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by Vasana
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can we write our next lives now?
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Can we write our next lives now?

You don't write it, karma does. Karma results in uncontrollable rebirth, you don't have much of a say in it. Gathering the accumulations and purifying the obscurations while making pure aspirations is the closest you will get to writing happiness and a chance of liberation in to this or a subsequent...
by Vasana
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New to the idea, currently in a state of flux
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: New to the idea, currently in a state of flux

If you are scientifically minded, it may be worth discovering the scientific benefits of meditation and mindfullness. And also the scientific limits in understanding and explaining consciousness. Check outnAlan Wallace for compelling talks on this: [media] https://youtu.be/TJHKkPSp0GU[/media] Lectur...
by Vasana
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: Help on shamatha

Read/watch/ attend the various treatsies and teachings on Shamatha. In these all of the faults and antidotes are systematically explained. Agitation and dullness are some of the main faults. In general, breathing shouldn't really be forced during shamatha even if you're using the breath and sensatio...
by Vasana
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: Help on shamatha

I reccomend this transcript from the preliminary teachings of a 1 year shamatha retreat led by Gen LamRimpa who has over 20 years retreat experience. It's translated by Alan Wallace and has some excellent advice and guidance. It's based on a Tsongkhapa/Gelug text but the training it's self is applic...
by Vasana
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can any one help me know if I was born on Guru Rinpoche Day?
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Can any one help me know if I was born on Guru Rinpoche Day?

Way to encourage someone, guys.
I did wonder if this was some sign that I should look more into Buddhism at least
by Vasana
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can any one help me know if I was born on Guru Rinpoche Day?
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Can any one help me know if I was born on Guru Rinpoche Day?

I don't know about the 10th day thing but with an interest in Guru Rinpoche and a night time experience like that, you should definitely continue learning about Buddha Dharma at a pace you are comfortable with. It's worth pointing out that Rinpoche's aren't bound by birth to special calendar days. I...
by Vasana
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1783

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

As far as the reprogramming is concerned - it really is a matter of neural pathways, which come from another way of seeing. Actually I think that has been backed up by research in neuroplasticity, some which grew out of dialog between Buddhists and neuroscientists. Samskaras, habitual cognitions, a...
by Vasana
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5453
Views: 464230

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Next webcast from Dzamling Gar: March 31 - April 3, 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PRESENCE AND AWARENESS 2nd April 10:00-12:30pm Presence & Awareness morning session 2:30-05:00pm Presence & Awareness afternoon session 3rd April 10:00-12:30pm Presence & Awareness morning session 2:30-05:00pm Prese...
by Vasana
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sleep Awareness?
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: Sleep Awareness?

Yes. But you need pretty stable samadhi and non distracted unwavering lucidity in waking life to have a chance at night. That and having been introduced to the nature of your mind by a qualified teacher. Thankfully lucid dreaming is something anyone can learn to practice in the meantime.
by Vasana
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna and the chariot argument for emptiness
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Nagarjuna and the chariot argument for emptiness

The rice seedling sutra is a vitamin worth taking when studying 'external' dependent origination / the emptiness of phenomena. The 8 metaphors of illusion can facilitate more understanding too.

http://xuanfa.net/buddha-dharma/tripita ... mba-sutra/
by Vasana
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OBERF - Out of Body Experience Research Foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: OBERF - Out of Body Experience Research Foundation

:hi:

The scientific community tends to be deaf when it comes to anecdotal reports on out of body experiences despite the astronomical ammount of them out there.

Graham Nichols is a good one to look for as he does his utmost to progress scientific testing in this area with some 'verified' o.b.e's.
by Vasana
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 2146

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

How do aspirations work once buddahood is attained? Aspirations are a conditioned phenomena and are to be abandoned at the tenth bhumi (IIRC), and since the dharmakaya is unconditioned, surely it can't be conditioned via conditioned practitioners conditionally triggering the abandoned and purified ...
by Vasana
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the Vipashyana objects of meditation in Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: What are the Vipashyana objects of meditation in Mahayana Buddhism?

I'm sure there probably exists a list somewhere but hopefully the following is useful for now : The object is dependent on purpose but it's essentially investigating the nature of the aggregates, Ayatana, elements, dependent origination and how we conceptualize entities with intrinsic nature where n...
by Vasana
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Five Basic Nyam
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Five Basic Nyam

The last paragraph could be misleading for those unaware of things like the 9 phases of shamatha. They may all be equal in escence but the latter are a lot more 'workable' for most people. In short, vippassana is considerably more difficult when the mind is turbulent and turbid/ when there is no sha...
by Vasana
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How has your relationship with Refuge evolved over time?
Replies: 6
Views: 283

How has your relationship with Refuge evolved over time?

I'm interested to here others' experience about how their relationship and sense of refuge has evolved over time. How does your understanding of refuge now compare to when you first embarked on the path? Which teachings, insights or experiences have deepened refuge for you? This applies for all Maha...
by Vasana
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Generate Merit?
Replies: 22
Views: 2202

Re: How to Generate Merit?

So, after some thinking and contemplating, I decided to get cracking at increasing my merit. Now, my life is good and easy so I am looking to increase the merit so I get to do retreats and meet realized Lamas. I don't need merit to attract women or money, so you can skip that. :smile: What would yo...
by Vasana
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 2146

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

There was a thread on Dzogchen view and 'shakti'ism' somewhere and this question was looked at in more depth by Malcolm and others towards it's end. It would be good to see it looked at in terms of common Mahayana view of the basis and whether or not it is appropriate to call it transpersonal. Afaik...
by Vasana
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1783

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Existence is one extreme. Non existence is another. This is why the middle way is not nihilism. If there were just emptiness, that would be nihlism. But form is also emptiness. If it were just emptiness, that would be nihlism but there is also dependent origination..If it were just emptiness, that w...
by Vasana
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 14042

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

I will PM you. Once again, I don't think these discussions are at all appropriate in a public setting. The internet's a big place and this is a topic that practitioners should dedicate some serious time researching high and low, far and wide before coming to any conclusions about appropriate and ina...