Giving

‘You offer water, flowers,incense to the Buddha. By offering these beautiful things. Several things happen.
One, you start to create a detachment from these things. Does that mean you become a cold uncaring nobody that hangs out on the streets, just a beggar, a homeless person? No. A detachment from things is to have things and it doesn’t create suffering or not having it doesn’t create suffering.
Objects don’t become causes for you to suffer anymore. So you start creating a positive detachment to things. That’s one.
Two: You create a positive purification to miserliness, selfishness, greed and we can let go of things easier. When we are less greedy, less miserly, what’s the results? We have a little less money but we have more happiness. Have you heard the saying?
(The best wealth that we can have is the one we have given away)
Not the wealth we kept.
That doesn’t bring any happiness. Isn’t that wise? Let’s think about that again.
So by offering these things, They are not gold bars, they are not businesses. They are water offerings, beautiful offering items, everyday you practice. Giving. And it leads to something deeper.
It leads to emotional giving. Some of us can give money away. Easily. But we can never be wrong. I know people like that. They can give money away very easily, buy anything for you. They love you, they tell you they love you. They can give anything away but emotionally they can’t give away. They never can be wrong. They will never confess they are wrong, they rather hide their wrong, and lose everything. Than to confess they are wrong.
And that is the highest sort of miserliness you can experience. Why? Cause that type of miserliness makes that person not respected, not loved, dejected and it makes them know they are not doing the right thing. So it leads to that. It leads to what? It leads to emotional giving in a good way.
Highly realized practitioners can give up their wife, or not have one for you. Meaning they can spend their whole life as dharma practitioners. Monks or nuns. And not be attached to partners. For you. It’s a giving.
People who have to have a wife, have to have a husband, have to have a partner, and that overrides Dharma. They are actually not giving.
So they are very far away from Buddhahood. There’s no Buddha that needs a consort. There’s no Buddha that needs a partner. There’s no Buddha that needs a wife or a husband. If they needed one, it would be a Buddha.
So therefore, the highest practitioners, they can come back life after life happy and single.
Really happy and single. Not frustrated. You know how some people say “Oh I’m happy to be single” but you know they are not. It’s just that they can’t get anybody. So they pretend that they are happy but they are not.
But they won’t be happy being non single either.
Because their happiness doesn’t come from being single or non single. So what happens?

The highest form of giving is emotional giving.
To be able to easily let go of one’s attachments.
Imagine telling a person: “Oh, can you be a nun?” They will say no. Why? “Oh I can’t, I need a boyfriend.” Or “can you be a monk?” “Oh I can’t, I need a wife. Or I need romance. But I want to practice giving.” I’m like okay.

It doesn’t match. Those people they in fact hamper their spiritual growth. Is it possible to have a spiritual relationship with a partner and they can help each other grow? Yes definitely possible. There are people who can be with their partners, and they can grow together and help each other grow. It’s definitely possible. But that one we have to check out ourselves. When we are with our partners, so we want to do more? Do we become better? Is our minds more focused? Are we accomplishing more? That’s what we need to check with ourselves.

So to be Buddhist practitioners do we need to be always single? Not necessary. For some yes, it is necessary.
Just like for some, they need to take the vow of not taking alcohol. Because by drinking alcohol they create violence, unhappiness in people’s lives. So for some people, they need to take the vow.
But for some, they no need to take the vow, cause for them taking alcohol is to relax, just make others happy, it’s a social thing, doesn’t create anything. So it’s ok.
It’s not the alcohol that’s the bad karma, it’s what you do with it.
So it’s not your partner, your wife, your boyfriend or your alcohol or your fun, or your branded stuff that makes you a better person or that’s bad. It’s what you do with it afterwards.
So if you take branded things, and you become arrogant, you want to go around showing off to other people and put other people down or you want to show you’re somebody. Then that branded item creates negative karma for you. So it’s not the branded item, it’s your mind. So what should you do?
Don’t have branded items for the moment.
Why?
Because you’re suffering when you don’t have it. It means you definitely do not need it. That’s how we check ourselves. But be honest with Buddha.
If you can’t be honest with Buddha, then you will never be Buddha and progress on your spiritual practice. ‘
His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

 

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Quotes by His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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Tsem Rinpoche: Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion. A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: I rarely feel lonely. I am quite fine being alone. I sometimes feel more lonely with many people than I do by myself. Tsem Rinpoche

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Quotes from 《Eyes of Compassion 2》 by Venerable Master HaiTao

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“After a Teacher who has real compassion reveals our mistakes, helping us to realize and eradicate these sufferings, then peace and harmony will return to our body.”

