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Robin Sharma’s ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ Is Almost A Book About Zen Buddhism!

Published April 25, 2015 by jptan2012

One of the very first objective of this blog before it had a life of its own was for me to write reviews about books that I’ve read. However, as you all know, the blog became a blog about Feng Shui, Taoism, and Buddhism.

However, today I would like to write a very short review thus going back to the basic origin of this blog but at the same time staying true to this blog’s ‘life’.

Robin Sharma’s book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” was first published 15 years ago, but I really haven’t read it until recently. Sharma’s approach is really to write it as a novel, but one may call it a self – help book, only it is not the no – nonsense, impossible to follow, and incredible kind of self – help book. It is a self – help book that is very practical and Zen. In fact, a lot of the things that it stated in the book are basic Zen meditation techniques.

What is even more interesting, Sharma has addressed all the possible questions and excuses people make, and yet the book remains to be a light read. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read for a long time.

The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (5): In the Nick of Time and Money Problems Solved with the Help of the ‘Hated’ Gift

Published February 13, 2015 by jptan2012

money-problemsToday, I would like to share with you two different Vajrapani Ruel stories or personal testimonies of readers who have acquired the Vajrapani Ruel. There are two different stories, and one was just shared with me earlier by a reader turned friend.

For regular readers of this blog, you would know how rare and precious a Vajrapani Ruel is, given that it was last made 40 – 50 years ago. That’s a generation ago!!! I know that the Vajrapani Ruel is one of the most powerful ‘amulet’ in Buddhism for it is made of 70 to 90 different ingredients that includes precious first class Buddhist relics. But even then I’m still a little surprised as to how fast the testimonies started pouring in, like EL’s and JS’s stories both of which I have shared here on my blog.

Reader turned friend GS was one of the few people who got the Vajrapani Ruel even before I wrote about it. Unlike JS and EL she doesn’t have a spectacular story to share but she believes that the Vajrapani Ruel that she acquired solved a lot of the small nuances that she normally experience in her daily life.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It's important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

Today, she shared with me again another Vajrapani Ruel story that although may seem petty, she believes exhibits the wonderful power of the Vajrapani Ruel. I’ll start off with her story before sharing MC’s story, which is short of miraculous in solving his money problems.

GS has a meeting in Quezon City and she also has a flight to catch. Her meeting in QC was with her biggest client so she was unable to cancel it, despite of the terrible traffic that we experienced in the Metro today. Her flight was at around 6:30PM but her meeting finished at around 4:15PM, and considering that she was supposed to be at the airport 3 hours before her flight she knew that there was not much hope. In fact, her assistant told her to just rebooked her flight. But she decided to hold the Vajrapani Ruel on her palm while driving and she got to the airport at 6PM! Just before the check – in counter closed. Everybody who lives in Metro Manila knows that for a Friday, payday, Valentine’s weekend, and on rush hour, this is quite an impossible feat! But she made it and she said it was because of the Vajrapani Ruel. In fact, she called me as was I planning to write about MC’s story.

If GS’s story is quite simple, MC’s story is short of being miraculous. MC was one of the few people who got the Vajrapani Ruel right after I wrote about it. A few days ago, MC called me to share with me her personal testimony about it.

MC is 26 years – old fourth child of a brood of six. MC has been requesting for the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant but because of production delays, I advised him not to get it. When he read about the Vajrapani Ruel he decided to get it instead.

As it turns out, he bought it for his sister who was left by her husband and was experiencing so many financial problems. According to MC, PY her sister is the best sister anyone can request for, because she helped their parents send the other siblings to school. So when MC found out that PY has been having financial problems because she is single handedly sending her 3 kids to school and rearing them up, he and his other siblings have been helping out heir eldest sister who have been really nice towards them.

However, like other financial problems, the bills and the problems seem to just keep on piling up. MC desperately wants to help PY and he cannot think of any other way but to help create good opportunity for her. As mentioned he initially decided to get the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant, but in the end settled for the Vajrapani Ruel.

MC gave the Vajrapani Ruel as gift to his eldest sister, PY. PY didn’t hide the fact that she hated the gift especially she felt that they could have used simply used the money for something more practical. But to simply amuse MC she decided to carry it anyway. That was several weeks ago.

Just recently, MC called me up to share with me that they totally believe, and by they he refers to his family and even PY, that the Vajrapani Ruel did worked for his sister. According to MC, her sister PY just recently got promoted and bypassed 2 levels up, so the additional pay is very significant. But more than that, PY was informed by the parents of her ex – husband, that they just recently found out that their son has not been supporting his children, and that they would like to help and they in fact has sort of disowned their son.

