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Bodhisattva Wishfulfilling and Master Protection Pendant (3): A Dynamic Omnipotent Amulet for Protection and for the Fulfillment of Life’s Eight Aspirations!

Published Nobyembre 9, 2018 by jptan2012

As all my regular readers know this blog is about to end. I might not even finish the 1000th article as promised. I was initially hoping that the 1000th article will be around when I post the forecast for 2019.

Now, I also would like to make another announcement. Guru Lama has informed me that he will soon be retiring as Abbot of the temple. He will continue to be a lama or a monk because they don’t retire from that, but he will spend the rest of his days in seclusion meditating, reciting sutras, performing pujas, and chanting sutras. At 86, I initially 82 only, this shouldn’t be a surprised but still I have this overwhelming sadness to know that he will soon retire and since he will withdraw from official Buddhist duties and go to seclusion, I will no longer be able to talk to him either, except maybe if I visit him in India. He is set to take of his hat as an Abbot after Lunar New Year and Tibetan New Year 2019. Simply writing this makes me want to cry.

When I first decided to stop this blog, Guru Lama said that he will come up with one last amulet for my readers. As it happens, this same amulet will be the last amulet that he will release not only thru this blog but also officially as an abbot.

For the longest time, he wanted people to use the LAMA ATISHA AMULET, because he believes that it is one of the most powerful protection amulet in the world. However, there are some barriers in making this amulet, because it has to printed on a specific leather yellow cloth or gold, while printing it on a yellow paper has some effectivity it is only but a fraction of when it is printed on this specific type of yellow leather cloth or on gold.LAMA ATISHA AMULET 2

For quite some time he has been trying to make the LAMA ATISHA AMULET into a pendant, but simply seeing the final product which is done thru a mold and then casted into a pendant, he already knows that it is not effective, because the intricacies of the inscriptions, of the mantras are not captured! For it to be captured, it has to be casted on a very big piece of gold and that would make it very expensive. In fact, one of his “student” a regular temple goer volunteered to sponsor a piece, and it cost them more than US$ 20,000.00!

Fortunately, recently another disciple of Guru Lama informed him of a technology where one can accurately engrave an image to the minutest detail on a pendant. And so, Guru Lama asked for the assistance of this disciple (a businessman whom Guru Lama has helped in the past) to have it made, and luckily the engraving / printing which is done by a computer is very accurate even if the pendant is really small.

This really made Guru Lama very happy because he can release this for people to be able to maximize the power of the LAMA ATISHA AMULET.

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Lama Atisha Amulet engraved on a white special gold from the amulet.

However, he also believes that sometimes protection is not enough, one needs to be able to fulfill LIFE’S EIGHT ASPIRATIONS.

I have written about Life’s 8 Aspirations, and so I will just briefly talk about them here.

Our life’s eight aspirations consist of the following: (1) Love or Relationship; (2) Descendant Luck; (3) Mentor Luck; (4) Career Luck; (5) Education / Knowledge Luck; (6) Family / Health Luck; (7) Wealth Luck; (8) Fame / Recognition Luck. Not necessarily in this order, but the ideal situation is that they should all be equal and not imbalance. Although truth be told I seldom see a person who has a very balance 8 aspirations, but this doesn’t mean that it is bad it just means that he has more of the other than the rest.

First, LOVE & RELATIONSHIP LUCK. We all want to be loved, but this luck is more than finding a romantic love but this controls all aspects of your relationship luck in life. Even family relationship.

Second, is DESCENDANT LUCK. This luck is about having children, grandchildren. But this luck is also about creativity.

Third is MENTOR LUCK which is sometimes called as the BENEFACTOR LUCK. This luck ensures that you’ll have the support of your parents, bosses, or that people will always come to your help when you are in need, or the type of people that can help you achieve the things that you want to achieve.

Fourth is the CAREER LUCK. This is quite self-explanatory but I have to add that this pertain to business advancement also.

Fifth is the EDUCATION or KNOWLEDGE LUCK! We don’t stop learning, even if we are already working we need to continue to learn to make sure that we are ahead of the game.

