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by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 30
Views: 1878

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Asking for Three Root and Yidam sadhanas before finishing ngondro is inappropriate. That's up to the Lama's judgement that one is asking. Just my two cents. Even if it is inappropriate, it's not like the lama is going to punish you or something. Worst case, it will be a learning experience.
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 30
Views: 1878

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Hi Thomas, What type of offering would be most appropriate? I was already planning on offering a khata, should there be a monetary offering as well; or maybe something else? A monetary offering is probably the safest option if you don't know the lama well and what the lama likes. Offering a khata i...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 30
Views: 1878

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

The Troma Nagmo cycle is considered to be very important within the Dudjom Tersar tradition. It's quite advanced and has its own ngondro that you typically wouldn't do until after completing a standard ngondro, but you might want to request something related to that, at least for an auspicious depen...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Tibetan mountain protector
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: Tibetan mountain protector

From what I can make out of it, the Wylie would be "de wjin byed pa smra byed pa". Really unsure of what that means. "byed pa smra byed pa" doesn't like a name to me, but I don't know much Tibetan. That phrase looks like "do what you say you do" or maybe "does what it says it does" (i.e. "does what ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1085

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:14 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:49 pm
What to do when negative Karma ripens during Saka Dawa..just more practice?
it's too late when karma ripens.
Too late for what?
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Ocean of Reason by Mabja Bodhisattva
Replies: 3
Views: 999

Re: Ocean of Reason by Mabja Bodhisattva

Yep this one's great. It was the recommended translation in my sangha when we went over Madhyamaka.
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri May 31, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 846

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

Let's go there... How would a Buddhist deal with that view? Perhaps more seriously, this would be used as fuel for cultivating renunciation. And then that renunciation is a fuel for Dharma practice. Eventually, through Dharma, one abandons the eight worldly concerns, and then they are free. They ca...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri May 31, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 846

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

Queequeg wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 1:38 am
Let's go there... How would a Buddhist deal with that view?
Perhaps more seriously, this would be used as fuel for cultivating renunciation. And then that renunciation is a fuel for Dharma practice. Eventually, through Dharma, one abandons the eight worldly concerns, and then they are free.
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri May 31, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 846

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

Queequeg wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 1:38 am
Let's go there... How would a Buddhist deal with that view?
If they are a Mahayanist, they might have a cup of alcohol :rolling:
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 30, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5902

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 10:37 pm
AkashicBrother wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:34 pm
dharmic religions suffer with severe decentralization and lack of organization.
That's a feature, not a bug. You want centralised organisation, consider Roman Catholicism. :smile:
That exactly the same thought that ran through my mind when I read the comment! Word for word.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 30, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 846

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

I hear this from people time to time. They're usually depressed, or prone to depression. Generally, they seem to think life is an imposition. It plays out in all kinds of sad and destructive ways. What's going on in the thoughts behind that statement? How does one get out of that view? You have to ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 23, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 2173

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Find a teacher. Cross check their pedigree to ensure that they are lineage holders. Follow their instructions. Leave your beliefs and opinions outside the door. There ya go. It’s not easy. But it is simple. Here is the OP, Note ‘It’s NOT easy.’ Note ’check that their pedigree to ensure that they ar...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed May 22, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1476

Re: A Lesson.

:good: :clap: :clap: :clap:
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed May 22, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 55
Views: 2647

Re: Finding Your Guru

Here's my question on this subject: When one finds a teacher they feel a connection to and have gone through the whole examining the teacher process and have confidence, how does one ask them to be your teacher? Maybe it's not necessary to ask them in a formal way to be your teacher, but is it help...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue May 21, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Tunes for Throma Nagmo "Intermediate" sadhana
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Tunes for Throma Nagmo "Intermediate" sadhana

marcofromM wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 8:52 pm
There is a good recording of the middle length practice by Chagdud Rinpoche:
That's on Spotify?! :jawdrop:
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon May 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hot Sauces
Replies: 11
Views: 335

Re: Hot Sauces

My favorite generics are Taco Bell hot sauce packets and Tapatio
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As for homemade, I really like salsa verde and hybrid verde/guac.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 16, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 701

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Ok it's a guilty pleasure, but I was wanting to watch one. Do the community members have any recommendations? D or Voyager I would watch too. I will fight you on TNG being a guilty pleasure. Best is definitely S3E26 - S4E01 "The Best of Both Worlds Pt. 1 and 2", Followed by S4E02 "Family" as a refl...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 16, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 701

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Yavana wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 3:46 am
Q's line from STNG "All Good Things" about the "unexplored possibilities of existence" stuck with me as a kid.
Oh, yes, Q! Every episode with Q in it is worth watching.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 16, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 701

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Yesterday's Enterprise and Ship in a Bottle are great. TNG has too many good episodes for me to recall. DS9 is great too, but that's best enjoyed by watching every episode start to finish...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu May 16, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this gym rat says to me
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: So this gym rat says to me

Diet and exercise don’t work either. I know. I’ve tried that dozens of times. Work for what though? This guy just wants a better samsara... 10 times out of 10 when someone tells me that Buddhism or meditation doesn't work, I find out they have some kind of motivation connected to the eight worldly ...

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