Bodhisattva known for her great conduct. She is also known as the Bodhisattva of Truth, because it is her sincerest desire the real truth be exposed does she has the famous TEN GREAT VOWS OF BODHISATTVA SAMANTABHADRA, where in each item of those vows has something to do with the permanent truth of Buddhism.

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

  1. NAMO DA ZHI WUN SHU SHI LI PU SA and OM A RA PA CHA NA DHI (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri) – Manjushri Bodhisattva (also spelled as Manjushree) is a Bodhisattva known for his commitment to make all sentient beings attained the perfect wisdom or full enlightenment. He is usually depicted holding a sword and a sutra book. The sword represents the slashing of false knowledge, and the sutra book represents that we are only able to attained perfect wisdom with the help of the sutra or words of the Historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Chanting the mantra of Bodhisattva Manjushri will help us attain wisdom and guide us in making our daily decisions.

So you see, aside from the mantras of the 3 main Buddhas of our time, I also chant the mantras of the 4 main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism. But that’s not all, in my succeeding posts, I will share with you the other mantras I chant everyday.

You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:

  1. Chant – A – Mantra: A Reintroduction to the Wonderful Benefits of Chanting A Mantra.
  2. Chant – A – Mantra (2): When You Need Compassion, Wisdom, and Power!
  3. Chant – A – Mantra (3a): Daily Mantras to Chant!

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Recite A Sutra (4): Attract Auspiciousness and Cure Bad Feng Shui With The ‘Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra’!

Published Abril 23, 2016 by jptan2012

All sutras are powerful, but admittedly I am quite partial towards the sutra that I’m sharing with you today. I’m talking about the Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra.

Why?

Not only because it is a powerful sutra, but more than that the Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra is a sutra that proves Feng Shui really exist in Buddhism. The truth is there are some lineage of Buddhism who downplays Feng Shui, in particular, Zen Buddhism, they will tell you that Feng Shui is ‘useless’. I’m putting it in quotation marks because what they will usually say that Feng Shui is impermanent, thus they believe that one should not practice it. Yes Feng Shui is impermanent, anything that changes is impermanent and I totally understand where that belief is coming from, but I believe that Feng Shui should not be practiced just because it is impermanent. In fact, it is part of the Tibetan Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism. I will discuss about this topic more in my succeeding post. However, what I want to say here is that the Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra is one sutra that shows Feng Shui is quite important.

In the sutra, as you read you will see it in details, Shakyamuni Buddha when he still has His human body talked about inauspiciousness brought about by bad directions, bad funeral site, etc. This obviously indicates Feng Shui.

Anyway, I will discuss about that in detail in my succeeding posts. For now, I would like to share that reciting this sutra will surely bring about a lot of auspiciousness to the person reciting it. Furthermore, it is also quite important to recite this sutra when you moved in to a new house or office or when you are experiencing a spade of bad luck. On top of that, if you think a place has bad Feng Shui constantly reciting this sutra in that place will help temper the negative effects of the bad Feng Shui.

I also would like to draw your attention to the fact that in this sutra, only three Bodhisattvas were considered more than auspicious, and they are Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (also called or spelled as Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin, Gwan Yin, Guan Yin) who is described as auspicious and compassionate, Bodhisattva Majushri who is described as auspicious and wise, and Bodhisattva Vajrapani who is described as auspicious and powerful. This is further indication that Vajrapani Bodhisattva, whose extension power is found with the world’s most powerful amulet – Vajrapani Ruel – is indeed a very powerful Bodhisattva. But I’m getting off track here but I thought this is an information that I should share with my regular readers, especially those who have the Vajrapani Ruel.

You can download the The Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra.

But remember, as always when reciting a sutra one has to chant 3x NAMO FUNDAMENTAL TEACHER SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

Followed by the Sutra Opening Gatha:

The Dharma Infinitely Profound and Subtle

Is Rarely Encountered Even In A Million of Kalpas

We Are Now Able to Hear, Recite, and Follow It

May We Fully Realized the Tathagatha’s True Meaning

Then recite the sutra!

