A practice to do without initiation
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I had a couple more questions. Could you please explain the benefits of wearing a Buddhist pendant such as Avalokiteshvara, also I was wondering if there was a sadhana I could do (without initiation). Thank you.
Creating sacred Buddha images is a practice dating to over 2,500 years old. Buddha images represent the full enlightenment of a Buddha. The total omniscience and qualities of a Buddha is represented in any form of any Buddha (Chenresik, Tsongkapa, Tara, etc). To see, feel, visualize, connect and remember any form of the Buddha plants seeds of enlightenment in one’s consciousness to be triggered open at a later date. Wearing Buddha pendants is an expression of our wish to be close an enlightened being. Also the Buddha pendant represents the goals we have in life and our higher spiritual aspirations. In the case of Avalokitesvara, our deep and determined aspiration to achieve altruism and full enlightenment.
When other animals, non physical beings, humans, etc see our pendant it will bless their minds and plant the seeds of enlightenment in their minds.
Our blessed pendants can be a powerful source of protection when we go to places or encounter negative energies.
I have all my dogs wear Buddha pendants I designed for pets. I want them to be blessed. I even put Buddha images in my lawns and carport area so the birds, insects and ethereal beings will be blessed by Buddha. What’s a statue but a large pendant. What’s a pendant of a Buddha but a small statue. LOL.
Anyway, most of us like to wear some sort of jewellery or pendant; what’s better than a pendant representing an Awakened being.
Yes there are practices of Chenresik and many Buddhas that you can engage in without initiation. And I am glad you are not opting for initiation at this time. That is something you should wait until you are very sure.
For now you can recite, meditate, achieve, accomplish the blessings of Chenresik using the 8 VERSES OF THOUGHT TRANFORMATION. There are eight stanzas.
1. Set up an altar to Chenresik or any Enlightened Being.
2. Have simple, clean and affordable offerings in front if it’s convenient.
3. Three prostrations.
4. Make a motivation to achieve highest altruism and awakening by connecting and engaging in the sacred energies of this Buddha.
5. Recite the first verse, stop, contemplate and then recite one mala (rosary) of Om Mani Peme Hung. Do the same for the rest of the remaining 7 stanzas left.
6. Upon completion, recite a dedication. Then, if you choose, you’re done for the day unless you wish to insert other practices. It’s up to you.
7. It would be good to study up on the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation daily and Shantideva’s treatise on Bodhisattva-cha-avatara. An excellent treatise on the practice of altruism, compassion and universal responsibility.
I hope this helps you and I wish you luck. With much joy and excitement for you,
P.S. what I have written here for Liz can be substituted for any Buddha. Example – if your main practice is Tsongkapa,then after each stanza you recite migzeyma 21x or more, or if it’s Tara, then do Tara’s mantra one round instead and so on. This is a practice you can do without any initiations yet still be blessed. Practices and mantras are great sources of benefits, but study of dharma to stabilize our mind with knowledge through reason and logic is very important to do which are complementary to our practices. Without knowledge, our practice can fizzle away and become neglected.
Eight Verses of Thought Transformation:
I have posted Liz Fields’ question and my answer here as I thought it can benefit many more people. If you also wish to benefit animals you may blow sacred mantras onto them daily.
If your animals have passed on, you can blow mantras such as Tara, Chenresik, Namgyalma or Medicine Buddha on their fur (if you have kept some) or even their picture and dedicate the merits for them. If you have neither, then you can visualize them or think of them while doing the mantras and visualize the mantras in the form of white lights touching them. You can do this daily. The white lights bless them. The white lights is the power of Tara’s mantra coming from your love to them and ask them to take a good rebirth. You help them on their journey. Pets are very important.
You can also do this for deceased persons. Usually for 49 days we can recite the mantra daily 1,000 times and dedicate to them. If they have passed on long ago, then you can do for as many days as you feel comfortable. To think of a loved one who has passed on will not benefit them much, but if you send your thoughts with powerful blessed mantras, there is some effect for them.
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