It has to be noted that PY has maintained good relationship with her parents – in – law despite of her relationship with their son getting really sour. This is because her ex – husband’s parents, according to MC, has always been fair and really nice towards MC.

You can also read other posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

  1. The World’s Most Powerful Amulet in the Buddhist Pantheon Called Vajrapani Ruel.
  2. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories: The 17th Karmapa’s Relatively Easy Escape; The Miraculous Release of a Tibetan Monk from Chinese Prison and Labor Camp; and The Wealth Luck Bestowed Upon a Repentant Prodigal Son.
  3. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (2): How A Man Got His Land Back After A 20 – Year – Old Legal Bottle.
  4. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (3): Early Karmic Death Was Erased with Good Deeds and the Vajrapani Ruel.
  5. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (4): Received the Needed Financial and Wealth Blessing to Solve Money Problems.
  6. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (5): In the Nick of Time and Money Problems Solved with the Help of the ‘Hated’ Gift.
  7. A Reader Receives A Precious Gift from the Abbess of the Lotus Temple and Some Quaint Vajrapani Ruel Stories.
  8. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (6): Getting to Work Abroad.

 

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Almost Directly Receiving a Gift from the Buddhas by Receiving a Stupa: Another Wonderful Gift from a Reader

Published February 2, 2015 by jptan2012

Several posts ago entitled – AURALITE: A GIFT OF LIGHT FROM A READER – I talked about how one reader, Atty. B, gave me a wonderful that I also need at that the time the gift was given to me. In that particular post, I mentioned that another reader has given me a very wonderful gift. The gift that was given to me is a Stupa!

AC contacted me because she wanted to get the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, this led to a series of email conversations and she really did give me an impression of being a very kind person. In one of her emails she inquired about getting a Stupa as somebody in the temple that she attends to offered this to her. I told her owning a stupa is such a wonderful blessing, especially if this was blessed by a high-ranking lama like Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She ended up acquiring the Stupa and what’s more her very kind heart and generosity prompted her to get one more for me to be given as a gift!!!!!

As mentioned before, receiving amulets or holy objects as a gift does not make it holier or more powerful, but the act of receiving a gift makes the object comes with an auspicious chi brought about by the giver’s generosity.

Even if I put her generosity aside simply having a Stupa is such a wonderful blessing, and words won’t be able to convey how happy and blessed I feel to have receive that gift from AC. I can’t imagine how much blessings I’ll receive because of the Stupa. In fact, I’m sure even my friend and reader, DU, who was the middle person to get the Stupa from AC and to give it to me will definitely have received some blessing simply because she held it and having it in her possession.

This is the stupa that AC gave me.

This is the stupa that AC gave me.

I thought I’d show my gratitude to AC by asking my Guru Lama whether I can invite a Vajrapani Ruel(1), which is considered as one of the most powerful if not the most powerful amulet in Buddhism, in behalf of AC and I’m really happy that my Guru Lama agreed and told me to go ahead with it. AC herself has expressed gratitude in advance for the Vajrapani Ruel(2), which has had enjoyed some personal testimonies already.

But why am I so excited about the Stupa? Not only because it was a gift from a reader but also because it is a Stupa!!! I think I should make myself clearer. Allow me to tell you first what is a Stupa and what are the blessings that it can bestow.

A stupa, which is pronounced with long U sound, is almost similar to a pagoda but is more mound – like and/or hemispheric structure that contains one or more Buddhist relics. A big stupa will usually contain a relic from a high-ranking Buddhist monk, usually a green, or red, or white, or yellow pearl – like object produced by high-ranking lamas when they are cremated. Surprisingly, people who are holy only produce these pearl – like objects. A layperson may produce this also and becomes an indication of the goodness of the person’s heart.

It is believed that Shakyamuni or the Historical Buddha’s body was cremated and the ashes were divided into equal parts and which was put inside 8 different stupas. Two additional stupas were further made for the temporary casket that was made for the Buddha and for the left over embers. However, these stupas were not identified.

All stupas represent the Buddha with his crown of enlightenment and in meditative lotus seat position.

The ubiquitous Five Element Pagoda, which is a very famous and effective cure for the Five Yellow Killing Star or the #5 Flying Star is actually patterned after a stupa and not a pagoda. Pagoda was used to make it more familiar with the majority, because a stupa is somewhat limited to Buddhists. The difference between a stupa and a pagoda is that a stupa houses relics and is considered a very holy structure. A pagoda may or may not be a religious or spiritual structure, and while it may house holy images, it doesn’t have relics.

