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by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Requesting Empowerment
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: Requesting Empowerment

Generally, any formal request can be made along the following lines: three prostrations, request for particular teaching or practice, and an offering. While you might not be expected to cover the complete cost of hosting the empowerment, you should at least provide the money offering for the request...
by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My grandmother died
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: My grandmother died

While tantric methods can be extremely powerful for those who know how to apply them, general advice for practices to benefit the dead emphasise Medicine Buddha practice, whichever you are familiar with, and the recitation of the King of Prayers (Samantabhadra bodhisattva's aspiration and conduct).
by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 28
Views: 455

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Better to be alone than in a cult or people with wrong view. The dharma really only needs to function at the level of your own mind anyway. The truth is truth, regardless of how many people believe in it. The Gandhavyuha section of the Avatamsaka Sutra provides us with a number of characters who we ...
by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th
Replies: 16
Views: 390

Re: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th

In the past, HHDL has stated that a specific empowerment transmission over webcast was valid. Whether or not these empowerments will be considered valid is up to HHDL's, so I would keep an eye out for any such statements during the preliminary teachings. In the case of the Kalachakra last year for ...
by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th
Replies: 16
Views: 390

Re: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th

In the past, HHDL has stated that a specific empowerment transmission over webcast was valid. Whether or not these empowerments will be considered valid is up to HHDL's, so I would keep an eye out for any such statements during the preliminary teachings. In the case of the Kalachakra last year for e...
by jmlee369
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 794

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

It is probably much the same principle as this daily morning ceremony at one of the two head temples of Soto Zen.
by jmlee369
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th
Replies: 16
Views: 390

Re: Empowerments by Dalai Lama on 14th-16th&18th-21th

It is hard to say for sure what the commitments will be, but you can make reasonable guesses. Definitely daily Six Session Guru Yoga. Almost certainly daily recitation of Yoga of Three Purifications. Quite possibly a daily Yamantaka sadhana, if not two.
by jmlee369
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet
Replies: 31
Views: 906

Re: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet

In the case of the late Lamo Tsangpa Oracle he has three sons. Tsangpa Karpo could have chosen any one of them as his next Oracle. In 15 years he has not chosen one of them. In the case of the Gadong Oracle I do not buy his excuse about his tuberculosis causing Shinjachen never to manifest. Shinjac...
by jmlee369
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet
Replies: 31
Views: 906

Re: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet

Based on the information here , it seems that the Gadong line might be broken because of the eldest son's reluctance. It takes a lot of training and preparation to be an oracle of spirits as powerful as those in Pehar's retinue, so the unwillingness to train may be the biggest reason. Also, the Gado...
by jmlee369
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The siddhi of winning wars
Replies: 76
Views: 2254

Re: The siddhi of winning wars

I agree that there is also an inner meaning, but I had assumed the outer meaning was skillful means to entice those who would turn away from the Dharma because of it's conflict with their occupations. Another deity that confers similar benefit is Kurukulle, whose siddhi grants a kingdom, and I thin...
by jmlee369
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?
Replies: 34
Views: 1122

Re: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?

What about the claim that Tibetan Buddhism absorbed ideas from the native Bön religion? Tibetan Buddhism absorbed about as much from Bon as Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia picked up indigenous and Hindu elements such as Nat worship, amulets, astrology, etc. In East Asia, indigenous and Confuci...
by jmlee369
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Apology to the Naga Realm?
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Apology to the Naga Realm?

When reciting the Saraswat Bhawan's Apology to the Naga Realm, does one really have to offer musk plants, peacock feathers, cumin seeds, snake skins(wouldn't that be cannibalism?), orchids, crocodile claws(way too expensive and don't nagas detest flesh?), cuttlefish bone(I thought nagas detested fl...
by jmlee369
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Ordaining within Gelug
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Probably the best institutional support for ordained Gelug sangha in the west are FPMT at their monasteries and nunneries, and Sravasti Abbey. Here are some of their resources for those interested in ordaining: FPMT's International Mahayana Institute Sangha organisation. Sravasti Abbey Ven. Thubten ...
by jmlee369
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nun's ordination
Replies: 28
Views: 2251

Re: Nun's ordination

I just got my copy of the current issue of Tricycle and in it there is an article that the Tibetan Buddhist tradition has revived the nuns ordination: https://tricycle.org/magazine/recently-bodhi-tree/ I thought there already were some fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist nuns? Or perhaps this is a more...
by jmlee369
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harming spirits
Replies: 52
Views: 1702

Re: Harming spirits

.................................. ....................................... Garudas are rather "dumber" than nagas ........ .................................... Says who?!? Didn't the nagas provide the Heart Sutra and other teachings? The garudas didn't have any! All they did was just steal from the...
by jmlee369
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Nagrim translations
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Nagrim translations

I heard somewhere that the FPMT Masters program has a full translation for internal use only. It may be better this way, since easy access in Chinese has lead to many people misunderstanding and slandering tantra.
by jmlee369
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Feelings of Mind?
Replies: 20
Views: 705

Re: Feelings of Mind?

Just by paying more attention to our bodily sensations combined with visualisation, all kinds of feelings happen. But the results of success of deity yoga is something different altogether. You keep mentioning a root guru (Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche if I remember correctly), but how can he be your ...
by jmlee369
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva More Effective?
Replies: 65
Views: 2345

Re: Vajrasattva More Effective?

Isn't Kubera a worldly Hindu deity? No. Wait, then who is Kubera? Dzambhala or who? I heard the name in Hindu yakshas, but in Buddhism? Kubera is sometimes another name for Vaisravana, one of the Four Heavenly Kings, at other times a yaksa related to Vaisravana in some way. In one instance that I k...
by jmlee369
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva More Effective?
Replies: 65
Views: 2345

Re: Vajrasattva More Effective?

Anonymous X wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:58 am
Is this sutra part of the Pali Canon as well, and also accepted by Theravada? I am interested in sutra where there is no dispute between sects.
There is a sutta in the Pali canon that approaches this very subject, the Salt Crystal Sutta.
by jmlee369
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani on a stone
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Mani on a stone

In his book "Rehearsing Enlightenment: A Retreat in the Buddhist Himalayas," David Komito talks about commissioning the carving of mantras into stone and talks a bit about the process, but I don't quite remember the details.