Sixth is the FAMILY AND HEALTH LUCK. You may ask why family is included here again, shouldn’t it be in the love or relationship luck. Actually, as mentioned earlier in the article, family is included in the love/relationship luck but it is also here because one very important thing in Feng Shui is family, we need a healthy family and by healthy it doesn’t refer to health as in physical health of the family although it certainly is included also. In Feng Shui, aside from the actual relationships, family is considered as one “being” so it’s health has to be taken care of also. Health also here includes avoiding illness, accidents, and violence. So, to make this luck positively good, it is will be good to carry with you the

The seventh is WEALTH LUCK. In Buddhism, Taoism, and Feng Shui money is not considered the root of all evil. The root of all evil is our greed. With that in all three, acquiring wealth is actually either encouraged or tolerated.

And finally, the eight is the FAME or RECOGNITION LUCK. This luck is not just about being famous, but more importantly it is about being recognized. You might say I don’t need to be famous, and obviously those who are famous has a very strong fame luck. But remember, even if one doesn’t want to be famous, we cannot deny that you have to be recognized for your contribution, or for your effort.

At this point Guru Lama that aside from the Vajrapani Ruel, which is now not readily available, there in only one other amulet that is really effective for this. That is the Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet.

In the previous post, I rewrote about Guan Yin Pu Sa (also known as Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Gwan Yin Pu Sa, Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, Kwan Yin Bodhisattva, Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva Kuan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin Pu Sa, Kannon, Chenrezig, Kuan Yin Ma, Buddha of Compassion – although he is really not a Buddha, Bodhisattva of Compassion, Goddess of Compassion), and as you know Guan Yin Pu Sa or Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is one of the most revered and powerful Bodhisattva. Really there is just tons and tons of her miraculous power. In fact, she is such a powerful and famous Buddhist Bodhisattva that the Taoist has come to adopt her as their Goddess and they call her Kuan Yin Ma or Mother Kuan Yin.

More than 20 years ago, Guru Lama has come up with a powerful paper amulet where in various mantras from various Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva sutras are printed. He designed this paper amulet base on a strict Buddhist tradition. However, for this paper amulet, who was since copied and adopted by two temples here in the Philippines is only effective if one burns it as an offering to Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Guru Lama has never pushed for this amulet again because of environmental concerns, although when really necessary he will give it to some. Some of my readers have received this amulet, and when used as an offering it is quite powerful. The GUAN YIN PU SA AMULET is like a WISH FULFILLING amulet because it has the power to manifest all of life’s wishes. At the center of the amulet is an inscription of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara’s wish fulfilling mantra, and it is said to be one of the most powerful mantra that can only be “written” and chanted by a high lama like Guru Lama. However, like the LAMA ATISHA AMULET, the Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet is truly very powerful when inscribed on a pure yellow jade or gold.

Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet

Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet designed by Guru Lama some 20 years ago. These days 2 or 3 temples here in the Philippines is still using this amulet. However, Guru Lama has mellowed in pushing for this amulet because one has to burn it as an offering to Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara for it to be really effective, a process that is not only environmentally hazardous but also not as effective as inscribing the said amulet on a yellow jade stone or gold.

And so, with this technology he was able to accurately have it inscribed on gold. Combining the two powerful amulets together produces a dynamic omnipotent amulet because it addresses all concerns of life. It will bring you peace, good health, wealth and financial luck, good family life (thru the Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet) and protection and correction of Feng Shui or Karmic problem thru the Lama Atisha Amulet. Combined, Guru Lama is calling this amulet as the BODHISATTVA WISH FULFILLING AND MASTER PROTECTION AMULET, this will be Guru Lama’s last amulet that he will ever release either thru this blog or thru the temple. And he was given approval by the mother temple in India to again use Special Golds. Again, these golds are placed under an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva and every day they receive the energies, the chi from the pujas, sutras and mantras performed by Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, and high lamas like Guru Lama.

