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by Jinzang
Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Nazis?
Replies: 61
Views: 5763

Re: Buddhist Nazis?

Alexander Berzin has a detailed account of Nazi-Buddhist relations and the Nazis' occult leanings on on his page, The Nazi Connection with Shambhala and Tibet.
by Jinzang
Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can objects attain enlightenment?
Replies: 26
Views: 2277

Re: Can objects attain enlightenment?

What would be the difference between an enlightened and unenlightened Styrofoam cup?
by Jinzang
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "If you can understand the mindfulness of no mindfulness..."
Replies: 13
Views: 1911

Re: "If you can understand the mindfulness of no mindfulness

Yet surely there must be an "original"--i.e., undefiled--state of mind. I intuitively think so, and have had results from a slight variation of the instructions derived from a Koan: "Return to the state you were in before your grandparents were born." This is the original nature without all the tox...
by Jinzang
Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Tummo
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Tummo

There are commitments that come with the practice of tummo and they're pretty severe. So much so that you really can't have a normal 9-5 job & family and also do tummo. Mahamudra is much easier to integrate with ordinary life and is the more profound practice anyway. Master it first and then think a...
by Jinzang
Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to eliminate self-cherishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 1722

Re: How to eliminate self-cherishing?

You eliminate self cherishing the same way you eliminate any fault. First, by seeing that you are doing it. And second, by seeing the negative consequences of self-cherishing outweigh the positive consequences.
by Jinzang
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Minor health issues due to meditation and tantric practice
Replies: 11
Views: 1856

Re: Minor health issues due to meditation and tantric practi

In Hakuin's autobiography he talks about the health issues he had as a result of his meditation and the practice he received from an old hermit that resolved them. As I remember it, the practice involved imagining a lump of butter on the crown of his head and as he recited a short prayer, the lump m...
by Jinzang
Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Magical battles between the Chinese and Tibetans?
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: Magical battles between the Chinese and Tibetans?

Back in 1905, during the last days of the empire, China invaded Tibet. In the First Bardor Tulku's biography he mentions magical battles between Taoist wizards and Buddhist lamas, though he doesn't go into any detail.
by Jinzang
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Turiiya
Replies: 50
Views: 4746

Re: Turiiya

This sort of question comes up periodically and when it does I recall how Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche answered when asked, "I've heard X and it sounds similar to what you're saying. Is X the same as Mahamudra?" He would answer. "I don't know. I haven't studied or practiced X, so I can't say if it's the ...
by Jinzang
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 37 Limbs of Enlightenment -- Source with commentary on this?
Replies: 4
Views: 770

Re: 37 Limbs of Enlightenment -- Source with commentary on t

I would like to more specifically how these two sets differ from each other. I want detailed information on this but can't find anything. Where can I look? What do you know? There is no difference between the two sets of qualities. It's only that the second set is stronger. Khenpo Karthar's book Dh...
by Jinzang
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 58
Views: 8249

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Dullness in Samatha leads to rebirth as an animal? Really? Yes, really. Sakya Pandita asserted this in his criticism of Gampopa's mahamudra. I think this only happens if one develops a strong craving for this state of dull meditation. Everyone falls into dullness at some point in their meditation, ...
by Jinzang
Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:23 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 58
Views: 8249

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Actually, this does give rise to another interesting question: is it possible to attain realization just by following some techniques if the teacher has no realization or blessings? There's a story (sorry, can't remember the source) of a man who killed his parents and then fled and hid in an abando...
by Jinzang
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dipamkara Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Re: Dipamkara Buddha

Dipamkara Buddha gave the former incarnation of Shakyamuni the prediction that he would attain Buddhahood. Presumably he also gave him many other instructions and blessings. This is not a specifically Kagyu or Tibetan teaching, it is common to all Buddhists.
by Jinzang
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does the Milarepa mantra do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Re: What does the Milarepa mantra do?

It's a form of guru yoga. If you practice it with faith and devotion to the qualities of Milarepa, you will attain the accomplishment of Mahamudra. Like all tantric practices, you should get the empowerment, reading transmission, and explanation of the practice if at all possible.
by Jinzang
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who's gotten enlightened using only the mani mantra?
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Who's gotten enlightened using only the mani mantra?

Gelongma Palmo. She practiced in a hermitage after developing leprosy, had a vision of Chenrezig and attained the eighth bhumi. Then Chenrezig gave the nyungne empowerment and pracice to her.
by Jinzang
Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about stream entry in Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 2589

Re: A question about stream entry in Mahayana

I was told (though others disputed with me on the point) that once one becomes a stream enterer one is irrevocably bound to become an arhat. You can't change your mind at that point and enter the bodhisattva path. And similarly, if one attains the path of seeing, that one eventually will become a bu...
by Jinzang
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Realizations through meditation vs. through thinking
Replies: 61
Views: 3727

Re: Realizations through meditation vs. through thinking

Here's an analogy: Someone asks you to pick up a friend at the airport and gives you a description of what they look like. Without the description, you would have no idea who to pick up. But no description, no matter how good, will have the clarity and vividness of seeing the person. In the same way...
by Jinzang
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition Of Mahamudra
Replies: 13
Views: 2982

Re: The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition Of Mahamudra

"Or is there something that I am missing?"

There is a kind of mental clarity where you are not only completely aware of your mind, you are also completely aware of the environment. One of the prerequisites is seeing there is no separation between the two.
by Jinzang
Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Webcast at Garchen Buddhist Institue.
Replies: 14
Views: 1447

Re: Webcast at Garchen Buddhist Institue.

You can buy Khenpo Samdup's books online from Gar Drolma.
by Jinzang
Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Can anyone tell me about HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche?
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: Can anyone tell me about HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche?

I've met him. He was teaching at the Ja Ling center in Baltimore for a while and I took a few Tibetan lessons with him. If you think my opinion is worth anything, he seemed like an accomplished Lama to me. I can't remember much about his history, except that he's married, was recognized as a tulku o...
by Jinzang
Wed May 20, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The 'Neither One Nor Many' argument (partless particles)
Replies: 7
Views: 1095

Re: The 'Neither One Nor Many' argument (partless particles)

Quantum mechanics does not really change the argument, because quantum waveforms also occupy space and have different values at different locations in space.