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by Vasana
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 229

Re: Low self esteem

Contemplating the precious human rebirth and it's determining factors can be a method of shifting the attention away from ideas of your personal worth or qualities towards seeing the qualities you already possess to have met and kept an interest in the Dharma. Recognise the probability of meeting an...
by Vasana
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

In the FPMT website, it says that the sadhanas are alright without empowerment if the person doesn't visualize themself as the deity. In that case, is it alright to do this on ANY deity like Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, etc.? Or are lower Tantra deities like Namgyalma, Saraswati, Amitayus, Chenrezig, Ta...
by Vasana
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dorje Chang Thungma
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Dorje Chang Thungma

http://dharmaebooks.org/brief-recitations-for-the-four-preliminary-practices/ Approved by O.T.D Karmapa. Note: Anyone wishing to do that practice must first receive the reading transmission (lung) and then ask an experienced lama for instructions and guidance. (mostly applicable to the ngondro as a...
by Vasana
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

In the FPMT website, it says that the sadhanas are alright without empowerment if the person doesn't visualize themself as the deity. In that case, is it alright to do this on ANY deity like Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, etc.? Or are lower Tantra deities like Namgyalma, Saraswati, Amitayus, Chenrezig, Ta...
by Vasana
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 59
Views: 1548

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

If you don't think you can keep the commitments, best not to get the empowerment imo...especially if you're still working out which path to take. If you havn't done much extensive sadhana already and worked out which schools and teachers you have an affinity for, a daily commitment could be a bit to...
by Vasana
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

Also, Longchenpa's 30 pieces of advice seems to be a form of self-admonishment, at least in some of the translations. E.g., Guarisco's translation begins with: By the power of my aspirations I was able to become a disciple in the supreme lineage of accomplishment; Yet I have spent my time uselessly...
by Vasana
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

HH Dalai Lama on our habitual tendency towards laziness and non-virtue, from Ethics for the New Millennium . 'We have a saying in Tibet that engaging in the practice of virtue is as hard as driving a donkey uphill, whereas engaging in destructive activities is as easy as rolling boulders downhill. I...
by Vasana
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

A reminder to myself ~ 16th Karmapa With your supreme intelligence, you realized the intention Of the unsurpassable vehicle, the tradition of Padmakara. Guru of unequalled kindness, I remember you from my heart. I supplicate you—bless me with your compassion. I, Pema Trinley Palzang, a performer of...
by Vasana
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

A Prayer To Recognize my Own Faults and Keep in Mind the Objects of Refuge , by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. 
 I pay homage to the guru. Shakyamuni, Victorious One. Supreme guide of the realm for this fortunate aeon, Sons of the Victorious one, assembly of noble Bodhisattvas who tame sentient beings, Lo...
by Vasana
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

Thanks Dzogchungpa - I was searching for the whole thing originally as I remembered Dudjom Rinpoche's writing was urged on by a Dakini but couldn't find it. Will repost in full. " It is hard to see one’s own faults. So, pointing them out to oneself Is a crucial instruction. In the end, when faults a...
by Vasana
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

Self-Admonishment from The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1900) Guru Padmakara, renowned one of the human world, venerable chosen deity Tara, dakinis and dharmapalas without exception, united as one in the venerable Pema Nyinje: dwell in the center of my heart until my enlighten...
by Vasana
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

Advice to myself - Patrul Rinpoche Vajrasattva, sole deity, Master, You sit on a full-moon lotus-cushion of  white light In the hundred-petalled full bloom of youth. Think of me, Vajrasattva, You who remain unmoved within the manifest display That is Mahamudra, pure bliss-emptiness. Listen up, old ...
by Vasana
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

Advice to Myself by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893 - 1959) 'Kyeho! O Wonder! Simply to hear your name tears the cycle of conditioned existence apart, Merely to think of you brings the greatest of good fortune, My sole, ever-lasting refuge, glorious supreme lama— May we remain inseparable, as y...
by Vasana
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The little thread of big Self-Admonishments
Replies: 12
Views: 291

The little thread of big Self-Admonishments

As the title says - a collection of self-admonishments. Feel free to add any you know of. Outside and inside ~ Dudjom Rinpoche "I recognize that the ultimate teaching of sutra and tantra Is emptiness, but can’t make use of that recognition; My mindstream stays hard as horn. When I practice remaining...
by Vasana
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Stealing your own offerings
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: Stealing your own offerings

It's good to be cautious but it's even better not to jump to conclusions about what any given teaching means before weighing up all the information. For whatever reason, you've acquired a militantly uncompromising view of the Dharma. It seems like the best thing you can do is to genuinely ask yourse...
by Vasana
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 474

Re: No self (and no non-self)

Yep, our preoccupation with the 8 worldly dharmas is the real litmus test for where we're at overall. With that being said, It is possible to come to certainty about yogic-direct-perceptions long before a person is completely and permanently free of the 8 worldly dharmas. A shift from invalid to val...
by Vasana
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 474

Re: No self (and no non-self)

How can it be established that one has had a true (rather than false) direct perception of actual ultimate truth? This is a good and important question to be asking. There seems to be a lot more written about that in Vajrayana and paths of self-liberation but I don't know how they traditionally cla...
by Vasana
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 474

Re: No self (and no non-self)

Rachimel, the older thread you made on 'peeling the onion' had posts that touched on that. Like Malcolm already said, it's a direct perception which is not analytical or conceptual. 'The ultimate is not the sphere of cognition. ' Shantideva. It's a fairytale /onion layer / inferential cognition unti...
by Vasana
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 474

Re: No self (and no non-self)

rather than asserting The phenomena we perceive have no self. doesn't the Madhyamaka assert: The phenomena we perceive have no self and no non-self. Madhyamaka logic goes beyond both of those assertions since they're equally without solid basis. Mipham Rinpoche said, 'Entities themselves arise depe...
by Vasana
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2616

Re: Authentic?

[...]But unless one is a very high bodhisattva one cannot encounter a sambhogakāya manifestation like Tāra, etc., so I really have to express my doubt about the so called visions of this or that buddha which ordinary people claim to have. What about the many thousands of anecdotal accounts of Tara'...