Wednesday, March 27, 2019

No hay un dios supremo o un creador en el Dharma del Buda

           traducido del inglés por 
Juan Sebastián Hincapié Arana


Hoy en día, muchas personas dentro o fuera de la Sangha propagan la idea de que el Buda Shakyamuni no negó ni afirmó la existencia de Dios. Por lo tanto de alguna manera implican que el Honrado por el Mundo dejó la puerta abierta  para  interpretaciones y que está bien para un discípulo budista creer en un creador o dios supremo.

Bueno, esto es un gran engaño y una falsificación de las enseñanzas de Shakyamuni. De hecho, el Buda claramente negó la existencia de un  ser supremo quien creó el mundo, gobierna el mundo y un día juzgará al mundo. En este breve capítulo no tengo la intención de entrar en ningún debate o polémica con seguidores de otras religiones sobre la existencia o la inexistencia de un ser supremo, sino solamente probar que el Buda Shakyamuni claramente negó este punto de vista y lo consideró una falsa y peligrosa ilusión. Para mí lo más importante no es lo que las religiones monoteístas dicen, o si algunos deciden creer o no en un dios creador (es su elección), sino lo que el Buda realmente dijo y predicó. Así que si nos consideramos sus discípulos, debemos conocer su posición en este tema y seguirlo fielmente.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Explicaciones generales sobre "ser", "karma" y "renacimiento"


                 traducido del inglés por 
Juan Sebastián Hincapié Arana

El Samsara es el ciclo de  repetidos nacimientos y muertes  a través del cual Los seres no iluminados deben pasar debido a sus ilusiones kármicas y pasiones ciegas. Pero antes de entrar en detalles sobre este tema, entendamos, ¿Qué es un "ser" o una "persona", según la enseñanza budista? y también, ¿qué es el “karma” y el “renacimiento”?

Entonces, queridos amigos, imaginemos hay un auto frente a ustedes. Ahora imaginemos que perdemos una de las ruedas y las ponemos a un lado. ¿Es el coche idéntico a esta rueda? Luego tomemos otra rueda y procedamos de la misma manera, haciéndonos la misma pregunta continuamos desarmando el coche y no nos detenemos hasta que se retire cada componente del automóvil. Ahora preguntémonos otra vez: ¿será que todos estos componentes tomados por separado representan el automóvil? Lógicamente te darás cuenta que la respuesta es "no".

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ceremonies for joining the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist school

  
Question: What kind of lay ceremonies are offered for those who wish to enter Jodo Shinshu?

Answer: The following is only a short answer without entering into details.
In Jodo Shinshu lay people can receive: 1) confirmation ceremony – kikyoshiki or 2) refuge ceremony - kieshiki.

1)      Kikyoshiki (confirmation ceremony) can be given only by the Monshu-sama (Head Priest) of Nishi Hongwanji main temple in Japan, by the retired Monshu (Zenmon-sama), or by somebody appointed by them

Los 3 refugios en Budismo Jodo Shinshu


 traducido del inglés por Sebastian Lopez
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Los 3 refugios son:

TOMO REFUGIO EN EL BUDA
BuddhamSaranamGacchami[1] (NamoKye Bu[2])
TOMO REFUGIO EN EL DHARMA
Dhammamsaranamgacchami (NamoKye Ho)
TOMO REFUGIO EN LA SANGHA
Sanghamsaranamgacchami (NamoKye So)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Three grades of aspirants to birth in the Pure Land - commentary on sections 23 to 25 of the Larger Sutra


“The Buddha said to Ananda, ‘Devas and humans in the worlds of the ten directions who sincerely aspire to be born in that land can be classified into three grades. ‘“[1]

As we can clearly see, these grades are not related to beings who are now in the Pure Land, but who aspire to be born there. Practitioners still living in samsara are not equal when it comes to their spiritual achievements, but Amida’s salvation is offered freely to all, without discrimination, so both virtuous people, as well as those who lack any virtue, are assured of birth in the Pure Land if they entrust to Him.

It is not an obligatory condition that only the evilest and corrupt beings should entrust to Amida; even the wise and virtuous should do that. There are high-level Bodhisattvas in various universes who also have faith in Amida and aspire to be born there. Also long-living gods as well as other beings, humans and non-humans, who are more spiritually advanced, some of them acting as unenlightened Dharma protectors, entrust to Amida, too. Such beings, while still not enlightened, are part of the higher grade of aspirants:

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Assurance of attaining Nirvana in the Pure Land through faith and the praising of Amida’s merits by all Buddhas - commentary on section 22 of the Larger Sutra




“The Buddha said to Ananda, ‘Sentient beings who are born in that Buddha land all reside among those assured of Nirvana. The reason is that in that land there are neither beings who are destined to adverse conditions nor those whose destinies are uncertain.

‘All Buddha Tathagatas in the ten directions, as numerous as the sands of the Ganges River, together praise the inconceivable, supernal virtue of Amitayus. All sentient beings who, having heard His Name, rejoice in faith, think of Him even once, and sincerely transfer the merit of virtuous practices to that land, aspiring to be born there, will attain birth and dwell in the stage
of non-retrogression. But excluded are those who have committed the five grave offenses and abused the Right Dharma.’”

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Nirvanic features of the Pure Land and its inhabitants – commentary on sections 14-21 of the Larger Sutra (part 2)



As I mentioned earlier, the five senses of samsaric beings (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling) lead to delusion, attachment, dissatisfaction and suffering, but when the inhabitants of the Pure Land see, hear, touch, smell or taste things belonging to that realm, - because those are enlightened manifestations and their own minds and sense organs are also enlightened, - the states of mind they experience are themselves enlightened and pure.
ANY element in samsara can be both useful or an obstacle to our life and practice, but in the Pure Land EVERYTHING there is conducive to perfect Enlightenment and is a manifestation of perfect Enlightenment.   

We already talked about the effects of seeing the Bodhi Tree or hearing the Dharma sounds produced by the gentle breeze which wafts through its branches and leaves. However, Dharma sounds are not limited to the Bodhi Tree. They are also produced by the seven jeweled trees:

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