Help save wisdom texts in Nepal! This series of special fundraising talks are open to the public and members. Dr. Miroj will speak on the importance of different Dharani's being preserved by A.L.L. at our Nepal input center.
About the Class
This is a 1 hour class covering and fundraising on behalf of timeless asian philosophy being preserved by A.L.L.. It is open to all levels and accessible to the public for later viewing if you are a member, in the private FB group "Guides" section. Dr. Miroj Shakya, Director of Sanskrit preservation at Asian Legacy Library, will teach every two months on the significance of different Dharani texts being preserved by A.L.L..
CLASS 2: Spreading love & Compassion: The Tara Dharani
Thursday March 31, 2022 6AM LA, 6AM AZ, 9AM NYC, 9PM Taiwan
1. Introduction - The Origin of Tara
2. Incantations of Tara- 108 names of Tara and a few short Dharanis
3. Benefits of Chanting - Removal of Eight great fears/protection of family/ relationship/ all kinds of issues/diseases
4. Dr. Shakya's Personal experiences of chanting the dharani in daily life and its effectiveness.
Register for Class 2: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aUXVOOzBR6CpDOWLE7oKaw
PAST CLASS (become a member to view in FB guides)
CLASS 1: The Vasudhārā Dhāraṇī and its Significance February 7, 2022
Vasudhārā means the bearer of wealth or steam of treasure. She is one of the most popular female deities in Mahayana Buddhism. She is yellow in complexion. Seated in Lalitāsana posture, she is depicted in a form having one face and six arms displaying a rosary, jewel, and varada mudrā in her right hands and a scripture, bundle of rice, and vase of plenty in her left hands. She is the embodiment of compassion and loving-kindness. She blesses with wealth and prosperity anyone who sincerely chants her mantra, Dhāraṇī, and performs the rituals invoking her. There are many Sanskrit Buddhist texts attributed to the worship of Vasudhārā. Among them, Vasudhārā Vrata Kathā, Vasudhārānāmāṣṭottaraśatam (Vasudhārā's 108 names), Vasudhārā Dhāraṇi, Suchandra Avadāna and Vasudharoddeśa are the most prominent ones. The origin of Vasudhārā appears in the Vasudhārā Dhāraṇī. This Dhāraṇī claims that Sākyamuni Buddha gave this teaching on Vasudhārā to the householder Sucandra, a resident of Kosāmbī for overcoming poverty at the Ghoṣitārāma monastery in the great forest called Kaṇṭaka near Kosāmbī. In this talk, I will introduce Vasundhara and offer an analysis of the content of Vasudhārā Dhāraṇī and discuss the benefits of recitation of this Dhāraṇī in daily life.
What are we fundraising for?
Lightning Club is paying special attention to Asian Legacy Library's activities in Nepal. Did you know that for the past three years we've been working on building a new input center in Kathmandu, Nepal, in collaboration with NIBS (Nagarjuna Institute of Buddhist studies)!? We need to raise money to finish the ALL input center in Kathmandu, so that we can save these texts from being lost and so we can share them for free in the A.L.L. digital library to be translated. The NIBS input center goal is $65,000 and Lightning Club like to cover the cost of at least two computers for the center at only $2,200. Can you help us?
NIBS was started by the late Min Bahadur Shakya and his two sons Miroj Shakya and Milan Shakya. They specialize in Nepalese, Sanskrit manuscripts. A.L.L. has trained 11 nepalese men & women to scan and input texts and the project is managed by Vimala Sperber of A.L.L.
Check out the special Dharani project being launched at the new center in Kathmandu. Something that Dr. Miroj Shakya feels will benefit the whole world! Dharani means mantra and the goal is to find 108 dharanis in Nepal from different manuscripts, then preserve, scan, input and share for free to the world!! Donate here to raise money for Sanskrit manuscript preservation in Nepal.
-Any donations for this class will support the A.L.L. NIBS project in Nepal.
How to prepare for the class?
Open to the public
1. Donate to save Dharani texts in Nepal: https://asianlegacylibrary.kindful.com/?campaign=1144309
2. Save the zoom link and date: Thursday March 31, 20220 6am AZ time:
Any funds donated below, go directly to the NIBS project in Nepal . *Note this does not grant you access to the club membership. See button at bottom of event page for membership.
Dr. Miroj Shakya is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at
University of the West, Rosemead, California, USA and the Director of Sanskrit for the Asian
Legacy Library in Nepal. He earned his M.A (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in Religious Studies
specializing in Buddhist Studies from the University of the West, Rosemead, California. His
research interests include Sanskrit language, Literature, Pali language, Buddhist canon, Indian
Mahayana Buddhism, Newar Buddhism, and Hinduism. He is currently serving as Project
Coordinator of Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project (www.dsbcproject.org) and Rare
Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscript Preservation Project at the University of the West. He was
Convener of the Sanskrit Language Working Group, Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts sponsored
by the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), Bangkok, Thailand. He was
editor of “Catalog of Digitized Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscript Vol. 1 (2010) and Vol.2
(2019)” and co-editor of a book titled “Sacred Art of Nepal” (2013). He was awarded the
Straniak Foundation Grant through the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, the
University of California for Spring semester 2008. He spent a semester as a Visiting scholar at
ECAI, International Area Studies, The University of California, Berkeley in 2008. He is currently
serving as Director of Nagarjuna Institute of Buddhist Studies, Lalitpur, Nepal. He has been
serving as a founder member of the Maitri Project, Los Angeles which provides funds for health
care, housing, food, and financial support for nuns and monks of Nepal (themaitriproject.com).
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