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by pemachophel
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?

No way is the attainment of siddhis forbidden in Vajrayana Buddhism. However, we just recently discussed this issue in another thread recently, and that was at least the second time we've been over this territory.
by pemachophel
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 876

Re: So, you read pirated books?

There's a story that, when the Chinese were routing the Tibetans in 1959, a Lama was running away when he was passed by Mahakala Who ran even faster past him. The Lama called out to Mahakala, "I've been praying and making offerings to You for decades. Why are even You running away." Mahakala suppose...
by pemachophel
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

Once I was talking about yetis with one of my Teachers. She said that once, when She was in retreat in Tibet (probably in the 1940s), a yeti came and brought offerings to Her regularly. It would sometimes climb onto the roof of Her retreat cabin. She said that yetis are both an animal and a spirit. ...
by pemachophel
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Need your help with chinese inscription
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: Need your help with chinese inscription

Da Ming Yong Le

Translated in above post.
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

Fortyeight Vows, Two small circles, one above the other, separated by a short horizontal line. Yes, at the end of each line. Yes, also in all terma sadhanas. If you're reading a terma sadhana, you can see immediately what is the original text of the terma and what are later additions. Later addition...
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tsem Tulku died
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Tsem Tulku died

Absolutely no problem with Zang Chod Monlam (Aspiration for Excellent Conduct, a.k.a. King of Aspiration Prayers). Good for absolutely everyone.
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: "Book Guru"?
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: "Book Guru"?

Many great yogis and yoginis in the past have felt great devotion and heart-felt longing for a Guru they had not yet met. This suggests a strong past-life karmic connection. Some great practitioners have Gurus Whom they have met only in dream of waking vision. So I agree that you can/should post a p...
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

No, not Naga Land, but yes, the land of the Nagas. We're talking about non-human Nagas, one of the so-called eight classes of spirits in Buddhism. Yes, it was due to this that Nagarjuna received His name. Yes, functionally, these are terma. However, in the Tibetan tradition, they are not usually spo...
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 876

Re: So, you read pirated books?

No one should own knowledge. OK, but what about the time and effort that goes into finding, creating, researching, and vetting that knowledge and then writing/formatting that knowledge in a way that can be shared with others? In terms of copyright, that is exactly what copyright law says. It is the ...
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 876

Re: So, you read pirated books?

For 30 years I was the acquisition and copy editor for Blue Poppy Press. We published 3-4 new titles per year (in the field of acupuncture/Chinese medicine) and kept 100 books in print at any one time. Many of our books were translations from Chinese or compendia of materials translated from Chinese...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Naga Sang & Puja 2-Day Class
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Naga Sang & Puja 2-Day Class

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by pemachophel
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What morning rituals do you have? How do you "use" your Buddhist shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 310

Re: What morning rituals do you have? How do you "use" your Buddhist shrine?

Dear OP, I don't know if you have formally become a Buddhist and belong to a specific lineage or not. As a Vajrayana Buddhist, I offer seven bowls of water, incense, and candles every morning at my altar. Other traditional offerings could include flowers and fruit or baked goods. Then I do three pro...
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1612

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

Quad, Following this thread for several days now, it seems to me that you are in one of the stages of grief over your impending death, the stage of anger. If you really are drawing close to death, I would concentrate on watching your thoughts and emotions come and go in your mind and not believing/b...
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 33
Views: 1476

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

:good:
by pemachophel
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Praying to Jetsun Dolma
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Praying to Jetsun Dolma

At the beginning of our Buddhist practice (and perhaps even for many years), we experience praying with our deluded, dualistic mind. At some point on the path, with perseverance and merit, dualism disappears and one realizes that it is the wisdom mind that is praying and that no thought, word, or ac...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconography identification question
Replies: 25
Views: 706

Re: Iconography identification question

R ed Senge Dongma not that rare. For example, Red Senge Dongma can be found in both the Dudjom Tersar and Pegyal Lingpa's terma.
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 49
Views: 1465

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

Simon, If we have taken refuge, then we have agreed not to knowingly or purposively kill another sentient being. Mosquitos are sentient beings. Therefore, if one knowingly and purposively kills a mosquito, that is killing and is a breach of our refuge vows. Please explain to me how this is acceptabl...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?
Replies: 54
Views: 3615

Re: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?

tkp67, The OP asked why monks and nuns renounce sexual romantic love. Monks and nuns follow the Vinaya or Pratimoksha, the vows and rules for self-Liberation. So I answered from that same point of view. The Sutric Mahayana approach to dealing with the three poisons is to apply their antidote. So for...
by pemachophel
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 49
Views: 1465

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

Patrul Rinpoche, at one point in His life, went to a place where there were many blood-sucking flies (mosquitos?). He would then strip naked and lie down for long periods of time allowing these flies to take their fill of His blood. When I was 24, I went into retreat in the woods of British Columbia...

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