Building a stupa is not an easy matter. Obviously, in modern times you’ll need the skill of an architect and an engineer, but it is impossible to build a stupa without the leadership of a monk who is familiar with building one. There are a lot of empowerment ceremonies, Buddhist texts transmissions and ceremonies for one to build a stupa. And the most important component is the presence of a relic. In the absence of a physical relic, the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras, which are considered as a first class relic because it is said that it was the Buddha himself of wrote those particular mantra are put inside the stupa. All small and multiple – produced stupas, like AC’s gift for me, will have the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras. It is highly considered immoral to own a physical relic for oneself. Because it should always be shared thus it is always put inside a stupa or hidden in temples. Most Buddhist temples will also have the stupa easily accessible so people can circumambulate around it, if space is of a concern, thee stupa is put on top of the structure so that everyone who passes under it will be blessed.

The different kinds of stupa are:

  • Relic Stupa, and it is the relics of the Buddha, or human Bodhisattvas (like monks) are interred here. These relics are considered first class relics. 
  • Object Stupa, where in the relics that are interred are the things used by the Buddha or monks. For example, their prayer wheels, mala, clothes, shoes, etc. These items are considered second-class relics. 
  • Symbolic Stupa, these kinds of stupas are built to symbolize various Buddhist aspects. For these kinds of stupas, the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras are interred. 

In Tibetan Buddhism, these different kinds of Stupas are further, sub – categorizes into the 8 different types, which is called the Eight Great Deeds Stupas, which are base on the different events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life.

The Eight Great Deeds Stupas are the following:

  1. LOTUS BLOSSOM STUPA, which is also known as the BIRTH STUPA, or STUPA OF HEAPED LOTUS, or BIRTH OF THE SUGATA STUPA.
  2. ENHLIGHTENMENT STUPA, which is also called as the STUPA OF THE CONQUEST OF MARA.
  3. STUPA OF DESCENT FROM TUSHITA HEAVEN, which is also called as the STUPA OF DESCENT FROM THE GOD REALM.
  4. STUPA OF GREAT MIRACLES, and is also known as the MIRACLE STUPA, or STUPA OF CONQUEST OF THE TIRTHIKAS.
  5. STUPA OF RECONCILIATION OF THE SANGHA, which is also known as the STUPA OF RECONCILIATION.
  6. STUPA OF COMPLETE VICTORY, which is also VICTORY STUPA.
  7. STUPA OF MANY DOORS, which is also called as the STUPA OF MANY GATES or STUPA OF TURNING OF WHEEL.
  8. STUPA OF NIRVANA, which is also called as the STUPA OF PARINIRVANA.

Much later, another kind of Stupa came out of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the Kalachakra Stupa. It has nothing to do with the Buddha’s life as represented by the other Stupas, but rather it is a symbolism of the tantric practice of Kalachakra. This particular stupa is said to be able to double the protective energies of the other Stupas as enhanced by a Kalachakra symbol.

The image below will show the images of the different Stupas, but it has to be noted that these are just the basic image, for example as Lotus Blossom Stupa may look a little different from one another. The stupa that AC gave me is a Stupa of Nirvana.Stupas 8stupas 8b

A sample of a Kalachakra Stupa

A sample of a Kalachakra Stupa

Simply seeing, being around or owning a stupa will give you a lot of blessings, more so if one circumambulate or prostate around it. Allow me to share some of them here:

  • Blessing of happiness.
  • Karma Cleansing or Purification of Defilements.
  • Gift of Dharma Blessing. (My own journey in learning the Dharma started when I came across a Stupa. After that I was granted the blessing of having access to the Dharma and studying it. Dharma is basically deeper Buddhist teachings.)
  • Eradication of Sufferings.
  • Purification of the Mind.
  • Gift of a Better Next Life.

More than the above mentioned benefits it also helps establish peace and harmony.

It is said that when a wind touches or passes through a stupa it temporarily becomes a holy wind, and has the ability to give blessing those who are ‘touched’ by the wind, even if they don’t believe in Buddhism.

Simply receiving a stupa as gift brings you numerous wonderful blessings, and giving it as a gift earns you not just numerous wonderful blessings but also a lot of good karma merits!

I took the liberty of copy – pasting below the text from a talk given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the stupa. But before that I again would like to thank AC for the wonderful gift and for the wonderful blessings that comes with it! It’s more than just a Buddhist gift; it’s a gift of good life!!!!

 

Basic Buddhism (1): An Introduction and What to do When You Meet A Buddhist Monk or Nun

Published January 26, 2015 by jptan2012

My email has been barraged with questions and requests for the Vajrapani Ruel, unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to read all emails and between emails about the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, the FOUR DHARMKAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS AMULET, the NAMTSO SALT, and now the VAJRAPANI RUEL, I think there would be more unanswered emails and I’m really sorry for this.

