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by tomamundsen
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

Now, which ignorance is it that is addressed? Is it the afflictive ignorance? Or, as I suspect, is it the "knowledge obscuration"? Knowledge obscuration. Avidya is just the negation of vidya. The root of vidya is vid ( “to know, understand”), and that comes from Proto-Indo-European weyd ‎...
by tomamundsen
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gyatrul R. "On Deity Practice" part 1.
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Gyatrul R. "On Deity Practice" part 1.

Thank you :namaste:
by tomamundsen
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Incense Won't Stay Lit
Replies: 19
Views: 266

Re: Incense Won't Stay Lit

Lukeinaz wrote:I have the same box with a good layer of ash and the sticks still are still going out. At first I thought it was humidity problems but its happening in the winter as well.

Hmmm.... OK I'll report back sometime next week with how it goes for me.
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Incense Won't Stay Lit
Replies: 19
Views: 266

Re: Incense Won't Stay Lit

It may help to put a layer of salt or sand in the bottom- to keep the incense stick off the metal. The usual practice for new members in NSA/SGI was for another member to supply a bit of incense ash in a sandwich bag, maybe some beads, other stuff as an altar "starter kit". Another possib...
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Incense Won't Stay Lit
Replies: 19
Views: 266

Re: Incense Won't Stay Lit

It has to lie on a bed of ash to stay lit. If it is lying on the metal container it won't burn. Just use some of the leftover ash from your last sangcho, there's nothing in it to cause the new offerings to be rejected. PS Nice box! That's about what I thought. Thanks, Greg! Actually, I have a bigge...
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Incense Won't Stay Lit
Replies: 19
Views: 266

Incense Won't Stay Lit

Hi all, I recently purchased an incense box, like this one: http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/HFwAAOSwNuxXZo7x/s-l1600.jpg I'm having an issue with the incense not staying lit inside of it. The inside is some kind of metal container. Does anyone have any tips for keeping the incense lit inside of the bo...
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shrine Crystal
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Shrine Crystal

dzogchungpa wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Natural is better than cut...

Not just for crystals, or so I'm told...

:rolling:
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shrine Crystal
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Shrine Crystal

amanitamusc wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:Hi all,

What kind of crystals are acceptable for a shrine? Or does it not really matter? I'm thinking about the clear prism kind, but don't know what type of crystal they are.

Thanks,
Thomas
http://www.jnanasukha.org/shop/tibet-quartz-crystal

:thanks:
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shrine Crystal
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Shrine Crystal

Malcolm wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:
Malcolm wrote: A natural one is best, but a crystal ball is also fine.

So, at the crystal shop that I visited before, there are several different kinds of quartz crystals. Basically any type of quartz will work? :namaste:


Natural is better than cut...

Oh, I see! Thanks :namaste:
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shrine Crystal
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Shrine Crystal

Hi all, What kind of crystals are acceptable for a shrine? Or does it not really matter? I'm thinking about the clear prism kind, but don't know what type of crystal they are. Thanks, Thomas A natural one is best, but a crystal ball is also fine. So, at the crystal shop that I visited before, there...
by tomamundsen
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shrine Crystal
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Shrine Crystal

Hi all,

What kind of crystals are acceptable for a shrine? Or does it not really matter? I'm thinking about the clear prism kind, but don't know what type of crystal they are.

Thanks,
Thomas
by tomamundsen
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vira, Yogin, Daka
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: Vira, Yogin, Daka

PKTC Illuminator says: >> དཔའ་བོ་ >> <noun> "Hero", "warrior". Translation of the Sanskrit "vīra". ... Note that although the term has often been translated by Western practitioners with the Sanskrit "ḍāka", that is not correct, it is as shown above...
by tomamundsen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine
Replies: 31
Views: 1138

Re: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine

Malcolm wrote: While there are many good teachers alive today, there is only only one living Vidyādhara of Dzogchen teachings.


While I have the utmost respect for Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, and have no doubt that he is a Vidyadhara, this is just silly. He is not the only one alive today.
by tomamundsen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine
Replies: 31
Views: 1138

Re: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine

srivijaya wrote:As far as I can see it was his own interpretation, rather than the original Buddha's - unless anyone knows otherwise?


Do you mean Samantabhadra?
by tomamundsen
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine
Replies: 31
Views: 1138

Re: Dzogchen and the Two Truths Doctrine

A follow-up question: given that the two truths don't exist in Dzogchen, can one even say that there is a path to realizing rigpa or beings who attain it? How does one hold onto the Middle Way here without falling into nihilism? When existence is not established nonexistence is not established and ...
by tomamundsen
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Retreat Spots
Replies: 22
Views: 650

Re: Retreat Spots

A snowy retreat Aside from retreats I like snowy places alot and I particularly like walking out in the woods after a snow. There is something about the fresh, crisp and clean air and the fact that there is a white manifestation of the water element all around you, on the trees, and earth that is p...
by tomamundsen
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1287

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

And I thought it would be useful to let someone like Dharma Flower know that there are in fact people out there, in very large numbers, that have his kind of confidence in the Mahayana tradition and that he's not the only one that thinks this way. I have complete confidence in the Mahayana, doesn't...
by tomamundsen
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1287

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Read the rest of the post... Honestly, I just couldn't understand it :shrug: My fault for being too playfully obscure, I guess - sorry. I think I've explained enough now, but the quote came from the Rubaiyat which is worth knowing even if it isn't Buddhist. You can read it here: http://www.omarkhay...
by tomamundsen
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1287

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

Indeed. And the converse is obvious to many of us, too. Interesting. So, if you truly do think that way, then why exactly are you on this forum for Mahayana and Vajrayana? To instill doubt in the minds of fledgling practitioners of the Great Vehicle? Read the rest of the post... Honestly, I just co...
by tomamundsen
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1287

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

If we look at the matter historically, Mahayana is the legitimate heir to pre-sectarian Buddhism, and Theravada is a schismatic group Yea, that is obvious to many of us. :anjali: Indeed. And the converse is obvious to many of us, too. Interesting. So, if you truly do think that way, then why exactl...

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