The attraction of good luck

The attraction of good luck

“Mangala” means something auspicious, a blessing, happiness, a good or lucky sign, or an omen.

In the Mangala Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha told us what to do so we can live an auspicious/happy life.

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was living in the vicinity of Savatthi at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. Late at night, a deva appeared whose light and beauty made the whole Jeta Grove shine radiantly. After paying respects to the Buddha, the deva asked him a question in the form of a verse:

“Many gods and men are eager to know

what are the greatest blessings

which bring about a peaceful and happy life.

Please, Tathagata, will you teach us?”

(This is the Buddha’s answer):

“Not to be associated with the foolish ones,

to live in the company of wise people,

honoring those who are worth honoring —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live in a good environment,

to have planted good seeds,

and to realize that you are on the right path —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To have a chance to learn and grow,

to be skillful in your profession or craft,

practicing the precepts and loving speech —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To be able to serve and support your parents,

to cherish your own family,

to have a vocation that brings you joy —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live honestly, generous in giving,

to offer support to relatives and friends,

living a life of blameless conduct —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To avoid unwholesome actions,

not caught by alcoholism or drugs,

and to be diligent in doing good things —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To be humble and polite in manner,

to be grateful and content with a simple life,

not missing the occasion to learn the Dharma —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To persevere and be open to change,

to have regular contact with monks and nuns,

and to fully participate in Dharma discussions —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live diligently and attentively,

to perceive the Noble Truths,

and to realize Nirvana —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live in the world

with your heart undisturbed by the world,

with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace —

this is the greatest happiness.

“For he or she who accomplishes this,

unvanquished wherever she goes,

always he is safe and happy —

happiness lives within oneself.”

Mahamangala Sutta, Sutta Nipata 1

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has imparted so many dharmas!

May we all not miss the occasions to learn them.

To be able to learn and practice them is the greatest fortune for us all.

May this sutra bring you on the path to happiness, and a few moments of relief from all stresses.

Happy holidays!

The attraction of good luck

Source of the sutra: Mangala Sutra

Link: https://hhdorjechangbuddhaiiiinfo.com/2022/11/21/the-attraction-of-good-luck/

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Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of meditation

Life is hectic; however, a sitting session of 5 or 10 minutes daily can make a big change in our life.

Sit upright, take a deep breath in, and breath out to relax your spine.

Embrace these minutes of solitude in silence.

In your mind, count from 1 to 10 and back to 1 to 10 again.

Focus on the numbers, nothing else.

Start today.

Make it a routine.

It will be a game changer…

Only then, can you tell me…

What are the benefits of meditation for you?

Benefits of meditation

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My Experience from Respectfully Listening to the Recorded Dharma Discourses Expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

My Experience from Respectfully Listening to the Recorded Dharma Discourses Expounded 
by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III



I feel very fortunate and lucky that I can have the opportunity to listen respectfully to the recorded dharma discourses expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

The recorded dharma discourses expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III that I listened to include What is Cultivation?Impermanence, and others. Every time after respectfully listening to a recorded dharma discourse, I felt like being a fully charged computer. The dharma discourse alerted me to wake up from complex and chaotic worldly matters, reminding me that I must cultivate to become liberated from samsara and benefit others using the benefits I received.

In particular, the dharma discourse expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III entitled A Deviated Mind Attached to Phenomena is Mara; Differentiation under Any Circumstances Diverges from the State of Meditation benefited me especially very much. After respectfully listening to this dharma discourse, I began to learn how to put down attachment to self and how to prevent myself from being pulled by external states. However, in this process of learning, I am still often attached to various matters due to my habitual nature of an ordinary being. Only until after the incident, was I able to introspect to realize that I should hold up the correct thought, cultivate myself well, and put down attachment to self. Then I again began to make the effort to act according to the teaching.

I have been back and forth in this process. I make mistakes often, but I also repeatedly remind myself after the incident. 

Under a karmic condition, misunderstanding was produced between me and several friends of mine due to our different opinions in the process of working together. One of them attacked and criticized me in many ways. Had the situation occurred before I started to learn Buddhism and cultivate myself, I would have rebutted and scolded loudly in return long ago. Then the result would definitely be like a struggle of life and death. However, I was very calm at that time. I knew that if I was attached to it, afflictions would arise in me. I thought, “I should put it down. There is no need to explain. After a while, this misunderstanding will be untied and solved.” In the end, the misunderstanding did become resolved due to the rising of another karmic condition. As an after-thought, I feel this really is a beneficial effect from listening to the dharma, so that I was able to hold up my correct thinking in this unfavorable situation and continue to learn and act according to the teaching!

Therefore, I am very grateful to the opportunity of encountering the true dharma of the Tathagata from H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III!

I am grateful to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions!

Written by Liling Chen 


Link: http://dorjechangbuddhaiii-compassion.blogspot.com/2017/06/experience-from-respectfully-listening.html


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