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by madhusudan
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

I'll take a stab at it. I'm a lay Buddhist in my mid-40s. 1.How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists? Avoiding negative actions and embracing positive actions, which are explicitly enumerated in Buddhism, are undertaken for the twofold goal of achievi...
by madhusudan
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Language
Topic: 7 Line Prayer word-for-word
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: 7 Line Prayer word-for-word

Perfect! Many thanks!

Here's the link in case anyone else is interested: https://www.simplybeing.co.uk/seven-lin ... asambhava/
by madhusudan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Language
Topic: 7 Line Prayer word-for-word
Replies: 2
Views: 333

7 Line Prayer word-for-word

It's easy to find translations of the 7 Line Prayer into English and also transliterations for Tibetan pronunciation. However, I can't seem to locate a word-by-word literal translation of the prayer. I'd like to know the meaning of each word in Tibetan. For example, in any common translation Oddiyan...
by madhusudan
Thu May 14, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Join the Seven-Line Prayer global accumulation: a powerful method to heal our world.
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Join the Seven-Line Prayer global accumulation: a powerful method to heal our world.

No I haven't read that one, what is it about brother? Sole Panacea is a commentary by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche on the 7-Line-Prayer: https://www.amazon.com/Sole-Panacea-Commentary-Seven-Line-Defilement-ebook/dp/B00LFZ9I2U Another one I'm looking at is White Lotus by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche: https://ww...
by madhusudan
Mon May 04, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Join the Seven-Line Prayer global accumulation: a powerful method to heal our world.
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Join the Seven-Line Prayer global accumulation: a powerful method to heal our world.

No, my good man, I thank you for drawing attention to this effort. I intend on joining once I've memorized the Tibetan. I'm sure others were similarly inspired but simply declined to post a message. Has anyone read Sole Panacea from Thinley Norbu Rinpoche? I want to connect more with this prayer, bu...
by madhusudan
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: About sitting
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: About sitting

You have embarked on the path of meditation, so congratulations. You have recognized the monkey mind that needs taming. By all means continue. I "listen" best to Dharma through its symbology, and so suggest looking into pictures of the 9 stages of shamatha and learning teachings on it. http://teachi...
by madhusudan
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How important is sheel (Śīla) ?
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: How important is sheel (Śīla) ?

Malcolm, between the two the primacy of emptiness makes sense, but in what situation would a choice between discipline and wisdom ever come to pass?

Not being argumentative, just curious.
by madhusudan
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How important is sheel (Śīla) ?
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: How important is sheel (Śīla) ?

Ethics is the foundation of spiritual practice. Without it you're just a bad joke. Also, though Buddha Nature is without cause it is veiled. The causal methods begin with ethics. Ethics is the cause of happiness and removing suffering. Even "Crazy Wisdom" is based in compassion. "Though your view sh...
by madhusudan
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 10322

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

"Is the fetus in your uterus?" deliberately frames the debate in language taking a particular side while ignoring that this is the entire crux of the issue. It's as sincere as asking, "Are you the mother blessed with this child?" Is the entity merely a collection of cells or a human life? When exact...
by madhusudan
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Following the instructions I received, I only meditate with open eyes. The experiment above produced a facsimile of the exact sensation of it. Great!
by madhusudan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Problems with Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: Problems with Meditation

Things I find helpful:

Do it 1st thing in the morning.
Do it every day at the same time.
Get good instruction.

Ethics and wisdom are the other two trainings. That will aid in developing shamatha when your mind is at ease.
by madhusudan
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 125
Views: 10407

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

Since I came upon this stanza today, I thought to share it here: One whose view of emptiness is devoid of compassion does not reach the supreme path. Even if you cultivate compassion alone, you will remain here in samsara, but where is liberation? One who has both does not remain either in mundane e...
by madhusudan
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 96
Views: 11902

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

Did you notice, Hazel, that your most recent post was your 108th? Whoa.....duuuuuuuuude.....pretty rad. I thought narwhal had a great idea on quitting FB. I too gave it up some years ago after their repeatedly changing the privacy policy, which to me indicated their complete lack of respect for thei...
by madhusudan
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 8943

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yep, Conway's got on opinion - for which he disingenuously claims there is consensus. In fact, it's in dispute. That's why he would write an op-ed in a major national publication - to argue his pov. In the constantly shifting sands of different charges over the past three years, I'm looking forward ...
by madhusudan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 8943

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It's sad that people trading on their wisdom would let their TDS flare up in such an embarrassing manner. It's been a 3 year long get-him-at-all-costs impeach the m-fer "resistance" totally partisan secret basement impeachment without actual crimes.
by madhusudan
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate rebels
Replies: 21
Views: 1987

Re: Climate rebels

Extinction Rebellion is not about climate according to one of its co-founders:

by madhusudan
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 6453

Re: Greta Thunberg

Climate hysteria would dissipate on its own, as the doomsday deadlines pass and things continue on as usual, leaving only a fleeting mild embarrassment except for how ephemeral memory is and the turn of generations. Here is a decent record: https://cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50-years-failed-eco-pocaly...
by madhusudan
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cold Showers
Replies: 23
Views: 2783

Re: Cold Showers

I have been taking cold showers regularly and, like you, enjoy the effects. It is worth remembering that what for us may be a minor austerity is for much of the world simply daily life. I recall bathing in Nepal with a bucket of cold water and a scooper indoors or just wearing a lungi and washing my...
by madhusudan
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 887

Re: About bad parents, how should we treat them in Buddhism

This is such a difficult situation and I am so sorry to hear about what you had to endure growing up. Your parents denied you a loving home, but fortunately your extended family showed some responsibility and care. These things occur due to previous karma, so one way to look at it is that you incurr...
by madhusudan
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 31
Views: 4578

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Sorry if this question is a bit off topic, but how can we do tsok alone? I'm living abroad in a Mahayana country. I'm pretty sure I have lung for Shower of Blessings, since the Lama gave lung before I left for the common texts of the center along with ngondro,which I requested. Thanks. Don't ask for...

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