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by Cyrus
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: Stepping Down

Although I very rarely post, I do read the forum posts and your profound commentary on the Pure Land traditions have always been exquisitely insightful and very beneficial to the understanding of the path to Sukhavati. My sincere gratitude. I will look for you on reddit and wish you well. Namo Amita...
by Cyrus
Fri May 25, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

I figured that there may be Amitabha Sadhanas that don't require lung? Similar to those Shakyamuni, Medicine Buddha, Chenrezig and Tara practices that you can practice without lung. I encountered 'The Swift Path to Great Bliss' which was deciphered by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, this sādhana of Amit...
by Cyrus
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Nevertheless there is the Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati by Karma Chagme which I can recommend that can be practised without a lung: https://vdocuments.site/documents/karma-chagmes-aspiration-prayer-of-the-pure-realm-of-sukhavati-58-en.html May it be of great benefit. __/\__ That's a nice one! :smi...
by Cyrus
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guan Yin oracles?
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Re: Guan Yin oracles?

Tibetan Buddhist lineages have a long standing tradition of Oracles which are regarded as authentic mediums. May I suggest this documentary about the Oracle that serves to advise the Dalai Lama on matters of both spiritual and worldly concerns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ1VvvrAILo "Cloaked in...
by Cyrus
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

I figured that there may be Amitabha Sadhanas that don't require lung? Similar to those Shakyamuni, Medicine Buddha, Chenrezig and Tara practices that you can practice without lung. I encountered 'The Swift Path to Great Bliss' which was deciphered by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, this sādhana of Amit...
by Cyrus
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Deva can also be used to refer to a deity, a divinity, a yidam etc True, within the ancient culture of India the terms deity, divinity and god being are rather synonymous for the same phenomenon if I am not mistaken. As Grigoris stated the Amitabha mantra can be practised without receiving an initi...
by Cyrus
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

In this writing on the Amitabha mantra by Bodhipaksa he states the following: "Amitabha’s mantra is a variant of his name. Amideva is just the Tibetan pronunciation of Amitabha (although I was told for a long time that “deva” here meant “god”)." Source: https://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/amita...
by Cyrus
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Hello Jingang, I have been wondering about this too since I read 'Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth' and from what I have gathered they are more or less interchangeable. Venerable Thubten Chodron stated this in a recent teaching on the Amitabha practice, I do not know which episode it was but they are ...
by Cyrus
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: A question on malas
Replies: 15
Views: 2775

Re: A question on malas

Hello Aspiring Monk, Personally I found the use of counters never very practical in counting my mantra recitations. What I do find very convenient is to use a secondary 'small' wrist mala (27 beads) to count the number of 'big' mala's (108 beads) that I have completed. This works the best for me :) ...
by Cyrus
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Ordaining within Gelug
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Hi Stiphan, We share similar aspirations as I am in the process of preparing for ordination. A friend of mine has been an ordained monastic in a Gelug monastery in southern Europe for the past 14 years and is well informed on the subject of ordination. If you would care to exchange thoughts on this ...
by Cyrus
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 17
Views: 1744

Re: Paul Roberts

My experience with Paul Roberts has been very positive. About a half year ago while I was caring for my mother who has suffering from cancer I contacted him after watching some dharma talks he has posted on YouTube. I asked him for advise as I was in the process of trying to provide guidance to my m...
by Cyrus
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 16
Views: 1584

Re: Alone

Dear Old Tyme, I am Dutch but am currently residing in Sweden as I have been caring for my mother the past one and a half year as she was suffering from terminal cancer. Unfortunately she passed away last summer but I am glad to have been able to care for her. Especially the last months were very pr...
by Cyrus
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Family member passed, question
Replies: 4
Views: 901

Re: Family member passed, question

First of all my condolences for your loss.
Secondly if the Garchen Institute does not respond to your mail please let us know as I might know another way to gain contact.
Be well and take care.
by Cyrus
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Please hold our dearest Kyra in your prayers
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Please hold our dearest Kyra in your prayers

Dear Dharma Wheel sangha, Last June my dear mother passed away and unfortunately the challenges of old age, sickness and death are once more upon us as one of my mothers three dogs has passed away this morning. Her name was Kyra and she was a very gentle, docile creature who had a very rough start i...
by Cyrus
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mastering phowa
Replies: 43
Views: 6450

Re: Mastering phowa

Without receiving the blessings of the lineage from a qualified Master, it's not gonna work. The blessings of the lineage are key. To receive those blessings, one has to have faith in (ded-pa) and devotion (mo-gu) to the Teacher. This is fundamental to Vajrayana. When I mentioned that one can even ...

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