QUESTIONS – ANSWERS AND OTHER DHARMAS Alive Teaching July 5,2009
HOMAGE TO BUDDHAS AND BODHISATTVAS OF TEN DIRECTIONS AND THREE TIMES
Dear Friends of Buddha Dharma,
may this teaching find you in mental peace, health, joy and prosperity. Today we focus on your questions and other Dharmas.
I.WISDOM WITHOUT BORDERS
July 4 : US Independence Day * Thank you, President Barack Obama, friend of Buddha Dharma on YouTube, for positive and virtuous thoughts, expressed in your public speech and in email. May the health reform and your efforts for reducing nuclear weapons, negative effects of climate change and other positive plans be fulfilled without obstacles ! May peacefulness, joy and prosperity be encountered by all. Together we meditate and pray for inner and outer peace on the planet, dedicating our merit to all sentient beings.
July 5 : Birthday of H.H. the XIV. Dalai Lama , World Tibet day ; World Artists for Tibet.
Prayer for His Long life
“In the heavenly realms of Tibet
Surrounded by a chain of snow mountains
The source of happiness and help to all
Is Tenzin Gyatso – Chenresig in person –
May his life be secure for hundred of kalpas.”
July 8 : Birthday of Shifu John Chow : OM SVASTI Thank you for returning as a Bodhisattva to this saha world. May your life be firm and secure and may your Dharma activities always increase. HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us. OM AH HUM SVAHA *
Creative Comments on Visual Dharmas : Verses of Prayer to Eight Noble Auspicious Ones
“This is a message to all my Friends and Fellow Compassionate Beings: -Together, as One, Humanity could accomplish Great things. I think through the sharing of progressive technologies, as well as through the creation of a cooperative, compassion based learning system, Humanity might just push through these dark times to become part of something wonderful, something meaningful, something Bigger than any one world.”
Gavin, 22 years, Canada
June 16, 2009
To learn further please continue to read with awareness on www.buddhadharmaobfinternational.wordpress.com Heritage of Mankind, with links to Wikipedia. Also in the future we will answer all your questions about meditation, karma, Buddhism, Dharma art, medicine, health, vegetarianism, spirituality and much more. In next teaching we will answer questions from Buddha Dharma´s Friends :two questions “watergrass” USA and one question from Nutier , France.
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II.INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST STUDIES
1.1.Visual Dharma: Avalokiteshvara-Buddha of compassion
This Visual Dharma-Buddhist teaching for 3rd millenium has now more than 52.190 views and more than 50 comments, 43 ratings. It was embeded also as Beijing Olympic video.
“Through the merit of this Dharma practice
May I quickly attain the state of Buddha Chenresig
And may I lead all beings without exception
To the state of Enlightenment.
May all beings soon attain the state of noble Avalokiteshvara.”
1.What is the meaning of OM syllable in the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM ?
2.What is the meaning of MA syllable in the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM ?
3. What is the meaning of NI syllable ?
4.What is the meaning of PAD syllable ?
5.What is the meaning of ME syllable ?
6.What is the meaning of HUM syllable ?
7. What does practical instructions and teaching (see description of Visual Dharma) mean to you ?
2.1 QUESTION & ANSWERS
a) Yatukih001 Thingvellir, Iceland
I have a rather perplexing question to ask you about. Can I help others to remove negative karma in this life? Sorry how my question sounds arrogant , depending on the fact that I am a young male in his thirties – fourties.
“Yes, you can help others to remove negative karma in this life to certain extend. Pray for others as taught for example in the Visual Dharma: Avalokiteshvara Buddha of Compassion and dedicate the merit to all beings. If you wish, add the name of those to whom you especially dedicate the merit of your spiritual Dharma practice. The best way is to
meditate and pray daily, with concentration and devotion. To do this one must become a vegetarian and compassionate being with the Bodhicitta of aspiration and application, received at Mahayana refuge ceremony and at taking the Bodhisattva vows. One must also study what negative or unvirtuous ( pali: akusala ) karma means, related to ten unvirtuous actions of one´s body, speech and mind. Spiritual practitioner gradualy changes these unvirtuous deeds from previous and present lives into practicing only virtuous deeds. We encourage everyone to follow on the Footsteps of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, for liberation from samsara or cyclic existence. May your life be auspicious !
b) nutier , France
Dear venerable Sir , thank you so much for your best gift of dharma . That is my new question from Buddhism , please enjoy it , thank you .
Some of you wrote that : The mind was born in Samsara because of cause and effect of Karmic energy which is producted by the action ( Karma ) from body , speech and mind ,feeling , but it does not mean it comes from Samsara, it retains its own identity .
Q.91 – If the mind has its own identity , is it eternal ?
May peace and happiness be upon you always !
