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by cjdevries
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?

I think it should be noted that if you are sick, it is important to keep yourself very clean and to stay away from the 5 pungent spices. The reason for this is that it is easier for the dieties, Kwan Yin, etc. to come and help when your energy is clean. Apparently, this is because it is easier for t...
by cjdevries
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedicating Merit
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Dedicating Merit

I was thinking self-love like telling yourself "I love you"
by cjdevries
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedicating Merit
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Dedicating Merit

Is dedicating merit something that can only be done after Buddhist practice or can it be carried over to transformational practices as well, such as practices of Hooponopono or self-love practices?
by cjdevries
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 2091

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: 1281

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: 3918

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: 1424

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: 1023

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: 1424

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: 1480

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: 1772

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: 1772

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: 1772

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: 709

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: 1877

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: 709

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: 10576

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: 5514

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: 1108

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: 2626

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...

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