You can read all the other post about the ‘Recite A Sutra’ Series:

  1. Invite Wonderful Blessings in Your Life by Reciting A Sutra!
  2. Recite A Sutra (1): Create Harmony and Peace Thru The Powerful Sutra Called ‘The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra’!
  3. Recite A Sutra (2): Get Healed or Good Health, Create An Aura of Protection, Attract Wealth, With the Power of ‘The Medicine Buddha Sutra’!
  4. Recite A Sutra (3): For Protection & Unlimited Blessings of Auspiciousness Recite One of the Most Powerful & Highly Revered Sutra Both in Tibetan & Chinese Buddhism Called ‘The Diamond of Perfect Wisdom Sutra’!

Fifteen Merit Days: A Gift From the Heaven to Help Protect Us From the Ill Effects of the Year! (Part 2)

Published Pebrero 5, 2016 by jptan2012

In my preceding post, which is also the 1st part of this post, I talked about what I call the ‘Fifteen Merit Days’ that will happen on Feb. 8, 2016 to Feb. 22, 2016. As mentioned in that post, it is very rarely that the Chinese New Year and Tibetan New Year will happen at the same time, and because of this it created a special Fifteen Merit Days that can help protect us from the ill effects of the year and also create good karma for us.

Any good deeds are going to be have doubled or tripled merits.

But today, allow me some of the traditional way to earn merits on the said 15 Merit Days.

Chant the following mantras and Buddha or Bodhisattva names:

  1. Amitabha Buddha Mantra (OM AMI DEWA HRIH)
  2. Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra (OM MUNI MUNI MAHAY MUNI YE SOHA)
  3. Medicine Buddha Mantra (TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA)
  4. Mantra of the Compassionate Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara / Kuan Yin (OM MANI PADME HUM)
  5. Mantra of Ksitigarbha Buddha (OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM)
  6. Name of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (NAMO TA XING PU XIEN PUSA)
  7. Mantra of Bodhisattva Manjushri (OM A RA PA TSA NA DHIH)
  8. Wish Fulfilling Manta and Negative Karma Cleansing Mantra (OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT & OM HANU PASHA BHARA HEYE SOHA)
  9. Mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrapani (OM VAJRAPANI HUM)
  10. Mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrasattva (OM VAJRASATTVA HUM)

Recite the following Sutras:

  1. The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (Heart Sutra)
  2. The Diamond Cutter Sutra
  3. Sutra of the Medicine Buddha
  4. The Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra
  5. The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra
  6. The Sutra on Impermanence

To do all these, it usually takes me 2 hours to finish all. You can omit some of the mantras or sutras mentioned on the list. However, remember the more you are able to do the more merit you’ll get. I especially recommend this to people who are sick or have a family who are sick and people born under the sign of the Ox and Tiger and also those who stay in the Northeast.

It will also be good if you can make vegetarian and fruit offering in the temple, as well as light and incense offering. Prostrating in front of an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva will also likewise add some merits.

Please note that you can add other mantras or sutras. Especially the Mantra of Goddess Tara, Yellow Dzambhala, and Maitreya Buddha.

Again to better understand the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey it will be good to read all the forecast. I know it is quite long but it is important for you to see the big picture.

  1. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stars, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 1)
  2. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stats, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 2)
  3. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey 12 Animal Chinese Zodiac Feng Shui Forecast
  4. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond.
  5. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways To Curb Its Effects. (Part 1)
  6. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways to Curb Its Effects – Give Until It Hurts! (Part 2)
  7. Should We Put the ‘Salt Water Cure’ at the Center of our House this 2016?
  8. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey is a Black Year. What Then is a Black Year?
  9. People Born Under the Sign of the Ox and Tiger and People Who Stay in the Northeast Should Constantly Do These Things in 2016!
  10. Managing the Pervasive Illness and Accident Energies of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!
  11. The Energy of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Comes In As Early as January!
  12. Two of the Most Important Cure this 2016!
  13. Heed the Warning Signs and Prevent Them From Happening…
  14. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Water and Flower Ritual.

 

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