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by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 893

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

My friend, I was just being snarky. I was raised in a Buddhist household, have read plenty of books on the subject, have taken refuge, Bodhicitta vows, I've spent time in Nepal in a monastery twice (Kopan November course). I've attended teachings. I know what the core tenets and beliefs of Buddhism...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 893

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Also back to the topic, I'd say that if you take some time each day to reflect and meditate on the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma, then your daily life will naturally become Dharmic.
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 893

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

You need people that share a common frame of reference. In order to build relationships, discuss things, etc. You know, life! Sure I can read books - I have plenty of them. But it just doesn't cut it. Sure, but what you're talking about isn't really Dharma. I mean if you want friends and relationsh...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 893

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Well, how do you keep your practice up without a community? I can walk around thinking positive thoughts about everyone, saying mantras during the day etc. But without the possibility of shared frame of reference with the people around you - it's all in your head. No one will ever know. Why does an...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Obstacle years
Replies: 51
Views: 1968

Re: Obstacle years

Virgo wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:20 pm
Vasana wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:02 am

We're still in the age of degeneration.
At the moment, yes. But it is going to get way worse, sadly.

Kevin
Part of me wonders if it's possible to fix it. Do we have to be so fatalistic and resigned to such a terrible fate?
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Obstacle years
Replies: 51
Views: 1968

Re: Obstacle years

one of my teachers just told me the effects of the obstacle year can sometimes be felt six months in advance if it's going to be a really bad year. also, there are practices for turning back these negative conditions, at least in part. This makes sense to me. Last year was hell for me (minus some a...
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When to use ritual items
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: When to use ritual items

Seeing as how I live in North Dakota and have no access to a teacher that I am able to go to with my questions, I am left to scouring the internet for answers. Wow, and here I was thinking I was the only Vajrayana Buddhist in all of North Dakota. Whereabouts are you? :) Also, if you're non-sectaria...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When to use ritual items
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: When to use ritual items

Seeing as how I live in North Dakota and have no access to a teacher that I am able to go to with my questions, I am left to scouring the internet for answers. Wow, and here I was thinking I was the only Vajrayana Buddhist in all of North Dakota. Whereabouts are you? :) Also, if you're non-sectaria...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices
Replies: 21
Views: 979

Re: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices

Even the Buddha had disciples whom he could not help. Sure, but he also had many disciples who he did help. Are you saying they would have been enlightened at that time without him? If you're stuck in a well, you can't get out without help. At the same token, if someone lowers you a rope to pull yo...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices
Replies: 21
Views: 979

Re: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas such as Tara are present whenever we bring them to mind (multiple scriptural sources for that, and well Buddhas are omnipresent). If I bring Tara to mind by visualizing her while reciting her mantra or praises, am I not taking part in her vast activity and therefore generati...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on death
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Questions on death

Ok I have two different questions about death. More might come up. 💀 One, In the Tibetan system (and other asian Buddhist systems) it is advised that the body of the deceased remains untouched until the space element dissolves. Does that mean it is unadvised to be an organ donor? Two, some teachers...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 1675

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

How about we just stick to the words of the Buddha? It seems all these made up stories are causing a lot of obstacles. I don't see how that even remotely applies to what I've said. Whether it's a magic drunk super man rapist or some out dated reason that denies me the right to eat out a woman. Neve...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 1675

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Perhaps we should consider music and videos intoxicating substances too? Maybe even Dharmawheel? Or for some - language? Maybe we should stop talking as well because we aren't arya beings and therefore whenever we talk it isn't 100% mantra and must be a lie. For some people I could argue they are. ...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 1675

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

In general, the principe is that you should not harm others. Wasting a lot of time on the specifics (unless you hold vows, and therefore it becomes your livelihood) is without point. Shouldn't there also be some aspect of not harming yourself? I think as humans with functioning senses we can use a ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 16573

Re: Lama Norha

so much sex abuse wierd who to trust these days? better to practice alone i think lol Makes me even more happy my teacher has a wife and children... I guess nowadays there's even more to be said for lay practitioners. That being said, this is really sad news, especially given how many people I know...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 57481

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

Guru Rinpoche, after being adopted by the childless king of Odiyana, killed a child in it's cot. When people protested about the murder he then killed the child's mother (if I remember correctly). I imagine that if Guru Rinpoche was alive now many here would be trying to get him lynched. Yeah, but ...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 3749

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

Since Guru Rinpoche bound most of the Dharmapalas under oath himself, and he is easily invoked through the Seven Line Prayer, why not just go straight to the source? Invoking Guru Rinpoche with faith yields infinite benefits. If you have the Dharmapala practice and some commitment, of course don't ...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 61
Views: 3749

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

conebeckham wrote:
Malcolm wrote:I would add that all Dharmapālas protect all Dharma practitioners, whether they are Vajrayāna practitioners or not —— that's their job.
In particular, the fully enlightened ones also protect us from ourselves, I'd say.


:smile:
It seems that's the demon I need the most protection from myself.
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: taking samaya pills
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: taking samaya pills

So I'm curious as to the best method for taking samaya pills. Should you let it dissolve your mouth, chew, or swallow immediately? Or does it not matter? samaya pills? You mean pills for purifying samaya? If so, you just scrape of a little. Probably using the wrong terminology. Maybe medicine pills...