“It is not that Bodhisattvas are not blessing you, neither is it that Protectors are not protecting you, it is your incorrect words and behavior that has led to a lack of merit. If you can refrain from bad habits and do good deeds, naturally you will receive blessing and support.”

“From the time we begin studying Buddhism our state of mind should start to show corresponding changes. If we stop pointing the finger at others we will be surrounded by many kind and harmonious people. When we are walking on the path of Bodhichitta we will be more and more similar to Bodhisattvas, thus becoming more and more popular amongst people.”

“Don’t use Buddhist Dharma as a magnifying glass, always picking on the shortcomings of others. Just focus on your own shortcomings and problems, correcting them one by one. Truly reduce your pride and learn to be modest.”

“Don’t talk about the business of others and don’t look at the mistakes of others. Most important is to constantly observe your own mind daily.”

“If one attempts to possess all that one fancies, reject all that one hates, and fret over gains or losses, this not only causes vexations, but also creates karmic causes for descending into the cycle of reincarnation.”

“Visualize yourself reciting the Buddha’s name in a place where there is the most suffering. A lotus flower blooms with each recitation of Amitabha Buddha, and living beings are able to gain deliverance. Recite the Buddha’s name without separation from Bodhichitta, so the recitations do not become apathetic numbers.”

“Buddhist practice starts with having faith in the cause and effect as depicted by the law of Dependent Origination! Whereas ‘effect’ could be seen by others, it’s ’cause’ might only be known mostly by oneself.”

“Many people are unaware that their current blessings are rewards from meritorious virtues accrued during previous lives, and that the supply is limited. If one takes these blessings for granted without realizing and cherishing them, they will be quickly depleted.”

“Greed invariably causes one to have insatiable desires, attempting endlessly to force changes in phenomena for one’s satisfaction. Then when matters turn out contrary to one’s wishes, deep disappointments, various worries and frustrations are brought about. This is what makes Greed fearsome.”

“We should try to make those who like meat abandon their attachment to the taste of meat and wish for the flavor and nourishment of Dharma, treating all sentient beings with the same love they would show their only child, thus encouraging one another and developing great compassion.”

“Although the length of time to eat a meal is brief, but as we make a choice of vegetarian versus meat, the seed of fortune or misfortune will have already been planted in our minds.”

“When we read Buddhist scriptures we are not simply reading the words inside! We read Buddhist scriptures out of consideration for the world around us, and to care for all living beings.”

“Cultivation begins first with building a solid foundation, by living as a righteous and honest person. Secondly, by having remorse for vile deeds. Thirdly, by remaining humble and being content with less desires.”

“True cultivation is when you cultivate regardless of happiness or sadness; you cultivate regardless of ease or difficulty; you cultivate regardless of whether it’s hot or cold.”

“In the eyes of a Bodhisattva, there are no people to despise upon, nor are there any matters to frown upon. For all of us, in order to reach Buddhahood, the beginning lesson is in the path of becoming a Bodhisattva.”

“Please pray sincerely that fish are not tempted to take the bait; animals aren’t caught in a trap and human beings will not kill anymore.”

“By going vegetarian, we are not only savings the animals, but also saving our souls.”

“Break a bad habit and replace it with a good one which is good for you and for all living beings. To cultivate, you need to change yourself first!”

“Those without enough merit often hear rights and wrongs while those with enough merit hear none.”

“Every place of this world could be our Pure Land where we should study and practice benefiting others and spreading compassion.”

“Anger ruins all people with no exception, including yourself. If ever mind gets overpowered by the feeling of anger, peace and happiness would fade away into obscurity.”

“Not pardoning or forgiving others is to give yourself suffering.”

“Those who are always searching for others’ faults to attack will not only lose their temper easily, becoming more and more miserable, but will even adversely affect their own health.”

“In modern society there is a tendency to maintain health by detoxification. This is perhaps just as if not more necessary for our heart, as it is the toxic within, which impacts our life the longest and deepest.”

“There is no need to say anything when angry. Besides telling oneself to calm down, remaining smiling is also a must. Usually this avoids unnecessary trouble and harm to both parties.”

“Swallow your pride and you can learn more, clean out your negative thinking and bad habits to free up space for greater wisdom.”

“A narrow minded person is always stubborn, plagued by pain and hatred. Have ease of mind and allow yourself happiness!”

“If one wants to gain wealth, the most basic discipline one needs to obey is not to steal, not only in this life, but also vow to obey this discipline in afterlives!”

“One who is truly practicing will be grateful and remorseful when in suffering, rather than making complaints.”

