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Basic Buddhism 4: What Is Buddhism?

Published September 26, 2015 by jptan2012

Buddhism is considered as a religion. However, technically speaking, even if it has an estimated 300 million people around the world who are considered as Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion in the sense that there in no God in Buddhism. Buddha is not a God. But more on that on my next post about Buddha.

Buddhism has its origins about 2,500 to 3,000 years ago when Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was himself got enlightened. Buddha itself means ‘the enlightened one’.

To a lot of Buddhist, Buddhism is a way of life, a kind of philosophy because philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’ and the ultimate of Buddhism is to be truly enlightened with the right wisdom.

Buddhism explains the real purpose of life and also helps you attain it. I know of a lot of Christians who has turn into Buddhism because it answers the basic question as to why people suffer. Buddhism explains why injustice and inequality happens. But more importantly it provides a guide on how to live one’s life that will lead to true happiness.

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Can You Still Pray to Your Christian God Even If You Have Feng Shui Charms and Amulets?

Published September 7, 2015 by jptan2012

One of the most common questions I receive from Christians, especially Catholics, is even after they got an amulet like the Vajrapani Ruel or Surangama Mantra Amulet, or a Feng Shui cure or protection like crystals is whether they can still go to church or pray and do novenas.

More often they ask this question feeling a little ridiculous and some are almost like they’re ashamed of even considering asking it. But the truth is this is a very common question and I received such questions very often!

I can only answer this question in Feng Shui and Taoist and Buddhist perspective.dalai lama

First Feng Shui is not a religion, although it widely use in religions like Hinduism, Taoism, and most Buddhist lineage. So for Feng Shui there is nothing wrong if you use it even if you continue to practice your Christian faith.

For Taoism and Buddhism, especially Buddhism (which is technically also not a religion), there is no judgment of what is right and wrong, and they will never claim that their belief is the only right belief. For both, there must be a continuous search of the truth, so again, it is perfectly fine for a Buddhist to go into a Catholic church, and thus it is also perfectly fine for one to continue to practice your core religious belief even if one practices a segment of their faith like the use of amulets.

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 itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

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 itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

I think the real question here is what would the Catholic Church say? Without going into details I think the Catholic Church would simply say that these items are from the devil. But who is to say that they are right? I know that a real Buddhist will never say that believing in Jesus Christ is wrong.

PC, I write this post for you. Hope it answered your question. For me, you can still do your novenas even if you have the Vajrapani Ruel. In the end, the decision is yours.

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Kuan Yin Miracles: Proof that Miracles Do Happen With or Without Amulets! (Part 3)

Published June 29, 2015 by jptan2012

Kuan Yin2As I said in the first two parts of this series the Kuan Yin Miracles stories are being shared because I want to stress the point that as much as Buddhist amulets like the very much coveted Vajrapani Ruel are powerful tools to have to help us tap into the blessings of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, one need not have them to experience their wonderful and amazing power.

The first two of this series was shared with me by a Zen Master and this next story was shared with me by a dear friend.

CL is the eldest of 4 children. He was also brought up as a Catholic Christian, but has mentally converted to Buddhism because he felt that it was Buddhism who was able to answer some of his pressing questions about suffering.

The very first thing he learned about Buddhism are Karma and Buddha himself, but when he heard about the story of Kuan Yin he seem to have felt some affinity with the Bodhisattva of Compassion, so much so that he started wearing an image of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva.

One day, when he was working in his office, all of a sudden they experienced a power outage. Thinking that it was a normal brownout, they decided to ignore it. CL is working on the 11th floor of a 12 – storey high building. He and his officemates ignored the power outage, and continued working with the help of the sunlight coming in from their office windows.Kuan Yin

After a while they started hearing sirens from a fire truck and they wondered as to where the fire is, but generally ignored it. But then, his officemate got a call from one of their colleagues. This particular colleague was out of the office for some errand and was just returning from work. Apparently, CL’s office building was on fire which started a floor below from CL’s office, which is on the 10th floor. They didn’t notice the smoke because the fire was on the other side of the building. Furthermore, as what appeared in the investigation afterwards, the fire alarm system of the building didn’t worked.