The internet has made it possible for people to know more about Buddhism and Buddhist amulets, however, I’m afraid that the internet has also, in a way, distorted the real concept of Buddhism. Buddhism is not simply about lighting incense, or wearing images of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or Deities, or chanting mantras. Buddhist is all that but it is definitely much more than that, what I’ve written here on this blog, despite of the fact that some people saying it is substantial, is in reality just a fraction of what Buddhism really is.

The popularity of the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT with it’s numerous personal testimonies, the demand for the FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS AMULET, the rising popularity and demand both for the NAMTSO SALT and the VAJRAPANI RUEL, which is considered as the most powerful amulet the Buddhist pantheon, may have diverted some people from understanding real Buddhism.

Yes, the NAMTSO SALT, the VAJRAPANI RUEL, and the FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS AMULET are some of the most powerful amulets in the world. In fact, according to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, all stupas should contain the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras! (Speaking of Stupas and Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras, in the next few days you shall read my post about it and regarding the special gift I got from a reader, AC. These are all written already but will be posted automatically via the scheduled post.) But these things are not available to everybody, and having a bigger picture of what Buddhism is all about is way better than simply having one of these items. The WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, which is no longer available for new requests until we have delivered all requests for it, also garnered some popularity the past two years with my inbox loaded with a lot of personal testimonies about it. Again, these are just tools, Buddhism is all so much more about that.

Thus, I have decided to come up with a new category and series called BASIC BUDDHISM. The objective of which is really to talk about Buddhism outside the amulets, the wearing of pendants. The topics are going to be pretty basic because I don’t think I can talk about Buddhism deeply, but the topics should be able to give you some basic guideline on Buddhist protocol and on basic Buddhism. Nevertheless, you should understand, that there are many lineage of Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism alone, there are four lineages, and there is Mahayana Buddhism and there is Zen Buddhism, and Pure Land Buddhism, their basic teachings are basically the same but there may be some variations. What I will discuss here is the Buddhism that I practice, which is a mixture of Tibetan, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism. I will try my best to be very specific as to what kind of Buddhism I’m talking about if it’s possible.Buddhist monks2

After the long introduction, today let me start with something quite simple, let me talk about a basic Buddhist protocol and I chose this topic because a lot of people have been asking me about this.

What to do when you meet a Buddhist monk or nun?

Let me start for non – Buddhist. Please do not stare at them, and if you have some belief and respect for Buddhism bowing your head is already a sign of respect.

For Buddhist, it is customary to greet Buddhist monks and nuns with OM MANI PADME HUM, or AMITOFU, or NAMASTE. Do this and do a half – bow, which is actually bowing, from your waist. Make sure that you put your palms together.

Make sure you don’t touch them, especially if you’re of different gender, this is considered disrespectful. In some countries, like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Buddhist monks there are not even allowed to receive things from women.

It is customary to let them pass first and bow once they have pass.

For some lineage, especially Tibetan Buddhism, it is important that you don’t stand taller than the lama; so bending your knee a little is widely appreciated.

The World’s Most Powerful Amulet in the Buddhist Pantheon Called Vajrapani Ruel

Published January 8, 2015 by jptan2012

As a Feng Shui blogger and to some extent a very reluctant Feng Shui consultant ( I still cringed with the term consultant being associated with me ), I find it easy to write the articles I post on this blog. The reason being is because I only write about things that I have studied, experienced, or would have heard a first hand confirmed testimonial.

This post is quite different, I have known about this topic for quite some time, I even aspire to have one, but the truth is my knowledge this thing is quite limited, I haven’t experienced it’s effects, and because the last time this thing was created was 40 to 50 years ago, then there would be very little confirmed first hand testimonial about this. I’m talking about the Vajrapani Ruel.

Briefly speaking, a ruel, for the lack of appropriate terms, a ruel is a kind of Buddhist amulet. It is believed to be the most powerful form and the most effective amulet in the realm of Buddhism.

But before we go into Vajrapani, I believe it is worth talking about Vajrapani first.

Who is Vajrapani? The straight answer is that Vajrapani is a Bodhisattva, a Bodhisattva that is in the level of Avalokitesvara (aka Kuan Yin) and Ksitigarbha. However, simply saying that Vajrapani is a Bodhisattva in the level of Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin and Ksitigarbha, simply won’t do him justice.

Vajrapani is one of the lesser known but equally powerful and compassionate Bodhisattva!

Vajrapani is one of the lesser known but equally powerful and compassionate Bodhisattva!

For those who understands Buddhism as a loving and calm type of religious order will be surprise that arise a Bodhisattva like Vajrapani who is famous for his wrathful form. To be completely honest, there are a lot of wrathful deity or images in Buddhism, but the wrathful form does not represent the fact that they are angry but more of what they represents, a lot of these wrathful forms represents protection and wealth.

