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by PeterC
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerment for Blessings
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: Empowerment for Blessings

The only definitive answer you can receive is from the lama who gave the empowerment. In general an empowerment is an empowerment is an empowerment. If you received it, you have samaya with the vajra master. It’s up to the vajra master to set practice commitments for those receiving the empowerment,...
by PeterC
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

I used to think I'd have to appear as having a protrusion on my crown or dharmacakras on my palms at the instant of samyaksambodhi, but now when I self-generate as the deity I just imagine myself as I currently appear: boring, bespectacled, and mundane. You should talk to your lama about pure vs im...
by PeterC
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Daoism and Buddhism are totally compatible... If you want your Buddhism without dependent origination, karma, dukkha, or a clear theory of anicca and anatman...is it even Buddhism anymore? I would look at it this way - those are all just names, even in Buddhism. What counts is your experience - not...
by PeterC
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground

Wait, Tsogyelgar? I thought maybe it was Tsegyalgar-- the communities established by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. But further research revealed this an organization belonging to some one named "t.k.": In one moment t.k. will be giving exquisite finely detailed traditional teachings on the subtle...
by PeterC
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Matt J wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:12 am
Daoism and Buddhism are totally compatible...
If you want your Buddhism without dependent origination, karma, dukkha, or a clear theory of anicca and anatman...is it even Buddhism anymore?
by PeterC
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

...creating our own structure of spiritual meaningfulness will lead no further than just that: having a sense of meaningfulness. This is a very insightful observation: it sums up very well a lot of discussions I've had with people, some on DW, about trying to mix different traditions, relying on on...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

For me, when I read about Taoist nonbeing, it is easy for me to use dependent origination or other aspects like shunyata to develop something meaningful. I would suggest that you try a different translation/commentary on the Taoist texts you’re reading. Leaving aside the issue of syncretism (since ...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Well, you're being told by people familiar with both areas that there really isn't much overlap at all. If you're not interested in hearing that, that's your choice. But then your assertion that they have something in common doesn't carry much weight. Sometimes I feel like people fail to see the fo...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

heart wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:54 am
The only thing that ever stop you to practice; is getting distracted.
:good: :good: :good:
by PeterC
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

No, because I'm not really interested in that discussion. My OP was more for obtaining resources that balance Taoist and Buddhist thought together. How Buddhism might compare to Taoism and vice versa might fall into that by default due to context, but I've been participating in a digression in this...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

I think the point was that Feng Shui had an influence on Tibet. It is not embraced wholesale, but Indo-Tibetan-Chinese thought has much overlap and cooperative influences on each other. Another example - it does not take much to see the similarities between Dzogchen and Taoism, for example, at leas...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

Vajradhara actually appears here and there in the general Nyingma and Dzogchen teachings. He is considered a Samboghkaya emanation of Samanthabadra. /magnus In terma that appeared post the transmission of sarma to Tibet, sure, but there aren't any appearances in older sources are there? Not sure, b...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

heart wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:26 am


Vajradhara actually appears here and there in the general Nyingma and Dzogchen teachings. He is considered a Samboghkaya emanation of Samanthabadra.

/magnus
In terma that appeared post the transmission of sarma to Tibet, sure, but there aren't any appearances in older sources are there?
by PeterC
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Dharmakaya / Primordial Buddha

I brought this up on the Shingon section, and it is their opinion that Vairocana is the Primordial Buddha, although a teacher at my temple refuted this saying Vairocana is a sambogha-kaya rather than dharma-kaya. Is this true within tibetan tradition? Can someone explain to me the difference betwee...
by PeterC
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1090

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Hey all, Fairly general question here, but can anyone recommend any good resources for someone who is finding themselves moving towards a balance between Buddhism and Taoism? I have a library of good Buddhist material but am a little light on the Taoist side as it is relatively new to me. In readin...
by PeterC
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 19
Views: 459

Re: Finding Your Guru

IMHO it’s not always very useful trying to figure out who is your root guru. In the course of your life you will probably meet several teachers and eventually one will emerge as the most important. That might not be the one who you see the most or who knows you the best. What is extremely important ...
by PeterC
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Ever Black Hole Image Released
Replies: 16
Views: 374

Re: First Ever Black Hole Image Released

I've always found black holes fascinating. An object at the center of every galaxy which has almost inconceivable mass, which can never be seen, but which shoots out crushed particles at about the speed of light. It's fundamental to the composition of the universe, yet totally unobservable. Would p...
by PeterC
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Ever Black Hole Image Released
Replies: 16
Views: 374

Re: First Ever Black Hole Image Released

I've always found black holes fascinating. An object at the center of every galaxy which has almost inconceivable mass, which can never be seen, but which shoots out crushed particles at about the speed of light. It's fundamental to the composition of the universe, yet totally unobservable. Would pr...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: time traveling?
Replies: 65
Views: 1875

Re: time traveling?

Secondly, there are Rimpoches who have spoken about ufos and aliens, for example the current Situ Rimpoche. I know a zen teacher and a theravada teacher who believe that ufos are a real phenomenon. Religion is politics, most likely Dharamsala has made secret agreements with european and american go...
by PeterC
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharanishvara Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Dharanishvara Sutra

Nothing in English, so far as I have heard. Here is Takasaki's note on the Chinese & Tibetan versions: 32) This sūtra is available in both Tibetan and Chinese Tripitakas. T. has the title ' Tathāgata-mahākarunā—nirdeśa-sūtra ', which is identical with the title of Chinese translation (Taisho, No. 3...

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