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Post by sherab zangpo on Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:49 am

Discuss the benefits of Buddha Amitabha's practice and its history, relevance to Mahayana pure-land tradition, and the pureland of Sukhavati ( tib: Dewachen )
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Post by muni on Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:39 pm

OPENING THE DOOR OF THE PURE LAND (PRAISE TO AMITABHA)
By Lama Tsong Khapa



NAMO SHRI-GURU-MANJUGHOSAYA!

Ruler of Sukhavati Pure Land, praised by all the Sugatas - Bhagavan Lord Amitayus, Teacher of gods and humans, king of Conquerors - You grant long life to beings.
As the cloud-free moon is reflected in clear water in all infinite kinds of vessel, so to countless fortunate beings at once, in many aspects
You display your body.
In the same instant You cut every net of doubt besetting infinite disciples and open the eye of wisdom to reality with your speech, unceasingly proclaimed.
Spreading pervasive knowledge to all knowables, ruled by compassion for beings of the five streams, its' power of wisdom and love saves from fears of samsara and peace, as your mind is unstirred by signs or effort.
With your body, a heap of splendour that fills with endless masses of light all countless lands, as the sun's rays do the heaven's vault, provide a banquet for my fortunate eyes.
With your brahmic voice, of five members, just to hear which grants the highest bliss, like sweet thunder to the peacocks' heart, sprinkle drops of nectar in my ears.
With supreme calm mind, all fancy stilled by putting your awareness in emptiness, like a still cloud-mass in the sky's expanse, quell all mental focus (on) imagining.
Even if all Conquerors described for countless eons your (great) mass of virtues, to find the end would be no easy task; just so, they are more than I can tell.
Therefore, there's no other teacher like You, an inexhaustible store of qualities from whom all seeds of faults have gone forever.
You alone, then, are migrators' refuge.
Through your thousand million vows, Protector, You founded well the best of Supreme Lands where even the name of suffering is not found, hence called the Pure Land, Sukhavati.
There, as soon as the light of this life fades, let me be born in a thousand-petalled lotus, rise from within the lotus without hindrance, behold your form, and drink my fill of your speech.
When, Lord, I've heard your mahayanic speech, just as Avalokita behaves to free those sinking in samsara's mire, and mahasthama-prapta, let me too.

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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by muni on Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:42 pm

