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The Ten Power of a Buddha 佛的十力

Ten Power of a Buddha 佛的十力

  1. Omniscience; one possess complete awareness, one is able to perceive the entire history of a person from beginning to end, a complete knowledge of the works of the universe.

 

  1. Knowledge of the Karma of every being; an enlightened being whose Tathagata Wisdom is developed, can read the history of transmigration through the body signs (attributes) one carries (inherits)

 

  1. Knowledge to end illusion of every kind; one must observe “Impermanence” in all worldly phenomena; engender the desire of :Renunciation” and practice to attain “selflessness”. One with Enlightened Buddha-Wisdom knows how to teach this path of liberation in a lucid and succinct way.

 

  1. Knowledge of the desire and moral direction of every being; the knowledge of the positive and negative attributes of every being. These attribute are habitual tendencies one carried over from the previous lives. A Buddha knows how to put those attribute to good use, and direct those with negative attributes to overcome.

 

  1. Knowledge of how to liberate every being; an enlightened being is knowing howevery being an be liberated, and teaching in accordance with each beings aptitudes. (Note: Buddha’s ability to teach all levels of beings without barrier of time, space, and language )

 

  1. Knowledge of all stages of Samadhi; A power of Tathagata is ability to observe and determine the spiritual level of an individual ( arhat / Sravaka-Buddha, Pratyeka- Buddha, Bodhisattva, or Buddha)

 

  1. Knowledge of the law of Karma; A Buddha is well aware of the direction and consequences of the laws of nature, of knows that one can do to extricate from oneself from or avoid the karmic consequences.

 

  1. Divine abilities; Ability to see beyond the limitation of physical eyes (clairvoyance)

            Ability to be all places same time. (Miraculous travel)

           Ability of know all being’s mind (mind reading)

           Ability to hear beyond human realm (Clair-audience)

           Knowledge of end of contamination (This knowledge is personal understanding               gained though meditation.)

 

  1. Access to memory vault; Ability to recall past places and past rebirths and events.

                               

  1. Eternal state of non-birth; There’s no rebirth, it is in a state of Nirvana, the state o complete joy, and blissful peace.

 

 

 

The Ten Epithets of the Buddha 佛的十稱

 

The Ten Epithets of the Buddha 佛的十號

Just for information, during your study of Buddhism materials, sometimes you will come across these terms; you will know what it meant.  They all referred to The Buddha.

Thus Gone, Thus Come

Worthy (Offering) One

Perfect Self-Enlightened

Perfect in Knowledge and Conduct

Well Gone

Knower of the World

Unsurpassed One

Leader of Parsons to be tamed

Teacher of gods and humans

The World Honored Enlightened One

 

Bodhisattva’s four Skills 菩薩四攝法

This Week I doubled up as I totally got behind and didn’t post last weeks Dharma. Be sure to read below this post regarding the Dying Process. Amituofo. -Ted

Mahayana Buddhist practice is to practice in order to achieve self-enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. Therefore we should practice to: Not to hide in a cave, away from people, or away from the society. It is the sentient beings that create opportunities for us to practice. All of these types of challenges and difficulties allow us to analyze and apply our learned Dharma skills, to handle them, and to overcome all situations.

Although, these are the Bodhisattva Skills, it is also for each of us to practice, and these practices can be used by anyone and are not limited to Buddhists. It simply creates a harmonious relationship with anyone who we are in contact and associated with.

1.) Generosity: Joyful in giving, assist in solving problems such as spiritual suffering, money, time, or teaching Dharma.

This generosity of giving should be unattached, meaning not with any expectation for anything in return, not trying to remember what was given, and to whom it was given to.

2.) Kinds words: speaking kind words, complements on good qualities of someone, words that are pleasing to hear.

Kind words should be sincere without pretention. It is a practice of looking only at other people’s good qualities.

Everyone has some kind of good quality.

3.) Altruistic Actions: Practice purification of body, speech, and mind, making effort in doing good deeds, doing things that are beneficial to others or community, setting a good example as a Buddhist for general public, so people would be attracting to learn the Buddha-Dharma.

4.) Coexisting: Participate in activities with others as long as the activities are good and wholesome in nature, not harmful to anyone, and it’s beneficial to all. By showing interest in other’s endeavors, makes people happy, creates a friendship, and give you (Bodhisattva) an opportunity to exhibit your Dharma practice

The Dying Process 死亡的過程

                 

 

  1. The Earth Element Dissolves

* When the earth element loses its power, the body becomes very thin. Limbs loosen and you feel as if the body is sinking under the earth.

* When the aggregate of form absorbs, the limbs become smaller, the body becomes weak and powerless, the luster of the body diminishes and all of one’s strength is consumed.

* When the basic mirror-like wisdom dissolves, the sight becomes unclear and dark.

* Eye sense: one cannot open or close one’s eyes.

* Internal sign: appearance of mirages.

 

  1. The Water Element Dissolves

* When the water element loses its power, saliva, sweat, urine, blood etc. dry up greatly.

* When the aggregate of feelings absorb, the body consciousness can no longer experience the three types of feelings that accompany sense consciousnesses.

* When the basic wisdom of equality (our ordinary consciousness mindful of pleasure, pain and neutral feelings as feelings) dissolve, one is no longer mindful of the feelings accompanying the mental consciousness.

* Ear sense: one no longer hears external or internal sounds.

* Internal sign: appearance of smoke.

  1. The Fire Element Dissolves

* When the fire element loses its power, one cannot digest food or drink.

