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by Steveyboy
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Banning of Tulkus in History
Replies: 24
Views: 2920

Banning of Tulkus in History

Just read this most extremely interesting post on the taboo subject of the banning of Tulkus in History. What do you guys thinks? Banning of Tulkus in History The CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) and its predecessor, the Tibetan government had long been well known for their hard-line policies ag...
by Steveyboy
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tradition of Oracles in Gelug
Replies: 36
Views: 4387

Re: Tradition of Oracles in Gelug

The most important thing to know is that a completely enlightened being, a Buddha, can never manifest through an oracle. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stated this at several teachings and it is also something I have confirmed with my teachers. The reason is that if enlightened beings started to m...
by Steveyboy
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tradition of Oracles in Gelug
Replies: 36
Views: 4387

Re: Tradition of Oracles in Gelug

Actually when did the reliance of oracles start within Tibetan tradition? Is it a Gelug thing? What deities goes into the oracles at Gaden and Sera? Thanks :) Relying on an oracle is not an exclusive Gelug thing and in fact, it is not of central importance at all. However, the tradition of relying ...
by Steveyboy
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Oracles and taking trance...
Replies: 16
Views: 1598

Re: Oracles and taking trance...

I have a Q though... would you happen to know if Je Tsongkhapa himself allowed this practice to carry on in his lineage? If so, what are the justifications and in which text? ma Tsongkhapa doesn't need to approve of it as the practice came from Guru Rinpoche and Lama Tsongkhapa approves and respect...
by Steveyboy
Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: For things that happen to us
Replies: 19
Views: 2639

Re: For things that happen to us

Let say I am not very mindful as per the example of the forest fire. 1) Then because of my carelessness i leave the fire burning, the forest burns down. The condition is a dry forest and burning fire. Karma only comes about after I burn the forest down harming the environment + harming animals ther...
by Steveyboy
Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: For things that happen to us
Replies: 19
Views: 2639

Re: For things that happen to us

What other factors can there be for things to happen to us that is outside of karma? Can we experience any actions that we have not created? Please share with me your thoughts thank you. Beside the basics of karma, which is each action has an equal reaction, we also have the right conditions to tri...
by Steveyboy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 14943

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

I am not so sure about discussing the topic of sexuality based on scriptural sources and I heard from some scholarly friends that the Buddha almost did not mention anything about homosexuality. Perhaps. it was taboo to talk about at that time or it was simply not an important subject matter. Anyway,...
by Steveyboy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Last action by the Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Last action by the Buddha

I read somewhere that the Buddha removed his robes then laid down and asked his disciples to look at his body. I am guessing that the Buddha wanted his students and future practitioners to know that even a Buddha's form body is subject to decay and impermanence. Please share if there are other unde...
by Steveyboy
Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Deities
Replies: 65
Views: 10124

Re: Deities

Hi, can someone tell me how Deities exist? A blunt question but after man y years studying in the Tibetan Tradition I still struggle with how some can speak of Deities as if they have an independent existence - then in the next breath explain how they're as empty as anything else. My experience of ...
by Steveyboy
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Matrix and Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

Re: The Matrix and Buddhism

Cypher: You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes a bite of steak] Cypher: Ignorance is bliss. ---- Morpheus: You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear...
by Steveyboy
Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Still struggling...
Replies: 79
Views: 10135

Re: Still struggling...

Historically speaking, the Tantric doctrine was apparently the last to emerge after the formation of the Mahayana tradition and the Theravaden doctrine, which was the first. Some historians and certain scholars use that as a basis to doubt that Tantra was ever taught by the Buddha. However, in the T...
by Steveyboy
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lamrim texts
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Re: Lamrim texts

I am looking for a shot to medium length lamrim that I can read daily besides the Liberation In the Palm of Your Hands by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. That one is a monumental text for me. I am sorry I am not quite a scholar but something I can read and is easier to absorb. You might check "Wishfulfil...
by Steveyboy
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Seven Point Instruction on Bodhicitta Question
Replies: 25
Views: 2706

Re: Seven Point Instruction on Bodhicitta Question

The subject matter initially look intimidating to me. But after reading through the thread, it looks quite interesting. I must say that I do not find equanimity and cherishing all our mothers to be contradicting in the development of Bodhichitta. If we truly want to develop this quality, we are to l...
by Steveyboy
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lamrim texts
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Re: Lamrim texts

I am looking for a shot to medium length lamrim that I can read daily besides the Liberation In the Palm of Your Hands by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. That one is a monumental text for me. I am sorry I am not quite a scholar but something I can read and is easier to absorb.
by Steveyboy
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?
Replies: 27
Views: 3387

Re: Morning Practice: How do YOU start?

The moment I get up, I like to check my Facebook wall status on my mobile phone. Then, I force myself out of bed, hobble over to my Lama Tsongkhapa altar and collect all the water from the offering bowls and use it to water the plants on my balcony. Then I replace the empty offering bowls with water...