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by SilenceMonkey
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 7092

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Tulku Sang-Ngak is skilled in fengshui (they call it "geomancy"). And Tai Situ Rinpoche is an expert on it. He spoke about the intimate relation between external geomancy and inner tsa-lung in tantric practice during his last teaching on "Dharma and Sacred Dharma." (audio here: https://www.palpung.o...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed May 20, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Secular book on lojong
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Secular book on lojong

Perhaps the Dalai Lama's "The Power of Compassion" or "The Art of Happiness"... Or Alan Wallace's "Boundless Heart" (more on using the four immeasurables to cultivate shamatha than verses you can carry with you through the day). Pema Chodron would have some great work to fit with a secular mindset. ...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri May 08, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 37
Views: 4012

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

Maybe some of the ancestors become ghosts or beings in the heavens. If in the lower realms, they may need some sort of spiritual help. Reciting sutras for them, etc... and dedicating merit. If in higher realms, perhaps they might be the ones helping us... watching over us and acting as protectors. D...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat May 02, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Enlightenment and compassion
Replies: 7
Views: 1627

Re: Enlightenment and compassion

Anyway, compassion is not an emotion or phenomena, but the manifestation of viewing the relative samsaric reality from the side of the absolute, enlightenment, etc.- at least that's what a Buddhas compassion is supposed to be like. If you want the blow by blow check out the Uttaratantra. You're pro...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat May 02, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 769

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

Sometimes through sheer power of faith and things unexplainable, a westerner will have a much deeper experience of a long ritual than many tibetans who understand the words and meaning.
by SilenceMonkey
Sat May 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

Also in the forms of zen that I've encountered (japanese and chinese), the master is indispensible. Enlightenment cannot happen in zen without a master. There is a direct mind to mind transmission beyond words, from master to disciple. Zen is based on skillful means of the master to enlighten the di...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama

Here's article by Garfield on geluk and nyingma views on applying logic to the ultimate. This stuff is so fascinating!

https://jaygarfield.files.wordpress.com ... 081016.pdf
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama

Something that might help is knowing the word "analytical meditation" དཔྱད་སྒོམ་ or "analyze" དཔྱད་པ་ is a synonym with "investigate," "examine" or "to check" བརྟག་དབྱད་བྱེད་. Tibetans usually use this latter term "examine" to mean "check to see if something is true" or "see for yourself." Usually a...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama

I think Dalai Lama may be referring to meditations such as looking for the self (and being unable to find it). Investigating the nature of reality and illusion. Usually the term "analytical meditation" is used in distinction with "placement meditation," the practice of placing your mind on one objec...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1892

Re: Why?

Some say that after over a thousand years of guarding the teachings, times have changed and they needed to become open to the rest of the world. Some of the people who say this say it was Tibetans' punishment for keeping them so secret. Others say it just needed to happen, and it took a chinese inva...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama

It's not just from Lam Rim. All schools of Tibetan Dharma have analytical meditation in one form or another. Any teachings on looking for the self and not finding it, that's "analysis." Any contemplation practice where you ask yourself is something really like this? Analysis. Any practice of looking...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1687

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

I think wealth in tibetan tradition is a symbol of generosity as well. There was a great Dzogchen master in Northern India whom I once met. He lived in a mansion, but was a total yogi who spend most of his time on the couch reciting mantras. He was very old and had a true air of renunciation. I thin...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of living in Dharamsala
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Cost of living in Dharamsala

Average rent for one room (one person, not a family) might be 4000-1000 rupees per month, depending on how luxury their lifestyle. Tibetans usually live more cheaply than foreigners. Rinpoches on the other hand... food might be 300-500 rupees a day (per person) if they eat out for every meal, 200 if...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith & logic
Replies: 50
Views: 1805

Re: Faith & logic

My somewhat zen perspective is that all methods of Buddhadharma work to get rid of ego’s self-grasping. For me, logic is a kind of discriminating wisdom that destroys wrong views. Without these obscurations, reality of suchness will reveal itself and Buddha nature will shine. For me, Faith is faith ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Nihilism is an extreme caused by a clinging to erroneous understanding of emptiness. In the Kagyu view,it is a fault of the intellect, and therefore conventional and deluded. On the level of no analysis, there is no need to deny appearances, law of karma, etc. To do so would be as foolish as superi...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

If time doesn’t exist for such great Bodhisattvas... what about kalachakra?
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Sutras/Prayers to Fall Asleep
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: Reciting Sutras/Prayers to Fall Asleep

It’s good to do some practice in the evening as you’re going to sleep... it turns your mind to dharma and will bring ease in your sleep and good dreams.

I think falling asleep in this way would be a relaxed kind of joyous effort and not laziness.
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Regarding the quote by Karl Burnholtz, it seems to me self-evident that from the (deluded) standpoint of ordinary beings, they perceive the relative/empirical reality to be real. The point of madhyamaka is to show that this is delusion. That ordinary beings perceive concrete objects (dualistically) ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Basically, my misunderstanding is Nagarjuna as nihilism. If an early Madhyamaka text confirms Brunholzl, it also counters this nihilism view. Do you know of any quotes specifically that directly confirm the Brunholzl quote? Lamrim Chenmo by Lama Tshongkhapa, vol 3, ch. 10, p. 132: The twenty-sixth ...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sadhana of Buddha Sakyamuni
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Sadhana of Buddha Sakyamuni

About food offering... when we offer food to the three jewels before each meal, is this essentially different from offering on the altar? Donpa lama’i Sangye Rinpoche Gyopa lama’i Damchoe Rinpoche Drinpa lama’i Gendun Rinpoche Gyap ne Gonchoksum la choepa pul For example... saying this mantra and of...

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