Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An Introductory Lecture to Buddhism Part 2 (Avalokiteshvara)

This is the eighteenth entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 19.09.2010.


Drupon Sangyas:

"Every Tibetan person has a small mala and a prayerwheel (when you roll it, you accumulate good karma; the wheel has hundreds of mantras inside of it).

Avalokiteshvara practice is necessary for reaching Buddha-nature and to increase our purity mind. You can recite this mantra wherever you wish (to become a better person).

Avalokiteshvara is one of the most compassionate bodhisattvas. He has compassion for every sentient being in the universe. Chenrezig also helps against fear. If you practice a lot you have less fears.

There is a total number of six realms. Humans are in a better condition than the sentient beings in other realms. If you don't share your food and you are greedy you become a hungry ghost. If you kill other sentient beings you become a hell-being. So we must help other beings, not only ourselves. We must confess our sins and make good deeds."




*Important side note: These diary entries do not reflect every word the teacher said, and there may be some mistakes or misunderstandings, for which I am sorry and accept responsibility. In a few instances, I have interjected my own interpretation or explanation.

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