Post by galvatron prime on Jan 22, 2019 13:34:31 GMT
Four Heavenly Kings (Hong Kong)
Four Heavenly Kings 四大天王 is a Chinese term created in June 1992 by Oriental Daily News to refer to the four biggest male entertainment/arts superstars in Hong Kong at that time: Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai. Having successful singing (in both Cantopop and Mandopop) as well as acting careers well into the 2000s, they dominated the industry in Hong Kong and throughout the larger Chinese speaking world in the 1990s. Thus is the '90s is sometimes also called the "Four Heavenly Kings Era" in Hong Kong entertainment, as their songs swept the awards of Top 10 Songs of the Year during a 6-year span.
The term is derived from Four Heavenly Kings, which originally is a reference to four gods in Buddhism.
The Four Heavenly Kings Jacky Cheung (b. 10/07/61) Andy Lau (b. 27/09/61) Aaron Kwok (b. 26/10/65) Leon Lai (b. 11/12/66)
The Fifth Heavenly Kings 第五天王 Hacken Lee Emil Chow Ekin Cheng
Post by galvatron prime on Jan 22, 2019 13:42:34 GMT
Four Heavenly Kings 四大天王
The Four Heavenly Kings are four Buddhist gods, which originates from the Indian version of Lokapalas, each of whom watches over one cardinal direction of the world. In Chinese mythology, they are known collectively as the "Fēng Tiáo Yǔ Shùn" (simplified Chinese: 风调雨顺; traditional Chinese: 風調雨順; literally: "Good climate") or "Sì Dà Tiānwáng" (Chinese: 四大天王; literally: "Four Great Heavenly Kings"). In the ancient language Sanskrit they are called the "Chaturmahārāja" (चतुर्महाराज), or "Chaturmahārājikādeva": "Four Great Heavenly Kings". The Hall of the Heavenly Kings is a standard component of Chinese Buddhist temples.
The Four Heavenly Kings are said to currently live in the Cāturmahārājika heaven (Pali Cātummahārājika, "Of the Four Great Kings") on the lower slopes of Mount Sumeru, which is the lowest of the six worlds of the devas of the Kāmadhātu. They are the protectors of the world and fighters of evil, each able to command a legion of supernatural creatures to protect the Dharma.
Mythology All four Kings serve Śakra, the lord of the devas of Trāyastriṃśa. On the 8th, 14th and 15th days of each lunar month, the Kings either send out emissaries or go themselves to inspect the state of virtue and morality in the world of men. Then they report their findings to the assembly of the Trāyastriṃśa devas.
On the orders of Śakra, the Kings and their retinues stand guard to protect Trāyastriṃśa from another attack by the Asuras, which once threatened to destroy the realm of the devas. They also vowed to protect the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Buddha's followers from danger.
According to Vasubandhu, devas born in the Cāturmahārājika heaven are 1/4 of a krośa in height (about 750 feet tall). They have a five-hundred-year lifespan, of which each day is equivalent to 50 years in our world; thus their total lifespan amounts to about nine million years (other sources say 90,000 years).
Painting of Kōmokuten (Virūpākṣa), the Guardian of the West (one of the Four Guardian Kings). 13th century. The attributes borne by each King also link them to their followers; for instance, the nāgas, magical creatures who can change form between human and serpent, are led by Virūpākṣa, represented by a snake; the gandharvas are celestial musicians, led by Dhṛtarāṣṭra, represented with a lute. The umbrella was a symbol of regal sovereignty in ancient India, and the sword is a symbol of martial prowess. Vaiśravaṇa's mongoose, which ejects jewels from its mouth, is said to represent generosity in opposition to greed.
In popular culture The Spice Boys are a collective of antagonists called 魔族四天王 (Mazoku Shitennō, lit. Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Clan) in the anime Dragonball Z. The Elite Four from the Pokémon franchise are known as the Four Heavenly Kings in the original Japanese. The Four Guardians from the video game series Mega Man Zero are known as the Four Heavenly Kings in the original Japanese.
