Friday, November 30, 2007

Lesson 20 - Ksitigarbha Dharma Door Practice Method

Today I will share with you the Ksitigarbha Dharma Door Practice Method. Ksitigarbha is also known as Earth Store, Earth Treasury or Earth Womb in English. In Chinese Dizang/Ti-Tsang Pusa. In Japanese, Jizo Bosatsu. In Tebetan, Sye Nyingpo.

This method is best undertaken in a regularly maintained practice (e.g. daily, weekly, bi-weekly etc.) for an indefinite length of time. Choose one or more and practice regularly. You will see negative karma eradicating and positive conditions developing.

1.) Read or recite the Sutra of the Past Vows of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. Link provided below:

2) Reciting the Sacred Name of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha - The proper way to recite the name in English is "Homage to Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha" or "I take refuge in Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. The proper way to pronounce the name in Chinese Mandarin is Namo Dizang Wang Pusa (said 'Nah Mor Dee Jahng Wahng Pu Sah') It does not matter which language is used as long as the practitioner is of focused mind. The number of recitations is your own choosing (e.g 108 times, 500 times, 1000 times , etc)

3) Reciting Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha's Mantra of Eradicating Negative Karma: "Om Bo La Mo Ling To Ning Soha" (e.g 108 times, 500 times, 1000 times , etc)

4) Reciting the Great Vow of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha: "Only when all sentient beings are rescued will I certify to Bodhi. If the hells are not emptied, I vow not to become a Buddha" (e.g 108 times, 500 times, 1000 times , etc)

May you find this practice beneficial in your liberation.

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