“Exchange unwholesome thoughts for faith and love. Substitute beneficial speech for idle chitchat. Replace meaningless activities with bowing and circumambulation of Stupas.”

“The best stratagem for good health and longevity is vegetarianism, by not causing enmity towards all living beings.”

“Assisting those orphaned or impoverished is charitable; persuading people to seek the Dharma is even more so.”

“Worldly people seeking happiness are only increasing their desires, the cravings of which are ceaseless.”

“People in this world like to indulge their desires and never feel contented. This is like drinking water from the sea, which will only make them feel more thirsty.”

“Not only do people need love, but animals also need careful attention and protection.”

“All the suffering you have brought to other living beings will come back to you. No matter what you encounter, don’t blame others, it’s all caused by yourself.”

“Although this world will always make us suffer, never give up your kind heart.”

“Such is a hallmark of pride if one is unable to perceive one’s own faults and shortcomings, while only seeing those of others. It is the root of all suffering.”

“Transformation of destiny begins now – Think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds.” 

Selected quotes from<<Eyes of Compassion 2>> <<慈悲的眼睛2》》 by Venerable Master HaiTao.

Venerable Hai Tao Dharma Advice from Myanmar Monks

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-Offering of popcorn n honey to Buddha & dedicate to aborted babies/miscarriage babies for quick swift rebirth.

-Offer ginkgo/Sugar Apple 释迦果to Triple Gems to eliminate strokes
-Unripened Pineapples & honey, refrigerate 2-3 days, eat once a day, to reduce stomach cancer pain.
-For relieve vegetative state patients from that state of suffering, offer coconut rice & smoke offerings to Buddha on Fridays
– Poor eyesight, depression, use olives橄榄 to offer to Triple gems. After which to consume 3 a day
-Use tamarind to offer to Triple Gems, can eliminate heart problems
-For heart problem & high blood pressure patients, offer water to Buddha & offer water for others to consume
– To eliminate depression & sadness, offer up light offerings before Buddha & look at them for 5 minutes.
-For leg pains, before sleeping, immerse legs for 10minutes in warm water with coarse salt. Dry legs with dry cloth. Do not have fan or a/c turned on.
-Sponsoring old folks home with medications, dedicating the merits to drug users to eradicate karma
-Offering coconut water with Mani pills to Buddha, & give drug users to drink, will assist them in eliminating the bad habit
-For headaches, use a piece of brass to touch the painful area. & place it there for 5 minutes to remove pain
-To relieve bodily aches, eat more red dates
-To relieve backaches, before sleep, apply ointment驱风油 & sesame oil麻油 on back areas.
-To relieve coughs, boil ginger & honey to drink. Add 3 pieces of plywood below pillow
-To relieve sore throats, can eat raw aloe vera 蘆薈. For women with menstrual cramps, can eat them too. 1-2inches of aloe vera for 3 weeks
– Use our bodies to help our parents to prostrate/pray to Buddha & dedicate the merits for their good health
– Living in a single parent family since young, can animal liberate a pair of female & male birds, hoping for next rebirth to have a complete parental family
– Parents should offer the kind of flowers they love to Buddha & dedicate for their children to have a blissful life and be filial towards them
– For parents & children who are not harmonious, take your child’s photo, use a red pen to draw a circle. Place it under your child’s pillow for sleep, for effective communication between parents and children
– Offering prayer banners at a Buddha Pagoda佛塔, will make children more studious and better at studying & at work
– Offering walking sticks拐杖to monastics sangha, will in turn let children be more obedient. The virtuous actions will lead the children in the right directions
-For children with a bad temper, can gift the child a fan小扇子accessory in gold or silver & adorn on body. Can eradicate the bad temper.
-When a child doesn’t listen to parents, parents can offer a cup of water to Buddha, & recite this while offering the water :”May my child be obedient & listen to our words.” & then give the water to the child to drink.
– Liberating small fishes can result in a more blissful marriage & successful events
– To minimize quarrels between couples, offer sweets to Buddha
– Falling in love with a person whom you shouldn’t be with, offer vegetarian buns to Buddha. To eliminate the wrongful love/cravings
– For married couples to have a blissful happy relationship, offer 3 vegetarian buns to Buddha on Fridays
– If a married couple’s marriage is on the rocks, use a red photo frame to place the couple’s photo within
– If a married woman is infertile, try liberating small fishes to improve fertility rates. Works best when done personally
– Donating chairs to children’s home or old folks home can improve & eliminate the strained relationships between siblings/relatives/friends
– Offering glutinous rice to Buddha will improve brotherly/sisterly/friends relationships
– Offer 3 lotus candles to Buddha will benefit our existing fathers
– Every Wednesday, Thursday, offer a ceramic bowl with rice to Buddha to eradicate squabbles & bad karmic affiliation between 2 persons. The rice must after which be given to other beings to eat.
– Having daughters at home, offer beautiful clothing to Avalokiteshvara / GuanYin 观世音菩萨 to ensure that daughter will not have sexual misconduct and to eradicate lustful advances. & to have Buddha’s blessings being bestowed. (Offered clothing are not to be taken back but to be handled by temple)
– When family doesn’t like practicing Buddhism, sponsor Sutra/Dharma books to monasteries. Offer 3 cups of tea to Buddha & dedicate to family
– When children are disobedient, offer tea on Tuesdays to Buddha. With a lotus in tea cup.
– Offering bananas to Buddha will ensure financials will not be drained
– For business to be prosperous, offer 3 artificial white flowers to Buddha
– For business to be prosperous, fill a glass bottle with rice husks & place in company. (Alternatively, you can also use white sugar to offer to Buddha)
– When someone wants to inflict harm intentionally unto you, use vegetarian soaps and offer to 5寶(Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Parents and Dharma Seniors). After 5 days, you can use offered soaps for personal showers
-For individuals who crave masturbating, use a glass cup filled with water, place stones in it. Cover a leaf over the top of cup. Offer to Buddha for 7 days, after which pour it away. Do it consistently and frequently to break away the habitual tendency of masturbation. Can dedicate this to children too, to break away their habitual tendency that increases one’s lust and desire.
– Do this for meat lovers, offer fruits in a covered offering bowl. Upon offering to Buddha, open the cover. Dedicating for the person that his or her cravings for consuming meat will be lessened significantly
– For smokers to eradicate their cravings for smoking. Use a red heart image and draw a white 十(symbols of 2 cigarettes) . & place it under his or her pillow. Change it every 3 days with a new piece.
– Hoping that others don’t smoke or drink alcohol, do virtuous deeds and dedicate merits to smokers and drinkers that they will eliminate this unvirtuous action
– To help the person eliminate boastfulness and lying tendencies, offer peanuts to Buddha on his or her behalf
– To pray for world peace, conduct a 9 days prayer sessions. On the last day, dedicate the merits to all sentient beings for peacefulness. & lastly all to consume sweet desserts.
– If seeking monastic paths as monks or nuns and obstacles arises, use Refuge Name daily instead of birth name. & to make aspiration wishes in front of Buddha for ordination to happen soon.
– Offer popcorn米花 and milk牛奶 to Buddha, especially to Padmasambhava(莲花生大士)

