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by Varis
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Za-yig
Replies: 0
Views: 79

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: 1584

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: 1584

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: 426

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: 426

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: 1372

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: 2726

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: 2726

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: 2726

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: 2726

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: 2726

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: 2726

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.
by Varis
Thu May 10, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama Wangdu
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Lama Wangdu

I've spent the last couple months weighing my options on where/who to study with in order to get my start in TB. I feel drawn to Lama Wangdu and would like to study with him, but unfortunately I can't go to Nepal or Portland. I saw that there is a center in NY, but it appears to be mainly attended b...
by Varis
Wed May 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum
Replies: 21
Views: 679

Re: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum

Kind of makes sense. /magnus Actually, I can't find a source that lists him as a Terton other than the Rigpawiki, and I think they're basing that off the fact that he revealed pure visions. It says that he had pure visions of Guru Rinpoche, and that he practiced Kurukulle. Putting all that together...
by Varis
Wed May 09, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum
Replies: 21
Views: 679

Re: Curious about this white mahakala yab yum

Possible, though there's some Geluk iconography which makes me question that--Gelukpas are pretty specific about what Terma they incorporate. The only Chagdrupas outside of the Shangpa traditions I'm aware of are one from Chogling Tersar, and I think one from Jangter. I'm 100% sure the above is fro...
by Varis
Fri May 04, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1286

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

:thanks: Did you edit your post? There was a link to an article... I passed that on to my wife and she is now very intrigued. She is going to follow up on that lead. You might get a footnote in an academic paper! :tongue: Yes, I was going to replace it later with an academic article on the subject....
by Varis
Fri May 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1286

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

I asked my wife about the Daoism connection. She knew about these paintings and practices but was not sure if and how they might be related to practices in Japan. Speculating on my part, the manner of interaction with the object is an imaginative journey into a real landscape does show similarities...
by Varis
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Dark" Kalpas
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: "Dark" Kalpas

Tlalok wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:02 pm
I was wondering how this squared with the bodhisattva vow? If the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not manifest in that kalpa, where do they go? What are they doing if they are not working on liberating beings?
They continue to manifest in other world-systems where they're needed most.
by Varis
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

It would appear I was beat to the punch! :tongue:
by Varis
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Buddhas emanate according to the needs of sentient beings, therefore all schools of Mahayana will have had emanations within them. There is no institution for the recognition of emanations in EA Buddhism like in Tibetan Buddhism, but plenty of past masters have been regarded as emanations of Buddhas...

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