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by Aspiring.Monk
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsang Choe Ge Nyen
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Tsang Choe Ge Nyen

While researching what types of precepts or vows that lay people can take, I came across something rather interesting. Tsang Choe Ge Nyen - Lay practitioner who observes the 5 lay vows and is celibate. Can wear robes (white in color) with the permission of their teacher. I find this interesting bec...
by Aspiring.Monk
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsang Choe Ge Nyen
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Tsang Choe Ge Nyen

While researching what types of precepts or vows that lay people can take, I came across something rather interesting. Tsang Choe Ge Nyen - Lay practitioner who observes the 5 lay vows and is celibate. Can wear robes (white in color) with the permission of their teacher. I find this interesting beca...
by Aspiring.Monk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Coming to Seattle and visiting Sakya Monastery
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Coming to Seattle and visiting Sakya Monastery

Hello everyone, I will be visiting the Seattle are for 3 weeks starting on Sunday, October 22 and I plan to visit Sakya Monastery while there. Actually, I would like to spend as much time at the monastery as possible when not working. I am wondering if any of you wonderful people live in the Seattle...
by Aspiring.Monk
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Without Requirement
Replies: 32
Views: 1260

Re: Without Requirement

Does anyone know a practice that DOESN'T require an empowerment? I keep finding that every deity has an empowerment. Chenrezig requires one, Tara requires one, Manjushri requires one, Padmasambhava requires one, other deities require one, and even Shakyamuni Buddha requires one! How can one practic...
by Aspiring.Monk
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Monastic Robes Variations
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Monastic Robes Variations

Are the monastics that are not geshes that you are referring to western monastics? I know Lama Yeshe believed that FPMT sangha should wear the saffron panels to make it obvious that they are gelugpas. I don't know if other traditions have these panels though. While I have seen western monastics wit...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Monastic Robes Variations
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Monastic Robes Variations

I have been wondering about the differences in monastic robes in the Tibetan tradition. I have noticed that there are monks that have gold/yellow panels on their upper robes and others that do not have the gold/yellow panels. At first I thought it was a signifier of someone that has achieved Geshe d...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is your favorite Tantra, Sutra, Etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 856

Re: What is your favorite Tantra, Sutra, Etc.

CedarTree wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:18 pm
and Heart Sutra for me :)
The Heart Sutra is also one of my favorites. When recited mindfully, it is a wonderful teaching on Emptiness.

So beautiful
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 35 confession buddhas text + transliteration
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: 35 confession buddhas text + transliteration

Here is a link to the FPMT Store for the 35 Confession Buddha's with Tibetan Phonetics. The document is offered free of charge, but you can donate if you feel moved to.

https://shop.fpmt.org/Prostrations-to-t ... _2309.html
by Aspiring.Monk
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The refuge ceremony conducted at Sakya Monastery is not a Vajrayana empowerment, would have thought that was obvious. Anyway, it's a wonderful place and IMO an auspicious place to take refuge, can't see any reason not to do, and many reasons the OP should. I have decided to take refuge at Sakya Mon...
by Aspiring.Monk
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Refuge is nonsectarian, you are not taking refuge in a sect or individual Lama. Except Vajrayana refuge is different to hinayana refuge... The refuge ceremony conducted at Sakya Monastery is not a Vajrayana empowerment, would have thought that was obvious. Anyway, it's a wonderful place and IMO an ...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.

I mean there are lot of questions there, but did you get a lung or wang? That might have some relevance. Jake I only received oral transmission for the Golden Light Sutra. This was not done in person as Lama Zopa stated that watching the 5 hour video would give the transmission in full. Other than ...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Refuge and the different school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Hello all, Recently, I received preliminary practices from a Lama of the Gelug tradition, but have not been able to take refuge as I live very far from any Lama. Soon, I will have an opportunity to visit a Sakya monastery in Seattle and was wondering if there would be any conflict if I took refuge w...
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Problems with analytical meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Problems with analytical meditation

Does this involve imagining the possible suffering that people go through? Would you visualize people being sick, having tough financial times, marital trouble? I don't think it really matters, if it helps your analysis do the visualisation do it, if not it doesn't matter. Lobsang, Thank you. This ...
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Problems with analytical meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Problems with analytical meditation

During the summer retreat we were taught that analytical meditation, basically involves thinking through the ideas, for example, with compassion we thought how everyone suffers so they all deserve our compassion. The method we were taught is to do a short single pointed meditation then do the analy...
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Problems with analytical meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Problems with analytical meditation

Greetings all, I am having trouble figuring out analytical meditation. How is it done? I understand single point meditation and focusing on the breathe. It is the analytical side that I have issues with. If anyone can provide advice on how to achieve this meditation type, I will be eternally gratefu...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: His Holiness Dalai Lama appointments the 104th Gaden Tripa
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: His Holiness Dalai Lama appointments the 104th Gaden Tripa

This is wonderful news. I pray that Tri Rinpoche has a long life and continues to turn the Wheel of Dharma.

Thank you for sharing.

:bow: :buddha1: :bow:
by Aspiring.Monk
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: A question on malas
Replies: 2
Views: 380

A question on malas

Hello Everyone, I recite several different mantras and have set goals of 100,000 recitations per mantra for myself. My question is should I have a single mala, with counters, for each mantra or should I just stick with a single mala for all mantras and attach multiple counters? Thank you in advance....
by Aspiring.Monk
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Calling the lama from afar
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Calling the lama from afar

When doing this practice, should one visualize their own guru or the person they consider their guru?

I consider Lama Zopa Rinpoche as my guru but have not yet met him or taken refuge with him and when I do this practice, my mind immediately visualizes Rinpoche.
by Aspiring.Monk
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Calling the lama from afar
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Calling the lama from afar

Thank you for this video. It is a new favorite of mine.
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Practicing while ill
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Practicing while ill

Hello all,

I am starting to come down with whatever has been floating around my office and was wondering if it is ok to continue my daily practices while ill.

I would prefer not to stop if there is no prohibition on practicing while ill.

Any advice is welcome.

Thank you.