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by Tenma
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR
Replies: 47
Views: 1579

Re: Leslie Hays says Akong R kidnapped and tortured SMR

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:30 am
smcj wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:15 am
You guys do know that beatings were common in pre-PRC monasteries, right?
As well as pre 1959 elemtary schools in the USA...
Dang...
by Tenma
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Sutra for Turning Back Lawsuits & Political Problems
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Sutra for Turning Back Lawsuits & Political Problems

Let me get this straight. There are people on this forum who think that sitting in their bedrooms reciting Sutras is going to overthrow the Government? How is that different from the Southern Baptists that think their prayers got Trump elected? "Spiritual Materialism" in a nutshell. Perhaps not "ov...
by Tenma
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Article: Survival of the Richest
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Wayfarer wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 am
that's a good article. Inevitable in a culture dominated by Darwinian metaphors.
What's wrong with Darwin? Don't see anything wrong with evolution.
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Intense Guru Dragphur?

Clearly, Tenma is desparate about perceived spirit attacks. If Dragphur practice is appropriate to his problem his age is not a massive issue. But this group, if it is offering GD empowerments in the name of ChNN, needs to be exposed and dealt with. The best remedy for perceived spirit attacks is L...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Intense Guru Dragphur?

How intense is this practice? I found a group of ChNN'S followers in Texas that are able to transmit the practice, but before I make a decision of taking up this practice, how intense is it? Would this be a wise practice to take up for a 15 year old busy with school work and studies? Is there a dai...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Intense Guru Dragphur?

How intense is this practice? I found a group of ChNN'S followers in Texas that are able to transmit the practice, but before I make a decision of taking up this practice, how intense is it? Would this be a wise practice to take up for a 15 year old busy with school work and studies? Is there a dai...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Intense Guru Dragphur?

How intense is this practice? I found a group of ChNN'S followers in Texas that are able to transmit the practice, but before I make a decision of taking up this practice, how intense is it? Would this be a wise practice to take up for a 15 year old busy with school work and studies? Is there a dai...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Intense Guru Dragphur?

How intense is this practice? I found a group of ChNN'S followers in Texas that are able to transmit the practice, but before I make a decision of taking up this practice, how intense is it? Would this be a wise practice to take up for a 15 year old busy with school work and studies? Is there a dail...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 382

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

A very interesting article, studies were done on simple organisms like slime molds, and it has been more or less proven that 'primitive organisms' possess cognition, and can transfer memory, behaviors, etc simply through cell fusion(growing new cells, or fusing two separate cells together etc). The...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1257

Re: How to End Samaya?

I just want to die with complete faith in my Lamas. I don't think it would take much for me to end samaya with a Lama... obviously if they are unenlightened they need to go. What mistakes can enlightened beings make? And once I identify an unenlightened Lama how do you end samaya with them? ... Not...
by Tenma
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

I never stated such a thing. The traditional recommendation is to observe a guru for 12 years before taking empowerments. 12 years. Thank you. I was not sure if I remembered correctly Once one has taken empowerment, that person is one’s guru whether one has studied then for 12 years or one day. I h...
by Tenma
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

I never stated such a thing. The traditional recommendation is to observe a guru for 12 years before taking empowerments. 12 years. Thank you. I was not sure if I remembered correctly Once one has taken empowerment, that person is one’s guru whether one has studied then for 12 years or one day. I h...
by Tenma
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Tenma wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:47 pm
Couldn't you practice at like 8 AM?
Oh yeah, I forgot: In the morning I lay out all the offerings...
A daily torma? Or the 8 offerings? Wouldn't that literally be part of a sadhana/practice? Or is this an entirely different practice as well? :shock:
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

It is not a matter of choice, as such. I asked for a particular practice and the teacher said: "If I give you this practice you will have to do it daily forever. Are you up to it?" And I stupidly answered "Yes!" Ah.................... (How did that go and how is it going?) How do you think it would...
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 689

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Found an interesting blog. The authors seem to be talking about familiar concepts but do not actually mention Buddhism at all. Seems a bit like Zen to me but that may be me seeing a secular thing through religious lenses. https://youarealreadyenlightened.com . There are pratyekabuddhas: https://en....
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Dang. Do you just decide which sadhana to do for the day or do you just choose one and stick to it forever? It is not a matter of choice, as such. I asked for a particular practice and the teacher said: "If I give you this practice you will have to do it daily forever. Are you up to it?" And I stup...
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Why not all? At some point Beru Khyentse came to Greece and gave us 5 days worth of empowerments from the Chikse Kundrul. Twenty-six empowerments to be exact. You think it is possible to keep samaya for twenty-six empowerments? He said it himself: Chose one practice that resonates with you and do i...
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Thus means you think you have no samaya. But if you have samaya, you have a guru since former is dependent on the latter. I have samaya, definitely, that is (one reason) why I continue to do some of the practices that were given to me. Why not all? "Having said that (as I said in another thread): P...
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:04 pm
Tenma wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:45 pm
But one question. I thought the lama you received an empowerment from first became your guru as stated in a previous forum on an Amitabha empowerment?
Can you link to that statement?
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=28691&p=450243&hil ... ha#p450243
by Tenma
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 66
Views: 1797

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

How was your search for your guru and did you manage to do so? Who said I have a guru? I thought the 50 verses on guru devotion spoke of examining for five years. I remember 15 years. I don't think 5 years is enough. For example: I was following one teacher (my Refuge lama) for about 7 years. Then ...

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