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Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 1057

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

Also worth considering the second part of the hypothetical. “... and steal my belongings”

Shooting someone because they are stealing your stuff means you value your stuff more than you value their life. Clearly this would be negative karma.
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 33
Views: 1471

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

Tai Situ Rinpoche once told a group of students of an elderly Lama not to give the elderly Lama candies and sweets anymore. Even though this Lama liked those things very much, it would damage his health and shorten his life and therefore was “idiot compassion”, his words.
by practitioner
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1561

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

It really is beautiful. Thank you Lama pema
by practitioner
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The Mongolian Dharmapala "Dayisun Tngri"
Replies: 15
Views: 366

Re: The Mongolian Dharmapala "Dayisun Tngri"

Are you sure the 5th Dalai Lama wrote an invocation to him as a dharmapala? If so, that's quite insulting to their culture. It's a sort of Buddhist arrogance trampling on indigenous cultures. They even dumped the Gyalpo on the Mongolians for good measure. I mean, you must have a pretty big problem ...
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Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Naga Sang & Puja 2-Day Class
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Naga Sang & Puja 2-Day Class

That is wonderful, I hope you have a large turnout. May all beings benefit :namaste:
by practitioner
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking to get started in Dzogchen practice.
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: Looking to get started in Dzogchen practice.

The point is to find a teacher you admire and have confidence in. Then, just do whatever practice they teach you, whether that be Dzogchen or something else.
by practitioner
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Chakme Reading Transmission at KTD Monastery
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Karma Chakme Reading Transmission at KTD Monastery

Just wanted to give a heads-up for those who may be interested: Lama Tobden of Thrangu Monastery will be offering the reading transmission of all 60 volumes of the works of Karma Chakme (Raga Asya) at KTD this fall. This will take place over two 3-week sessions. Part One from August 3 to 25, and Par...
by practitioner
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 38
Views: 1148

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

Of course you put it in those terms. There is something to it, but there's also the bit that these kinds of artifacts belong to all humanity. Cast it any way you want, the fact remains, they'd be safer in the British Museum than in Kabul where there is a constant threat that bozos with sledgehammer...
by practitioner
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Happy 84th Birthday HHDL
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Happy 84th Birthday HHDL

Happy birthday to His Holiness, Chenrezig in person. May he live long and continue to inspire the world :anjali:
by practitioner
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen vs chanting mani mantra
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: Tonglen vs chanting mani mantra

I often enjoy practicing tonglen informally off the cushion. It can be a great practice when you encounter the homeless, addicts, or really anyone you see in distress. To take on their suffering immediately can be a very powerful practice.
by practitioner
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu online resource
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Karma Kagyu online resource

I’ve been using it for the past year after I attended Mingyur Rinpoche’s retreat in St Paul last summer. It really is a wonderful resource that is constantly growing. There is always a “live” class that is ongoing as well as access to archives of all the previous courses. The current course that wil...
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Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Rime subforum in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1886

Re: Rime subforum in Tibetan Buddhism

In my experience Rime is more of an attitude than anything else so I’m not sure it really needs it own forum. Time practitioners still follow one of the moon lineages, just with an open heart to the others. I say this as someone who come up in Kalu Rinpoche’s lineage.
by practitioner
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to start a personal retreat?
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: How to start a personal retreat?

Ask the teacher who gave you the practice. Sorry, I realize that reply may have come off as flippant and that was not my intention. I rejoice in the fact that you have the desire and time in your life to do this retreat. But you really should seek the advice of your teacher on this kind of thing. R...
by practitioner
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to start a personal retreat?
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: How to start a personal retreat?

Ask the teacher who gave you the practice.
by practitioner
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 2161

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

It's been challenging for me to diligently practice daily. I usually get off work earlier than my wife, so I have at least a couple of hours to myself - time which I should use better. Motivation is a big problem for me. That and the fact that I can be horribly lazy. :? In my experience just establ...
by practitioner
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 9872

Re: Who is America ?

The genius of this character is that an Israeli Mossad gun nut is the perfect catnip for the American right wing.
by practitioner
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 9872

Re: Who is America ?

It gets worse.
by practitioner
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan language question
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: Tibetan language question

It depends on your goals, as I’m sure you know that colloquial Tibetan is very different from classical Tibetan. If your goal is to read Dharma texts, classical is what you should learn. If your goal is to converse with a Tibetan (ie work as a translator) then start with colloquial. I have heard dif...
by practitioner
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 6880

Re: Football World Cup.

Should have been 2-2, I’m still waiting for extra time to start.
by practitioner
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 3663

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Well, as a traditionalist, until a highly realized being translates into English from Tibetan, I think there is blessing in the Tibetan language. (If you feel there are English translations that bear the same blessing, or translations into any other language, that’s fine.....keep on practicing them...

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