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Serendipity and Affinity (Part 1)

Published Disyembre 27, 2014 by jptan2012

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Christianity and Buddhism: The Difference is Only Superficial

Published Mayo 8, 2014 by jptan2012
Photo uploaded from Google Images

Photo uploaded from Google Images

I debated for a long time whether I should write about this particular post, because admittedly this can be quite controversial. However, before I continue, I would like to clarify that I’m not a theologian and neither I do consider myself as an expert in these matters. Nevertheless, what I’m about to write right now is a simple fact and anyone who will simply research on it will know this basic truth.

When people are interested in getting the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, a lot of the inquirers will inevitably ask me whether this goes against their religion. Whether it’s still as effective even if they’re Catholics.

I’ve always wondered why would religions draw so much attention to their difference and not concentrate on the similarities. I believe that in the end, all major religions only teach love at its very core.

I’m writing this blog article in the hope to make people realize that at the end, its not your religion, but it’s how you treat yourself, your fellowmen, and the world that makes the difference. Because I believe most if not all religions came from a single source of consciousness, and the difference was just incorporated by the people to make it more comprehensible and accessible to us. You see, I think the spiritual world, is beyond our comprehension and understanding. However, we call the Buddha, Buddha, and the God the Father, God the Father because this what makes us understand them. What do I mean?

To be able to write this clearly, I will borrow an example from yet another religion, which is Hinduism. In Hinduism, there three different forms on how they look at their gods. First, is called Brahman, then Brahman Nirguna, and Brahman Saguna, stated here in no particular order.

I think it’s Yann Martel, the author of the bestselling novel ‘Life of Pi’ was the one who described all three accurately and clearly. In ‘Life of Pi’ he wrote that Brahman is the world soul, the sustaining frame upon which is woven, warp and weft, the cloth of being, with all its decorative elements of space and time. He described Brahman Nirguna as without qualities, which lies beyond understanding, beyond description, beyond approach. Lastly, he said, Brahman Saguna is with qualities, where the suit fits. We call it Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh. We approach it with some understanding and discern some of its attributes – loving, merciful, and frightening. There is a gentle pull of relationship. It’s Brahman and Brahman Nirguna manifest to our limited senses. I don’t think anybody else could have explained it better than how Yann Martel did in his book ‘Life of Pi’.

The Virgin Mary or Kuan Yin are only seen and called as such because that’s how we perceived them. That’s how we understand them. Avalokitesvara, Chenrezig, Kuan Yin, Thousand Hand Kuan Yin, are all but Kuan Yin in different forms. Our Lady of Penefrancia, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, are all but The Virgin Lady!

Going back to the topic. Christianity and Buddhism, as the title implies are more similar to each other. For example, the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit is actually Amitabha, Shakyamuni, and Medicine Buddha in Buddhism. The Virgin Mary is Kuan Yin in Buddhism. The Second Coming of Christ is comparable to the Future Buddha, Maitreya Buddha (aka Happy Fat Buddha). That’s just the start. There are a lot more similarities. This is because; personally I believe the Christianity has its roots from Buddhism, which is more than 2000 years older than Christianity. This doesn’t make Buddhism the better religion, but it just shows that whatever religion we believe in, it’s how we make use of its teachings and how we use it to benefit ourselves, other people, and this world that we live in that makes its better than the other one. Also, this shows that instead of looking at the difference, it might be better if we just concentrate on the similarities, and again I believe that the core of the teaching of all religions is LOVE.

Remember Jesus Christ was not a Christian, Buddha was not a Buddhist, and Mohammed was not an Islam. But if you closely look at their teachings, and take away all the rituals, all they teach is love.

A Visit to Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple

Published Hunyo 6, 2012 by jptan2012

A visit to Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple. Wong Tai Sin Temple, which is also called, as the Sik Sik Wong Tai Sin Temple is perhaps the most famous temple in Hong Kong. It is located in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple. Note that devotees light and pray outside of the temple. This is to protect the temple from being destroyed.

People go to Wong Tai Sin Temple to pray everything and anything under the sun, and the temple can get a little crowded especially on Sundays. Whenever I’m in HK I always make sure that I visit Wong Tai Sin Temple and pray for different things. Most of the things that I prayed for get answered.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is really more than just a temple; it’s a compound composing of different shrines and/or temples. There are also various walls with arts that have religious significance.

Wong Tai Sin is a popular Chinese Taoist deity who was born as Wong Cho Ping.

Image of Wong Tai Sin. Notice that he has a resemblance with one of the Eight Immortal – Lu Dong Bin.

Wong Tai Sin directly translates as the ‘Great Immortal Wong’, and he is known for his healing abilities, thus he is largely considered as a god of healing, although, in truth, people go there to pray for anything and everything that bothers them.

Not much is known about Wong Tai Sin’s mortal being Wong Cho Ping. However, it is said that he was born poor and started working as a shepherd at a young age of eight years old. According to the few books that survived that talks about Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin became an immortal at about the age of 55, this was after he met an immortal 40 years earlier who supposedly saw the purity of Wong Tai Sin’s heart and decided to give him the secret to being an immortal. He supposedly attained his immortality at the Red Pine Mountain. Before he became an immortal it is said that he is able to transform stones into sheep. However, it is not clear why would there be a need for him to transform stones into sheeps.