The Four Kings of Heaven (or Negacommanders in the original English dub) is the collective name of four antagonists in the Sailor Moon franchise. The Four Heavenly Kings is an association of aliens in Ultraman Mebius. The Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi from The King of Fighters video game series. The Four Heavenly Kings is a group of four powerful "Gourmet Hunters" in the anime/manga Toriko. The Elite Four from the anime Kill la Kill are known as the Four Heavenly Kings in the original Japanese. The Four Heavenly Kings of Shadaloo from Street Fighter However Sagat is later replaced by Fang in Street Fighter V.
Post by galvatron prime on Jan 23, 2019 0:48:34 GMT
The Four Heavenly Kings: Getting to Know Four Powerful Buddhist Gods that Helps Bestow Wealth, Success, Peace, and Protection.
Today is a very good day and an exciting day (please note that actual writing and date of posting are usually different from each other) for me and in a way for my regular readers and believers of Feng Shui and Buddhism it should be a good day for you also, because today is the day I was told by my Guru Lama to share with you about the Four Heavenly Kings.
The Four Heavenly Kings has been featured in numerous Buddhist Sutras, one of which is in The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva; Earth Store Bodhisattva is also known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva or Di Zhang Pu Sa. In this particular sutra, Sakyamuni Buddha (The Historical Buddha) directly addressed the Four Heavenly Kings to help propagate the Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva. They were also prominently mentioned in the highly revered Golden Light Sutra.
It is said that those who recite the Golden Light Sutra will be protected by the Four Heavenly Kings themselves. Furthermore, those who recite and keep the Lotus Sutra will also be protected by the Four Heavenly Kings.
From this we can see that the Four Heavenly Kings are powerful protector Buddhist gods, however, as you read on you will that they don’t only protect us but they each also have a specific function which is different from each other.
At this point, I would like to clarify that the Four Heavenly Kings are gods in the Buddhist pantheon; it means they are not yet Bodhisattvas or Buddhas, and they serve the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.
Again, The Four Heavenly Kings are Buddhist gods, each of who watches over their assigned cardinal direction of the world. The cardinal directions are East, West, North, and South. In Chinese they are originally known or called as “Fēng Tiáo Yǔ Shùn” (風調雨順), which literally translates to “Good climate”, but in the translation in the Chinese version of sutras they are called “Sì Dà Tiānwáng” (四大天王) which means “Four Great Heavenly Kings”. four heavenly kings 2
In most Chinese Buddhist Temples, one will normally see the THE HEAVENLY KINGS HALL. This is usually one of the first most majestic halls one will see.
The Four Heavenly Kings resides in Mt. Sumeru, a celestial and cosmic mountain where the heavens are. They are also the protector of the world and they fight evil, each of the 4 Heavenly Kings are able to command a legion of supernatural creatures to protect the Dharma or people who follow the Dharma.
Each of the Four Heavenly Kings serves Sakra, the of the devas (gods) of the Trayastrimsha Heaven. In Buddhism there are many heavens, and the Tranyastrimsha Heaven is the heaven nearest to our world, which is called Jambvudpiva is Buddhist sutras.
