THOUGHT OF JIGME ZANGPO: Religion
Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts

Friday, October 27, 2017

Practising Christianity will get money but up to certain limit.

Many people in Bhutan are converting themselves to Christian from Buddhist since 1990s. There are many influencer who try to influence innocent people for few buck.

The influencer of Christianity tells our innocent people that becoming Christian is not about practising religion but making money. It is religion of making money by sitting.

The INFLUENCER will ask you to pray to god for your wish. They will ask you to pray to god that you want Nu. 1000 this month. Your prayer should be louder enough to hear by INFLUENCER of Christianity so that he can keep note and arrange your money at the end of the month.

After a month, you will in Church for the prayer. When you close your eyes for another prayer, the INFLUENCER of Christianity will place Nu. 1000 in front of you. INFLUENCER does that because he kept all record of your wishes and prayers since you said louder last month. This time, INFLUENCER will ask you to increase your wishes to grant money but not more than Nu.5000. They will say god has limited blessing. Similarly, you need to say your wishes and prayer loudly so that INFLUENCER can hear you and take note of your wish.

Again, after a month, as usual the money will in front of you as you close your eyes for another wish from god. This time the INFLUENCER will tell you, god has finish their blessing. You can just prayer for well-being. Don't wish for getting money but instead he will tell you if you know any relatives and friends you should bring here with you. For bringing 10 people they will pay Nu. 10000. You must be wondering what type of religion is that? That is religion where you will get money just by influencing people and registering them to Christian.

Your wishes of luxury cars and building finally come to end after Nu. 5000 wishes were granted. And they will tell many condition that if you convert to any other religion, you may die or get many type of sickness. They scare you after you finally collected just Nu.7000.

So, Christianity blessing is limit as you read above. However, it is your willingness whether to choose any religions.

Source:Wikipedia

Monday, October 17, 2016

Growing and decaying & birth and death.


A beautiful flower has good fragrance and everyone love the smile. Even a bees come to have a nectar. Sadly flower will decay soon. Beauty is victim of vanishing.
You are born on the earth. Your parent were rejoiced while you were born. Will you let the world to rejoice when you leave the world?

You might have many memories of childhood days. You might be handsome and pretty among others. You may be intelligent among the friends. You may be richer. You may be stronger and dominating the friends with your strength. You may be having handsome husband and pretty wife. You may have cute son or daughter. You may have loving friends. You have even possesses all the desire things. But only question is can we stay till earth disappear. Every day is new beginning and becoming older. Did you realize you are not becoming older but coming closer to death?


We are coming closer to death day by day. What we are doing then? Are we piling the stone for building the house? Thinking about all those stuff, nothing seems to be meaningful in life rather than humanity. I shall mindful for my action. My action shouldn’t harm other. My speech shouldn’t hurt other. My thought shouldn’t be bad about other.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Yudra Nyingpo, one of the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche

