GOOD OR BAD, HARD TO SAY ! Alive Dharma teaching, Aug. 23,2009
Homage to Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light
1.1. Dear worldwide Friends of Buddha Dharma,
in this Alive Dharma teaching we focus on the wisdom story : Good or bad, hard to say ! sent to us from the Heart for peace, lead by Bhikkhu Buddha Dhatu. May you enjoy this wisdom story as well as Bhikku´s very alive comment.
We also focus on Amitabha Buddha of infinite light – Visual Dharma is sent with this Teaching. Yesterday`s short meditation retreat and Teaching in central Slovenia,EU, was very creative and full of Dharma practice, also Namo Amitabha chanting.Increase your positive energy by rating*****, favouring, commenting,embeding and sponsoring Visual Dharmas-Buddhist teachings for 3rd millenium. Three questions are answered in part four.May Buddha Amitabha guide every being: in peace, health, joy and prosperity toward Infinite light.
II. WISDOM WITHOUT BORDERS: GOOD OR BAD, HARD TO SAY !
2.1.Intoduction by Bhikkhu Buddha Dhatu :
Thank you so much for Mr Ong to send me this story. It is very interesting.When we read this story, this is a very good lesson. For example, I had very bad injury when I was nine years old. Many people said that I was very unlucky and they even told my parents that you were so unlucky to have a son like that. But, to me this was a very good lesson, as I knew the suffering of my body and mind. When I grew up, I turned my angry of suffering to loving kindness and care to everyone. I knew that Americans who produced “Napalm Bomb” and the pilot who dropped it at my village with hatred and “Asura” (Angry fighter) mind. On the other hand, the American doctors and nurses healed with love and care for my recovery. From this, I learned that Buddha taught us that this was the Kamma of my past life and I had to accept it with the heart of forgiveness and understanding.This injury helped me to recalled the care and love of my parents during that period and I was able to give them Buddha’s teaching and to ordinate my father and mother as monk and nun respectively.
Brothers and sisters, rich or poor, good or bad, beauty or ugly, king or beggar all these are “HARD TO SAY”.
Thanks with Blessing all well and happy, and please forward to our brothers and sisters to share. Bhikkhu
2.2 GOOD OR BAD, HARD TO SAY
Once upon a time, there was a king. The king liked one of his followers very much because he was very wise and always gave very useful advice. Therefore the king took him along wherever he went.One day, the king was bitten by a dog, the finger was injured and the wound was getting worse. He asked the follower if that was a bad sign. The follower said, Good or bad, hard to say’. In the end, the finger of the king was too bad that had to be cut. The king asked the follower again if that was a bad sign. Again, the follower gave the same answer, ‘Good or bad, hard to say’. The king became very angry and sent the follower to prison.
One day, the king went hunting in the jungle.. He got excited when he was on the chase of a deer. Deeper and deeper he went inside the jungle. In the end he found himself lost in the jungle. To make thing worse, he got captured by the native people lived inside the jungle.
They wanted to sacrifice him to their god. But when they noticed that the king had one finger short, they released him immediately as he was not a perfect man anymore and not suitable for sacrifice. The king managed to get back to his palace after all. And he finally understood the follower’s wise quote, ‘Good or bad, hard to say’. If he hadn’t lost one finger,he could have been killed by the native people.
He ordered to release the follower, and apologized to him.. But to the king amaze, the follower was not mad at him at all. Instead, the follower said, ‘It wasn’t a bad thing that you locked me up.’ Why? Because if the king hadn’t locked the follower up, he would have brought the follower along to the jungle. If the native found that the king was not suitable, they would have used the follower. Again, the quote ‘Good or bad, hard to say’ stands.
The moral of the story:
Everything that happens in this world, there is no absolute good or bad. Sometimes good things turned out to be bad things eventually, while bad things become a gain.
Whatever good things that happen to you, enjoy it, but don’t have to hold too tight to it, treat it as a surprise in your life.Whatever bad things that happen to you, don’t have to feel too sad or despair, in the end, it might not be a total bad thing after all.
If one can understand this, he or she will find life much easier.
