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by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness

Any follow up? Having a background in TB but a newfound interest in Amitabha and his pureland I'm inclined towards pureland teachings framed around emptiness, compassion and the 3 kayas although thanks to the writings of Ju Mipham Rinpoche, I recognize the validity of 'other power' for those whom i...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to spread blessings of mantra chanting while walking on the streets
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: How to spread blessings of mantra chanting while walking on the streets

Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche changed my life with Chenrezig. It includes pithy instructions for daily life and useful visualizations. Even just imagining Chenrezig at your heart can transform your behavior.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Greetings!

Welcome, lukes! Very nice to see a new member. :smile:

We have a few Pure Land folks around here.

How did you manage to get seven hamsters?
I have two cats and they're a handful already.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 367

Re: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Isn't recitation done with the mind, not solely the mouth? So if the association is made, can't someone call to mind a visual representation (like the letters NMRK), or a subtle hand gesture like using a mala? Just curious, from one chanting tradition to another :smile: Of course. Even acts such as...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attaining peaceful and restorative sleep
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Attaining peaceful and restorative sleep

Exercise during the day, even one 10-minute walk. Keeping a more or less regular schedule. I go to bed between 10-11, and get up between 6-7. Take a few days to let yourself sleep as long as you want and see how many hours that is. For me, that's 8.5 hours or so. Take about 30-60 minutes off that an...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 873

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

Sentient beings are beginningless. They don't emerge because there is no first cause for anything in Buddhism. The skandha of form is not me or mine either. Even if we call it chemicals or atoms. Whether another type of body can become a new realm for birth, that depends on if we think the Buddha wa...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 367

Re: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Isn't recitation done with the mind, not solely the mouth? So if the association is made, can't someone call to mind a visual representation (like the letters NMRK), or a subtle hand gesture like using a mala?

Just curious, from one chanting tradition to another :smile:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerments are for life?
Replies: 48
Views: 1620

Re: Empowerments are for life?

PeterC wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:42 am
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Thanks, PeterC. Very clear information.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerments are for life?
Replies: 48
Views: 1620

Re: Empowerments are for life?

...the conditions (4?) necessary to be a complete breach in samaya... Per Asanga: 1. Not seeing the breach as negative 2. Not intending to refrain from similar breaches in the future 3. Taking pleasure in the breach 4. Not intending to repair the breach The severity of the breach depends on the num...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 44
Views: 3914

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

74. Just as the trunk of a plantain tree is nothing when cut into pieces, in the same way, the "I" is non-existent when sought analytically. 75. [Qualm:] If no sentient being exists, for whom is there compassion? [Madhyamika:] For one who is imagined through delusion, which is accepted for the sake...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Balanced vegetarian diet
Replies: 24
Views: 595

Re: Balanced vegetarian diet

:good: You have a lot of meatless things in your diet already, so you aren't starting from scratch :smile: Learn some basic cooking techniques, even before you switch over. That'll make life much easier. How to fry something, make a batter, boiling different pastas, dumplings (super easy), making a ...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A dream
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: A dream

Hi, Jingang. I've also had Dharma dreams that run the gamut. I tend to remember the inspiring ones because they make me want to practice, which benefits self and others. I tend to forget other dreams, because they don't remind me to practice, so the benefit is delayed. Regarding separation from love...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerments are for life?
Replies: 48
Views: 1620

Re: Empowerments are for life?

Send an email to your nearest center and try to speak with someone in person about your situation. I had a similar question and was able to talk to someone over the phone. If your practice had any open components, such as Chenrezig, Tara, or Amitabha, you'll only help matters by reestablishing that ...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 698

Re: Is anyone home?

I reiterate my book recommendation given your line of interest so far :smile: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche works with Dawa Gyaltsen's teaching:
Vision is mind.
Mind is empty.
Emptiness is clear light.
Clear light is union.
Union is great bliss.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 698

Re: Is anyone home?

When I ask myself "Who is asking?" I sometimes <not always> feel like I'm in an infinite regression hall of mirrors kinda thing. Like a brain short-circuit! You ever get this, Dan? Not really, because I listen to the inner voice and to the 'space' where it happens, rather than following thoughts. G...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Forum International status
Replies: 63
Views: 8453

Re: Zen Forum International status

This thread has been closed as the status of the ZFI was well discussed last year.
To continue conversation about Sweeping Zen, please use this thread in the Lounge.

:thanks:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?
Replies: 12
Views: 320

Re: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?

Anecdotally a vegetarian Pure Lander here :smile:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 698

Re: Is anyone home?

Hi, Rick. How is the absence of a first cause explained? What rationale is given? Dependent origination, and the emptiness of cause-and-effect. If causes/conditions are *not* illusory, but the process by which stuff arises from them *is* ... does this make sense? I know saying "go read Nagarjuna" is...

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