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by cesar
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Doubts
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: Doubts

hello, that is a wonderful book. and a precious manual for practicing the buddhadharma. i believe it would be ok for you to proceed with at least reading, due to the conditions you are in. i know there are sections that deal with certain advanced topics and with Guru yoga. if possible, consult with ...
by cesar
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

I appreciated his talk on the importance of non-duality and vipassana going beyond just observing. They mentioned at the beginning how some Westerners are trying to have Buddhism without non-duality or rebirth, but I never did hear him specifically address the issue of rebirth. It was still a good ...
by cesar
Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Can anyone tell me if there are any respected Buddhist teachers who base their view of rebirth on a moment-to-moment, one-lifetime model, or is everyone out there who rejects a multi-lifetime model considered to be way outside the mainstream like Stephen Batchelor? good morning Socks, this is a top...
by cesar
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Meditation

Andrew108 wrote:The difference in Mahamudra is that you get the vipasana from the teacher as a transmission or pointing out.
well noted. very important.
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

if there is belief in that, "we are all same after death" , this, in fact, relates more with the idea of "self", "atman". unchanging. fixed. permanent. Well you can't get much more unchanging/fixed/permanent than a self permanently ceasing to exist :P :D well, some would believe there is a self per...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Meditation

I don't mean general meditation but specifically what is the Tibetan meditation technique? Is it similar to other Buddhist practices like vipasana? What makes it unique? there are many different techniques. most essential is shamatha (calm-abiding) and vipashayana (insight meditation). very basic. ...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

I actually came to Buddhism with the feeling that the teachings relieved me of a lot of dire consequences - particularly those of the atman / essential-self view. On the other hand, the view that we're all the same after death -whatever state we may then be in- has always struck me as too neat and ...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why label?
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Re: Why label?

Jikan wrote:No.

It can be useful to do so under some circumstances (drink the water, not the vinegar). But you don't need the label "water" to benefit from a cool drink on a hot day.
well put. :)
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

May I ask you both if your practice of Buddhism is at least in part motivated by worry about what might happen to your continuum/mind stream after the death of the body? good morning Socks, more motivated by wishing to be a source of happiness, and not more suffering. so by this motivation, we stri...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Prostrations
Replies: 11
Views: 2131

Re: Prostrations

Tendai has several different practices which involve prostrations. Some seem to offer an opportunity to purify ones karma. Others, Like the 3000 Buddha prostrations are done as an act of veneration to the Buddhas ~ Regardless of your tradition, If you are doing prostrations, please tell me a bit ab...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22427

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Am I to understand that, unlike materialism, Buddhism is a belief system based upon the assertion that there is something after death for us to worry about? a notion, that there is a continuum. because it is difficult, through meditation and analysis, to determine a beginning, or an end for that ma...
by cesar
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 4510

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

Do Bodhisattvas have suffering? MY main practice background is Theravada though I'm moving into Mahayana and hopefully Vajrayana one day. VH yes. and on top of that, they vow to take on the suffering of all beings. but what i've learned from teachers is that they experience it differently than ordi...
by cesar
Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What makes one a Mahayanist?
Replies: 41
Views: 4510

Re: What makes one a Mahayanist?

I was thinking earlier, exactly what does one have to accept in order to be a Mahayanist. Does one, for example, have to accept the claim that many Mahayana sutras are, in fact, the words of the Buddha? Or can one reject some of them on historical grounds, where it is apparent that the author has m...
by cesar
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS #2
Replies: 18
Views: 4080

Re: TOS #2

Actually we had a thread here where at the end of the day most of the participants agreed that the only thing better than a Karmapa was two Karmapas. It can be looked at as an unparalleled blessing. "In a this time it is a truly blessing to have more good teachers", a simple Nyingma monk explained ...
by cesar
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Your favorite quotes.
Replies: 56
Views: 8206

Re: Your favorite quotes.

just a few of many that inspire me continuously, “Like a great river that runs down toward the ocean, the narrowness of discipline leads into the openness of panoramic awareness.” -- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Until we experience it, Emptiness sounds so Empty. Once experienced, All is empty by compari...
by cesar
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4504

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

in Dharma, there is something called "The Fours Seals", which if one is in accord with, one is considered on the path. they are: All Compounded Things are Impermanent All Emotions are Pain All Phenomena are Empty; They Are Without Inherent Existence Nirvana is Beyond Extremes here is an explanation ...
by cesar
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: HH Karmapa Thaye Dorje Travel Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 2278

Re: HH Karmapa Thaye Dorje Travel Plan

honestdboy wrote:Karmapa is now touring Europe. He recently wrote this interesting article for the Hufffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/his-hol ... 08903.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :thumbsup:
thanks for posting this. :)
by cesar
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Invocation of Samantabhadra
Replies: 11
Views: 1703

Re: Invocation of Samantabhadra

good morning everyone, i was very fortunate to be able to attend this wonderful retreat. Rinpoche was amazing! wow.. they have the audio files available now: http://tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/losangeles/newsletters/losangelesretreata/ they've also posted the schedule for webcast: Next Open Webcast ...