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by Aspiring.Monk
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Calling the lama from afar
Replies: 7
Views: 342

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: 342

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: 145

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.
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 516

Re: Resources for Learning Tibetan

Thank you everyone for your recommendations.

There are so many options online that I now need to sort through them.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 516

Re: Resources for Learning Tibetan

Lobsang, great to see you again friend. I have that app but the videos do not play for me. This is probably the glitch you have spoken of. Great to see you again as well, that's the bug I mean, I've just emailed the developer to see if he's had a chance to fix the code. Awesome, I know that finding...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 516

Re: Resources for Learning Tibetan

I was recommended http://www.studytibetan.com/ to learn the alphabet. Venrable Khedrup recommended it to me because it has videos although the app has a bug (I've emailed the Dev) I'm also going to try out https://www.learntibetan.net Lobsang, great to see you again friend. I have that app but the ...
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 516

Re: Resources for Learning Tibetan

DGA wrote:I am also interested in this--particularly in audio resources that can be used when commuting


I did find this http://store.instantimmersion.com/learn-tibetan although I'm not sure of it's effectiveness.
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 516

Resources for Learning Tibetan

Can anyone list some good resources for learning to read, write and speak Tibetan?
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: 2017 Kalachakra
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: 2017 Kalachakra

If one were to watch the Kalachakra empowerment online, is this the same as being there in person? Is one given the empowerment even if they are not there? This question also applies to watching the video at a later date, if it was missed when it was live. This is a curiosity of mine. Thank you in a...
by Aspiring.Monk
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Difference in guru yogas
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Difference in guru yogas

Can someone please explain the differences in Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and Lama Chopa Guru Yoga?

I have been doing Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and have recently joined the FPMT where I noticed that Lama Chopa Guru Yoga is done.

I am just wanting to know the difference in these two practices.
by Aspiring.Monk
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Refuge vows
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Re: Refuge vows

Personally I avoid too much coffee because: ⋅ it makes me have to use the toilet more often ⋅ puts me to sleep (I know, weird right!?) But I love a nice cup of tea! Great we just prove another British stereotype :twothumbsup: I've heard though that tea contains a chemical which ...
by Aspiring.Monk
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Dorje and Bell
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Dorje and Bell

I am wondering if someone that has no tantric initiations can use the dorje and bell.

Thank you in advance for the help
by Aspiring.Monk
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Prince Siddhartha, after resolving to find release from the unending cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death followed by rebirth, becomes a sadhu and engages in austerities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV9TBb-8Kec After six years of the harshest austerities and the most intense meditation p...
by Aspiring.Monk
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Refuge vows
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Re: Refuge vows

Thank you for the replies.

You have clarified the issue for me. I am not using caffeine for medicine nor does it make me heedless. Like most Americans, I enjoy coffee and was worried that the caffeine was an issue. I was prepared to switch to decaf if there was an issue.
by Aspiring.Monk
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Refuge vows
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Refuge vows

Hi All, While I have not officially taken refuge, I try to hold the refuge vows as best as I can. I have a question about the No Intoxicants vow. Caffeine is considered an intoxicant as it has an altering effect on the brain. Should I refrain from caffeine to better hold this vow? Thank you in advan...
by Aspiring.Monk
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Needing Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: Needing Advice

Thank you both for the replies. I have started looking into FPMT and I like what I have found. Lama Zopa appears to be a great teacher and scholar.
by Aspiring.Monk
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Needing Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Needing Advice

Hello All, I am an American that aspires to be ordained in the Tibetan tradition and to spend my life and future lives benefiting all sentient beings. I know that some of you are thinking that I can do this without becoming a monk and you would be right. My response would be that I have thought of o...

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