Category: 80-chuen Huayen

Our Avatamsaka Dhyāna View of the Sentient World


Avalokiteshvara yidam

禪觀有情世界
在日常生活中體驗諸行無常
在起心動念中覺證諸法無我
在一息尚存中成就涅槃寂靜
在法界遷流中了悟緣起性空
Our Avatamsaka Dhyāna View of This Sentient World
Experience the Impermanence of all actions in our everyday life.
Wake up to the fact that all thoughts and intentions are void of substance.
Be one with and listen to the harmonious unstruck sound of silence of Om in Nirvana before you breathe out your last and final breath of life.
In the never ending shifts and flows of the Dharma realms wake up and come to the inner-standing and realisation that the original nature of all causes and conditions is substantively void.
From your humble gardener Venerable Sakya M. Longyen
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The Nature of All Dharma


TruthThe Nature of All Dharma
By Venerable M. Sakya Longyen
15 March 2017
06:52

The Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Adornment Scripture) says:
That the nature of all dharma is omnipresent without form at all times past, present, and future in each and every sentient being and in each and every realm with no exception.

Thus whosoever knows that all phenomena are but the manifestation of one’s own nature knows and sees them as Buddha does. – Venerable M. Sakya Longyen

EMOTIONS


EMOTIONS

buddha-ascetic

Do men cry to release their emotions? What do women think of men who do so? There are many people who are not sure how to communicate their emotions and so they repress them. They appear detached, distant, and cool to the point of unable to feel intense passions such as love, sadness, or joy, but really they are hurting themselves. That being said, there are wolves in sheep’s clothing that see a woman’s vulnerability as a chance to make a pass on her.

I’m a Buddhist monk of the Huayan tradition. The Huayan Sutra, or Avatamsaka Sutra in Sanskrit, was the first Sutra Buddha spoke simultaneously to all beings in myriad worlds of the universe, right after his enlightenment. I experience various types of releasing in the throat chakra area, such as crying. Through my Buddhist meditative practice, I see the nature of attachments and that emotions are attachments. By letting emotions go, we free ourselves from such attachments. However, being human means we all have emotions. Emotions like loving-kindness, compassion, and benevolence are good, while greed, jealousy, spite, vengeance, and hatred are bad.

Buddha was extremely ascetic to the point of defying Death right before His Enlightenment. He looked like a dried-up skeleton in a brown skin bag. In this Latter Day of the Dharma when true Buddha Dharma is on the decline, I see that Tantric Buddhist monks are self-indulgent people surrounded by young girls and women. And when a tantric Buddhist monk seeded a female disciple and fathered a son, the son would be like his father.

Ashley Men are human beings who should cry. I don’t judge men for needing that release. I’ve seen a lot of men cry. I wish there wasn’t a stigma attached to it.

I like men who are comfortable being emotional. It’s when we try to detach ourselves from those feelings that we create deeper issues. My boyfriend gets shamelessly misty during movies.

Leanna I tend to suppress my emotions so I don’t cry much, when I do cry I lock myself away from everyone.

Mark Here’s one thing about women regarding men crying. They believe it’s OK to cry, it’s a human thing and it is OK, but when a man does that, they don’t like him.

It’s been my experience, women do like traditional masculinity. Most women, because there’s always anomaly. You wouldn’t believe how many women like masculine men. My estimate is at least 80% of all female population.

Women, simply aren’t attracted to a man who’s mentally weaker than them, it’s in their DNA. Imagine this, you have a crybaby boyfriend, do you really consider him to be the father of your child who would protect his family in the time of danger?

Maria Nothing wrong with crying. I think there is a problem if a person doesn’t cry to release pain and emotions. The inability to form attachments, deep and meaningful relationships is a sad off spin to this.

If I see a man crying, my instinct is to hug and comfort him. This has nothing to do with like or sexual attraction. It is the human instinct to comfort someone in their time of need. One can’t have sex with everyone just because they are male.

If it was someone that I was in a relationship with or considering having a relationship, him crying would not put me off. Men are taught that it’s a sign of weakness if they cry. It maybe true some women might be put off. These type of women are generally not loving or nurturing types. Thankfully, we are not all the same.

There’s huge difference between men who cry and show their emotions and men who are that submissive. A man who is masculine but shows his emotions is not weak. He is in touch and comfortable with himself and has the ability to express hurt. This takes maturity.

斯薇 I dislike crying and emotions but I love emoji. 😂😂

Jaesun I do but hardly when it’s super emotional that it needs to be released like a volcano. And when it’s so, I will be alone and cry it out and let it out of your system.

Phi I cry, I rant, I beat, I do a lot of things. It’s like a rainbow of emotions.

JunSu Emotions are diverse and we should let them be if we feel the need. Now if we want to avoid one, we must change our way to think about the things that can make us cry, for exemple, then the emotion will disapear, or just be expressed in an other way. No need to force it. Just change you point of view.

