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by SonamTashi
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 22
Views: 1129

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

In regards to The Daily Practices of Western Pure Land Buddhism, I do not believe there are any previews online. I could perhaps take some pictures, as long as it isn't enough to infringe on copyrights. Is there anything in particular you are looking for? How many pages? Sorry it took me so long to...
by SonamTashi
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to get angry qualitatively?
Replies: 44
Views: 1404

Re: How to get angry qualitatively?

Namkhai Norbu: Talks in Conway volume 1: "In Tantra, a relative state is not seen as an obstacle, but rather like a means, a tool. For example, in tantra my unpure vision is not an obstacle for me. Rather, it is something that I use to transform the base. There is a saying in tantra:" More firewood...
by SonamTashi
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: "Mahayana Buddhism is based on a lie"
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: "Mahayana Buddhism is based on a lie"

I don't have anything substantive to add, but I thought this was funny: Sokka Gakai is based on the “Lotus” Sutra I find the placement of the quotation marks funny, especially in context of what the author is discussing in the part leading up to it. It seems the author doesn't know how scare quotes ...
by SonamTashi
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Legacy of Menla (Tibetan Medicine Documentary)
Replies: 0
Views: 80

The Legacy of Menla (Tibetan Medicine Documentary)

I saw this documentary a few years ago at DOCUtah, a documentary film festival at Dixie State University, and I've been trying to get a copy ever since. Their Facebook page just posted a free stream of the documentary that will be available for the next couple days: https://mediaklikk.hu/video/menla...
by SonamTashi
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anyone know this “rinpoche”
Replies: 20
Views: 1177

Re: Anyone know this “rinpoche”

This reeks of someone throwing exotic, spiritual or Eastern sounding words together, not knowing what they mean beyond any vague notion, but knowing their audience will be intrigued but won't have the skills, resources or experience to fact-check it. For example, I don't think I've ever seen someone...
by SonamTashi
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to get angry qualitatively?
Replies: 44
Views: 1404

Re: How to get angry qualitatively?

Just as scientists put real viruses under a microscope in order to study them thoroughly, so tantra practitioners use real (not imitation) anger at generation phase(kyerim). (Judging by the comments, this is a discovery for someones). No, tantra practitioners do not. Seriously, get a teacher dude, ...
by SonamTashi
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to get angry qualitatively?
Replies: 44
Views: 1404

Re: How to get angry qualitatively?

The purpose of the practice isn't to cultivate anger. I'm not sure how you would get an idea like that if you actually have a teacher. I'm also not sure if this kind of question is appropriate in an online forum. Probably better to ask a teacher. They're also not called angry deities. They're wrathf...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: what is Original Mind?
Replies: 13
Views: 560

Re: what is Original Mind?

I have heard that some dzogchen masters can show a quick way to enter it but the method is not revealed----i havent come across any discription of said method even after scouring lots of text/video talks I feel that I have entered what I think is origional mind. Of course I leave it and re enter it...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1710

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I can't follow most of the sutra chanting as it's in Japanese and even with the Roman script transliteration I often can't keep up. Part of the service is in Japanese, although Venerable also makes sure that part of the service is in English for the benefit of English speakers. But one of the doubt...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1710

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I want to thank everyone for the discussion, and thoughts. I'm going to bow out of the forum from now on thought. My teacher Josho Adrien Cirlea has asked me to do so, and out of deep respect I submit to his guidance as the Jodo shinshu priest I defer to on Dharma questions and teaching. Sonantashi...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1710

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

For full disclosure, I am not a Shin Buddhist and it is not my intent to attack the tradition, but it has seemed to me for quite some time that Shinran's message is frequently misunderstood, especially in its modern presentation. One example of this is the idea, as previously mentioned, that Shinran...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The direct transmission mechanism/nature
Replies: 3
Views: 710

Re: The direct transmission mechanism/nature

What is the direct transmission mechanism/nature in Dzogchen? Indeed, a transfer of information about the nature of mind alone is not enough: it is enough to read a text for this. What and how is transmitted from the realized master to the student? I am interested in, precisely, the mechanism/natur...
by SonamTashi
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: King Yama and rebirth
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: King Yama and rebirth

King Yama is in the Pali Canon. One example is MN 130: The Devadatta Sutta: these beings — who were endowed with bad conduct of body, speech & mind, who reviled noble ones, held wrong views and undertook actions under the influence of wrong views — with the break-up of the body, after death, have re...
by SonamTashi
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guru yoga
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Re: Guru yoga

I already have a teacher, and have been taught guru yoga however it seems to be very different in each tradition. Not all guru yoga is the same, it has the same principles but not always the same You should practice the guru yoga you've been taught, as you've been taught it. Comparing other forms o...
by SonamTashi
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 1338

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc. Also the Mormons think the lost tribes of Israel were in America (Jesus was there too!) before the modern day Native Americans did a genocide. Just a small cor...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)
Replies: 24
Views: 750

Re: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)

I'm not sure whether Buddhism will ever attract a large lay following in the West, especially in a time when religion in general is declining under the onslaught of consumerism and scientism, but IMO it will be something more like Pure Land than Vajrayana if it does. :namaste: Kim Honestly, I am sh...
by SonamTashi
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)
Replies: 24
Views: 750

Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)

https://www.lionsroar.com/beyond-the-upper-middle-way/ I think this is a long overdue discussion. American Buddhism, and Buddhism in general in fact, has a long history of narrow association with certain classes. Throughout its history Buddhism has been associated with the noble and merchant classes...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online
Replies: 10
Views: 812

Re: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online

This is my setup. I got the scroll of Amitabha from a Jodo Shinshu priest. The images from left to right are: Vairocana (replica of the Daibutsu at Nara), Shakyamuni and Guan Yin (Eleven-faced form I think). When you have a setup like this with a cabinet, is it perfectly form to perform, shall we s...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa passage is discussing the conduct of a Bodhisattva. In other words, in context it is discussing those who already have bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is the first step.
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help to distinguish lineages
Replies: 10
Views: 812

Re: Help to distinguish lineages

Honestly, I don't think you should worry too much about distinguishing between lineages. Instead, just see what is available in your area, give them a look, and see what fits that way. For one thing, experiencing these lineages in real life is far more effective for seeing what suits you than readin...

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