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by yan kong
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation

They'll need a place for their state approved, party loving 15th Dalai Lama. When the wolf in monks robes passes of course...
by yan kong
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1832

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Very often people who question the validity of the Mahayana sutras instead uphold the supremacy of the Pali Canon while paradoxically rejecting rebirth/karma. The "Why Secular Buddhism Is Not True" thread is fresh on my mind, so that's where my response came from. Sorry for the tangent! :smile: One...
by yan kong
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Counting mantras
Replies: 21
Views: 885

Re: Counting mantras

If you have a daily goal of mantra recitations, how do you keep track of them? Especially when there are many little interruptions in recitation just during the course of an ordinary day. I have a two-ring nenju, but find it's difficult to use on work days. I tried a manual counter (push a button a...
by yan kong
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the two best pure lands of all time?
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Re: What are the two best pure lands of all time?

tiagolps wrote:Welcome to DW :anjali:
Pasquale5k wrote:Of course he pointed out more, but he emphasized heavenly rebirth as much better than the alternatives.
Not in Mahayana, Human and Pure Land are the best alternatives.
Pasquale5k wrote:
Because they lead to Buddhahood whereas the heavens do not.
by yan kong
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12539

Re: Lama Norha

so much sex abuse wierd who to trust these days? better to practice alone i think lol These I think are exceptions rather than norms. But then there's no reason to publish articles about all the Dharma centres that go about there day to day activities quietly, peacefully and ethically. Headline: Va...
by yan kong
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12539

Re: Lama Norha

so much sex abuse wierd who to trust these days? better to practice alone i think lol These I think are exceptions rather than norms. But then there's no reason to publish articles about all the Dharma centres that go about there day to day activities quietly, peacefully and ethically. Headline: Va...
by yan kong
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 799
Views: 39613

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

It was an interesting article. Though the tone of the article seems to suggest that we are waiting for some Buddhist authority to denounce teachers like this by name. That there would be an official black list people could access...
by yan kong
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 14952

Re: original buddhism

From what I've gathered, it sounds like contemporary Buddhism is rather schismatic, in terms of vehicles, cultural and language barriers, expectations of loyalty to lineage-specific teachers, etc. There's less emphasis on control over oneself then there is this drive for one to control the believer...
by yan kong
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Om Amideva Hrih
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Om Amideva Hrih

I was wondering whether this Tibetan Pure Land mantra was used in the same way as the Nembutsu in the Japanese schools - ie. the sole vehicle to carry one to Sukhavati. Or whether it was seen as an aid, or a supplement to other meditative practices? Can I recite only the Tibetan mantra and still re...
by yan kong
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct days to practice Sojong
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Re: Correct days to practice Sojong

Thanks the the help!
by yan kong
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct days to practice Sojong
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Correct days to practice Sojong

Hello all. I'm a bit confused as to the days Sojong is practiced. Is it the day before the full and new moon or the day of?

Thanks.
by yan kong
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: incarnation in families
Replies: 21
Views: 1157

Re: incarnation in families

But if there are two candidates, one from a poor family and one from a rich, and the rich is chosen, and then this happens often, it sounds strange. While at times it was surely politically motivated it also isn't always a rigged contest. Sometimes the rich child may be the correct incarnation. I d...
by yan kong
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: incarnation in families
Replies: 21
Views: 1157

Re: incarnation in families

So if the wealth/worldy influence is such a big thing, does this undermine the whole Tulku thing? It creates some suspiciousnes and doubt in me. I think it's important to remember that in modern society we have a rather cynical, but not always unwarranted view, of the social/economic elite. But thi...
by yan kong
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: incarnation in families
Replies: 21
Views: 1157

Re: incarnation in families

Or possibly because being reborn into a wealthy family was a favorable rebirth. The Buddha wasn't born into a farming family either.
by yan kong
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhi seed malas
Replies: 62
Views: 8749

Re: Bodhi seed malas

Is there an official word on where the spacers/divider beads go? I notice the mala is often split into 4 equal sections but I was looking to put the spacers at 21 for things that are chanted to that number.
by yan kong
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 22
Views: 1564

Re: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra

I've long wondered why the Buddha predicted that these Bodhisattvas would spend many lifetimes serving many Buddhas before attaining Buddhahood, if he could have instead told them to just be reborn in the Pure Land and attain Buddhahood more quickly. Different times, different sects, I assume. Peop...
by yan kong
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 239
Views: 10675

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

You don't think that ngondro is a practice developed and related through the Tibetan culture? Westerners are not naturally disposed to this kind of practice and resistance seems quite natural to them. I like what Malcolm said: Practicing Dharma is better. What about it exactly would westerners have...
by yan kong
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 239
Views: 10675

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

You don't think that ngondro is a practice developed and related through the Tibetan culture? Westerners are not naturally disposed to this kind of practice and resistance seems quite natural to them. I like what Malcolm said: Practicing Dharma is better. What about it exactly would westerners have...
by yan kong
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 1369

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

My primary question was quite simple: Am I causing harm to the subtler parts of this coworkers mind through her aversion to said mantra. It's her Karma that affords her to receive the dharma in this fashion. reminds me of those beings that see everything as puss and vomit. That's an interesting poi...
by yan kong
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 1369

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

How would you behave if your colleague let you hear all day long some sura, or hindu mantras to "creates good connection for you to get closer to the truth" ? You would surely be pissed off. Well, that's the problem. Everyone has it's truth, and think he is right and the other needs to listen to it...