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by Vasana
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 85
Views: 1610

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17

I managed to catch the preliminaries but I had connection problems so I threw the towel in after 10 minutes of glitchy video and unlistenable audio. Despite that inconvenience, I'm still grateful for making whatever degree of a dharma-connection with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and of course the text it's...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 85
Views: 1610

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17

I managed to catch the preliminaries but I had connection problems so I threw the towel in after 10 minutes of glitchy video and unlistenable audio. Despite that inconvenience, I'm still grateful for making whatever degree of a dharma-connection with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and of course the text it's ...
by Vasana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avoid idle talk
Replies: 10
Views: 215

Re: Avoid idle talk

by Vasana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avoid idle talk
Replies: 10
Views: 215

Re: Avoid idle talk

Rather than getting caught up in the idiosyncrasies of a particular author or translation, seek out alternative authors and translations to see if the same passage makes more sense elsewhere. You might also get to the core meaning of any particular teaching much sooner that way. Learning to avoid Id...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: Peeling the onion

Because the dharmadhātu is free from all reference/focal points. So is brahman. Though that's not the vibe one usually gets from studying Advaita and particularly Neo-Advaita. If you talk about something long and hard enough, even if you keep repeating the caveat "Remember, folks, X is attribu...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on the Mulamadyamaka Karika
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Questions on the Mulamadyamaka Karika

Emptiness refutes existents but doesn't claim complete non-existence. Emptiness and dependently originated appearances are not mutually exclusive.
by Vasana
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ethics and Morality as Objects of Compassion
Replies: 18
Views: 407

Re: Ethics and Morality as Objects of Compassion

I imagine this may be related to 'the compassion which takes dharma practice as its object' / cho la migpai nyinje. It's not to be confused with taking a concept as an object of compassion since concepts don't experience suffering. James Low elaborates. "In the mahayana traditon, wisdom is unpa...
by Vasana
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 204
Views: 9796

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

well i am not questioning benefits of ngöndro, i already done 90k prostrations and doing ~900 each day. my question is about history research of ngöndro. Prostrations in the early history of Tibetan Buddhism seem to have been combined with purification practices. Sakya Pandita writes about this. He...
by Vasana
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Deity practices for the health of one's teeth
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: Deity practices for the health of one's teeth

Medicine Buddha with adequate internal and external treatment /dietary change etc.

Any other practices that work with strengthening the elements of the body. I think some of T.W.Rinpoche's teachings and practices for elements may be unrestricted.
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Loving kindness
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Loving kindness

Taranatha's Essence of Ambrosia goes over the causal contemplations for developing the correct Mahayana attitude. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=367807#p367807 I need to attain buddhahood. I therefore need to cultivate bodhicitta since it is the cause of buddhahood. The cause of bodhicitta...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 9801

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

Huh? We were speaking about what constitutes Darshan in this particular instance, not some all encompassing exploration into the escence of all possible experience. Are you saying that there is a difference? What does that have to do with the discussion and how does it serve the recent exchange? :s...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 9801

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

What is the escence of the experience in both cases? I'm not sure it's been properly defined here yet. What is the essence of any experience? Huh? We were speaking about what constitutes Darshan in this particular instance, not some all encompassing exploration into the escence of all possible expe...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 9801

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

A vision of a master or deity is dependant on the devotion and pure vision of the student and the compassion of a master - it might be experienced as a blessing and as inspirational but it isn't really the same as darshan or a liberation through sight/sound etc, even if it leads the student to furt...
by Vasana
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 9801

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

A vision of a master or deity is dependant on the devotion and pure vision of the student and the compassion of a master - it might be experienced as a blessing and as inspirational but it isn't really the same as darshan or a liberation through sight/sound etc, even if it leads the student to furth...
by Vasana
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: Peeling the onion

Making stories is the function of mind. In Dzogchen we learn to separate mind from the essence of mind, if you will (rigpa and marigpa). This is the key in the Dzogchen teaching. Essence of mind sounds like pure awareness, no felt subject/object division. Yeah it can be spoken of like that within c...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does enlightenment bring joy?
Replies: 17
Views: 308

Re: Does enlightenment bring joy?

I don't know anything about Nichiren but if even the path of Arhatship brings Joy, then you can be sure that any kind of Mahayana enlightenment will be joyful too. Different degrees of joy can also arise before full enlightenment. Mudita - sympathetic joy is one of the four sublime states (appamañña...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: Peeling the onion

All good responses. Good stories. :-) Does the indivisibility of the two truths show us that story is ultimately no different from not-story? Does every layer of the onion contain every other layer? Indra's onion? Valid-cognition of the mind's nature is what you're after, remember. ' The ultimate i...
by Vasana
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to stop orgasms during meditation?
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: meditation is giving me orgasms! help!

Have you tried sitting in a different ways to see if your experience is the same? If you're sitting crossed legged maybe try kneeling instead or even sitting on a chair. There could be physiological reasons or it could just be a passing tendency. Avoiding aphrodisiac foods/drinks and herbs for a whi...
by Vasana
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4434
Views: 367939

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Are there any DC practices/mantras that would be particularly appropriate prior to a formal session of Dharma study? Anything conducive to memory, focus, understanding etc? 9 breathings and Element purification. Rinpoche often relays that the elements mantra helped him memorizing long root texts wh...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hundred Thousand Songs
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Hundred Thousand Songs

In 1962 Garma C.C. Chang translated these wondrous songs of Milarepa bodhisattva Milarepa realized the full kayas of Buddhahood as he himself says in some of his songs so it's more accurate to refer to him as a Buddha and not a Bodhisattva. Interested to see how the new translation compares to the ...

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