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by AlexanderS
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 3333

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: 3333

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: 1817

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: 2139

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: 81
Views: 6791

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: 1491

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: 20
Views: 1332

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: 1491

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: 1412

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: 734

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.
by AlexanderS
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about Tulkus
Replies: 18
Views: 1412

Re: Question about Tulkus

I don't really know anything about it, but there is some discussion of it in Diana Mukpo's memoir, "Dragon Thunder", specifically in connection with her and CTR's son Taggie's autism. This is where I read it last. But I also have a recollection reading in another book that typically protective ritu...
by AlexanderS
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about Tulkus
Replies: 18
Views: 1412

Question about Tulkus

I've read before that in Tibet they believed that if a tulku is not recognized and enthroned then that tulku will develop a mental ilness because they are not fulfilling their purpose in life. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some reading on this or explain in more detail this belief?
by AlexanderS
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 81
Views: 6791

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 witn...
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5151

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

What is the short explanation on the difference between mundane and transcendent accumulations? First thing that popped into my head too. I've never heard of merit being categorised in this manner. Mundane merit is exhaustible. For example, this eon begins with a compliment of natural merit; but as...
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5151

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

The statement "Buddhahood in one lifetime" refers to a complete beginner with no accumulations. Must have some pretty decent accumulations to have been born as a human with all the qualities, characteristics and endowments necessary for enlightenment. Anyway, right now you are asking us to buy that...
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5151

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

I believe that only the vajrayana offers the posibility of Buddhahood within one lifetime. However to make that progress you also need to find and connect with an awakened vajramaster. I believe full enlightment in this context means omniscience and complete perfection of all the transcendent qualit...
by AlexanderS
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs

I hope he had a good time :)

It can't be easy being celibate all the time.
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 3226

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

Malcolm wrote:
AlexanderS wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
This is what some comparative religionists think. But based on the sort of things old Jehovah wanted his people to do, gyalpo is a better fit.
Ok. Do you put Jesus in the same class?
Jesus was just a guy. Nothing special.
Is this based on your reading of the new testament?
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 3226

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

Abrahamic god is a preta. I remember a reading a post by you many years ago where you reckoned that good old Yahweh was Indra. This is what some comparative religionists think. But based on the sort of things old Jehovah wanted his people to do, gyalpo is a better fit. Ok. Do you put Jesus in the s...
by AlexanderS
Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 3226

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

Malcolm wrote:Abrahamic god is a preta.
I remember a reading a post by you many years ago where you reckoned that good old Yahweh was Indra.