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@Carlita, in my opinion, I think it is ok that you can wear blue robe.
Base what I hear from Master Haitao.
Master Haitao, he is Mahayana monk, but he also a student of the Tibetan 17th Karmapa.
The 17th Karmapa told Master Haitao that he does …
@karasti thanks for info.
I used to follow him also, but not lately.
May Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions bless Aaron Lee.
^ Namo Amitable Buddha ^
^ 南無阿彌陀佛 ^
^ Namo A Mi Tuo Fo ^
^ Nam Mô A Di Đà Phật ^
@Carlita, regarding Devas/Celestial/God beings, they are still indulge in enjoyment of five desires. They still can fall into the hell, animal, hungry ghost, human, asura realms just like us.
Some of the Devas/Celestial/God beings are also prote…
This month July in lunar Calandar is Ullambana festival.
Kshitigarbha (Earth Store) Bodhisattva mantra
namaḥ samantabuddhānāṃ, ha ha ha, sutanu svāhā Chinese: 嗡，哈哈哈，温三摩地梭哈 / 嗡，哈哈哈…
@Carlita, BTW, at home, when you are doing any related Buddhist ceremonies and rituals, you can also wear to robe. It is to keep you in a more formal, dignified, solemn and peaceful mode. For example, you can wear you robe at home when you are doi…
Regarding your Vietnamese Dharma name, I searched. This is what I can come up "Phò Hiêñ Hanh" => "Phổ Hiền Hạnh"
There is a Bodhisattva with the name "Phổ Hiền".
Phổ Hiền Bồ tát (Vietnamese)
And never forget the words that I got from a fellow Zennie ... "I'd like to die with a smile on my face, but I guess I'll take what I get."
I just happened to see this video few hours ago. It is just like your fellow Zennie's words.
Why Buddhism? Maybe Karma as @Shoshin said who knows???
This is from master Chin Kung answered the question:
Am I Destined to Meet Buddhism? (10mins)
(English subtitles) Buddhist Master Chin Kung (淨空法師) talks about the story he lea…
Heard this story from one of dharma lectures
A father went to work in the morning.
When he was in the company, his boss was in a bad mood and scolded him.
He was very angry because of being scolded by no reason.
His wife happened to phone him,…
Another Pureland Buddhist here :-).
Below is another version of the Amitabha Sutra animation (part 1) with director comment how this amination was started and being made. The funding for the project was started from a young actress (Xiaoxu Chen)…
The Earth Store Sutra (also known as the Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapraṇidhana Sutra is a Mahayana sutra)
In chapter 7 it mentions about 49 days.
As many said already, you do not have to be a vegetarian to be a Buddhist.
Listen to many masters' lectures, WISDOM and COMPASSION are the two main qualities in practicing Buddhism. If we wants to be more compassion, then we do not want kill, har…
Like @Bunks, simple but not easy as it sounds. I guess that is Samsara. However, at least we all did start at some starting points following the Buddha's path, so that is first simple or not step we did in the path :-).
A Mi To Fo
Yum A Mi To Fu will work too :-).
Actually I posted a story related to A Mi To Fu before. I posted it again.
A Mi To Fu
A story about mother recites "Wax apple, taro, tofu" and her son survived the shipwreck (told by Vener…
I use this quote to help with my anger management:
“Holding on anger is like you are drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Also, in practicing Buddhism, I use the Buddha power :-). I chant Buddha or Bodhisattva name to calm do…
@federica, sorry, in this case, I do not have any sutta/sutra/lecture link related specifically to this.
I agree with you some of these probably not come from the Buddha. I heard different lectures from different masters through out the years th…
As in Buddhism, I think both are Sexual Misconduct.
In the video below, it lists some of the Sexual Misconducts in Buddhism.
What is Sexual Misconduct?
"...If one trades sex for money, or trades money for sex... this is also sexual miscondu…
Found these three animation sutra videos by Master Hai Tao with English sub.
All these three sutra are about the Amitable Buddha and his Western PureLand.
@tintran, you may have seen these already.
佛說阿彌陀經 Amitabha Sutra
@tintran, thanks for the explanation regarding the 7th and 8th senses. I did not know about this. Need more learning and more chanting :-).
I am not good with mediation, so I started to dig into Pure land Buddhism for a few months now, mainly f…
This Buddha story helps me.
Extracted story from:
A collection of Thien stories by Ven Sister Hue Can from the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist tradition.
Thien = Chan = Zen
The First Shaolin Monk in America
Hai Deng, the One-Finger Handstand Master
Dr. Verhoeven chuckles at that memory too. "We were watching the movie and he went 'plbbt plbbt (blowing r…
Religion Shit list ....
Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn't really shit.
Very true. If shit happens, it is karma or something else, but not shit
Got the Shit list from the link below:
If I know the exact locations where ants are coming from the outside and inside of the house, I use cinnamon powder to block those locations. Cinnamon seems do the trick, and it is non toxic.
For those that are already inside the house, I use a us…
If I see a Buddha on the road, I cannot kill the Buddha yet... because I still have too many attachments
Anyone remembers if there is a story related to this saying? Not sure if this is story. Something like this...
A master and his disciple …
Why some Bruma monks behave badly?
Maybe this gives us some insights
People are people, people are buddhists, buddhists are people...
I remember one of stories of the Buddhist monk Ji Gong
(Daoji 2 February 1130–16 May 1207)
I do not remember the whole story, but part of it like this:
He attended a wedding. Then he said that the groom is ma…
Three Steps, One Bow for Peace
by two American monks (Heng Sure and Heng Chau)
From here, there are links to their Journal of their pilgrimage for peace.
Very interesting read...
Barbara O'Brien's article about Ritual and Buddhism, The Purpose of Rituals in Buddhism
I like the "Empty Your Cup" story.
Be the Middle way. Be flexible.
Read or recite the "Sutra of The Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva" and give the blessing to the baby. Either Mom or Dad or both can read or recite this sutra.
Earth Store Bodhisattva is also known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.
Link to this sutr…
One story about the Buddha that his disciple asked him why he was not angry or mad when people were yelling at him at some village. The Buddha replied that if someone gives you a gift and you don't accept it. The gift is still belong to the giver.…
Master Hsu Yun (26 August 1840 – 13 October 1959) is a modern day example.
He left two wives to become a monk (most people want that, but can't have ).
He became a monk at the age of 19 and lived to the age of 120. He followed the Buddha path for …