Where Light Abide


the-flower-ornament-scriptureWHERE LIGHT ABIDE

THUS I HAVE HEARD. A one time the Buddha was in the land of Magadha, in a state of purity, at the site of enlightenment,  having just realised true awareness. The ground was solid and firm, made of diamond, adorned with exquisite jewel discs and myriad precious flowers, with pure clear crystals. The ocean of characteristics of the various colours appeared over an infinite extent. There were banners of precious stones, constantly emitting shinning light and producing beautiful sounds. Nets of myriad gems and garlands of exquisitely scented flowers hung all around. The finest jewels appeared spontaneously, raining inexhaustible quantities of gems and beautiful flowers all over the earth. There were rows of jewel trees, their branches and foliage lustrous and luxuriant. By the Buddha’s spiritual power, he caused all the adornments of this enlightenment site to be reflected therein. – Excerpt of the Avatamsaka Sutra, a translation by THOMAS CLEARY

The DAWN of Enlightenment


THE
Dawn OF
Enlightenment
The Opening Passage of Avatamsaka Sutra with a Commentary
Open your hearts
Cease to discriminate
And embrace the
universe in its
entirety

Copyright © 2006 by Venerable Haiyun Jimeng
Translated by Tony Prince
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53-Day Circumscribed Recitation of the Avatamasaka Sutra


Commence a 53-day circumscribed recitation of the Avatamsaka Sutra as your dedicated practice to pray for [SAY YOUR WISH HERE, for example, the success of the 2011 Huayen Sangha-Dana, the 8th WBSY General Conference, and the Second Huayen Global Forum]. Please follow the guidelines below to complete the practice.

I. SOLEMN PLEDGE
Compassionate and Great Buddha, for the purpose of perfecting Buddhahood and delivering all living beings and for [the success of the 2011 Huayen Sangha-Dana, the 8th WBSY General Conference, and the Second Huayen Global Forum], I [YOUR NAME], DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to engage in a 53-day circumscribed practice from [DATE] to [DATE], during which period I will recite one consecutive chapter of the 80-fascicle Avatamsaka Sutra each day. I earnestly pray to all Buddhas of the ten directions for protection, to the Bodhisattvas of the past, present, and future for acceptance, and to our patriarchs for blessings. (One prostration) 

II. REPENTANCE
I [YOUR NAME], from eons without beginning in the past, have created all kinds of measureless and boundless evil karma with my body, speech, and mind because of greed, hatred, and delusion. If that karma had substance and form, all of space could not contain it. I now completely purify these three karmas, and before the assemblies of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, throughout the Dharma Realm in lands as many as fine motes of dusts, I sincerely repent and reform my offences and vow never to create them again. I will always dwell in all merits and virtues of the pure precepts until I perfect Buddhahood. My repentance and reform will only end when all living beings are delivered in thought after thought without cease, my three karmas never weary of such deeds. (One prostration)

III. AVATAMSAKA SUTRA RECITATION
Namo Upadhyaya Sakyamuni Buddha (Three invocations, three prostrations.) [Contemplate gradually its meaning as you recite the following stanza.]

The unsurpassed, profound, and wonderful Dharma
Is difficult to encounter in hundreds of millions of eons.
I now see and hear it, receive and uphold it,
And I vow to fathom the Tathagata’s true meaning.

[Contemplation vow: As you open the Avatamsaka Sutra, contemplate the Dharma Wheel always turns, that all living beings who hear the Dharma shall attain Bodhi.]
RECITE ONE CHAPTER OF THE AVATAMSAKA SUTRA AS YOUR DAILY CIRCUMSCRIBE PRACTICE.

IV. DEDICATION OF MERIT

May the merit and virtue accrued from this act help all gods, devas, dragons and Dharma protectors attain Buddhahood expediently.
May all great good and wise advisors who preach the Huayen tradition and spread its teachings long remain in the world to turn the Great Dharma Wheel.
May all beings in the Dharma Realm generate supreme Bodhi-mind and attain the Essence of Reality.
May the Huayen Dharma prosper and flourish, and may the Right Buddha-dharma long remain in the world.
May peace be on earth, may there be social harmony, may the winds be gentle and the rain be mild, and may all countries prosper and their people peaceful.
May there be success in [SAY YOUR WISH HERE: For example, the 2011 Huayen Sangha-Dana, the 8th WBSY General Conference, and the Second Huayen Global Forum].

I dedicate the merit and virtue from this profound act of Universal Worthy,
With all its boundless superior blessings,
Making the universal vow that all beings sunk in defilement,
Will quickly go to the Land of the Buddha of Limitless Light (Amitabha).
Homage to all Buddhas of the ten directions and the three periods of time,
All Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas, and
Maha Prajna Paramita!
Homage to the King Bodhisattva Mahasattva of Universal Worthy! (Three invocations, three prostrations)

Written by Ven. Sakya Longyen
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