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by SilenceMonkey
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Recommended online Tibetan courses
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Recommended online Tibetan courses

Esukhia's the cheap option, and mostly pretty decent. I think it's something like $5 USD/hr for a skype. Sometimes they have teachers with knowledge of Dharma (ie. philosophy, etc...) so you could request for that. I don't know if people there would know much about tantra, but basic dharma language ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

When I was in Dharamsala, I was looking for Nyingma teachers. I’ve never heard of or seen his monastery in Dharamsala, Rigdzin Padma Ling. There is Chamtrul Rinpoche’s bodhicitta center and the (currently) mostly abandoned Nyingma gompa on bhagsu rd Silnon Kagye Ling (belonged to Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje ...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of keeping good friends
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: Importance of keeping good friends

Don't have to shun... just not create those kind of conditions if you're not ready. 3rd verse of the 37 practices of a bodhisattva... "Letting go of unwholesome environments, afflictions fade away. Without distractions, virtue increases by itself. With clear awareness, we become convinced of the tea...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Surgery effect on channels
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Surgery effect on channels

One of my closest friends was practicing daoist qigong for years, sinking qi into the dantian... At some point, his health got really bad and doctors told him he needed his appendix removed. After that surgery, he couldn't practiced the qigong anymore... everything was all messed up. It's so sad.
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

It’s important to understand that these realms exist as dimensions of consciousness and not as physical planes. By characterizing the celestial realms as being progressively “higher” and more refined levels of existence, and the ghostly realms as being correspondingly “lower”, the purely spiritual ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

Sorry but that’s not what Guanyin’s method entails, Nada Yoga is a Hindu practice I assume someone is confusing the two. That wiki article is simply incorrect. If you read Avaloketishvara’s instruction it doesn’t involve listening to some humming. It just states “Upon listening to sound as it enter...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

Thanks for the link, humble.student! I believe Master Sheng Yen wrote something on this method. I have a lot of respect for him, but I wasn't able to find anything available in English on this. Anyone have any ideas? Maybe something here... 2nd volume of "Until We Reach Buddhahood" https://chancent...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?
Replies: 18
Views: 597

Re: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?

Self is the illusion. The rest are skandha.
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

Merit is the good spiritual energy that is generated from your practice, which comes when you deeply connect with enlightened ones and their teachings. We can share this good feeling with others, whomever we want. Many spirit beings are merit deficient (eg. the so-called "hungry ghosts" who wander a...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

That's not really what I'm talking about. I'm saying that there have been figures in East Asia who claimed to be masters in Ch'an, have realizations from Vajrayana practice and have high acclaim from Tibetans, and they were frauds. So I recommend the exercising of caution when such claims are made ...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?
Replies: 18
Views: 597

Re: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?

There are touch sensations because that's how the body is made up. The self comes in with how we instinctively respond to the sensations: attachment or aversion -- sense of clinging! "We" react. But the "you" feeling comes from a shadow in the mind, something that isn't actually there. Without this ...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

I recommend people take this guy with a grain of salt. When someone claims to have done many retreats, be a Chan master, Vajrayana (Tibetan) practitioner, etc. all together you should take it with caution. I'm not claiming this guy isn't legit, but similar claims have been made by frauds in the Eas...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

The Lotus Sutra has a miraculous quality of inspiring faith in the faithful. I chanted Lotus Sutra for months, and experienced this!

I know quite a few practitioners in taiwan who have stories about how Guanyin saved them. So many people have these stories, it's crazy.
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Dharma Master Cheng Yen
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Tzu Chi is mostly a charity organization. They're not known for meditation teaching. Out of the four big buddhist organizations in Taiwan, it's the other three that teach ch'an. (ie. Dharma Drum Mountain, Buddha Light Mountain and Chong Tai Chan Monastery)
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

From Master Hsuan Hua's commentary on Surangama Sutra. There are a number of pages, so just hit "next" until you finish the section on Ear Organ: http://www.cttbusa.org/shurangama5/shurangama5_12.asp Also, the one group I found in Taiwan to actually practice this as their main meditation method is M...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 34
Views: 907

Re: Buddhism vs Hinduism

I personaly believe through experience that the true nature is empty and good, that you can become one with a spirit that enters you be it demon or god through the use of entheogens which the hindus use and which they see as the true self. Just a thought... Just because a spirit might enter your bo...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 34
Views: 907

Re: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?

Actually, buddhists do believe in a soul. (we incarnate, don't we?) We just don't believe it is eternal (ie. unchanging), perfectly pure, existing by its own side (ie. not totally made up of parts that come and go, come and go), etc... Whatever it is, we wouldn't dream of using that nasty word "soul...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: Love at first sight

Karmic connection... Just like with some teachers we have an immediate feeling for... some people will have this feeling as well. From my own experience... some people you may understand their heart, before a single word was spoken. And everything they say rings and resonates within you. Some of our...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

When I was staying at Dharma Drum, lay people would always attend morning and evening services. People would often come up to the mountain on the weekends in order to be a part of activities like this, as well as larger pujas such as shuilu fahui (water & earth puja - this was the big one each year)...

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