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Recite A Sutra (1): Create Harmony and Peace Thru The Powerful Sutra Called “The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra”!

Published Abril 4, 2016 by jptan2012

In my preceding post, I talked about the importance and the amazing benefit of reciting a sutra. Regular readers of this blog, already knows that chanting a mantra is a powerful way of tapping into the power of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, but as mentioned in the post – INVITE WONDERFUL BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE BY RECITING A SUTRA – reciting a sutra brings in even more wonderful blessings.

When I say reciting a sutra, it means that you will have to read it aloud. If you can memorize the sutra then recite it from memory, then the blessings are multiplied hundred times. In the succeeding posts, I will share with you the different sutras that I personally recite, some everyday and some once a week. Some are quite short and some are really long.

Today, let me start off with the shortest but one of the most revered sutra in the world, and that is THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA. It’s called THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA because even though it is quite short it captures the essence of the PRAJNA PARAMITA sutras, which consist of several different sutras that talks about the Prajna Paramita or Perfect Wisdom.

THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA is short but is also one of the hardest sutra to understand. It is also more often called as THE HEART SUTRA. The Tibetan Buddhists believes that THE HEART SUTRA is a sutra that was spoken by Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, but Zen Buddhists and Pure Land Buddhists believes that Shakyamuni Buddha himself spoke it. I tend to believe that it was indeed spoken by Buddha Shakyamuni.

Reciting THE HEART SUTRA will help create the blessing of harmony and peace. So people who are affected by the #3 Flying Star (also called Argumentative Star), and people who are in a hostile environment, and people who are engage in a legal case will do well to recite THE HEART SUTRA everyday, maybe even several times a day will do. Wearing the whole sutra as an amulet will also help bring about these blessings but wearing it and reciting is the most ideal situation.

Furthermore, when one totally understands THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA, one can enter into Samadhi. This is easier said than done because even though this sutra is really short it’s quite difficult to understand it.

I personally love this sutra and believe in its power so much that I highly recommend people wear this sutra. In fact, the past 2 or 3 years I have recommended wearing the image of Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra gold pendant. Partnering this sutra with the Vajrapani Ruel also creates tremendous amount of winning edge with attracting a lot of hostile energies. In fact a reader has shared with me a personal testimony involving The Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra pendant. You can find the link below if you want to read about it.

Since the sutra is short, instead of a link to it, I will put it here from memory in its entirety.

Please don’t be surprised that the English translation of these sutras might slightly differ from each other. This is simply a matter of translation. But I will always share with you the English version that I use and believes is easier to understand. If you can recite it in the Tibetan language or Chinese language, which are more accurate. Sometimes, I will recite them in both Chinese and English or English and Tibetan.

 

THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara,

While deeply immersed in prajna paramita,

Clearly perceived the empty nature of the five skandha,

And transcended all suffering.

Sariputra! Form is not different from emptiness,

Emptiness is not different from form.

Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.

So it is with feeling, conception, volition, and consciousness.

Sariputra! All dharmas are empty in character;

Neither arising nor ceasing,

Neither impure nor pure,

Neither increasing nor decreasing.

Therefore, in emptiness, there is no form;

There is no feeling, conception, volition, or consciousness;

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind;

No form, sound, smell, taste, touch, or dharmas;

No realm of vision, and so forth,

Up to no realm of mind – consciousness;

No ignorance or ending of ignorance, and so forth,

Up to no aging and death or ending of aging and death.

There is no suffering, no cause, no extinction, no path.

There is no wisdom and no attainment.

There is nothing to be attained.

By way of prajna paramita,

The bodhisattva’s mind is free from hindrances.

With no hindrances, there is no fear;

Freed from all distortion and delusion,

Ultimate nirvana is reached.

By way of prajna paramita,

Buddhas of the past, present, and future

Attain anuttara – samyak – sambodhi.

Therefore, prajna paramita

Is the great powerful mantra,

The great enlightening mantra,

The supreme and peerless mantra.

It can remove all suffering.

This the truth beyond all doubt.

And the prajna paramita mantra is spoken thus:

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha (Soha).

