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by cjdevries
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you deal with emotions like anger and frustration when they come up?
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: How do you deal with emotions like anger and frustration when they come up?

This is not from a Nichiren perspective. I'm taking an emotional release course right now through Pathwaytohappiness.com, Gary Van Warmerdam's site. It was very affordable at $15 and it comes with access to trained facilitators that you can communicate with who will help you through the course. One ...
by cjdevries
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

In addition to my earlier posts mentioning methods of purification, I wanted to add that prostrations are particularly effective at purifying. One day, after several hundred prostrations, I had an auspicious dream of my Buddhist teacher who gave me some profound advice about how my true nature was i...
by cjdevries
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

Here is a website with a list of all the stupas in the U.S.: https://kscmiami.wordpress.com/current-u-s-stupas/ Also, I read somewhere today that making tsa tsas is thought to be an excellent method to purify the effect of harmful actions, obscurations, and broken vows or commitments. I make them ev...
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

Other options for purification are visiting holy places and making prayers for purification; you can also make others prayers such as may I be happy, fulfilled, overcome all my obstacles and wrongdoings, and quickly find enlightenment. Some places have such high vibration that your prayers have a go...
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

Other traditions have different methods of purification too. Don't try this unless you are working with a highly trained medicine man or shaman from a reputable tradition, but I went to a highly regarded South African Sangoma who gave me homework for purification. He did a divination, gave me some b...
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

Tulku Thondup has instructions in his book Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth. Basically, to do penance, you set out to perform a beneficial action such as donating to a charity or doing service work like helping someone and before you go to do it, you say outloud or silently "I am doing this as penance...
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: a confession
Replies: 20
Views: 556

Re: a confession

One possibility is praying to a Buddha or Bodhisattva for purification, and then visualizing them and really imagining receiving their blessings. Another option is penance; sort of like karma yoga; where you actually verbally or mentally say "I am doing this to atone for this specific action". One i...
by cjdevries
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When does a day end?
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: When does a day end?

I don't know. I was just passing on what this teacher had said.
by cjdevries
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sacred Passage Tsa-tsa
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Sacred Passage Tsa-tsa

I was lucky to find a good lama through a friend who took my close friends ashes to several of the holy sites in India including Varanasi. I don't think she charged any money. I made a small donation.
by cjdevries
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sacred Passage Tsa-tsa
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Sacred Passage Tsa-tsa

I found a project that is dedicated to giving individuals in the west the opportunity to have a portion of their ashes or a loved ones ashes interred in 2 tsa-tsas, which are then placed in a cave at a holy mountain in tibet. From my POV, It is relatively expensive, but still a great opportunity if ...
by cjdevries
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When does a day end?
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: When does a day end?

According to this teacher.
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

If you want to check out this lama to see what he's about, he will be doing a ceremony on Wednesday. I received this email in my inbox after I had expressed interest a few days ago: "Lama Jigme Rinpoche will be streaming the Rigzdin Dupa Sadhana and Tsok ceremony this Wednesday at 09:00AM Pacific Ti...
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When does a day end?
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: When does a day end?

I heard a teacher say that to count as part of a day's commitments, you must complete all practices before you go to bed.
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

yes, I think I am. Sorry. I think I confused the two because they share first names and the names of their temples are so similar. Padma Rigdzin Ling vs. Rigdzin Ling. For some reason, I thought they were affiliated.
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

No, I don't know anything about him other than he's a healing master who helps people with psychological and physical illnesses. He is also available to do phowa and other prayers for deceased. He is the son of Chagdud Tulku I believe, and is involved with several organizations and centers, includin...
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Carving Buddha statues

I know someone who is a stone sculptor. Her name is Francis Jansen; she is quite good. Here is her website: www.graceinstone.com. If you're really serious, I believe I can connect you with her. She might also be able to connect you with someone who makes Buddha statues. I used to meet with her every...
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Carving Buddha statues

My friend wanted to ask where are you located?
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Carving Buddha statues

I'll ask a friend.
by cjdevries
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to dedicate merits, reprinted from bodhiactivity blog
Replies: 0
Views: 102

How to dedicate merits, reprinted from bodhiactivity blog

(I thought this was very helpful, so I'm reprinting this from the bodhiactivity blog @ https://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/brief-notes-on-dedication-of-merits/) How to dedicate merits? If we dedicate our merits thinking that there is an inherently existing “I” , inherently existing “merit...
by cjdevries
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Carving Buddha statues

When I was really ill a few years ago, I hung out with a stone carver who was trying to get me to channel my energy into something productive. It was really challenging, and I only made a very amateurish looking face, but it was fun and worthwhile. He, on the other hand, was making incredibly skillf...

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