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by Punya
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnated Lamas
Replies: 30
Views: 1069

Re: Reincarnated Lamas

Mirror wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:01 pm
If the realisations can be taken with oneself after one's death, why these reincarnated lamas have to practise Dharma practices again, even though they had practised them in former lifes?
As an example to us. The story of Padmasambava is instructive in this regard.
by Punya
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rejoicing
Replies: 19
Views: 558

Re: Rejoicing

I've had this kind of discussion with my son this week over the recent death in prison of a notorious Australian serial killer. A compassionate response is helpful. Asking "What could have brought this person to this point?" This would include things like karma from previous lives, the kind of upbri...
by Punya
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Violent dogs
Replies: 26
Views: 702

Re: Violent dogs

There's a violent dog in the neighborhood that I've seen charging at women and children. The other day he/she got out again and ran around causing some trouble. The dog charged at me (across the street) and I had to run inside. I'll admit this produced some anger. I'd first like to request some pra...
by Punya
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Apang Terton red tara
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Apang Terton red tara

by Punya
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Praying. Where to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 697

Re: Praying. Where to start?

X2.

Thank you PadmaVonSambha.
by Punya
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 18
Views: 867

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

Welcome to Dharmawheel BigZen. :hi: Online volunteering or online courses about Buddhism (of which there are many) or some other interest seem like a possibility in your circumstances. An option is the Foundation of Buddhist Thought course, which I did some years ago and can highly recommend. It is ...
by Punya
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello friends!
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Hello friends!

Hello and welcome Hazel. :hi:
by Punya
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 3366

Re: Greta Thunberg

As I understand it: A child is exposed to what is presented to her as a worrying issue at a very early age. She has a personality charactersitic (autism) which means that she is unable to escape from obsession with it, which in turn leads to depression and elective mute behaviour. Her parents seem ...
by Punya
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

In another thread, Johnny Dangerous suggested you find a teacher... you need one. But to answer your questions... No. Not correct. As I wrote earlier, your thinking exhibits signs that your basic assumptions are materialist. Its basically inescapable if you've grown up in the developed world. Your ...
by Punya
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids

Pema Chodron's books give great advice about how to apply the lojong teachings in daily life. Start by tackling small issues. This enables habituation of helpful patterns that eventually kick in when the bigger issues arise. Patience and persistence will get you there, but probably slower than you w...
by Punya
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Integrity and The Wild Things...
Replies: 42
Views: 1840

Re: Integrity and The Wild Things...

And my non authoritative opinions include the view that demythologising in the Vajrayana is as overdue as it was for 19th century Christians. But then as Greg would have it, i’m A Protestant type Buddhist.. : :smile: Ah, thank you for the explanation. I do confess to finding some of your posts puzz...
by Punya
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Integrity and The Wild Things...
Replies: 42
Views: 1840

Re: Integrity and The Wild Things...

In Mahayana, there are two teacher archetypes - the saint and the crazy wisdom guru. One of the defining characteristics of the saint to me, is integrity. Real moral fibre and rectitude. It is an unfashionable trait, held as unrealistic, rigid and not-really-human these days, but very prominent in ...
by Punya
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Integrity and The Wild Things...
Replies: 42
Views: 1840

Re: Integrity and The Wild Things...

One of the defining characteristics of the saint to me, is integrity. Real moral fibre and rectitude. Nothing wrong with integrity but "real moral fibre and rectitude" sounds like a western (Christian) understanding of morality. And this kind of morality can be used, by some, as a pedestal upon whi...
by Punya
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sogyal Rinpoche Passes
Replies: 12
Views: 1169

Re: Sogyal Rinpoche Passes

To the disciples of Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche Dear Friends, I have just received the sad news that, after a long battle with illness, Sogyal Rinpoche has passed away. In general, it is always sad to hear of the passing of great masters, and this is especially true when you are close to the master who ha...
by Punya
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol
Replies: 16
Views: 794

Re: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol

I've read versions of this story before, but I can't remember where. I assume it comes from a sutra. "There was once a monk who was living in a mountain cave practicing meditation. His benefactor down below would bring up food from time to time. He also had a beautiful daughter who would bring the ...
by Punya
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Milarepa movie, part II
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: Milarepa movie, part II

Not the only issue, of course. I think Chokling Rinpoche is rather busy with other things these days. Although that doesn't seem to stop Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. :smile:
by Punya
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol
Replies: 16
Views: 794

Re: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol

In a broader sense, consumption of alcohol for many becomes a habitual pattern. Pema Chodron's Taking the Leap provides ways of challenging such habitual patterns and therefore would provide some food for contemplation on this topic. For example, she talks about the fact that most human beings are a...
by Punya
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol
Replies: 16
Views: 794

Re: texts/teachings on problems of alcohol

I've read versions of this story before, but I can't remember where. I assume it comes from a sutra. "There was once a monk who was living in a mountain cave practicing meditation. His benefactor down below would bring up food from time to time. He also had a beautiful daughter who would bring the s...
by Punya
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Milarepa movie, part II
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: Milarepa movie, part II

Yes, financing Part 2 does seem to be the problem. This interview gives some insight into the challenges of making Part 1:

https://www.studentfilmmakers.com/news/ ... repa.shtml
by Punya
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium
Replies: 27
Views: 1271

Re: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium

Maybe contemplating The Four Immeasurables will help FT: May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss without suffering May all sentient beings be free from bias, attachment a...

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