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by fckw
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to NOT annoy the guru?
Replies: 16
Views: 570

Re: How to NOT annoy the guru?

How is cursing rivals and having enemies Buddhist? You should read more. There are plenty of Buddhist tantras giving spells and advice how to curse, kill etc. Of course, successful application presumes you are indeed a practitioner of the tantric vehicle. Which presumes you have the right view as w...
by fckw
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology?
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Astrology?

In my opinion, it is a waste of time unless you have received relevant teachings. Why would you recite hindu mantras when basic Mahayana practice is much more effective for any purpose, including for avoiding negativities related to astrology or anything else. Does one ask the enlightened deities t...
by fckw
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Astrology?
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Astrology?

As has been pointed out many times in this forum, Shiva is considered a protector deity in Vajrayana. Also Rahula is a protector deity that rules over all planets known to ancient Tibetan astrology. Usually, one does not start protector deity practices unless one has practiced other Buddhist protect...
by fckw
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 43
Views: 1387

Re: Enlightenment

Well, since this is the Dzogchen forum, the answer to the original question is probably something along these lines. Explanation in terms of meditative practices: First, do the preliminaries. Then, receive pointing out instructions on the true nature of mind. Next, start practicing Trek Chöd plus th...
by fckw
Sun May 13, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Very interesting: So far nobody presented a strong case why teaching authorisation was part of the lineage system in the early days of Vajrayana. This settles an uncertainty I had on this topic for quite some time in a, for me, surprising way. Well, there is a formal way of authorization to teach t...
by fckw
Sun May 13, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Very interesting: So far nobody presented a strong case why teaching authorisation was part of the lineage system in the early days of Vajrayana. This settles an uncertainty I had on this topic for quite some time in a, for me, surprising way.
by fckw
Fri May 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

And a few ones of them - according to Buddhist sources - were actually non-Buddhists. AFAIK the non-Buddhist ones are not described as having actually attained Mahasiddhi. Isn't this fascinating: Some Buddhist authors - we don't know much about them - writing about some mahasiddhas. Admitting that ...
by fckw
Wed May 09, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

afaik mahasiddhas were once buddhist monks (shravakas and/or boddhisattvas in training) and top scholars on dharma that arrived a point... Nah, not really. They really had all sorts of social backgrounds, by far not all of them were learned. And a few ones of them - according to Buddhist sources - ...
by fckw
Mon May 07, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 71
Views: 4945

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

Now I am confused. So, is this going to be the Longchen Nyingtik or the Nyingtik Yabzhi empowerment?
by fckw
Sun May 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

When you are walking in the jungle, and you come across the lion - the king of the jungle - do you ask him to hide his balls? I like the example, but I think it does simply not cover reality. The catch is: You already assume that you'd recognize the kind of the jungle as such. Just look how often i...
by fckw
Sun May 06, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Being a mahasiddha, you do not really need someone to tell you that you can or should teach. I am almost certain that even if you were a mahasiddha but never had received teaching authorization from any teacher many Buddhists would be upset and criticize you for being a show-off. (But then again, t...
by fckw
Sun May 06, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 2667

Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

It is generally assumed that in the Vajrayana tradition teachers appearing on the market must have been authorized in a way by their own teachers. The debate then often goes into the direction of the authenticity and credibility of the authentication of a certain person. "Was XYZ really authorized t...
by fckw
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 489
Views: 40145

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Advaita Zen is closely related to both Christian Tantra and Jewish Islam.
by fckw
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Insects practice?
Replies: 35
Views: 1195

Re: Insects practice?

My point is: Living is an inherently violent act. Whether you like it or not, being a living being takes away space that could be occupied by other living beings. Taking anti-biotics necessarily kills innumerable other living beings in order to save one single living being or at least to reduce its ...
by fckw
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Insects practice?
Replies: 35
Views: 1195

Re: Insects practice?

Why be bothered about the death of insects, but not be bothered by the death of bacteria? Have you ever taken anti-biotics? How did you feel about the death of trillions of living beings?
by fckw
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commitment Issues
Replies: 75
Views: 5123

Re: Commitment Issues

I believe it's a little bit like a love relationship. You get to know someone, you fall in love. In the beginning you're so enthusiastic about the other person, that really all you want is to be together with that person. Then, at some point it cools down. You get your first disappointments - or may...
by fckw
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 1913

Re: Tradition.

“Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.”
Salvador Dali
by fckw
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 71
Views: 4945

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

When someone asked Tulku Pema Wangyal about the benefits of this transmission... he said... the benefits will appear during one's journey in the bardo. I don't mean to sound dismissing, but when I hear someone tell me that the benefits of a given practice will be reaped during bardo - I am not inte...
by fckw
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 17
Views: 1122

Re: Realisation and its down side?

You should complement meditation on emptiness and impermanence with meditation on compassion - most importantly compassion to yourself.

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