Below is the Chinese version of the Sutra. I have taken the liberty to include it here for those who can read Chinese.Heart Sutra Chinese

You may want to read the story of my reader who had this wonderful experience with the Vajrapani Ruel and the Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra Pendant by checking the post called: THE KUAN YIN WITH HEART SUTRA AND THE VAJRAPANI RUEL HELP SOLVED THE PROBLEMS OF AN ENTREPRENEUR.

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Sutra & Mantra Retreat and Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual!

Published Nobyembre 4, 2015 by jptan2012

I have always believe in the power of chanting mantras and reciting / reading sutras. When people get in touch with me asking for the Vajrapani Ruel and because they can’t afford it or its not available at the time of request, I always tell them to chant some mantras or recite some sutras because these are very powerful tools or rituals that can help us surpass our problems. In fact, regular readers of this blog will see some personal testimonies of readers who simply chanted some mantras and were able to get their wishes.

That is why I’m very happy to announce that my Guru Lama is coming to the Philippines early next year to do a two – day Sutra and Mantra retreat and one day Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual. What’s even better is that the retreat and the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual are going to be absolutely free!

I can’t clearly express as to what are the benefits of chanting a mantra and reciting a sutra because the wonderful blessings that one can get from them if properly done is simply enormous. It has the power to heal the sick, turn bad luck into good luck, create some wealth and financial luck. If these things are done for our recently departed relatives, it may give them a chance to be reborn with a good life.

The Sutra and Mantra retreat is going to be for 2 days from 6:30AM to 2:30AM straight! It seems quite tiring, but the truth is it’s not and if one is in the middle of it you’ll feel that 8 hours is simply nothing. Nevertheless, we’ll have 5 minutes bathroom break every hour or every hour ninety minutes, depending on the mantra and sutra being chanted or recited. On the first two days, which is the Sutra and Mantra retreat, we will be chanting and reciting different mantras and sutra for 8 hours each day straight! Well…almost straight!

On the third day, my Guru Lama is going to conduct a Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual or Puja.

What is an empowerment ritual or puja?

An empowerment ritual or puja is a ritual that is headed by a certified Lama that invokes the power of a Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity. This is to request blessings and protection from the Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity being invocated. This kind of ritual is rarely done in the Philippines and one needs a highly ordained monk or lama to be able to do this. For this particular empowerment ritual, we are invocating Vajrapani Bodhisattva, to get to know more about Vajrapani Bodhisattva please read my post called – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL AMULET IN THE BUDDHIST PANTHEON CALLED VAJRAPANI RUEL.

Vajrapani Bodhisattva is primarily a protective bodhisattva but as you see in the various testimonials of people who has requested for the Vajrapani Ruel, a lot of these involve other things which is other than simply protection. For you to know more about these miracles you read some of the stories you can find below.

I will announce the exact date and time and location of the Sutra and Mantra Retreat and the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual once we have finalized the details but this is confirmed and will happen soon after Chinese New Year of 2016.

As mentioned these events are absolutely free of charge. A reader who has experienced a Vajrapani Ruel miracle has committed to sponsor the vegetarian lunch (although it is going to be served after the retreat which is after 2:30pm). The vegetarian lunch is going to be cooked by Buddhist nun and volunteers of the host temple. Please note that although this is free we encourage you to bring some fruits as an offering to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. We will also encourage you to give a Sangha Offering, which is customary for every Buddhist ritual. A Sangha Offering is done by giving you a red envelope and you can put any amount inside the envelope, which you will then offer on the altar. The money inside can be as low as twenty – five centavos and nobody will know the amount that you will put because it will be then passed on to the host temple without being opened. We do this because the host temple will have some expenses by hosting us that goes to electricity, water, incense, and manpower.

As early as now I will also like to say that during these events no late comers will be allowed to join, and we will start promptly using the Philippine Standard Time as our official time. Should you feel that the even is taxing and tedious we suggest you leave during one of the bathroom breaks, but once you leave you will not be allowed to enter again. This is because in events like this we have to be very conscious that you don’t disturb the presiding lama and the participant. Phones are also going to be collected for safekeeping. No phones and/or any gadgets are allowed inside the ceremony hall to preserve the solemnity of the hall and the retreat or ritual.

