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by Varis
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 29
Views: 776

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

In one of his introductory books HHDL mentions, I think, three or four hours stability as a sign of the development stage being well-developed Instructions vary considerably This is true for Gelgupas, but also consider that Gelugpas spend a lot of time doing sutric shamatha practice as they go thro...
by Varis
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 29
Views: 776

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

None.
The fastest and most effective way to achieve the necessary level of concentration is diety practice itself.
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

I'm back to my original question: Why is this always such a hot topic? Practitioners on here are personally invested in these things, questioning those those traditions and practices will offend people. Look at the recent discussion a couple months ago about the necessity of following the Tibetan c...
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

As a person of colour you can be ignorant of other people's culture and enamored of the Western Enlightenment tradition. You can even hate your own culture and the colour of your skin. I am sure you are aware of this. If you'd like to accuse me of cooning now, please say it plainly. I am not enamor...
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 409

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:13 pm
¿are microbes sentient beings?
Whether or not microbes are sentient beings used to be a topic of debate between Buddhists and Jains. IIRC Buddhists argued they were not.
Working in the Biology field, I hope they're not, as that would cause all sorts of issues in regards to right livelihood.
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

It is more a case, in this thread, of people seeing what they want to see. The passive aggressive jabs are really impressive. Keep 'em up. :applause: I will leave you serious lay practitioners to further deconstruct thousands of years of tradition based on your ignorance of the tradition and aversi...
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Wearing a a zen is not cultural appropriation. Neither is wearing Ngakpa gear, if one in fact possesses the correct empowerments and so forth. I'm not claiming it is though it's easy to see how it might appear to people as though it is and therefore generate a negative reaction. Similarly, Prime Mi...
by Varis
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

It is not the role of a ngakpa/ngakma role to "fill the void". Your starting premise is mistaken. My initial post was in response to someone who felt that there was a void that needed to be filled in the west between non-serious laypeople and monastics, and that ngakpas could fill such a void. It's...
by Varis
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Satipathana in Mahayana
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Satipathana in Mahayana

There is no singular practice of satipatthana amongst Theravadins let alone among Mahayanis.
I will say that some of the stuff that passes off as "mindfulness" today does not match traditional Theravadin or Mahayani sources.
by Varis
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

yagmort wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:09 am
btw, what about maroon? why do monk robes in vajrayana are of maroon color ? what does it represent and when did it first appear that way ?
Maroon is the color of the Mulasarvastivada monks.
by Varis
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1914

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Where's that from? Sometimes I wonder if everyone else is actually a Buddha who've come for me, the last of the unenlightened ones. Maybe this time? Oh look what he's off to again! :tongue: here you go: These are “the birth-manifested-bodies” of buddhahood.1 They are the buddhas who appear in vario...
by Varis
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Danny wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:14 am
I think still today in remote western regions of Tibet they still wear all white. Pretty rare.
There is an association between all white robes and yogis who have accomplishments in regards to tummo practice among Kagyupas.
by Varis
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

The above makes my point. It has become something negative in some people’s minds already. What might rub people off wrong is people who pretend to be a part of another culture. The negativity towards zen is symptomatic of such a thing. Doesn't really matter if you dress up in a zen, or in a kente....
by Varis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 1914

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

Doesn't the bodhisattva vows include continual rebirth for helping other sentient beings? Yes, there would be rebirth, but in higher, better births, not necessarily as a sewer rat . . . Bodhisattvas manifest as sewer rats, and pencils, staplers, bridges, ropes, dogs, nagas, devas, etc. Basically th...
by Varis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Varis I hate to say it but you are being quite rude calling it just LARPing. Clearly there are different definitions of ngakpa and insulting people who see it differently and who have their lineage from a qualified teacher is pretty low. No one is claiming wearing a zen is LARPing. Twist my words b...
by Varis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

What??? What sort of nonsense is this? Taking vows does not make you anything. Upholding vows does. If I went and took vows I'd be a monk by definition. My maintenance of that status is dependent on whether or not I keep those vows. Taking ngakpa vows would not grant me mantra siddhi. You are assum...
by Varis
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Is dressing like a monk/nun LARP when a person has taken vows? Then why is dressing like a ngakpa/ngakma a LARP when somebody has taken ngakpa vows? Taking monastic vows makes you a real monk. Taking ngakpa vows doesn't necessarily make you a real ngakpa. If the clothing interests you more than dha...
by Varis
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

It means you have siddhi. If you recite an action mantra/perform an action ritual, and the intended result comes about, you're a mantrika.
by Varis
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 158
Views: 3402

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

For my money it could be this: there is a vacuum between A) the "ordinary" (scare quotes because I'm trying not to be dismissive) lay Buddhist who makes a few offerings, tries to avoid the 5 bad things (killing, stealing etc.), recites refuge prayers regularly or even something longer from time to ...
by Varis
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

I guess my point is that it's unfair to immediately dismiss someone you hear about for having both tibetan and chinese lineage, and caution people against them without knowing who they are. Then again... maybe all teachers should be "taken with a grain of salt" before you know who they are. At no p...

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