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by Vasana
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time away
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Time away

Just a quick note to say I'll be gone for a while. I'm returning to Uni later in the year which has prompted me to learn more about the cognitive science of our attention spans and how to increase the capacity to focus etc Part of that involves restricting or removing regular sources of distraction ...
by Vasana
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Being treated for schizophrenia
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Being treated for schizophrenia

The monk is aware of my medical condition. I have been there before and what you described as my illness getting worse seemed to happen. I could go for maybe 7 days or 14 days to minimize the possibility of having an episode. Ok. You should discuss this all with the monk leading the retreat then. I...
by Vasana
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Best Masters of Mahamudra
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Best Masters of Mahamudra

Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Karmapa
by Vasana
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Being treated for schizophrenia
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Being treated for schizophrenia

Hello. I am being treated for schizophrenia. Is there any practices that can help me cut people out of my life that make me angry and frustrated? When practicing meditation as a teen, I found myself very peaceful and calm and happy and blissful. I tried to study the eightfold path but never studied...
by Vasana
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can't meditate anymore.
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

Re: Can't meditate anymore.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_faults_and_eight_antidotes The five faults and eight antidotes are factors of samatha meditation identified in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The five faults identify obstacles to meditation practice, and the eight antidotes are applied to overcome the five faults...
by Vasana
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can't meditate anymore.
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

Re: Can't meditate anymore.

Usually if our meditation has declined we can almost bet that it's in part due to an increase in our excitement, dullness and afflictions. Attention is like a muscle that has to be trained regularly otherwise it atrophies. Alan Wallace has conducted studies and wrote a lot about attention within a B...
by Vasana
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can't meditate anymore.
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

Re: Can't meditate anymore.

Which meditation instructions from which tradition have you been following? A good set of instructions will point out both faulty and faultless meditation along with the various antidotes to apply when you are going off in the wrong direction or not progressing. Study, reflection and meditation are ...
by Vasana
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Details on Stealing
Replies: 103
Views: 9302

Re: Details on Stealing

What is the general stance on things like not paying for a service like public transport? Another grey area or clear-cut? Depends on why you did not pay. For example: Whenever I travel to Athens the first thing I do is buy a fist full of bus tickets. At some point in time the tickets run out and of...
by Vasana
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Details on Stealing
Replies: 103
Views: 9302

Re: Details on Stealing

What is the general stance on things like not paying for a service like public transport? Another grey area or clear-cut?
by Vasana
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers...
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Prayers...

To what Bodhisattva would one pray for protection? Tara? Yes. All Bodhisattvas are effective here but Tara is said to be especially swift at responding to the needs of beings as symbolised by her right extended leg, ready to move into action and her mudras of protection and refuge from suffering, s...
by Vasana
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Prayers, to who?
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Prayers, to who?

There may be some aspects of Buddhism that are hard to relate to or believe to begin with like the existence of 'external beings', karma , rebirth and so on but it's sometimes best to put those aside temporarily and focus on any of the teachings that you find useful and helpful at this moment in tim...
by Vasana
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss
Replies: 174
Views: 7295

Re: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss

Wait a minute. What is “health”? And who gets to decide what that is? Maybe it should be hilarious even as it’s tragic. Anyone want to dissolve their elements into light? No? You’re so unhealthy abusing yourself and everyone and everything else around you, imprisoning matter and you call it health....
by Vasana
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 2209

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

And what about Metta? Is metta not used to "establish a connection"? One develops kindness in order to attain the 11 benefits (see: AN 11.16 ), and possibly even liberation ( MN 52 ). Even the four means of attraction (samgrahavastu / 四攝法) are about liberating beings. Yet we can still use the word ...
by Vasana
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Five refuges?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Five refuges?

Not a pureland answer but it's not a stretch to see how Amitabha and Sukhavati can be included in the refuge Jewell of the Buddha but I'm sure there are probably other justifications for separating them.
by Vasana
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 2209

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

there is at least some connection between all beings as taught in Mahayana.both in terms of 'mother sentient beings' and the fact that the clothes on our back, food on our plate, technology were using and so on is due to the kindness and/or efforts of others. Contemplating that samsara has no begin...
by Vasana
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 2209

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

is just interconnected or if also everything is part of something bigger ... The point of the teaching of interdependence is not to imagine some sort of magical bond between all beings, but to recognise how fragile and causally bound life is. ... Magical or not, there is at least some connection be...
by Vasana
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the motivator a demotivator?
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days? Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all ...
by Vasana
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto

That's great! Today I participated in a Collection of Seven Treasuries Guru Rinpoche Tsok with Rinpoche, and it was wonderful in many ways. I was in the entry way while he came into the temple and gave him a khata and then after it was over, offered him a khata again. There were a lot of people, ma...
by Vasana
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: About requesting initiation
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: About requesting initiation

I've heard that some teachers are happy to give lungs on the phone ... I don't know if that applies for this practice or not.

As Marc suggested, there may be other Vajrasattva empowerments and teachers to attend unless you very specifically need this one.
by Vasana
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 2984

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

What does 'gone' mean here?

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