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by Jangchup Donden
Mon May 20, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrakilaya at White Lotus in Rochester, NY
Replies: 0
Views: 78

Vajrakilaya at White Lotus in Rochester, NY

Hi Everyone! Just thought you might like to know that the White Lotus dharma center in Rochester, NY is having a Vajrakilaya empowerment and retreat this weekend, including teachings: https://www.whitelotusdharma.org/2019-vajrakilaya-retreat-with-lama-abao/ And in a couple more weeks, Bardor Tulku R...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon May 20, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 28
Views: 821

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

£$&^@ wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 3:04 pm
There ya go. It’s not easy. But it is simple.
A handful of lifetimes following a genuine guru putting into practice "difficult" teachings is still way easier than innumerable kalpas in samsara.
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2173

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Unless you add the "emulsifier" of Bodhisatvic motivation. I think it takes more than that - doing it with some kind of actual view of emptiness. Otherwise it's very easy to stray into habitual patterns of ego and clinging. Samsara is sneaky. The "emulsifier" of Bodhisatvic motivation actually aris...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2173

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Unless you add the "emulsifier" of Bodhisatvic motivation. I think it takes more than that - doing it with some kind of actual view of emptiness. Otherwise it's very easy to stray into habitual patterns of ego and clinging. Samsara is sneaky. Samsara is actually exactly the same when wearing robes,...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2173

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

pemachophel wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:42 pm
Unless you add the "emulsifier" of Bodhisatvic motivation.
I think it takes more than that - doing it with some kind of actual view of emptiness. Otherwise it's very easy to stray into habitual patterns of ego and clinging. Samsara is sneaky.
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2173

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

A long time ago I was at a teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and he said mixing dharma with worldly aspirations is like mixing water with oil. No matter how hard you try to mix them they're always going to separate.
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form

I think the teachings are pretty clear on this, from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's As It Is Volume II: Guru Rinpoche also said, "Though the view should be as vast as the sky, keep your conduct as fine as barley flour." Don't confuse one with the other. When training in the view, you can be as unbiased, as...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Re: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?

Well the current Karmapa is certainly non-sectarian: https://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa-in-manhattan-tibetan-community-turns-out-in-force/ That’s not the Karmapa candidate Diamond Way follows. —————————— Doesn't change the point about the 16th Karmapa. And from what I've read Thaye Dorje doesn't seem ...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?
Replies: 25
Views: 1014

Re: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?

They told me that Karmapa through Ole Nydahl told them this. "if you choose the Karma-Kagyu then you are not allowed to read non-authorized books or books from different lineages because of declination of spiritual health". This is not a joke. Do you have any good sources which directly state that ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm

Since Jangchup Donden is not able to provide the details, please allow me to help. The times are all Eastern time. The teaching is taking place at Kunzang Palchen Ling, in New York. I am not to good at embeding links, but her it is... [url]https://www.kunzang.org/webcast-generation-and-completion-%...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Lama Yeshe Gyamtso - Webcast on Generation and Completion tomorrow continuing March 24, 10am-noon, 2-4pm

A little on Lama Yeshe: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso completed two three-year retreats during the 1980s at Kagyu Thubten Chöling under the guidance of Kyapje Kalu Rinpoche and Lama Norlha Rinpoche. He has since been teaching and translating for many great masters, including His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmap...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students
Replies: 11
Views: 655

Re: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students

Dharma is pure, but the way it's transmitted to samsaric beings understandably has samsaric issues. If you practice Dharma with Bodhichitta, with an attitude free of selfishness (or at least with the intention to rid yourself of selfishness) it's going to be of immense benefit. Even if whoever you r...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Your recommendations for the Best Green Tara Picture to pray chant meditate to
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Your recommendations for the Best Green Tara Picture to pray chant meditate to

I am having difficulties searching for the best green tara picture to pray and chant and meditate to. Are there any green tara practitioners in here? Please share your best green tara pictures for me to visualize when I am meditating. Thanks. :namaste: Any image of Green Tara is Green Tara, no matt...
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Nyungne in Karma Kagyu
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Nyungne in Karma Kagyu

Hi I understand that Nyungne is done slightly differently in different traditions. In Karma Kagyu, do you do prostrations during the recitation of the 35 Buddhas portion or only during the Po Homage Prayer? Thank you. It's been a little while since I've done a Nyungne but I do remember doing a numb...
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds

You could look into the brahmaviharas. They're the perfection of the best states of mind: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy (joy at the success of others) and equanimity. If you read about these in the Words of My Perfect teacher, they're applied directly towards generating Bodhichitta.
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerments are for life?
Replies: 48
Views: 2226

Re: Empowerments are for life?

I remembered that one will attain complete buddhahood in 16 lifetimes, just keeping 14 root samayas; without practicing the Yidam or sadhana. My take on this is that even if you're not practicing the Yidam or sadhana in life #16, you will be at some point if you're going to achieve complete Buddhah...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerments are for life?
Replies: 48
Views: 2226

Re: Empowerments are for life?

I remember Malcolm saying here before that since empowerments are taken onto the body, they only last for this lifetime. Like pratimoksha vows, but unlike bodhisattva vows. Interesting. I was aware of that in reference to the pratimoksha vows but not in regards to empowerments. Plus I could have sw...

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