The wishing prayer of Dewachen,
the pure realm of great bliss
composed by the learned and accomplished Raga Asye
Om Ami Deva Hri!
This is the treasury of the heart practice of [Karma] Chagme [Rinpoche]. Considering how great the benefit would be for many beings, I make the effort to write, although my hand is sick. In the case that someone wishes to copy (study and practise) this text and does not have it himself, please lend it to him. Nothing has greater benefit. There is no Dharma teaching more profound than this. It is the root of all Dharma. Do not fall into indifference, but take up its practice diligently. Since this text belongs to the sutra tradition you may recite it without receiving a ritual reading transmission (lung).
E ma Ho! From here, in the direction of the setting sun, beyond a multitude of innumerable worlds, slightly elevated, is the land of the noble beings, the perfectly pure realm of Dewachen. Although Dewachen is not visible to our water bubble like eyes, it can clearly appear to our mind.
There resides the Subduer and Victorious One Measureless Light who is of ruby red colour and blazing radiance. He is adorned with the top knot on his head, the wheels on his feet, and so on, the 32 signs of perfection and the 80 minor marks. He has a single face, two arms, in the mudra of equanimity, holding an alms bowl. He wears the three Dharma robes.
In crossed posture, he is seated on an lotus of a thousand petals with a moon disc from which rises a bodhi tree that serves as a back rest. From far away, he looks at me with his eyes of compassion.
On his right is the Bodhisattva \"Eyes of Compassionate Wisdom\" (Avalokiteshvara), of white colour, holding in his left hand a white lotus; and on his left is the Bodhisattva of Great Power (Vajrapani), of blue colour, holding in his left hand a lotus marked with a vajra. Both of them extend their right hands towards us in the refuge bestowing mudra.
These three main deities appear like Mount Meru, the king of mountains. Radiant, pouring forth splendour and illuminating, they dwell accompanied by their retinue of a trillion gelong bodhisattvas, all of them also of golden colour, adorned with the marks and signs, dressed in the three Dharma robes, of great resplendence.
With a devotion that does not make any difference between near and far, I prostrate full of respect with my three doors.
The Dharmakaya Limitless Radiance, Lord of the Buddha family, emanates from his right hand light rays that become Chenrezi, one billion secondary emanations of the mighty Chenrezi . From his left hand he emanates light rays that become Tara with one billion secondary emanations of Tara. From his heart light rays go out manifesting Padmasambhava together with one billion secondary emanations of Orgyen. I prostrate to Dharmakaya Measureless Light.
With the eyes of a Buddha, during all six periods of the day and night he constantly regards with love all sentient beings. His enlightened mind is constantly aware of whatever thoughts or ideas arise in the mind of all sentient beings. His enlightened ear constantly hears distinctly, without confusion, whatever words are spoken by all sentient beings. I prostrate to the all-knowing Measureless Light.
Except for those who have rejected the Dharma, or accomplished the deeds of immediate retribution, all who have faith in You and make their wishing prayers will be born in Dewachen and their prayers will be fulfilled. It is said that in the bardo, he will come and will guide us into this land. I prostrate to the guide Measureless Light.
Your life span lasting for countless kalpas you stay here and do not go beyond suffering. If we pray to you with one pointed respect, it is said that – except for the complete ripening of karma – the end of our life force will happen only after one hundred years and the various kinds of untimely death will be averted. I prostrate to protector Amitayus.
It is said that it is of greater merit to join the palms out of faith on hearing the name of Amitabha and about Dewachen than to fill countless three thousandfold universes of vast extent with jewels and to offer them as gifts. For this reason I respectfully prostate to Measureless Light.
Whosoever hears the name of Amitabha and develops just once a faith, which comes from the depth of his heart and bones and is not empty talk, will never loose the path to enlightenment. I prostrate to the protector Measureless Light.
From the time of hearing the name of Buddha Measureless Light until obtaining Buddhahood I will not be born in an inferior body, but take birth in a good family and have a pure conduct in all lives to come. I prostrate to Measureless Light gone to bliss.
My body and all my possessions, together with my roots of virtue, whatever offerings that are actually present or emanated by mind including the auspicious substances, the eight auspicious signs, the seven precious items whatever offerings exist since all times: billions of three thousandfold universes with their four continents, the central mountain, the sun and the moon together with all the wealth of gods, nagas and humans – I take them up in my mind and offer them to Amitabha. By the force of your compassion, accept this for my own benefit.
I lay open and confess all the non-virtuous deeds which have been committed from beginningless time until now by myself and by all sentient beings headed by my father and mother.
I lay open and confess the three unwholesome acts of the body: killing, taking what is not given, and impure conduct. I lay open and confess the four unwholesome acts of the speech: lying, slandering, rough speech, and gossip. I lay open and confess the three unwholesome acts of mind: covetousness, malice, and wrong views.
I lay open and confess the five deeds of immediate retribution which we accumulated: killing our father, our mother, our teacher, or an arhat, and intending to cause harm to the body of a Victorious One.
I lay open and confess the evil deeds similar to the deeds of immediate retribution: killing a gelong or a getsul, making a nun fall , destroying a statue, stupa or temple, and so on.
I lay open and confess the evil acts of abandoning the Dharma, like abandoning the three supports etc., the Jewels, the temple, and the supreme Speech.
I lay open and confess all these accumulated very negative, useless actions like abusing bodhisattvas which is of greater evil than to kill the sentient beings of the three realms.
Compared to the five crimes of immediate retribution it is more negative not to believe in the benefits of virtuous deeds and the difficulties resulting from non-virtue and to think that this is not true and simply a pedagogical device, and this although we received explanations on the duration and extent of suffering in the hell realms, and so on. I lay open and confess this negative karma that makes liberation impossible.
I lay open and confess all breakage and damages of the discipline of individual liberation including the five categories of faults: the four root downfalls, the thirteen with a remainder, the transgressions , the downfalls, the individually confessed damages, and the faults.
I lay open and confess all the transgressions concerning the bodhisattva training: the four negative actions, the five, five and eight downfalls.
I lay open and confess the samaya damages of the secret mantra: the 14 root downfalls and the transgressions of the eight secondary vows.
I lay open and confess all harmful deeds which I did not understand to be harmful: the non-virtuous deeds that I have committed due to not requesting vows and all evil deeds of which I was not aware of as actually being harmful, like impure conduct (sexual activity), drinking alcohol, and so on. I lay open and confess the serious transgressions and downfalls due to receiving refuge vows, initiations and so on, but not knowing to keep the respective vows and commitments.
Since a confession will not purify if there is no regret, I confess with great remorse, with shame, and with despair at my previous harmful deeds, as if poison had attained the depth of my being.
Since there will be no purification if I am not keeping to my vows from now on, I promise in my mind, from today onwards, never to commit non-virtuous activity even at the cost of my life.
Please, Sugata Measureless Light and your heirs, grant your blessing so that my stream of being may be completely purified.
When I hear about others who have accomplished wholesome acts, I abandon all unwholesome thoughts of jealousy and rejoice in their deeds with heartfelt joy, which is said to make us obtain a merit equal to theirs.
For this reason, I rejoice in whatever virtuous deeds are accomplished by realised and ordinary beings.
I also rejoice in the vast activity accomplished for the benefit of beings due to developing the mind of supreme unsurpassable enlightenment.
I rejoice in giving up the ten unwholesome and performing the ten wholesome acts: to protect the life of others, to give offerings, and to keep one’s vows; to speak the truth, to reconcile adversaries, to speak peacefully, gently and sincerely, and to engage in conversations which are meaningful; to have little desire, to cultivate love and compassion and to practise the Dharma – in all these virtuous acts I rejoice.
I exhort all those perfect Buddhas who dwell in all the myriad worlds of the ten directions to quickly and extensively turn the wheel of Dharma without waiting any longer. Please be aware of this request with your clairvoyant mind.
I supplicate all the Buddhas, bodhisattvas, holders of the teaching, and spiritual friends who intend to go beyond suffering to remain and not pass into nirvana.



