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

Published Hulyo 12, 2016 by jptan2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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    Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sentient Objects (2): What To Do If A Spirit or Otherwordly Entity Inhabits Your Jewelry?

Published Disyembre 9, 2015 by jptan2012

jewerlyIn my preceding post called – SENTIENT OBJECTS: JEWELRIES OR OTHER OBJECTS INHABITED BY SPIRITS! I talked about Sentient Objects. Today, allow me to share with you as to what you can do if you suspect your jewelry or other things such as dolls is inhabited by a spirit or otherworldly entity.

But first allow me to explain that although more often than not it is only the hungry ghost or otherworldly entities that will inhabit or possess an object thus making it a Sentient Object, good entities are also known to do this. In Taoism, Taoist Gods or Deities that are properly blessed are all considered Sentient Objects, it is believe that once an object is blessed, a portion of the consciousness of that particular deity or god will inhabit the said image. Thus it should be treated with reverence because it is considered a Sentient Object carrying the essence or energy or a portion of the Taoist Deity or Taoist God.

In Buddhism, this is more of controversy and there are some arguments about this. All schools and lineage of Buddhism believes that simply making an image of Buddha or a Bodhisattva or a Deity makes the image holy because it will definitely carry the energy of the said Buddha, Bodhisattva, or Deity. However, some believes school and lineages believes that having the images blessed will make it holier. However, some schools and lineages like the Pure Land Buddhism (Pureland Buddhism) believes that blessing the said images will make it a Sentient Object in a sense that the said image will start to carry some energy of the Buddha, Bodhisattva or Deity. In Tibetan Buddhism this subject is a little bit unclear, but I can surmise that it is accepted concept because Tibetan Buddhist believes that a certain item consecrated under the energies of a certain Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity should be treated like it’s the Buddha, Bodhisattva or Deity itself. Although, the claim that it becomes a sentient object is not explicit, it always said that the item, which after consecration has become an amulet, is considered as an extension of the Buddha, Bodhisattva or Deity. This is especially true with the Kalachakra and Vajrapani Ruel. With the Surangama Mantra Amulet, it is a little different because a consecrated (The term I used in writing about the Surangama Mantra Amulet is blessed, but really it should be consecrated not just blessed. I will discuss the difference in a future post.) Surangama Mantra Amulet is believed to attract Heavenly Beings that has an affinity with the wearer. But nevertheless, as mentioned the Pure Land Buddhist believes that a blessed or consecrated image becomes a Sentient Object.

Going back to the topic. Positive Sentient Objects, aside from the Taoist and Buddhist images mentioned, although possible are very rare. I would say sentient objects, with the exception of those that were consecrated on a temple, are 95% that of a hungry ghost or otherworldly entity of negative origin.

It will difficult to identify a sentient object unless you’re sensitive to these kinds of energies. However, some signs will be if you’re house is haunted and the energies are stronger at the area where you put your jewelries. You notice that some bad things, or bad emotions, or a fight happens whenever you wear a particular jewelry, especially if they are made up of diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, or emeralds set in gold. But let me issue a caveat now and clarify that with the exception of pearls and diamonds, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get these stones. You can continue to use ruby, sapphire, emerald, and gold because the benefit from wearing them far outweighs the possibility of it becoming a sentient object.

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To harvest the pearl, you have to kill the oyster, an shellfish considered to have consciousness.

I said with the exception of pearls and diamonds. Why? Because most diamonds around 85% to 90% of it are blood diamond, meaning it’s a diamond mined with total suffering and hardship maybe even death of those who mined them. In the case of the pearls, pearls are animate beings. Being the are living things that has consciousness, so in effect, when you get a pearl you either kills the shellfish (oyster)or you hurt them, and carrying a pearl is technically dead animate being so the energy is yin. These two, the diamond and pearl, by virtue of it’s history carries some yin psychic impression, and while they are yang energy objects (especially the diamond) with their yin psychic impression, hungry ghosts and otherworldly entities will natural be attracted to them and may inhabit them.

Vajrapani Ruel

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.

If you suspect that your jewelries have turned into a sentient object, I suggest you bring them to a Taoist Priest or a Buddhist Monk who are familiar with exorcising these objects. Depending on how strong the energy is it might take from a month to 3 months to fully cleanse these sentient objects of the negative energy or spirit or entity.

To prevent them from becoming a sentient object you can put a powerful amulet amongst your jewelry. The Vajrapani Ruel or Surangama Mantra Amulet will do. However, if they are already possessed with spirits or entities, they really have to be cleansed by a Taoist Priest or a Buddhist Monk.

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Pure Land Buddhists believes that when you wear a Surangama Mantra Amulet, heavenly beings that has an affinity with you will hover over you.

Continue wearing a jewelry that has turned into a sentient object is bad because you might imbibe (permanently) the energy and personality of the spirit or entity. Furthermore, it may bring in some bad luck in your life and worst it might affect your relationships!

