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by jmlee369
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Monastic support in Tibet and diaspora
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Monastic support in Tibet and diaspora

I can only refer you to some sources. Memoirs of a Tibetan Lama by Lobsang Gyatso is a very frank reflection of life at both a local and major monastery within the Gelug system in pre-1959 Tibet. Ekai Kawaguchi's Three Years in Tibet provides some dated insights into life as a (sometimes) wandering ...
by jmlee369
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2010

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I would like to just say a few general things. Regarding dharma teachers, yes, the emanations of buddhas and bodhisattvas are countless. However, in sutras such as the Lotus Face Sutra and the Ratnakuta Sutra, Buddha uses the analogy of the worms inside the lion's body to describe the destruction of...
by jmlee369
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3700

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

The hippies were rebelling against Western society and searching for alternatives, a new way of life, something more spiritual, you might even say the truth, the Dharma, and many came to India and Nepal. However, what happens and whom you meet when you come to the East is totally up to your karma. ...
by jmlee369
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing
Replies: 35
Views: 747

Re: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing

Empty Desire wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:10 am
Re: The Exalted Stainless Beam Totally Pure Light

Do you need a Mantra Transmission to do the practice? How can you qualify to perform it?
It is a sutra dharani, anyone can recite it. The book itself also states anyone can perform the practices contained therein.
by jmlee369
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can a Stream Enterer believe in silly things?
Replies: 16
Views: 546

Re: Can a Stream Enterer believe in silly things?

I was taught that according to the Buddha, the most difficult obstacle to overcome is clinging to a view. This has made a deep impression on me as it appears to be something unique to Buddhism. So when Malcolm made this comment: .... there are a lot of renowned Buddhist savants in history who have ...
by jmlee369
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing
Replies: 35
Views: 747

Re: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing

Any ideas on this one? Preferably, a way without looking weird(no, prayer wheel fidget spinners haven't quite worked nor rapping chants). Lama Zopa Rinpoche often advises people to recite two dharanis after blessing their speech in the morning which benefits beings who make contact with you. After ...
by jmlee369
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The owl
Replies: 25
Views: 861

Re: The owl

As far as I know, owls are consideraly extremely bad omens in Tibetan culture. I remember one of my teachers telling a story about a how a few mischievous young monks went out at night and made some owl hoots. The next day, the whole community was disturbed and spent quite a bit of time doing ritual...
by jmlee369
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HHST Chakrasamvara qoute
Replies: 9
Views: 746

Re: HHST Chakrasamvara qoute

Usually when the Buddha Vajradhara taught a tantra, he manifested as the deity and mandala then dissolved it. However, the Chakrasamvara tantra was taught (in part) to subdue Shiva, Uma, and their retinue at the 24 sites, so the Buddha did not dissolve the mandalas after the tantra was taught to kee...
by jmlee369
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can anyone identify this prayer?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Can anyone identify this prayer?

From the Jangchup Lamrim prayer book: Homage Verse to the Perfection of Wisdom MA SAM JO ME SHE RAB PHA ROL CHHIN I bow down to the mother of the conquerors of the three times MA KYE MI GAG NAM KHÄI NGO WO NYI The Perfection of Wisdom, inexpressible by words or thoughts SO SO RANG RIG YE SHE CHO YUL...
by jmlee369
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Korean War Over?
Replies: 51
Views: 2208

Re: Korean War Over?

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:19 am
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by jmlee369
Thu May 24, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Barche Lamsel Visualization?
Replies: 29
Views: 1144

Re: Barche Lamsel Visualization?

Thank you very much for these images! But it seems to me that these thangka images are very different from what the prayer describes. For instance, in the case of Dzam Ling Gyen Chok, the prayer states: <snip> And here, this is not quite the case. So the thangka or the prayer? Not that thangkas are...
by jmlee369
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Death Ceremonies/Rituals in Geluk Lineage?
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: Death Ceremonies/Rituals in Geluk Lineage?

As someone familiar with Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, I am curious as to what rituals or practices Gelukpas perform for the dead. In my tradition, it's common to do "Jangchoks" for guiding the deceased, and there are many....I've participated in ones related to NamCho Amitabha, Akshobya, the 35 Bu...
by jmlee369
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 3802

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Its an assertion by many Gelugpas that one can become realized through the intellect. I don't think that's the Gelug position (realization through intellect or Buddhas conceptualizing). Reason only takes you so far, then you have to give it up. My understanding is that it's for people like me who n...
by jmlee369
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are the bell, dorje and damaru only for tantric use?
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Are the bell, dorje and damaru only for tantric use?

I have instructions from Lama Zopa to perform Tsongkhapas Guru Yoga as a life practice and in the book that I have there are places where the bell and dorje are used along with the Damaru. I am wondering if this is for practitioners with tantric empowerment or if anyone that possess the bell, dorje...
by jmlee369
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru?
Replies: 93
Views: 9774

Re: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Gur

I am fortunate enough to be moving to the Phoenix area in a few months and I have learned that Dharma centers abound there. There are 2 that I am particularly interested in checking out. Emaho Foundation and Phoenix Tara Mandala. If anyone knows of these centers, any personal experiences would be a...
by jmlee369
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Eight Mahayana Precepts
Replies: 27
Views: 6275

Re: Eight Mahayana Precepts

I have a question about the Precepts (in particular in the Geluk tradition). After taking the Precepts during a ceremony with one's guru, if the disciple does not renew the Precepts every new day, can said disciple take the Precepts again on his or her own (for example on a favourable/auspicious da...
by jmlee369
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Donating one's organs at death
Replies: 87
Views: 3876

Re: Donating one's organs at death

At least in my country, the only way for your organs to be donated is if an accident leaves you brain dead. To keep the organs as fresh as possible, the body is left functioning when the organs are removed. So while the person is declared dead by certain criteria, organs other than certain parts of ...
by jmlee369
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "YUNDAN TRINLEY DORJE RINPOCHE"
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: "YUNDAN TRINLEY DORJE RINPOCHE"

Back when I was in a new city and looking for a dharma centre, I came across a temple of his online and saw a couple of red flags. With teachers who are more active in the Sino-sphere, it can be a bit more difficult for English speakers to evaluate because the style and wording is a product of Chine...
by jmlee369
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Requesting Empowerment
Replies: 2
Views: 346

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: 14
Views: 895

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).

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