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by Vasana
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 20
Views: 708

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

From this thread of Dharma Gems ; https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=1325&start=80 'Jetsun Taranatha's Essence of Ambrosia, Contemplation on the Causal Links that Lead to the Attainment of Buddhahood I need to attain buddhahood. I therefore need to cultivate bodhicitta since it is the cause of ...
by Vasana
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 731

Re: Precious Human Birth

Karmapa elaborates on the above practice of feeling gratitude and love for the kindness of parents by extending gratitude to the kindness we receive from beings in this life. Our food, water, clothes, shelter, education, health services, transport, infrastructure, community, technology, Phone, inter...
by Vasana
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 731

Re: Precious Human Birth

Reflecting with gratitude to our mother's kindness in raising us is one of the causal contemplations for generating bodhichitta, too. From this thread of Dharma Gems ; https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=1325&start=80 Jetsun Taranatha's Essence of Ambrosia, Contemplation on the Causal Links that...
by Vasana
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now

The real litmus test is found when observing whether you still have attachment or aversion or the other afflictions. Whether you still consciously or unconsciously grasp at phenomena or beings or experiences as if they had an inherent nature. Whether compassion rather than irritation or indifference...
by Vasana
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: We don't exist anywhere?
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: We don't exist anywhere?

Hey all, I think I am getting lost in concept and contradicting myself. let me stop reading text from website and start practicing with aim of personal experience and come back to this forum once any clear insight arises and discuss. I dont know if it takes days or months or years but I am going to...
by Vasana
Sat May 25, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 350
Views: 23131

Re: Great Vegan Debate

It's odd that vitamin deficiencies are the defining parameters for the vegan debate when the typical ultra-processed, additive rich, sweet, fatty and salty american or European diet (with the exception perhaps of Mediterranean) sees that deficiencies are common place, even for omnivores. The skewed...
by Vasana
Sat May 25, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 350
Views: 23131

Re: Great Vegan Debate

It's odd that vitamin deficiencies are the defining parameters for the vegan debate when the typical ultra-processed, additive rich, sweet, fatty and salty american or European diet (with the exception perhaps of Mediterranean) sees that deficiencies are common place, even for omnivores. The skewed ...
by Vasana
Fri May 24, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 350
Views: 23131

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Worth a watch. The guy is well educated and balanced and is nice to listen to. The first video looks at how messed up the current state of nutritional science is with all of its contradictory findings and sensationalism. In short, a better understanding of the limitations and confounding variables p...
by Vasana
Fri May 17, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 3513

Re: Favorite Sutra?

I've also felt a connection with the Avatamsaka Sutra . Not only is it beautifully written, it covers a breadth of doctrine. I'm kind of sad that I can't have a fresh physical copy of this text without spending $125. I think I'd really enjoy sitting away from my computer and engaging with it. Maybe...
by Vasana
Fri May 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 3513

Re: Favorite Sutra?

SunWuKong wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 6:16 am
Heart Sutra, they say it's illogical, but it makes perfect sense to me!
Who is they?
by Vasana
Wed May 15, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 1106

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

If you fail to bring a big enough bag to carry all that plastic, you'll have to buy a (guess what?) plastic bag or a few, but paying 10 times more because of a tax. I wonder if this has any real benefit. People used to utilize those bags to dispose of garbage. Now they buy plastic bags for the same...
by Vasana
Wed May 15, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 1106

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

What displeases me greatly is knowing there are groups of people using such a serious situation to advance their own ends. They agree with the theory supporting human caused climate changes mainly because it suits their own ends, whatever they may be, or ride it for purposes other than solving the ...
by Vasana
Wed May 15, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1132

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

As for feeling guilty for not living up to the aspiration of Bodhichitta, this is natural since we are still training after all..we can't pretend to have perfect compassion when we've only recently began cultivating it. Guilt can be helpful or unhelpful. Helpful when it motivates us to practice and ...
by Vasana
Wed May 15, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1132

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

Aim for diplomacy and fairness yet maintain boundaries. In the 37 practices of the Bodhisattva we are told to accept defeats and give victories to others but this needs to be done skillfully otherwise it's just the opposite, unskillful. These quotes from Pema Chodron may be helpful for your situatio...
by Vasana
Wed May 15, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 1106

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

Dechen, it took me a while to understand your angle here. My thoughts were echoing what Seeker and Jonny said throughput and still do but then I think I got what you were highlighting after wayfarer's comment. I can see how the politicization and divisive-agenda-piggybacking on top of what's an alre...
by Vasana
Sun May 12, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

It's a pretty pointless line of speculation, in light of the recent UN report that a thousand species of plant and animal are facing extinction. That is far graver problem than anything that might or might not happen to Mahayana Buddhism. Not from a buddhist point of view, no. Thousands and thousan...
by Vasana
Sun May 12, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Regarding Livelihood
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Regarding Livelihood

If you can get a different job that doesn't harm your health it seems like an obvious choice doesn't it? You could keep the current job until you find a new one if you can't leave right away due to finances or available opportunities.
by Vasana
Sun May 12, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

I think as climate change progresses and extreme weather events increase there may be a boost of interest in religion.
by Vasana
Sun May 12, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Forming Mudras With Disability
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Forming Mudras With Disability

:good: Mudras are a means of physically communicating something with our body. We also communicate with our speech (mantra, liturgy, aspiration etc) and our minds (intention, bodhichitta, tong-len, meditation, etc) You may be a few fingers short but Like Mönlam Tharchin said, we are all a few arms a...
by Vasana
Sat May 11, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 20
Views: 1092

Re: What would you buy?

Go for something that either helps or encourages your practice and that you will actually use.

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