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She sits in perfect diamond clear samadhi clearly seeing all things; Spring comes  to every land and the new moon shines brightly in the sky.
Respectfully brushed by Tenryu-ji Seisetsu.
Kannon Bosatsu.

SokushinbutsuThe practice of self-mummification, once performed by Buddhist monks in Japan. The monk would start by eating only nuts and seeds to strip them of their body fat, then move to drinking tea made from the urushi tree. The poisonous tea would cause vomiting to further their weight loss, as well as help dissuade insects from disturbing their body after death. 

This is true!  It happened in Northern Japan!


If you didn’t get blessed, here’s the Lok Ta at Wat Khmer San Jose granting my big sister & I with our New Year’s blessing & ksaidai (red blessed bracelet). Happy Cambodian, Lao & Thai New Years to all.

(via fckyeahcambodia)


Akira Beard

A thanks, and a hope for luck and prosperity. Khmer New Year. 

Interesting that they are giving American dollars!
And now, for some fun pics I found!

Anonymous asked - "I went to a Vietnamese temple last weekend and they had statues of three buddhas sitting next to each other? Are they all the same Buddha? Thanks."


Excellent that you’re visiting a Buddhist temple!  It’s good for getting a perspective of Buddhism as it is actually practiced.

Great question.  The answer is yes, they are different Buddhas.  Buddhism in Vietnam is heavily heavily influenced by Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, which most often incorporates both Pure Land and Ch’an elements to it.  The statues most likely looked something like this, right?


In East Asian Mahayana Buddhism, this is a very standard shrine.  This is a popular Buddhist “trinity”.  Usually, the Buddha in the center with the dhyana mudra is Sakyamuni Buddha, the most recent Buddha in our world system.  The one holding the pagoda to the right is usually the Medicine Buddha, who vowed to use his merit to alleviate not only mental but also physical ailments.  He’s very a very popular buddha prayed to for health.  And the buddha to the left is usually Amitabha Buddha, a celestial buddha who established the Western Pure Land.  If you recite his name with sincerity in your mind, then you can be reborn into his Pure Land where one can practice the dharma most easily and attain liberation.

However, the three Buddha statues also represent a very beautiful and important concept in the Mahayana schools—The Trikaya, or three bodies of the Buddha.

In the Mahayana tradition, the Sakyamuni Buddha (along with all other Buddhas) is believed to have had at least 3 bodies:

1) nirmanakaya, or physical body, with which they come to earth to teach the Dharma,
2)  sambhogakaya, or manifestation body, with which the buddhas continue to reveal teachings to us (sentient beings) in dreams or visions, and with which they divinely intervene to help us out on the path

3) dharmakaya, or their transcendent body, which is the manifestation of ultimate reality, and can thus not be talked about or described.  This last body cannot be described or comprehended.

This is a reminder that the message of Sakyamuni Buddha is well and alive, that his compassion for us continually manifests, and that the ultimate reality is ineffable.

Hope this helped!


Further Information:

Trikaya Doctrine (explained with a Theravada bias, but still good explanation)

Amitabha and Pure Land Teachings

Medicine Buddha (page 236 of this, which refers to him by his Sanskrit name, Bhaisajyaguru)


300 years old Tibetan Carved Skull.
(via Photos du journal - Scientific Illustration for the Research Scientist | somersault18:24)

This is awesome, but it makes me feel a little icky.  Maybe that’s what it is supposed to do!