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by zerwe
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 3588

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

From the reading I've done and the few practicing Buddhists I know, I would gather that Buddhism leans to the right socially/politically, but online I see a lot 'hate' toward conservative points of view. Does Buddhism require you to be a liberal? Thanks That's funny almost all of the practitioners ...
by zerwe
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Learning more about the tenet systems
Replies: 13
Views: 339

Re: Learning more about the tenet systems

Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen's Presentation of Tenets Jamyang Shayba's Great Expostion of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Views on the Nature of Reality trans. Jeffery Hopkins under title: "Maps of the Profound" FPMT Basic program offers a study of Tenets examining Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen's root text as the basi...
by zerwe
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Medicine resource
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: Tibetan Medicine resource

I myself don't have any experience in this area, but I have heard that the books by Yeshi Donden trans. by Jeffery Hopkins are pretty good.

Health Through Balance

Healing From the Source

Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith & logic
Replies: 50
Views: 1082

Re: Faith & logic

Most teachings speak of three types of faith with "conviction faith" being one to aspire to. I have been taught that the three types are all important and could be thought of as gradual and/or coexisting with each type informing the other. The first type is described as simply having a feeling or be...
by zerwe
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition

I know Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been distributing a Vajrasattva purification practice booklet through the FPMT. The emphasis here is on the purification side (four opponent powers) and not on the visualization side. In fact, only the hundred syllable mantra is provided for recitation. Clearly, Rinpoc...
by zerwe
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 86
Views: 1822

Re: Early Madhyamaka

Whatever is perceived is what is dependent. It is because phenomena (things) are dependently arisen that they are perceptible at all. A study of Tenets is vital to understanding these texts and the evolution of Madhyamaka thought and debate with other schools. I feel like there absolutely is somethi...
by zerwe
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?
Replies: 72
Views: 2008

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?

If you have the time or inclination to study the major Tenet schools and their respective subdivisions within Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism (Vaibhashika, Sautantrika, Cittamatra, Svatantrika, and Madhyamaka) you will find that your statement is an enormous generalization that doesn't hold up. Shau...
by zerwe
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation on selflessness
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

Tsongkhapa's Four-Point Analysis. It can be found in the Middle Length Lam Rim. The example of the Chariot. I believe Nagarjuna presented this and it was later expanded upon by Chandrakirti. The Five (Sometimes Four) Great Madhyamaka Reasonings. Meditation on Emptiness. Jeffery Hopkins I am sure the...
by zerwe
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: 3 years course on Yamantaka, German and Tibetan
Replies: 4
Views: 1228

Re: 3 years course on Yamantaka, German and Tibetan

Will it be possible to access lecture recordings from abroad? I am actively looking for this specific instruction. My German is middling and with an effort, I should be able to benefit. Shaun :namaste: A Yamantaka initiation is necessary. If you have one or you can get one ASAP, you can contact the...
by zerwe
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: 3 years course on Yamantaka, German and Tibetan
Replies: 4
Views: 1228

Re: 3 years course on Yamantaka, German and Tibetan

Will it be possible to access lecture recordings from abroad? I am actively looking for this specific instruction. My German is middling and with an effort, I should be able to benefit.
Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Robert Hunter passed away
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Robert Hunter passed away

The storyteller makes no choice, but soon you will not hear his voice.
His job is to shed light, not to master.

His lyrics were very close to my heart.
:namaste:
by zerwe
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition

I have not received it, but I am pretty certain that LZR gave some form of a full HYT Vajrasattva (lineage uncertain) here during LOP retreat
several years ago. I think it was during the second retreat. Whichever year that was I have lost track now.
Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Change to lay vows - sexual misconduct
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Change to lay vows - sexual misconduct

I would like to add that the Lamas, Geshes, and Rinpoche himself have not taught any sort of omission or significant modification of the lay vows. Although I received my refuge and lay vows from another Lama, I have been present when Rinpoche has conferred them and taught regarding them. As others s...
by zerwe
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Change to lay vows - sexual misconduct
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Change to lay vows - sexual misconduct

I am a student of LZR and I am not aware of any omission or obscuration of the 5 lay vows. I did a quick search for 5 lay vows and Lama Zopa and the top link is a Mandala article explaining the different classes of vows. All 5 lay vows are intact. I believe that any omission would have to be some so...
by zerwe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pausing sadhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Pausing sadhanas

Absolutely, when time allows this is very beneficial and allows to get into the essence of various aspects of the practice. And, it is certainly better than flying through with a mere recitation to fulfill a practice commitment.
Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dharmakaya aspect?
Replies: 20
Views: 1418

Re: Dharmakaya aspect?

Vajradhara still has attributes therefore is not a dharmakaya but a sambogakaya. The Dhyani Buddha associated with the Dharmakaya serves the purpose of being an icon or mere representation of the truth body. Some Sarma schools identify this as being Vajradhara and Nyingma utilize Samantabhadra and ...
by zerwe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dharmakaya aspect?
Replies: 20
Views: 1418

Re: Dharmakaya aspect?

I don't have a definitive answer and the Dharmakaya is not a form body per se, but I would imagine it is whomever this particular lineage recognizes as the primordial buddha.

Shaun :namaste:
by zerwe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug ngondro
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: Gelug ngondro

I would continue with your current Ngondro and if you want to engage in Gelug Ngondro you could perhaps fill in the gaps while you wait to receive instructions for a qualified Gelug master. In my case, I was given very specific practices, numbers for accumulation, and instructions that did not refle...
by zerwe
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ra Lotsawa vs. Tarmadote (Marpa's son)
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Ra Lotsawa vs. Tarmadote (Marpa's son)

To rely upon a single source for this story might be too one-sided, I think. Especially since Ralo's Biography is boasting so much about "liberating" 13 translators. As a whole this is a hagiography which is aiming to illustrate the immense magic powers of Ralo. First of all, we might raise the que...
by zerwe
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ra Lotsawa vs. Tarmadote (Marpa's son)
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Ra Lotsawa vs. Tarmadote (Marpa's son)

Have you read his translated Bio, The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat? That would be a good place to start. Wrathful activities are not appropriate to talk about in a Public forum like this. Suffice it to say though, if the Yogi does not have to capability to transfer the consciousness which has b...

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