BWFMP Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet

The Guan Yin Pu Sa Amulet engraved on the other side of the Bodhisattva Wishfulfilling and Master Protection Pendant.

This post includes a photo of my BODHISATTVA WISH FULFILLING AND MASTER PROTECTION AMULET, mine is made from white gold only because I’m already wearing a lot amulets made of yellow gold, so Guru Lama has allowed me to use white gold. But you have the option of getting it in white gold or yellow gold. Again, the said amulet is available thru an exchange of energies of a stipulated donation amount. For you to understand better why this is so, please read the post THE EVOLUTION OF ACQUIRING AN AMULET.

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Protect Yourself from the Combined Effects of the Total Solar Eclipse and the Hungry Ghost Month!

Published Agosto 21, 2017 by jptan2012

Today is the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month for 2017 and also today we will have one of the ‘greatest’ total solar eclipse, which ironically speaking a lot of people are excited to see.

While like all Hungry Ghost Month we will all have to take extra careful and precaution. I have discussed this several times every year, so I will not go into detail about it, but if you are new to Feng Shui or just have started reading this blog, please do check out the links at the end of this article to know more about the Hungry Ghost Month (aka Ghost Month) and the Hungry Ghost Festival (aka Ghost Festival).

There are years that the negative effects of the Ghost Month are particularly stronger, superficially, base on the Flying Stars Formula of the year, this year the case is not like of that last year, but because of the Total Solar Eclipse happening today, the statement that this year’s Hungry Ghost Month is not particularly stronger is no longer true.

Today a Total Solar Eclipse will happen. It will more visibly seen in some parts of America, but as I have said in previous posts, when a Total Solar Eclipse happens, or when an eclipse happens it really doesn’t matter whether you see the effect of it on your country or not, it just doesn’t matter, when an eclipse happens it affects the world and it affects every country, and it affects all of us if we haven’t taken the time out to protect ourselves.

First, during the eclipse, and the time varies from one continent to another (so check it out on Google) one has stay inside. Go into your house or office even if it’s evening in your country, it is better to stay indoor. Make sure you wear your protective amulets, for this one I particularly more assured with the Vajrapani Ruel or gold Kalachakra pendant, or a gold pendant image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion – Kuan Yin (also spelled or called Guan Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Avalokitesvara, Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, Buddha of Compassion), or a gold pendant image of Amitabha Buddha. If you don’t have any of these, chanting mantras should also help. You can chant the following mantras repeatedly until after the total solar eclipse:

Mantra of Buddha Amitabha: OM AMI DEWA HRIH

Mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrapani: OM VAJRAPANI HUM

The Protection Mantra of Deity Kalachakra: OM AH HUMS HO HAM KSHAMALA VARAYA HUM PHAT

Chant all the mantra 108x each one after the other; repeat the process until the total solar eclipse has ended.

A number of Feng Shui experts believe that the Total Solar Eclipse happening on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month is either a precursor to bad things happening worldwide or with several countries or it maybe enhancing to the things that are already happening. By enhancing it refers to enhancing the negative things.

Furthermore, on a more personal level it may signify financial loss or health and safety issues during the Hungry Ghost Month. And regular readers of this blog know that my stand is always better being safe than sorry.

The 2017 HUNGRY GHOST MONTH (2017 GHOST MONTH) starts on August 22, 2017 and ends on September 19, 2017. The 2017 HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL (2017 GHOST FESTIVAL) is on September 5, 2017.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

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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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Ksitigarbha Buddha is a Bodhisattva that Vowed to Help All Those Who Suffer in Hell and in this World!

Published Oktubre 6, 2013 by jptan2012

A few days ago I wrote and introduced you to the possible wonderful blessings of THE FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS, and the response has been truly overwhelming. Of course, regular readers are well familiar with WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, and the several personal testimonies of people who has requested for it. Sometimes, between THE FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS, WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, and the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT, which, unfortunately is no longer available for requests because of its price, I believe that there is no more excuse for us to go through any form of suffering. The truth Feng Shui, Taoism, and Buddhism has a lot of deities, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, not to mention power of symbols and mantras that can help alleviate us from any form of suffering.Ksitigarbha

However, why do many of us still suffer? Many of us still go through some form of suffering because of either of two things. One, it can be due to the fact that our house Feng Shui is bad, or it can be also due to karma, whether past life karma or recent karma. When I say recent karma, I refer to karma that is sowed during this current lifetime.

