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by MaitriYNOD
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does Vajrasattva exist?
Replies: 144
Views: 14640

Re: Does Vajrasattva exist?

OK, so the Dzogchen POV is that the Vajrasattva of Ngondro is a real Buddha, not just a method? Whichever position you end up taking, please don't consider yidams to be "just" methods. They are methods. Existent or not, there is nothing meager or diminutive about the methods of the Vajrayana. To sa...
by MaitriYNOD
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Thrinley Nyingpo Practice from Chokling tersar
Replies: 12
Views: 2217

Re: Thrinley Nyingpo Practice from Chokling tersar

The Trinley Nyingpo is part of the Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel cycle from the termas of Chokgyur Lingpa. That cycle is particular powerful for dispelling obstacles to awakening, and I would recommend anyone connect in some way to the blessings of the Chokling tradition. The length of the sadhana depends ...
by MaitriYNOD
Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 5692

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

What is more appropriate for a monk, to renounce samsara or justify it? That's irrelevant to this discussion. The ethics of a monk are totally different from the ethics of running a nation. As a monk and practitioner, why do you concern yourself with the ethics of running a nation? You don't run a ...
by MaitriYNOD
Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Message regarding Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Passing
Replies: 21
Views: 3218

Re: Message regarding Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Passing

As mentioned in the link to Dzongsar Khyentse's address to the mourner/practitioners, mere days before his death, Tharchin Rinpoche was remarking that he'd accomplished all he set out to do in this life and was looking forward to his future activities. That couple with the signs that manifested at h...
by MaitriYNOD
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 5692

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

Contemporary national politics are concentrated chunks of samsara. Of course, as human beings we cannot extricate ourselves entirely, as any monastery will lie within the borders of some sovereign nation or another, but the fact that the gears of all states are greased with theft and violence is tes...
by MaitriYNOD
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Songs stuck in head.
Replies: 14
Views: 1873

Re: Songs stuck in head.

These are all really good suggestions. I particularly like the idea about mantra. The funny thing is that I don't listen to music regularly, certainly not every day, nor do I play an instrument. I think this is just the default way for my mind to seek distraction. And there's something about Streetl...
by MaitriYNOD
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8104

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

He may not have been a prince, but this does not disprove his luxurious upbringing under his father's doting care. My personal opinion on the Twelve Deeds formula for how Buddhas manifest in this world is that it is a convention of Indian literature. I personally don't find it inspiring, but in any ...
by MaitriYNOD
Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:10 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Songs stuck in head.
Replies: 14
Views: 1873

Songs stuck in head.

This is a recurring obstacle that I'm sure many people can relate to. There's a particular part of my mind that likes to play certain songs over and over and over again that I don't seem to be able to silence with Shamatha, even as other facets of my mind calm down. I usually end up doing the practi...
by MaitriYNOD
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you read portions of the Pali canon?
Replies: 38
Views: 4491

Re: Have you read portions of the Pali canon?

I have not studied the Pali Scriptures intensively, but from what little exposure I've had I have gained nothing but benefit. I think the methods of contemplation within the Suttas, particularly the Satipatthana, to be incredibly profound and work very well in tandem with Lojong teachings.
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India
Replies: 24
Views: 2722

Re: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India

I know he's currently traveling, but Kyabje Yangthang Rinpoche lives in Yuksom most of the time and is an incredible Dzogchen master. And someone already mentioned Dodrupchen Rinpoche in Gangtok.
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:29 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Smoking tobacco
Replies: 156
Views: 19477

Re: Smoking tobacco

In my experience, smoking cigarettes is highly distasteful o Tibetans and it is exceedingly rude to smoke in the presence of a Lama. I don't know if this has its roots in the Vajrayana or is more of a Tibetan thing, but I do know that to call smoking impolite would be an understatement.
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Life-Release induced anxiety?
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Re: Life-Release induced anxiety?

I did as much research as I could before hand. This wasn't my first cricket release and this hasn't happened before. I know crickets live in Santa Cruz (I'm listening to some chirp right now) but I couldn't figure out the exact species of the feeder crickets. I have no idea how to tell if they were ...
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Most recent terma?
Replies: 75
Views: 8336

Re: Most recent terma?

I know H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche revealed some mind termas that are currently being practiced.
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Life-Release induced anxiety?
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Life-Release induced anxiety?

Hello everyone Earlier today I decided to buy and release some feeder crickets from my local pet store in honor of the last day of Saga Dawa. I took them to a close-by wooded area with some redwood duff and ivy, which I read are good conditions for crickets. Towards the end of the practice, I starte...
by MaitriYNOD
Sun May 12, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Are there Really Naljor in the west?
Replies: 19
Views: 1858

Re: Are there Really Naljor in the west?

I feel as though I have met westerners who are qualified to be called a Naljorpa, regardless of what they are wearing. More and more I am seeing the contention about the ability of Westerners to practice and achieve accomplishment as useless. The Buddha's teachings are just as effective for us as an...
by MaitriYNOD
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: im new to Buddhism and need help...
Replies: 14
Views: 1964

Re: im new to Buddhism and need help...

Hi Phoebee, It's wonderful that you have developed such an interest at such a young age, that's a remarkable sign of maturity. I would recommend learning about the Buddhist centers in your area and visiting those places with a friend. Personal advice given one on one is usually more helpful than any...
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 27700

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

I don't recall ever reading that diatribes against another's samaya do anything to protect one's own...
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??
Replies: 101
Views: 10287

Re: Mind Is Brain!! Is Mind Is Brain??

I didn't bother to read through the entire thread but I'd like to chip in my two cents anyhow. My understanding is that the continual process of unintentional rebirth is caused by clinging. Clinging to a self, clinging to views, clinging to sensations, clinging to any impression of reality as being ...
by MaitriYNOD
Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 28638

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

I will not claim to be a Vajrayana practitioner, as that title is reserved for people who can do things with their mind that I cannot. However, as someone who has studied with Vajrayana teachers, I must say I am in near-total agreement with Huseng. Vajrayana practices, including consort practice, ar...
by MaitriYNOD
Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Monlam.org
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Monlam.org

I haven't seen anything posted about this, so I thought I'd bring it up just so people were aware of it. At monlam.org one can sponsor various kinds of pujas performed by monks and nuns, and with each sponsorship you can make a special request for someone or something that will be incorporated into ...