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by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Hell
Replies: 47
Views: 7319

Re: Vajra Hell

What samayas are gruelling enough?
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Hell
Replies: 47
Views: 7319

Re: Vajra Hell

AFAIK Vajra hell is a special feature of Vajrayana - only practitioners who break samaya in ways gruelling enough to go there can end up in the vajra hells, which is below even avici (although I believe there are some who say that it is more like an aspect of the avici hells). What could be such a ...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

In Adeu Rinpoche's book "Freedom in Bondage" He mentions cases of Lama's choosing to leave the body and not rainbow body style. It does not go into detail how they did it but they did choose to leave the body under the extreme conditions of a chinese prison. Yeah, Im just talking about ordinary del...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

Isn't murdering someone else much worse than killing yourself? Not if you practice Vajrayana. Do you think everything is just play with a bell and and instruments? If you are a Tibetan Buddhist, you must not be passive. You should balance your energies and increase your lungta so things go well. Yo...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

What are the karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition? Garchen Rinpoche on suicide: There is no greater negativity than committing suicide–one creates a very powerful cause of intense suffering by taking one’s own life. You must understand that all suffering has its seat in the self-...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

What are the karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition? You won't attain liberation when you die (in most cases), which means you will suffer in samsara. You won't further your path by doing it. You will likely go to the one of the three lower realms (probably hell, maybe vajra hell w...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

For people who find their life intolerable? Depression, illness etc.
by AlexanderS
Mon May 14, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

What are the karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition?
by AlexanderS
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?
Replies: 12
Views: 1480

Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

I remember that my teacher explanied in a teaching that both Shakyamuni and padmasambhava are supreme nirmanakayas who appear together as a team in a trillion universes to teach the sutras and tantras respectfully.
by AlexanderS
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 4452

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

Malcolm wrote:
AlexanderS wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Self immolation is an act of terror.
Its a much less sadistic form of terror though than inflicting harm on others.
It is nevertheless a deluded act, just like strapping on a vest and pushing the button.
Deluded act on what level?
by AlexanderS
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 4452

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

Not to mention the open violence being inflicted upon Muslims in many Christians countries. You talked as if I deny the role of US foreign policies. I did not. By your argument, we should expect Tibetans to be terrorizing cities in China with suicide bombing and other acts of terror. Self immolatio...
by AlexanderS
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Developing Siddhis
Replies: 28
Views: 2324

Re: Developing Siddhis

I'm pretty sure that the amount of monk's who were not reborn as powerful malevont spirits outnumber pretty heavily those who did.
by AlexanderS
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can I reject direct introduction?
Replies: 23
Views: 2598

Re: Can I reject direct introduction?

I'm going to an event with a Dzogchen teacher tomorrow. I know the teaching will be related to The Flight of the Garuda, but beyond that I don't know anything. More to the point, I don't know if they're going to give direct introduction during the event. If they suddenly give direct introduction ha...
by AlexanderS
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 8144

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

:spy: I think that if someone has to see magical powers to reflect on his life and to try to practice his mind to be less of a hindrance to others, then this is exactly the person NOT to show those powers to. :anjali: Do you not think nihilists would seriously reconsider their paradigme if they wit...
by AlexanderS
Wed May 31, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gods in religions
Replies: 29
Views: 2048

Re: Gods in religions

I don't think you'll be there when this life ends........When asleep, you've already forgotten everything you know. The little dreams you have are just little blips. In deep sleep, you are really forgotten. Why would you think you'll be there when die? In the tibetan book of the dead, it is taught ...
by AlexanderS
Tue May 30, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Schizophrenia and parenthood
Replies: 32
Views: 3160

Re: Schizophrenia and parenthood

Hello, I wanted to ask you whether there are any teachings of the Buddha that are applicable to solve moral dilemma. Basically, if one parent has schizophrenia, the chance that child will have the same illness is 17%, as compared to 1% in general population. So - is it ethical for a person with sch...
by AlexanderS
Tue May 30, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gods in religions
Replies: 29
Views: 2048

Re: Gods in religions

Many people whom have had near death experiences, experience them within the context of their own religion. Christians will see angels, Buddhists will see Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. I think this is probably the best 'evidence' we have in regards to these kinds of questions. It makes me think that li...
by AlexanderS
Fri May 05, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about Tulkus
Replies: 18
Views: 1632

Re: Question about Tulkus

Isn't it absurd that a great master can 'fall to evil' just like that, only because he wasn't found? This seem to make little sense from a logical point of view, and defeat the purpose of the whole thing. Would definitely be quite absurd. My original question though was more about tulkus developing...
by AlexanderS
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How easy was it to get empowerments in Tibet?
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Re: How easy was it to get empowerments in Tibet?

Maybe the benefits of taking an empowerment are greater than not receiving it even if you break commitments.