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Gerard

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Birth of a Buddha

16 September 2014 - 10:32 PM

"Rare  is  the  birth  of  a  Buddha  in  this  world.  So  rare  too,  is  the opportunity  to  listen  to  his  Dhamma.  This  conviction  has  inspired many  a  devoted  Buddhist  to  cherish  the  Dhamma  as  something extremely precious. The  Buddha  has  declared  that  salutary  friendship  (Kalyàna-mittatà)  is  almost  synonymous  with  his  dispensation.  The  gift-of-Dhamma is the link that moulds the bond of this friendship. Dhamma deserves no price-tag precisely because it is price-less." (Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist thought - Bhikkhu Nanananda)

 

I would also add the art of Baguaquan and its incredible power of transformation. Another gift from the ancient world preserved in the Chinese mountains and monasteries and passed on quietly for generations until it was finally transmitted to a lay person (Dong Haichuan) and then to the world.

 

These gifts exceed anything material, they belong to humanity as a whole and as such should be treasured and nurtured and passed on in their integrity to future generations.

 

There are worlds out there with no Dharma and no Bagua. The inhabitants of those worlds experience enormous suffering.

 

Please keep both close to your heart with sincerity and never forget to cultivate and build wisdom and compasion.

 

Namo Amitabbha Buddha (Homage to the Buddha of Boundless Compassion and Wisdom).

 

:)


Om Ratna Trayaya mantra

28 August 2014 - 02:17 AM

I shed a tear every time I listen to this beautiful mantra.

 

Namo Ratna Trayaya,
Namo Arya Jnana
Sagara, Vairochana,
Byuhara Jara Tathagataya,
Arahate, Samyaksam Buddhaya,
Namo Sarwa Tathagate Bhyay,
Arhata Bhyah,
Samyaksam Buddhe Bhyah,
Namo Arya Avalokite
shoraya Bodhisattvaya,
Maha Sattvaya,
Maha Karunikaya,
Tadyata, Om Dara Dara,
Diri Diri, Duru Duru
Itte We, Itte Chale Chale,
Purachale Purachale,
Kusume Kusuma Wa Re,
Ili Milli, Chiti Jvalam, Apanaye Shoha

 

English translation of the Sanskrit words:

 

Adoration the noble Avalokitesvara, bodhisattva, the great compassionate one

Having paid adoration to One who Dispels all Fears, O noble Avalokitesvara, to You adoration, O Nilakantha

I shall enunciate the ‘heart’ dharani which ensures all purposes, is pure and invincible for all beings, and which purifies the path of existence

Thus: Lord of Effulgence, the World-Transcending One. Come, come, great bodhisattva, descend, descend

Bear in mind my heart-dharani. Do do the work. Hold fast, oh Victor, oh Great Victor. Hold on, hold on, oh Lord of the Dharani

Move, move oh my immaculate image, come come. Destroy every poison. Quick, bear in mind, quick, quick, descend, descend

Being enlightened, being enlightened, enlighten me, enlighten me. Oh merciful Nilakantha appear unto me

To you who eyes us, hail. To the Great Siddha hail. To the Great Siddha in Yoga hail. To Nilakantha hail. To the Boar-feaced hail

Adoration to the Triple Gem. Adoration to the noble Avalokitesvara bodhisattva, hail

 

 

Developing compassion (karuna) as well as wisdom (prajna) are the two major qualities of a 'liberated' mind, one that has finished its karmic journey through Samsara. You realise your true Buddha nature and sees it in all sentient beings: hellish, ghosts, animals, humans and devas. You become one with everything and then back to carrying water and chopping the wood.

 

In the meantime let's enjoy this mantra and pay homage to the triple gem (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha).

 

There is also a Chinese version which I quite enjoy.

 

Namo Amitabha Buddha.

 

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Would Buddhist monks be keen to learn Baguazhang?

19 March 2014 - 11:58 PM

I am willing to teach monastics in order to help them in their pursuit to enlightenment.

 

Would it work?

 

Do you think they would incorporate high level Taoist practices in their training?

 

What do you think?


Two Taoist books

06 March 2014 - 04:44 PM

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2014 - Wood year ruled by Fire

01 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

Here is an example of how things are going to be like in 2014:

 

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Northern Lights illuminate the UK

 

Gaia's Wood/Hun 'spirit' rising up with its Fire/Shen element (Heart-Mind consciousness).

 

They are intimately related to each other (mother and child) and when in harmony and completely purified lead to the state of enlightenment when the conditions are right.

 

A great year for serious spiritual work.

 

:)