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by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 57
Views: 1121

Re: Daily Lojong

Additional translations: Depend Not Upon Other Circumstances. Do Not Be Dependent on External Factors. Commentaries: Although your external circumstances may vary, your practice should not be dependent on that. Whether you are sick or well, rich or poor, have a good reputation or a bad reputation, y...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Low self esteem

So is there sth, that would help with changing this pattern or at least help weaken it? Bodhicitta helps remove one's incessant focus on oneself('s problems). :thumbsup: Instead of others needing to support ever-changing ideas of what makes me good, bodhicitta is like the quiet confidence of a moth...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Individuating Buddhas
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Individuating Buddhas

Here's some more reading exactly in line with what DGA said: https://www.purelanders.com/2013/04/22/ ... l-buddhas/

That site has a Chinese Pure Land slant but some really excellent articles for all schools :)
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Individuating Buddhas
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Individuating Buddhas

You have qualities that all humans share but you also have a name and story of your own. If someone wanted to meet you, you wouldn't introduce them to your friend just because you're both humans :)
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sentient beings are most precious
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Sentient beings are most precious

In a similar vein :buddha1: To attain this human body we have observed the practices of the six perfections such as generosity, morality and so forth, in the past. If there were no sentient beings towards whom we could direct all those positive actions, there would be no possibility of attaining reb...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 37
Views: 832

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

If one knows one's true nature, one has insight into Dependent Arising of the mind and therefore sees karma and rebirth for oneself. It's one thing to remain agnostic about what we haven't yet seen, progressing step by step, even if it takes us a long time to arrive at insight. Who takes up the Dhar...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 57
Views: 1121

Re: Daily Lojong

Additional translations: Always Meditate on Volatile Points. Always Meditate on Whatever is Unavoidable. Always Meditate on Those Closely Related. Commentaries: Meditate by skillfully bringing out extra love and compassion for subjects that present difficulties in mind training: aggressive enemies, ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 37
Views: 832

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The Buddha's teachers before his awakening guided him up through the four formless jhanas beyond the first four, and they were nonetheless still unawakened.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 995

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Yes but as Bokar Rinpoche said, anywhere there is love manifesting, that is Chenrezig, i.e. the naturally compassionate aspect of buddha-nature, even if the expression is for now distorted by delusion. Also important is sympathetic joy for any merit whatsoever that beings display.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

Better to assume sentience than not when it comes to generating bodhicitta. When we're buddhas, we'll be able to tell for sure, including for the jellyfish.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

Thank you, that helps me understand this text better as well! :twothumbsup:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

If jellyfish are animals, they suffer, bound by stupidity. That means they experience fear (e.g. aversion to pain), hunger, death, bewilderment yet have no recourse to be free from those experiences. That a being is reborn as an animal shows they have not awakened, enjoying none of the Three Bodies...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong here! So mind cannot be reborn nor become more beings? Or are those jellyfish still one and the same? Mind is unborn, i.e. it isn't born so it doesn't die. That's why it's possible to become free from birth without merely creating a new type of temporary s...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

What about them? Mind is not the product of a body.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 479

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

I can try to reply to a few points. Mind in Buddhism does not mean brain or complex thoughts. A being's mind also doesn't split into multiple minds. If jellyfish are animals, they suffer, bound by stupidity. That means they experience fear (e.g. aversion to pain), hunger, death, bewilderment yet hav...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 57
Views: 1121

Re: Daily Lojong

I forgot to add a useful tool for training the mind in more and more situations: using gathas. A gatha is a short verse that you recite during an activity, of the sort Lama Zopa suggested for cutting vegetables, etc. They can be in Sanskrit or Tibetan, like these from FPMT. Or they can be in English...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 995

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Thank you Malcolm and everyone! I understand better now.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 57
Views: 1121

Re: Daily Lojong

Today's slogan is #48, Train Without Bias in All Areas; It is Crucial to do This Pervasively and Wholeheartedly. Other translations are essentially the same. Commentaries: The practice of lojong includes everyone and everything. It is important to be thorough and impartial in your practice, excludin...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sentient beings are most precious
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Sentient beings are most precious

Every single sentient being is most precious, dear and wishfulfilling, fulfilling all your wishes for the happiness of future lives, liberation and enlightenment. Every hell being, hungry ghost, animal, insect, ant, mosquito, bird, goat, human being, sura and asura does this. That is because all ou...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 995

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

I'll ask a different way: why is "proper" a more correct term than "possible" in that verse? I'm hoping Malcolm, in the not-24/7/365 time he is on here, could explain some of his thinking behind that. Thanks :smile: