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by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

He then added something that made my ears pick up. He said everyone should say daily Protectors prayers, whether that be an all-inclusive Protectors offering such as Damchen Kyi-tor or just a simple ser-kyem . This was clearly something on His mind, and I don't think I've heard that advice before a...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses

It's explained when you study a Zhitro mandala. Khenpo Rinpoche Namdrol has teachings on the Guhyagarbha Tantra that cover this. You can find an explanation for example in lecture #151 here.
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

All these years "practicing" and I am still not practicing the Dharma.
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

pemachophel wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:26 am
Yes, accumulating wealth consumes merit. Everything that comes to us is due to the ripening of our karma, good or bad.
That makes sense. Thanks!
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

He then added something that made my ears pick up. He said everyone should say daily Protectors prayers, whether that be an all-inclusive Protectors offering such as Damchen Kyi-tor or just a simple ser-kyem . This was clearly something on His mind, and I don't think I've heard that advice before a...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

In terms of merit in the world, one should also take into account the consumption of merit through over-indulgence. Everything we consume is the result of merit. So we can slow down the exhaustion of merit by consuming less. Once Choje Rinpoche was in a men's room with His Teacher Sog-tshe Rinpoche...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1108

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

After about seven years practicing in the Soto Zen tradition, I decided to go with Nyingma, because the Nyingmapa lamas and khenpos were best able to answer all of my questions about Dharma and Dzogchen was the most profound teaching I had ever come across.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Yogis
Replies: 22
Views: 898

Re: Tibetan Yogis

Do you mean lineage or school? And do you mean lay practitioners, or perhaps something like practitioners who are tsalung adepts?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 190
Views: 29020

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=29902&start=20 The result does not depend on the two accumulations. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=6591#p78290 I'm assuming that 2018 Malcolm overrides 2012 Namdrol? One statement is made from the point of view of Great Perfection, the other sta...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shitro and the deceased: ¿signs of success?
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Shitro and the deceased: ¿signs of success?

There is some kind of grass that you can put on your altar as an effigy, but I forget what the signs are, if any.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 190
Views: 29020

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

A Vajrayāna practitioner, by virtue of their practice, can gather the two accumulations necessary for full buddhahood in a very short period of time. This is impossible in the cause vehicle. Of course there are some fools who think that gathering the two accumulations are unnecessary for buddhahood...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: three year retreat experiences?

Do a week, with four sessions a day, no internet, TV, music, etc., and minimize contact with others. Imagine that, over more than 3 years. Does this mean that there are no days off or something like a "weekend" structure in a three-year retreat? I understand that there were "rest days" on occasion,...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: three year retreat experiences?

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:01 pm
Do a week, with four sessions a day, no internet, TV, music, etc., and minimize contact with others. Imagine that, over more than 3 years.
Does this mean that there are no days off or something like a "weekend" structure in a three-year retreat?
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Guhyagarbha Empowerment
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Guhyagarbha Empowerment

Tulku Sangngag Rinpoche will bestow the Guhyagarbha empowerment June 27-28, 2019 at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, MT.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: three year retreat experiences?

Kelwin wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:03 pm
Others have completely abandoned Buddhism and decided to be productive members of society instead.
People in three year retreat are the most productive members of society, IMO.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Strange times
Replies: 23
Views: 1255

Re: Strange times

Serious question: is there any reason why I should not buy this? I don't have a statue of Guru Rinpoche, and this looks like a decent price, depending on the size. I guess, depending on your approach, you would need to have it filled properly and blessed. Most statues are mass produced nowadays any...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 28
Views: 695

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

Certain Pure Lands, like Amitabha's, are unique however in that they are not samsaric and thus have no location at all. i.e., pure buddhafields vs. impure buddhafields. I think we discussed this before and you said that they don't exactly have no location at all? For example, Sukhavati is in the we...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: opinions/information on a lineage
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: opinions/information on a lineage

One of my vajra brothers is student of Khenpo Choga. He thinks very highly of him. Khenpo Choga seems to be some sort of expert on the Guhyagarbha tantra. And is very strict, you can't be his student if you smoke pot, can't eat garlic etc. at the retreat center. Well anyway this is second hand infor...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

Sweet! Have been waiting for this... Padmakara apparently has a number of translations in the pipeline.
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Strange times
Replies: 23
Views: 1255

Re: Strange times

Serious question: is there any reason why I should not buy this? I don't have a statue of Guru Rinpoche, and this looks like a decent price, depending on the size.

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