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by Vasana
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 38
Views: 820

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

Most Powerful Dharmapala? Rahula Quite rare to find practitioners to that dangerous practice these days... By dangerous, I mean risks without initiation and so on along with his noose around a practitioner's neck if the practice is good. In escence, Rahula is an expression of Vajrapani who is safe ...
by Vasana
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: can a sinner rise to fame?
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: can a sinner rise to fame?

The O.P is quite young and I hope they remember from previous exchanges that they have not committed any of the 5 henious crimes. Floatingbubbles, You can spend your entire life terrified of your misinterpretations of your actions and what the texts actually say (despite others clarifying them for y...
by Vasana
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 17
Views: 457

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

Many thanks for the part you have played in manifesting this.
by Vasana
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Most Powerful Dharmapala?
Replies: 38
Views: 820

Re: Most Powerful Dharmapala?

If you're 14 [or any age for that matter], it's likely you're still learning a lot about the teachings. How long have you been practicing? If you have a teacher and or/lineage then you can ask them about your situation. It's best not to get involved with the guardians and other wrathful activity bef...
by Vasana
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 320
Views: 8160

Re: Very sad news

As far as regression is concerned, my understanding is that when the word "realization" is used in this context it refers to something that is permanent but, again, I am not an expert. I'm no expert either but I think there are 'degrees' of realization based upon the duration one can rema...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Transmission
Replies: 11
Views: 496

Re: Transmission

Thank you for the guidance, much appreciated! In terms of the oral and symbolic transmissions, are they done during the same session? I don't know the exact answer to that. I know that the WWT days are usually short sessions without much other explanation but then it's been a while since I tuned in...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Texts
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Dzogchen Texts

I think some of Tulku Thondup's booknhave a lot of tibetan interspersed. Can't remember if wylie or phonetic though but found it useful. Jean-Luc Achard is another suggestion.
by Vasana
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Transmission
Replies: 11
Views: 496

Re: Transmission

It's easy to over intellectualise things. Participate as best as you can even if pronunciations and mudras are not perfect. Right Motivation, intention and calm receptivity are indeed more essential. You'll always have opportunities for 'self-empowerment' using the same or other methods later where ...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 320
Views: 8160

Re: Very sad news

All sounds very messy. Let's just hope for all involved that samayas are repairable.
by Vasana
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness disorientation
Replies: 38
Views: 912

Re: Emptiness disorientation

Reading up on how shamatha can allow more genuine vipashyana to arise might be apt. Thrangu Rinpoche has a lot of material on this. As you said, it's good to dedicate time with no conceptual analysis so this may aswell be shamatha practice. Thank you for this advice. I actually have a lot of proble...
by Vasana
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness disorientation
Replies: 38
Views: 912

Re: Emptiness disorientation

Reading up on how shamatha can allow more genuine vipashyana to arise might be apt. Thrangu Rinpoche has a lot of material on this.

As you said, it's good to dedicate time with no conceptual analysis so this may aswell be shamatha practice.
by Vasana
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Bodhisattva's Enlightenment & Vajrayāna - Doubt

Do they help us/me? How we can receive their help? I haven't felt their help clearly. The other analogy used in the guru yoga is of a hook and ring. The buddhas have a "hook of compassion" and our practice is called a "ring of faith" by which a connection is made that brings us ...
by Vasana
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination

Some karma can ripen in the same life. How law of Dependent origination allows this? It seems to allow projecting karma only. Can someone explain how law of Dependent origination allow karma to ripen in same life? I have heard it needs two lives at least. I think it depends on the kind of karma and...
by Vasana
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Lifetimes completing cycle of Dependent origination

Some karma can ripen in the same life.
by Vasana
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Liberation through seeing" tattoo
Replies: 18
Views: 675

Re: "Liberation through seeing" tattoo

If you really wanted to ensure that people encountered liberation through seeing mantras i'm sure you could find other ways. I think even just having a little part of you being motivated by your own cosmetic/worldy enhancement isn't the best thing to 'mix' with mantra/dharma. Even when done with sin...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra, Dzogchen, Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 353

Re: Mahamudra, Dzogchen, Zen

In terms of Dzogchen teachers who speak eloquently like the excerpt you shared, I reccomend James Low who has been authorized to teach and is qualified to do so. He has a really great way with words, metaphors and storytelling and often speaks in a way similar to the quote you shared. There's loads ...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 130
Views: 2387

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

It occurs to me that vegan bears a stigma, that nullifies unwanted awareness of shame or disgrace. The term carnism- another weaponised term- carries a counter mark of disgrace. That aside, I do not think I am alone in saying that many people would rather reduce their own health, if that means a ne...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 130
Views: 2387

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Did you ever notice that vegan food is often unpalatable and, not infrequently, unpleasant to the sense organs? No, I haven't. I have noticed that a lot of people have this perception though. I restaurant recently opened near me called the Butcher's son. It's vegan, but you wouldn't know. They do t...
by Vasana
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are demons mentioned in Buddhism actually just bad karma?
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Re: Are demons mentioned in Buddhism actually just bad karma?

Thanks everyone. I understand that all bad experiences are a product of bad karma, but the experiences where it seems like you are being tested, which seem as it is a intelligent being doing you harm are the experiences that I wander if they are just bad karma making it appear as demonic or are the...
by Vasana
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddha and Non-Dual Means
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Buddha and Non-Dual Means

It depends on your definition of 'means'.

The Buddha taught non-duality, but Tantra is distinguished for having a wider repertoire of means and methods available to realize the fruit.

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