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by Empty Desire
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Its just my rational mind working a lot... There is also a rational way to approach the Pure Land teachings, seeing how it is within the context of the whole of Buddhism. It requires first of all getting your mind around fundamental concepts, like rebirth, the various realms, karma, and dependent o...
by Empty Desire
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Sometimes my faith is weak and I have doubts of Pure Land teachings...are they real? Buddha did not teach such things. Others did. Its easy to imagine somewhere (some centurys ago), an abbot or a monk, seeing people lacking in faith, decide to create the Pure Land teachings. And thats it, we have t...
by Empty Desire
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1914

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Anders wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:26 pm
What's the deal with deity yoga?
I found Lama Thubten Yeshe's explanations in his books very helpful for developing an understanding of this.

'Becoming the Compassion Buddha' would be one.
by Empty Desire
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 56
Views: 1914

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Finally, we live in a degenerate era. No one can achieve awakening through any common Mahāyāna practice such as the six perfections, Chan, Zen, Pure Land practice, etc., in these times. Why? We are too afflicted. But in this degenerate era, we are also more intelligent, so Vajrayāna is also more su...
by Empty Desire
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

2.24 - " “Sarva­nīvaraṇa­viṣkambhin, noble son, this bodhisattva is taught to be illusory, unattainable, and subtle. This bodhisattva is described as being unstained; as being with form,a vast form, a hundred thousand arms, a trillion eyes, and eleven heads; as being a great yogin, a sublime yogin;...
by Empty Desire
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:27 am
Is Chenrezig/Avalokita a Buddha or a Bodhisattva?
I think Buddha he/she has his/ her own Pure Land called Potala which is mentioned in Chenrezig Lord of Love.

There is an island in China called Mount Putuo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Putuo where exists his/her Bodhimanda.
by Empty Desire
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Live Stream Vajrakilaya Teachings, Empowerment and Drubchen 11/10 - 11/18
Replies: 46
Views: 1012

Re: Live Stream Vajrakilaya Teachings, Empowerment and Drubchen 11/10 - 11/18

It's interesting, both Garchen R. and Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche emphasized in these teachings, that without the basis of love, compassion and bodhicitta, one can practice these sadhanas and accomplish the deity, but it's a worldly deity, a demon, not a Wisdom Being. They both used the word 'dem...
by Empty Desire
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2805

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Both aspects of the question can't be understood intellectually. The first is either experienced directly or not. The second is accepted directly as part of the path of practice or through some other advanced means. For example when you practice for 6 months and develop an unshakeable Faith in the L...
by Empty Desire
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2805

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. It is the opposite actually, rebi...
by Empty Desire
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Harmful Speech

I like these: https://studybuddhism.com/en/essentials/how-to/8-buddhist-tips-for-dealing-with-anger?fbclid=IwAR2M5wwC2_NdW4jq1ueRFOIJ614NLmr6fHbtCgzLcaTaC2yLP-mVLa35Dws I tried Digesting the Anger as taught by Lama Yeshe - quoted above. It actually worked. I went for a coffee with a non-Buddhist fr...
by Empty Desire
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 806

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

There is nothing to grasp onto.

Reality is Ungraspable.
by Empty Desire
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Prayer to Namgyalma
Replies: 8
Views: 1330

Re: Prayer to Namgyalma

Bumping this old topic because of the wonderful information it contains. I don't practice Gelug. I hadn't heard of Namgyalma until browsing the FPMT online store. The beautiful circular design caught my eye ... and it's free to download! I've long had a problem with insomnia, as well as waking up e...
by Empty Desire
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Harmful Speech

Although strictly speaking not Vajrayana, nevertheless I consdier these words of wisdom from Dogen Zenji very relevant to the topic: Students, when you want to say something, think about it three times before you say it. Speak only if your words will benefit yourself and others. Do not speak if it ...
by Empty Desire
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Harmful Speech

As Secret Mantra practitioners we have Bodhisattva & Tantric Vows. If we are faced with Harmful Speech either in person or via some Messaging App. Is there any advice from practitioners here that they either use or have learnt or received from Vajrayana Masters that can be applied. Garchen Rinpoche...
by Empty Desire
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Harmful Speech

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:08 pm
The chapter on patience from the Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra has been eye opening for me regarding anger. I can post some excerpts if you don't have access to a copy.

:reading:
I now have a copy - thank-you!
by Empty Desire
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Harmful Speech

Compassion focused practices and Tonglen are wonderful ways to develop Empathy. I like this a lot as a focus in my practice in the degenerate age. Here's a quote from Lama Yeshe "I encourage people not to express their anger, not to let it out. Instead, I have people try to understand why they get a...
by Empty Desire
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Harmful Speech

As Secret Mantra practitioners we have Bodhisattva & Tantric Vows. If we are faced with Harmful Speech either in person or via some Messaging App. Is there any advice from practitioners here that they either use or have learnt or received from Vajrayana Masters that can be applied. Garchen Rinpoche ...
by Empty Desire
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Man in the Box

Also, my old Preceptor used to say We're all in Prison. The Prison of Greed, Hatred and Delusion.

He was Theravada - Thai Forest.


So True Freedom comes through Freedom of the Mind!
by Empty Desire
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Man in the Box

Keep practising the Dharma whatever form that takes. I used to go to Prisons in the UK as a Monk as my former teacher ran the Buddhist Chaplaincy in the UK. I used to inaugurate the shrines with other Bhikkhus and chat to the Prisoners. Some of them were big walls, barbed wires, alsations, lots of s...
by Empty Desire
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guruyoga with one's enemies?
Replies: 35
Views: 1594

Re: Guruyoga with one's enemies?

Hi, First of all, my apologies, I may have asked this in the past. If I hadn't, then I had meant to,but I cannot find it through the search function. I recently read (in "Beyond Words" by Judith Allen and Julia Lawless) that one of the Dzogchen Tantras recommends the pracatice of guruyoga with one'...

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