* When the aggregate of discrimination absorbs, one is no longer mindful of affairs of close persons.

* When the basic wisdom of analysis dissolves, one can no longer remember the names of close persons.

* Nose sense: inhalation weak, exhalation strong and lengthy and one cannot smell.

* Internal signs: appearance of fireflies or sparks within smoke.

 

 

  1. The Air Element Dissolves

* When the wind element loses its power, the ten winds move to the heart and the inhalation and exhalation ceases.

* When the aggregate of compositional factors absorbs, one cannot perform physical actions and one cannot experience smoothness or roughness.

* When the basic wisdom of achieving activities dissolves, one is no longer mindful of external worldly activities, purposes etc.

* Tongue sense: tongue becomes thick and short and the root of the tongue becomes blue.

* Internal sign: appearance of a sputtering light about to go out.

 

  1. The Fifth to the Eighth Signs of Dissolution:

* When the aggregate of consciousness absorbs, the eighty conceptions dissolve.

* Cause of appearance: winds in the right and left channels above the heart enter the central channel at the top of the head.

* Internal sign: clear vacuity filled with white light

 

  1. The Mind of White Appearance Dissolves

* Cause of appearance: winds in right and left channels below heart enter central channel at base of spine.

* Internal sign: very clear vacuity filled with red light.

 

  1. 7. The Mind of Red Increase Dissolves

* Cause of appearance: upper and lower winds gather at heart and then the winds enter the drop at the heart.

* Internal sign: at first, vacuity filled with thick darkness; then, as if swooning into unconsciousness.

  1. The Mind of Black Near Attainment Dissolves

* Cause of appearance: all winds dissolve into the very subtle life-bearing wind in the indestructible drop at the heart.

* Internal sign: very clear vacuity, the mind of clear light of death.

Focus on this clear light for as long as you can. When the clear light of death ceases, the consciousness passes back through the stages of dissolution in reverse order. As soon as this reverse process begins, the person is reborn into an intermediate state (Tib. bar-do) between lives, with a subtle body that can go anywhere, through mountains etc., to find a place of rebirth. Or the person revives into the old body, a so-called near-death experience.

A lifetime in the intermediate state can last from a moment to seven days, depending on whether or not a suitable birthplace is found. If one is not found, the being undergoes a ‘small death’, experiencing the eight signs of death as laid out above, but very briefly. He or she then again experiences the eight signs of the reverse process and is reborn in a second intermediate state. This can happen for a total of seven rebirths in the intermediate state, making forty-nine days, during which time a place of rebirth is necessarily found.

It is said that after death, one’s memory becomes 9 times sharper then when alive, therefore, it is beneficial to learn about death now. Just remember; after death, our consciousness travel through time and space, as a spiritual practitioner, our goal is to attain a more desirable rebirth, unless if we have achieve high level of enlightenment, not subject to rebirth. During the course of “Bardo”, there will be Buddhas and Bodhisattvas radiating bright white lights to lead us, we should remember the three Jewels, pray and call upon them, chant Guru Mantra, or Buddha’s name, remain calm and being aware of the surroundings, during the Bardo period, we do have the opportunity to be liberated. There would be different colors of lights appearing; seek out for the pure bright white light and follow it. That is a pure divine path. One will also see murky lights of varied colors.

Remember, DO NOT fellow any murky lights. That will lead you to a undesirable realms of rebirth. It is important that, during our life you must: Practice the Dharma Path, Meditate and train our minds, Develop familiarity with calm abiding and pure spirit. This will lead us to a high-level of rebirth, or even attain Arahant (not subject to rebirth).

 

Meaning of Offerings 供品的意義

Usually, when you visit Buddhist temples, you would notice people performing prostrations and presenting offerings. The bowing and prostrations are a way of showing respect and appreciation for the teachings of the Buddha and all the lineage masters / teachers. The varied offerings have different meanings as well. Each temple interprets them differently. Here we will briefly introduce them to you:

1.Incense: Discipline and Effort. Body fragrance. Mental stability.                 

2.Flowers: Joyful, Blooming to attainment.                                    

3.Candle/Lamp: Bright future, Enlightened mind,Radiance.                 

4.Water: Great compassion, Equality, Purification, and Boundary guarding.     

5.Fruit: Speedy attainment, ascending levels.                          

6.Tea: Favorite Dharma taste, Speedy enlightenment.            

7.Food: Pure food for health and  Dharma as food for spirit                  

8.Jewery: Auspicious attainment of Dharma wealth.            

9.Sutras: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Comprehension of Great Path.      

10.Clothes: Purification of body and mind, Majestic.  

You may wonder, “what should I bring to the temple for an offering”? My suggestion is to offer what you like and what makes you feel happy. It is more important is that it is from your heart and that you sincerely wish to make this offering.

There was a story, one day the Buddha was teaching The Dharma. There was no light in the large room where he sat. All who came to hear Buddha’s teachings brought oil lamps as offerings to light the room. There was one lady who was very poor. She did not have any oil for her lamp, so she used what little money she had left to buy a small amount of oil. She then brought her little lamp and placed it amongst the other larger lamps. All of the sudden a strong wind came and blew out every lamp. That lady’s little lamp however remained lit.  Everyone was surprised and puzzled.

As the “All knowing one”, Buddha explained to the huge crowd of people attended this Dharma discourse, this poor lady made the biggest sacrifice to come. She even renounced food to purchase oil for her lamp.

So it is the sincerity that counts. (Refer to The 8-Fold Path post under Right intention.)