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    Wednesday
    Nov172010

    Buddhism: Can supernatural powers be attained by becoming atheist like in Buddhism?

    Buddhism: Can supernatural powers be attained by becoming atheist like in Buddhism?

    Buddhism has no place for a Supreme God. But to my knowledge Buddha and his disciples (e.g. Mogallana) had supernatural powers


    http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/db_02.htm

    How can a person attain supernatural powers by being atheist also?

    I think one can attain supernatural powers by submitting to Supreme God. Please correct me if I am wrong

     

    Ans:       stbb

    Supernatural powers according to your definitions are real normal human abilities according to Buddhism. There are two major types of powers, powers from within and the powers from without.

    Obviously for all the learned Buddhists, the most important thing is to achieve the Enlightenment, understanding of your own "Primordial Awareness".  But as you become aware of your own "Primordial Awareness", physical constraints become meaningless, hence the supernatural powers, this is the powers from within.

    Many Christians keep asking stupid questions and comments about "Do you believe in God?", you must believe in "God" etc..., not knowing to believe in, to worship in and knowing the "God" are really three different things. There are the “book Buddhists” who read a few comments and translated books from western authors and said we Buddhists don't believe in God, again they misunderstood.

    Let me clarify, we don't believe in one "God", or that the "God" is the Creator of the Universe; we do know of his existence and others like him, and we don't regard him or them as our point of “Refuge”. The term “Refuge” in our language is to rely on; just like Jews, Christians and Muslims and many other god based religions rely on their “God” for their own salvation.

    We Buddhists have reliance on Buddha for his teaching; rely on the Dharma- the Buddha’s teaching to walk the path toward Enlightenment; and rely on Sangha- Monks, Nuns, and “Advanced Masters” as teachers and fellow students for mental support; and finally rely on ourselves to be diligent in practices and understand the Dharma to achieve Enlightenment.

    If anything at all, we treat “God” and “Gods” just like any other sentient beings or just like friends as the "Gods" sometimes acted as our protectors to remove obstacles and warn off evils for us; so as a decent human beings, we reciprocate by offer them gifts and praises (sometimes they translated as Prayers (submissive attitude) - I disagree and I think the word “Praise” (with attitude of equal or otherwise) is a more appropriate word). Just like in human societies when people treat you nice, you do things in return, or we praise them, “you are such a great person; a good friend; a beautiful being; you have such great power and I respect you”, etc…

    When these Gods have sworn to be your protectors and do things for you, you also have the supernatural powers, because they take care of things for you, and that is the power from without.

    So do we believe in “God” or gods? the answer is a definite “Yes”, because we know of their existences. Do we worship them? if you consider taking a friend to lunch is worship, then yes, if you consider taking a friend to lunch is just being a good friend then that is what we are. Finally we take no “Refuge” to them because we know them, they are sentient beings that are still stuck in the realms of Samsara just like us. Finally we only take “Refuge” to Buddhism’s “Three Jewels” only.

    I spent time writing a long article, my intent is simply want people to understand the "Real Buddhism." not the fantasy or misunderstood version.

     

     

    Wednesday
    Nov102010

    From "Care for the Dying" by Living Buddha Lian-Sheng

    This is great article from The True Buddha Sect of Buddhism Web-Site, it's about letting go and contains powerful lessons for us all. I have been told by my teacher that the practice of Buddhism is really to have the right and calm state of mind for the last 5 minutes of our lives, and this story shows why dying in a relaxed and non-attached let go state is so critical and what can happen when you do not have this state of mind at the time of death.:


    Grand Master Lu's Book > 163_Crossing the Ocean of Life and Death

    Chapter 31: Care for the Dying (2)


    31. Care for the Dying (2)
    Written by Sheng-yen Lu
    Translated and edited by True Buddha Foundation Translation Team

    I truly feel that it is easier to liberate those departed spirits who had listened to the dharma and cultivated the practice while they were alive. It would be more difficult to help those spirits whose lives were devoid of the experience of listening to the dharma and cultivating their practice.

    I once came across an incident while journeying on the bardo plane. I saw a bardo spirit who had died from a car accident. His spirit was split into pieces and were unable to re-assemble back together, where the head, body and limbs could return to their original positions.

    I was kind enough to perform the `Needle Mudra` of Tantrayana and sewed the spirit`s pieces back into one complete human body like a surgeon stitching a patient back up. Know that it is rather fortunate for the dying to await death at home or at the hospital. It is very unfortunate when people die in a car accident, a plane crash, via a drowning, while mountain climbing, in a fire, of being attacked by animals, and so forth.

    I helped the accident victim with the Needle Mudra, and asked him, `Do you know the Buddhadharma?`

    `No.` He replied.

    `What about the Pure Land?`

    `Don`t know.`

    `Heard of Amitabha Buddha?`

    `Its granny`s stuff.`

    `Do you believe in it?`

    `I don`t believe it!`

    `What do you plan to do now?`

    `I just want to find and get even with the driver who had left the scene after hitting and killing me. I will be reborn as his son and demand payment!` he uttered in frustration.

