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by cjdevries
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1612

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

This is not easy to write and brings up some difficult emotions. I'm writing to share my experience so that it might help someone if they are considering attempting to spiritually travel. Several years ago, I had a similar idea and asked and prayed to spiritually travel to higher realms; Sukahvati, ...
by cjdevries
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preparing for death
Replies: 21
Views: 1019

Re: Preparing for death

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's new book How to Enjoy Death provides a detailed phowa practice that he says is ok to practice even if you haven't received transmission or empowerment. I was pretty happy to find that. I highly recommend the book.
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 3366

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Since I began studying Buddhism, I have generally opposed euthanasia. When our cat was getting older this last year (she was about 20) I talked to my mom several times about euthanasia and how my preference was for her to be allowed to die naturally. I wanted her to be able to finish the karma she w...
by cjdevries
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Phowa with psychological disorder
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Re: Phowa with psychological disorder

thanks for all the replies. plenty of food for thought and a lot of wisdom. thanks again.
by cjdevries
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: It's a great day!
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: It's a great day!

I would probably say: one day you will be able to see that life and death are connected. They aren't separate. You can't have one without the other. Without death, we wouldn't have as much appreciation of life.. Life has a purpose and death has a purpose. but neither is easy to understand. we each h...
by cjdevries
Wed May 31, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Phowa with psychological disorder
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Phowa with psychological disorder

I have been given instructions to do phowa for myself from a qualified lama. However, I have had a past history of psychosis (3 episodes, each lasting a day long ,of scattered, uncontrollable thoughts). Is it safe for me to pursue phowa practice considering this psychological disorder? Can I still d...
by cjdevries
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Remembering one dharma talk I heard
Replies: 11
Views: 1369

Re: Remembering one dharma talk I heard

Good post. Thanks for passing on this teaching. As I consider impermanence more deeply, I have found myself waking up the last few mornings with the thought of "I don't know". I don't know the best way to help other living beings. I don't know what the best course of action for the day is going to b...
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 1644

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

Virgo, Thank you as well for your suggestion. It is much appreciated. I have a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and have received empowerments from him, so I'm in a good place from that standpoint.
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 1644

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

Thank you for all the thoughtful responses. Now I have the kind of information I need to make more informed decisions. Thanks fortyeightvows for the chanting box, and sutra paper. I have checked out the Amida Society website, but I don't see an English site, I think it's in Chinese. Javier.espinoza....
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 1644

Suggestions on Planning for Death

I have a serious illness and I am exploring information about death and dying. Mainly I am interested in receiving reliable guidance and support concerning rebirth and how to go about planning things like support chanting and ceremonies during the 49 day period that will help me to have a smoother t...
by cjdevries
Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"

Thanks for the reply Warfarer. I am glad you appreciated it! I will look into David Brazier, I am interested in reading more. Can I ask if you have a favorite book of his?
by cjdevries
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dealing with impermanence
Replies: 17
Views: 1783

Re: Dealing with impermanence

I went through these same feelings for quite a long time. It was really only when I started practicing qigong and meditation that I begun to feel comfortable enough in my own skin to be able to feel some reliable peace and calm. I think it has something to do with balancing our body's energy and cle...
by cjdevries
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"

I recently listened to a dharma talk given by two teachers I respect. I have followed their talks for a long time and I've learned a lot. The main topic of this recent talk was Pure Land practice and how it differed from Zen. A few interesting points were raised. One teacher explained that because B...
by cjdevries
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Demonic Possession in Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 10193

Re: Demonic Possession in Buddhism

We had this issue in our family and consulted several Buddhist teachers (probably about 6 different teachers) to try to heal this family member. Each teacher had a different perspective. The Sengdongma practice was very helpful as a daily practice. However, the most effective help actually came from...
by cjdevries
Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time
Replies: 22
Views: 5268

Re: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time

I also had the same problem for many years. This addiction feeds a mental pattern that takes time to re-pattern, but it definitely can be done. I noticed that it would cause sexual dreams and fantasies that I couldn't really stop. 6 years ago, I realized that this behavior was really hurting my self...
by cjdevries
Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: help
Replies: 4
Views: 1056

Re: help

I am so sorry, it's a terrible situation to be in both for the person and the family. My family has some experience with this sort of issue. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Sengdongma practice can help for clearing other spirits and strengthening one's own power. One can receive an initiation from a teache...
by cjdevries
Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Energy Imbalance
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Re: Energy Imbalance

Thank you all.

That's a great story about the monk and novice.

I will take these suggestions to heart and see where that leads...
by cjdevries
Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Energy Imbalance
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Energy Imbalance

I've had a neurological condition for 7 years. I had a brief remission after learning to practice qigong. Before I got sick, I feel that I was overly attracted to members of the opposite sex. It caused me mostly mental suffering, because I couldn't seem to be myself around those that I was sexually ...
by cjdevries
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 14638

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

I was interested in finding a spiritual path because I needed some food for my soul. While I was meditating, I had a period of sustained calmness of mind followed by an image of a Buddha filling my third eye. With it came a transcendent feeling of peace and joy and I quickly knew that this holy bein...
by cjdevries
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Bad Luck or Feeling Stuck
Replies: 2
Views: 908

Bad Luck or Feeling Stuck

I wish to dedicate a prayer to those who feel stuck or who have run into bad luck and are having a tough time finding a solution. May they quickly find good fortune and inner grace. May we all overcome our obstacles, both large and small; and may we offer compassion to others who are in need so that...

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