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by fckw
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wim Hof Method opinions wrt to Vajrayana, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Wim Hof Method opinions wrt to Vajrayana, etc.

It is not possible to get any feedback from a Vajrayana or Ayurveda perspective, because it is a method that Wim invented himself, and there are close to zero practitioners in history of Vajrayana who practiced this for a lengthy time. From my experience it is a nice method, but a bit shallow in com...
by fckw
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1750

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Thank you for this thoughtful submission. The question is whether or not Dzogchen practice leads to deeper realisation than Theravada does. Dzogchen itself seems to suggest that this is the case, for example when Longchenpa claims that it is "the pinnacle of spiritual approaches". It is also said i...
by fckw
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1750

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

What is important to understand from a didactical (rather than ideological) perspective is the difference how both the therevada and dzogchen lineages are approaching teaching and learning. The therevada approach is like a teacher who starts from the very scratch, introduces the basics, then builds ...
by fckw
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 80
Views: 2666

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

If anyone is willing to look into practices used by Sakta-sects, there is a fascinating read on this topic by Alexis Sanderson: https://www.tantrictraditions.com/s/garudika_materials_in_jy-e4ey.pdf. Of course, reading comes at your own risk. After all, as a devout Buddhist practitioner you might en...
by fckw
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 80
Views: 2666

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

If anyone is willing to look into practices used by Sakta-sects, there is a fascinating read on this topic by Alexis Sanderson: https://www.tantrictraditions.com/s/garudika_materials_in_jy-e4ey.pdf. Of course, reading comes at your own risk. After all, as a devout Buddhist practitioner you might end...
by fckw
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

I sort of agree. However, awareness is used again and again in translated Theravadin literature, but that is really beside the point. For example accesstoinsight which many use as a Theravadin resource is rife with references to "awareness". We can be more specific in terminology since awareness is...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

someone in a boat asks, “how do I reach the shore?” and is correctly instructed to head westward. Someone else is on the road and asks, “his do I reach the shore?” And is correctly instructed to head eastward. Since East and west are completely opposite directions, How can both instructions be corr...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

I just found this quite interesting article . It seems there are some therevada traditions in Thailand that actually do know something sort of comparable to awareness. According to their way of putting things: [...] here is an awareness of Nibbana, an awareness of the cessation of all conditioned ph...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

Since he had unobstructed clairvoyance, he was aware of all the evil thoughts people were having. Disturbed by them, he drank the urine of a widow on purpose and lost this clarity. The quote does not clarify whether he was aware of all evil thoughts at the same time or in sequence, which is the act...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

The thing is even awareness of mulitple "objects" is actually just one object. Why? Because all objects arise within the same sphere of the mind, and they are all part of a single mental energy. You cannot divide your mind into two, its always one, and in the same way whatever thought you are havin...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

Since he had unobstructed clairvoyance, he was aware of all the evil thoughts people were having. Disturbed by them, he drank the urine of a widow on purpose and lost this clarity. The quote does not clarify whether he was aware of all evil thoughts at the same time or in sequence, which is the act...
by fckw
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there realms where beings can remember their past life(s)?
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Are there realms where beings can remember their past life(s)?

It's not really hard to remember past lives even in this realm. However, there are two big problems related to remembering past lives. 1. Once you "see" or "perceive" or "remember" those past lives - there is nearly always no way to verify what you remember. Typically, one remembers only very brief ...
by fckw
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 47
Views: 2166

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

In a guided meditation based on vayarana teaching the words were: 'Let all this resolve into a single sphere of experience" after attention had been directed towards sounds near and far, sense impressions, visual impression, feelings, thoughts. The idea being that every wave of the ocean is the oce...
by fckw
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Describe Buddhahood to me. Are there different levels of it? And is there a higher level of Enlightenment than it?
Replies: 34
Views: 998

Re: Describe Buddhahood to me. Are there different levels of it? And is there a higher level of Enlightenment than it?

While a buddha is not said to be omnipotent, s/he is said to be omniscient. Which is quite interesting, if you think about it. Because if a buddha is truly omniscient s/he should be able to know exactly which buttons to push to make someone - after maybe a lot of study - finally gain enlightenment. ...
by fckw
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattvas and enlightment
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Bodhisattvas and enlightment

dudette wrote: Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:22 am By my understanding if you achieve enlightenment, you go to nirvana, and you cannot stay in any realm.
As nirvana is not a place in any physical or metaphysical sense you cannot go to it.
by fckw
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about Vipassana
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Question about Vipassana

[Mod note:] This topic was split from here: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=549004#p549004 Do you believe that the physical manifestation of pain and distress within the body will dissipear in all cases if one practices vipassana meditation perfectly? If so, how? If not, how is the pain of ...
by fckw
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 1817

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

According to what the OP was reading and asking questions about, the Buddhism subreddit, which would mean it's not just Bodhisattvas on the bhumis and Buddhas, because like I said earlier the Buddhism subreddit has a heavy Theravada slant. My mistake. The thread is in the wrong subforum then. Ah, I...
by fckw
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 1260

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

Thank you both for the replies. I can already tell that Dzogchen is a very deep meditation that may have many practitioners questioning in the beginning. With my prior experience in Vipassana, Metta, and Samatha meditation I am confused at how someone would actually practice Dzogchen by your descri...
by fckw
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 37
Views: 1655

Re: Practice advice please

What if you lack someone who explains you what the right astrological conditions are?
by fckw
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 1817

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

There is a good explanation of supernormal powers in Vishuddhi magga,The Path of Purification, Chapter XII As this is the Tibetan Buddhist subforum you have to expect that quite a few practitioners here generally tend to believe that such „Hinayana stuff“ as the Vishuddhi Magga is not really worth ...

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