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by cjdevries
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Being treated for schizophrenia
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Being treated for schizophrenia

Hello, I was given one mantra that is specifically for dissolving energy entanglements with others. If you PM me, I can give you an audio recording of the mantra and the instructions. I used it to clear energy between myself and others in my life. It changed the energy between us almost immediately....
by cjdevries
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Phowa with psychological disorder
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

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: 863

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: 1166

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: 1196

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: 1446

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: 1446

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: 1446

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: 603

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: 1646

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: 603

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: 9609

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: 4897

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: 965

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: 2423

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: 2423

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: 13649

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: 847

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...
by cjdevries
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Humane Cosmetics Act
Replies: 0
Views: 710

Humane Cosmetics Act

There is a new bill to ban cosmetics that are animal tested in the U.S. This has already been done in the European Union. It has bi-partisan support. Someday, maybe animal testing will be severely curtailed or banned. But for now, this would be pretty good. I've already put a call into my representa...

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