Yudra Nyingpo (Tib. གཡུ་སྒྲ་སྙིང་པོ་Wyl. g.yu sgra snying po) — one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. He was a great translator and scholar who received teachings from VairotsanaVimalamitra, and Guru Rinpoche. He translated many works, including the last thirteen of the eighteen texts of Semde.
Yudra Nyingpo became one of the greatest masters of Nyingma Dzogchen Semde and Longde teachings:
"Yudra Nyingpo was a prince of Gyalmo Tsawe Rong (Gyarong) in Eastern Tibet. In Gyarong, Yudra Nyingpo received teachings from Vairocana, who was exiled in the area for a certain period of time. Studying with Vairocana, Yudra Nyingpo became a great scholar and translator. Later he traveled to Central Tibet and received teachings from Guru Rinpoche and he became one of the greatest masters of semde and longde teachings of Dzogpa Chenpo in Tibet."
Yudra Nyingpo translated many works, including the 'Thirteen Later Translations' (Wyliephyi 'gyur bcu gsum) of the 'Eighteen Major Scriptural Transmissions of the Mind Series' (Wyliesems sde lung chen po bco brgyad):
  1. Tsemo Chung-gyal (Supreme Peak) (Tibetanརྩེ་མོ་བྱུང་རྒྱལWyliertse mo byung rgyal)
  2. Namkha'i Gyalpo (King of Space) (Tibetanརྣམ་ མཁའི་རྒྱལ་ རྒྱལ་པོWyliernam mkha'i rgyal po)
  3. Dewa Thrulkod (Jewel-Encrusted Bliss Ornament) (Tibetanབདེ་བ་འཕྲུལ་བཀོདWyliebde ba 'phrul bkod)
  4. Dzogpa Chiching (All-Encompassing Perfection) (Tibetanརྫོགས་པ་སྤྱི་ཆིངསWylierdzogs pa spyi chings)
  5. Changchub Semtig (Essence of Bodhicitta) (Tibetanབྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་ཏིགWyliebyang chub sems tig)
  6. Dewa Rabjam (Infinite Bliss) (Tibetanབདེ་བ་རབ་འབྱམསWyliebde ba rab 'byams)
  7. Sog-gi Khorlo (Wheel of Life) (Tibetanསྲོག་གི་འཁོར་ལWyliesrog gi 'khor lo)
  8. Thigle Trugpa (Six Spheres) (Wyliethig le drug pa)
  9. Dzogpa Chichod (All-Penetrating Perfection) (Tibetanརྫོགས་པ་སྤྱི་སྤྱོདWylierdzogs pa spyi spyod)
  10. Yidzhin Norbu (Wish-Fulfilling Jewel) (Tibetanཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུWylieyid bzhin nor bu)
  11. Kundu Rigpa (All-unifying Pure Presence) (Tibetanཀུན་ཏུ་རིག་པWyliekun tu rig pa)
  12. Jetsun Tampa (Supreme Lord) (Tibetanརྗེ་བཙན་དམ་པ་Wylierje btsan dam pa)
  13. Gonpa Tontrub (The Realization of the True Meaning of Meditation) (Tibetanསྒོམ་པ་དོན་གྲུབWyliesgom pa don grub)
Liljenberg (2009: p. 51) holds that there are variances in the listing of the Thirteen Later Translations:
"The earliest lists of titles of the Thirteen Later Translations are found in the writings of the twelfth century treasure revealer Nyang Ral Nyi ma 'od zer. He gives two lists, one in his Zangs gling ma biography of Padmasambhava, and the other in his religious history, the Me tog snying po. There are significant differences between the two lists, however, and subsequent lists drawn up by various authors also show marked variations, symptomatic of continuing fluidity in the composition of this group of texts."

The current reincarnation of Yudra Nyingpo is H.E Sonam Lodre AKA Buli Trulku, the tenth reincarnation. Because of his humbleness and simplicity in this reincarnation, many people are unaware of the great translator. H.E Buli Trulku reside in far flung corner of the country near Aranachal Pradesh boarder blessing the unprivileged people which otherwise would have no blessing from any lama because of its location. Many people called Trulku the lama of unprivileged people.
I feel proud to be one of H.E Buli Trulku follower.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trip to Paro Taktsang (Tiger nest)

Para Taktsang. Source:Wikipedia
Paro Taktsang (Dzongkha: སྤ་གྲོ་སྟག་ཚང་ spa phro stag tshang / spa gro stag tshang) is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger's Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliff side of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated.

The longing thoughts and observations from recent trip to Paro Taktsang need to be shared. One who visit will know the basic rules and regulation. I am trying to let who plan to visit to understand basic rules and regulation of visiting Paro Taktsang.

You may go to visit with informal dress and you will land up without having an opportunity to go inside to visit scared status. It is just simple to let you grasp an opportunity to visit inside to view scared status and all by going in formal dress, (National dress, gho for man and kira for women). The police checking before entering the fortress will make thorough check; whether you with national dress, taking camera and mobile phone inside? They don’t bother if you are foreigner, of course not allowing camera and mobile phone apply to you.