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懺悔文 Repentance Verse

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懺悔文 Repentance Verse
All the evil karma I have created in the past,
from beginningless greed, hatred and delusion,
that arose from my body, speech and mind,
for all these I now seek repentance and reformation.

我昔所造诸恶业
皆由无始贪嗔痴
从身语意之所生
一切我今皆忏悔

– Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Avatamsaka Sutra)
– 普贤菩萨 (华严经) Notes: by Philip Chuah
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Why Repentance ?

Repentance is a very important thing in learning Buddhism. We create bad karma every day from thought, speech and action. We may not be able to recognize that we have done them, but since we came to this world, we have already brought the karma of our past lives. And that’s why repentance is so important in Buddhist daily practice.

Usually Buddhists do repentance by reciting repentance verse and bow to the Buddha and Bodhisattva. Actually, in Buddhism don’t seek for forgiveness from Buddha or Bodhisattva only, they do seek repentance and vow to repent, and thus asking the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas to become witness of repentance. And since it’s so important, this repentance practice in Buddhism should be done daily and continuously up till the moment of our death. Bad karma arises from our greed, hatred and ignorance. So, we vow not to repeat again and again.

為什麼要懺悔?

懺悔是學佛非常重要的事情。我們從思想,言論和行動創造惡業的每一天。我們未必能認識­到,我們已經做了他們,但由於我們來到這個世界上,我們已經把我們的前世的業力。這就­是為什麼懺悔是如此的重要佛教日常實踐。

通常佛教徒做懺悔通過背誦經文的懺悔和弓佛和菩薩。事實上,佛教不尋求從佛菩薩原諒而­已,他們並尋求悔改,發誓懺悔,並因此要求諸佛菩薩成為悔改的見證。而且,由於它是如­此重要,在這個佛教懺悔的做法應該每天不斷,到我們死的那一刻進行。惡業來自我們的貪­婪,仇恨和無知。因此,我們發誓不要一再重複。

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Song by Tibet’s Saint Milarepa : An extract of “Mila ressurects an old woman”

Milarepa ressurects an old woman

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