2.3 Wisdom Without Borders : viewer´s comment
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I am amazed with the talent you have and appreciate the generosity of your spirit.The gift you give to all may live on may be with all .Blissful light is lading our way. I thank you with all i am. LOVE-Elena
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blessings of love and peace
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4.1 Visual Dharma : AMITABHA BUDDHA OF INFINITE LIGHT
NAMO AMITABHA – Homage to Buddha Amitabha *
Visual Dharma 16 (2005) is published to benefit all beings. Wherever it is played it brings BLESSINGS. By EMBEDING & SPONSORING preparation of Visual Dharmas means to perform 1st enlightened Activity as taught by the Buddhas (see THE GIFT OF*TRUTH).
As it is written: „With bad advisors forever left behind, from paths of evil he departs for eternity, soon to see the Buddha of Infinite Light and perfect Samantabhadra`s supreme vows.” Buddha Amitabha (Jpn. Amida-ji, tib. Öpame) represents Lotus family in the mandala of five Dhyani Buddhas, coresponding with Western part of the mandala. His Pure land is Sukhavati (tib. Dewa chen), Pure land of Infinite Bliss. Buddha Amitabha is venerated by all schools of Mahayana schools (Tien-Tai, Zen, Pure land) and Vajrayana schools. Human beings can be reborn in Sukhavati by sincerely (single minded) recitation of His name, particulary at the time of death. In China, Japan and other counrties there are many Amitabha Buddha temples with standing Amitabha, offering helping hand to all devoties. There are mudras (hand gestures) of rebirth in Sukhavati. In Vajrayana Buddhism there is beautiful prayer for rebirth in Dewa chen. Practice of Phowa-transference of consciousness at the time of death has precise instructions about Amitabha Buddha being present on the crown of one´s head. In 21 Verses of praise to Tara there is this verse about Amitabha : „From her (Arya Tara´s) hair-knot Buddha Amitabha constantly pour down streams of light.” Thinley Norbu Rinpoche wrote in his Offering praise: „All fortunate beings are guided on the miraculous path to the lotus field of Buddha Amitabha by the blessings of your divine, magical activity.” Nirmanakaya Buddha Padmasambhava is the emanation of Amitabha. Pure land Buddhists are remarkable for their sincerity, purity & devotion to Amitabha. Daily chanting of NAMO AMITABHA (pronounced Namo Amitofo in Chinese)
brings peace of mind, simplicity, concentration & separation from samsara. This inspired chanting was provided by the Buddha Edu. foundation in Taiwan (CD for free distribution). It helped us to prepare this Visual Dharma to benefit all. Pure land Buddhists practice such chanting during 7-day meditation retreat. Chanting is not interrupted by any other speech. It is very effective practice to pacify wandering thoughts . This obstacle is experienced by most modern people. NAMO AMITABHA chanting helps dying and dead beings. Instead of being sorrowful & confused at the time of death of your relatives & friends, try to chant NAMO AMITABHA for them while listening and viewing this Visual Dharma. The aim is to help dying or dead being to be reborn in Amitabha`s Pure land from where he/she will never be reborn in samsara again!
1.Become a vegetarian for the rest of your life. Don´t use any intoxicants. Purify your body, speech, mind & resulting bad habits. Prayer and recitation of NAMO AMITABHA during your life will help you greately at the time of your death. Amitabha Buddha promissed to accept to His Pure land every being who sincerely recites His name. After being reborn in Sukhavati one will continue practice toward complete Enlightenment. In Sukhavati there are perfect Teacher, perfect time and perfect circumstances. Samantabhadra (Jpn. Fugen, Vn. Hien) is Universal worthy Bodhisattva, personifying the transcendental practices and vows of the Buddhas. Each of his 10 vows should be put into practice without interruption. 10 Dharmic activities are connected with these Vows.
1. Avatamsaka -Flower ornament sutra- highest teaching of Shakyamuni immediately after His Enlightenment. Quoted by all schools of Mahayana Buddhism, in particular Pure land and Zen.
2. J C Cleary: Pure land Pure mind
3. Buddhism of wisdom and faith: Pure land principles
4. Pure land Buddhsim: Dialogues with ancient masters
All reprinted for free distribution by The Corporate Body of Buddha Edu. Foundation Taiwan.
