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by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Human realms
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Human realms

A few chapters in the Avatamsaka Sutra talk about parallel worlds/universes... alternate dimensions, maybe... where Dharma is happening simultaneously in all of them throughout the infinite universes. I’m also wanting to know more about other human realms. What will happen to us when earth becomes u...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: What is an obstacle?

Longchenpa writes, The nature of misery and so forth, of unvirtuous or neutral obscurations which make the mind very unpeaceful are the "emotional obscurations". The subject and object of the conceptual apprehender and apprehended with the nature of contaminated virtues or unobscuring neutrality, w...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: What is an obstacle?

Yes, thank you very much Lama Pema Chopel 🙏 I couldn’t have asked for a clearer answer 😇 Wonderful responses, all around! Another question: It sounds like in Dzogchen view, there is no difference between inner and outer... how is this so? Would this also be like the cittamatra view? I love this foru...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 73
Views: 2675

Re: Discrimination is self

Someone mentioned that the five aggregates are the self... but that's not quite right. Five aggregates are what we call "the individual" skt. pudgala, tib. gangzag. What we call "self" is the grasping at the aggregates as self, ie. thinking that they are "you." This happens because of ignorance. The...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is an obstacle?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

What is an obstacle?

A Nyingma teacher recently told me he doesn't believe in obstacles. He doesn't do sang, astrology, mo or any of these things. He says relax and rest your mind. And that obstacles are mere creations of the mind. So... what the hell is an obstacle? If there is an individual གང་ཟག་ who experiences obst...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If you fail, double it!
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: If you fail, double it!

My gelug teacher once told us, If you miss a day of practice... it should feel like "Oh... I missed it!" Because you love the practice so much, when you don't do the practice one day, you feel like something is missing... And so you just want to do so much practice the next day to fill yourself agai...
by SilenceMonkey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sang without transmission
Replies: 47
Views: 1393

Re: sang without transmission

For anyone who’s interested... I spoke with a teacher of mine last night, who is gelukpa and nyingma. He said no need to practice Sang with a text. He also gave me a precious pill to grind up and put in the sang, as an offering of immense spiritual wealth. I was to tell the guest, “This is everythin...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

Great!

I’m not familiar with these commentaries. Do you know the titles of their translations in English?
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Eight Verses of Training the Mind translation

This is my favorite 🙏 With a determination to achieve the highest aim For the benefit of all sentient beings Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem, May I hold them dear at all times. Whenever I interact with someone, May I view myself as the lowest amongst all, And, from the very depths of my...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Which language should I learn first, classical Chinese or Tibetan?

I went to Taiwan for three years, learning colloquial Chinese in my first two and classical in my third. During that third year, I stayed at the liberal arts college at Dharma Drum Mountain and learned a lot about Chinese Buddhism in Chinese. If that’s something you’re interested in, I recommend it....
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 33
Views: 2028

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

The essence of bodhicitta is the Bodhisattva vow.

The FPMT put out a powerful translation of “The Bodhisattva Vows” (in booklet form)
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

I don´t think they are born at all in the three realms. they sent their emanations here, but they transcend ordinary existence. The answer is in the commentary : "The bodhisattva abandons his fleshly body and attains a body of dharmadhātu when he enters into the samyaktvaniyāma and acquires the pat...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

I don´t think they are born at all in the three realms. they sent their emanations here, but they transcend ordinary existence. The answer is in the commentary : "The bodhisattva abandons his fleshly body and attains a body of dharmadhātu when he enters into the samyaktvaniyāma and acquires the pat...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sang without transmission
Replies: 47
Views: 1393

Re: sang without transmission

What have I started... :jawdrop: :juggling: :lol:

Interesting discussion on the origins of sang :)

Good advice Mantrik and Pema Chopel~ I am doing other practice now and have a resolve to get lung for riwo sangcho in the near future! :namaste:
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 33
Views: 2028

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

* Think about others' suffering *

A couple books:
"Heart of Compassion" by Dilgo Khyentse (37 practices of a bodhisattva!)
"Present Moment, Wonderful Moment" by Thich Nhat Hanh (compassionate gathas!)
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 550

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

They are not born in the three realms but can travel all around the universes as well as serve the Buddhas in the ten directions. 法身菩薩斷結使,得六神通... 「得六神通」者,不生三界,遊諸世界,供養十方諸佛。 Amazing! Truly amazing! What might it mean that these bodhisattvas aren't born or don't arise within the three realms... but th...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Studying 37practices.
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Studying 37practices.

Another thing I just remembered... Checking your motivation BEFORE starting any activity. And AFTER leaving a situation, reviewing in your mind what just happened... Was I aware and practicing bodhicitta and the six paramitas? Or was I wasting my time? (maybe similar to how we review what we did thr...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Studying 37practices.
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Studying 37practices.

I think the essence of lojong is about the attitude we carry with us throughout the day. So whenever you come to a moment of awareness and remember to practice, you can check your motivation. Is it full of positivity or negativity? If positive, you can rejoice and relax. If negative, to see the situ...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sang without transmission
Replies: 47
Views: 1393

sang without transmission

Can one do sang without transmission?
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Teachers in Dharamsala and surrounding areas?
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Teachers in Dharamsala and surrounding areas?

Serkong Rinpoche is about to give teachings on Bodhisattvacharyavatara. If you're interested, you can send me a pm for details.

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