I’m sure a lot of you will be asking as to what are the Sutras and Mantras that we are going to recite and chant. Please see the list below in no particular order.

For the Sutras:

  1. Medicine Buddha Sutra
  2. The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra
  3. The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha Sutra)
  4. The Universal Gateway of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Sutra
  5. The Vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Samanthabadra) Sutra
  6. The Buddha Speaks of the 8 Realizations of Great Beings Sutra
  7. The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra
  8. The Diamond Cutter Sutra

For the Mantras:

  1. Amitabha Mantra (Namo Amituofo & Om Ami Dewa Hrih)
  2. Sakyamuni Sutra (Namo Pen Shi Shi Chia Mo Ni Fo & Om Muni Muni Mahay Muni Yeh Soha)
  3. Medicine Buddha Mantra (Namo Xiao Tsai Yen Sho Yao Shi Lio Li Kuan Dru Lay & Tadyatha Om Bhekandzye Bhekandzye Maha Bhekandzye Radza Samugate Soha & Nán Mó Bó Qié Fá Di     Pì Shä Shè     Jù Lû Bì Liú Lí     Bó Là Pó Hê Là Shé Yê   Dân Tä Jiê Duō Yê     Ä Là Hë Dì     Sãn Mîâo Sân Pó Tuó Yë     Dân Zhî Tâ     Ân     Pí Shâ Shì     Pí Shâ Shì      Pí Shä Shè     Sân Mò Jiê Dì     Suō Hê)
  4. Kuan Yin Mantra (Namo Kuan Shi In Pusa & Om Mani Padme Hum & Tadyatha Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Soha)
  5. Ksitigarbha Mantra (Namo Di Zhang Wang Pusa & Om Ah Ksitigarbha Thaleng Hum & Om Pra Mani Dani Soha)
  6. Samantabhadra Mantra (Namo Ta Xing Pu Xian Pusa)
  7. Majushri Mantra (Namo Da Zhi Wun Shu Shi Li Pusa & Om A Ra Pa Cha Na Dhi)
  8. Kuan Kong Mantra (Namo Qie Lan Sheng Chong Pusa)
  9. Maitreya Buddha Mantra (Namo Dang Lay Xia Sheng Mi Lo Tsun Fo & Namo Maitri Mahay Maitri Maitreya Soha)
  10. Goddess Tara Mantra (Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha)
  11. Wei Tuo /Skanda Mantra (Namo Wei Tuo Pusa)
  12. Yellow Dzambhala Mantra (Om Dzambha Dzalin Draye Soha)
  13. White Dzambhala Mantra (Om Padmo Kroda Arya Dzambhala Dzalin Draye Soha)
  14. Wish Fulfilling and Karma Cleansing Mantra (Om Padmo Ushnisha Vimale Hum Phat & On Hanu Pasha Bhara Heye Soha)
  15. Short Negative Karma Cleansing Mantra (Om Ah Hum)
  16. Vasudhara Mantra (Om Hsri Vasudhara Ratna Ni Hadna Kashetri Soha)
  17. Namgyalma Mantra (Om Bhrum Soha Om Amarita Aryu Daday Soha)
  18. Guru Rinpoche Mantra (Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Sidhi Hum)
  19. Vajrasattva Manta (Om Vajrasattva Hum)
  20. Wealth Granting Tara Mantra (Om Tare Tuttare Ture Danam Medada Soha)
  21. Kalachakra Mantra (Om Ah Hum Ho Ham Kshamala Varaya Hum Phat)
  22. Vajrapani Mantra (Om Vajrapani Hum)

I know these seem a lot but we have a total of 16 hours to do all these.

I expect that a lot of people will want to join so this will be on simply by reservation basis. You have to register.

For the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual, it will be open to all people who has the Vajrapani Ruel and their friends and family. Again reservation is required. You will be ask to bring your Vajrapani Ruel so that my Guru Lama can further empower it. This is also a great opportunity for those who requested the Vajrapani Ruel to meet other readers who requested it also.