Vajrapani is one of the Bodhisattvas that are highly revered in all Buddhist tradition. But he holds special position in the Lotus family. The Lotus family is headed by Amitabha Buddha and is surrounded by Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin, Manjushri and Vajrapani. Vajrapani is also a member of the Vajra (thunderbolt) family, which includes Yamantaka and Akshobya, which is the lord of the Vajra family.

Vajrapani is also one of the earliest Bodhisattva that appeared in Mahayana Buddhism. As mentioned he is being part of the Lotus family, he automatically became a member of the three protective Bodhisattvas that surrounds the Buddha. Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara manifests the Buddha’s compassion, Manjushri manifests the Buddha’s wisdom, and Vajrapani manifest the Buddha’s power. Furthermore, Vajrapani also manifest the power of the 5 Tathagatas.

Image of the Vajrapani in a peaceful form with Avakolitesvara and Manjushri. The biggest image is that of Amitabha Buddha.

Image of the Vajrapani in a peaceful form with Avakolitesvara and Guru Rinpoche. The biggest image is that of Amitabha Buddha.

Amitabha Buddha has also given Vajrapani of becoming the protector and guide of the Historical Buddha, or Shakyamuni Buddha when he was still a human Bodhisattva.

As if that is not impressive enough, Vajrapani is the only the Buddhist Bodhisattva or to be more accurate deity (as he was then still a deity) to be mentioned in the Pali Canon. He is also the only Bodhisattva worshipped in Pure Land Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and in Shaolin Monasteries.

Namo Vajrapani Bodhisattva in his peaceful or zen form.

Namo Vajrapani Bodhisattva in his peaceful or zen form.

Vajrapani is also one of the first Dharmapalas mentioned in all Pali Canon texts. Dharmapalas are ‘fearsome’ beings in wrathful form, sometimes with several heads, and hands, and feet. They usually have red, black or blue (such as in the case of Vajrapani) skin. They will always have very fierce expressions and sometimes they come with fangs. But what one needs to understand is that Dharmapalas are depicted in such form to communicate their strength and their power over all evil. But Dharmapalas, despite of their terrifying look, are actually Bodhisattvas or Buddhas that still embodies high compassion, they only act wrathful for the benefit of sentient beings.

Vajrapani has a wrathful look to symbolize a yaksa to help generate ‘fear’ in sentient beings to loosen up his dogmatism and also to communicate to lower beings that he is protector Bodhisattva. He’s in a warrior pose to signify his immediate action. His loincloth is made of a skin of a tiger, the head of the tiger can still be seen somewhere on his left knee. Vajrapani’s right hand brandishes a Vajra (thunderbolt) to signify wisdom in fighting off his opponents, and at the same time to signify the capability to cleans the surrounding of negative chi or energy. It also signifies one of the greatest natural weapons in the universe. His left hand holds a magical lasso, which he uses to bind demons or evil intent. Around his neck is a serpent necklace, to signify his power to heal and to bring good luck. He also has a third eye, which depicts his ability to see through what is not obvious. He is also always depicted with a whole body flame halo, because this represents awakening and suppression of hostile energies.

vajrapaniIt is important to understand that unlike in Taoism were there image represents their ‘physical form’, images of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas that we see are just representation of the things that they want to communicate. Needless to say, enlightenment can’t be represented in any form. So the Zen images of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, just like the fierce images of the wrathful Buddhas or Bodhisattvas are all ‘misrepresentation’.

Surely, we cannot imagine all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas sitting around all day on lotuses meditating. The truth is our mind won’t be able to grasps even a fraction of the concept on how they work, that’s why they have to be translated through images, that in turn gathers some of their energy by virtue of it representing them.

In the Pali Canon texts, Vajrapani was described as a Yaksa (sometimes spelled as Yaksha). A Yaksa is a kind of warrior and guardian spirit, like a General. He became a Bodhisattva because of an incident that happened to Shakyamuni when he was still a living Bodhisattva.

When he was still a living Bodhisattva, Shakyamuni went into meditation, where he encountered a Brahmin entity name Ambattha. Ambattha was really rude to Shakyamuni because he believes that Shakyamuni was of a lower social caste. He literally taunted Shakyamuni. Shakyamuni then also questioned Ambattha about his ancestry, which is supposed to have been totally ‘humble’.

Ambattha refuses to answer Sakyamuni’s questions and the situation is about to escalate. Ambattha was then already in the spirit world, while Shakyamuni was still a living Bodhisattva, Vajrapani who is a protector and guide of the human Shakyamuni appeared and manifested himself. Ambattha then saw Vajrapani on top of Sakyamuni’s head about to strike him. Note this as a realization of an ancient prophecy. Ambattha was really scared and promptly answered Sakyamuni’s question. Ambattha eventually became a Yaksa or a Deity and Vajrapani became a Bodhisattva.

