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by Varis
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1120

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

Use a glass tea light insert. In that case, I think a small mason jar (about 2 inches high, 2 inches wide) should do the trick. And it has a lid to keep the Amrita from evaporating, or spilling if I bump my little puja table. They have skull-shaped tea light holders, they're made out of glass and t...
by Varis
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When the villagers gave up hunting...
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: When the villagers gave up hunting...

Namthars are not the best source of accurate history.
by Varis
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend

Secular answer: People like big names.
Buddhist answer: Karma.
by Varis
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rechungpa's Tulku
Replies: 13
Views: 898

Re: Rechungpa's Tulku

Tenma wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:42 pm
Strange, I thought Garchen Rinpoche was the incarnation of Rechungpa.
Buddhas emanate however many times is necessary for sentient beings, for all we know there could be an infinite number of emanations of Rechungpa across the infinite number of world-systems.
by Varis
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1166

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I've never heard anything like that, and it makes no sense in the first place. Divination helps give some semi-generic insight on what may be the best course of action in a given situation, or things along these lines, as far as I know. To know all causes is indeed omniscient, to be capable of know...
by Varis
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1166

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

The OP said Curious if it would be helpful for learning seeing outcomes of situations, actions and their reactions, consequences. So it seems he means the effects of specific actions and reasons for things, which are not possible to know without omniscience. Knowing the effects of specific actions ...
by Varis
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1166

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

The curriculum laid out in the visuddhimagga is supposed lead to the recollection of past lives. Going to need a teacher though.
Aryjna wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:31 pm
In order to see outcomes etc. you need omniscience, so you need to become a buddha.
Source? Seeing the future is a siddhi, not omniscience.
by Varis
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.
Replies: 27
Views: 2592

Re: Bön as the 5th Tibetan Tradition.

Would have to be the 6th Tradition. Don't forget about the Jonang! Agree , due to the Tibetan Sarma Traditions, the rest are "outsiders" and come after the rest and stand at the last position in the row. That is here aboard and elsewhere a very normal conviction, we have to live with that non sense...
by Varis
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Za-yig
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Za-yig

Are these "edible talismans" unique to the terma, or do they predate them?
by Varis
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2158

Re: Yidams on a bikini

In the vast majority, if not all cases these individuals aren’t practitioners. They haven’t taken refuge, bodhicitta, or samaya vows and therefore have no commitments to revere Buddhist images etc.. This isn’t a downfall for non-vow holders. Publicly shaming them amounts to religious fanaticism. Th...
by Varis
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2158

Re: Yidams on a bikini

Exactly. If we want something to outraged by as practitioners we should look at suffering in places like Gaza, the US/Mexico border, Yemen, and all of the other parts of the world where sentient beings are being tortured and tormented in the name of ignorance and greed. Religious indignation has no...
by Varis
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between trance and meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 580

Re: What's the difference between trance and meditation?

I don't think I have ever seen the word trance used in a text related to Buddhism, much less being used interchangeably with meditation. Since most of the definitions of trance imply that it is some kind of stupefied state, it is probably irrelevant to any meaningful kind of meditation. I've seen t...
by Varis
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between trance and meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 580

What's the difference between trance and meditation?

I commonly see the words "trance" and "meditation" often used interchangeably, or combined into "meditative trance", is there a difference? If I beat a drum to enter a trance is that the same as practicing samatha on a sound? If they're different, is there any place for trance in Buddhist (or Bon) p...
by Varis
Sun May 27, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Hell

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 2:34 am
The whole transference of merit which is a very important part of buddhism everywhere
Specifically asking if Tibetans perform Ksitigarbha practices in particular, not about transference of merit.
by Varis
Wed May 16, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Shiva is also considered a worldly protector of the Buddhadharma. In Mipham Rinpoche's Tashi Gyepa prayer, he refers to Shiva by the name Dejung ( bde 'byung ) or Sukhajāta, the "origin of bliss." The Lotus Sutra and Karandavyuha Sutra also establish Shiva as an emanation of Avalokitesvara and he p...
by Varis
Tue May 15, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Mahasiddha as a word already means they attained buddhahood. Other than that, in all versions of the texts that I recall, in the end of almost every biography, it is said that the mahasiddha went to the realm of the dakinis. Any book, if you are a siddha you have attained realisation. /magnus Readi...
by Varis
Sun May 13, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

heart wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:20 pm
Read any book on the 84 mahasiddhas. A few of them where not Buddhists but attained the same level of realisation.

/magnus
I don't recall any of their stories saying that they attained the Bhumis like the Buddhist ones did. Can you give me a source?
by Varis
Sat May 12, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

I don't think anyone could just proclaim to be a paṇḍita though right? I read that was reserved for the Indians, and Tibetans were the lotsawas. :reading: Pandita is a title for someone who has learned the five sciences, it's not an exclusively Indian title, Sakya Pandita was Tibetan. A Lotsawa is ...
by Varis
Sat May 12, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

Isn't this fascinating: Some Buddhist authors - we don't know much about them - writing about some mahasiddhas. Admitting that some of them actually were not Budhists. But then also stating that they did not attain mahasiddhi. Think about it for a moment. It implies - obviously - that these stories...
by Varis
Thu May 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?
Replies: 60
Views: 3461

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas authorize others to teach?

fckw wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 10:44 pm
And a few ones of them - according to Buddhist sources - were actually non-Buddhists.
AFAIK the non-Buddhist ones are not described as having actually attained Mahasiddhi.

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