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Offline ZenFred

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Worshiping the buddha in others
« on: June 11, 2015, 04:52:07 pm »
I stumbled across this teaching by Nichidatsuu Fujii

There he mentions "wastangyo-raihai" or practice of worshiping the Buddha in others. A web search of that didn't turn up much, but I'm very interested in that idea as hopefully a means to develop compassion. Is this something from the Lotus sitra? Does anyone have any leads on this?


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Re: Worshiping the buddha in others
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 12:51:02 am »
Walk the way of compassion. Live in your focus as a helper of all beings (Karma-Yogi, Bodhisattva). Concentrate more on the suffering of your fellow man than on your own problems. So you conquer your problems and are developing best your inner happiness. Move a blessing hand and send light to all beings, "I see the suffering in the world. I send light to (name). May all people be happy. May the world be happy." What is your deed for the happiness of your fellow man today? Succeed on the path of compassion.

The Master of Compassion

Atisha was a Tibetan Master of Love. He was born in 980 in India. He worked as a professor at a cloister university. Atisha wanted to find the fastest way to self-realization. He pilgrimed from Master to Master, and tried out their techniques. The Master Rahula brought him to the big break, "Any form of self-relatedness prevents you from being fully enlightened. Even if you meditate for decades in a secluded cave, you might win great spiritual powers, but probably pride will arise in you ... and this pride blocks your enlightenment. Pride blocks your complete oneness with the cosmos. You have to recognize your ego-self as a mental mistake. You need to overcome your ego, your self-relatedness. Then you will freed. Then you live in the light. Then you come into a unity consciousness. And thereby you receive peace, happiness, love, power and enlightenment."

This convinced Atisha. But how could he do this? He lacked an effective technique to overcome his ego. This technique he learned from the Master Serlingpa. It is called Tonglen in Tibetan Buddhism. Tonglen means replacement. You practice it, to identify with your fellow man. You connect youself with their suffering and wish all beings happiness. Atisha practiced this consistent for twelve years and then got enlightenment. After that he went to Tibet and showed the people there the way of all-embracing love.

Tonglen can be practiced in various ways. The Tibetan way is very radical. You assume mentally all suffering of your fellow men and send them all your happiness. And you practice it so seriously, that you expect that a transfer of real suffering energy (bad karma) takes place. Nils has mitigated Tonglen for himself. After his experience, it is sufficient to concentrate on the suffering in the world, and to live as a helper. The fastest way to enlightenment is to live in enough rest, to make enough spiritual exercises (yoga, reading, going, meditating) and to focus in working for the happiness of all beings. How are you able to identify with your fellow beings: 1st Humanity is one family. All men are brothers and sisters. In a family, all help each other. 2nd If I feel bad, I also want me to be helped. Whom it goes well, should help those who it goes bad. 3rd I am a mother / father of all beings. I see all beings as my children. I want everybody to be happy.
May all people be happy. May the world be happy.


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