Nevertheless, still, we have a lot of Bodhisattva who have vowed to help uplift us from any form of suffering. First, of all these Bodhisattvas is the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara in Tibetan Buddhism. She remains to be the most popular and revered Bodhisattva. In fact, often times she’s referred to as the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Buddha of Compassion.

Today, allow me to introduce to you another such Bodhisattva, who in reality is already a Buddha but vowed to stay on as a Bodhisattva until such time there is no longer any soul in hell. I’m referring to Ksitigarbha Buddha, who again is actually a Bodhisattva.

Ksitigarbha Buddha, is usually depicted as a Buddhist monk, and for bigger temples, he usually has his own temple hall. In the Philippines, and smaller hall he is usually placed at the memorial halls of the dead or mausoleums this is because of his vow to save people from hell. Personally speaking, I believe this is a limitation of how Ksitigarbha should be perceived. A lot of Filipino – Chinese Buddhists thinks of Ksitigarbha only as a Bodhisattva of the souls of the dead. While it’s perfectly true and accurate, this belief doesn’t paint the whole picture of who Ksitigarbha truly is.Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

Ksitigarbha Buddha or Dizang P’usa (also spelled as Ti Tsang P’usa, he is also called in Chinese as Dizang Wang P’usa or Ti Tsang Wang P’usa). There are a lot of translations of Ksitigarbha’s name in English, but the most common one is Earth Store.

Ksitigarbha Buddha or Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known for his vow to take care take responsibility of souls that are experiencing hell. This is where the translation becomes a little muddy; because some people took it to mean the literal hell, and while they are not incorrect, they’re not entirely correct either. I personally believe the other translation, hell means suffering, whether these are the souls that are suffering when they are in – between transitions from one earth life to another, or it is suffering because of what we are going through here on earth. Some people seems to have forgotten that Ksitigarbha’s vow is to take responsibility for the enlightenment of all souls in the six worlds between the physical death of Gautama (Sakyamuni or Shakyamuni) Buddha (also known as the Historical Buddha) and the rise of Maitreya Buddha (also known as the Happy Buddha or the Future Buddha), with this vow is the vow of not entering Buddhahood until all hells are emptied.

KsitigarbhaI mentioned earlier that Ksitigarbha Buddha is second to Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin in terms of ‘popularity’ and followers to East Asian Buddhist. What’s striking is that Kuan Yin, became a woman in China from the male form of Avalokitesvara.

Ksitigarbha also had a transformation of gender, however with Ksitigarbha, he was she before she became a he. Also, unlike Kuan Yin, it is believed that Ksitigarbha really became a human being.

Much of what we know about Ksitigarbha Buddha or Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is base on his own sutra, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapranidhana Sutra, which is one of the most popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism. It is said to have been spoke by Sakyamuni Buddha himself to the Trayastrimsa Heaven towards the end is earth life.ksitigarbha3

To this day it’s not clear whether the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapranidhana Sutra has an Indian or Chinese origins. It was first believed that Tipitaka Master Siksananda, who is a famous Buddhist monk from Khotan who also provided a new translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Lankavatara Sutra, translated it from the Sanskrit into Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the 7th century. However, among all the sutras, Ksitigarbha Sutra strongly advocates filial piety, w/c was stereotype associated with Chinese culture. It talked about Ksitigarbha’s filial piety as a human or mortal, which lead to great vows to save all sentient being. Furthermore, no Sanskrit manuscript of Ksitigarbha’s sutras was ever found, which strengthen the belief that it is of Chinese origin.

