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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: 962

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: 237

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: 504

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: 2087

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: 1475

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: 186

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: 562

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: 1879

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: 1879

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: 365

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.
by jmlee369
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 107
Views: 9448

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

Are there basic ones for practitioners that are high school freshmen that aren't so complex? Most of what people consider samaya only comes into play when you take yoga and highest yoga tantra initiations. As mentioned previously in this thread, there is no such thing as samaya outside the context ...
by jmlee369
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Splendor of an Autumn Moon?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Splendor of an Autumn Moon?

I don't recall there being any mantras. It's a matter of the deity, for example there's not much point in someone who doesn't have a highest yoga tantra chanting something like the praise to Inner Kalarupa (Praise of the Protector Dharmaraja), but most others like the praises of Buddha or Praise to ...
by jmlee369
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 2530

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

HHDL devides Phabongkha's life into two: the early and the older Phabongkha. He performed great work when he was younger and he was a great practicioner as well. Later in his life he became sectarian and very offending against Nyingmas. So, HHDL condemns this, but he says Phabongkha's whole life wa...
by jmlee369
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 2530

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

Jhado Rinpoche is former abbot of Namgyal with impeccable background,along being non-sectarian,of course no issue in terms of confidence and trust. Yeah,when Garchen Rinpoche was in my country Singapore few mths ago,he also gave Yamantaka empowerment,but I missed it(karmic obscuration?). :tantrum: ...
by jmlee369
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: The Dharmakāya in Early Buddhist Texts

The next section: 如大海之水, 牛跡所不容, 如是佛智海, 餘人不能持。is giving me a lot of trouble. It seems that if there is to be any instruction of detail to be found in this text, it is here, as there is a simile involving the ocean, a bull or ox, and the Buddha's wisdom, as well as an instruction to not grasp, it see...
by jmlee369
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 18
Views: 724

Re: About Alara Kalama

What do we know about Alara Kalama and what he taught? How long did the Buddha spend with him? (Source for this please!) What became of him and his other students? Thanks I vaguely recall reading something like an academic book or article that tried to identify records of Alara Kalama's students an...
by jmlee369
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 3068

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

I've been a bit curious, who is the most powerful dharmapala? Also, who would be the most fastest dharmapala with quick results and which dharmapala would be the most wisest? Not only that, but which dharmapala would be the safest especially for a fourteen year old to practice and which would be th...
by jmlee369
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 2530

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

Six session guru yoga in its shortest form is merely a few lines long, like 8 or 12. Ok,now you are tempting or nudging me towards receiving the empowerment. :tongue: The standard short six session guru yoga text is nine verses long, you could probably finish all six recitations in ten minutes if y...
by jmlee369
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana teaching on Brahma
Replies: 21
Views: 1037

Re: Mahayana teaching on Brahma

Brahma is one of the eight wrathful ones in Gelug, and there is often a verse for him in the serkyem offering. Thanks for this information, the eight wrathful deities, as the dharma protectors 'dharmapalas', and Brahma is one of them. Is this protector practice - Brahma - secret, and thus require s...
by jmlee369
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ro-Lang
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: Ro-Lang

There is definitely some sort of Indian parallel, since ro-lang are mentioned in the Praise to 21 Taras.