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by fckw
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 1157

Re: Why?

Maybe the question confuses the subjective and the objective realm. In contrary to widespread magical believe, thinking about something does not make it true. Indirect though of course our believes and worldview have an enormous impact on our objective reality. (And then there might be a level of in...
by fckw
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 77
Views: 5120

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

There is a little bit of info on Parmashavari here:
http://www.khandro.net/Tara_Leaf-clad.htm
by fckw
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 77
Views: 5120

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

I would assume that for mamos especially Simhamukha should be good?
by fckw
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)
Replies: 29
Views: 2274

Re: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)

I am suspicious of Tara Mandala and I can't quite put my figure on why. On paper, they're everything I could dream of for a dharma organization - female empowerment and tara focused, what a great gift! But some of the talk of living on site make me feel like it's a bit culty and there's another fee...
by fckw
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 77
Views: 5120

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Gangteng Tulku's recommendations also included (among other) Dorje Gotrab (including the vajra armour practice) and 20th Tara.
by fckw
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)
Replies: 29
Views: 2274

Re: Getting Started with Tibetan Buddhism (Remotely?)

As a further advise: skip all the big shot teachers for the start. Search for the unknown ones, with whom you can have a 1:1 discussion every now and then. The big ones generally only give initiations, and only few inner circle students ever receive in depth instructions from them.
by fckw
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 2594

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

Pretty much every Buddhist school agrees that there are physiological signs when you are enlightened.

And pretty much every teacher tells you to not put any emphasis on them.

We are all great at storytelling.
by fckw
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Not just for white folks

Should folks in Africa just stick with the religion of their colonisers? Or should they have the same choices as the white Western middle classes? According to the Dalai Lama it's best if you stick to the religion into which you were born. So, if you take him seriously, then yes, they should stick ...
by fckw
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Not just for white folks

@Norwegian: Well, I spent some time working for a NGO in Eastern Africa that was primarily Christian. (Already back then I practiced meditation seriously, I had no problem leaving Christianity to the Christians, and Islam to the Muslims.) So, my statement is purely informational. If you believe that...
by fckw
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Not just for white folks

That must sound quite exciting to the sanghas of very white middle class Western Buddhists! It might however sound not just so exciting to the established African Christian and Muslim communities.
by fckw
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Narak Kong Shak Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 2593

Re: Narak Kong Shak Questions

There are elaborate rites called "Changchog" for this purpose. They basically involve summoning the consciousness of the deceased, and performing what basically amounts to an empowerment for the deceased. There are other rites, more or less the same called shinpo jedzin, "leading the deceased." Tha...
by fckw
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Narak Kong Shak Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 2593

Re: Narak Kong Shak Questions

Interesting stuff. Question: how would one practice for someone else in this context?
by fckw
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 9469

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

When I was traveling in Tiruvannamalai in 2008 you could buy Ramana Maharshi Mineral Water. I could not resist drinking real guru water that is one with all.
by fckw
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 25
Views: 2480

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

The lamas you mention are the nice ones. I've seen situations where the lama has some idea, and keeps stuck to it, no matter whether it's realistic or not to be implemented. Then, if you dare questioning the lama's idea, you end up in a really awkward position, because s/he might take it as a person...
by fckw
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 1867

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

It’s not possible for anyone to differentiate the alaya from the dharmakaya, or cut through the alaya, etc., unless they realize the exhaustion of dharmata in this lifetime. The alaya is the knowledge obscuration. It’s the last thing that goes before buddhahood fully dawns in ones mind. Why is the ...
by fckw
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 25
Views: 2480

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

Having money will indeed make you we one with sanghas and get you more access to teachers than, well, not having money. It can also leave you doubting your teachers because it will expose you to the business side of the dharma; and it can also create friction with sanghas when they pursue you for f...
by fckw
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 25
Views: 2480

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

I recommend working at an investment bank, or at least in management consulting. You'll end up making a lot of money, which allows you to funnel into any direction you like. There are plenty of buddhist teachers who are very keen on finding financial supporters for their own project ideas - from bui...
by fckw
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 1867

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

The dhyānas are not profound, and create paths for rebirth in ordinary people. Well, as you know the buddha considered samma samadhi as part of the eightfold path. In other words: He was quite serious about it. So, maybe you should elaborate a bit how what you refer to as dhyana and samma samadhi r...
by fckw
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Tara Buddhist Deity
Replies: 23
Views: 1074

Re: Is Tara Buddhist Deity

It's unclear what is referred to as "Hindu" here. Shivaite tantrism maybe?
by fckw
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 21 forms of Avalokiteshvara?
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: 21 forms of Avalokiteshvara?

Yes, I like it nevertheless a lot. It was actually given by a woman who is quite sick, and she wanted it to give to someone who is practicing rather than just hanging it on the wall. It motivates me to practice more with Chenrezig again.

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