Wong Tai Sin temple is a shrine, which happens to be a major tourist spot, in HK that is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. It was said that Wong Tai Sin himself chose the place of the shrine by revealing it to an enlightened Taoist priest. Before the shrine or temple was built in its current location, it used to be in a house near the current shrine. In the older shrine, it is said, is where Wong Tai Sin created a lot of his miracles and gained a big following and popularity.

The main temple or shrine, which is also the biggest in the whole compound, is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple, which is the shrine for Wong Tai Sin or Wong Cho Ping. The devotees light their incense outside the temple. They usually put some tent when it rains. Picture lifted from google images.

However, the government has decided to keep it off limits because believers would always want to touch the image of Wong Tai Sin, thus damaging some parts of the image and of the interior of the temple.

Beside the main temple is the Three-Saint Hall that houses the image of Kuan Yin, Kuan Kong, and Lu Dong Bin. However, like the main hall, this is also off limits from the devotees. There is also a Nine-Dragon Wall, which is copied from the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Outside the Main Temple

There’s a pair of Piyao at the entrance of the temple. Hong Kong Chinese and Mainland Chinese rubs their hand against the Piyao of the temple. Depending on what part of the Piyao it may give you protection, wealth, and/or good health. Rubbing the dragon as shown in the picture will give your protection and good luck.

The other side of the entrance where the other Piyao is located. People are also rubbing this Piyao.

One of the first thing that will greet you upon entering the main entrance, just before you go up to the main shrine, is the image of Yue Lau or The Old Man in the Moon who is a Taoist God that helps singletons look for their partner in life.

Seen from the outside of Three-Saint Hall is the image of Kuan YIn, on her right is Kuan Kong and to her left is Lu Dong Bin. I’m unable to get a better picture because the hall is also off limits to devotees. If you notice, although the image is simply called Kuan Yin, it really is a manifestation of the Thousand-Hand Kuan Yin.

Wong Tai Sin’s Nine-Dragon Wall. This particular picture was lifted from google images.

All throughout the temple compound, you’ll see different images or statues of Taoist gods.

Just before you enter the temple, there are a lot of stalls that sells Feng Shui and Taoist amulets. You can get different Wong Tai Sin amulets just before you enter the temple. Just make sure you haggle the price. When I first ask as to how much is the Wong Tai Sin Amulet, the seller said it’s HK$20.00. Told him I’m not willing to spend more than HK5.00 for each of the amulet. I was told that they don’t have anything below HK$10.00. I then insisted that my budget is only HK$5.00. I was then told to leave and not waste their time. I then started to leave, after which the seller ran after me and said just because I’m a foreigner he’ll give it to me for HK$5.00.

I got several Wong Tai Sin Amulet. Please note that there are different kinds of Wong Tai Sin amulet, some are for wealth, health, safety, etc. The one in the picture is wealth enhancement amulet. The pouch has an image of Wong Tai Sin and you’ll put the ‘sutra’ or prayer book inside, with the lucky coin, and crystal chips. Once inside let it pass the incense smoke three times. If you’re left handed do it clockwise, if right handed do it counter clockwise.

USHNISHA SITATAPUTRA – A Protector Against All Danger, Better Known as The White Umbrella Goddess

Published Mayo 19, 2012 by jptan2012

Ushnisha Sitataputra, better known as the White Umbrella Goddess, is one of the female manifestations of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It should be noted that Ushnisha Sitataputra, although she has similar traits with Kuan Yin, is not Kuan Yin. Kuan Yin is literally Avalokitesvara as female Bodhisattva. To understand this better I suggest you read my earlier post entitled – UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN.

However, Ushnisha Sitataputra is a female manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the difference is Kuan Yin has retained all the exact character traits of Avalokitesvara, while a Ushnisha Sitataputra or The While Umbrella Goddess serves a slightly different purpose.

Ushnisha Sitataputra directly translates as the ‘The Victorious Goddess of White Parasol’, and she does signify victory over all harm and danger, especially those of supernatural causes. According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, reciting the mantra of Ushnisha Sitataputra will help illnesses, bring auspicious luck, prevent harm from happening, and drive away evil and negative energies. The Tibetan Buddhists regard Ushnisha Sitataputra or The White Umbrella Goddess as one of the most powerful deity.

The famous image of Ushnisha Sitataputra is the one where has a thousand face, thousand arms, and a thousand legs. Each of the face has three eyes, and she also has one eye in each of the palm of her hands and sole of her feet. This is to represent that she watches and protects all sentient beings. Her body as in her central faces glows in white, her right faces are yellow, her rear faces are red, and green is the color of her faces on her left. At the top of her head is another tier of blue faces. Her right hands hold the Dharma chakra, while her left hands hold arrows. She also has a white parasol on her left, which symbolizes the blessing of protection. This particular image of The White Umbrella Goddess can be likened to the Thousand-Hand Kuan Yin or Thousand Hand Avalokitesvara.

Image of the Thousand-Hand Avalokitesvara or Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara

This is similar to the Thousand-Hand Kuan Yin we have at home.

Another image of Ushnisha Sitataputra or The White Umbrella Goddess is the simpler and can be likened to the White Tara.

In this subdued image of Ushnisha Sitataputra, she has 7 eyes, very much like the White Tara. Also white in color, she has one face with three eyes, two hands with one eye each on each palm, and 2 legs with one eye each on each sole. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity and also holds a Dharma chakra, while on her left she holds the famous White Parasol or White Umbrella of protection. However, in this version, the parasol is adorned with various jewel and ornaments.

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