When they were informed of the fire, that’s when they noticed the smoke coming in from beneath the floor. His other officemate made the mistake of opening the door, and soon their office was also on fire. Meanwhile, their colleagues who were downstairs informed the fire fighters that some people where still in the 101th floor. Their ladder was unable to reach the 11th floor, but CL and his officemates were instructed to get break the glass of one of the windows, and there is a fire escape ladder just outside of it. They did as they were instructed.

Maybe they were in a panic, or maybe it is because it was an old building and the fire escape ladder has never been used and was so rusty that they’re unable to push it down. Furthermore, only one person can step out of the window to fire escape ladder because more than one would also put them in danger of falling off the building. By this time, everybody was already scared, and some felt hopeless. They were 8 of them in the office, which is already on fire. Out of desperation, CL fervently called on Kuan Yin to help, and started chanting Kuan Yin’s name. CL can’t be sure, but he thinks on the third time he called on Kuan Yin’s name, the fire in their office seems to have simply been blown out by a strong wind, and at the same time, the guy in the fire escape ladder said that he was able to successfully pushed the ladder down.kuan yin 5

To make the long story short, they were all able to escape without any injury, aside from being really shaken, and for a brief check – up to ensure that they are all fine and had not suffered any damaged because of smoke inhalation.

CL firmly believes that it was Kuan Yin who helped them escaped that day!

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Kuan Yin Miracles: Proof that Miracles Do Happen With or Without Amulets! (Part 2)

Published June 28, 2015 by jptan2012

kuan yin 4bIn my previous post, I said I’d be sharing three different Kuan Yin miracles stories. The first of these two stories are shared with me by a Zen Master, while the last account is something that I personally heard from the one who experienced it.

I wanted to share these amazing stories to help people realize that although I believe in the power of wearing Buddhist amulets like the Vajrapani Ruel, I still believe that miracles can still happen with or without them.

In the first part of this series, I shared the story of DY and that of her helper. How somebody who doesn’t even know Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, at the time of her extreme need was able to get the Bodhisattva’s help.

Today, allow me to share another wonderful Kuan Yin miracle story. This happened in Oklahoma. As most people in the US would know, Oklahoma is usually visited by strong tornadoes. In one of the strongest tornado that hit the place, a mother and her son experienced the compassionate miracle of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva.tornado

I don’t know their names, so for purposes of this post we will call the mom KB, short for Kuan Yin believer. KB is is an American who attends a Buddhist class in Oklahoma, where he found out about Kuan YIn.

Being a single mom, KB was naturally very busy in trying to earn a living and in raising her son, because of this she missed out in monitoring the warning issued for one of the worst tornado to hit Oklahoma. It was already too late and she was unable to run to safety when she found out about the tornado, and she can already felt it’s force. She can do nothing else but embrace her 4 year – old son and call out for help to Kuan Yin Bodhisattva. However, all of a sudden she felt her son being pulled away from her by the strong wind and she lost consciousness.kuan Yin3 white

KB woke up in the hospital, and when her doctor, who happens to be somebody she knows as well, saw her the first thing that the doctor told her was that she’s very lucky because she was found several blocks away from her house, and aside from minor injuries she is perfectly fine. She was also told that her house was flattened, and that she need not worry about her son because her son is in the other room.

KB went to see her son to see how he was doing even though her doctor and friend had informed her that her son was doing fine. That’s when she heard from her son what really happened.

According to KB’s son, when they were pulled apart, a woman in white appeared and carried them off to safety, after which this woman fought with the tornado and won. The story in the eyes of the 4 – year – old boy is quite simple, but KB firmly believes in her heart, that the woman in white is no other than Kuan Yin Bodhisattava, which is oftenly portrayed as a lady in white.

So remember powerful amulets such as the Vajrapani Ruel are tools, you can still experience amazing miracles even if you don’t have the Vajrapani Ruel as long as you have faith.

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Kuan Yin Miracles: Proof that Miracles Do Happen With or Without Amulets (1)

Published June 27, 2015 by jptan2012

kuan-yin21Today, allow me to share with you some amazing stories of miracle associated with Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, also known as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, or Goddess of Mercy or Bodhisattva of Compassion very often mistakenly called as Buddha of Compassion, or Kannon (Japanese, and also spelled as Cannon). She is perhaps one of the most popular Bodhisattva of Buddhism, so much so that she was adopted by Taoism as their Goddess and also most Christians, who believes in Feng Shui associates her to the Virgin Mary.

