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by Motova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw

I recommend reading this book by dharmawheel's owner Stephen Snyder. It is very very interesting. Thank you Stephen. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/159030733X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Looks like a good book, but that's not me. We just have the same last name. :tongue: :oops:
by Motova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Why is it so easy to receive empowerments when the risk is so high? It is rather easy to receive an empowerment that some center have requested in order to get some income. It is not so easy to request an empowerment yourself for an practice that you actually trust as a complete path to liberation ...
by Motova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chögyam Trungpa
Replies: 30
Views: 2031

Re: Chögyam Trungpa

His regent was strike two and his son was strike three for me.
by Motova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

There is no risk. Without Vajrayana everyone is going to hell, it is only a matter of time. And it is not a chance of buddhahood, it is certainty, again a matter of time. That is if you actually accept what the Vajrayana has to say on the matter. Please provide a citation that. What about Hinayana ...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Apparently there is an equation at work. At some point it's worth risking a number of beings going to hell for the chance for someone to realize Buddhahood through Vajrayana. There is no risk. Without Vajrayana everyone is going to hell, it is only a matter of time. And it is not a chance of buddha...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Huh? What don't you understand? Apparently there is an equation at work. At some point it's worth risking a number of beings going to hell for the chance for someone to realize Buddhahood through Vajrayana. Again, I'm not trying to cause a stink. I just need to explain the suffering I've experience...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

One answer is that this is the Kali Yuga and that the great teachers in their wisdom have decided the benefits of wide exposure to Vajra Dharma outweigh the risks in the present age, I feel there is some truth to this, especially in that in today's weird, media-saturated sense world, Vajrayana fits...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Why is it so easy to receive empowerments when the risk is so high? One answer is that this is the Kali Yuga and that the great teachers in their wisdom have decided the benefits of wide exposure to Vajra Dharma outweigh the risks in the present age, I feel there is some truth to this, especially i...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

Re: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Why is it so easy to receive empowerments when the risk is so high? because we are naive and the system is based on memberships and donations. So your perspective is good dharma practitioners need funding, and evil westerners need connections? How many people in Vajra Hell are worth the production ...
by Motova
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Ease of Receiving Empowerments
Replies: 24
Views: 1029

The Ease of Receiving Empowerments

Why is it so easy to receive empowerments when the risk is so high?
by Motova
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do we deal with desires?
Replies: 11
Views: 465

Re: How do we deal with desires?

bcol01 wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:06 pm
And, how do we know which desires are ok?
Anything but the desire for Buddhahood or liberation is a cause for suffering.
by Motova
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Female Buddhas in the texts

The Devadatta chapter of the lotus sutra a female achieves instant and perfect enlightenment. After she transforms into a man endowed with the "thirty-two marks." She's still referred to as "her" afterwards, however. You need to dig into Korean zen lineage texts for this information, but Bodhidharm...
by Motova
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 686

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

Can someone give Samatha (mindfulness of breathing) instructions? And also, how to deal with thoughts included. For example, I used to really like dealing with thoughts in meditation. I would be able to notice space between my thoughts (time) and I would acknowledge when my mind follows a line of t...
by Motova
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 686

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

Can someone give Samatha (mindfulness of breathing) instructions? And also, how to deal with thoughts included. For example, I used to really like dealing with thoughts in meditation. I would be able to notice space between my thoughts (time) and I would acknowledge when my mind follows a line of t...
by Motova
Thu May 30, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Reasons to make your bed everyday
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Reasons to make your bed everyday

:good:
by Motova
Thu May 30, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3054

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’m documenting some observations and bumps I’ve encountered. A warning, I plan on being frank. Your feedback or corrections would be appreciated, but you don’t have to feel obligated to read this or respond. It seems highly unlikely that in 2,500 years only one set of texts (i.e., Pali Canon) were...
by Motova
Thu May 16, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3054

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Renunciation is still in Mahayana and Vajrayana. You’re right. But what may distinguish the renunciatory teachings of Theravada and, say, Zen is Buddha-nature. Buddha-nature is an unambiguously altruistic principle that encourages people, including monastics, to look beyond themselves, and act for ...
by Motova
Thu May 16, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trauma and the public mind
Replies: 67
Views: 1999

Re: Trauma and the public mind

Johnny you are too alpha male obviously. :rolling:
by Motova
Thu May 16, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3054

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

The pessimistic prodding of the Pali teachings were killing my drive to work, set goals, and engage with the world. Basically, they were killing my will to live, which is why, whenever possible, I strongly advised against blurring the line between the monastic and lay teachings. I thought that, may...

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