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by heart
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: A Nice Surprise.
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: A Nice Surprise.

Oh! Those are nice memories. :D I was lucky enough to receive teachings from Khenpo Tsultrim last summer. He is extremely down to earth and kind. When he saw that I and my friend don't have malas he went and gave us two malas to practice with. I hope to see him this year again. Probably you met an ...
by heart
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

Tiago Simões wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:49 pm
What's the one you would recommend to gain more knowledge on death and dying?
https://www.namsebangdzo.com/Bardo_Guid ... /10468.htm

/magnus
by heart
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhi seed malas
Replies: 66
Views: 9973

Re: Bodhi seed malas

Reading around a bit, it seems that one of the species of phoenix eye seed mentioned in the article posted by Kunzang is wrong. Apparently Ziziphus abyssinica is only found in Africa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziziphus_abyssinica . There is one that occurs in India called Ziziphus mauritiana: h...
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5156
Views: 439921

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I’m trying to deepen my practice by studying from a fairly high nyingma tulku in my area who eventually teaches DZ (it seems like maybe 4 years in?), but the more I learn from ChNN the harder it is to appreciate less straightforward / more ‘traditional’ teachers, no matter how well respected they a...
by heart
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5156
Views: 439921

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I am a vegetarian and have been so since childhood, I have been trying to incorporate "meat" by having fish oil capsules at every meal in convert them into ganapujas. Is this enough? If it isn't, any suggestions for some meat that I can incorporate quickly without cooking, and that others wouldn't ...
by heart
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 992

Re: Ngakpas

It depends on circumstances. When sentient beings ask for teachings, a bodhisattva gives them. The exception would be if one's own teacher was easily accessible. I might go along with that, but I am not sure that is what Joesph means. Anyway, I thought there was a lot of special teachings needed fo...
by heart
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 992

Re: Ngakpas

Many sadhanas indicate the signs, responsible and genuine practitioners should be able to determine for themselves what they are experiencing etc. Im not saying that one shouldnt consult their teacher but I think we have a tendency to over-rely on our teachers when it comes to our practice and resp...
by heart
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 992

Re: Ngakpas

So, advice here is that there may be the need for either retreat or permission of your teacher before giving someone a lung of a mantra which is not sutric, and one Lama's recommendation of at least 100,000 repetitions. I wonder what would happen if the clear stipulation was that you must have sign...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5156
Views: 439921

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Is it okay to whisper song of vajra without melody and not according to the usual timings of the song, or would it be better if I did a different practice instead? My circumstances require me to be very quiet unfortunately. Thankyou Just use a different semdzin, there are many that don't require vo...
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5156
Views: 439921

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I missed the trid-lung. :( My stream started when the practice had already begun. Is this lung the same as the one Rinpoche gives at the end of retreats? I think I already have that, can I follow along for the rest of the days? Tri-lung is actually the teaching on the Mandarva sadhana, "tri" means ...
by heart
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana

The goal in Vajrayana is not to become a supreme Nirmanakaya but rather to fully realize our natural state. This is possible in one life and have been done by countless Vajrayana masters and their students in the past, right this moment and will be done in the future as well. Have to disagree with ...
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana

I am asking these questions because I keep getting very different answers from various people who follow Vajrayana. I myself am a Vajrayana Buddhists and even I am not sure what is representative of Vajrayana when it comes to the Buddhahood as an ideal. I do have to say that when I ask Theravada Bu...
by heart
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:54 pm
heart wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:51 am
DGA wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:41 pm


That's OK. I think it's an important distinction, but not all of us agree.
Do you think relative truth is an reality, yes or no?

/magnus
Relative truth is a mistaken cognition about a given thing.
Of course, but I am not really talking about that.

/magnus
by heart
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

Hi Magnus, No, relative truth is not a reality. What reality does a truth have? So, then the word "reality" really have no function at all for you? No matter how nightmarish it seems the fact that Donald Trump is the president of the US is a reality. The word "reality" simply corresponds to the rel...
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

Do you think relative truth is an reality, yes or no? /magnus Hi Magnus, No, relative truth is not a reality. What reality does a truth have? So, then the word "reality" really have no function at all for you? No matter how nightmarish it seems the fact that Donald Trump is the president of the US ...
by heart
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sang and serkyem practice
Replies: 27
Views: 3902

Re: sang and serkyem practice

A couple questions about ChNN's sang and serkyem. Can the serkyem materials be offered as well if you are just doing a sang offering? I never seen that done, I am not sure why you would do that. For serkyem, does the practitioner consume any part of the offering when finished, or does it all go out...
by heart
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

Yes, relative and ultimate truth are conventional Mahayana. We were discussing ultimate reality. Seriously, you want to have a discussion about the words reality and truth? I am not interested. /magnus That's OK. I think it's an important distinction, but not all of us agree. Do you think relative ...
by heart
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Requesting help with Ngondro protocol: initial mandala
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Requesting help with Ngondro protocol: initial mandala

I practice in the Dudjom lineage, but there's some language difficulty with my Lama and I'm wondering if you can help me with a point of form. At the very beginning of Ngondro practice, I was instructed to make a plate with five mounds of (slightly sticky) rice and place it on the altar. This is to...
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

OK, I understand where you're coming from, but I would use different language to describe it. Is emptiness a reality? Or is emptiness ultimately a way of saying that there is no reality? It is good that you understand that I come from standard Mahayana, absolute and relative truth also come from th...
by heart
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 61
Views: 1966

Re: Where is Sakyamuni Buddha?

What is ultimate reality? What does that phrase refer to in Buddhist teachings? How about emptiness? /magnus OK, I understand where you're coming from, but I would use different language to describe it. Is emptiness a reality? Or is emptiness ultimately a way of saying that there is no reality? It ...