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by Terma
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1128

Re: A Lesson.

I agree with both of you. I think there are many misconceptions of why we are asked to keep things secret. Bottom line is that our teachers know best and it is their instructions that we should be following in regards to these things. With that, we can not go wrong. So for me the story in the OP rea...
by Terma
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1128

Re: A Lesson.

With the further qualification - that he was explicitly following his Guru's instruction - I really think this is a brilliant lesson. I think secrecy is often subtly misused to inflate pride (i.e. "I'm part of an exclusive club") rather than express genuine humility. But Dharma practice without the...
by Terma
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche live-stream now
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche live-stream now

Of note, Even though occasionally Rinpoche would webcast an empowerment, I don't think he feels that this is a valid way to have recieved it. I know specifically in the past this was made clear on another occasion, that when one watches through webcast that this does not constitute having recieved ...
by Terma
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche live-stream now
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche live-stream now

Of note, Even though occasionally Rinpoche would webcast an empowerment, I don't think he feels that this is a valid way to have recieved it. I know specifically in the past this was made clear on another occasion, that when one watches through webcast that this does not constitute having recieved i...
by Terma
Fri May 24, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Firstly, my apologies if my response came off as harsh. I just feel that it may not be such a black and white criteria to use for whose advice or comments we put more stock into. I agree, you have to be critical, and the Buddha said so himself. These days forums are not my go to trusted source for i...
by Terma
Fri May 24, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

In my view that openness about one’s teachers is true of genuine students too. Which is one reason why I give no creedance to opinions about the Vajrayana from the lips of those who are mysterious about the identity of their teachers. While you are certainly free to hold this view, perhaps it may b...
by Terma
Thu May 02, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 52
Views: 1988

Re: Finding Your Guru

For what it's worth, one of my teachers like to explain the term "Hinayana" as "root vehicle". Perhaps a better word to be used is "Shravakayana".
by Terma
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 52
Views: 1988

Re: Finding Your Guru

When investigating a teacher it is important to know who his teachers are and who authorized him to teach. In addition, it is important for said teacher to be connected to an authentic lineage. DS :good: Seconded...these are very important points. I also might suggest taking your time a bit. Findin...
by Terma
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginner Practice Books?
Replies: 18
Views: 739

Re: Beginner Practice Books?

Is the kindle version well edited? (I'm asking because I recently fell for a kindle "ebook" that had the text as low resolution scanned images :( ) I prefer ebooks, too. If anyone would like to have my paper book I'd be happy to give it away for the price of the kindle version plus shipping costs. ...
by Terma
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginner Practice Books?
Replies: 18
Views: 739

Re: Beginner Practice Books?

I bought mine from the Kindle store on Amazon. I actually prefer my books in this format now days, as I can read them pretty much anywhere on my phone.

Some people prefer actual books of course, but it is another option.
by Terma
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Online Courses/Shedra's
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Online Courses/Shedra's

I would recommend this one: https://longchenrabjam.org/ Really do appreciate the suggestion. Looks very comprehensive, actually. I don't think it is quite what I am looking for though. I already practice in a particular lineage, and as a result I am not looking for something requiring empowerments ...
by Terma
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Online Courses/Shedra's
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Online Courses/Shedra's

I was wondering if anyone could recommend any online courses or shedra's that they have had experience with, but something that could be done in spare time rather than something that would need more in-depth focus. I always think it is good to incorporate learning and reflection to go along with our...
by Terma
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm

Since Jangchup Donden is not able to provide the details at the moment, please allow me to help. The times are all Eastern time. The teaching is taking place at Kunzang Palchen Ling, in New York. I am not to good at embeding links, but here it is... [url]https://www.kunzang.org/webcast-generation-an...
by Terma
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3156

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

:good: One of many points of difference between Tibetan Dharma folk and western converts. Another being that if they see you with a mala or other signs of practice Tibetans will ask in a friendly way who your teacher is. Try that on some Buddhist forums and the reaction will be like you have asked ...
by Terma
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Extent and Range of Notions of Secrecy
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: Extent and Range of Notions of Secrecy

This is an interesting topic and one that I have been thinking about from time to time in the last while. For myself, as time goes by I find myself to be a little more careful about such things. Something I heard from one of my teachers recently was that a tantric practitioner should actually practi...
by Terma
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3156

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

:good: One of many points of difference between Tibetan Dharma folk and western converts. Another being that if they see you with a mala or other signs of practice Tibetans will ask in a friendly way who your teacher is. Try that on some Buddhist forums and the reaction will be like you have asked ...
by Terma
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practices for protection while traveling
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Practices for protection while traveling

Sonam Wangchug wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:19 am
When in doubt, pray to Tara!
Excellent piece of advice!
by Terma
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3156

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:11 pm
[These days, the whole world is a toilet.
Haa haa, yes sometimes it seems that way. :D
by Terma
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3156

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

Everything about malas is stuff people have made up over time. Bathrooms are regarded as dirty places, and for most of the past 2500 years, didn't have flushing toilets or a sink for washing hands. Even today, this is true for much of the world. Modern bathrooms are comparatively clean, and some pe...
by Terma
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3156

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

To those who carry a mala on your wrist or in your pocket in daily life, what do you do with it when you go to the toilet? I've heard that Tibetan Buddhists don't take sacred objects into bathrooms, which is also practiced by some Hindus. East Asian Mahayana Buddhists don't seem hung up on this - w...

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