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by SilenceMonkey
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1230

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: 2
Views: 1850

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: 565

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: 1115

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: 683

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: 92
Views: 2147

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: 238

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: 50
Views: 2537

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....
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "rinpoche" in India asking people for money
Replies: 1
Views: 784

"rinpoche" in India asking people for money

[Mod note: For anyone responding, just stick to what facts you know. No gossip/opinions.] Is anyone familiar with someone who goes by "Tenzin Rinpoche" (sometimes tenzin jigme or tenzin sangbo) and asks a lot of people for money? I've heard he caused quite a stir in Sikkim. There was a famous faceb...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Re: Harmful Speech

Also, I find The Four Agreements helpful in trying situations.

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by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Tibetan
Replies: 14
Views: 1044

Re: Learning Tibetan

I'm currently attending a great 2 year program in Dharamsala called Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program. It's six months into the course, so the next generation of students will come in late March, 2020. Could be you! :tongue: Generally, from what I gather... the most thorough language trainin...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1230

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Members of the Chinese traditions (especially Ch'an) tend to criticize Tibetans for the public recognition of reincarnations. I got the sense that doing such a thing will only lead to inflated egos, and so it is not often done publicly. Although often there are rumors within the inner circles that t...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3901

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Yeah, I think your hunch may be a little bit off. They're rare, but you can find practitioners of both Ch'an/Zen/Seon and Dzogchen or Mahamudra. I'm a bit more familiar with Chinese tradition, but I've heard korean zen (Seon) practitioners sometimes have tantric influence. Undoubtedly, some go for ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3901

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is a futile exercise to compare the two, as there are (as far as I know) no people alive who are sufficiently advanced and knowledgeable practitioners in both systems to be able to contrast them from experience. So all we can do is compare language in texts and make conjectures - which can be in...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3901

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

2) Is it impossible to achieve 13th bhumi through Zen? In the Chinese tradition, there are no Bhumis beyond the tenth. Tenth Bhumi Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) and Manjushri are sometimes said to be Buddhas, but have temporarliy taken form as celestial bodhisattvas for the benefi...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara
Replies: 45
Views: 4516

Re: Tara

Scholars seem to think Tara practice began in China. Citation please Upon a closer look, nothing is conclusive. N.N. Bhattacarya makes claims for Tara's Chinese origins, but his style of reasoning seems to me un-thorough and unconvincing. I can't remember where, but I think it was Bhattacarya that ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 80
Views: 5142

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche recently wrote an excellent book on many of these concerns. It's about how to find a guru, evaluate a guru, relate with a guru, and understand the guru-disciple relationship in general.

It's called "The Guru Drinks Bourbon?"
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 39
Views: 3879

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Wasn't Nattier's article arguing that the Heart Sutra may have been a reformulation of the longer Prajna Paramita sutras for ritual use? If so, that doesn't invalidate the Prajna Paramita teachings but is merely a new expression of them. And not even "new" from what I understand, as everything in th...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

If you want to train this, you can go to the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition. They have this in their curriculum. They don't practice vipassana until they've achieved the 4th form jhana (or maybe it was one of the formless jhanas), and only then do they start to contemplate dependent arising. That's when t...

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