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by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha empowerment questions
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Amitabha empowerment questions

Ayang Rinpoche is giving a phowa course with Amitabha empowerment this October. The empowerment is open to the public. I'll only be able to attend that session. I'm hoping for input from the more experienced. My focus is Amitabha with sutra-based practices: buddha-remembrance, some visualization, th...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Political discussions on Dharma Wheel
Replies: 83
Views: 2971

Re: Political discussions on Dharma Wheel

Mantrik and Simon, instead of simply disagreeing, criticisms and insinuations about others' Dharma practice being cowardly or incomplete? Misrepresenting our position and dismissing us as snowflakes doesn't show any desire to communicate. If this is how metadiscussion about politics goes, maybe you ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Political discussions on Dharma Wheel
Replies: 83
Views: 2971

Re: Political discussions on Dharma Wheel

For what it's worth, I now avoid all political discussions on DW after many bad experiences. I saw enough tempers flaring, name-calling, and so on to come to the same conclusion as kalden yungdrung. Whatever the intentions of the posters, what I saw didn't often look like engaged Buddhism or bringin...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 2239

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

Matt, I'm not sure I understand what your message is to me. Am I fundamentalist, not practicing true Dharma, shying away from questions, trying to BS? If not, why raise those criticisms in a reply to me? It seems very personal. My point was that your posts to me look like you're saying it's impossib...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 2239

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

Matt, either you have faith in the Buddha and teachers or you don't. To be a Buddhist yet question the validity of the Buddha's perception by suggesting it's impossible to cut through illusory perceptions and attain omniscience, that seems counterproductive to me. Apologies if I've misunderstood you...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dealing with ant infestation
Replies: 27
Views: 2726

Re: Dealing with ant infestation

Fly whisk, great! Thanks, I didn't know the term.

The garden sounds beautiful! My yard was a big swath of grass and the backyard a bunch of ivy and shotweed. Been slowly transforming it for years :)
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dealing with ant infestation
Replies: 27
Views: 2726

Re: Dealing with ant infestation

Is there a type of soft brush I could find for sweeping up ants? We regularly have ants in this old house. They come in numbers that ignoring them isn't a possibility since they soon find our pantry. Maybe if I can sweep them up, they'll lose the trail. Cucumber water, cinnamon etc. didn't seem too ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Our Karma or theirs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2136

Re: Our Karma or theirs?

No wonder I was confused if you meant the opposite of what the words said. A downside in written communication. remember one of the 1st expedient lessons I've got from a Zen teacher who said; what happens to you is not you karma but the way you react to it is your karma.  You're confusion might be ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Our Karma or theirs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2136

Re: Our Karma or theirs?

what happens to you is not your karma but the way you react to it is your karma. This seems to run counter to the teachings on realms, doesn't it? Hi, "not your karma" does not mean not your karma. No wonder I was confused if you meant the opposite of what the words said. A downside in written comm...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 583

Re: Gratitude

DR, have you seen the Amida-ji blog ? He has many clear writings on Shin and faith, such as here and here . If you have the time, I also recommend reading the Honen threads on this forum as he explains Pure Land faith and practice in terms other than shinjin if you currently find that teaching diffi...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 583

Re: Gratitude

I too sometimes think those kinds of things. I think it's a part of the process for Pure Land Buddhists, especially later converts like us. Just keep Amitabha in mind. If nembutsu hurts, then look at a picture of Amitabha or bow to the west, with all your imperfections. Lots of ways to "be mindful o...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Our Karma or theirs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2136

Re: Our Karma or theirs?

fuki wrote:what happens to you is not your karma but the way you react to it is your karma.
This seems to run counter to the teachings on realms, doesn't it?
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 583

Re: Gratitude

Who said anything about self-power? :smile:
But with Other Power it means Other Power, there is nothing from our side that will change that.
True, but we still must make the connection, grasping the hand that Amida extends to us so to speak. This is karma.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 583

Re: Gratitude

Transmission isn't a feature of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, which I believe doublerepukken follows. Hey all, I am having trouble feeling gratitude, it's really a life long problem. My parents used to chastise me for being ungrateful, I think it's a part of my extreme selfishness. As per master Shin...
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 1939

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

Moosewood cookbook Thug kitchen series. I like the 101 book a lot, it's a crash course in vegan cooking seitan (wheat gluten meat substitute you can make at home that is very versatile and filling, I can share my recipe if interested) Any grain + bean/lentil + protein + veggie = instant dinner E.g. ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Real Vs. Unreal

:good: I forgot to add that it's obvious to me that learning and studying the Dharma are wonderful if you have the chance. I don't understand the anti-study rhetoric I see sometimes :shrug: Relying on the words of our teachers and the sutras, seeking to understand and appreciate them, can hardly be ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Real Vs. Unreal

Some make Pure Land into a Zen-like practice that few can understand or integrate into their life. I don't personally find it helpful or in the spirit of an everyday practice for everyone. If this approach works for that person then so much the better. That doesn't mean they should hold your relatio...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Our Karma or theirs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2136

Re: Our Karma or theirs?

Until then, do I know which action bears no negative karma? no. Precepts, following advice of teachers who do know more about the workings of karma. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has many teachings on bodhicitta for instance and how, with bodhicitta, even sleeping and working and eating can become sources of ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Disability
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Disability

There are lots of hindrances to beings encountering the Dharma. Teachers like Honen did their utmost to propagate, but if a person's karma led them to be born far away, in another country, too young to understand, blind or deaf, and so on, then those obstacles were out of his control. But he did tea...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?

Smokeless incense is a thing too, though I've never tried it personally.

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