DEDICATION: May those who see or hear of these efforts generate Bodhi mind, spend their lives devoted to Buddha Dharma and finally be reborn together in the Land of ultimate bliss. Homage to Amitabha Buddha.
RELATED VISUAL DHARMAS
1.7-line prayer of Padmasambhava
2.Teaching about 7-line prayer & other Visual Dharmas connected with*Padmasambhava
3. 21 Verses in Praise of Tara
4. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche: White sail part 1,2
http://www.izum.si/cobiss 90321 H E Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche 1.02 Scientific article overview 90352 Mangala Konchok Norbu 2.16 Art work
4.2 E-learning*curriculum :
1.To which part of the mandala does Buddha Amitabha belong and to which family ?
2.How is his Pure land named ?
3.Why is it possible for human beings to be reborn in the Pure land of Buddha Amitabha ?
4.Does being born in the Pure land of Buddha Amitabha mean to be liberated from samsara ?
5.Who is the emanation of Buddha Amitabha in this saha world ?
6.Can you follow practical instructions as taught in this Visual Dharma ?
4.3 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
a)Dear venerable Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche, thank you so much for all of your good responses that I like to learn and share its to my friends , the Buddhists friends . There are less buddhists who could reply its , but I continue to find the best one from you . Its not enough to find the origin of Samsara and desire , they cannot separate its easily as the scientist who had separated an atom from the water etc. If we know exactly of Samsara and Desire formations , we will know well the Nirvana formation also . May peace and happiness be upon you always ! Answer : I see that you are very scientifically oriented. For you to truly understand the Buddhist Path, it is very necessary to practice the Dharma : to pray and meditate daily, to become a vegetarian and to accomplish the six paramitas or perfections. Do you know which they are ? It is good to have inquiry mind, but this must be balanced by Dharma practice in daily life. Do you aggree or not ? Your questions are always interesting and we like to answer them.
b) Dear venerable , please enjoy my question , thank you . There are three kinds of consciousness , 1- kosala consciousness 2 – akosala consciousness , and 3 – neutral consciousness . The consciousness is like a tree which possess three different branches. .
Q.99 – Why have we always three branches of conciousness ?
May peace and happiness be upon you always !
Answer : There are not three branches of consciousness. There is only one individual consciousness with imprints of virtuous deeds (kusala kamma/karma), unvirtuous deeds (akusala kamma/karma) and neutral imprints. Virtuous deeds/imprints are merit or positive energy which we dedicate to all beings, to multiply them and to avoid attachments to one´s good/virtuous deeds. Unvirtuous deeds/imprints the Dharma practitioner must purify with Vajrasattva meditation (see related Visual Dharma). It is like separating the gold from the impurities. Ancient alchemists would surely understand this allegory. Contemporary scientists have difficult to understand Buddhist terms, because they are too materialistic and extorverted.They are also too conditioned by those who sponsor their researches. But there were genious scientists like Nicola Tesla, who understood more intuitivety, discovering pattents which nowdays benefit humanity.
c)zenbuddhism101 question from a Buddhist
brother , quick question: do you know how we can meditate? Are we supposed to try and experience nirvana? How do we obtain enlightenment ?
Answer : In Zen/Chan Buddhism there is zazen meditation of “just sitting” and being present. See related Visual Dharma: Day of the planet earth . It is much easier to meditate , to calm the mind if one is vegetarian: not eating meat, pungent herbs like onions, garlic or leak, not drinking alcohol or poisoning oneself with drugs and other intoxicants. Sila-samadhi-prajna. One must always try to purify one´s body,energy and mind (way of thinking). Them meditation happens more naturaly, almost without efforts. It´s good to meditate (za-zen) in pweaceful nature like one´s garden , at the top of the hill with open sky above or at the brook with clear water.
Fourth seal of authentic Buddhist teaching is : Nirvana is peace! In complete stillness of body,energy and mind/consciousness there are insights ito the nature of nirvana which is peace. We accomplis enlightenment by avoiding all unvirtuos deeds of body,speech and mind/consciousness, by accomplishing virtuous deeds (ten paramitas or perfections) and to purify one´s consciousness. Buddha Shakyamuni taught this as basic Dharma , followed by patriarchs of Chan/zen lineages, including patriach Bodhidharma. Gassho and best wishes for your path toward enlightenment.
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