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by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

In the FPMT website, it says that the sadhanas are alright without empowerment if the person doesn't visualize themself as the deity. In that case, is it alright to do this on ANY deity like Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, etc.? No, not deities which are strictly Highest Yoga Tantra deities. Or are lower T...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9412

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

The Buddha never taught anything that remotely resembles this. (On the basis of the Buddha's teaching in the Lankavatara Sutra) Some schools equate the Tathagatagarbha with the Alayavijnana (which they claim is intrinsically pure) and thus the basis, or cause, of all wholesome actions. Some schools...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9412

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Madhyamaka categorically rejects the Yogacara doctrine of icchantikas, still they admit that there are some sentient beings who may never attain buddhahood. Such as? Such as some beings who are so contaminated by afflictions they will never get out of samsara even though everyone has the potential ...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9412

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Such as? Such as some beings who are so contaminated by afflictions they will never get out of samsara even though everyone has the potential to become awakened. Afflictions can be reduced? Sure. Shamatha automatically reduces afflictions. Over time only the really strong ones (for you) remain stro...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Low self esteem

Hello there, what practice would you recommed for someone who has to deal with low self esteem? Would tara or chenrezig be okay? Recently I have been going through quite a rough time thanks to school and low finances that are even more depleted by my dentist and etc. I try to deal with it, but low ...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche has rested his intent in this lifetime
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche has rested his intent in this lifetime

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, teacher to many lamas and tulkus in the Drikung Kagyu tradition, has entered Parinirvana, Sunday evening around 8:30 PM EDT. http://drikungdharmasurya.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lamchen_gyalpo-rinpoche.jpg Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche was born in 1939 in the Nangchen region o...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 532

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

Classifications of sentience can take unexpected turns because karma has infinite manifestations. So there could be totally immobile beings without any brain structure that nonetheless had a mind. People would think of them like ghosts inhabiting a rock for example. I’m no expert on ghosts, but are...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 37
Views: 878

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

Hi all, now that Jhado Rinpoche will be in Singapore for a few weeks,there will be a series of Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerments and 13deities Yamantaka empowerment. I would go anyway if only for the blessings. If you follow the Gelug Six Session yoga it is my understanding that this can be done in about...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Centers Austria-Hungary?
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Buddhist Centers Austria-Hungary?

I will be on the Austiran-Hungarian border Wednesday -> next Tuesday while visiting Sopron, Hungary. I know of a Buddhist center in Graz. However what centers are there in Vienna and elsewhere in Austria and Hungary? Are there any events coming up in Austria or Hungary on the upcoming weekend 21-22 ...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1038

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

:jumping: Buddha nature cannot be proved, because it is empty of both existence and non-existence. Iirc, the Lions Roar asks something like " if there were no Buddha nature, what would desire freedom from the afflictions"? Which Dogen-zenji expanded upon by saying that the fact that beings spontane...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1038

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

As Shantideva said, where there is smoke there is fire. So if someone performs positive deeds for another or speaks of them affectionately then we can validly assume love. Kirt People love Jesus too. Good. If they really love Jesus then they will love others as well. They can expand that love to en...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 2018 World Cup
Replies: 5
Views: 101

Re: 2018 World Cup

DNS wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:15 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup

Any other World Cup fans here?
I start watching the World Cup by the time they get to the semi-finals.

Kirt
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1038

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

thomaslaw wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:58 am
:jumping: Buddha nature cannot be proved, because it is empty of both existence and non-existence.
As Shantideva said, where there is smoke there is fire. So if someone performs positive deeds for another or speaks of them affectionately then we can validly assume love.

Kirt
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1038

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:45 pm
Iirc, the Lions Roar asks something like " if there were no Buddha nature, what would desire freedom from the afflictions"?
Which Dogen-zenji expanded upon by saying that the fact that beings spontaneously perform virtuous deeds and exhibit some compassion proves Buddha Nature.

Kirt
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 532

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

I’m curious where you draw the line of sentients. Is a rock sentient? or is my robovac sentient? Is bacteria sentient? Plants? Jellyfish you seem to believe is sentient, even thought they lack a brain or central nervous system. Jellyfish interact with their environment at least in a reactive way (I...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Would you agree with this statement??
Replies: 9
Views: 227

Re: Would you agree with this statement??

I've been thinkin about the phrase Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is form. I'm wondering if other Buddhists agree with this phrase: "Reality is Illusion, Illusion is Reality." Reality is illusion - the first part is true but it is referring to conventional, consensual reality. Illusion is Reality ...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4389

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Come on Malcolm, that's not an answer. Why is the NRA's lobbying amongst the American people so successful? Kirt The same reason the Mexican Zapatistas in the Yucatan don't renounce violence. The Zapatistas are people who have lost their way, just like the Chudes (čuđit, murderous marauders) of Sam...
by kirtu
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

My friend's forest hermitage, Venerable Sobhana, Aranya Bodhi Hermitage , was threatened by the fires.

Kirt
by kirtu
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4389

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:06 pm
kirtu wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:25 am

Why is the 2nd Amendment deified especially in light of the massive misuse of the right to bear arms?
NRA.
Come on Malcolm, that's not an answer. Why is the NRA's lobbying amongst the American people so successful?

Kirt
by kirtu
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4389

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

One of the most obvious solutions to eliminating mass shootings are to confiscate all guns and outlaw the sale of weapons. The justification for this is that no one, or almost no one, hunts for survival anymore. And in the current situation the "well-regulated milita" (the National Guard) has their...