I have written extensively about Bodhisattva Kuan Yin before and you may read all three articles by clicking on the link/blog title below:

As you can see, I really want to share more stories that talks about natural remedies to problems and/or the power of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas even without the aid of amulets or charms like the WISH FUFLFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT and VAJRAPANI RUEL or other Feng Shui cures. I do believe in these things, I believe that these things are aids in hastening the miracles we need in our life. And they are very effective in helping us get the blessings that a lot of us really need in our life. But my mistake is sometimes I have unconsciously led people to believe that natural remedies or basic cures such as FIRM BELIEF, MANTRAS, SUTRAS, and other NATURAL FENG SHUI CURES such as the use of fruits, salt, etc. are not as effective. These things especially when done fervently and with faith are equally effective, or maybe even much more effective, as the Kuan Yin miracles series will show. So please read on and realize that while amulets are wonderful tools for us to tap into the power of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, we need not despair if we can’t have them or if we can’t afford them.

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

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

The first two of these three stories were shared with me by a Zen Master that I really trust, and one of the two stories she shared happened here in the Philippines. The third story was something I personally heard from a dear friend.

DY is a Filipina of Chinese descent who grew up here in the Philippines. She was raised as a Catholic and never really believed in Buddha, much more with Bodhisattvas like Kuan Yin. However, when a friend invited her to attend a Buddhist class, she found out about Kuan Yin and started to develop a certain belief in Buddhism. However, she never took the formal vows of being a Buddhist and she has remained to be a Catholic. Until one day, something happened in their house that leads her to believe in Kuan Yin. kuanyin1

While talking to her house help, this helper started to shake and lose her consciousness. She was having some form of a seizure, and DY got really scared because she was at a lost as to how can she revived here helper. Out of desperation, she remembered what a Buddhist nun told in the class that in times of trouble, one could call on the name of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva by reciting OM MANI PADME HUM or NAMO KUAN SHI IN PUSA or NAMO KUAN YIN BODHISATTVA. So DY proceeded to whisper in the ear of her helper to call on Kuan Yin by chanting NAMO KUAN YIN BODHISATTVA. After a while, this helper’s seizure stopped and she became fine again. But that’s not the real miracle.

When DY talked to her helper, the helper confessed that it wasn’t the first time it happened, that it has happened to her several times in her province. She would always see this dark monstrous like figure who seems want to enter her body. She would fight it, and she’ll have a seizure. The difference is this time, she heard somebody tell to chant NAMO KUAN YIN BODHISATTVA, which she did, and all of a sudden a “bright” lady showed up and drove the monstrous like being away.

DY became a Buddhist after that incident.

As you can see in this story, neither DY or the helper really believes in Kuan Yin and neither are they wearing Kuan Yin pendants but they still were able to tap into the power of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva. Although, wearing the pendant of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva is not really essential for us to be able to tap into her blessings, wearing it as an homage to her will help us have stronger affinity with her.

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Read or Chant a Sutra to Help Counter Negative Energies!

Published June 22, 2015 by jptan2012

I have to admit it; I’m partly to blame why people are so into amulets like the VAJRAPANI RUEL and/or Feng Shui charms. Maybe because sometimes I’m also overwhelmed with the effects of amulets to people, I tend to forget that Buddhism is not all about amulets or charms. In fact, I recently discovered that there is a branch of Buddhism that totally discounts Feng Shui and severely downplays the wearing of amulets and/or images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

While I don’t totally agree with all the teachings with this school or lineage of Buddhism, I have to admit that I admire their discipline and their idea of bringing the focus back on the really learning Buddhism and chanting or reciting or reading sutras.sutras

The truth is chanting or reciting or reading sutras will bring you a tremendous amount of blessings. In chanting or reciting or reading sutras it is believed that one gets surrounded by heavenly beings, and because of this one erases a lot of negative energies. Thus bringing tremendous amount of blessings. So although I believe in the power of amulets like the Vajrapani Ruel, these things can get quite pricey, so please remember reading a sutra is also quite helpful.

Please note that some posts on this blog have the sutras on them or links on downloading the PDF format.

