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by Vasana
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 719

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

One way or another, sooner or later, merit displays it's self as the nature of its complete accumulations, in the activities and actions that bring beings to liberation. We create tendrils with all we're connected with and our energies co-mingle in space and our shared environment. Masters can exert...
by Vasana
Mon May 04, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 52
Views: 2332

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

"Intellectual understanding is like a patch, it will fall off" There's a huge difference between an inferential understanding that things are unborn and the actual veridical/ direct perception of that knowledge as it occurs momentarily and uninterruptedly within the flow of your senses and mental p...
by Vasana
Sat May 02, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?
Replies: 33
Views: 1690

Re: A More Precise Teaching on Emptiness?

There are different ways to approach this dependent upon your own capacity and prefered style of communication. The rice seedling sutra is worth a read. http://xuanfa.net/buddha-dharma/tripitaka/sutras/salistamba-sutra/ The Diamond sutra with commentary from Thich Nhat Hanh is the next level 'up' fr...
by Vasana
Fri May 01, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Midnight Gospel
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Midnight Gospel

Two episodes in. Enjoyed so far. interesting format.

I think the creators were involved in Adventure Time, which also has a lot of esoteric notions. Which is quite impressive considering it's still essentially a kid' show that kids watch.
by Vasana
Fri May 01, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostration, Does it Alleviate Effect of Wrong Action
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Prostration, Does it Alleviate Effect of Wrong Action

For more specific misdeeds uou should apply the four powers: Then the Blessed One said to the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya, “O Maitreya, bodhisattva mahāsattva, if you possess four factors, the misdeeds you have committed and accumulated will be overcome. “What are these four? The action of repen...
by Vasana
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Sattvic/Yogic Diet Challenge
Replies: 50
Views: 2555

Re: Sattvic/Yogic Diet Challenge

While we're on the subject of milk, here's a recipe for Golden Milk! It makes a soothing drink to unwind with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=984pR6Wu6Ic add a few sprinkles of nutmeg and it's even more relaxing. But it can be a little drying on the throat. I usually add a little but of coconut oi...
by Vasana
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Having a hard time with the state of things
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Having a hard time with the state of things

Help where you can, and recognize that you won't be able to influence everything. let it be fuel for compassion and aspirations. I don't know much about Jodu Shin Shu, but I saw this image a few weeks back. There are lots of online resources at this time for mental health. There are lots of webcasts...
by Vasana
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chod phowa and lifespan
Replies: 16
Views: 943

Re: Chod phowa and lifespan

I don't know about Phowa, but chod can extend your life if practiced well but it would be irresponsible to say that there isn't also a chance of it being shortened. This all depends on many secondary conditions though, like your existing level of health, karma, merit, level of compassion,the types o...
by Vasana
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Namkha Gyeltsen (1956-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 2051

Re: Namkha Gyeltsen (1956-2020)

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by Vasana
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Sattvic/Yogic Diet Challenge
Replies: 50
Views: 2555

Re: Sattvic/Yogic Diet Challenge

The Ayurvedic Institute: https://www.ayurveda.com/ Food list depending on constitutions: https://www.ayurveda.com/pdf/food-guidelines.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2qjFW5RaZuBE_Rh-JcMZlkfg2BpA2KSqTvWi3gOHozVNKiCEYKqI6NowE This site was recommended to me by a Tibetan Doctor. food lists can also be fairly provision...
by Vasana
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 3809

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

There seems to be some evidence for this. This 2018 study by Hart and Graether, from the Journal of Individual Differences, found, in two surveys of 1200 people, that the strongest predictor of conspiracy thinking was ‘schizotypy’, which is a personality trait that makes one prone to unusual belief...
by Vasana
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7171
Views: 857033

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Can someone please send me a photo or screengrab of the main Dark Garuda practice, please? I recently purchased it on the Shang Shung foundation website but apparently only saved the mp3 file it came with. I've sent them an email but from past experience, they can be very slow at replying (if they s...
by Vasana
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 84
Views: 7784

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Frankincense is fine. Guru Rinpoche approved. Just be sure to purify it. It's best not to always view them as spirits in the traditional sense either. They're as alive as you or me, they're just abiding in the same space and realm we are, with different perceptions of it.
by Vasana
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Small Sang Offering in a Flat
Replies: 19
Views: 1355

Re: Small Sang Offering in a Flat

Chime Rinpoche when asked by someone who lived with an asthmatic husband who reacted badly to smoke, said that Juniper oil on a cotton swab would do just fine. :good: As Malcolm has stated elsewhere, we are really purifying our transgressions to the environment rather than the belief that our vast ...
by Vasana
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Live lung transmission to overcome pestilence and plague
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Re: Live lung transmission to overcome pestilence and plague

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=841177336361130&id=136159940196210 Saw this on FB. I'm not sure on their view towards lungs being receivable through recording however. I believe Malcolm may also be offering the lung for this and some other practices relevant to the current circumstances ...
by Vasana
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Leaving Pizzahut.
Replies: 28
Views: 2627

Re: Leaving Pizzahut.

I am mostly vegan, other than on special gatherings and when my cravings for sweet things override checking ingredients, but I find myself missing pizza... a lot. I mean there's no real comparison to a real pizza but I recently discovered an actually half decent vegan pizza in Sainsbury's. The mozza...
by Vasana
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Discrimination
Replies: 21
Views: 1771

Re: Discrimination

You might be interested In the books from Thich Naht Han on Christianity and Buddhism. I would also try not to worry so much at this stage and not to let people you've met in real life or on here discourage you too much if it has happened. Just stay open minded ,listen, read and learn and eventually...
by Vasana
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2570

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

When we invoke lineage Lamas, we're not exactly invoking their physical bodies as they existed in the past. And since we know mind has no fixed form, what exactly are we invoking? It can't be anything other than their mindstreams, which could be now expressed as not just 1 but countless emanations. ...
by Vasana
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2570

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

That's true but then Tara is also the name of a historic Bodhisattva come Buddha, as with Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara etc all of which have their own sutric 'origin stories' beyond the confines of deity practice. The trouble is that 10th level Bodhisattvas aren't really comparable to ordinary beings ...
by Vasana
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2570

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

With that said, Buddha's and bodhisattvas also have their own mind streams and so although they are aspects of our mind when practiced as yidam, they are also autonomous and individual manifestations from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and dakinis' minds from which they have emanated. They know they are ...

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