What is the time you are going to visit? At 12 noon to 1 pm or 1 to 2 pm? You can't visit whenever you wish to visit. They usually close 1 to 2 pm for lunch break. I had a thought regards to this timing. Why they close for lunch time? That is not a shop or office. That is simply a fortress with scared status from long time ago to show to pilgrimages.

Visit once if you can.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tshog Offering at Dudjum Dharma House.


Dudjum Dharma House is located 3 kilometer form Rindending. It was built by Dungsey Garap Rinpoche for Thorma Thshogpa.
I was very fortunate to attended Tshog Offering in Dharma house on 3rd and 4th day of the 6th month of lunar calendar. I couldn’t attend first day (2nd day of 6th month of lunar calendar). 4th day of 6th month of lunar calender is very auspicious day and mark as First Sermon of Lord Buddha.
Thank you Thorma Tshangpa for organizing the event called Tshog Bum (Reciting tshog offering for lakh times).

It was satisfying ending with song and dance. 





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Slaughter house Versus Meat Processing Unit

                        
Source:facebook
The ongoing debate about slaughter house to be set up in Bhutan on social media particularly in facebook groups and pages bother me a lot.
One who want to eat meat brings their own reasons to defense who don’t want slaughter house to set up. It was so funny some people even said that eat chicken because it doesn’t give oxygen but don’t eat plant (vegetable) because it give us oxygen. On the other hand those who don’t want slaughter house to set up said that animals feel the pain as we human do. Some even bring religion in between to emphasize why we should become vegetarian. In deed some people underestimate Buddhist practitioners are not vegetarian based on few who are non-vegetarian. We believe in cause and effect and our mischievous voice will answer in the long run.

Is our government wise in changing the concept when people are debating on slaughter house stating they don’t want or media are cooking the story of slaughter house?  People start debating upon seeing the government is going to start up slaughter house on media. It is not easy to understand the government yet I already understood my part. Now, government say, they never say we want slaughter house in Bhutan. They say, they will have Meat Processing Unit by importing raw meat form other country. They also said that if people are unhappy of Meat processing unit, they will do away with that plan.

Many Bhutanese are non-vegetarian. How we can be vegetarians when we live in the society of orthodox. Many Bhutanese say if the delivered mother is not feed with meat, she will not get enough protein or nutrient. The truth is there are many mothers who are vegetarians and giving birth.
Many Bhutanese proudly say that Bhutanese are hypocrite. They never want slaughter house in Bhutan but want to eat meat. I think everyone can eat meat if you like but it is no good to encourage one who don’t want to eat. Setting up Meat processing unit or slaughter house is indirectly encouraging people to eat.

There are few people who bring politics in between for debating. Please, let us never bring politics parties in between. After all animals will suffer before their body turn in to meat curry in front of us but not the politics people. Let us offer our sympathy to all the animals as per our capacities.

I hope and pray, no slaughter house or meat processing unit setting up will happen in Bhutan. I believe in government that they will do away with that plan. Let us inform the world one day that Bhutan nation is the vegetarian nation. 
Animal equality in the slaughter house .

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHEEL OF DHARMA, the twelve interdependent links..

Disclaimer: I copied this text and photo from the facebook. I found text more important to read once.



WHEEL OF DHARMA.
the twelve interdependent links..

The dependant origination is one of the basic and most important teachings of the Buddha.
Since it is regarded as part of what we call "the first Turning of the Wheel of Dharma",
it is accepted and discussed in the same way in all the different schools of Buddhism.
The Buddha said that there could be persons, who are not Buddhas, who were not taught by Buddhas, but who nevertheless are able to find out by themselves about the Twelve Links. If such persons meditate or practice accordingly, they can become Arhats on their own. They are what we call the Pratyeka Buddhas, or "Buddha for themselves".
These twelve links are not only a description of the Buddhist philosophy of how the beings originate and evolve in samsara, but it also gives the way, the path to be liberated from this circling in the wheel of Samsara.