It is important to note that Vajrapani and other similar wrathful figures in the Buddhism pantheon are not representative or manifestation of ordinary anger, there is no such thing as ‘righteous anger’ in Buddhism. The wrathful image represents their power, their fearlessness, and their total awakened mind. Remember that Vajrapani is and will always be a very compassionate Bodhisattva.

Namo Vajrapani Bodhisattva

Namo Vajrapani Bodhisattva


In my post above, I gave an introduction of Bodhisattva Vajrapani. That particular is a short and incomplete account of who Vajrapani is, but for now, it should be able to show us his importance and the depth of his power and significance. He alone has the wonderful opportunity of being the assigned protector and guardian of Shakyamuni as a living Bodhisattva.

I would now like to discuss about the Vajrapani Ruel, as mentioned in the previous post, for the lack of an appropriate term, a ruel is a form of amulet, but it is said to be the highest form of amulet.

I have heard about the Vajrapani Ruel several years back and were in search of it. However, since it is so rare, I wasn’t really surprised that I didn’t found any. In fact, the last time a Vajrapani Ruel was made was some 40 to 50 years ago!

I was so happy when my Guru Lama contacted me to inform me that a Vajrapani Ruel is available, 40 to 50 years since it was last made. There are three kinds of known and accepted ruel, and depending on what Buddhist tradition you follow, it is said that the Vajrapani Ruel is the most powerful one.

Why does it take so long to make the Vajrapani Ruel?

The Vajrapani Ruel can only be made by a select group of highly enlightened lamas. These are lamas who can access those Wrathful images through a certain form of non – physical tantric meditation. But other than the fact that only a very few select group of high lamas can only make this particular ruel, there are certain conditions and ingredients that can only be access once every few years.

It would be impossible for me to list down all the ingredients, because according to my Guru Lama, the ingredients of the Vajrapani Ruel consist of 70 to 90 different ingredients.

Some of these are Namtso Salt that I recently wrote about, a certain soil that can be found only inside a certain place in Tibet. But more than various precious herbs, rare plants, crystals, one very important ingredient of the Vajrapani Ruel is a precious relic from a high lama.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It's important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

Those who are not Buddhist and are not familiar with the importance of relics might find this a little iffy. Relics are basically small pearl like objects found in the ashes of the dead lamas after they’re cremated. Weirdly, it is only high lamas and really good people produces these pearl like objects, and are most often than not are green in color. These relics are crushed into powder, mixed with the other ingredients and baked.

In the world only very few selected people can really own a relic. The karmic merit must be so high before one will have the chance to own a relic, so having the Vajrapani ruel, is an extremely fortunate and meritous thing to have.

Having the Vajrapani Ruel has various benefits, one of which has been mentioned several times. Vajrapani Ruel is one of the most powerful protective amulets. Again, depending on what Buddhist tradition you ask, some of them even consider the Vajrapani Ruel more powerful than the Kalachakra with its protective energies.

The difference of the Kalachakra and the Vajrapani Ruel is basically the Kalachakra is a very powerful protective symbol because it’s actually a compressed symbolic script. The Vajrapani ruel is in the strictest sense of the word an amulet.

But more than it’s protective properties, the Vajrapani Ruel has the ability to cleanse immediate negative energy and chi. It also gives you a upper hand in all your undertakings.

More than that, it also has the ability of bestowing tremendous wealth luck.

It also has the ability to bestow wisdom especially to people who people who are in the field that research and intellectual stimulation takes the front seat.

Because the last Vajrapani Ruel was made 40 to 50 years ago, it’s quite difficult to get first hand testimonials, but my Guru Lama shared some with me and will be sharing them in a few days.

According to my Guru Lama, a Vajrapani ruel can only be made inside Tibet, and he now has the latest batch of Vajrapani Ruel made available which was recently made. This particular batch of Vajrapani Ruel was smuggled out of Tibet together with the Namtso Salt.

You can also read other posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

  1. The World’s Most Powerful Amulet in the Buddhist Pantheon Called Vajrapani Ruel.
  2. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories: The 17th Karmapa’s Relatively Easy Escape; The Miraculous Release of a Tibetan Monk from Chinese Prison and Labor Camp; and The Wealth Luck Bestowed Upon a Repentant Prodigal Son.
  3. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (2): How A Man Got His Land Back After A 20 – Year – Old Legal Bottle.
  4. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (3): Early Karmic Death Was Erased with Good Deeds and the Vajrapani Ruel.
  5. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (4): Received the Needed Financial and Wealth Blessing to Solve Money Problems.
  6. The Vajrapani Ruel Stories (5): In the Nick of Time and Money Problems Solved with the Help of the ‘Hated’ Gift.
  7. A Reader Receives A Precious Gift from the Abbess of the Lotus Temple and Some Quaint Vajrapani Ruel Stories.
  8. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (6): Getting to Work Abroad.

