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by Vasana
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fraud Art Still Holy?
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Fraud Art Still Holy?

Even a dog's tooth can be seen as a relic... In terms of thangkas I would imagine the determining factor is whether it's actually accurate and consistent with any Sadhana you practice. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in but proportions ,ornaments, mudras and other visual features are ...
by Vasana
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Emotions = suffering?

Thank you! Forgive me if it seems repetitive, but I'll try to explain my doubts (again, English is not my mother language :tongue: ): I'm reading DJKR's What makes you not a buddhist after watching his wonderful "Hinamudra" :quoteunquote: teachings. Although I've been admiring and trying to contemp...
by Vasana
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajradhara lineage prayer -Mp3?
Replies: 4
Views: 911

Re: Vajradhara lineage prayer -Mp3?

Finally found the original version chanted by the Karmapa almost a year later: https://clyp.it/user/5asmncbd There's other audio recordings of HH Karmapa on that page too; Does this link above still work for people? If so it would be much appreciated if someone could upload the lineage prayer sung ...
by Vasana
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rage
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: Rage

May also be worth checking your diet. Lots of Coffee, Spicey foods and lots of fat can influence liver health which in Chinese medicine is related with anger frustration energy.
by Vasana
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is flexibility the opposite of perseverance? Do virtues become bad if gone overboard?
Replies: 23
Views: 463

Re: Is flexibility the opposite of perseverance? Do virtues become bad if gone overboard?

Few months ago when I visited dharma center, the bikkhuni there suggested I recite the Sanskrit pronunciation of the Great Compassion Sutra (Guan-Yin Citta / Da Bei Zhou) 7 times per day, without trying to memorize it. At first I thought it seems monotone boring, and because I do not understand San...
by Vasana
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 39
Views: 2321

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

what tradition does one belong to, if one can offer praise for all 3 major vehicle classifications? Mahayana: very strong afterlife teaching, and out-of-box thinking, more inter-personal interactions and bigger group generalized teaching, disciplined Theravada: very strong in-human-life focus and l...
by Vasana
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Determination in Mahayana
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Determination in Mahayana

Sounds like you're asking of lojong/mind training? Seeing the faults of samsara and our own attitudes and correcting them. There is the classic 4 thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma? (These need regular, regular contemplation to even have a tiny dent in our habits that turn the mind away from the ...
by Vasana
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?

See these threads: 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 budd...
by Vasana
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?

The 4 immeasurables and 7 part meditation for developing bodhichitta. You can also practice Theravada style metta, starting on yourself and then expand to people you love, are neutral towards and those you have problems with etc. Then you can extend it further to the aspiration of Bodhichitta for al...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 211
Views: 12929

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

The point that I was trying to make, is that it is still an incredible time to be alive. Yes, there is massive inequality, the threat of environmental destruction and economic collapse are real. But even so, there are huge opportunities. This forum itself depends on the innovations that have seen t...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 211
Views: 12929

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

A good recent article addressing the claim that poverty is decreasing: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/29/bill-gates-davos-global-poverty-infographic-neoliberal Roser’s graph illustrates a story of coerced proletarianisation. The Guardian story exemplifies a typically leftist res...
by Vasana
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 1495

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

These questions can't be approached without addressing the role of things like patriarchy, cultural values and norms and the opportunities and expectations placed on women. If women have traditionally lacked the same opportunities as men in many places of the world then of course this will also incl...
by Vasana
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Today: Day of the Miracles
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Today: Day of the Miracles

:bow:
by Vasana
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 356

Re: Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions Positive States of Minds

Thank you for all your teachings. If I meditate and concentrate on the aspect of loving-kindness, will there be any attachments formed to loving-kindness? If so, do you think this attachment to loving-kindness is an attachment worth cultivating or is this attachment wrong? The buddhist teachings te...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Masters' advice on dealing with loneliness
Replies: 52
Views: 1565

Re: Tibetan Masters' advice on dealing with loneliness

In theory, that's ideal but many people arrive at Buddhism with long standing existing friendships, family relationships, job obligations etc. I'm definitely now more selective with who I spend time with but I try not to cut people out of my life unless it's really warranted. In reality, non-buddhis...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 211
Views: 12929

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

Without the internet and my education I would not have been able to learn about Buddhism. So although the internet can be a lot of distraction it has been beneficial for me in this regard. Sure, there are undeiable perks and quirks. I think taking stock of the pros and cons is sensible rather than ...
by Vasana
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 211
Views: 12929

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

... I'm interested to hear from your experiential points of view about what elements of today's era are problematic for realizing the dharma. If I take 'realizing the dharma' to mean 'practicing according to the Buddha's teachings' then distraction that goes unnoticed is the main issue for me. But ...

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