This wheel of life painting history...
It is said that about 2,500 years ago two kings ruled in India, in the area where the Buddha lived. King Bimbissara rules over the Magada Kingdom whereas King Utrayana lived a little further. These two kings were friends, and used to send gifts to one another. King Utrayana once sent a very costly armour to King Bimbissara. It was covered with so many precious stones that it was almost invaluable.
King Bimbissara was very much disturbed because he could not think of anything precious enough to send back in return. One of his ministers suggested then that he sent some portrait or teachings of a most holy and revered person who happened to live in his kingdom : the Buddha. King Bimbissara went accordingly to ask the Buddha for permission to have his a portrait drawn and sent to King Utrayana.
The Buddha agreed , adding that not only his portrait, but also other paintings and writings should be sent to King Utrayana. It is told that the artist was first unable to draw the portrait, because the Buddha was too glorious, producing rays of light impossible to catch on canvas. Asking the Buddha what was to be done, He answered that he would put his shadow on the canvas, from which the artist would draw the portrait. It is said to have been the first image of the Buddha.
He also gave instruction for the other painting, explaining that the artist should draw circle with five divisions, in which the five different realms of existence should be depicted. It should be encircled by the Twelve Links of Interdependant Origination, and the whole circle should be placed in the hands of Yama Raja, the Lord of Death. He then gave two stanzas that should be written under the drawing.
The present of King Bimbissara was received with the greatest reverence by King Utrayana, who was so impressed that he came to pay homage to the Buddha and followed his teachings.

In the centre of the wheel, we find three animals : a snake, a cock and a pig.
The pig bites the tail of the cock, which was originally a pigeon, the cock bites the tail of the snake that bites the tail of the pig.
These three animals represent the three basic mind poisons, which are attachment, aversion and stupidity. It is believed that the snake is an animal full of hatred and aversion. The bird, and especially the pigeon, is regarded as the animal with the greatest sexual attachment. The pig was considered as one of the most stupid animals, which is why he represents ignorance.
Though they are all linked together, it is believed that hatred or aversion comes from attachment, and that attachment comes from ignorance. The starting point is thus ignorance, generating attachment and aversion. These three are placed at the centre, they are the core of the painting to denote that the whole world, the whole universe, is controlled, caused by these three basic emotions.

Around this core, there is another circle, with two parts, one half white, the other black. These two refer to the deeds, the actions we perform that can be either virtuous or non virtuous.
The virtuous actions, which are less under control of the three basic poisons, are called "white deeds", whereas actions performed with a stronger influence of the three poisons are called the "black deeds". It is said that if our actions are black, we will be reborn in the lower half of this realm, whereas if our actions are white, we will be reborn in the upper part of the 6 or sometimes 5 realms of the world that are depicted in the next circle.

The upper part starts with the world of heavens, or the world of gods.
The world of gods is believed to be of three different categories : what is called the "world of desire", the "world of Form", and the "world of the Formless". It is believed that those who have done very virtuous deeds in this world will thereafter go to the Heaven of Desire. Those who not only did virtuous deeds, but also realised a stability of mind in meditation, will go to the Heaven of Form. Those who have gone deeper in the stability of meditation but kept certain subtle misconceptions in their minds will be reborn in the Formless Heaven.
Then comes the world of the semi-gods.
The persons who have more or less performed the causes that would have led to the world of gods, but remained jealous, will be reborn in the realm of the semi-gods, where they will have to guard it and fight a lot.
Then comes the realm of the human beings.
It is attained after lots of virtuous, meritorious deeds, but is overpowered by desire.
The three lower realms are the animal world, the world of hungry ghosts, and the hells.
These three are mainly attributed to the three mind poisons, the animal world to ignorance, the preta world to attachment and hell to hatred or aversion.
It is also said sometimes that if we have performed any action very strongly motivated by any of these three poisons, we will be reborn in hell. A lesser motivation will lead us to the realm of hungry ghosts, and a lighter motivation would cause rebirth in the animal realm.

Around this circle, we find depicted the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination..