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Myth Buster 18: You’ll Have Bad Luck If Your Chinese Animal Zodiac is the Opposing Ruling Animal Zodiac of the Year

Published December 31, 2014 by jptan2012

The husband of DU, my friend and reader, asked DU whether he’ll have a difficult year in 2015 because he was born under the sign of the Ox, and for those who are familiar with Feng Shui they know that Ox in the Chinese Animal Zodiac chart is right across the Sheep, which makes the Ox an ‘opposing’ sign of the Sheep.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It'll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don't subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government's meddling with Feng Shui practice.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It’ll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don’t subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government’s meddling with Feng Shui practice.

This is a very common misconception, which stems out from two factors. One, although I always say that relationships are worked on, the truth is its more difficult for people with opposing sign to get along harmoniously. They have to work on the relationship harder. For example, Ox is going to be more difficult to get along with a Sheep, a Rat with a Horse, and Pig with a Snake, so on and so forth. Please refer to the image. So taking this into consideration a lot of people believe that if you have an opposing sign you’ll naturally have a bad year ahead of you. However, this is not always the case. In fact, my own analysis for the year shows that for this year, most Ox born people will still have a good year ahead of them. You can read my previous posts about the forecast for the year.


 


 

The second factor why this belief came about is because of the communism of China. Mao ZeDong and his successors like Deng XiaoPing, strictly banned the use of Feng Shui, in fact, Feng Shui masters and/or experts are sent to hard labor. But, belief in Feng Shui is ingrained amongst Chinese, so like Buddhism and Taoism, the Chinese government was unable to totally repress it. So when the government realized that they couldn’t eradicate Feng Shui in people’s lives, they decided to control it instead.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

Communist China did to Feng Shui what they did to religion. They can’t take away Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholicism is the country so they controlled it instead. Most of you know about the religions in China having the official and unofficial version. Depending on whom you ask, the Chinese government believes that they have the official version, and the official religions whose leaders are mostly abroad to avoid being kidnapped by the government and put into forced ‘vacation’, are considered the unofficial version. But elsewhere, outside Mainland China, obviously the official version is the Church ‘controlled’ (for the lack of term) religion, and the unofficial is the Chinese government controlled religion. The control is so strict that the government names their own bishops or archbishops, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhism they kidnapped the real Panchen Lama and installed their own Panchen Lama. The 11th Panchen Lama was kidnapped last May 17, 1995 together with his whole family. Nobody has seen them since and the Chinese government has installed a fake 11th Panchen Lama!

Going back to Feng Shui, although the government doesn’t allow Feng Shui experts or masters to continue doing Feng Shui, it is said that they continue to practice Feng Shui under strict control of the Chinese government. They’re only allowed to do Feng Shui for high-ranking officials of the government. As a result a lot of them sneak out and practiced Feng Shui in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For the general public, the Chinese government then gave licenses for ‘illegitimate’ Feng Shui masters to do Feng Shui for the people. Thus a lot of Feng Shui misconception has arise from these government – controlled Feng Shui masters.

A lot these government – controlled Feng Shui masters knows only some very basic rules about Feng Shui, thus they will say that if the ruling animal sign is your opposing sign then you’ll have bad luck, and they were also the ones who said that North is really bad.

They may be considered correct if that’s the only thing you should consider, but Feng Shui is not a simple formula of opposing and friendly signs, because Feng Shui is about animal signs, bazi/Paht Chee, elemental formula, 8 trigrams formula, flying stars, 24 mountains, Ho – Tu, auxiliary stars, and a lot more. All these formula should not be taken as a stand alone, they should be a combination and their relation to each other should be considered!

It’s true that if your sign is the opposing sign of the ruling sign of the year, in this case for 2015 the Ox is the opposing sign of the Sheep, and if you only consider that formula then the sure answer is you’ll have a bad year. However, I remember the FM radio DJ, Chico Garcia, saying on radio once that he was told that he will have a bad year because his sign is a conflicting (opposing) sign of the year but then Chico Garcia said it turn out to be one of the best year of his life. Why? Because that’s not the only thing that should be considered. You have to consider all the other formulas; all the other factors that’s need to be considered.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Of course, you have to remember but if you’re sign is the opposing sign of the year, then you’ll definitely face the God of the Year or Tai Sui (also spelled as Tai Suey) or Grand Duke Jupiter. This is easily addressed by wearing or carrying an image of a Piyao (also spelled as Pi Yao, Pi Xiu, Pixiu) that will help appease the Tai Suey. Wearing an image of the Goddess of the North Star or Dou Mu Yuan Jun is also a very effective cure because she is the mother of all the Tai Sui Gods and is said to be the only one who can subdue them.

