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by Nyedrag Yeshe
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Swat Valley/Oddiyana
Replies: 71
Views: 1025

Re: Swat Valley/Oddiyana

But there is still a fact, north-west India was an important center for tantricism in general. Both Hindu and Buddhist. Kashmir Shaivism (albeit virtually defunct) is a historical inheritance of this past. Manjushrimulakalpa mentions the north-west of South Asia as a place to learn its "excellent ma...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short sadhanas
Replies: 39
Views: 1110

Re: Short sadhanas

In 1969, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, at the request of the tulku of Jetsun Shuksep, on the occasion of Her moving to the U.S., revealed a Mind Treasure "Dzogchen ngondro." In the colophon, His Holiness says this extremely short (quite a bit shorter than the short Dudjom Tersar ngondr...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

Milarepa said to Marpa, “I have created heavy negative karma, so I have now come to practice Dharma. I have nothing to offer you but my body, speech and mind. Please give me the Dharma and also food and clothing.” Milarepa asked for food and clothing because he didn’t have anything at all.
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

I'm doing reference to some unfortunate comments that unless you are "dying", you might have money to invest in teachings. But my point is, I think this is not so simple as the way some people put here. In Himalayan countries, people get initiation in large gathering, too. Generous sponsors bear al...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

I think that many people here never experienced real poverty. To be very clear, I wasn't turned out from the teachings by the teacher in questions, but by an organizer, who is sufficiently well off himself. I didn't even have the option of approaching the teacher directly. Another important point, ...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

I think that many people here never experienced real poverty. To be very clear, I wasn't turned out from the teachings by the teacher in questions, but by an organizer, who is sufficiently well off himself. I didn't even have the option of approaching the teacher directly. Another important point, I...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

It is the custom of secret mantra, described in the tantras themselves, that a fee is charged for initiation. End of story. If a teacher is willing to grant empowerment and instructions free of charge, one should feel blessed, and make offerings of whatever wealth one has for the teachings. This is...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

It is the custom of secret mantra, described in the tantras themselves, that a fee is charged for initiation. End of story. If a teacher is willing to grant empowerment and instructions free of charge, one should feel blessed, and make offerings of whatever wealth one has for the teachings. This is...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

...lack of empathy of the organizers... I imagine it is this one. ...or maybe just pure greed? I don't think so. Any excess money from teachings generally goes to the teacher or back into the center, so who's greed? I think it is very unfortunate that you were not given the option to offer services...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Re: Charging for Dharma

In centre im often visiting, there are shorter and longer retreats and each of them having suggested dana for participating (which reflects accomodation/staff/materials costs). Main Lama here always says that he would love to live in times, where dana is natural and everyone understands that if we ...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3149

Charging for Dharma

Has anyone here also experienced being turned down from receiving teachings because of lack of funds? I was recently barred from receiving teachings on Phowa (don't wish to disclose which specific teacher or lineage, but it's a Nyingma Lama), because of my lack of a proper budget. I do understand th...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Chakrasamvara
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Chakrasamvara

Can somebody please share with me any online resources on Chakrasamvara Ghantapada five deity mandala, its generation, visualization? Any commentary on this practice, especially the one used in Drikung tradition? Thank you!
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Enclosed is a picture of me with Rev. Myosho Obata, third generation Nichiren Shu priest (from Japan) . She was often surprised by how much I knew about Buddhism. I have actually corresponded with Jacqueline Stone, professor of Japanese Buddhism at Princeton, and sometimes I even took some of her a...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Enclosed is a picture of me with Rev. Myosho Obata, third generation Nichiren Shu priest (from Japan) . She was often surprised by how much I knew about Buddhism. I have actually corresponded with Jacqueline Stone, professor of Japanese Buddhism at Princeton, and sometimes I even took some of her a...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

As the saying goes "Faith equals daily life", the results of the practice are to be seen here and now. The "prosperity cult" thing is a degenerate case, the win is the individual's human revolution; transformation from the inside out. Maybe another way to put it, is to repeat something Q once said:...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

The stanza of the lion of men - Narasiha Gatha These verses were uttered by Princess Yasodhara to her son, Rahula, on the occasion of the Buddha’s visit to Kapilavatthu after his Enlightenment. She explained some of the physical characteristics and noble virtues of the Blessed One. His red sacred fe...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Among the hordes of animals that roam the wild, whether the jungle, the mountains or the plain, the lion is universally recognized to be their chief. The living embodiment of self-possessed power, he is the most regal in manner and deportment, the mightiest, the foremost with respect to speed, cour...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3162

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

OK, here’s a new surprise: all the references to lions. I recently found this article that says, “The Omamori Gohonzon and the Gohonzon enshrined in our home have the same powers of the Buddha and the Law. The Gohonzon is inscribed with the power of an attacking lion.” http://www.sginz.org/assets/d...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?

:thanks: It might be of your interest also doing some research on Hokke Shinto, or the syncretism of Lotus Sects and Shinto. This kind of practice is still done in some Nichiren sects and Lineages, specifically in Nichiren Shu (more so in Nakayama Lineage). I also think you must be aware that two K...
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Mon May 14, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1684

Re: Shodaigyo

Just got my copy of the Shodaigyo book today- very technical and interesting from the brief mailbox-to-kitchen-counter walk. That tri-fold brochure suggests a combined practice well aligned to my taste at the moment, looking forward to elaborations on it that the book may offer. If you contact Sens...

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