The first Link is ignorance represented by an blind old woman.
Ignorance is the basic, original cause of Samsara. It is represented as an old woman because it is said that our ignorance is very old, going back to beginningless times. And the nature of this ignorance is that we cannot see, we cannot understand, which is why the old woman is blind.

The second link is volition , represented by a man making clay pottery. Volition is actually the force that leads to action. It is more or less like karma, the desire that makes us work, do things. Here it is depicted like this, because volition originating from ignorance makes us perform certain actions, so that we are born into different places and realms. What we will become depends on what kind of actions we do, like a potter himself designs what he makes.

The third link is consciousness represented by a monkey. The monkey is one of the most mobile, active kind of animals, and likewise, our consciousness cannot stay anywhere for long..

The fourth link is what we call "nama rupa", or name and form, depicted as a man crossing a river with a boat. Name and form mean the five skandhas or aggregates that constitute a being, at the initial stage.
This stage comes actually just after consciousness. It is the process of becoming. Consciousness enters the form, which is just about to be born. It is depicted in such a way because name and form serve the consciousness in order to constitute a being, just like the boat is used by the man to cross the river.

The fifth link represents the five or six senses, illustrated by empty houses. The senses are like an empty village that the traveller can cross. Wherever he finds an empty house, he can stop and rest. In this way, the senses give the consciousness a place to rest, to stay for a moment before going on. This is why they are depicted as empty houses. The six senses are the abode, the base of the six consciousnesses.

The sixth link is touching, the contact between the object and the senses coming together, depicted as a couple kissing.
The seventh is the feeling generated by the contact, depicted as a person with his eyes pierced by an arrow.

The eighth one is attachment illustrated by a man drinking. It is said that when you drink, you can never be fully satisfied. Attachment can never be fulfilled. It is produced by feeling.

The ninth link is the grasping depicted by a man plucking fruits from a tree. The next stage after attachment is grasping, which forges the final kind of impression for your next birth.

In consequence, the tenth stage is what we call becoming, represented by a pregnant woman. At this stage, we have experienced the grasping, and the force is such that there is no other way but to take a new birth, all the relevant effects and causes have been gathered.

The eleventh stage is birth, a woman giving birth to a child, which needs no further explanation.

The last twelfth link is means old age and death, an old man carrying a dead body. As soon as one is born, one is carrying the burden of one's own death.

All these things are placed in the mouth of Yama Raja, the Lord of Death, because nothing in Samsara, nothing in the world can be permanent, it is all impermanent.

There is a moon drawn in the right upper corner which depicts Nirvana. If we practice or meditate upon these twelve links in reverse order, we can attain Nirvana. On the left side Lord Buddha is pointing to the moon, which represents the teachings of the Buddha, that indicate the way to reach Nirvana.

In the original drawing, , the two stanzas written at the bottom said :
"Take this up and give this up, enter the Buddha's teachings as an elephant in a lotus pond, destroy the forces of the Lord of Death. He who mindfully engages in this way of discipline will bring the end of suffering."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The very Fact behind the difference between meat and apple. Difference between meat and vegetable

They got their own reason for defending before they eat meat. They say many insects are being killed when we consume vegetable and therefore it is better to eat meat.
Now, let us look at example. Let us consider cow and cabbage. A cow eat grass to survive. A cow walk to have grass. Can we count how much a cow might have kill insect while eating grass and walking. It will be more than insects on the cabbage.
We also know the fact that a cow has parasite on its body. When a cow is kill, all parasite will die. It is unimaginable that how much insects are killing before cow reach in front of us as a meat.

When a cabbage is cut for consuming, it never say “ala or atsa (expressing pain)”. The fact behind is cabbage don’t have soul.
When a cow bring to slaughter house for killing, we notice the rolling tear from its eyes. A cow try to escape when it see other cows are killing. It is very clear with the rolling tears and trying to escape from killing scene that a cow has mind like human. A cow has fear like we human has when somebody threating to beat us. A cow feel the same pain like human do. We can’t even resist with minor pinch. We know how much minor pinch give us the pain. But can we imagine when someone want to kill us.  
  