On top of it, according to my Guru Lama everybody who attends will be given a Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantra or Lama Atisha Amulet. You can also bring your Buddhist pendants or amulets for additional blessings of Guru Lama.

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

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Serendipity and Affinity (Part 2)

Published Disyembre 28, 2014 by jptan2012

In my earlier post, I talked about Serendipity, now I would like to talk about Affinity. In Chinese there is a word called Yuen, which really has no direct English translation, but the closest word for it is affinity.

The Taoist and Feng Shui believers do believe that we sometimes have yuen or affinity with some Deities, Gods, Buddhas, or Bodhisattvas. The Buddhist don’t believe this, I personally tend to believe that yuen do exists but it is not a precursor for us to be able to get the help of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.

The Taoist belief that if you have yuen or affinity with a God or Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity, your prayers tend to be heard better and it’ll be easier for you to receive a blessing. It is also said that if you have yuen or affinity, you’ll personally feel closer to the said Deity, God, Buddha or Bodhisattva.

Personally, while I believe in yuen or affinity with the Buddhas, I don’t believe that this makes it easier for you to receive their blessings, it only means that you may be more attuned to their messages and you might feel closer to them. Whether it is easier or they will give us more blessings because we have affinity with each other should be the same with all people, but yuen or affinity might make us more attuned to their message and blessings.

Writing this because just recently, TK, a reader who had had the opportunity to consult and meet with me in person exhibited a strong affinity with the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Avalokitesvara aka Kuan Yin.

TK, consulted me about her family, and the initial reading showed that she should wear an image of Kuan Yin carved out of a Pink Chalcedony. Luckily, she was able to acquire one and after wearing it for a few months, it got broken. I think it got broken because she needed to be cleansed of a negative energy that may be causing her some harm thus causing her family problems. She has to replace it with another Kuan Yin pendant carved out of a High Grade Black Dragon Obsidian stone, this is quite hard to find but she found one. Then after while she also needed a Kuan Yin carved out of a Golden Chalcedony. Again, this is a very rare stone, but for some weird reason, just a day before she looked for one, a supplier has one, which arrived just a day before she started looking for one.

The Kuan Yin with the Heart Sutra is part of the Holy Trinity of Protection for the 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep. The sutra can be carried separately.

The Kuan Yin with the Heart Sutra is part of the Holy Trinity of Protection for the 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep. The sutra can be carried separately.

I guess one of the biggest surprises was when I wrote about THE HEART OF THE PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA where I mentioned my Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra pendant. Most of you would know that it is quite difficult to find this particular pendant, and I myself had only come across it a few times. However, TK for some reason read my article and somehow although they don’t know each other, another person who is not a regular reader of my blog also happened to check my blog and read that particular post. It also happened that he still has one Kuan Yin with Heart Sutra pendant left. Then for some reason, TK also received a message from a person who all of sudden thought of sending her message, TK mentioned about the pendant, and this person also happened to have gotten a call from the person who read my post who has the pendant. Needless to say, this person became a bridge for TK to have the pendant.

Back side of my Kuan Yin pendant. You can see though it's small the The The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra is written behind it.

Back side of my Kuan Yin pendant. You can see though it’s small the The The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra is written behind it.

When a monk heard about the story and when he got TK’s birthday and name, he said TK has yuen or affinity with Kuan Yin. I also had come to this conclusion myself. The coincidences is simply too much. I guess TK is so lucky to have yuen with Kuan Yin.

 

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Create Harmony and Remove All Suffering with THE HEART OF THE PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA

Published Nobyembre 19, 2014 by jptan2012

I’m quite excited with the new Feng Shui product released by Lillian Too through her World of Feng Shui store. I’m referring to the Heart Sutra Pillar. While I may not be quite sure why she recommended the Heart Sutra Pillar for the Five Yellow Star because it still lacks the symbol of the five element which is essential in fighting the 5 Yellow Star, I can still think of a number of reasons why this is really good news.

First, I believe this is the first time that somebody has made the Heart Sutra in that form. I’m referring to how she made it. While it is not real gold, the gold finished of the pillar will still add some yang energy to the already powerful The Heart of Prajna Paramita most commonly called Heart Sutra. Plus making it into a pillar makes it easier to display anywhere at home.

