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by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: feeling happy
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: feeling happy

We have been firmly fettered by the enemy of worldly passions such as greed and anger and have transmigrated in the cage of the delusive three realms. Upon seeing this, Amida Buddha, with deep sympathy like a compassionate mother, cuts our ties of transmigration with the sharp sword of his name, se...
by Monlam Tharchin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are humans forever?
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Are humans forever?

The human realm is characterized by desire, not really by a form aggregate similar to primates, no?
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6010
Views: 539324

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

May he emanate into Amitabha's Pure Land to teach beings there as well :buddha1:
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do I know I'm doing things right?
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: How do I know I'm doing things right?

There is so much confusion here. TongLen means "taking and sending." It is part of the Mahayana, really, part of the transmission of "LoJong" or "Mind Training." It can be incorporated into any Deity yoga practice, though.....if you have empowerment and transmission, you simply perform taking and s...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do I know I'm doing things right?
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: How do I know I'm doing things right?

Bokar Rinpoche said in "Chenrezig: Lord of Love" something like, if you grow in compassion and love, your practice is progressing. Study, remember, cultivate bodhicitta as your basis in everything you think, say, and do. With such a foundation, any practice will bear fruit.
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DIY prayer wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: DIY prayer wheel

Excellent info from FPMT, thank you! I plan on filling mine with nembutsu and a copy of the Amitabha Sutra. If anyone knows, FPMT recommends wrapping the “Tree of Life” mantra around the central staff. The homemade prayer wheel from the video doesn't have a central shaft inside the wheel. Would it b...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Memory - improvement techniques
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Memory - improvement techniques

I'm the same way. Then I memorized the Amitabha Sutra which can be recited in 15-20 minutes. First I learned the story so I knew what came next generally. Then I tried to anticipate words and entire sentences while reading with a ruler angled to reveal only a few words at a time. The lists of buddha...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DIY prayer wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: DIY prayer wheel

Sounds like I have a project :)

Is there any special mantra or ceremony to consecrate a home-made prayer wheel?
Specifically that non-Vajrayana practitioners can do?
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 709

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

or relying on faith in Amitabha and his pure as the primary practice towards enlightenment rather than self cultivation (in the sense of the "ultimate" self) being the primary path Greetings! Sukhavati is like a university run by professor bodhisattvas and a dean Amitabha. People go there for the s...
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Worry and incarnational faith
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Worry and incarnational faith

Chinese Pure Land practice has traditionally conducted daily repentance and has held repentance ceremonies on special days. So it's literally a different kind of Pure Land. Incidentally, such repentance is part & parcel of the teachings of ShanTao and Honen. Just look at the Ojoraisan , and see Sha...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books that really spell out sadhana practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Books that really spell out sadhana practice

Chenrezig, Lord of Love: Principles and Methods of Deity Meditation, by Bokar Rinpoche.
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chinese Pureland Rebirth Stories In English
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Chinese Pureland Rebirth Stories In English

yannaunghtutwilliam, in my signature, you can find several legally free Pure Land books that I find inspiring. Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith includes rebirth stories and anecdotes, scattered throughout the teachings. www.purelanders.com has an entire section of testimonials in English . There are als...
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Dad
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Prayers for Dad

For something like 20+ years, my dad has been in medical limbo of some kind. He's in the hospital now. I have no idea how one man can spend so much time in the hospital, yet remain kind and happy. The moment he returns home, he gets right back to hiking, beach trips, DIYing his house to make it nice...
by Monlam Tharchin
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha empowerment questions
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Amitabha empowerment questions

Thanks for the helpful replies everyone. I've decided not to attend. No temple within three hours of me practices the associated sadhana that I could see. The host site was also unable to describe practice commitments with this empowerment. I know I would have questions and need encouragement. I don...
by Monlam Tharchin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: What would you do?

Pray to Amitabha Buddha that he will come to bring me to his Pure Land, where I will be in the company of innumerable bodhisattva companions and receive Amitabha's teachings face to face. To go to his pure land, nothing more is required than this wish, a trust that he will help us, and thinking on h...
by Monlam Tharchin
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitabha empowerment questions
Replies: 7
Views: 556

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: 3628

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: 3628

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: 2570

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: 2570

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...

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