Your question remembers me to the Dharma retreat with His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, held at the Adria sea side in the city of Ankaran, Slovenia, EU. It was in March 1994 . His teaching was entitled : Meditation in action (explanation of first eight chapters of Bodhisattvacaryavatara). Since we transcribed the whole teaching and published it in the Dharma book of Vajra-Garuda publications, we just quote from there :
“Rinpoche asked the student : What is the definition of the soul ? Student: This is something which we can not see , but it´s permanent (eternal).
Rinpoche: Is the soul aware? Does it has consciusness ?
Student : Yes.
Rinpoche: You see: you said that the soul is permanent and that its aware of something, that its aware : for a Buddhist this is contradictory statement. If the soul is permanent – this permanence can not consit of any action. Action means that it has beginning and the end and this is impermanence. If the soul is permanent, it doesn´t have to know anything. If it knows, there is beginning of knowing, middle of knowing and end of knowing.
Student: Christians don´t speak about the beginning- soul was created by the God. Rinpoche: Until there is movement, it has the beginning. If you say: God is movement and the God created everything – this is contradictory for a Buddhist. For a Buddhist permanence means “something” which is not influenced by the time. For our ordinary mind permanence means something which lasts very long, isn´t it ? Something which always lasts. Actualy Buddhists doesn´t believe in being which would permanently exist. From yesterday till today something continued and this includes time. Yesterday is gone, death, suffering; today is going by, tomorrow did not yet appear. When it appears- birth, new suffering. Everything that exists in time, is suffering. Now we can discuss…
Another student: We also speak about primordial wisdom….
Rinpoche: Primordial wisdom is beyond permanence and impermanence. It is not permanent and not impermenent. Primordial wisdom is beyond our concepts. Primordial wisdom does not create anything…
Another student: Can we connect ourselves with it ?
Rinpoche: In the relative world we practice the Dharma; in absolute world you don´t even connect…There is nothing what could be connected. People´s description of the soul is very influenced by the circumstances. Soul can not be killed. That is true _ Buddha nature can not be killed. But the soul created phenomena. What is than the purpose of the soul ? Buddha nature doesn´t have the aim, it is beyond aims.
Student: Then the soul is absolute reality!
Rinpoche: Now you describe the soul with Buddhist terms (Laughter). Only changing of the names- soul or Buddha nature- doesn´t mean anything. What is then the soul for Christians ?
Student : Soul is consciousness and that is the permanent state.
Rinpoche: But this is contradictory : if the soul is permanet, it can not be aware. There is no permanent consciousness. To be aware means to know. All what includes the knowing, includes the time.
Student: How can then people which are reincarnated, remember their previous lives ?
Rinpoche: There is no need for that. Everything is the Mind. Buddhists don´t speak about the soul. Everything is the Mind. Body and mind have many connections: body is like the vessel, Mind is like it´s content. If you break the vessel there are also many troubles with the content. But the destruction of the vessel doesn´t mean also the destruction of it´s content.
Student: This is Sambhogakaya.
Rinpoche: But Sambhogakaya is not the soul. Relatively speking: the Sambhogakaya is the quality of Buddha nature. If you only replace the word soul with Buddha nature, we can aggree now. “
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was here teaching with the example of the tea cup as presented in B. Bertolucci´s movie: Little Buddha. Rinpoche was Buddhist advisor in this excellent movie.
xXxplanexXx 12 years, USA
Do you know of anyway I can cure High Blood Pressure? If I can remove this disorder from my system, then I will definitely reach enlightenment in this lifetime.
Dear young Friend, since you are only 12 years old, you will surely enthusiastically apply this advice from BUDDHIST WHOLESOME MEDICINE .
There are many psychological factors for high blood pressure :
living in unhealthy environment, daily stress, too much ambition, too much internet involvements, family disharmonie, not enough daily relaxation and sport.
Meat eating habit increases high blood pressure , since with meat one also imports a lot of stress hormones in the meat. When animals are killed they experience a lot of fear, stress and suffering. Scientists have measured stress hormones in the meat. No animal wish to die and become our food !
1.Learn to practice Relaxation meditation as taught by Shifu John Chow in our previous teachings.
2.Practice daily Chi Kung Energy workout twice daily, in the morning 10 min and late afternoon 10 min. This will improve circulation of energy and blood circulation.
3.Become a vegetarian , using only high quality vegetarian food with a lot of soya proteins (obtainable also in fitness studios).No junk food. Soya must come from organic growth. Ask the provider about this. Also use Universal healing tonic, provided by us. This will purify, balance , tonify and improve your energy and blood pressure.
4.Pray and meditate daily. For learning it is good to recite Homage to Manjushri,the Buddha of Wisdom. See related Visual Dharma.
You see , there are a lot of possibilities to lower the blood pressure. I wrote them in practical and easy to understand manner. Because no medical theory and prevention can help if one does not apply it daily with diligence and awareness. Our young Friend, may your wish to become enlightened in this life, be fulfilled without obstacles.
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