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by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 36
Views: 498

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Let’s suppose someone has done Buddhanusmriti. After sometimes, whenever he hears the name of the Buddha, certain mantel factors will arise without effort. I have remembered that chanting the name of Buddha can purify the vast amount of Karma; it can be explained using buddhist theory as well as no...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 12
Views: 288

Re: Father has cancer.

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TAYATA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE RADZA SAMUDGATE SOHA

Benefits of the Medicine Buddha Mantra
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 328

Re: Guidance for Lay People

The "no affection for wives or children" That ought to be updated to "spouses". Also, this sutra seems to suppose a social structure in which marriage and having children is not the elective choice that we now understand it to be, but an obligation to one's family, where the family was the basic un...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

You're in the right place then :smile: Nembutsu can be both frustrating and fascinating. It has a special way of revealing and challenging people's skepticism, including mine. Interestingly, I've seen that my biggest qualms were actually about Mahayana Buddhism, not with Pure Land specifically. Pure...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unicode mantras
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Unicode mantras

Here is detailed information from FPMT on some good inclusions for your wheel, such as the Earth and Sky Wheels, Life Tree Mantra for the center pole. The document doesn't say what order the "five colors" go in, but if it represents the Five Buddha Families, it might be blue, white, red, green, yel...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Help in recitation for beginners
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Help in recitation for beginners

Hi, Mariel. I also chant as my primary method, although Amitabha's name. Some things that have helped over the years. 1. Take time occasionally to read sutras or teachings about the method and associated buddha. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has some nice teachings on "om mani peme hung", and Lama Yeshe. Bokar...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mantra websites
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Mantra websites

This site has Mahayana sutras, mantras, dharanis and prayers.

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/intro.html

AFAIK not the specific ones you mention however.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginner Practice Books?
Replies: 18
Views: 626

Re: Beginner Practice Books?

Lord of Love, by Bokar Rinpoche

:buddha1:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

Honen warned his disciples in his Seven Article Pledge not to engage in religious disputes but to consider oneself unlearned. The threefold devotional heart describes what it's like to entrust in Amitabha. The second heart, the Profound Heart, includes the abandonment of our thinking that we have pe...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

... :thumbsup: “Shariputra, those who have already aspired, now aspire, or in the future will aspire to be born in the land of Amitayus Buddha all dwell in the stage of non-retrogression for realizing highest, perfect enlightemnent. They have already been born, are now being born, or will be born i...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 17
Views: 557

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

how it can be so easy to get out of this samsara.
Explanation on Points of Doubt.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 799

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

14. Let [beings] have me perform deeds that are conducive to their happiness. Whoever resorts to me, may it never be in vain. 15. For those who have resorted to me and have an angry or unkind thought, may even that always be the cause for their accomplishing every goal. 16. May those who falsely ac...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How would you introduce the practice to a friend?
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: How would you introduce the practice to a friend?

People are attracted to good qualities, not necessarily to overt religion.
And good qualities are always helpful to people who suffer, like your friend.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 139
Views: 28887

Re: Dharma Gems

That which benefits lower sentient beings is bodhicitta. That which benefits middling sentient beings is bodhicitta. That which benefits sublime sentient beings is bodhicitta. Isn’t bodhicitta of benefit to all? If you want to look, look with bodhicitta. If you want to eat, eat with bodhicitta. If ...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice

To me, this looks like a great opportunity. I'm the sole provider for my family, and my parents both have health problems. I've never appreciated the teachings so much, never found practice so important to staying sane, as I have during this most stressful time of my life so far. Things didn't begin...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form

Padmasambhava wrote:Although my view is higher than the sky, My respect for the cause and effect of actions is as fine as grains of flour.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Execution halted because Buddhist denied Spiritual Advisor
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Execution halted because Buddhist denied Spiritual Advisor

Someone in that situation is still capable of seeking birth in the Pure Land to benefit others. May he save many beings :heart:

While this may be a passing curiosity to non-Buddhists, I think it shows the beauty of the Dharma.

:bow:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Generosity & Offerings
Replies: 56
Views: 1498

Re: On Generosity & Offerings

I agree with Greg.
If Tulku Sherdor's words don't apply to someone, then they don't apply.

If someone is fortunate enough to have a Buddhist teacher or a sangha, they're receiving the cure to a very old and very painful illness.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

We're discussing it among the mods.
Would you mind sharing some reasons you would want a separate subforum?

To my eyes, the bigger challenge is how slow this Pure Land subforum can be in general.
But there are lots of reasons for that.
Any suggestions in that area would be most appreciated, too!

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