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by jmlee369
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tamers of Beings
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Re: Tamers of Beings

Why are Buddhas and great lamas referred to as "Tamers of Beings"? When we talk about taming an animal, the animal doesn't have much agency. It is is pretty much all up to the "tamer". When we talk about practicing the Buddhadharma, the student has all the agency; we have to purify our own obscurat...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11666

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

The difference between sutra and tantra is using abhisheka and deity yoga as the method. If there is no abhisheka and deity yoga, then it is sutra. This is why Chan/Seon/Zen/Thien is sutra. You're attempting to fit Ch'an into a Tibetan model that it's not meant for. Ch'an offers Buddhahood in this ...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva Question(s)
Replies: 27
Views: 1122

Re: Vajrasattva Question(s)

Hello, I was wondering what class of Tantra Vajrasattva is associated with? I’m assuming he is Vajra Lineage? Also isn’t there something like if you have received an initiation for a deity in one class of Tantra then you can self-generate or visualize yourself as any deity from that class? Thank yo...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11666

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Those who do not follow tantric teachings and methods. Zennies, theravadins, purelanders, etc. Zennies certainly don't believe themselves to be practicing sutrayana - see Meido Roshi's many replies on this. Edit: on a quick search, here's is one relevant example: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.p...
by jmlee369
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya

Did a pre-1950s Tibetan ever write an account of their pilgrimage to Bodhgaya? If so, where can I find it? As Malcolm mentioned, Toni Huber's book The Holy Land Reborn: Pilgrimage and the Tibetan Reinvention of Buddhist India is what you're looking for. Huber translates Garshapa Sonam Rabgye's trav...
by jmlee369
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Does Ganden Lha Gyama require lung?
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Does Ganden Lha Gyama require lung?

No, but it is certainly helpful. However, the oral commentary requires HYT initiation. Shaun :namaste: Hi Shaun, Are you sure about this? Lama Zopa Rinpoche was due to give the lung and commentary at my local centre earlier this year. There was no requirement to have a HYT initiation to attend. Is ...
by jmlee369
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11666

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I thought the 52 stages scheme was from the Bodhisattva keyūra mūla karma sūtra? The Avatamsaka Sutra itself teaches the 40 something stages, Fazang also adapted the Keyura sutra's scheme, and then there's the Shurangama's 57 stages?. I understood that the 52 stage scheme is from Zhiyi's writings a...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 11666

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Who actually practices Sutrayana, as understood by the Tibetan Buddhists? There is one Lama, I forget his name but someone might know, who doesn't teach tantra. AFAIK his reasoning is that he believes the times are too degenerate to even practice tantra. And I believe Garchen Rinpoche said there we...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyungne
Replies: 16
Views: 857

Re: Nyungne

Glad to finally see some more balanced experiences of Nyung Na. Just had my first ever Nyung Na (online, alone, beginner Buddhist, just HHDL's online empowerment, so not ideal from any point of view, I am aware of that) on Saka Dawa and it was very difficult, barely finished it, with a glitch at th...
by jmlee369
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment

If I'm just looking for the sadhana for Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara, where would I find that? There are quite a few Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara sadhanas online, but I'm not experienced enough to tell which one is from what specific lineage and so on. I've asked around and have yet to find a def...
by jmlee369
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV

Ayu wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:15 am
Is 'expelled' the right vocabulary then? It seems to me Palden Lhamo left out of a free will.
In the grand scheme of things, Palden Lhamo may have intended to leave, but from Gyume's side, they definitely threw her out.
by jmlee369
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV

Hello Gelugpa peeps Can anybody report on what they have been told about Dorje Legpa? In particular, do your teachers regard him as a Oath-bound, worldly deity, or as an enlightened protector? many thanks! It's probably best to ask a Gyume monk since Dorje Legpa became their main protector after th...
by jmlee369
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Dorje Legpa from Gelug POV

Hello Gelugpa peeps Can anybody report on what they have been told about Dorje Legpa? In particular, do your teachers regard him as a Oath-bound, worldly deity, or as an enlightened protector? many thanks! It's probably best to ask a Gyume monk since Dorje Legpa became their main protector after th...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment

Was this a 1,000 Arm Avalokiteshvara wang with a Singhanada jenang? I am also wondering what class of tantra the initiation/s is from. Yes, primary event was the 1000 arm Avalokitesvara great initiation (wangchen) in the lineage of Gelongma Palmo, followed by Simhanada jenang. Both are kriya tantra...
by jmlee369
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: HHDL Avalokiteshvara empowerment

After the empowerment, the Taiwanese translator for HH, Jamyang Rinchen, has posted the link to this sadhana . This sadhana is authored by HH but the file is in Chinese and Tibetan languages only. Maybe someone can find an English version? That is for a four arm Chenrezig practice, but it is quite ...
by jmlee369
Thu May 28, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharani to develop mental strength
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Re: Dharani to develop mental strength

Hello Is there any Dharani’s of common Mahayana sutra class that require no transmission that help cultivate mental strength? It has to be non-tantric that is freely available and open. Thanks Shurangama mantra (aka Sitatapatra dharani) if you can manage it, otherwise the Great Compassion mantra. T...
by jmlee369
Tue May 26, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

Thank you for your detailed reply, jmlee369! I'll try to find out more about this genre of Buddhist writings and about this Seon master. That quote is really clear on Avalokitesvara's identity as a Buddha. Amazing I didn't come across this before. Thank you! As much as I tried, I couldn't find the ...
by jmlee369
Tue May 26, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus
Replies: 36
Views: 1748

Re: Karmic consequence of having troubled relations with Gurus

You say that the current situation is the result of your previous actions. You also are asking if this is your karma! :thinking: :jumping: Without hearing your teacher’s side of the story, It’s kind of hard to know. Maybe your teacher thinks you are not ready to do certain practices that require a ...
by jmlee369
Thu May 21, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is this Master?
Replies: 17
Views: 1120

Re: Who is this Master?

There is a lot of controversy about this person on the Chinese web. I will just summarise and translate what people are saying. To state the basics: Born in 1971, Wang Xiao was orphaned when young. Had a strong connection to dharma since childhood, started teaching dharma since her teens. Based on i...
by jmlee369
Wed May 20, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

Thank you for your replies. Maybe the sutra and exegetical traditions do understand the promises to be literal. In this case there should be hagiographic accounts confirming the validity of these promises and encouraging practitioners to "think on the power of Kanzeon" in times of need. If anyone k...

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