Although they are more commonly called as the Four Heavenly Kings, each one of them has a name and their specific directions and functions. Allow me to introduce to you the Four Heavenly Kings:
VAISRAVANA (He Who Hears Everything) Vaisravana. Is the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings and is the main protector of the cardinal direction North. He is sometimes likened to Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also spelled or called as Quan Yin, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Quan Shi Yin, Avalokitesvara, Kannon, Chenrezig, Bodhisattva of Compassion, Goddess of Mercy) whose literal translation is THE WHO HEAR THE CRIES OF THE WORLD. Vaisravana is also known as Kubera, Namtose (Namthose), Vessavana, Thao Kuwen, Wetsawan, Wetsuwan, Wéthawún Nat Min, Duō Wén Tiānwáng. Vaisravana is the rule of water or rain, which is also the element that represents wealth or money. The umbrella or the pagoda are his symbolic weapons. Vaisravana is considered as a very powerful god of wealth. In fact, Vaisravana rules over the famous gods of weatlh, which are the Five Dzambhalas (also spelled as Dzambhala, Dzambala, Jambala, Jambhala, Zambhala, Zambala) namely Red Dzambhala, Yellow Dzambhala, White Dzambhala, Black or Blue Dzambhala, and Green Dzambhala. He rules over the Dzambhalas amongst other Yaksha (also spelled as Yaksa) which are generals of the heavenly realm. Vaisravana is often associated with the colors yellow and green. Symbols of Vaisravana: Umbrella, Stupa, Pagoda, Mongoose Cardinal Direction: North VIRUDHAKA (He Who Causes To Grow) Virudhaka Is the king of the South. He is the ruler of the wind. And is the god who helps cause good growth of roots or crops. His symbolic weapon is the sword, which he carries in his right hand to protect the Dharma and also to symbolize power over ignorance. Virudhaka is also known as Virūḷhaka, Thao Wirunhok, Virúlaka Nat Min, Zēng Zhǎng Tiānwáng, Zōchō-ten, Jeungjang-cheonwang, Virudhaka rules over Kumbhanda, which are a group of dwarfish spirits and is considered as one of the lesser deities in Buddhism. Virudhaka is often associated with the color blue. Symbol of Virudhaka: Sword Cardinal Direction: South DHRTARASTRA (He Who Upholds the Realm) Dhrtarastra Is the king that rules over East. He is also considered as the God of Music. His symbolic weapon is a stringed instrument called pipa. It is said that Dhrtarastra uses music to convert all sentient beings to Buddhism. While all of the Four Heavenly Kings are harmonious and compassionate, Dhrtarastra is considered to be a god that helps promotes harmony and compassion. Dhrtarastra is also known as Dhrutharashṭa, Thao Thatarot, Daddáratá Nat Min, Chí Guó Tiānwáng, Jikoku-ten, Jiguk-cheonwang, Yülkhorsung. Dhrtarastra rule over the gandharvas, which are male nature spirits that has superb heavenly and celestial musical skills. They are part animal usually a bird or a horse, and acts as messenger between gods and humans. Dhrtarastra are often associated with the color white. Symbol of Dhrtarastra: Pipa Cardinal Direction: East. VIRUPAKSA ( He Who Sees All) Virupaksa Is the king that rules over the West. He is considered as the one who sees everything that happens in the Dharma world. His symbolic weapons are snake or a red cord that is representative of a dragon. It is said the Virupaksa watches over us in the sky, and that when we solemnly call on him in time of danger, he will guard and protect us. And if you are not Buddhist and for some reason knows a lot of Buddhism, it is said that it Virupaksa is the one who feeds you these informations. Virupaksa is also known as Virūpakkha, Virūpaksha, Thao Wirupak, Virúpekka Nat Min, Guăng Mù Tiānwáng, Kōmoku-ten, Gwangmok-cheonwang, Virupaksa rules over the Nagas, which is a deity that has taken the form of a very great snake. Virupaksa is often associated with the color red. Symbols of Virupaksa: Snake, Stupa, Pearl. Cardinal Direction: West According to Guru Lama praying to the Four Heavenly Kings will provide us with wealth and prosperity (thru King Vaisravana), success and progress (thru King Virudhaka), peace and harmony (thru King Dhrtarastra) and, good health and protection from danger (thru King Virupaksa). Placing their images at home also serves as one of the most powerful protection amulet one can have.
Guru Lama shares with me a story about how when he was assigned by the Dalai Lama to leave Dharamsala, India to help spread Buddhism and build temple in other parts of Asia, he has personally tapped into the blessings and power of the Four Heavenly Kings.
That was a few decades ago and when he left India, he was only given small amount money to travel and spread the Dharma and eventually build a temple. Guru Lama said he was a little apprehensive because a few years back they just left Tibet because of Chinese oppression, and when he was asked to leave again to spread the Dharma, he was apprehensive and really nervous even though he was excited and felt honored to be entrusted with the task of spreading the Dharma.
A few months before leaving India, he started preparing himself physically and mentally to this overwhelming task. He would always meditate on the teaching of the different sutras and would always draw strength from Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (aka Kuan Yin, Quan Yin, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Quan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Chenrezig, Kannon) and Bodhisattva Vajrapani. One night in his sleep he received a vision that Vajrapani Bodhisattva visited him and that he was shown the images of the Four Heavenly Kings. Upon waking up he knew then that he would need the help of the Four Heavenly Kings to help progress in his endeavor.
