– Mark Unno
In Asia, laypeople generally relate to Buddhism devotionally. But in America, when laypeople engage in these traditions they most often want to relate to them solely as a yogic path, beyond devotion. The problem is that they have all of the problems that lay Buddhists have always had. Trying to force yourself into the yogic path while living with all of the distractions, complications, and follies of the lay life may not always work so well.
Some Western converts to Buddhism associate devotional practices with religions they don’t like, and so they reject the deep devotional traditions of Buddhism. But there is more to it than what they see on the surface. Initially, Shin devotion might appear to be very dualistic, but the deeper you go, the more yogic it becomes. Some Westerners also don’t seem to understand that Zen Buddhism or Tibetan Buddhism—all these paths—have very strong devotional elements along with the meditative-yogic aspects. In fact, the deeper you go into the yogic dimension, the more devotional you become, because you realize how unenlightened you are.
In some approaches to Buddhism, you try to get rid of emotional attachments, but not in Shin. We want to treasure the blind passions, the defilements, because they are the fertilizer for realization. It’s hard to make the passions disappear, but they can be deepened into wisdom and compassion. Some people use the word “transform,” but I don’t like it myself. The passions don’t become something else; they become more pungent. Pungent dharma. That’s Shin Buddhism.
Цогял, если искренне практикуешь Дхарму, и еда, и одежда появятся сами собой.– Guru Rinpoche
Как нельзя утолить жажду солёной содой, так же неутолимы желания – будь же довольна тем, что имеешь! Избавься от высокомерия и будь кроткой и сдержанной! Почёт и слава – западня Мары – отбрось же их, как камни на речном берегу! Удовольствия и похвалы мимолётны – будь же равнодушна ко всем мирским занятиям. Грядущие жизни дольше, чем эта жизнь – так возьми с собой самые важные припасы!
Из этой жизни мы должны уйти без друзей, в одиночестве, так обзаведись телохранителем – бесстрашием! Не презирай малых, не делай различия между высоким и низким! Не завидуй достоинствам других, а сама перейми их достоинства! Не обсуждай чужие ошибки, а устраняй собственные так же тщательно, как волоски на своем лице! Не беспокойся о собственном благосостоянии – заботься о счастье других и будь добра ко всем.
When H.H. Holiness The 16th. Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was in Singapore to officially open and consecrate the Karma Kagyud Center, the chairman of the Center asked His Holiness:
“Can your Holiness advise us on how to attract good people to the Center?”
His Holiness then retorted: “What?” “Only the good people?” “And the bad ones you don’t care?”
When the time came for His Holiness to leave Singapore, the chairman gave thanks saying:
“Thank you! your Holiness for coming to open and consecrate our Center.”
Hi Holiness then grabbed the nose of the chairman and said: “What do you mean your Center! It’s my Center.”
"Sometimes specially during our holidays, we watch horror movies I am not afraid of it because I wear Buddha’s photo on my neck and in our room we have Buddha’s photos everywhere so I feel he is protecting us. Wait, I want to share something to you, once our teacher told us that we should never be afraid of ghost and evil spirits instead we should try to feel genuine compassion to them as they are still roaming in Bardo.Recite some mantras for them as it includes very powerful Buddhas names through that they would realised their true path. That’s what he taught us. Hope you like it."
"That’s very interesting, thank you for sharing! By the way can you tell me what is Bardo?"
"Ah, I don’t know what Bardo really mean though I think it means something between life and death."
Lives Of The Young Monks
Agni with brocade mounts.
2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi with Jinasagara above and Dorje Legpa Garwai Nagpo, the Black Hammersmith who made the meteorite iron phurbas for Guru Rinpoche below!
Thanks for the beautiful Thangkas
blkdust asked: what linage do you practice?
Shangpa lineage mandala
Kandroi Tsomo Che Chang Mar (English: Mistress of the Dakinis, Red Wolf Tongue): one of eight attendant figures in the retinue of Mahakala Gonpo Shanglon.
repeated secondary figures
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hide in high mountains