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by MatthewAngby
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: refuge tree visualisation
Replies: 16
Views: 322

Re: refuge tree visualisation

This is something you should really ask the teachers who gave you this practice. In all likelihood, they will echo the above posts but it is still good to check. A phrase comes to mind: "Don't let perfect become the enemy of good" One of the key things for begingers or experience practioners is to ...
by MatthewAngby
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: refuge tree visualisation
Replies: 16
Views: 322

refuge tree visualisation

I’ve been doing this for some weeks or so. I’ve realised it took me almost 1 hour plus to do it ( plus the stress and breathing stress when visulaising the tree ). I would like to ask all of you how do you personally visualise the tree? Because I try to do a perfect clean clear visulisation of all t...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2075

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

Breaking samaya can be easy to do. Fixing samaya is just as easy and a hell of a lot of fun too: You invite around all your yogi and yogini friends and give them loads of alcohol and meat, sing songs, dance and during the party some of them may even get laid. If you want guilt fueled self-mortifica...
by MatthewAngby
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2075

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

Can u do phowa to escape vajra hell ?
by MatthewAngby
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro or other methods similar to it.
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Ngondro or other methods similar to it.

I know that ngondro is designed for one to purify defilement , accumulate merit and stuff. But are there any other methods to substitute for ngondro - eg. More Nyung Na retreats?
by MatthewAngby
Sun May 20, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pls help Theravadin monks in Singapore ( petition )
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Pls help Theravadin monks in Singapore ( petition )

https://www.change.org/p/buddhists-stop-singapore-breaking-religious-human-rights-forbidding-buddhist-monks-to-do-almsrounds?recruiter=876739871&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_abi_share_button_ordering_1.abi_featured&utm_term=autopublish Pl...
by MatthewAngby
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: Help on shamatha

How much shamatha with an object have you done and for how long to be able to distinguish when it is personally beneficial for you in steadying the mind? You can use objects other than the breath. Read the books from those who are considered authoritative on this topic. Don't be satisfied with just...
by MatthewAngby
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: Help on shamatha

Read/watch/ attend the various treatsies and teachings on Shamatha. In these all of the faults and antidotes are systematically explained. Agitation and dullness are some of the main faults. In general, breathing shouldn't really be forced during shamatha even if you're using the breath and sensati...
by MatthewAngby
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions about arhat
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Questions about arhat

Those who choose the Hearer and Solitary Path have the poten al to overcome samsara but when they actualise the peace of nirvana, they remain contentedly in meditation on for aeons'' - My question is, can an arhat get out of this meditation to help beings? Is becoming an arhat harder than to become ...
by MatthewAngby
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: Help on shamatha

Samadhi/dhyāna is a natural mental factor, we all have it. The problem is that we naturally allow this mental factor to rest on afflictive objects such as HBO, books, video games, etc. Śamatha practice is the discipline of harnessing our natural predisposition for concentration, and shifting it fro...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: Help on shamatha

Does anyone have any advice given by great masters or rinpoche on their advice for Shamatha meditation? I’m currently doing it on a daily basis. Also , what does Shamatha aim to achieve ultimately ? Yes, it seems supremely logical to me that since you have spent so many years honing your concentrat...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Help on shamatha

Does anyone have any advice given by great masters or rinpoche on their advice for Shamatha meditation? I’m currently doing it on a daily basis. Also , what does Shamatha aim to achieve ultimately ?
by MatthewAngby
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2129

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

What you completely fail to understand is that mundane actions done under the influence of ignorance and self-centeredness generate the karma vipakka (consequence of action) which manifests as suffering. Well Grigoris, you are probably too close minded to even acknowledge what i am trying to convey...
by MatthewAngby
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2129

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

What you completely fail to understand is that mundane actions done under the influence of ignorance and self-centeredness generate the karma vipakka (consequence of action) which manifests as suffering. Well Grigoris, you are probably too close minded to even acknowledge what i am trying to convey...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2129

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

So you’re telling me that just because I do magic , I stray from dharma? For me, when I do magic, I consider it mundane like jobs. I don’t see the harm in magic, will it cause harm to any being? Will it cause any harm? I am sure his Magic will only help himself. What you completely fail to understa...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2129

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

I see nothing wrong in Doing spells as Long as it doesn’t harm people or summoning up Entities ( because some might be not trustable ). Hey grigoris, tell me what’s the difference between doing a spell ( which does not harm )to help one self and Doing jobs to help one self. You saying that he does ...
by MatthewAngby
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2129

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

I see nothing wrong in Doing spells as Long as it doesn’t harm people or summoning up Entities ( because some might be not trustable ). Hey grigoris, tell me what’s the difference between doing a spell ( which does not harm )to help one self and Doing jobs to help one self. You saying that he does n...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chinese culture and Buddhism and more
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Chinese culture and Buddhism and more

There’s a lot of overlap and it’s probably very difficult, if not impossible, to tease apart what is Buddhism and what is Chinese culture. The 49 days thing is rooted in Buddhism. It has something to do with the bardos, I think. The body of the deceased is supposed to be undisturbed and prayers sai...
by MatthewAngby
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 1230

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

"Asia" refers to a huge number of countries and cuisines. If you want to eat healthily, but avoid the awful consequences of the SAD, I REALLY recommend the book "Deep Nutrition". Rice ( a very common thing ), brocolli, chicken. Chicken can be substituted for fish and pork too. Or for noodles ( if u...
by MatthewAngby
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chinese culture and Buddhism and more
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Chinese culture and Buddhism and more

Hello. I am from a chinese Buddhist family and many a time , they seem to enforce rather what I would THINK to be Chinese cultures on me, which i grew restless to it. 1: in chinese culture ( afaik) Some say you can’t eat beef if you pray to Kwan yin ( I think ) or you can’t eat beef in ur home if u ...

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