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by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Generosity
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Generosity

You will not save an addict by refusing to give some change. Once you're a buddha, you'll be better placed to help them. For now, do what you can towards that end. To me that means giving a few dollars and reaffirming your vows to save all beings, such as this one. YMMV.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for someone to rebirth in Sukhāvatī
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Prayer for someone to rebirth in Sukhāvatī

Yes, of course. Here is a prayer used in the Kagyu tradition, placed at the very end of a session. E MA HO NGO TSAR SANG GYE NANG WA TA YE DANG YE SU JO WO TUK JE CHEN PO DANG Wonderful Buddha of limitless light, to his right the Lord of Great Compassion, YÖN DU SEM PA TU CHEN TOB NAM LA SANG GYE JA...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: Hello

Welcome! I hope you enjoy your time on Dharma Wheel. :smile:
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 82
Views: 4477

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

Discussion of psychoanalysis has been moved to this thread in the Lounge. Please continue the conversation there, so this thread can remain about Sogyal Rinpoche. :thanks:
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 30
Views: 319

Re: Psychoanalysis

This topic has been split from the conversation about Sogyal Rinpoche. Have a good day!
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After achieving rainbow body?
Replies: 25
Views: 912

Re: After achieving rainbow body?

Fourthed from another tradition.
Supplications related to Dharma or benefiting beings produce such uncanny results that I had to admit my skepticism was no longer wise.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 50
Views: 1320

Re: No end to samsara?

Beings are so numerous they're beyond counting, like the grains of sand in a river. This refers not only to beings but to their afflictions, which they've spent an incredibly long time accumulating. To help one severely deluded being takes a very long time. To help many takes that much longer. Chenr...
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 78
Views: 1788

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

Many years ago I said to a much more experienced Dharma student 'Western dharma is going to fail, it is already failing. It will never successfully transplant to the west' She replied. 'You are projecting, because you are having difficulty with your practice'. She was right. :good: Interest in othe...
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Space
Replies: 255
Views: 54493

Re: The Sacred Space

A picture I took at Byodo-in Temple in Hawaii. There's a very large Amida statue inside the open-air shrine room. I took some pictures of the statue but haven't yet developed the film.

Beautiful, peaceful place with temple cats sleeping peacefully among the wild chickens and birds.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does "my" imply?
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: What does "my" imply?

It could mean the person sees the lama as the leader of their sangha.
It could also mean the person sees the lama as the living embodiment of buddhahood, their guide, inspiration, and connection to the blessings of a lineage.

It depends on one's school and practice.
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings!
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: greetings!

:hi:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 106
Views: 5780

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

Time for a breather.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 3830

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

For the benefit of beings. :heart: What a wonderful example for us all.
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Identifying two statues
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Identifying two statues

Greetings! I saw these two statues in the Rainbow Bazaar in Oahu. I don't recognize which buddhas or bodhisattvas they depict. The eight-armed statue appears to be holding a lotus and vajra, among other things. The red fellow may be in the Japanese style.

Thanks for your help!
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Purification for C
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Purification for C

If I can get through the instructions I will try as you ask. Thanks. Even reading the instructions is very generous of you! It's a wonderful practice to do regularly, both for oneself and others. C is doing much better. The firing/eviction were hallucinations. Now his friends and family are showing...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 524

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Triumphalism is common among Buddhist schools. It's a way to engender confidence in the specific school you're practicing. Some find the approach helpful, others don't. Consider what is being addressed in critiques of "Hinayana" instead: self-centered practice. It's a pitfall for all Buddhists, incl...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If one dies while asleep?
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: If one dies while asleep?

If you're sincere in practice, you're already preserved from the lower realms. And of course the buddhas and bodhisattvas will help you when you die, no matter the details.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen question
Replies: 49
Views: 1661

Re: Tonglen question

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:20 pm
btw, if I where to rely on prayers... I would be mad, truly mad.
It depends on what you pray for, doesn't it?
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen question
Replies: 49
Views: 1661

Re: Tonglen question

As far as tonglen making your life a blessing for others, showing them the transformation that Dharma has on ordinary people, its impact on their karma is immeasurable. They have made contact with a seed of Dharma, the cause of their own future liberation. As far as tonglen making you perform the si...

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