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by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: New member

Avihinsa wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:16 pm
now my main interest/practice is pureland/nembutsu in the main influenced by Chinese pureland and Jodoshu.
Gassho
We could be twins! That greatly resembles my approach also.

Welcome :hi:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 737

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Hi, rory. Can you help me understand where the issue is? The monk at Cloudwater, Venerable Shih Ying-Fa, has been helping me with questions about the Contemplation Sutra visualizations. He hasn't indicated there's a problem for laypeople to use the sutra. The other practices come from Buddhism of Wi...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 737

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

There's a fantastic guided visualisation meditation in the book Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth by Tulku Thondup Maybe a silly question. Does this book teach a Tibetan-style sadhana of Amitabha or something else? For the thread generally, there is this helpful advice from Cloudwater Zendo. I'm also ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Practical Book Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Practical Book Recommendations?

Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith explains much of the theory and practice from a Mainland perspective. You can read it for free and legally by following the link in my signature. The book "Going home to the Pure Land" also includes a complete practice outline for home, including recitation of the Amitab...
by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 3863

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

Here is an explanation I found helpful. The same idea also applies to how nirmanakaya work generally.
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation remedy sought
Replies: 48
Views: 1388

Re: Meditation remedy sought

By mind I meant buddha-nature. It's just that in the texts I read it tends to be referred to as "mind" which of course is not meant to be thoughts or sense consciousnesses. Apologies for mixing up terms here!
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Commentaries?
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Commentaries?

Thank you very much, rory :smile:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Science Based Mindfulness...
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Science Based Mindfulness...

I was talking specifically about karma, rebirth, other realms, etc. Basically things which one with a secular view may have trouble with at first. The issue there for the ordinary person seeking to follow the Buddha is not certainty but where to put their faith since these things lie outside the pur...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 133
Views: 4633

Re: Daily Lojong

Jeff's got the commentaries covered today, so I'll just share some reflections. :smile: I'd love to see others' reflections on these slogans as we go, too. I take this slogan as a reminder not to get stuck on one antidote or view. I've been giving special attention to my hatred this month. I never u...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Science Based Mindfulness...
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Science Based Mindfulness...

The amount of people who think mindfulness of the breath is the whole of Buddhism must be infintessable. Did I spell that correctly? For the secular and monk practitioner, it is the same practice of mindfulness if practiced from the instructions of the mahasatipatthana sutta. If a secular teacher v...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Science Based Mindfulness...
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Science Based Mindfulness...

Right View is not an agenda, nor is Right View accepting every practice of every school. It also isn't something one enters practice with fully formed. But if one cannot see the difference between respectfully setting aside challenging teachings for now and outright rejecting them for good, the dev...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva More Effective?
Replies: 65
Views: 2375

Re: Vajrasattva More Effective?

What do you feel when you do your purification practice(s)? Well as I wrote in the other post, my reason for delving into your understanding of karma and purification is because having a solid, well-founded idea of what you're doing and why makes all the difference. The point on intent for example....
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva More Effective?
Replies: 65
Views: 2375

Re: Vajrasattva More Effective?

Miroku wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:30 am

Well, what my academic teacher used to say is true "assuming makes an ass out of you and me". :D
Well there isn't a default sex for a Buddhist :shrug:

Still interested in hearing Tenma's view of what is happening when he does purification practices. :focus:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 2435

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Astus, which term would you prefer for paramita? I leave it untranslated when talking about them.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 2435

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Because it's easy to intellectualize the Heart Sutra and decide that "no attainment" means one needn't practice in one's current state.
That was a mistake I've made before so I bring it up here :smile:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 2435

Re: Nothing further to seek...

So if there can be no grasping or abiding where is enlightenment? It is in the abscence of attainment. :rolleye: As long as there is suffering, there is enlightenment, freedom from suffering. This is the Third Noble Truth. No attainment is one thing, but it would be a mistake to think one therefore...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation remedy sought
Replies: 48
Views: 1388

Re: Meditation remedy sought

Empty doesn't mean "not really there", does it? :smile:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 133
Views: 4633

Re: Daily Lojong

Other translations are almost identical. A subtle trap can occur in viewing things as dreamlike, as empty. And that is, due to lifetimes-long conditioning, we do not notice that the same applies to our thoughts, feelings, and so on. We end up in the strange position of saying the world is empty of o...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation remedy sought
Replies: 48
Views: 1388

Re: Meditation remedy sought

Perfect, Vasana! Thank you for that :cheers:

In a similar way, descriptions of nirvana (unbound, unconditioned, free, blissful) aren't for the purpose of reifying nirvana but to release sticking points.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 74
Views: 3096

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

It's proven to me I'm not as skilled at explaining things as I hoped :smile: If you're interested in exploring the matter from a different angle, check out the lojong slogan Examine the nature of unborn awareness . The letters across the top left of the page (under the Web Archive banner) contain co...