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by Varis
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 76
Views: 1174

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

AFAIK usually it is said that in degenerate times only Tantra is effective, so that goes directly opposite the Tantrika narrative I've heard spoken, at least. Certainly, but various prophecies claim that there will be a time when things degenerate to a point where even tantra is not effective anymo...
by Varis
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 76
Views: 1174

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Who actually practices Sutrayana, as understood by the Tibetan Buddhists? There is one Lama, I forget his name but someone might know, who doesn't teach tantra. AFAIK his reasoning is that he believes the times are too degenerate to even practice tantra. And I believe Garchen Rinpoche said there we...
by Varis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sex and Samaya
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Sex and Samaya

Who determines what Shakyamuni said? Tradition, or modern scholars? And how do you decide which ones to follow? What about terma and tantras? The sutras? The tantras? The abhidharma texts are not sutras, and they're not tantras. It's rather strange you would rely on tantras but discount the abidhar...
by Varis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sex and Samaya
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Sex and Samaya

Who decides what is culture and what is Dharma? Many Dharma texts are pretty explicit about what is OK sexually and not. A discerning mind can figure it out. Does lighting lanterns for vesak lead you closer to liberation? Do you think the Buddha recommended we light lanterns for vesak? Prescription...
by Varis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sex and Samaya
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Sex and Samaya

Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:14 am
I’d be interested seeing a supporting reference for that.
Elaborate, are you asking for a source on the third precept? Or are you looking to discuss commentarial opinions?
by Varis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sex and Samaya
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Sex and Samaya

The tantras are generally pretty clear that we should follow the norms of our society. For Westerners that means casual sex is okay. For a Tibetan that means something completely different. From a sutric view, for laypeople it doesn't matter as long as you're not harming people. In the context of su...
by Varis
Sat May 30, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Buddhist Memes Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 3197

Re: Buddhist Memes Thread

I don't like samsara, it's course and rough, and irritating. And it gets everywhere. :jedi:
by Varis
Sat May 30, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Well Known Thai meditation monk confirms existence of Amitabha's Pure Land.
Replies: 19
Views: 1374

Re: Well Known Thai meditation monk confirms existence of Amitabha's Pure Land.

I do know that such practices did make their way to Theravadan countries. For example, Hevajra was practiced in at least Cambodia and Thailand, and remains from Hevajra statues have been recovered in Cambodia, but I want to know if these practices continue to this day. The so-called "tantric" Thera...
by Varis
Fri May 29, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Memory Recall
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Memory Recall

Ask your teacher.
Theravadins have practices to purposefully bring up memories of past lives. Not exactly relevant though if you're practicing Zazen.
I have had random memories during meditation, but as SteRo advises, I ignored them and continued with my practice.
by Varis
Fri May 29, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vata pacifying diet while practicing Pranayama?
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Vata pacifying diet while practicing Pranayama?

I remembered recently that Swami Rama in his books on Pranayama would heavily recommend that anyone who was engaging in extensive Pranayama practice should have a sattvic diet consisting of lots of ghee, milk, etc. (i.e. a vata pacifying diet). At the time I did not realize that this was a vata paci...
by Varis
Thu May 28, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Abhidharma for Dummies, er... Yogis

Ways of Enlightenment from Dharma Publishing, it's a summary of Ju Mipham's Gateway to Knowledge. Far easier to read and digest than the original.
by Varis
Tue May 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1207

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

Buddhism in it's entirety: 1) Meditate 2) Be good You can reach enlightenment without knowing anything, just by meditating. It is helpful to learn some of the major concepts but you need none of it. If this were true every Hindu ascetic that ever lived would be a Buddha right now. Buddhism wouldn't...
by Varis
Tue May 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 950

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Malcolm wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 5:03 pm
There are Nyingmapas who mainly focus mahayoga and anuyoga. But the goal of all is Dzogchen, even if they are not practicing Dzogchen directly.
Interesting, thank you!
by Varis
Mon May 25, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 950

Re: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Grigoris wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 11:56 am
Would you buy a car without a steering wheel and engine?
I wouldn't. But I think it's more comparable to having the causes to buy a honda civic as opposed to buying a ferrari. Not everyone has the causes to buy a ferrari.
by Varis
Mon May 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?
Replies: 18
Views: 950

Nyingmapas who don't practice Dzogchen?

Hey everyone,

I was wondering if there are Nyingmapas who only practice HYT without Dzogchen? Or is the general consensus that if you have the karma to meet a Nyingmapa lama you probably have the superior capacity for Dzogchen?
by Varis
Sat May 23, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

heart wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:57 pm
common people = westerners (who have a culture of a deep belief in a soul)

/magnus
Ah. I got confused because I read the full article and it mentioned how some Tibetans and Himalayans do make such a distinction.
by Varis
Sat May 23, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

This is because among common people, there is an ambiguity between bla and consciousness. I assume by common people you mean Tibetan/Himalayan folk beliefs, right? I thought it was sort of like the fantasy concept of a "shade". A lingering bit of the person that acts like them, but isn't really "th...
by Varis
Sat May 23, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Today, the Saka Dawa Month starts
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Today, the Saka Dawa Month starts

Happy Saka Dawa everyone! :twothumbsup:
by Varis
Sat May 23, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

GrapeLover wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 4:47 pm
But the elements disperse at death etc and are just part of your conditioned existence.
The bLa lingers after death and acts like a sentient spirit AFAIK.
by Varis
Thu May 21, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 1769

Re: Karmic cause become gay

Malcolm wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:37 pm
Then there is the LUG phenomena, i.e., lesbian until graduation.
This is honestly the first time I've heard this phrase, I've heard the idea expressed before but not often.
Maybe this is a generational difference? :shrug:

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