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by Agdistis
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Praying. Where to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 1338

Re: Praying. Where to start?

>You don’t need the Empowerment to recite the Tara mantra Awesome to know - thanks! I presume that without having formally taken refuge, it's just an 'OK' thing to do and doesn't really benefit you? Also, what exactly can you pray for - aside from Bodhicitta? At a certain point, I was in a holding ...
by Agdistis
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The self and the Alayavijnana
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: The self and the Alayavijnana

>Thank you for bringing this up. I'm studying this now so welcome some discussion on this. Excellent! >In my understanding, it may help to reconceptualize. Instead of making the body the point of reference, consider the Eighth Consciousness (alaya when impure, amala (and other names) when pure) as ...
by Agdistis
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The self and the Alayavijnana
Replies: 4
Views: 554

The self and the Alayavijnana

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Consciousnesses#Ālayavijñāna >The store-house consciousness accumulates all potential energy as seeds (bīja) for the mental (nāma) and physical (rūpa) manifestation of one's existence (nāmarūpa). It is the storehouse-consciousness which induces rebirth, causing t...
by Agdistis
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

This site is not the place for this. Please try to find help from a qualified professional. Well, I think I have my answer. And honestly, I don't think they could help me either. I thank everyone for their help, and also for being truthful with me. I'm sorry for bending everyone's ears with all this.
by Agdistis
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>Where did you get the idea that you would be entering eternal blackness? No one is saying anything like that. If; 1: Consciousness is to mean my ability to perceive the universe, 2: If rebirth is true, 3: If consciousness is required to perceive the sensation of these future births, 4: And if cons...
by Agdistis
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>What I can say is do not give up please I would never commit suicide, that's all I can say. >Don't take the view of emptiness and non-existence of self as some nihilistic philosophy >Joy, love and happiness are very well possible. Look at the preciousness of human life Buddhism seems to provide at...
by Agdistis
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>That is not my understanding nor experience. When I transitioned I became what I already am, not "other than" what I already am. There's a difference. Transitioning changed my body, not my "self." From what I've been told, what self exists which we can bring the body into accordance with? The only...
by Agdistis
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>Buddhism teaches something radically different. That in essence we are consciousness, and that consciousness will find a form to manifest in in one of several possible realms From what I've been told, emptiness is not nothingness. Yet, nothing of a person survives death. Consciousness is like a di...
by Agdistis
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>Attaining a favourable rebirth is a result of practising merit in this life. To choose a specific rebirth would, I think, require rather a lot of merit. Well, since I made this thread, I've gotten a very lucrative contract which will massively improve my standard of living. I prayed to Tara to giv...
by Agdistis
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

>...Often there is not an agreement, is there? Some people love the flavor of cilantro while other people hate it. This is all due to previous conditions. >...Ultimately, the concept of male and female only defines reproductve function. a woman's lungs and kidney can be transplanted into a man's bo...
by Agdistis
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

I apologize if I seem frustrating, and if it seems like I was being argumentative. You and many other people have helped me decide to formally become Buddhist, and have attempted to correct my misunderstandings. I've tried to understand Buddhism, and seem to have failed on some level. My attempts to...
by Agdistis
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

>Consider how much "you" has changed over this lifetime: emotionally, physically, intellectually. >Are you the same "you" as when you were a baby? A child? A teenager? Etc... >So imagine how much this "you" will change upon death, when you will lose this form and everything associated with it. >Bud...
by Agdistis
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

>Hi Agdistis, Hey! Hows it going? >I rejoice that you are thinking about taking refuge. Based upon some of the comments you've made, I would suggest dedicating more time to some study since you seem to have some misconceptions about various topics including rebirth, the void and so on. This isn't a...
by Agdistis
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Motivation for taking refuge

>You do realize, of course, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? >I don't know if I would find a green woman with three eyeballs especially attractive. >Further, all appearances are illusions. This means that what we experience as beautiful or ugly is really just a projection of our own ego. ...
by Agdistis
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Motivation for taking refuge
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Motivation for taking refuge

Hi! So, after 19 years of reading about Buddhism and not taking refuge out of respect for the magnitude of the decision, I've decided that I do indeed want to become a lay Buddhist. The details are in this thread; >https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=31626 >‪Obtaining a specific rebirth as ...
by Agdistis
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>Release from attachments is a benefit of Buddhist practice, perhaps holding a world view is not robust enough I've stopped drinking alcohol and masturbating, so I've received some benefits from Buddhism and Christianity - despite trying to become a Christian, I never thought Heaven could be that m...
by Agdistis
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

>first of all welcome Thank you! >Just like homosexuality, transgender situation can be quite hardly found in buddhist scriptures. However, if I remember correctly in one book an academic cited a sutra where Buddha on some occassion told male monk to go to a female monastery after he became she. So...
by Agdistis
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3302

Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Hi! So, I've thought within a Buddhist worldview since 1999, but I've never taken refuge in the three jewels. By that I mean I've never felt mature enough to be able to make such a decision. So ever since I was very young, the notion of reincarnation has infatuated me because it's a way to becoming ...

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