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by Boomerang
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

In the secular world there are many initiatives to make the world a better place, like environmentalism for example. Bodhisattvas are supposed to practice generosity, and giving protection is a form of generosity, so Buddhists can participate in these initiatives and consider it part of their dharm...
by Boomerang
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

In the secular world there are many initiatives to make the world a better place, like environmentalism for example. Bodhisattvas are supposed to practice generosity, and giving protection is a form of generosity, so Buddhists can participate in these initiatives and consider it part of their dharma...
by Boomerang
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

I ask a similar question once before on this forum. It’s one of those things that isn’t meant to be taken literally. I think of those statements as hyperbolic praise for the holiness of the mantras.

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by Boomerang
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are sentient beings trapped on their home planet?
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Are sentient beings trapped on their home planet?

Mahayana Buddhism teaches that there are countless world systems with countless sentient being, and when Buddhists are explaining how rebirth and population growth fit together, they sometimes mention that it’s possible that beings from other planets have been reborn on Earth. But, are there really ...
by Boomerang
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?
Replies: 9
Views: 907

Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?

Defining panpsychism , Wikipedia states "the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind." From what I've heard, different philosophers have different definitions of panpsychism, some of ...
by Boomerang
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 7637

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

I heard about this research a few years ago through a podcast posted on reddit and found it bizarre. Anyone who knew the preliminary teachings would suspect Tibetan monks to fear death more than Christians or Hindus. Contemplating impermanence is a core practice; the lower realms are large; God won'...
by Boomerang
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prioritizing donations
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Prioritizing donations

I just had a conversation with a person who was upset by the fact that many donate to spiritual institutions while ignoring the poor and hungry. There are sutras that say honoring an arhat creates much merit, but honoring a bodhisattva creates more merit. And in the Pali Canon, I think there’s a sut...
by Boomerang
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Astrology
Replies: 23
Views: 1542

Re: Tibetan Astrology

I received a horoscope from http://www.men-tsee-khang-exports.org. I am happy with the horoscope itself, but I suspect that their website is insecure. If you want to purchase something through the website, I recommend that you use a browser addon like privacy (https://privacy.com/) instead of giving...
by Boomerang
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 7480

Re: Santa La Muerte

So the statue was erected and unfortunately, I ended up being tempted to pray to her. Before I did so, I took great caution and recited the Simhamukha mantra and Palden Lhamo mantra with visualised offerings and request to protect me, then began the prayer to Santa La Muerte. Rather than use the "I...
by Boomerang
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices
Replies: 21
Views: 1298

Re: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices

In the Pali Canon, the Buddha encourages his disciples to practice buddhanusati, Buddha-rememberance. Devotion to Tara, Amitabha, or another figure the same idea, except with Mahayana motivation and Mahayana symbols.
by Boomerang
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 4520

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

weitsicht wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:06 pm
Don't mix the yanas
What do you mean by that?
by Boomerang
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 2453

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

... revising their attitudes toward the things Tsongkhapa listed, including homosexuality. Did Tsonghapaka call homo's sexual misconduct? I’ve never read a primary source about Tsongkhapa’s opinions on sexual misconduct, but secondary sources usually say that he considered male-male sex and sodomy ...
by Boomerang
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 2453

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Through reading about the Dalai Lama's views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, I came across a website stating that Tsongkhapa listed a number of activities as "sexual misconduct" including sex between men, masturbation, oral or anal intercourse, and sex during daylight. What I'm wondering is...
by Boomerang
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1192

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

I feel that it might be beneficial to study some non-tantric texts that are relevant to Dzogchen. My current knowledge is based mainly on tertiary sources and relatively concise explanations by lamas in the context of short retreats. In figuring out what comes next, I've decided I should probably r...
by Boomerang
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6343
Views: 581701

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

dharmafootsteps wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:21 am
Is anyone aware of any recordings of Rinpoche giving talks/teachings in Tibetan?
by Boomerang
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra healing and protection?
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: Mantra healing and protection?

Maybe death is just a matter of perception. What is death to a siddha? Why has any siddha ever died when their vows compel them to help beings endlessly? The second chapter of the Sutra of Golden Light says Shakyamuni’s lifespan is inconceivable, even though he apparently died 2500 years ago. There ...
by Boomerang
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Documentary: The Mountain Yogi, Gobind Lama
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: Documentary: The Mountain Yogi, Gobind Lama

At 9:30 his mother says she read about his birth in “Buddhist astrological texts,” and the texts said he was a lama’s reincarnation. What sort of text is she talking about?

Thank you for sharing this video. It’s reallt interesting.
by Boomerang
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Choosing Yogacara over Madhyamaka
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Choosing Yogacara over Madhyamaka

If a person feels like the Yogacara view makes sense to them, is it okay for them to hold that view and not try to deconstruct it with Madhyamaka? Does believing in Yogacara create obstacles on the path to Buddhahood?
by Boomerang
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta Motivation
Replies: 13
Views: 2454

Re: Bodhicitta Motivation

This is all so beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

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