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by pael
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Phowa at the time of death
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Phowa at the time of death

Pael, And/or practice the shakpa/confession titled Narak Dong-trug Kan-shag (Dredging the Depths of Hell Fulfillment & Confession). It is said that this shakpa can purify all breeches of samaya regardless of how long ago they were committed. So not to worry. However, should try to get the lung if p...
by pael
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Phowa at the time of death
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Phowa at the time of death

Do Dzogchen practitioners practice phowa as they are dying or is this practice not considered necessary for those who have genuinely discovered the nature of their minds? They practice dharmakāya phowa. What if they have slandered Dharma, abandoned Three Jewels and transgressed all samaya vows more...
by pael
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4764
Views: 404419

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Norwegian wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:27 pm
pael wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:23 am
Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:39 pm


a dbang chen has a very elaborate section for the vase empowerment. This is main difference.
Do they webcast it?
No. You have to attend the retreat for something like that.
Garchen webcasts dbangs. Why Norbu doesn't?
by pael
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suicidal Thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: Suicidal Thoughts

For me materialistic views produce suicidal thoughts.
by pael
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4764
Views: 404419

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Pero wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 pm
What's the difference between a dbang chen and regular dbang?
a dbang chen has a very elaborate section for the vase empowerment. This is main difference.
Do they webcast it?
by pael
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 555

Re: winning the lottery...???

Take the money you waste on the lottery, give it to somebody that needs it and win a positive rebirth (or even enlightenment). How to explain generosity for Protestants? They don't like to hear about giving alms. It reminds them about this proverb. As soon as the gold in the casket rings The rescue...
by pael
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 9944

Re: Western Myth of Zen

This refers strictly to āryabodhisattvas. It does not refer to bodhisattvas on the paths of accumulation or application. How then we ordinary sentient beings can seal dedication with emptiness? Through bringing to mind the three wheels, no object of dedication, not dedication, and no one dedicating...
by pael
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 9944

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Obviously your first contention is wrong since the four foundations of mindfulness are found by that name in countless Mahāyāna sūtras. The name is there, the content varies. Any practice done with Mahāyāna motivation becomes a Mahāyāna practice. Motivation is only one half. "If a bodhisattva abide...
by pael
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 312

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

It always makes me smile when people accept the premise that there was a 'Beginning' and focus on what, when, how, where, why, and of course who (God etc.) Why do people blindly accept a Beginning and rarely consider a continuum without beginning or end ? Followers of Abrahamic God say he is withou...
by pael
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 1167

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

See Dharmakirti, he shows rebirth is true via logic. It is not demonstrable empirically because ordinary people do not have a means of cognition available to them with which they may verify it. Yes unfortunately I don't subscribe to Gnostic Elite Weekly. I prefer Cat Fancy. Do we really hold the mi...
by pael
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to understand the body correctly
Replies: 35
Views: 807

Re: How to understand the body correctly

Is this restricted? Are there e-book?
by pael
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana
Replies: 94
Views: 3533

Re: Dzongsar Khyentse on the importance of Mahayana

How about those who skip the Theravada path and go straight to the Mahayana?
by pael
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra Commentaries
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Sutra Commentaries

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:05 am
. The recent commentaries I've read are from Master Hsing Yun, they have been put into english too and are very easy to read.
You may consider looking at the really old commentaries from monks like Vasubhandu, Kamalashila, etc...pretty tough reading though.
Where to get these?
by pael
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

Any recommendations of particular texts or translations? Currently in my library (most of these are committee translations by Padmakara or Dharmachakra): Vasubandhu Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only Asanga/Maitreya Uttaratantra Shastra (Buddha Nature) Madhyantavibhaga (Middle Beyond Extremes) Dha...
by pael
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can a First Bhumi Bodhisattva Kill a Person Out of Anger?
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Can a First Bhumi Bodhisattva Kill a Person Out of Anger?

Hi all, Pretty straight-forward question: is it possible for a first bhumi bodhisattva to kill a human being out of anger? Or is a practitioner on such a stage beyond this type of non-virtue? It is not possible. A 1st Bhumi Bodhisattva is completely beyond this kind of negativity. However I cannot ...
by pael
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis
Replies: 63
Views: 1880

Re: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis

Next the life story of Buddha isn't going to be anything positive for "modern students" because people could misconstrue it and neglectfully abandon their families. Oy vey. While it is certainly the case that the Buddha did not leave his family in a state of abject poverty, he violated certain norm...
by pael
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4764
Views: 404419

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Open Letter From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Dear All My Students, I want to communicate one very important thing to you. I have discovered that most of my students have not read the biography of my Uncle Rinpoche Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug. The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds. I want you to know that re...
by pael
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sastavadava and ucchedavada
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Sastavadava and ucchedavada

We are told that eternalism is the translation of "sastavadava" and nihilism is "ucchedavada". Is there a reliable source for a literal translation of these terms? What do they actually mean? Ucchedavāda means "those who advocate cutting off," that is annihilation rather than nihilism. It is the as...
by pael
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Garchen Vajrakilaya and More
Replies: 73
Views: 1693

Re: Garchen Vajrakilaya and More

When schelude comes? May I without this empowerment watch this?
by pael
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 10053

Re: How to believe in rebirth

Try to discuss rebirth with someone who believe in it face to face. I don't have close people who believe in it.
One non-believer said he don't believe because he can't understand how he could become animal or what kind of experience it would be.