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by DesertDweller
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Wow this is turning out to be a great discussion, and I'm learning a lot--thanks to all who have posted so far! _/\_

PS Motova I don't see what is so funny about Steve Bakr's post that it deserves to be dismissed with rudeness. You may not agree, but ROTFL emoticons are a crude way to show it.
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers...
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Prayers...

I don't know enough about Tara to say for sure, but you could definitely call on Avalokitesvara/KuanYin/Chenrezig. Ch. 25 of the Lotus Sutra is all about the benefits of calling on him/her, and they are extensive:

http://www.fodian.net/world/0262_25.html
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 60
Views: 30989

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2

Just stumbled across this thread--really great stuff here! :twothumbsup:
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I don't specifically practice Zen, and I have no formal knowledge of Dzogchen whatsoever, but my sense is that watching this helped me (I'm 1 video in). What does it mean for a transmission to work? When you're watching it, do you feel your mind let go? What capabilities do you believe your mind ha...
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

what is the point in similarities or differences between dzogchen and zen? Because they're interesting, at least to me. pointing out is unique for dzogchen and one cannot find it in zen... in zen is dokusan or sanzen with a master who is supposed to give direct instruction which leads to satori, ke...
by DesertDweller
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Hey JMGinPDX-- That's really great ! I had no idea the Theravadins were even really aware of Dzogchen, much less wrote about it and "reflected" on it! I'm definitely interested in reading this book (especially since it's free in PDF). I hope to share thoughts when I do (and anyone else is welcome as...
by DesertDweller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Thanks for your detailed post, Astus. That clarifies a LOT for me. As I mentioned above this was more of an academic question. I've never felt particularly inclined to pursue Dzogchen formally, but I find the similarities interesting all the same, and examining these helps me to understand my own pr...
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

@Astus: These are great quotes: thanks! Also in Zen, I think there are probably many teachers that would tell you to connect with a teacher through more than Youtube videos, if you wanted transmission, regardless of where they came out officially. Despite modernity and it's "DIY" attitude about thin...
by DesertDweller
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Actually, no. I'm not looking for verification, proofs, permission or arguments about anything. I'm more interested in a casual intellectual discussion with other Zen practioners who make use of Dzogchen stuff. Obviously, any such thing will be without "validation" from the Vajrayana or traditional ...
by DesertDweller
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5564

Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

( Prefatory note : I have posted this question in the Ch'an/Zen (we'll just call it "Zen") forums because I specifically and sincerely want to hear what Zen practitioners think about this, from their own (i.e. non-Vajrayana) perspective, and based on their own experience, comparisons, readings, etc....
by DesertDweller
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

Thanks for all the helpful posts. I like that "in a pinch" suggestion, Meido. It's also helpful to have that mantra in Sanskrit, which I prefer. :smile:
by DesertDweller
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

@Fortyeightvows: Thanks.It seems the "silence" has more to do with monastic discipline, then, than anything "esoteric." I found another nice, short and sweet little ritual from Yogi Chen here: http://www.yogichen.org/gurulin/efiles/e0/e0054.html One other basic question that I have is, what does one...
by DesertDweller
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

GOOD CALL, Fortyeightvows! That is a great suggestion! Looking through this liturgy book, I notice that there is an even briefer method given on 188-189 of the PDF, starting with "The following gathas are to be contemplated on in silence, once for the gathas and seven times for the dharanis." These ...
by DesertDweller
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

Thanks for this great ritual Norwegian (and Malcolm)! This is most excellent, and is something I can hopefully start doing today :thumbsup: The thing is, however, is that I was thinking of something specifically for food, and even more particularly for waste that one often comes across--I have seen ...
by DesertDweller
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

Hello, I was wondering if someone could give me a "short and sweet" method of feeding hungry ghosts. Like, as simple as possible, so that if I happen to be out, eating at work or whatever, I can just simply offer any "waste" to feed them. I notice that in our modern lifestyle there is so much wasted...
by DesertDweller
Thu May 31, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

It looks like you are confusing the introduction to the dharani in the sutra with the actual contents of the dharani itself. No, I wasn't confusing the two--I wasn't thinking about the introduction at all, actually. I understood well enough (for a non-Sanskrit reader, anyway) that the words of the ...
by DesertDweller
Tue May 29, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

That's really fascinating--thanks for you insightful reflections on this puzzle, Sukhamanveti. Please let us know in the future if you come across anything else that sheds light on it!
by DesertDweller
Fri May 25, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

Thanks, Sukhamanveti! That's what I thought--I didn't see the "mother" in there either, but since I don't know Sanskrit grammar I thought perhaps I'd overlooked some abbreviated form or something....
by DesertDweller
Fri May 25, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Cundi Mantra Translation Help

Hello. I like the Cundi mantra-- namaḥ saptānāṁ samyak-saṁbuddha koṭīnāṁ | tad-yathā oṁ cale cule cundi svāhā -- but I'm looking for a reliable translation of the Sanskrit. Specifically, does it say "Homage to seven kotis of Buddhas" or "Homage to the MOTHER of seven kotis, etc." I've seen both, and...
by DesertDweller
Wed May 27, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana devotion
Replies: 20
Views: 2879

Re: Mahayana devotion

Thanks everyone. This helps. Two follow-ups: 1. Would it be wrong to read some of the dharanis in English translation? I know that some of them don't really make much "sense" in English; but others, like the Surangama and the Great Compassion dharanis, do make sense and read almost like prayers/hymn...

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