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by himalayanspirit
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: My theory about Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 687

My theory about Buddhism

This is what I have understood so far in my journey on the path laid down by Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddhism is simply the way of eliminating attachment to the following three realm: 1. Eliminate attachment to Desire realm (goal - Arhat) 2. Eliminate attachment to the form real (Bodhisattva) 3. Eliminat...
by himalayanspirit
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it possible to become a Buddha through Guru empowerment?
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: Is it possible to become a Buddha through Guru empowerment?

One of the characteristics of a Buddha is that he is supposed to be fully-self-enlightened (Samyak-sambuddha). So if an empowerment from a Guru is essential in Vajrayana, then in what way are they Buddhas, since they aren't "fully-self-enlighened"? The Guru is the perfect embodiment of the dharma j...
by himalayanspirit
Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Inner Heat
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Inner Heat

I practice internal martial arts (Chinese) and have come to the stage where I can feel the "inner heat" on my Dantien (lower abdomen) region after practicing for a while. Does that count?

:mrgreen:
by himalayanspirit
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it possible to become a Buddha through Guru empowerment?
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Is it possible to become a Buddha through Guru empowerment?

One of the characteristics of a Buddha is that he is supposed to be fully-self-enlightened (Samyak-sambuddha). So if an empowerment from a Guru is essential in Vajrayana, then in what way are they Buddhas, since they aren't "fully-self-enlighened"?
by himalayanspirit
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tsongkhapas praise to Saraswati
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

Re: Tsongkhapas praise to Saraswati

So the Tibetan Buddhists also worship Saraswati? I thought such gods and goddesses were mythical and a result of Brahmins' colorful imaginations.

If I tell the Hindus around me about it, they will again say that the Buddhists are stealing from the Hindus, as they always do.
:D
by himalayanspirit
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Prajnaparamita Mantra
Replies: 8
Views: 1123

Re: Prajnaparamita Mantra

What are the benefits of chanting 'a' except establishing Shamatha? Does anyone have any experiences to share?
by himalayanspirit
Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Ajahn Amaro tells a story about Venerable Master Hsü Yün
Replies: 18
Views: 2425

Re: Ajahn Amaro tells a story about Venerable Master Hsü Yün

So does that imply that Ven. Hsu Yun's attainments were exaggerated or even false? I personally consider him the top most Buddhist of out time, even exceeding many politically famous Tibetan Buddhists - solely based on spiritual attainments. Of course, living upto the age of 120 and practicing Buddh...
by himalayanspirit
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taoism and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 18
Views: 3201

Re: Taoism and Buddhist Tantra

Buddhism in general and Vajrayana specifically have very particular views and goals. I dont think we can conclusively call Vajrayana as Buddhism. It doesn't follow anything of the early Buddhism - Tripitika and other early scriptures. Moreover, if my personal opinion means anything, Vajrayana could...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taoism and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 18
Views: 3201

Taoism and Buddhist Tantra

What are the parallels between the energy practices of Tantra and Taoism? As far as I know, in Taoism they use body postures, slow dynamic movements (Qi Gong), circle walking etc to cultivate the Qi/Chi, Jing and Shen of the body for various purposes. Even Chinese acupuncturists have a standard char...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Yogi Chen
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

Re: Yogi Chen

Hi Nirmal, Thanks for your opinion. After reading articles by Yogi Chen, I was of the impression that this man must have been quite famous, especially in the west - because he seems to be extremely knowledgeable about the three vehicles of Buddhism. However, this doesn't seem to be the case. Some of...
by himalayanspirit
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Yogi Chen
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

Yogi Chen

Does anyone know more about this man? I recently discovered his website ( http://www.yogichen.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) and have found lots of insightful stuff to read. However, I am not sure about the authenticity of what he says. I remember reading some criticism about hi...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Energy practices in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Energy practices in East Asian Buddhism

Hi, Thanks for posting Pure Land perspective and it is relevant to me because I practice that. I was however more interested in the Chan, Tientai and other East Asian sects that are not as devotional as Pure Land. What are your opinions of the manual I attached? Is it useful? I practice Tai Chi and ...
by himalayanspirit
Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Energy practices in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Energy practices in East Asian Buddhism

I had heard of energy practices in Rinzai Buddhism of Japan where monks and disciples used postures, breathing, mudras etc for spiritual purposes. What about other sects and especially the Chan sect? Were there similar practices of manipulating the Chi in the body through the meridians? This is a ve...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: commonalities and divergences between traditions...
Replies: 85
Views: 7816

Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

Just a few years ago in South Korea, thousands of monks of the Chogye Buddhist order---reputedly devoted to a meditative search for spiritual enlightenment---fought each other with fists, rocks, fire-bombs, and clubs, in pitched battles that went on for weeks. They were vying for control of the ord...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: commonalities and divergences between traditions...
Replies: 85
Views: 7816

Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

I feel furthest away from Tibetan Buddhism and often get perplexed about the fact that it is even presented Buddhism. The oligarchical structure of Lama hood, the breaking of precepts while having sex, rituals involving meat and alcohol, and the life of luxury. Also, the attitude of Tibetan Buddhis...
by himalayanspirit
Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: commonalities and divergences between traditions...
Replies: 85
Views: 7816

Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

I get most attracted to Chinese Mahayana schools and often practice Nianfo by myself. I believe that currently my afflictions and defilements are just too dense - so much so that my attention-span is not too great (although my observation is quite good). Therefore, I have chosen the "easiest" path o...
by himalayanspirit
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: End times propaganda in Buddhism?
Replies: 78
Views: 7714

Re: End times propaganda in Buddhism?

Okay, enough of mental masturbation.

Now some actual End time prophecies please.

:tantrum:
by himalayanspirit
Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?
Replies: 141
Views: 8436

Re: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?

Okay, apologies to the hippies or former hippies. I am 24 year old and was probably coloring my perception about drug-users through what I see here in India. Unlike in the west, here drugs are often only associated with anti-social elements of society, thugs, criminals and prostitutes. Although nowa...
by himalayanspirit
Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?
Replies: 141
Views: 8436

So this forum is comprised mostly of former New-Age hippies?

I opened a thread about the effects of a drug I read about and how the mental states it leads to are explained in Buddhism. And what I get is a bunch of ex-hippies advocating the use of drugs, narcotics, psychedelics etc? LOL I guess I should just stick to taking advice from non-westerner Buddhists ...
by himalayanspirit
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If Mahakashyapa was first Zen/Chan patriarch..
Replies: 9
Views: 1123

If Mahakashyapa was first Zen/Chan patriarch..

If Mahakashyapa was the first Chan/Zen patriarch, then isn't Chan/Zen a Sravakayana school considering that all the disciples of historical Buddha were Arhats?