We are Buddhist and believe in Buddhist teaching. Are you Buddhist and do you believe in teaching?  The great master of Buddhist said that all the animals are our parent once in previous life. Eating meat is like eating our parent’s meat. Respect our parents of present and previous parents as well. We tend to find tastier which has more negative effect. It is because of ignorance.

To non-Buddhist. Avoiding meat eating is not only with Buddhist followers but also non-Buddhist should do. Do you feel the pain when you hit by other or hit yourself mistakenly? Are you happy if you suffer? Are you happy when your parent are suffering? Are you happy if your friends are suffering? Will you happy when someone try to kill you? Do you have a fear of dying?
Based on above few questions, now we need to correlate with a cow which you take it as a beef. A cow has a pain when it get hit. A cow suffer with pain as we do. A cow fear of dying as we do. A cow feel unhappy as its friends are killing.
The simple reason for avoiding meat eating is just because of pain.
We human are the civilized animals on the earth. We human are cruel animals on the earth if we are taking animal’s life for the pleasure of our taste bud.

So, let never assume like vegetable has insects and better to eat meat. We can go on our way. Eat vegetables or meat. It is up to our choice but never influence other people with false information.
Respect our parent of three time, past, present and future.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Meat Processing Unit.

                             
It was indeed very sad to read the news in kuensel dated 18th April, 2015 ("To 'meat' a huge demands") to come up with the solution of high demand of meat with setting up the processing unit in Bhutan. Setting up of processing unit means coming up of slaughter house. I won’t comment anything mention in the news for the reason for coming up and way they will be involved in slaughtering.
“We’ll make sure animals are slaughtered in a professional way, like stunning down, making the animal unconscious,” said Dr Tashi Samdup. “We have to consider how much we’re spending on the import of meat. We are targeting to get 100 percent food self-sufficiency.”
I don’t think killing animals with professional means is different than killing taking place in other country. In bottom line, both are killing and taking the precious life.

I am against the idea of setting up Processing Unit with following opinions:

First and foremost reason come in my mind, our country is the Buddhist Country. The country in which world knows because of her religious and traditions. Gross National Happiness, GNH is the philosophy based on Buddhist principles. Happiness is the core concept in GHN. If slaughtering house is setting up in Bhutan, it is impossible to say Happiness is existing. Taking the precious life of animals cannot be justified as Happiness exist.

Second, setting up our own meat Processing unit meant easily available meat in the market. Thinking critically, supply of meat is the area that we need to look into and take action. If there is no supply, people might quit. They might eat once in a month by buying from available market. If meat is abundant in the market, naturally there will be high demands. Setting up our own Meat Processing Unit mean more and new meat consumers are going to come. If government think, importing meat cause economy deficiency, why don't they come up with Meat Importing Regulation.

Third, our people should learn the disadvantages of eating meat. People need to change their notion like not eating meat will affect the healthiness of body. Meat has nothing to do with healthiness of our body. You will know more if you watch this clips. This is the video from Jangchubshing progrom of BBS2. It is about Buddhism and Vegetarianism. Click this link. Part 1. Jangchub Shing- Buddhism & Vegetarianism, Part 1  Part 2. Jangchub Shing- Buddhism & Vegetarianism, Part 2


It is very difficult to quit meat. I know how much you enjoy the taste of meat. I was once eating meat. I am now vegetarian. 
I have very simple reason for becoming vegetarian. I feel the pain and fear when somebody beat me. I sense, animals too will have same pain and fear as I do. Therefore, I don't want anyone be it animals or human being to hurt. I do believe what great Bodhisattva used to say. They say, no animals has not become our parents once in this revolving Samsara. I can’t imagine the pain and fear of my parents would have gone through just before come in front of me as meat curry.


I respect your taste bud. I respect your life. And my humble request, please let’s give happiness to our parents (animals) by minimizing the rate of eating meat and quitting one day.

Good luck for your try in minimizing the rate of eating meat and quitting one day.