As it was shown, I dedicate all my virtuous acts of the three times for the benefit of all sentient beings.


(resized font sherab zangpo)


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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by muni on Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:07 pm


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» Mehr zu 'Amitaba prayer '


Prayer for patience


By lama choedak yuthok




"May I know the source of all my anguish so that I will have the wisdom to remedy it. May I renounce the poison of selfishness so that I am healed of the self-inflicted pain it brings.
What is the use of longing to be patient if I maintain the habit to deny and despise anger? I shall acknowledge the rise of anger and pause for a moment letting the space between wrong thoughts become manifest.
If I need others to acknowledge my own good may it remind me of the importance of cherishing others. If I despise others who provoke my anger who shall I learn to cultivate patience with?
Let my anger become the object of my patience so that it transforms into a friend I can work with. If I cannot catch wrong thoughts that become anger may I pray to have the determination not to express them!
When anger arrives crashing into my space of peace may I not create a boundary to prevent it but let it absorb it into the mirror of patience to illuminate the emptiness of self and others.
A long-time friend turns his back on me. If I try to please him, quite in vain he is angry. When I try not to, my ego is unhappy with its inaction. In such times of despair, may I remember the virtue of patience!
Advice on their duties stirs anger my own good deeds they impede. If I remain indifferent, they feel ignored. Alas! The worldly are hard to please.
To bear pain and to eliminate its cause is difficult to achieve, but has a meaningfull result. Let me not pray to be sheltered from hardships but be fearless in facing them instead.
Let me not yearn to end my pain but for the heart to conquer it. May I have the courage not to judge others but instead be anxious of the vice of self-rightousness."