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Serendipity and Affinity (Part 1)

Published December 27, 2014 by jptan2012

One thing that I really love about traveling is the fact that I can use the waiting time at the airport to write, and because I have been doing a lot official/business traveling the past few months, most of what I’ve written lately came from all the waiting at the airport. My next 7 or 8 posts are all written at the airport also, so expect several posts in the next few days. They will be automatically published via scheduled posting.

But before we move to the main topic, I would like to remind everybody who is interested to get a general view of what’s in store for the coming 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep to read the following articles:

 


 

Today, I would like to write about serendipity and affinity. The first is a widely accepted occurrence in Feng Shui, Taoism, and Buddhism, while the second one is a debated phenomenon in Buddhism, but widely accepted in Taoism and Feng Shui.

A reader of this blog who since then become a very good friend, DU, has exhibited the truth that serendipity really happens. I do not doubt that this phenomenon really exist, but I’m writing it here because I just want to make a point that we should not ignore the serendipitous moments in our life.

I’m making DU as an example here because by virtue of my closeness to her, I also witnessed a lot of this serendipitous occurrence in here life. A lot of these manifested in the form of her being able to acquire the needed charms or amulets either for her or for her loved ones.

DU and her husband is one of the few people who contacted me to request for the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT. As most of you know, requesting for the pendant comes with a Bazi or Paht Chee reading as well. The chart of DU’s husband shows that he will need a Thousand – Hand Kuan Yin pendant. For those of you who are familiar with acquiring either gold or semi – precious stones pendant would know that there is no Thousand – Hand Kuan Yin pendant that has been manufactured that’s really close to what a Thousand – Hand Kuan Yin should be, or as close as to her image. But much to my surprise, somebody offered me one a few days before my meeting with DU and her husband, and to make the long story short, with a heavy heart even though I really love the pendant it went to them.

This is a very rare Thousand - Hand Kuan Yin pendant. Most Thousand - Hand Kuan Yin pendant will only feature a little more than ten hands, but this one has a lot. Not to mention that it is made of good quality jade.

This is a very rare Thousand – Hand Kuan Yin pendant. Most Thousand – Hand Kuan Yin pendant will only feature a little more than ten hands, but this one has a lot. Not to mention that it is made of good quality jade.

Not to mention the price of the pendant, although it’s made of high quality jade is not very expensive. I think in peso it was only about Php 20,000.00 or Php 25,000.00. More than a year after they got the pendant, I was able to come across the same pendant online, and while it’s made of cheaper quality of jade, it costs several thousands more. I don’t really remember the price but I think it’s about US$ 40,000.00!

Also for DU’s husband, just recently because he is about to go through some changes in his life, he is in need of a Bat with Coin made of Lapis Lazuli pendant. Again, for those who are familiar with it, its quite difficult to get this particular combination, but surprisingly, there is one reputable supplier of good quality Lapiz Lazuli who has it in the particular image that DU’s husband’s needs. And it’s the only one left. Needless to say, they acquired it.

DU ‘s brother also need an image of La Tza, again this is a very difficult image to find, especially one carved in jade. I told DU that it is quite difficult to get this, but I think she was the one who told me to call up my supplier, which I did, and lo and behold there is one piece. Again needless to say they acquired it, and when a Taoist monk was blessing it, the monk expressed surprised that we got hold of such image.

DU had so much more experience regarding serendipity. I don’t really remember all her serendipitous experience, but recently, we just found out that she’ll need an original design Lock Coin, however, there are several kinds of lock coin in the Feng Shui market and not all of them are appropriate. Somehow, she remembered in our past conversation that someone is selling a lock coin, so when we called up the person, indeed she still has the lock coin and more than just having it, she’s selling it at a discounted rate. Furthermore, DU also needs a Star of David pendant, we’ve been looking for a Star of David for a few months because she really wants it but unfortunately, we didn’t found any. But the want has since become a need and surprisingly we found one and what’s more the Star of David is made of Citrine, a stone that DU needs and want also. So she inquired about the price, but is unavailable to afford it. So she had to let go of it. But then when the money for the Star of David came she inquired again, unfortunately, it’s no longer available. Naturally, we thought that it is really not for her. As it turn out, there is another Star of David made of Citrine that is gem quality that is coming, again needless to say she got it for herself.

DU has so much more serendipitous experience, every time she will need something, it seems like it will naturally come to her. I believe that it is fate telling her that she really needs them and that she should get them.

 

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