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by byamspa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Liberation through seeing" tattoo
Replies: 18
Views: 1005

Re: "Liberation through seeing" tattoo

Super long time ago, in the mid 90's i met an artist who had had a Lama write a mantra on him that he then inked over himself.

So depending on the Lama and the mantra, its probably Ok.
by byamspa
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche's 2017 Teaching Schedule
Replies: 73
Views: 7303

Re: Garchen Rinpoche's 2017 Teaching Schedule

Hello, I would like to accept H.E. Garchen Rinpoche as my Vajramaster. I tried contacting his organization recieved no response but am not sure how best to go about this. Any information would be appreciated. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask. Thank you for your time. The bes...
by byamspa
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 3 year retreat vs Daily life practice
Replies: 52
Views: 3024

Re: 3 year retreat vs Daily life practice

Hi, I would like to ask you what you think is better nowadays and is faster in developing one's practice, practice integrated into daily life or three years retreat? There are several 3 year retreat places around the world now and I always wonder how to make it possible for me to attend one. But th...
by byamspa
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of colored wrist band
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Meaning of colored wrist band

In Drikung, Garchen Rinpoche likes to give out Liberation upon Seeing/Wearing rubber bracelets. Different mantras on the outside and inside of the band. Some people also take regular protection cords and wear them on their wrist, sometimes braiding them together etc. Why not just ask someone who is ...
by byamspa
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: good condition
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: good condition

Guru Yoga and Bodhicitta motivation.
by byamspa
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 239
Views: 10780

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

I'm doing one of them by time right now, with a group where we pool our accumulations together. However many we have finished by the end of 6 mo or a year, we call it done and move on to the next section.

Its a rather approachable format i'm finding.
by byamspa
Fri May 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Crisis of Faith
Replies: 44
Views: 2824

Re: Crisis of Faith

if a method works, it works, doesn't really matter where it was sourced from. What comes to mind is the idea of motivation, as in what is the motivation behind the method being used? If the motivation is Bodhicitta and wisdom, doesn't really matter if the method is mindful public toilet cleaning. Wh...
by byamspa
Wed May 24, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lamas of Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 15
Views: 1254

Re: Lamas of Dudjom Tersar

Khenpo Tsewang from Padmasambahava Buddhist Center teaches from this lineage, and a few other related ones.
by byamspa
Tue May 23, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Should your Yidam be of your lineage
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: Should your Yidam be of your lineage

If you've taken multiple complete Wangkurs, you may find that your flower toothpick lands on different "families" at different times That's true and I've always wondered how and why that is. Also what does toothpick mean in this context? Ah, should have said flower or toothpick. In some Preliminary...
by byamspa
Fri May 05, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 60
Views: 3359

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

Did anyone attend the 2012 or late 2012/early 2013 Vajrakilaya teachings in AZ either online or in person? I'm remembering that there were some instructions on using the phurba but the stream was so bad that it cut out in the middle of the instructions. I'm guessing summer 2012. Something about an ...
by byamspa
Fri May 05, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 60
Views: 3359

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

Garchen Rinpoche is incredibly kind in transmitting the empowerment via webcast. I have also received it several times. I'd be interested to see what advice he gave on the use of the phurba if you have a link. :) I had the good fortune of receiving this empowerment from Garchen Rinpoche about this ...
by byamspa
Mon May 01, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wrathful Deities
Replies: 17
Views: 1693

Re: Wrathful Deities

Its also used for one of the four modes of taming beings. (peace, increasing, magnetizing & subjugation) No actual anger or what we think of normally as wrath here. Mind of a Buddha who presents in flames same as the mind of a Buddha who presents in beauty.

No selfish ego, so no one to be angry.
by byamspa
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does your daily practice consist of?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: What does your daily practice consist of?

Mine consists mostly of trying very hard to not be an a**hole and actually be of benefit to others. Oh yeah, there are some sadhanas i do daily for samaya.

This is about *secret mantra*, the details are usually *secret*. Get it?
by byamspa
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chanting in English
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

Re: Chanting in English

Chanting in English can sound like the participants are trying out for the Klingon Army Chorus if the text is not metered. In the case of non-metered text, i've heard people 'chanting' in a monotone that is a bit annoying. However one zen center near me kinda figured it out, and had rules for varyin...
by byamspa
Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpa tradition & magic
Replies: 193
Views: 13002

Re: Ngakpa tradition & magic

Malcolm wrote:
Sherab Dorje wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Sentient beings do not have an enlightened nature,
Cough, splutter...
If sentient beings had an enlightened nature, they could not achieve buddhahood since their nature is already enlightened.
That's a punchline waiting for a joke.
by byamspa
Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpa tradition & magic
Replies: 193
Views: 13002

Re: Ngakpa tradition & magic

You guys are funny. Wear whatever you want. Don't worry so much about what anyone thinks.

Just practise, develop Bodhicitta and turn the mind toward being of benefit to beings.

The rest will fill in as needed.
by byamspa
Sat May 21, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: blessing chords
Replies: 17
Views: 1472

Re: blessing chords

I dont understand how it would upset them ? They feel offended if you feel you need to be safe Without fear or attachment, one gives away everything, body, blood, brain, head feet hands clothes money laughter tears joy anger despair hope microwaves and protection cords. No holding back, nothing hel...
by byamspa
Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Advice on dharma centres
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Advice on dharma centres

While you're searching, send your aspiration to meet an authentic teacher out there as strongly as you can. Have it ride the intention to help all sentient beings.

It might take a little time to return, but it will return.
by byamspa
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Conception and Contraception
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Re: Conception and Contraception

If you're not in possession of a uterus, any argument on this subject is moot. Drives me nuts when guys want to make laws controlling contraception and access to safe medical procedures that don't affect them. THis is the territory of the christian religious right, and it bothers me greatly to see t...