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Did the Vajrapani Ruel Triggered a Past Life Recall?

Published June 10, 2015 by jptan2012

Reincarnation-WSOne of the very first few people who got the Vajrapani Ruel is the son of my former tutor. Although PB was brought up as a Christian, he slowly turned Buddhist and believer of Feng Shui when he encountered a big problem in his life. But somehow Buddhism and Feng Shui have helped him to overcome his problem. However, he is not yet really ready to become fully Buddhist and turned his back from his religion. Note that in Buddhism, it is totally acceptable for a person to have two religions. In fact, one of the most basic teachings of Buddhism is that as a Buddhist one should not assume that your religion knows everything. Buddha himself espouses respect of all other religions.

Anyway, PB requested to have the Vajrapani Ruel(2) because he simply wanted to have one. However, since I ran out of an amulet holder, PB decided to temporarily keep his Vajrapani Ruel(3) in his safety deposit box. Until he forgot about it.

PB doesn’t get along with his mom, my tutor, although I believe that they are both really nice people. Because they have never requested for it, I have never attempted to look at their charts and find out as to why they don’t get along well.

Recently, PB and his mom are having some terrible arguments, more terrible than usual. To the point that they have not been talking to each other, but PB sincerely wants to get along with his mom especially since her mom is no longer young. Because of this he was reminded of the Vajrapani Ruel(4), he took it out of his safety deposit box and decided to chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM while holding the ruel. His purpose is to have the ruel magically worked on his relationship with his mom. However, Vajrapani through the Vajrapani Ruel(5) has another thing in store for PB.

After chanting the mantra 108x, PB had a vision. He saw himself in his past life and his mom in her past life. At that time mother and son are both male friends in what appeared to somewhere in Middle East. PB believes it could be Persia. I won’t be able to go into details because PB himself is unable to share the whole vision with me because he finds some of it quite personal. But to make the long story short, his mom who was his friend then betrayed PB, which led to his death. So in this life, they come back to be together and have the mom take care of PB as a retribution for his past act. This also explains why PB despite of the fact that his mom is really nice to him, he seem to carry a certain grudge towards her. When PB saw this vision he started to understand the nature. PB said it has made him more patient with his mom. Whether this is enough for them to mend their relationship remains to be seen.

It should be noted though that according to my Guru Lama, he has never heard of any story about past life recall in connection with the Vajrapani Ruel(6). But he sincerely believes that it is not impossible.

You can also read the following 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.
  9. The Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra and the Vajrapani Ruel Helped an Entrepreneur Solved Her Problems.
  10. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (7): Miraculous Healing and An Unexpected ‘Miraculous’ Financial and Wealth Luck.
  11. Coincidence or Another Vajrapani Ruel Story?
  12. Did the Vajrapani Ruel Triggered a Past Life Recall?
  13. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (8): Amazing Financial Luck and 5 Condo Units All Because of the Vajrapani Ruel.
  14. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (9): Two Bags Full of Money Helps Solve Family Financial Problem.
  15. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (10): Simple Miracles But Miracles Nonetheless.
  16. Vajrapni Ruel Stories (11): Acquiring A Property, Avoiding Problems Brought About A Natural Calamity, and Life Simply Becomes Easier All Because of A Wonderful Gift of Luck.
  17. Vajrapani Ruel Stories(12): Finding Long Lost Father With A Bonus of Finding True Love!
  18. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (13): Migrating to Canada and Breaking – Up with the Live – In Partner.
  19. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (14): Winning A Contest On A National Television!
  20. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (15): 90 Million Pesos Mutual Fund Deal Closed Without A Sweat!
  21. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (16): Chased After By Jobs.
  22. Understanding the Vajrapani Ruel Stories: Clarifying the Difference in the Miracles and Why The Anonymity of Those Who Experienced It.
  23. Expecting A Good Harvest and Temporarily Acquiring A Much Coveted Property: Another “Vajrapani Ruel Stories” and A “Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant” Personal Testimony.
  24. Vajrapani Ruel Stories (17): How A Man Helped His Mother Get Her Land Backed After More Than 20 Years of Trying!
  25. Did the Vajrapani Ruel Manifested It’s Power to A Person Even Before She Received It?

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