    I said, `Let it go! Seek rebirth at the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss!`

    `No! I hate him!` He ran away.

    It is because of situations like this that I say: those who have had the opportunity, prior to their death, to listen to and practice the Buddhadharma, and to seek the mind of the Tathagata-garbha (the True Buddha, the True Reality), are better poised to be reborn to the Buddha`s Pure Land. When the lights appear before them, they are able to differentiate them. Otherwise, when the individual is seriously confused, like most bardo spirits, he would not even utter a single chant of the Buddha`s name!

    Here is another example: an individual had taken refuge, learned the Buddhadharma, cultivated the practice, but was steep in attachment, making it difficult for deliverance.

    This bardo spirit knew the saying: `Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one`s mind: this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.` He did not stop at this: he had taken the empowerment of the Body Mandala Practice, where his two eyes were transformed into the sun and moon, his ears were transformed into the precious banner, his head was transformed into a precious canopy, his teeth were transformed into precious gems, and his lower body was transformed to the elements of earth, water, fire, wind and Mount Sumeru. He was transformed into the principal deity and sat on top of Mount Sumeru.

    He had cultivated the Tantric practices. He was compassionate, and had cultivated the Four Immeasurables:

    1. Immeasurable Loving-kindness is to give happiness to sentient beings.
    2. Immeasurable Compassion is to uproot the suffering of sentient beings.
    3. Immeasurable Joy is the great joy in seeing that benevolent deeds are carried out and that people are removed from suffering.
    4. Immeasurable Equanimity is to relinquish the first three Immeasurables and be detached from them; being impartial to enemies and loved ones, and having no thoughts of attraction and aversion.

    If this practitioner had practiced meditation, he would have been reborn in the Brahma Heaven in the realm of form. Thus, the Four Immeasurables are also known as the Brahmaviharas.

    He also knew the Giving and Receiving Method: when inhaling, one takes on the pain and suffering of sentient beings, and when exhaling, one heals the ills and calamities of the world. Dark energy in, white energy out. This is the most compassionate form of the practice of taking over the karma of others. The common way to remove karma is inhaling white energy and exhaling dark energy.

    When I was traveling on the path of the bardo and came across this practitioner loitering alone in the netherworld, I said to him, `You should be on your way to the Pure Land!` His reply was `No!`

    `Why?` I was astonished.

    He said, `I had made a vow with my most beloved wife to be husband and wife again in our next life, and I must seek rebirth as a human in order to be with her again. If I had gone to the Buddha`s Pure Land, where no female is present, how am I suppose to experience a married life?`

    I was dumbfounded. He walked alone in the netherworld, waiting and waiting for the time......

    Sighing as I left, I felt that the attachment to the desire of becoming husband and wife once again in the next lifetime is itself an obstacle to attaining rebirth in the Pure Land. When it is time to let go, one should let go.

    Imagine having to become a couple again in the next lifetime. Sigh! Sigh! Sigh!


    Read more articles here:

    http://tbsn.org/english2/


    Let me know what you think!


    - Chris

    Thursday
    Nov042010

    The Buddhist five precepts are training rules in order to live a better life!

    The five Buddhist precepts are training rules in order to live a better life in which one is happy, without worries, and can meditate well:

    And here they are!

    1. To refrain from taking life (non-violence towards sentient life forms), or ahimsā
    2. To refrain from taking that which is not given (not committing theft)
    3. To refrain from sensual (including sexual) misconduct
    4. To refrain from lying (speaking truth always)
    5. To refrain from intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness (specifically, drugs and alcohol)


    Other schools and spiritual practice have similiar ideas and they all seem to come back to living better and making better causes to receive better effects and not fall back wards in life.


    What do you think?

    Thursday
    Oct282010

    The Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism in Life

    This is from the web-site:

    http://www.medbib.com/Buddhism#The_Noble_Eightfold_Path


    According to the Pali Tipitaka[30] and the Āgamas of other early Buddhist schools, the Four Noble Truths were the first teaching of Gautama Buddha after attaining Nirvana. They are sometimes considered to contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings:

    1. Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness (dukkha) in one way or another.
    2. Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist.
    3. Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi);
    4. Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha.

     

    For me I see every day how my own grasping for things in this world as Chris causes me to suffer, things I want to happen in my personal relationships, in my business, it's hard for me to accept life at this moment at times. I can see how if I was able to cool my desires/cravings and turn my focus inwards more, and let go of what I think I want, I would be a happier guy. I am trying to do this more as my life journey opens up for me, and reading this every day helps.

    Let me know what you think!

    - Chris

     

    Tuesday
    Oct192010

    What is Buddhism? Here is a great link!

    Hi Everyone,

    I am sometimes asked "what is Buddhism", my general answer is, it just means truth of the universe which can appear in infinite forms and it's purpose is to reduce human suffering, and for the last 5 minutes of our lives to have a steady mind.

    Here is a link to a great page which has some good basic explanations:

    http://www.medbib.com/Buddhism#Vajrayana_.2F_Tantra

    I hope you enjoy reading and look forward to your feedback.

     

    Warmly,

     

    - Chris