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by Vasana
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire and Aversion
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Desire and Aversion

Am I doing something bad by eliminating sex completely out of my life? Am I not finding my middle way? Am I preventing a mental poison only to fill up another? That's something only you'll be able to answer. Different people need different approaches and at different times in their lives. It can be...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Offering Torma's

I don't really know much about torma but I know Sang offering is useful for this purpose too. If you feel or have indications that the obstructing beings are present you can also simply offer some wine and/or honey and consecrate and offer it simply if you know how to. (The type of offering may depe...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Orienting The Mind Towards Service
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Orienting The Mind Towards Service

As you said, it's not easy, even over time. That's why it's called training. The only thing for us to do as practitioners is to continuously reorient ourselves towards the view, meditation and conduct when it slips away and train again and again until it's naturally sustained. I'm not sure there's a...
by Vasana
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?
Replies: 40
Views: 1001

Re: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?

I've recently been doing more research on diet and health and feel quite dejected that there are completely contradictory claims on just about every topic you can read about. There's so much misinformation and media spin hyperbole out there and even doctors have widely oppositional views on any give...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it useful to listen recorded sutras?
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Is it useful to listen recorded sutras?

Listening to the dharma is one of the 3 Prajnas so yes, it will be a virtuous act/karma and positive traces are left..If you have the correct motivation (bodhichitta) while listening then it will be both a virtuous and liberative karmic act. Even more so if rather than just hearing the sound, you ac...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 94
Views: 2256

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

I managed to catch the preliminaries but I had connection problems so I threw the towel in after 10 minutes of glitchy video and unlistenable audio. Despite that inconvenience, I'm still grateful for making whatever degree of a dharma-connection with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and of course the text it's...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 94
Views: 2256

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

I managed to catch the preliminaries but I had connection problems so I threw the towel in after 10 minutes of glitchy video and unlistenable audio. Despite that inconvenience, I'm still grateful for making whatever degree of a dharma-connection with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and of course the text it's ...
by Vasana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avoid idle talk
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Avoid idle talk

jkarlins wrote:So speech is about space, relating with space.


Well said, succinctly put and with multiple levels of meaning. :thumbsup:
by Vasana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avoid idle talk
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Avoid idle talk

Rather than getting caught up in the idiosyncrasies of a particular author or translation, seek out alternative authors and translations to see if the same passage makes more sense elsewhere. You might also get to the core meaning of any particular teaching much sooner that way. Learning to avoid Id...
by Vasana
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 75
Views: 1622

Re: Peeling the onion

Because the dharmadhātu is free from all reference/focal points. So is brahman. Though that's not the vibe one usually gets from studying Advaita and particularly Neo-Advaita. If you talk about something long and hard enough, even if you keep repeating the caveat "Remember, folks, X is attribu...
by Vasana
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on the Mulamadyamaka Karika
Replies: 8
Views: 192

Re: Questions on the Mulamadyamaka Karika

Emptiness refutes existents but doesn't claim complete non-existence. Emptiness and dependently originated appearances are not mutually exclusive.
by Vasana
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ethics and Morality as Objects of Compassion
Replies: 18
Views: 411

Re: Ethics and Morality as Objects of Compassion

I imagine this may be related to 'the compassion which takes dharma practice as its object' / cho la migpai nyinje. It's not to be confused with taking a concept as an object of compassion since concepts don't experience suffering. James Low elaborates. "In the mahayana traditon, wisdom is unpa...
by Vasana
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 227
Views: 10621

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

well i am not questioning benefits of ngöndro, i already done 90k prostrations and doing ~900 each day. my question is about history research of ngöndro. Prostrations in the early history of Tibetan Buddhism seem to have been combined with purification practices. Sakya Pandita writes about this. He...
by Vasana
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Deity practices for the health of one's teeth
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Deity practices for the health of one's teeth

Medicine Buddha with adequate internal and external treatment /dietary change etc.

Any other practices that work with strengthening the elements of the body. I think some of T.W.Rinpoche's teachings and practices for elements may be unrestricted.
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Loving kindness
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Loving kindness

Taranatha's Essence of Ambrosia goes over the causal contemplations for developing the correct Mahayana attitude. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=367807#p367807 I need to attain buddhahood. I therefore need to cultivate bodhicitta since it is the cause of buddhahood. The cause of bodhicitta...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 10175

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

Huh? We were speaking about what constitutes Darshan in this particular instance, not some all encompassing exploration into the escence of all possible experience. Are you saying that there is a difference? What does that have to do with the discussion and how does it serve the recent exchange? :s...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 10175

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

What is the escence of the experience in both cases? I'm not sure it's been properly defined here yet. What is the essence of any experience? Huh? We were speaking about what constitutes Darshan in this particular instance, not some all encompassing exploration into the escence of all possible expe...
by Vasana
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 10175

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

A vision of a master or deity is dependant on the devotion and pure vision of the student and the compassion of a master - it might be experienced as a blessing and as inspirational but it isn't really the same as darshan or a liberation through sight/sound etc, even if it leads the student to furt...
by Vasana
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 526
Views: 10175

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

A vision of a master or deity is dependant on the devotion and pure vision of the student and the compassion of a master - it might be experienced as a blessing and as inspirational but it isn't really the same as darshan or a liberation through sight/sound etc, even if it leads the student to furth...
by Vasana
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 75
Views: 1622

Re: Peeling the onion

Making stories is the function of mind. In Dzogchen we learn to separate mind from the essence of mind, if you will (rigpa and marigpa). This is the key in the Dzogchen teaching. Essence of mind sounds like pure awareness, no felt subject/object division. Yeah it can be spoken of like that within c...

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