But what is THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA?The Heart Of Prajna Paramita Sutra

To answer that allow me to explain a little what is a sutra. A sutra is a text in Buddhism or Hinduism that talks about a life of a Buddha or Bodhisattva or virtues or teachings of a Buddha, or most of the time both. Literally it means a thread that holds things together.

A sutra mostly refers to canonical Buddhist scriptures, which are oral teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.

The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra is just one of the Prajna Paramita sutras, and it is a highly revered sutra and quite unique because it is the only sutra that prominently features a Bodhisattva. Most sutras, if not all, are taken or taught in the perspective of Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni (also spelled as Sakyamuni) is the one teaching or giving the teaching in the sutra. However, in The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra it features Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, which is also more popularly known as Kuan Yin. The sutra was written in Kuan Yin’s perspective and it’s Kuan Yin vision that is talked about in this particular sutra.

The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra or Heart Sutra is also the shortest sutra in the world. But, it is one of the most complete sutra in such a way that it has summarized the heart of all the Buddhist teachings, thus it is called The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra.

Wearing or displaying any sutras has the power to bless and protect the wearer or the surroundings where the sutra is displayed. But different sutras might slightly give off a different special blessing. For example, The Medicine Buddha sutra will give off a blessing of health, protection, and wealth.

Front side of my Kuan Yin Pendant

Front side of my Kuan Yin Pendant

Displaying or wearing The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra will bless the wearer or the place with harmony, peace, protection, and wealth. It will also help the person coming across it attained a deeper knowledge of the Buddhist teachings, or help pave the way for the person to be ready for Buddhist scriptures. More than that as the promise of The Heart Sutra, it can also remove all suffering!

Back side of my Kuan Yin pendant. You can see though it's small the The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra are written behind it.

Back side of my Kuan Yin pendant. You can see though it’s small the The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra are written behind it.

Displaying The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra is definitely a powerful tool to access its blessings. Personally though I prefer wearing it because by having it around or on your body all the time means you are constantly blessed with harmony, peace, and protection from all negative chi, and constant access to wealth luck. In fact, one of my favorite pendants is a gold Kuan Yin pendant with the sutra scripted at the back of the pendant. Chinese believes in the power of gold, and if a holy image or scripture is put in gold, this makes the effect even more powerful.

It will also be extremely beneficial if one can recite the sutra. Before reciting the sutra first ask the guidance and blessing of Shakyamuni Buddha by saying: NAMO FUNDAMENTAL TEACHER SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA (3X).

 

THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara,

While deeply immersed in prajna paramita,

Clearly perceived the empty nature of the five skandhas,

And transcended all suffering.

Sariputra! Form is not different from emptiness,

Emptiness is not different from form.

Form is emptiness, emptiness if form.

So it is with feeling, conception, volition, and consciousness.

Sariputra! All dharma are empty in character;

Neither arising nor ceasing,

Neither impure nor pure,

Neither increasing nor decreasing.

Therefore, in emptiness, there is no form;

There is no feeling, conception, volition, or consciousness;

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind;

No form, sound, smell, taste, touch, or dharmas;

No realm of vision, and so forth,

Up to no realm of mind – consciousness;

No ignorance or ending of ignorance, and so forth,

Up to no aging and death or ending of aging and death.

There is no suffering, no cause, no extinction, no path.

There is no wisdom and no attainment.

There is nothing to be attained.

By way prajna paramita,

The bodhisattva’s mind is free from hindrances.

With no hindrances, there is no fear;

Freed from all distortion and delusion,

Ultimate nirvana is reached.

By way of prajna paramita,

Buddhas of the past, present, and future

Attain anuttara – samyak – sambodhi.

Therefore, prajna paramita

Is the great powerful mantra,

The great enlightening mantra,

The supreme and peerless mantra.

It can remove all suffering.

This is the truth beyond all doubt.

And the prajna paramita mantra is spoken thus:

Tadyatha, Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamagate Bodhi Soha

 

The last line can be repeated 108 times.

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