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by Bristollad
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Readable Library of Tibetan Classics
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Readable Library of Tibetan Classics

:twothumbsup: thank you
by Bristollad
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 432

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

I think that the idea that a infinity can never be reached backwards or forwards in a successive chain needs no explanation,it’s so obvious. Infinity doesn’t exist as a quantity. For these very reasons, the idea of a first or last cause is nonsense. It's like children boasting they know the biggest...
by Bristollad
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharma practices for attachment to food?
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Dharma practices for attachment to food?

In the Vinaya, food is dealt with in the section dealing with the use of medicines. Food itself is called "medicine suitable for the morning". The whole framing of food is that it is a necessary medicine which one should take simply to stay healthy. Though some cough syrups taste quite nice, we don'...
by Bristollad
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1265

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

PeterC wrote: Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:32 am
Given your well-developed sense of humor, I'm going to guess that you're a gelugpa?
:rolling:

Actually the geshes I've studied with normally give advice more similar to the "Nyingma" advice in your post!
by Bristollad
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1265

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

Gelug: “this syllable is white like ice, the next one is white like marble, the next is white like crystal, if you get this wrong you’re going to vajra hell”. Sakya: “we start with visualizing the nearest petal on the lotus seat, and spend six months making sure it’s the right color”. Kagyu: “just ...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 302
Views: 8647

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

On top of which, the market for a ngagpa's skills in the West must be very small indeed. I haven't done any market research on the demand for rainmakers or exorcists in, for example, Newcastle upon Tyne, but I'm guessing that it's small. I'm sure a reliable weather-controller would be very welcome ...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Seeking a Classical Tibetan tutor
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Seeking a Classical Tibetan tutor

I don't know if he could help but have you tried approaching Geshe Namdak, the resident teacher at FPMT's Jamyang centre near the Elephant and Castle? He attended and completed the full monastic study curriculum at Sera Je with a lharampa geshe degree, is originally from Holland, and speaks good Eng...
by Bristollad
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1517

Re: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?

I know it’s a tradition, but I guess I was wondering more If the vinaya texts themselves say they should only be read. You cite those books with the note at the beginning. But I don’t think that is exactly the same. Either way, if there is agreement that lay people shouldn’t study vinaya, then a se...
by Bristollad
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1517

Re: Lay people studying vinaya

I was actually going to ask this on this site later on, but now this thread started I will ask now, because I think it is relevant to if there is a forum about monastic life. I grew up having heard that lay people shouldn't study vinaya. But now that I'm an adult I discover that so much commonly kn...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Waiting time to cremate after passing away?
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Waiting time to cremate after passing away?

Lama Zopa recommends waiting at least 3 days and preferably until you see signs that the mind has left the body. See chapter 25 of https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/deat/How_to_Help_Your_Loved_Ones_Enjoy_Death_and_Go_Happily_to_Their_Next_Rebirth.pdf Briefly, the signs the mind has left body are: ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 4523

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Once what EBT are like is settled, And there's the rub...how do you choose the features that identify an "early" text. Material arranged in such a way as to be easy to recite and memorise does not make it an early text, it only makes it material arranged to be easy to recite and memorise. Shantidev...
by Bristollad
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 4523

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

yeah I know I learned that from you and my life changed ..think about it..it's like the wizard of OZ and the wizard is not even there it's a hologram. So why do we use Lord Sakyamuni in all our teachings and like as if He really is doing this stuff...so like it's like we are just reloading the matr...
by Bristollad
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: For Caoimhghin on the Bodhisattva stages in Lanka
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: For Caoimhghin on the Bodhisattva stages in Lanka

I agree with Caoimhghín, that quote presumes a lot of previous study and makes no sense without a commentary.
by Bristollad
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: Some Quotes And An Arrivederci

:smile: After being stuck in Italy for a year, I'm making the journey in the other direction. It will be good to see my daughter again - after a period of quarantine of course! The summer heat in Tuscany gets too much for me. Enjoy your vacation, Simon. :twothumbsup:
by Bristollad
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on personality traits
Replies: 41
Views: 1074

Re: Zen on personality traits

I think some of what we think of as our personality has a basis in our past karma but some responses are definitely learned in this life. For instance, as a child, I was terrified of wasps. I recognised their distinctive buzz 4 or 5 metres away. As I got older I began to wonder why since I had never...
by Bristollad
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Puja for lung disorder
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: Puja for lung disorder

If you ask Kopan monastery to do a puja, it is possible to request a mo first to determine which prayers would be especially beneficial.

https://kopanmonastery.com/prayers-puja ... bservation
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 14358

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. Some say, “Mantra was propounded for the sake of taming desirous trainees, and the Perfection Vehicle for the sake of training t...
by Bristollad
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 14358

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. .. • and because among the trainees of the Mantra Vehicle there also are many who have abandoned attachment to the attributes of...
by Bristollad
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan nomad term
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Tibetan nomad term

Reading the autobiography of Geshe Jampa Gyatso, he mentions a particular animal: "There is another animal that is called para, which is small and can kill a yak. The large ones kill them by entering the yak's intestine through the anus, and then, once they are inside, eating away at the yak; while ...
by Bristollad
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 14358

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

the dharma practiced by tantrikas is oriented to the stubborn ones, those who became too passionate to understand by means of the renounciation way. Tsongkhapa disagrees. Some say, “Mantra was propounded for the sake of taming desirous trainees, and the Perfection Vehicle for the sake of training t...

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