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by cjdevries
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Request prayers
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Request prayers

Thank you. I am so grateful.
by cjdevries
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to meditate on death?
Replies: 32
Views: 3482

Re: How to meditate on death?

I'm not sure if I received the recommendation on this forum, but the book Deathing by Anya Foos Graber provides really useful guidelines on how to work with death. I highly recommend it. It's very compatible with Buddhism. She talks about Guru Yoga. https://www.amazon.com/Deathing-Intelligent-Altern...
by cjdevries
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Request prayers
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Request prayers

I request a prayer for the family of Ron Ely. He was the actor in Tarzan. I grew up with his kids and sadly his son who I went to school with killed his mom. The police shot him and fatally killed him. Please pray for Cameron and his mom, Valerie. They are amazing people, Cameron is one of the cool...
by cjdevries
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Request prayers
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Request prayers

I request a prayer for the family of Ron Ely. I grew up with his kids and sadly his son who I went to school with killed his mom. The police shot him and fatally killed him. Please pray for Cameron and his mom, Valerie. They are amazing people, Cameron is one of the coolest people I've met. I'm so s...
by cjdevries
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you remove ants from your home?
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: How do you remove ants from your home?

I will try the peppermint oil and sealing the entry points. Ours are coming in from outside through the garage wall. They are mainly congregating in the garage and in the kitchen, though I just swept the last ones out of the kitchen and wiped the counter with white vinegar.
by cjdevries
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you remove ants from your home?
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: How do you remove ants from your home?

we have an ant infestation right now. I'm trying to encourage a family member not to kill them, but instead sweep them outside. Unfortunately, though they are understanding about my position, they don't see another way of getting rid of them. We have tried vacuuming them up and that seems to be the ...
by cjdevries
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Listening to Ceremony Provide At Least Some Purification
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Does Listening to Ceremony Provide At Least Some Purification

I noticed the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas has a tape of the Great Compassion Repentance. Would listening to the tape provide any second-hand purification to the listener? Or would the listener have to participate in the ceremony in person? Thanks.
by cjdevries
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Emperor Liang Repentance Okay to practice outside of temple
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Is Emperor Liang Repentance Okay to practice outside of temple

Is the Repentance Ritual of the Emperor of Liang okay to practice on one's own? Or is this something that is best left to be done within the confines of a proper ceremony at a temple? Thanks.
by cjdevries
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about practices to help mom
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Question about practices to help mom

thanks for the reply. that's good advice.
by cjdevries
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about practices to help mom
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Question about practices to help mom

Hello, my mom has been going through various health issues over the last few years. I don't think it's related, but at times she has said some negative things about dharma and at some point burned quite a bit of dharma material/mantras. I wanted to ask if anyone has any suggestions of practices that...
by cjdevries
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation on selflessness
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

Cool! I found out about the book from Dalai Lama's personal doctor. I had the chance to ask him a question about dying and he recommended the book; he said the book was a great way to "find out who you really are."
by cjdevries
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation on selflessness
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

The Dalai Lama's book "How to see Yourself as you really are" has instructions on various ways to investigate yourself, your existence, and how you exist or don't exist.
by cjdevries
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning a lesson
Replies: 24
Views: 942

Re: Learning a lesson

Thanks for the replies. Your posts were helpful.
by cjdevries
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning a lesson
Replies: 24
Views: 942

Re: Learning a lesson

I have noticed that you use the term ‘ego’ a lot. As it does not equate to any concept in either Theravada or Mahayana philosophy, being as it is a term invented by western psychology, it might be useful if you defined it. I think when I refer to ego I refer to the part of me that operates from a s...
by cjdevries
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning a lesson
Replies: 24
Views: 942

Re: Learning a lesson

I guess the egoic path I meant was the path of self-importance; or outward success. Ego gratification.
by cjdevries
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning a lesson
Replies: 24
Views: 942

Learning a lesson

I went to a dharma teacher who said, "some of us are here to teach and some are here to learn a lesson." The older I get the more I realize that I am one of the latter. My life has been full of situations that I just was not mature enough to handle properly; over and over again. Not that I don't eve...
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for dogs in Yulin festival
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Prayers for dogs in Yulin festival

I would like to send a request for prayers for those dogs tortured at the Yulin festival in China. May there be compassion and relief of suffering both for the dogs and those that are involved in the killing. May those involved grow in compassion so that they see what they're doing is wrong.
by cjdevries
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Missing Cat

It's become pretty clear that our cat is probably not coming back. He has likely passed away and probably under very unpleasant circumstances, which is painful to think about. I ask for anyone to send prayers that he may be swiftly born in Sukhavati (his name is George), so that he may grow.
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Dedication for those stuck in bad conditions
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Dedication for those stuck in bad conditions

It's become clear to me that I planted seeds in past lives (and in the present one) that were very unwholesome and I am experiencing a lot of mental anguish. I'm afraid to say but sometimes I think: how can I endure this? So may prayers be dedicated to those who, simply through ignorance or even con...

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