Search found 291 matches

by SonamTashi
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3012
Views: 321233

Re: Music time

by SonamTashi
Sat May 30, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra is probably my favorite sutra. I recommend it to pretty much anyone. I think it is probably the best sutra for understanding the theory behind Pure Land Buddhism and for recognizing Pure Land's central place in the general Mahayana. So for just those reasons I really r...
by SonamTashi
Fri May 29, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 104
Views: 2923

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

And, it turns out, this is in fact an excellent question. It is, as the ensuing discussion evidences, an "angels dancing on pin heads" question. Completely irrelevant to one's practice, with no foreseeable relevance in the near (or distant) future. To prove how irrelevant it is I will ask you a que...
by SonamTashi
Sun May 17, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Counting mandala mudra offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Counting mandala mudra offerings

Sonam-la, I was referring to the ngondro revealed by Dudjom Rinpoche at the request of Jetsun Pema [Kazi] Rinpoche. Yeah, I was pretty sure you were. I was actually asking Grigoris which he was referring to, because I know the Concise Dudjom Tersar ngondro is more common and I thought there might b...
by SonamTashi
Sat May 16, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Counting mandala mudra offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Counting mandala mudra offerings

The very first ngondro I did was a very, very condensed one revealed by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche just for busy Westerners/moderns. We did not use physical mandalas nor did we attempt to hold the mandala offering mudra when counting. We just recited the prayer (two lines) and counted with our mala as us...
by SonamTashi
Tue May 12, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin

Hello All, It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, happy to be back. I've been spending a lot of time studying as well as taking the BCA Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, and talking to several priests and mentors and have found myself settled on the Shin path. I am wondering what t...
by SonamTashi
Sat May 09, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Countdown to a race war?
Replies: 40
Views: 1385

Re: Countdown to a race war?

Grigoris wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 7:11 pm
In Greece we refer to this line of thinking as "the theory of the two extremes".
Also known as horseshoe theory.
by SonamTashi
Mon May 04, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1700

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

If no arising nor ceasing occur then the twelve links are meaningless, reduced to nonsense. With ignorance as condition, volitional formations come to be... with the cessation of birth, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair cease. Such is the cessation of this whole m...
by SonamTashi
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Looking for good Chod Drum
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Looking for good Chod Drum

Hey Y'all, Can anyone give a good resource as to where (online or somewhere on the west coast of the united states) i could buy a decent chod drum that's not going to send me into debt lol. I cannot realistically spend over 200 dollars. i have looked on potala gate and damaru works already. thanks ...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?
Replies: 117
Views: 3309

Re: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?

yes but they didn't propagate teachings world wide. They absolutely did. I have no idea where you got the idea that they didn't. So you are declaring I am incorrect in saying Shayamuni is the world founder of Buddhism? If I am this is wrong view. Can you provide a citation please? The world goes th...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tenth Vow of Amitabha
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Tenth Vow of Amitabha

Still, even if in this life there is no progress, the Pure Land itself is where one completes the bodhisattva path. From the Jodoshu Research site : "The fourth and the last stage is perhaps best thought of as the stage after death, when one has succeeded in being born in the Pure Land in the West....
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?
Replies: 117
Views: 3309

Re: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?

tkp67 wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:39 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:33 pm

No, there have been many buddhas on earth in the past.

yes but they didn't propagate teachings world wide.
They absolutely did. I have no idea where you got the idea that they didn't.
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?
Replies: 117
Views: 3309

Re: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?

FWIW Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has written commentary on this sutra. He does not seem to be as dismissive to the value thereof. https://read.84000.co/translation/toh113.html No one here is denying the value of the Lotus Sutra, they're simply pointing out that Nichiren's interpretation of t...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1926

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

If your bowls are somewhere high, make the surface un-jumpable. Meaning, put enough stuff around that the cat won't want to jump there. Other than that, you just gotta keep them out. I let my car in with me when I sit only, for some reason silent meditation and she will sleep in front of me peacefu...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?
Replies: 117
Views: 3309

Re: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?

Some people might believe this, but I don't. You cannot infuse a rock, stick, or even piece of paper with nice calligraphy with the names of buddhas and bodhisattvas with awakening. However, you can certainly generate merit by venerating pieces of paper that contain the names of buddhas, bodhisattv...
by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tenth Vow of Amitabha
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Tenth Vow of Amitabha

As I understand it, in Japanese Pure Land, there is no thought of 'cultivation' whatever. Any attempt to 'cultivate' is a self-power idea. You are reborn in Sukhavati solely by faith in other-power, that being the power of Amida's vow. Still, even if in this life there is no progress, the Pure Land...
by SonamTashi
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2914

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

Sounds very Buddhist :tongue: I guess many of us would score fairly highly on schizotypy tests. But then not all of us will subscribe to every kind of conspiracy theory. So it seems like there must be a lot more to it than that. Extrasensory perceptions / chalabhiññā are found even in the Pali cann...
by SonamTashi
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tenth Vow of Amitabha
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Tenth Vow of Amitabha

How does a sleeping person suddenly awaken from a dream? Unless you're suggesting that Sukhavati is Nirvana, the simile does not apply. But if Sukhavati were Nirvana, then it raises even bigger issues, since it'd mean a buddha can turn beings into liberated ones without having them cultivate the pa...
by SonamTashi
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2914

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I can't imagine a group of people who are highly intelligent and highly attained in the ways of the world mocking those of lower capacity workings towards a greater end. I can only imagine the fear most people are suffering who have less choice in unknown times and whose outcome is not so sure. Wha...
by SonamTashi
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Alzheimer's Disease
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Alzheimer's Disease

Dear community, what is the view of Alzheimer's Disease regarding Sutra (and maybe also Tibetan Medicin)? My understanding is that the brain is damaged and so the skandha of consciosness (विज्ञान vijñāna) is in a way out of order. What are the karmic causes of this damage and how does it affect the...

Go to advanced search