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by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translations of the term "heart"
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: Translations of the term "heart"

Thank you for the article Kim.

I am mainly wondering about the connotations of these terms in the Tibetan idiom and Tibetan culture on the whole.
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances

The basic issue is trying too hard in Dharma practice; the basic antidote is relax/be patient/let go. This one is right on the money. That’s the principle... how fire is stirred by the mind. A wuwei approach is helpful. Naturalness or nondoing... but really just doing less. Less forcing and pushing...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances

I forgot to mention cooling foods are a general antidote for too much heat. I used to drink coconut water from 7/11 in Taiwan, it worked wonders.

Another practice that helped me was identifying and being mindful of my neurotic habits. The truth of suffering and it’s causes...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances

I’ve had some real bad rlung issues for years... so maybe some of my research could be of use. Someone mentioned rlung is the equivalent of vata (wind) in Ayurveda... Which is mostly true. But it is also the word for prana or qi in chinese. My own rlung issues are related with my constitution of vat...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translations of the term "heart"
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: Translations of the term "heart"

Thugs is generally an honorific form of Sems, in written as well as modern spoken Tibetan. I wonder about blo, shepa and yid. They are synonyms in abhidharma context for something like “consciousness” or “intellect.” (The relative aspects of mind and it’s mental factors.) I wonder if Sems also fits ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chögyam Trungpa
Replies: 30
Views: 1885

Re: Chögyam Trungpa

His books have always been the freshest inspiration for me. Cutting Through was my introduction to Tibetan Dharma... it changed my life. I had a dream with him in it a few months ago. I didn’t think much of it until the next evening when a chinese nun invited me to meet her teacher in Nepal, saying ...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Books on Shentong

I want to learn about Shentong. Any suggestions?
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginner Practice Books?
Replies: 18
Views: 886

Beginner Practice Books?

Can anyone suggest a book, article or youtube video explaining basic aspects of ritual practice? eg. Setting up an altar, how to properly use a mala for mantra, how to make prayers and why, basic ways to develop merit... This sort of thing. This is for a friend beginning in Tibetan Buddhism but with...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts
Replies: 22
Views: 1222

Re: Oral Transmissions Online: From how's to nuts and bolts

Although not tantric in nature, Kangyur oral transmissions are given in Tibetan traditions, and it is considered good to receive. Does anyone know about the difference between lung for sutra and lung for tantra? And would lung for lojong fall under the sutra category of lung?
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4769

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

Master Sheng Yen on No-self (a modern chinese zen point of view). Simple, also profound.

by SilenceMonkey
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?

And spinning prayer wheels!
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?

I find chanting mantras increases my sense of love. Especially Chenrezig, Manjushri, Green Tara, White Tara and Amitabha. I imagine sadhanas and prayers related with loving deities would also do the same. Especially if you have faith, have some body awareness or have done some kind of energy practic...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Another perspective... Sometimes current living masters are said to be reincarnations of famous masters from the past. But often these rumors are discouraged because it would cause people to respect teachers based on who they might have been in a past life instead of on the merit of their teachings....
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Monasteries/smaller temples to stay in Taiwan
Replies: 3
Views: 2344

Re: Monasteries/smaller temples to stay in Taiwan

I was living at Dharma Drum Mountain (the main center in Jinshan) for a year, last year. I was attending classes in their liberal arts school... (for which you need a solid command of Chinese). But while I was there, a british guy was staying in the Ch'an hall for a couple months as a volunteer. It ...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to face false accusation
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: How to face false accusation

Best commentary of 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas in English is "Heart of Compassion" by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Beautiful, amazing book...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Chan Staff
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: Chan Staff

Most depictions of Xuanzang usually have a very similar staff.
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Chan
Replies: 3
Views: 875

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Chan

I asked a few nuns in China this question. They joked that as long as you can memorize the Surangama mantra, you'll be fine. They do this mantra as well as great compassion dharani and the ten small mantras for morning service. In the evening they alternate reciting the Amitabha sutra and 88 Buddhas...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 4671

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Zen might be cheaper.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visiting Nepal and Sikkim
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Visiting Nepal and Sikkim

I would like to visit Nepal for a month (second half of Dec. through January). I have not much of a plan except for going to Kathmandu and seeing what happens from there... Any advice about beautiful and holy places to visit... monasteries... wonderful teachers who offer teaching to foreigners... or...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 53
Views: 3597

Re: Searching for a Teacher

Why don't you go on some retreats in India or Nepal? Go around receive and some teachings here and there until you are blown away... or find someone very reliable and that resonates somehow. Maybe if you just go, a lot of the intellectual qualifications will run out of steam by themselves over time....

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