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by Monlam Tharchin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 2658

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: 795

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: 196

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: 715

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: 118
Views: 2606

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: 715

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: 715

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: 1615

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: 1615

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: 73
Views: 1334

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: 73
Views: 1334

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: 73
Views: 1334

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: 795

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: 118
Views: 2606

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: 795

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: 2008

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...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I use to think "inner winds" were silly... Now...
Replies: 25
Views: 723

Re: I use to think "inner winds" were silly... Now...

This maybe sounds similar to the first jhana.
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation remedy sought
Replies: 48
Views: 795

Re: Meditation remedy sought

The trick is not taking the myriad dharmas as mind, as self, which I believe your line of inquiry is aiming towards :smile: Not sure I understand. Please explain. :-) Anything you can conceive of, observe rising and falling, is therefore not mind because mind is unbound. Myriad dharmas = fancy talk...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Science Based Mindfulness...
Replies: 36
Views: 715

Re: Science Based Mindfulness...

Hi, boda! I haven't made such a claim about the Nidanas but I have read that and similar claims in any number of books on Secular Buddhism. A common trend is to level all the transcendent teachings into one life and therefore one human's experiences because a foundation of SB is that rebirth is not ...
by Monlam Tharchin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 74
Views: 2008

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

There is relief from suffering for sentient beings. That is the Third Noble Truth. Such a realization takes place for, is experienced and known by, a being bound by afflictions. Emptiness of appearances doesn't negate the appearances, it merely releases the bonds of suffering caused by fundamental i...