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I had planned to post this talisman yesterday but cancelled in the last minute.  Then Los Angeles has a pretty strong earthquake this morning…..

The talismans below are the color and mono-color versions of a Tibetan deity or “Maha-siddha” Thangtong Gyalpo (大成就者 唐东杰布 , 1385- 1464 ).   This talisman offers protection from earthquake.  For the life history of this deity, please check:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thang_Tong_Gyalpo

PROTECTION FROM EARTHQUAKE TALISMAN

Tangtong_color

Tangtong_Gyalpo

HOW TO USE THIS TALISMAN

1.  Print out the color or mono-color talisman in whatever size you want.  For examples, wallet size for carrying around with you or page size to be put in your altar or wall facing the main door.

2.  Activate the talisman by making a donation to your favorite charity/ food-shelf or doing a good deed like feeding a homeless person or stray animal (“exchange of energy“).

3.  Carry the talisman with you or put it in your altar (or wall facing main door).

Ken Lai

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A Buddhist disciple had called a master on the phone and complained, “I have worked hard and still not achieved much, why?  I have chanted mantra and done good deeds, but my destiny has not changed.” MonksZen

一位佛友電話抱怨道:為什麼我努力了還是得不到?念經行善了,命運卻不變?

Master: “Let me give you $500, is this OK?”

法師:我給你寄五百塊錢,好不好?

Disciple:  “Master, I dare not take your money!

佛友:師父,你的錢我不敢要呢!

Master:  “I want you to help me do one thing.”

法師:我是要你幫我辦一件事。

Disciple:Master, tell me what you want and I will absolutely do it perfectly for you!

佛友:師父,你說辦什麼,我絕對幫你辦好!

Master:  “Please buy a car for me.”

法師:幫我買一輛汽車。

Disciple (surprisingly):  “Master, you cannot buy a car with $500!”

佛友(驚呀地):師父,五百塊怎麼能買到汽車呢?!

Master:  “You also know one cannot get a car for $500?”

法師:你知道五百塊買不到汽車?!

Revelation:

There are many people in this world trying to give a little to get a lot in return.  Obviously, this is not quite possible.

啟 示:
世上有太多的人都在絞盡腦汁,只想付出一點點,就得到很多。而這,顯然是不太可能的。

Ken’s comment:  This story is applicable to any religion or even events.  For example, someone admires the income of a medical doctor but does not have the patience or putting in the effort needed to go through medical school training.  I have some people pleading for spiritual help but are not willing to put in the time and effort to get them out of their predicament.  They want instant good luck with little effort or simply hearing good news.  The universe is fair (in the long run).  You get what you put in.

Ken Lai
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I get the following story from the web about a conversation between a venerable monk and a woman.  The original is in Chinese.  I translate it here:

一位女士不停地述說自己的苦難,沒完沒了。

A woman had been talking non-stop about her suffering and grievance.

法師打斷她的話說:你的苦還真多呀!

The master had interrupted her, “You really have lots of suffering!”

女士:別人訴苦最多需要三天三夜,我訴苦需要三年! 

 Woman:    Other people may at most take 3 days and nights, my grievance needs 3 years to spell out!

法師:那是什麼時候的苦? 

Master:   When did your sufferings occur?

女士:前幾年。

Woman:   Within the last few years.

法師:那不是過去了嗎?為什麼還緊抓不放呢?(停了一下)你拉出的糞便臭不臭? 

 Master:   Were these sufferings already passed?  Why do you still hold on to these sufferings?  (Paused).  Do the feces of your bowel movement smell?  

女士:當然很臭啦!poo

Woman:  Of course, very smelly!

法師:現在糞便在哪裡呢? 

 Master:  Where are your feces now?

女士:拉完就沖掉了。

Woman:  I had flushed them away after I was done.

法師:為什麼不把它包起來放在身上?見到人就拿出來告訴別人,說我被這東西臭過? 

Master:   Why don’t you wrap your feces up and carry with you?   Then show and tell anyone you meet that you were smoked by these feces.

女士:那多惡心!

 Woman:   This is nauseating!

法師:對呀!苦難也是一樣,它已經過去了。回憶和訴苦就如同把糞便拿出來向人展示,既臭自己又臭別人!越訴苦越苦,越抱怨越怨。

 Master:   Exactly!  Sufferings and grievance are similar.  They had already passed.   Recollection and grieving about them are similar to showing your feces to people–  smelly to other people and yourself .  You suffer more when you recollect your past suffering.  You grieve more when you talk about your past grievance.

The story above illustrates the Bazi concept of “self-penalty“– people’s tendency to relive their grievance and suffering by talking and thinking about their unpleasant experience repeatedly.  People who listen to their grievance also suffer from this self-penalty like second-hand smoking.  We may call this “second hand penalty“.

Psychologists and psychiatrists like self-penalty because they get paid US$200+ per hour here to listen to people’s grievance.

Ken Lai

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Buddhists have 3 levels of perceptions of reality:

One sees a mountain. It is a mountain to him.  One sees water.  It is water to him.

看山是山,看水是水;

The mountain one sees is not a mountain and water is not water.

看山不是山,看水不是水;

This mountain is still a mountain no matter how one looks at it, so is the water.

看山還是山,看水還是水。

Our perception of reality revolves around these 3 levels.

What I want to see.

What the society has conditioned me to see.

What my inner self really sees.

Is reality real?

Buddha says reality is a reflection of our heart (mind).

Ken Lai

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In simple terms, “reality follows mind” (境隨心轉 jìng-suí-xīn-zhuǎn) implies one’s perception, intention or thought controls one’s own reality and affects how one acts and behaves.  “Mind follows reality” (心隨境轉 xīn-suí-jìng-zhuǎn) means one’s perception is dictated or manipulated by one’s own reality and becomes a slave of this reality.