According to his sutra, Ksitigarbha was a maiden in the distant past eons. He or she was of the Brahmin caste named Sacred Girl. She was said to have shown love and respect towards her parents, especially her mother. When her mother died, Sacred Girl became deeply troubled because her mother had been very slanderous towards the Triple Gem. Wanting to save her mother from the tremendous tortures of hell, Sacred Girl sold everything she has to buy offerings for the Buddha of her era. The Buddha then is known as the Buddha of the Flower of Meditation and Enlightenment. Remember that Sakyamuni Buddha was then still a Bodhisattva.

Some Buddhists, specially in japan and China (where the one child policy is forcing women to commit abortion), Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is considered as the Bodhisattva for the souls of babies who died.

Some Buddhists, specially in japan and China (where the one child policy is forcing women to commit abortion), Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is considered as the Bodhisattva for the souls of babies who died.

Sacred Girl would always make offerings and recitation of prayers to help save her mother’s soul. One day, while she was making an offering and prayers at the temple, she heard the Buddha of her era telling her to go home and recite his name in meditation if she truly wants to know how her mother was in the other world. She did what she was told and her consciousness through a vision was transported to a realm of Hell.  There she met the guardian of hell who informed her that through her offerings and fervent prayer, she has helped her mother accumulate enough merit to negate her karma and she has ascended to heaven where she awaits to be reborn. Sacred Girl was greatly comforted with this; however, she saw the suffering to the souls in Hell, which greatly affected her. She then made a vow to do her best to relieve the beings in hell of their suffering in her future lives.

It is normal that people will call Ksitiagrbha a Buddha even if he is actually a Bodhisattva. That is because like Kuan Yin, it's his choice to remain a Bodhisattva to help suffering people and sould.

It is normal that people will call Ksitiagrbha a Buddha even if he is actually a Bodhisattva. That is because like Kuan Yin, it’s his choice to remain a Bodhisattva to help suffering people and sould.

At this time Sacred Girl is already considered as living Bodhisattva, much like how some people consider the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to be a living Bodhisattva. When Sacred Girl left her physical body and went to heaven, she was given the chance to go back so she can start her vow to save souls. This time she chooses to be male monk. Before he left heaven to assume his new life as a monk, he found that her mother when she was still Sacred Girl would also go back to earth to take a life of a dog; this is because she has to earn a lesson from being slanderous about the Triple Gems.

Ksitigarbha as a monk seek out Sacred Girl’s mother who is now a dog. The dog often acted as Ksitigarbha’s guard, which is a way for Sacred Mother’s mom to repay Sacred Girl’s love.

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is popularly depicted in two ways, one as a bald monk and the other one as a monk who wears a Five Leave Crown. He is depicted either seated or standing up on a lotus base. On his right hand is the Ringed Staff, which is carried by a lot of monks during his time. The Ringed Staff is also called the Alarm Staff; it is used to warn animals and insects that he is arriving so that he can avoid harming them by unintentionally stepping on them. In Feng Shui the ringed staff has come to symbolize the announcement of an impending danger. On his right hand is the Wish Fulfilling Jewel, which actually is a pearl. The Wish Fulfilling Jewel symbolizes the fact that Ksitigarbha has ability to help us fulfill our wishes. The Wish Fulfilling Jewel becomes a Fireball to help subdue negative energies such arguments or fighting. So it is not surprising that in some temple, you’ll see Ksitigarbha holding a round ball signifying the Wish Fulfilling Jewel, while in other he holds the Fireball. These two are actually one and the same. In Feng Shui, the Ksitigarbha fireball signifies the taming of arguments and fighting.

From my personal collection. A rare Red Amber Ksitigarbha.

From my personal collection. A rare Red Amber Ksitigarbha.

Having an image of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva at home or as a pendant, will help people who are going through some hardships, Ksitgarbha will help make things better. Furthermore, having his image at home or as a pendant will also help people deal with the compulsion or addiction. Addiction and compulsion are a form of hell and suffering, thus devotion to Ksitigarbha will help. People who are going through a difficult time will get some relief if they have the image of Ksitigarbha.

