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Old 11-20-2017, 12:39 PM   #1
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A story of my Dharma Name

When you become a Buddhist you often get a Dharma name. Sort like a christening. But it’s chosen by your teacher. A lot of time it’s like “Stillwater” or “falling snow” or “peaceful mind” or something in the language of your school (Korean, Japanese, Sanskrit, etc). It’s part of the bond between student and teacher.

My teacher who was Ch’an (Chinese Zen) whose Dharma name was Dharmakara in honor of one of the Buddhas. He was older and been practing and studying throughout the world but had few students. I was the only one I knew about. He was in poor health and lived on disability. But his knowledge and passion for the Dharma shone brightly and he was a frequent poster and admin of a Buddhist forum. He took me under his wing. I’m greatful for his wisdom.

He picked a different kind of name for me. He called me Liang Taio Lujing which means “one who follows two paths.” It was a name like monkeymind might be to remind me not to be that way. He told me that my meditative practice in Buddhism and being at church with my family and being a therapist and being a dad and all these things weren’t seperate paths. They were one meditative practice. My whole life was my practice. I don’t use my Dharma name much, though now maybe I should again. But it was a perfect choice for me.

Well one day, he died rather suddenly. I’m just glad i had the foresight to thank him for all his wisdom and patience with me. The name he gave me was one of
his best lessons.
 
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:21 PM   #2
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When you become a Buddhist you often get a Dharma name. Sort like a christening. But it’s chosen by your teacher. A lot of time it’s like “Stillwater” or “falling snow” or “peaceful mind” or something in the language of your school (Korean, Japanese, Sanskrit, etc). It’s part of the bond between student and teacher.

My teacher who was Ch’an (Chinese Zen) whose Dharma name was Dharmakara in honor of one of the Buddhas. He was older and been practing and studying throughout the world but had few students. I was the only one I knew about. He was in poor health and lived on disability. But his knowledge and passion for the Dharma shone brightly and he was a frequent poster and admin of a Buddhist forum. He took me under his wing. I’m greatful for his wisdom.

He picked a different kind of name for me. He called me Liang Taio Lujing which means “one who follows two paths.” It was a name like monkeymind might be to remind me not to be that way. He told me that my meditative practice in Buddhism and being at church with my family and being a therapist and being a dad and all these things weren’t seperate paths. They were one meditative practice. My whole life was my practice. I don’t use my Dharma name much, though now maybe I should again. But it was a perfect choice for me.

Well one day, he died rather suddenly. I’m just glad i had the foresight to thank him for all his wisdom and patience with me. The name he gave me was one of
his best lessons.
This is a beautiful story. My wife is wondering where your teacher came from and what his name is. As I mentioned my wife is Taiwanese, has studied with Ch'an Buddhists in the US, and became a Baha'i over a year ago.
 
Old 11-20-2017, 06:31 PM   #3
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I looked more about my teacher since you asked and others might be interested.
He was a moderate of freesangha.com, a Buddhist forum.
He said of himself:
“As for myself, yes I'm ordained and senior dharma heir of Shan-jian Da-shi --- Shan-jian was originally a psychiatrist in the UK before receiving ordination, first within the Theravada tradition and then later within the Ch'an tradition.”

But I went back and found this post only a few days before he passed away:
“speak from my own experience, having lived with a terminal disease my entire adult life, a disease that could have taken my own life at any point during those years, a disease that in fact has taken the lives of millions of others during those years.

I'm 53 years of age as of now and I certainly don't fear death, in part due to the fact that the Dhamma taught me how to live, where learning how to live goes hand-in-hand with learning how to die --- as QE mentioned above, it comes down to returning to the breath, living in the here-and-now, where you learn to count your blessings in the present moment.”

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Old 11-26-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
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He picked a different kind of name for me. He called me Liang Taio Lujing which means “one who follows two paths.” It was a name like monkeymind might be to remind me not to be that way. He told me that my meditative practice in Buddhism and being at church with my family and being a therapist and being a dad and all these things weren’t seperate paths. They were one meditative practice. My whole life was my practice.
This really resonates with me, as it is something that I have been trying--and often failing--to remember: That there is no separation between one's "religious life" and one's "regular life." Having grown up going to church on Sundays with my family, it was often easy to fall into the "one day per week Christian" mentality. Often with Baha'i teachings it is not any easier. At least with daily obligatory prayers there is a constant reminder, but even that sometimes doesn't help as much as it should.
 
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