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Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet: A Comparison

Published Oktubre 7, 2015 by jptan2012

When I first wrote about the Vajrapani Ruel and how it is considered as one of the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon a lot of people started requesting for it. However, when I wrote about the Surangama (also spelled as Shurangama) Mantra Amulet and how by wearing it you have all the Heavenly Beings that has an affinity with you surround you, readers and friends started asking me as to which of the two is a more powerful or better amulet. To be more specific some of them are even asking as to when can one use the Vajrapani Ruel and when can one use the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

First, which of the two is more powerful and may be considered as the “better” amulet?

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.

There is no easy way to answer this because they both had some miraculous stories and who is to say that one miraculous story of a person is better than that of the other. They also belong to different lineages. The Vajrapani Ruel is Tibetan Buddhism, and the Surangama Mantra Amulet is Chinese (strictly) Buddhism to be more specific Pure Land Buddhism.

However, the Vajrapani Ruel is rarer because it is only made every once a relic from a high lama becomes available which is one of the key ingredient of the Vajrapani Ruel. In fact, the last Vajrapani Ruel before the one that was released this year was made approximately half a century ago. It can only be made inside Tibet by high tantric lamas and since the invasion of China; it has become harder to make the Vajrapani Ruel and to bring it out of Tibet. You can read my post – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL AMULET IN THE BUDDHIST PANTHEON CALLED VAJRAPANI RUEL – to know more about it.

On the other hand, the Surangama Mantra Amulet is more common but for it to be truly powerful one must have it blessed by a high-ranking Pure Land Buddhist monk. And it is believed that upon wearing the Surangama Mantra Amulet, Heavenly Beings that has an affinity with the wearer will hover over the person. Some say it is simply the energies of the said Heavenly Beings.

Second, when can one use the Vajrapani Ruel and when can one use the Surangama Mantra Amulet?

This is a sample of the older version of the Surangama Mantra Amulet. The newer one is smaller and has a glass case.

This is a sample of the older version of the Surangama Mantra Amulet. The newer one is smaller and has a glass case.

Again, there is no direct answer for this. I can go through how the Vajrapani Ruel, which is made under the power or energies of Bodhisattva Vajrapani, is good for business, for money, for protection, because it is has a lightning symbol and it is a wrathful image. However, it is tantamount to saying that they have specific roles. The truth is a Bodhisattva is a Bodhisattva and they can do whatever they want. We cannot limit them. To make it clearer, for Catholics, if we say that San Pedro Calungsod is the patron saint of the overseas workers does it mean that we can only pray to him in relation to overseas workers problems? Plus, some of the testimonials on the Surangama Mantra Amulet have also shown that despite of the fact that it is not known for having wrathful images that usually represents wealth luck in Buddhism it does attract money also by giving the person wearing it to have a positive aura.

So I guess, I’m really unable to answer these questions directly. But what I want to say is that whatever amulet you have it is important that once you experienced a miracle, one must be able to learn to give thanks to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. And one more important thing, no amount of amulet will ever be better than a good heart.

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

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Issued A Working Visa for Canada: A Surangama Mantra Amulet Personal Testimony

Published Setyembre 11, 2015 by jptan2012

Today, allow me to share with you a wonderful somewhat miraculous story of a reader, not with the Vajrapani Ruel, which is the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon but with the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

EA is a young man who primarily works as a model and sometimes does hosting job. He is an undergrad and although is eloquent he finds it hard to find a more stable job, and he thinks that hosting and modeling are the only things he can do. However, he knows that he is not getting any younger and both modeling and hosting are a cruel industry. Sometimes when you are not as young as they want you to be then you start to lose on your projects.

So EA decided to migrate to Canada to work there. He has a friend there who told him that life in Canada, as long as you work hard, is really good. That prompted EA to set out and apply for visa in Canada to work there. He did this with his younger sister.

After several years of trying and several interviews, EA’s sister left for Canada last year, but EA was denied so many times that he has lost hope. EA’s girlfriend is a Buddhist and a reader of this blog who happens to be my friend’s sister also. When she found out that I have the authentic Surangama Mantra Amulet blessed by a high-ranking Pure Land Buddhist Monk, she decided to get one for EA even though it is quite pricey. She got it for EA not for his dreams, but because she knows that the Surangama Mantra Amulet is a powerful amulet, and she believes that the Heavenly Beings will always ‘hover’ over EA whenever he wears it and that this will in turn always keep EA safe and somehow also give him a competitive edge in life.Surangama Mantra

Several days after EA got his Surangama Mantra Amulet; he received a letter informing him that he is scheduled for an interview in the Canadian Embassy. EA didn’t feel like going anymore because he felt that it’s a futile effort. However, EA’s mom and his girlfriend convinced him to attend. His girlfriend even insisted that he wear the Surangama Mantra Amulet during the interview to give him some luck.

Well, EA was just informed that he passed the interview and pending a few more documents needed he will be issued a visa. EA worked on the documents and to make the long story short he was issued a visa already.

EA and his girlfriend both tells me that they totally believe that it’s the Surangama Mantra Amulet that made EA’s dream come true. Because there was not much difference before and with the latest interview, well, the only difference is that he doesn’t have the Surangama Mantra Amulet before!

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

Published Enero 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.

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