地藏菩萨

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“地狱不空誓不成佛”是大愿地藏菩萨大宏誓愿。地藏梵文Ksitigardha。根据地藏菩萨本愿功德经所载,佛告文殊师利菩萨,大菩萨有著无量数不可思议之殊胜功德,誓愿拯救六道众生,唯众生至心如法念诵,地藏菩萨名号,供奉图像,则菩萨必使之离诸苦难。以花香等供养,财物布施可得二十八种利益。佛又告诉观音世菩萨言,地藏菩萨於阎浮提有大因缘。若说於诸众生,见闻利益等,百千劫中说不能尽。佛劝请观世音说,汝以神力流布是经,令娑婆世界众生,百千万劫永受安乐。

根据佛经所载,当本师释迦佛寂灭入涅盘之际,佛陀勒令地藏菩萨在世间主持正法,使佛法宣扬,利乐众生,并使佛教常住世间,以免间断。之后弥勒菩萨当于无量劫降临世间,并在世间成佛 ,号弥勒佛,这也是经典上所说之“当来下生弥勒佛”。当此交替之际,地藏王菩萨是当今世间代理教主。

释迦佛母“摩耶夫人”,生下释迦太子后,而离开人世间,往生三十三天之“忉利天”。佛陀为了母亲脱离欲界而上忉利天宫为佛母,讲说“地藏菩萨本愿经”,令其母发大菩提心,生往究竟的“常寂光净土”。因此地藏菩萨本愿经也被称为佛教之“孝经”。

地藏菩萨在世间所示现的特徵,均以出家相为普度众生,观音、文殊、普贤三位菩萨则以在家居士身,显圣救济一切众生,所谓无刹不现身,千处祈求千处应。

九华山现身的“金地藏”,原是新罗国的王子“金乔觉”比丘,他在九华山修行成道,世人认为他是地藏菩萨化生,示现在九华山度化众生,因此,九华山被认为是地藏菩萨的道场。

供养地藏菩萨功德,根据地藏菩萨本愿经说,可得,二十八种利益。
(一)  天龙护念
(二)  善果日增
(三)  集圣上因
(四)  菩萨不退
(五)  衣食丰足
(六)  疾疫不临
(七)  离水火灾
(八)  无盗贼厄
(九)  人见钦敬
(十)  神鬼助持
(十一)女转男身
(十二)为王臣女
(十三)端正好相
(十四)多生天上
(十五)或为帝王
(十六)宿智命通
(十七)有求皆从
(十八)眷属欢乐
(十九)诸横消灭
(二十)业道永除
(廿一)去处尽通
(廿二)夜梦安乐
(廿三)先亡离难
(廿四)宿福受生
(廿五)诸圣赞叹
(廿六)聪明利根
(廿七)饶慈愍心
(廿八)毕竟成佛

启建地藏菩萨圣像,像高五米,以九华山石所雕刻,圣像庄严、肃穆,经云,对圣像之瞻礼可得七种利益。
(一)速超圣地,
(二)恶业销灭,
(三)诸佛护临,
(四)菩提不退,
(五)增长本力,
(六)宿命皆通,
(七)毕竟成佛。

[蔡明田居士记        公元二0一0年一月三十日]

 地藏菩萨圣诞:农历七月三十日随缘随喜功德,欢迎参加供养,诚心护念,共建功德。供奉金马币伍佰元以上者刻名纪念福慧无量。

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Tee-Chan statue
The magnificent statue of Buddha Tee-Chan was placed in front of Mi-Tuo-Yen. The great wishes of Buddha Tee-Chan were that he vowed not to become a Buddha if the hell realm was not liberated.
He was a great Bodhisattua in the eyes of Buddhist devotees.
Buddha Tee-Chan’s great wishes: is to liberate the hell realm beings.

About Ksitigabha Bodhisattva … (information refers from: http://www.ompramanidanisoha.com/)
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is one of the four principal bodhisattvas in Oriental Mahayana Buddhism. The others are Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Manjusri Bodhisattva, and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

Between the Shakyamuni Buddha’s Maha Paranirvana and the arrival of the Maitreya Buddha, the Saha-world would exist without a Buddha. Concerned that celestial beings will have no one to turn to, Shakyamuni Buddha asked Ksitigabha Bodhisattva to use his powers to ‘ferry over’ the devas that fall into the hells. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva vowed that should any living beings not yet ‘ferried over’, he would not wish to become a Buddha, and this is one of the most touching story in Buddhism.

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva during his past lives was born variously as the son of the elders, Brahman lady, king, etc. According to Longevetiy Ksitigarbha Pranidhana Sutra, in all these lives as commoners, he had always vowed to help all livings and to ‘ferry over’ all living beings from the hells. Hence, he had such a great compassionate vow, that it was called the ‘Great Vow’.

Meaning of Bodhisattva …
In Buddhist thought, bodhisattva (Pali: bodhisatta; Thai: phothisat) literally means “enlightened (bodhi) existence (sattva)” in Sanskrit.

Those who call themselves bodhisattvas are motivated by the wish to benefit other “existences” and to lead them to enlightenment.

The Mahayana encourages everyone to become bodhisattvas and to take the bodhisattva vows. With these vows, one makes the promise to work for the complete enlightenment of all sentient beings.

According to the Theravada tradition however, being a bodhisattva and becoming a fully enlightened Buddha (Sanskrit: Samyaksambuddha) is not possible for the vast majority of beings, so their common path to follow is to strive for becoming an Arhat (liberated from the sufferings of the cycle of rebirths).

The 10 Bodhisattva Grounds

  1. Great Joy
    • It is said that being close to enlightenment and seeing the benefit for all sentient beings, one achieves great joy, hence the name. In this bhumi the bodhisattvas practice all virtues (paramita), but especially emphasizing generosity (dana).
  2. Stainless
    • In accomplishing the second bhumi, the bodhisattva is free from the stains of immorality, therefore, this bhumi is named ‘Stainless’. The emphasized virtue is moral discipline (śila).
  3. Radiant
    • The third bhumi is named ‘Radiant’, because, for a bodhisattva who accomplishes this bhumi, the light of Dharma is said to radiate from the bodhisattva for others. The emphasized virtue is patience (ksanti)
  4. Luminous
    • This bhumi is called ‘luminous’, because it is said to be like a radiating light that fully burns that which opposes enlightenment. The emphasized virtue is vigor (virya).
  5. Very difficult to train
    • Bodhisattvas who attain this bhumi strive to help sentient beings attain maturity, and do not become emotionally involved when such beings respond negatively, both of which are difficult to do. The emphasized virtue is meditative concentration (dhyana).
  6. Obviously Transcendent
    • “By depending on the perfection of wisdom awareness, he [the bodhisattva] does not abide in either samsara or nirvana, so it is ‘obviously transcendent'”. The emphasized virtue is wisdom (prajna).
  7. Gone afar
    • Particular emphasis is on the perfection of skilful means, or upaya-kaushalya, to help others.
  8. Immovable
    • The emphasized virtue is aspiration.
    • This, the ‘Immovable’ bhumi, is the bhumi at which one becomes able to choose his place of rebirth.
  9. Good Discriminating Wisdom
    • The emphasized virtue is power.
  10. Cloud of dharma
    • The emphasized virtue is the practice of primordial wisdom.

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