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by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 297

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

I think you knew the answer to your first question before you posted. Look at it the other way. Consider the brilliance of Mipham and his writings. Consider how Manjusri is praised in so many profound texts. Then ask yourself whether Osel Mukpo could have anything to do with those two. The door to ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

:good:

Also worth reading Shantideva's Bodhisattvacharyavatara to understand bodhicitta, how to cultivate it, and its importance.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Hoping that one of the links in my signature has something of interest. Weak faith, strong faith, it's all a normal part of development. Adversities are inevitable in samsara, aren't they? Study can help, seeing how widely and frequently Amitabha appears in Mahayana/Vajrayana. Nothing will compare w...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?

Happiness comes from cherishing others, both in this life through cultivation, and in the fruit of buddhahood.
Thubten Chodron wrote about this here.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 67
Views: 2134

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What's the deal with deity yoga? I found Lama Thubten Yeshe's explanations in his books very helpful for developing an understanding of this. 'Becoming the Compassion Buddha' would be one. Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche is another good one. I no longer practice deity yoga, but this book gave me a p...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 precepts
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: 5 precepts

Very and yes, though repentance goes hand in hand.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 26
Views: 803

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Public service announcement: Google Translate is sometimes very bad at French. Ne l'utilisez surtout pas pour des textes importants.
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Meditation timer app?

Created and pending approval. Membership is open to all. It's obviously not associated in an official way with this forum.

:cheers:
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello to All
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Hello to All

:hi:
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Meditation timer app?

Is there a Dharma Wheel group on Insight Timer? I'm on there too :smile:
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2813

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:25 pm
Because of a Anatta, there is birth. If there is atta, could be no becoming into something and no birth.
:good:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha-recitation samadhi, hearing recitation sound, auditory hallucination
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Buddha-recitation samadhi, hearing recitation sound, auditory hallucination

Bumping this old thread for some discussion. Information on the buddha-recitation samadhi is hard to come by. Can anyone provide some reading or resources? I've seen buddha-remembrance practitioners from Jodoshu, Chinese, and Vietnamese all describe something like above, an experience of hearing Ami...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure land transcending the triple realm?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Pure land transcending the triple realm?

Yes, animal, preta, hell realms are explicitly absent. Not to give you too much reading to do, but Amitabha's 48 Vows from the Larger Sutra establish the characteristics of his Pure Land. If you compare the qualities of Sukhavati with the qualities of the six realms individually, I think it makes it...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure land transcending the triple realm?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Pure land transcending the triple realm?

:good: ... none of the three evil realms exist in that buddha-land. Even the names of the three evil realms do not exist there, how much less the realms themselves. ... Again, Shariputra, all sentient beings born in the Land of Utmost Bliss dwell in the state of non-retrogression. Many of them are i...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The Wanderer
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: The Wanderer

... (6) With palms pressed together, I beseech you Triumphant who would pass beyond sorrow: I beg you, remain for countless eons so as not to leave in their blindness these wandering beings. Buddhas know better than any of us here the mistaken imputation of "sentient being". Yet they seek them out ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The Wanderer
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: The Wanderer

Possession is Relative, for in Ultimate there is no Arising and Ceasing. So, possessing the 10 paramitas would refer to cultivating and practice, which is Relative, because of the Grasping. If there is no Arising and Ceasing, there would be no Cultivating and practice, for there is No Grasping. No ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: interactions between humans and other beings
Replies: 15
Views: 1017

Re: interactions between humans and other beings

This thread has been moved to the Lounge.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 854

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

Advantage and disadvantage are among the Eight Worldly Concerns . That means they do not lead to lasting happiness for yourself or for others. To benefit others, you need bodhicitta. And the beginning of bodhicitta is the precepts. If you uphold the precepts and keep a regular, simple meditation or ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seeing in the Dark
Replies: 21
Views: 2231

Re: Seeing in the Dark

I've split the conversation to create a new thread about a scientific take on this to the Open Dharma forum. Please continue that thread of the conversation there.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?
Replies: 11
Views: 794

Re: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?

It means being reborn in the lower realms and falling away from the Dharma, like a rich person who becomes destitute.

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