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by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu May 23, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Everflowing Nectar of Bodhicitta
Replies: 2
Views: 155

The Everflowing Nectar of Bodhicitta

I found this practice on the FPMT page . It's the first time I've seen a Chenrezig visualization paired with the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, but I bet someone here is familiar with it. Any additional commentaries or resources are appreciated :anjali: An example visualization: 1. Determin...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu May 23, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: A Lesson.

"Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one."
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat May 18, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hot Sauces
Replies: 11
Views: 230

Hot Sauces

Who else here is a hot sauce fan? My husband and I got into them because of Hot Ones, then the Heatonist site. They're a really easy way to add flavor to food :twothumbsup: The biggest discovery for me has been how peppers are like wines, with some dry and crisp like the ghost pepper, and others war...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sat May 18, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1376

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

While looking for a teacher, or while waiting for conditions to make that search possible, there are still riches in the Vajrayana tradition that can benefit everyone: * Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life * teachings on rousing bodhicitta in everyday life * lamrim, a clear presentatio...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri May 17, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1437

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Very happy for you to awaken such an aspiration. I hope we'll keep seeing you around. There's a nice Zen community here :smile:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Fri May 17, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1437

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

tonysharp wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:39 pm
At this point, I’m fairly certain that I’m either going to choose Zen or Pure Land.
Check out Ippen, Master Ou-i, or Real-Mark Recitation. The line between Zen/Chan and Pure Land can get blurry.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu May 16, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1437

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Regarding divine intervention and the Pure Land schools. In Mainland Pure Land, such as in China and Vietnam, one's own effort to awaken is joined to Amitabha's willingness and ability to help beings. It's analogous to a student and teacher working together. In Japanese Pure Land, one's striving tow...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Thu May 16, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind

I'm surprised no one else has said anything yet. I'll add a little more info based on what I've read. Apologies if any of this repeats what you already know. In the Chinese Pure Land materials I've seen from Masters Yinguang and Chu-hung, distracted nianfo (nembutsu) is a necessary tool in daily lif...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Wed May 15, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1275

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

For me, answering that question has been a lot more like building a relationship, rather than finding a piece of information, or even having one specific experience. Over time, I think a network begins to form, of memories, experiences, teachings you've learned, images, places, ideas associated with...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Tue May 14, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :)
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Hi :)

:hi:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 13, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind

From Master Honen in "Promise of Amida Buddha": Q. (5): Remembering to repeat nembutsu continually seems to be difficult. Although I hold a string of prayer beads in my hand, my thoughts wander. Under these circumstances, would my nembutsu not be the true practice for birth in the Pure Land? If it i...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 13, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 51
Views: 1437

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Just a shout-out from EnValo on your Reddit post :smile:

I started with secular breath meditation and now I'm in the Pure Land school. I think a good number of us Mahayana/Vajrayana types on here started somewhere else.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 13, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 146
Views: 29407

Re: Dharma Gems

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Guru Yoga instructions wrote:There is no difference between myself and others:
None of us wishes even the slightest of sufferings
Nor is ever content with the happiness we have.
Realizing this, I seek your blessings that I may
Enhance the bliss and joy of others.
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun May 12, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Forming Mudras With Disability
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Forming Mudras With Disability

:good: for both above
by Mönlam Tharchin
Sun May 12, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Forming Mudras With Disability
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Forming Mudras With Disability

Hello, Neon! Well, at a thousand arms with five fingers apiece, I think Chenrezig has us all beat :smile: This isn't from a Vajrayana standpoint specifically, but try to look at it this way: Without bodhicitta, isn't every mudra incorrect? Even this precious human birth becomes just another way to s...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 06, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 1017

Re: Insect karma

It's all about your situation. If you see more animals and insects than people,then why not include them in the mandala of your practice, if so inclined? One rouses bodhicitta, one gives with no expectation of reward, one thinks of the Dharma, one adds Dharma objects to the world, one displays non-h...
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 06, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 1017

Re: Insect karma

And to rephrase the point about clear light earlier in this thread, part of benefiting animals includes purifying our deluded vision of past mothers and buddhas-to-be as merely animals, in a positive or a pejorative sense.

(I love the idea of a bodhisattva communicating with ants via smells!)
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 06, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?
Replies: 15
Views: 309

Re: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?

Yavana wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:15 pm
bcol01 wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 4:29 am
It's so sad that beauty fades and we get older. How do you all view getting older and losing your looks, etc?
It's an opportunity to do and say whatever you want and then claim you were confused due to advanced age when you get called out on it.
I can't wait :lol:
by Mönlam Tharchin
Mon May 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 1017

Re: Insect karma

I’ve been afflicted thinking about this. Any help would be appreciated. ...to receive benefit from food, a mantra, a connection to the Dharma through holy objects, from positive qualities like generosity and patience, we need only be sentient beings. That’s what I had been thinking. I’d thought the...

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