If wearing it as a pendant, I prefer the image with the five leave crown.  This is a rare red jasper Ksitigarbha pendant from my personal collection.

If wearing it as a pendant, I prefer the image with the five leave crown.
This is a rare red jasper Ksitigarbha pendant from my personal collection.

If you are suffering from a fixed karma, meaning karma from your past life and as indicated on your Paht Chee or Bazi, having Ksitigarbha’s image and reciting his mantra will help eradicate this negative past karma.

The mantra for this is OM PRA MANI DANI SOHA.

The other mantra for Ksitigarbha Buddha is OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM.

His mantra in Chinese is NAMO DIZANG WANG P’USA.

If you wish to get an image of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, I find that an image of Ksitigarbha made of red jasper, or red amber is the best. The one made of jade only works for a select group of people.

Again, if using an image of Ksitigarbha at home, I prefer to use the one with the crown, unless, he is placed the ancestral altar.

Again, if using an image of Ksitigarbha at home, I prefer to use the one with the crown, unless, he is placed the ancestral altar.

Between the FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS, the images in the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, GUAN YIN, KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA to name just some of the things that I’ve written there is no reason for us to suffer, as long as we keep our hearts pure and consciousness clean.

No Typhoon…No Storm Signal…But Devastated by Heavy Rains

Published Agosto 7, 2012 by jptan2012

This is going to be a quick short post. The Philippines, especially the National Capital Region and nearby provinces has been besieged by very strong incessant rains since last night. Several dams has overflowed and has started to released some water. Several major streets of Metro Manila has been flooded, some the whole village are under water, like Talayan Village in, Quezon City. This is a weird occurrence because we don’t have storm signal nor there is typhoon within our the Philippine’s area of responsibility. The Philippines would need prayers. More than half of my readers are from abroad, and I would like to ask you to pray for the Philippines, especially the NCR. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, whatever you’re religion is do pray for the Philippines, especially for the families who has been displaced because of the heavy rains and flood.

For Buddhist or people who believes in the power of mantra, please chant the mantras of the White Umbrella Goddess (full mantra) – TADYATHA OM ANALE ANALE KHASAME KHASAME BHAYRE BHAYRE SAUMA SAUME SARVA BUDDHA ADISHTANA ADISHTITE SOHA OM SARVA TATHAGATHA USHINISHA SITATAPUTRA HUM PHAT HUM MAMA HUM NI SOHA; the mantra of the Medicine Buddha – TADYATHA OM BEHKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA; and the mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin – OM MANI PADME HUM.

The said mantras are the standard mantras in time of natural calamities.

I have previously written about the said Buddha and Bodhisattvas whose mantras are mentioned above. If you wish to know more about them please do read my previous posts about them.

USHNISHA SITATAPUTRA – A PROTECTOR AGAINST ALL DANGER, BETTER KNOWN AS THE WHITE UMBRELLA GODDESS

THE MANTRA OF THE WHITE UMBRELLA GODDESS

MEDICINE BUDDHA: A HEALER, PROVIDER, AND PROTECTOR OF BOTH THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL REALM

KUAN YIN: THE ONE WHO HEARS THE CRIES OF THE WORLD

UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN

PAYING HOMAGE TO KUAN YIN, THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION

Dealing with Depression with Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism

Published Hulyo 7, 2012 by jptan2012

A few days ago,  we talked about RECOGNIZING THE  SIGNS OF DEPRESSION and briefly talked about how one should deal with it. On an earlier post called SUICIDE IS NOT A SOLUTION, I also briefly discussed on how one can deal with suicidal tendencies and depression using Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Today, allow me to elaborate it a little on how can one use Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism in dealing with depression. However, it should be noted that this is not an alternative or replacement, this is only a ‘supplement’ but if one is depressed one should always reach out to others and get professional help. That’s the most important thing one can do.

Having said that, allow me to briefly share that Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism ways to dealing with depression.

FOR FENG SHUI.

Make sure that your room or house is well lit and please put about a tablespoon of rock salt or sea salt in all corners of the house or room. Make sure that when sleeping your head is not facing towards the window. Listen to positive, happy music.

