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How I Temporarily Tame The Monkey Mind

Published Oktubre 27, 2016 by jptan2012
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The Monkey Mind is what Buddhist calls a mind that is not a peace and is actively thinking of a lot of thoughts. It is also what Buddhist call if your mind is anxious, meaning you are under an anxiety attack.

I thought I’d write this article because I find that a lot of my readers are suffering from an anxious mind, or Monkey Mind. This is not unusual per se because in this world that is full of information, a world where technology has brought us so much distraction, our mind is never ‘silent’ and it has brought us so much things to think about that our mind is never at peace thus anxiety cases has risen in the last few decades.

We have a Monkey Mind when we jump into conclusions about things that haven’t even started to happen yet. We worry, we get angry, we feel cheated, we feel lonely, and we feel disturbed.

I used to suffer from these things a lot, but every time I will feel that my Monkey Mind is taking over, I make sure that I quiet it down.

There are many ways of doing it. But for me the way I do it is I visualize Amitabha Buddha or Bodhisattva Guan Yin (also spelled or called as Guan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Kuan Yin, Avalokitesvara, Cannon, Kannon). Then I breathe in and while breathing out I chant their mantra. The mantra of Buddha Amitabha is OM AMI DEWA HRIH and the mantra of Guan Yin Bodhisattva is OM MANI PADME HUM.

By visualizing them and chanting their mantras, I do not only calm my Monkey Mind but I also invoke their blessings.

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The Buddhist Neighbor

Published Oktubre 17, 2016 by jptan2012

I’m really quite happy that I received the traditional copy of THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA (also called known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva) and THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA just when we are settling to our new home. As I have said these traditional sutra amulets provides protection but more than that they also provide wonderful blessings. I have been looking and aspiring to get such sutras to be place in our house or even in my room. However, even if it is quite common for temples to have them, they are not for sale, neither it is regularly given to the temple goers. Furthermore, while they are in itself carries with it some power; it will be better to get one that was consecrated by a qualified lama or monk. Not all monks are qualified to consecrate a sutra amulet.

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These are just one copy each of the very limited copies sent to me by my Guru Lama of the THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA, THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA and THE MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA. Sutras are also used as very powerful amulets, that is why you will often old Buddhist Chinese houses has a copy of the Sutra on their altar though they might not be reciting the sutra itself.

But what I want to share now is that when we first moved to our new home, and although we got all the most auspicious omens which I have written about a few posts ago, we sometimes still can’t help but miss our old home. We have been living in our old home since 1980, and moving to new home, even one we have grown to love right away still makes us feel a little ‘homesick’. I think one of the reasons for this; we practically don’t know any of our neighbors. My mom who is not in her 70’s had to make new friends in our neighborhood and it would be quite difficult, especially when we never had any other neighbors than Chinese and pure Filipino, but now some of our neighbors are Spanish mestizo or mestizo.

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These are just one copy each of the very limited copies sent to me by my Guru Lama of the THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA, THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA and THE MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA. Sutras are also used as very powerful amulets, that is why you will often old Buddhist Chinese houses has a copy of the Sutra on their altar though they might not be reciting the sutra itself.

One other reason is that there is no Buddhist temple that is near our place. I think the nearest is about 45 minutes away. Unlike before where it was only 8 minutes away, on top of that, we’ve designed our house to include a big image of a Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also called or spelled as Avalokitesvara, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Kannon, Cannon) on our small and humble front lawn, and the image of Guan Yin Bodhisattva can be seen outside. Several times when we light incense or made offerings in that particular image of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, I noticed some car slowing down or there are a few who really can’t resist but to stare. From what I know there are very few Filipino – Chinese in our new subdivision and I really haven’t seen any of them. And maybe there would be even fewer Buddhist, and we were informed by the person who sold us the property that the subdivision is predominantly Catholic.

About a week since we moved in to our new home, neighbors started introducing themselves, and our image of Kuan Shi Yin Bodhisattva on our small and humble front lawn became the main focus of these conversations. My mom told me that she felt awkward explaining to our new neighbors as to why do we make offerings in front of the image. However, I think this seems to be an indication that they are genuinely interested in what we do and told my mom that she can use this as an opportunity to talk about Buddhism. But she clearly pointed out to me that she doesn’t have the passion of talking about her faith to people.

Anyway, when I received the traditional copies of the sutra amulets, and my Guru Lama said I and my family can have one each of THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA and THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA (also called THE VAJRA CUTTER PERFECTION OF WISDOM SUTRA or THE VAJRA SUTRA or THE VAJRA CUTTER SUTRA or THE DIAMOND SUTRA), and so as I said I was really happy to place them on the altar. It is customary that each member of the family to have one wish each as you put the sutras on the altar (we got two wishes each because there are two sutras), my youngest nephews all of a sudden uttered that his only wish is for his grandmother (my mother) to meet a Buddhist neighbor so that his grandmother won’t feel like she’s an alien.

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These are just one copy each of the very limited copies sent to me by my Guru Lama of the THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA, THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA and THE MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA. Sutras are also used as very powerful amulets, that is why you will often old Buddhist Chinese houses has a copy of the Sutra on their altar though they might not be reciting the sutra itself.

Guess what? The next day, one of our neighbors (well they’re from two streets away) rang our bell and welcomed us with a pot of a vegetarian dish. They are a couple around 60 something. The wife is a Filipina and the husband is Irish, and they both happen to be practicing Buddhist for more than 20 years already! They said they’re happy that have a Buddhist neighbor. I wasn’t there at that time, but my mom said that she told them that she was happy to finally have met a Buddhist neighbor!

If you wish to know more about the Sutra Amulet (A Special Recite – A – Sutra Article) Series you can click on the links below:

If you wish to read the Sutras mentioned above, you can download them by clicking on the link:

Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva

The Diamond Sutra

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Let’s Talk About the Wu Lou or Holy Gourd Again!

Published Oktubre 10, 2016 by jptan2012

wu-louOne of the very few things I talked about in the blog is about the Wulou (also spelled as Wu Lou) or Holy Gourd. But I think it is worth talking about it again, because I notice that people seem to think that the Holy Gourd is only good for the helping to keep us healthy and as an illness cure. I have mentioned this before but maybe it didn’t quite sink in, but the Wulou is also a very powerful Wealth cure or charm and also a very good protection charm.

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Carrying an Wu Lou Amulet is one of the best way to tap into it’s power.

It is largely use as a health charm or cure because in the olden days, the Wulou usually contains medicine. But one has to remember that in the olden times, most medicines are also made of some kind of a wine or liquor, and in fact, it is also use a wine container, thus it also has become a symbol of wealth. In fact, it is one of the most powerful symbol of wealth that Feng Shui experts and consultants normally advice people to display a vase in the shape of a Wulou. In fact, the vase of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also spelled and called as Guan Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Cannon, Kannon, Avalokitesvara) is also shape in the form of a Wulou. Furthermore, a lot of the Taoist Gods also carries a Wulou where it is said some of their powers are stored. And it is because of this that the Wulou is also highly regarded as a symbol of protection.

As you can see, the Wulou is a three – in – one Feng Shui charm or cure.

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But wearing it as a pendant, either made of gold or jade or any other precious or semi – precious stone is my favorite way of tapping to the power of a Wu Lou.

 

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

Published Agosto 15, 2016 by jptan2012

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

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

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Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva / Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta’s mantras are the following:

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

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NAMO DA SHI ZHI PU SA

 

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

Published Hunyo 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 Hunyo 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 Hunyo 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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