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by tobes
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1067

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

I take the point to be: some bodhisattvas vow to be reborn in the hell realms, in order to liberate hell beings. Do you think they would worry about conversing with a samaya breaker in the human realm? Or touching a polluted object?
by tobes
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1067

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Again, I think a middle way approach is warranted here. I think both JD and Pema are right; in fact two of my closest heart gurus have more or less adopted/advocated for each respective position. The Vajrayana is vast and varied, it's methods are vast and varied, the karma and dispositions of sentie...
by tobes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1067

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

I'm going middle way on this question. It's quite easy to tell when a Dharma object is polluted - but there is always a possibility of restoring it; it's like seeing a plant in the wrong spot - moving it and deploying a bit of nurture, fertilizer etc, it can flourish. I think the fear of becoming po...
by tobes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1177

Re: A Lesson.

And it is the case here. I learned more of the story from the mutual friend. The young man in the shop was one of a group given a particular teaching and were told clearly not to talk about their practice neither the one they had received or in general terms. This is far from unique in the Vajrayan...
by tobes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1177

Re: A Lesson.

With the further qualification - that he was explicitly following his Guru's instruction - I really think this is a brilliant lesson. I think secrecy is often subtly misused to inflate pride (i.e. "I'm part of an exclusive club") rather than express genuine humility. But Dharma practice without the ...
by tobes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1177

Re: A Lesson.

My interest is purely about the welfare of the Tibetans, I know nothing about Buddhism” he replied. I have big respect for those who maintain or even cultivate humility, who for example have no need to display their affiliation the least by winding their mala around the wrist. But Simon, taking thi...
by tobes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 45
Views: 836

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

I used to be a card carrying political philosopher. Nowadays my standards for what to hope for are pretty low: so long as we don't get mass fascism and genocides, I'll think we'll be doing alright. Because unfortunately, I think we're clearly on the path for those things to re-emerge in the 2st cent...
by tobes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 45
Views: 836

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

Back to the OP: I think the connection is really here: can a liberal conception of individual property rights be defended as in accord with the Dharma? If not, the door opens to a more socialist political economy. I think this door clearly opens because: Neither the liberal individual nor the discre...
by tobes
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 756

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:49 pm
What to do when negative Karma ripens during Saka Dawa..just more practice?
Bodhicitta/Tonglen.

Expand it, take on board as much suffering and negative karma as you can, then add more and more.
by tobes
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21395

Re: Great Vegan Debate

I think both sides in this dialectic over what the medical science actually says need to recognise that there is almost no veridical proof for anything in the domain of causation, nutrition, health, disease, long life etc. It's extraordinarily difficult to establish causal knowledge about diets beca...
by tobes
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21395

Re: Great Vegan Debate

To be uphold veganism and bodhicitta at the same time, this advice from A Daily Prayer to Maitreya is perfect: May I never transgress the discipline of morality and free myself from pride, Since by having pride in the appearance of morality and purity, One is without morality, I wish to accomplish t...
by tobes
Tue May 28, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Generosity & Offerings
Replies: 60
Views: 2099

Re: On Generosity & Offerings

And yet I see Protestant Evangelism is doing pretty well in the "$$$ for liberation" stakes. Very true. Let's also not forget Weber's argument that Calvanist Protestantism was central the actual development of capitalism. I think that argument fails, but nonetheless it points out beautifully that t...
by tobes
Mon May 27, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21395

Re: Great Vegan Debate

One of the things I want to throw into the mix is to distinguish between the moral roots of veganism in recent western moral thinking - namely, Peter Singer and Tom Regan; their utilitarian reasoning - and Buddhistic motivations. They are very different. The barometer for the latter is impartial com...
by tobes
Mon May 27, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: open heart?
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: open heart?

"...the 2nd Bhumi was very well priced, and worked a lot better than the detox diet I tried before....I will definitely buy the 3rd.." :crazy: Having given my sarcastic take down, I actually would like to see Buddhism take some kind of form like this, over the next generation or two.....i.e. with we...
by tobes
Sun May 19, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 419

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Is the upset in favor of Liberals comparable to the rightward drift we see around the world? Ie. Nationalistic, xenophobic, racist? I'm saying: clearly yes. The Australian Liberals have always been composed of two factions - the moderate genuine liberals (i.e. in the Lockean/Millean tradition), and...
by tobes
Thu May 16, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

For many years, like others here I would take this kind of question as an invitation to a metaphysics party.

Now I think the best answer is simply: yes.
by tobes
Mon May 13, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5556

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

I think there's a lot at stake in this, given that it is the FPMT. They simply must undertake a serious and impartial investigation and if there is any kind of evidence, he should absolutely be shown the door. The F P M T are to undertake the roles of the police, the judge and the jury? What makes ...
by tobes
Mon May 13, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5556

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

I think there's a lot at stake in this, given that it is the FPMT. They simply must undertake a serious and impartial investigation and if there is any kind of evidence, he should absolutely be shown the door.
by tobes
Sat May 11, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: spying spirits
Replies: 24
Views: 820

Re: spying spirits

I remember HHDL saying this exact thing once during a teaching. I take his issue to be: the ritual practice of clearing obscuring spirits before a particular practice can easily become just that - a ritual practice, something done habitually . So, it may not necessarily be done with ill will or male...
by tobes
Thu May 02, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 55
Views: 2121

Re: Finding Your Guru

I thought you could only choose one guru? Can you recieve secret teachings from gurus without him being your root guru? If so, I was certainly not aware of this. For example, can I recieve empowerments from various gurus before deciding on a root guru? I can't help but compare this to romantic rela...

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