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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by muni on Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:10 pm

To open our minds further to develop forgiveness, the following prayer: Today I will release all unhappy experiences from my past and free everyone connected with those experiences.The hurt,pain and suffering I and others have experienced are due to the unfortunate circumstances we have contributed to because of our excessive defilements. Knowing that everyone acts under the influence of deluence i now realise that no one has intentionally caused any of the harm I have experienced. I have long been exacerbating my suffering by holding on to my own distorted perceptions as the truth. Today I will let go of all misunderstandings and confusion. From my past mistakes I shall learn to be mindful, so that I shall not repeat these mistakes and cause unnecessary suffering to continue. No one can undo the past, but I will take some good from these mistakes. The past has no power or control over me. In the past I have suffered because I have projected my own negativities onto others.
This has been the cause of all the damage to my relationships with others. I will not allow this to continue any further, as I have now reclaimed my sense of conscience. My forgiveness will not only remove the residues of unhappy experiences from my mind, but it will uproot negative feelings people may have about me in their minds. If I release the negative thoughts of ill-will, blame, anger, shame and revenge from my own mind, only good will return to me and those around me.
What has happened is already past and i have now fully recovered from these experiences. It is timely that I rise above these problems and free myself and others from these memories. Had I not gone through these experiences, I would not have matured and become as strong as I am today. As all things move forward, I must flow with the winds of change and not hold onto negativities. I will not stay as foolish as I have been in the past, but instead will awaken myself. As I release all negativities, everyone concerned will be set free and forgiven. I shall let the stream of my life flow naturally and not stagnate. I forgive myself for each and every mistake I have made and I forgive everyone who has harmed me in any way, knowing that only good will come from applying understanding to every experience. Each mistake I have made is a stepping-stone to greater understanding and to greater opportunities. I bless every experience of the past. May all be blessed!"

To all here I bow. muni.

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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by sherab zangpo on Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:57 am

Dear muni-la

An old story.

Once an old devoted lay practitioner, whom had recited all his life Amitabhas essence mantra, lay on his death bed. His trusted guide and spiritual mentor whispered in his ear to visualize the Buddha Amitabha above the crown of his head, the colour red, like that of a hot red fire! The old man turned confused, he asked, "you mean all these years I imagined him to be the colour of a fire! Charcoal grey? Now you say he is red"? With that he started to laugh hard, he passed away laughing, and in that happy joyous state, was born in Dewachen.


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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by muni on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:26 am

Dear friend Sherab La,

I think he must have such a devotion! What a joy!!

Free from suffering and disolved in pure land. _/\_ Very Happy

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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by LauraJ on Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:22 am

Thank you muni and Zangpo la, for all of these wonderful posts Fluffy

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Post by muni on Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:28 am

Drolma wrote:Thank you muni and Zangpo la, for all of these wonderful posts Fluffy
No posts can be here without your forum dear Very Happy . I love stories Sherab La writes. Because there is behind such value.

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Re: Buddha Amitabhas Dewachen

Post by LauraJ on Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:24 pm

sherab zangpo wrote:Dear muni-la

An old story.

Once an old devoted lay practitioner, whom had recited all his life Amitabhas essence mantra, lay on his death bed. His trusted guide and spiritual mentor whispered in his ear to visualize the Buddha Amitabha above the crown of his head, the colour red, like that of a hot red fire! The old man turned confused, he asked, "you mean all these years I imagined him to be the colour of a fire! Charcoal grey? Now you say he is red"? With that he started to laugh hard, he passed away laughing, and in that happy joyous state, was born in Dewachen.


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