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by Vasana
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 244

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

the whole 'climate change', 'global warning' argument is a huge red herring. instead of arguing about it we should re-frame the argument. rather than trying to prove or disprove it, we should simply state that we should stop treating the ocean like a trash can. no one can argue about that. Its not ...
by Vasana
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 244

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

I am still surprised that nothing is really being done.,. I am afraid we are done for. Instead of focusing on this and doing some proper change we are distracted by stupid stuff. Humans are too tenacious to be killed off entirely, but we're probably looking at death tolls into the eight figures ove...
by Vasana
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 47
Views: 1237

Re: No end to samsara?

Really, the question is just, what rationale is there behind the idea that samsara doesn't end? Clearly people become unconfused. As for individual samsara, that is how it is framed in basically every tradition. There are many teachings that discuss how certain practices etc. will end samsara and b...
by Vasana
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 91
Views: 3488

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I rejoice in their combined skillful means here and pray that their compassionate activities may be spontaneously accomplished. May any intra-sectarian divisions and suspicions be healed for Lamas, teachers and students alike.
by Vasana
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6236
Views: 563357

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

For those who still find aspects of this advice slightly strange I would respectfully echo what has already been said in that we should relax and cut each other some slack in these times. It's highly likely that we are not seeing the full picture. We do not know all of the finer details and circumst...
by Vasana
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Purifying disdain and negative thoughts towards spiritual teachers
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Purifying disdain and negative thoughts towards spiritual teachers

Hi everyone, What practices are there for purifying past disdain and negative thoughts towards one's spiritual teachers? What has worked for you? In this case, I am not referring specifically to broken Tantric samaya, but any sort of ill will, criticism, etc. towards those who teach the Dharma to u...
by Vasana
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 133
Views: 9469

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Update

Does anyone know if we can still purify our samaya with Rinpoche while he is in this samadhi state? Yes. How do we know whether our samaya is pure with Rinpoche or not? 1st by practicing Guru Yoga to the best of your ability, then Ganapuja, Vajrasattva, being present, secondary practices and so on....
by Vasana
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1183

Re: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?

Personally I feel that when you look at most iconic masters of tibetan buddhism I find it quite surprising how peacefull it is, but can buddhas really be buddhas if they kill? When a genuinely enlightened being engages in what appears to be killing, violence or the other non-virtues there is usuall...
by Vasana
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6236
Views: 563357

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Maybe this is a stupid question, but if one has the freedom and means to travel to Merigar (not to say that it would be easy, far from it) and is a student of ChNN, should it be endeavored at this time or is it better to practice at home? It's hard to know what to do in this situation. My opinion i...
by Vasana
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time away
Replies: 2
Views: 228

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: 764

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: 1294

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: 764

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: 1245

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: 1245

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: 1245

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: 9636

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: 9636

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: 297

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: 649

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...

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