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by JKhedrup
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 6793

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

if I was starving and dying, I would appreciate a guy who supported me financially and gave me food Ideally we would have a balance between sharing the dharma and sharing the necessities of life. But along this vein- do not forget that, in a word that is increasingly bereft of safety nets partly du...
by JKhedrup
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 6793

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

In an age where Pope Francis is advocating Catholicism as a "Church for the Poor", and the gap between those with and without is growing daily, Buddhists need to take a hard look at whether to truly honour our commitment to reduce suffering (yes, even on the day-to-day temporary level), we need to b...
by JKhedrup
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What is the difference between these two books?
Replies: 7
Views: 1903

Re: What is the difference between these two books?

In my opinion, this is the most complete anthology of the various Lojong texts. It covers Lojong teachings across time periods and lineages. There are 44 texts included within it. The texts are expertly translated by Thupten Jinpa and his team. http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/mind-training" onclick="...
by JKhedrup
Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How Tibetans feel about the occupation of Tibet
Replies: 22
Views: 2223

Re: How Tibetans feel about the occupation of Tibet

My teacher is from Ganze, very sad stories coming out of this region.
The Khampas refuse to be intimidated
by JKhedrup
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thien in the US
Replies: 15
Views: 4092

Re: Thien in the US

Does anyone know how accessible the Linh Son network of temples is for those who don't speak the Viet Namese language?
by JKhedrup
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

Thanks Kirt, that is interesting. I really have such limited exposure to Sakya- not for lack of wanting to know, just that there don't seem to be so many Sakya lamas around so the tradition is not as accessible.
by JKhedrup
Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Honoring Parents’ Day Ullambana Celebration
Replies: 1
Views: 509

Re: Honoring Parents’ Day Ullambana Celebration

Thank you for sharing this! I love how these ceremonies and traditions act as the glue that keeps the Viet Namese community together. I have seen these strong community bonds in various overseas Vietnamese community temples, and am always touched by them.
by JKhedrup
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

Yes.
I have received a permission initiation from a Nyingma khenpo who was neither a tulku nor a family lineage holder.
There are also several Kagyu teacher like this who give initiations. I imagine it is the same story in Sakya, though I sadly don't have much experience with that tradition.
by JKhedrup
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

MANY Geshes, Khenpos, Loppons ;)
by JKhedrup
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone
Replies: 66
Views: 7893

Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

No. I choose to follow the only correct Buddhist path. No one forces it on me. According to my understanding, such a view would lead to the accumulation of the karma of abandoning the dharma. It is quite a serious transgression according to the bodhisattva vows (vow number 6). So, this kind of sect...
by JKhedrup
Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

Greg I understand what you mean in terms of maintaining a view of all beings as the deity and the deity's retinue, the environment as the mandala and so forth. This is an important aspect of our practice, especially deity practice. However, on a practical level, it would be wise to advise discernmen...
by JKhedrup
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

To bring things back to the practical level. I understand what you are saying Greg, in an ideal world, it would be great to have a pure vision of all teachers. In an ideal world, all teachers of the dharma would be pure and none would take advantage of their students. However, we know this isn't the...
by JKhedrup
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Recognising reincarnations
Replies: 135
Views: 9077

Re: Recognising reincarnations

I think the point Malcolm makes is a pertinent one. From the Vajrayana POV, it is important to view one's Vajra Master as enlightened. This becomes even more essential with regards to Highest Yoga Tantra. However, whether one views other masters as enlightened or not does not have a huge impact on o...
by JKhedrup
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Going independent?
Replies: 117
Views: 12338

Re: Going independent?

It is also possible to just come right before the dharma talk/ practice session is set to begin, sit quietly in the back, and leave as soon as the bell rings to close the session. Before becoming a monk I did that at several Buddhist temples where I enjoyed the talk or practice session but didn't re...
by JKhedrup
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How Tibetans feel about the occupation of Tibet
Replies: 22
Views: 2223

Re: How Tibetans feel about the occupation of Tibet

Heartbreaking. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-graham/goodbye-tibet_b_1093665.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A key part of the Chinese plan has been flooding Tibet with Chinese immigrants from the east. Already Lhasa is 60% Chinese. The best-paying jobs all go to Chinese whil...
by JKhedrup
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Shurangama Sutra
Replies: 10
Views: 3624

Re: The Shurangama Sutra

http://www.buddhisttexts.org/surangama.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ANNOUNCEMENT: The Buddhist Text Translation Society is pleased to announce that The Surangama Sutra: A New Translation ebook will be made available for free to download from July 15, 2014. Since it was publish...
by JKhedrup
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Uninterrupted motivation to practice mindfulness
Replies: 25
Views: 2456

Re: Uninterrupted motivation to practice mindfulness

To understand Mindfulness in the context of the Mahayana it is useful to consult the Abhisamayalamkara/ Ornament of Clear Realizations and the Madhyanta Vibangha/Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. We see that what is explained here is rather different that what is commonly understood as mindfu...
by JKhedrup
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead

An added element of tragedy. Up to 100 the passengers were leading HIV/AIDS researchers: http://preventdisease.com/news/14/071814_Up-To-100-Passengers-Board-Malaysian-Airlines-Flight-MH17-Were-Top-Experts-In-HIV-AIDS.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Up To 100 Passengers on Board ...
by JKhedrup
Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?
Replies: 57
Views: 3791

Re: Is Western Buddhism an (ethnic) identity-based Buddhism?

Why are you so surprised by that? It's not terribly uncommon for those of us that have been long time Tibetan Buddhist practitioners that met the Dharma at an early age . Most of my friends who ended up studying Buddhism in India or learning the Tibetan language or studying Buddhism full time first...
by JKhedrup
Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner shot down, 295 dead

Very sad news. People here are shaken up as the port of departure was Amsterdam, Netherlands.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/17/world/eur ... ?hpt=hp_t1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;