FOR BUDDHISM.

Chant a full mala (108 times) of the mantra of the BUDDHA OR BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION, KUAN YIN, as many times as you can with a minimum of three times a day. You can also do this for a person who is depressed. Buying a CD that chants the mantra repetitively also helps. To know more about it, read my previous posts about Kuan Yin – KUAN YIN: THE ONE WHO HEARS THE CRIES OF THE WORLD; UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN; and PAYING HOMAGE TO KUAN YIN, THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION.

Another mantra that you can recite is that mantra of the MEDICINE BUDDHA –TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA. Again you can recite this for yourself or for a loved one. Constantly playing the mantra will also help.

Wear a pendant with the image of KUAN YIN, MEDICINE BUDDHA, or SUN WUKONG.

Light some incense.

FOR TAOISM.

Take a bath in a tub with a cup of rock salt or sea salt. While in a tub you can also light some red or white candles and try to put flowers in your surrounding.

Offer some fruits and flowers to THE GREAT SAGE, EQUAL OF HEAVEN SUN WUKONG, as mentioned in my previous post, SUN WUKONG exist both in Chinese Buddhism and Taoism. SUN WUKONG, is a happy god and if you’re familiar with his life story, he always uplifts those who are with him. Wearing an image of SUN WUKONG also helps a lot!

Light some incense.

But remember these are just ‘supplements’ only. The best way to deal with depression is to reach out and get professional help.

Suicide is Not a Solution

Published Hunyo 27, 2012 by jptan2012

I’ve received some emails from some of you inquiring as to why I haven’t post anything the past few days, in fact, for 20 days. I’ve been quite busy with work and I have to personally attend to two readers who sent me an email about suicide. I’m writing this post with their permission but I won’t really discuss their situation.

It feels weird that I’d received two emails from two different people contemplating suicide. Having a received a number of hoax emails, my initial reaction was to ignore the email or simply write a standard response, however, the emails felt real and more than that it is as if fate has ‘commanded’ to read their emails that day. I received several emails a day, and I have a huge backlog in responding to the said emails, as some of you may have experienced. Nevertheless, for some weird reason my attention was caught by this two different emails sent on two different dates.

There is something about their emails that really bothered me and it seems like there was a force that push me to reply. To make the long story short, I soon found out that those were real email, and real situations. The first thing that I did was to recognize the gravity of the situation, and the second thing that I did was to recognize the fact that I’m not trained to handle these kinds of situations.

I called up a clinical counselor friend to inquire how to handle the situation, she recommended some ways on how should I respond and then I hooked the two readers with her.

For Christians, suicide is a grave sin, and we’re taught that committing suicide will surely make your soul burn in hell for all eternity. In Buddhism and Taoism, it’s much more complicated, there is no clear response whether it is a sin or not. It really depends on the situation and the intent of the deed. However, one thing is clear though, suicide is not a solution.

In a Buddhist perspective, we are here on earth to achieve Buddhahood. Each lifetime is a consequence of a previous one and hopefully, the last one is always a little better than the previous one, until, one reaches Buddhahood. Unless, in extreme cases like when one commits suicide to save somebody else, or a nation, etc., committing suicide is definitely a solution, and it pulls you back several karma back from attaining Buddhahood.

It is in this sense, that for Buddhism, it is quite clear that suicide is not a solution, committing suicide will definitely bring you back to the same solution in your next lifetime or maybe even put you to a situation that’s even worse than your current situation.

If one is depressed and/or is contemplating suicide, the first thing that one should recognize is that you need to talk to somebody. It can be a relative, friend, or try one of those counseling hotlines.

If you’re Buddhist, you can also constantly recite the Mantra of the Buddha of Compassion – OM MANI PADME HUM.

If you’re Taoist, you can simply take a bath in a tub of water with salt. If possible do include some flowers.

If you believe in Feng Shui, you can also do the first two, and you can put salt in your room and make sure your room or house is well lit.

But most important of all, seek help!

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