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June 2, 2016 at 2:54 am #8613
Heng Woon Teck
Hi web people, what does it mean to praise Dorje Shugden? Why do we need to praise an enlightened being? Any purpose for this?
June 2, 2016 at 3:42 am #8620
Hello Heng Woon Teck,
Nice question. I actually didn’t thought about this question when I first entered Buddhism, but after years of practice I found that there are many reasons for one to praise the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and below I list down just a few of the reasons that I understand and find much logic in.
1) We create a connection with the Buddhas. Take for example in our daily life, if we have two neighbours, one who we talk to everyday and the other we do not talk to. Of course we create a stronger positive connection with the one we talk to everyday. Similar to this, by doing prayers, praises to a particular Buddha, we a creating a strong connection with that particular Buddha ( or Dharma Protector in the case of Dorje Shugden’s praise). We may then wonder, wouldn’t the Buddha help everyone? Why does one need to praise him to receive help? This is because when we engage in praise which is a form of meditational practice, rejoicing of the good qualities of the enlightened beings… these are all positive actions that leads to the collection of merits, which is essential in our spiritual growth. The Buddhas do not need our praises, they are enlightened and free of ego, but it is us who need the merits through engaging in these practices.
2) We create imprints in our mind. In everything we do, we leave imprints in our mind, but it is the action that determines if it’s a good one or a bad one. Take for example, lying about something, is by itself leaving an imprint in our mind, and helping others by giving food to another is a positive imprint in our mind. When we leave these imprints of which we praise the Buddhas, it will help us to reconnect with the Dharma in our future lives, which is very important. How does it manifest? It may be that in our future life, when we see an image of the Buddha, we are very attracted to it and start learning more and eventually practice the Dharma again.
3) Praises to the Buddhas is also a way to remind us of the perfect qualities of the Buddha, of which we aspire to embody within ourselves. As you may know in Buddhist practice, we do not worship the Buddha for superficial matters, but the actual training of the mind to eventually attain Enlightenment, that is the ultimate goal. So when we engage in these practices, we remind ourselves daily of our goal which is to be Enlightened, and thus it helps us eventually get there. For example, if we are determined to be a successful sports player, everyday we will think about it, practice and train, and these all serve as a reminder and strengthen us to ultimately achieve the goal of being a successful sports person; compared to one who only doesn’t think much about it or train scarcely.
Hope these reasons answers your questions.
June 2, 2016 at 4:02 am #8621
Very extensive answers, thank you Sarah.
Heng Woon Teck, if you are looking for praises to Dorje Shugden, there is a wide selection here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/practice/prayers
June 3, 2016 at 2:45 am #8628
Thank you Sarah for such a detailed explanation about why we should do praises to Buddhas since they are enlightened.
When we sing praises to the Buddhas, in hope, one day we will have the qualities of what the Buddhas have. At the same time, it is also for us to be happy for others, to rejoice for these qualities will bring us one step closer to achieving what we aim to as well.
Heng Woon Teck, you can take a look at this to start your practices and I believe that it will be as beneficial for you as it is for me.
July 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm #8975
Dear H.H, Brothers/Sisters,
I am interested to be part and practice. can you guide where to start?
and short form sadhana? it is difficult to find ritual tools in my country in Philippines. hope you have ashram in my country.
July 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm #8988
Apart from the link shared previously, here is a short and simple sadhana that you can do every day: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden
There is also a shorter version of the sadhana in the physical book, which is very helpful if you are busy and don’t have much time on a daily basis. If you’re in Manila, you could contact the Manila Kadampa Buddhist Centre to explore Buddhism and Dorje Shugden’s practice further: http://meditationmanila.org and if you’re having trouble finding ritual items where you are, there are lots of online Dharma stores that ship worldwide. You can also try vajrasecrets.com, which is run by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students and all profits go towards furthering Rinpoche’s dharma work
August 4, 2016 at 1:37 am #9120
That’s a great explanation, Sarah! Thank you very much!
August 30, 2016 at 6:42 am #9155
Hi JC, you can start off the practice by doing the praise to Dorje Shugden then also with the mantras of his. It is all in this website and to do the practice, it is something that is very simple to do. This can be done by us at any point of time in the day and it can help us in many ways even in ways that we will never expect. This is exactly why
I hope of these information will be able to help you and the questions you had in your mind.
Dorje Shugden is so powerful that no matter what is being given to hin,
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