This topic may sound “sleepy” to you.  But if you grasp the concepts behind, you will have one foot stepped inside “Club Enlightenment”.

To make these concepts easier to understand, please watch a 98 seconds video below about a 11 years old boy who had failed his exams in China, the land of “tiger moms“:

Click the link below if you cannot see the video
http://kenlaifengshui.blogspot.com/2018/11/reality-follows-mind-vs-mind-follows.html
The boy and his father

The video may run too fast.  Let me recap the contents for you:

  1. This 11 years old boy got 7 points (out of 100) from a school exam.  A Chinese boy with this low and failing score is very likely scolded or beaten up by his parents. Academic failure is a cardinal sin in the mind of traditional Chinese parents.
  2. Surprisingly, his father was very happy to see his boy get 7 points.  He even had bought a car-load of fireworks that costed him US$160 to celebrate the boy’s exam result.
  3. It is because this boy had zero scores in his previous exams.
  4. After this incident, this boy has a change of attitude towards school works and become self-motivated to study.
  5. He got 57 points in an exam held a few days ago.

Originally I have planned to explain the dynamics behind.  But I don’t want to sound like a preacher.  So I let you figure this out and make your own judgement.

Happy thinking (and weekend)!

P.S.  Consult “Diamond Sutra” if you want to know more about “reality follows mind“.

Ken Lai
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The blog title sounds like a Japanese monster movie.  It is actually about my adventures in a dental office.

I had a dental crown done a few months ago.  It was a two visits operation.  First visit to drill away parts of the worn out tooth, make some plastic molds to create a temporary crown and cap it on top of the tooth.  The process could be painful even with anesthesia.  The second visit is to replace the temporary crown with the final one, is not painful and done without anesthesia.

Yesterday I had another dental crown operation.  As usual, the dentist had given me an anesthesia shot and drilled my worn out tooth.  I still felt the pain, especially when the drill hitting some tooth nerves.  Suddenly a purple light flashed in my mind and I had recited a 4-lines gatha of the Diamond Sutra in Chinese in my mind.  In English, it will be:

“All conditioned phenomena
Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow,
Like dew or a flash of lightning;
Thus we shall perceive them.”

My pain had disappeared while the dentist was still drilling happily.

Diamond Sutra is about non-abiding and non-attachment and that everything in life is an illusion.  I interpret that pain is also an illusion and thus should not be painful.

Ken, this cannot prove the Sutra had worked its magic.  You had an anesthesia shot.

Well, I agree totally.  So I had done an experiment…

It was over an hour after a few plastic molds were done and the effect of anesthesia was 95%+ gone.  It came to the final installation of the temporary crown which requires some more drilling to fit.  The dentist had asked me if I want another anesthesia shot.

No.”  I manned up and replied.

I had regretted it within 30 seconds.

The dentist had drilled like there is no tomorrow.  It was so painful that I had almost levitated over the dental operation chair.  I knew the anesthesia had left me alone.

The moment of truth came— I kept reciting the above 4-lines gatha of Diamond Sutra in my mind.  The pain was almost gone even the dentist was still drilling.  I still felt a little pain but it did not bother me physically.

You may try this trick next time when you run into painful or dangerous situation.

Ken Lai

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Sakyamuni Buddha

In 1011, during the Song Dynasty of China, a monk from India, Master Danapala, had offered the sacred relic of the skull of Sakyamuni Buddha to Emperor Zhen.  This relic was housed in the underground palace of the Sacred Relic Pagoda inside Changgan Temple.

The Sacred Relic Pagoda was destroyed later due to war and the relic was disappeared for over 1000 years.

In 2008, during an archeological excavation of the Great Baoen Temple, the original underground palace housing the relic was discovered.  The sacred relic of the skull of Sakyamuni Buddha has “reappeared“.

Relics of Sakyamuni Buddha are not rare because there were over 80,000 pieces of Buddha’s relics collected when he was cremated.  But a large chunk of his skull like the rediscovered one is very rare and considered “national treasure” and the ultimate holy relic of the Buddhist world.

From April 25 to 30th (2012), this sacred relic is transported to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of Buddha and the 15th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China.  The public is invited to see and pay homage to the relic in a coliseum.  Over 300,000 people have attended this event.

The skull or usnisa of Sakyamuni Buddha
Worshipers walking past the golden pagoda housing the relic

The weather was strange during the relic exhibition. The city here had unusually big rain and thunderstorms during mid-nights and sunshine or hazy sky during the days.  The rainfall had cleansed and purified the qi or energy of the city.  Some Buddhists said that beings other than human also wanted to pay their homage to the Buddha relic– hence bringing the big thunderstorms at night.

I was fortunate to be in Hong Kong doing research when the exhibition was on. This is probably my affinity with Buddha.

Majority of the relic worshipers are from the older generations– most are over 50 years old.  Older folks are probably thinking more about what will happen after death. I saw many old, sick, infirm and people on wheelchairs coming to “meet” Buddha– similar to people in the western world flocking to holy sites with relics for inspirations and faith-healing.

I had seen other Buddhist relics, including Sakyamuni Buddha’s crystallized relics in small bead form in 2005 when there was a relic exhibition in Minnesota.  I remember the indescribable pleasant and calm energies near the relics even the exhibition room was crowded with sweating people.

I felt the same jubilant and peaceful energies in the coliseum. Some people were in states of euphoria.

I like the feeling of this holy energy and seized the opportunities to stick around the coliseum.  I ended up attended Dharma Services three times and absorbed a few hours of Buddha energies.

The opportunity to see the sacred relic is as good as meeting Buddha” (得見舍利,如見佛陀). Now I can die a happy man.

Ken Lai

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