This totally make sense, because if you go back to the description of the Four Heavenly Kings, he will need wealth and prosperity to help build a temple, success and progress so that people will see the good side of what he was about to do, peace and harmony so that he can transmute that feeling to the people around him, good health for this overwhelming task, and protection to ensure that he doesn’t come to harm’s way in spreading the Dharma.
And so my Guru Lama started worshipping and praising the Four Heavenly Kings by making offerings to them and by chanting the mantras of the Four Heavenly Kings. He also vigorously recited The Golden Light Sutra, and The Lotus Sutra (full title is called “Sūtra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma”). And the rest is history. According to Guru Lama he was able to become an instrument into building a temple and building a Sangha (Buddhist community) with relative ease. Money for the temple just kept on pouring in.
Note: To this day Guru Lama still actively participate in building temples. The stipulated donation from the amulets goes to the feeding of the monks or building temples or making of images of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.
And so today, again for the first time, I want to share with you a powerful mantra that will help you attract wealth and prosperity, success and progress, peace and harmony, lastly, good health and protection, you can recite the mantras of each of the Four Heavenly Kings.
Here are the mantras of each of the Four Heavenly Kings:
Post by galvatron prime on Jan 23, 2019 0:56:02 GMT
Four Heavenly Kings; 2 Definition(s)
Four Heavenly Kings means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article. In Buddhism General definition (in Buddhism) Four Heavenly Kings:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit caturlokapāla defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 7):
Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Virūpākṣa, Virūḍhaka, Kubera. The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., caturlokapāla, ‘four heavenly kings’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha In the Buddhist faith, the Four Heavenly Kings are four guardian gods, each of whom watches over one cardinal direction of the world.
They reside in the Caturmaharajika heaven (Pali Catummaharajika, "Of the Four Great Kings") on the lower slopes of Mount Sumeru, which is the lowest of the six worlds of the devas of the Kamadhatu. They are the protectors of the world and fighters of evil, each able to command a legion of supernatural creatures to protect the Dharma. They are:
Vaisravana (Kubera) or Vessavana (Kuvera): "He who hears everything" Virudhaka or Virulhaka: "He who enlarges" or "Patron of Growth" Dhrtarastra or Dhatarattha: "He who maintains the state" or "Watcher of the Lands" Virupaksa or Virupakkha: "He who sees all" According to Vasubandhu, devas born in the Caturmaharajika heaven are 1/4 of a krosa in height (about 750 feet tall). They also have a five hundred year lifespan, of which each day is equivalent to 50 years in our world; thus their total lifespan amounts to about nine million years (other sources say 90,000 years).;
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I read it but I don't really understand it. So apparently like Hindhuism, Buddism also have a lot of goddess.
When I went to Tibet and Yunnan Dali last time, I visited many Buddhist temples. There's so many god and goddess statues with so many explanation. Actually the term Demigods and Semidevils is also from Buddhism, and in Dali's Tianlong Temple (the temple where Duan Yu's uncle and other Dali kings became monks), there's some statues of this demigods and semidevils. When I finish reorganizing my pictures, I will share the pictures.
Jacky Cheung is my favourites singer for TVB drama but Aaron Kwok is more entertain in his MTV video with his dancing skill.
The Fifth Heavenly Kings 第五天王 title was created after Alan Tam dissatisfied why his friends Hacken Lee and other like Deric Wan,Canti Lau,Julian Cheung was not included in 1992 ,he complain Leon Lai was born in Beijing and not native of Hong Kong,this news from Chinese newspaper in Malaysia in 1992.
Hacken Lee get the title as Fifth King in 1993-1994 .
Emil Chow get the title as Fifth King in 1995 ,he know as Assassins Heaven King.
Ekin Cheng get the as Fifth King after the Young And Dangerous movie in 1996 . siuyiu Who is your favourites among the Four canton pop star ?
IMHO, Jackie Cheung is the best singer, but Andy Lau has better songs that suits his voice. While Aaron Kwok, he's a good dancer. I just can't find anything good from Leon Lai. His voice is so-so, his songs are so-so also...
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