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by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 3923

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

Sorry for the double-post, but I may have something else to add... Others have raised excellent questions about the role of monastics in relation to society as a whole, etc. I won't rehash that. In the context of the Dharma per se, and communicating the path to westerners, I believe a new outward ma...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 35
Views: 2024

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I don't specifically practice Zen, and I have no formal knowledge of Dzogchen whatsoever, but my sense is that watching this helped me (I'm 1 video in). What does it mean for a transmission to work? When you're watching it, do you feel your mind let go? What capabilities do you believe your mind has...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?

If it hurts or worries you to give to Christians, then you need to give to Christians.
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 3923

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

Translating mantras /sutras is also a great idea. If something has to be read or spoken, either orally or silently it's a definite advantage if you understand what it is that you're reading/saying. Bolded for emphasis. Mantras aren't words in the conventional sense. Making them into "just words" th...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss
Replies: 174
Views: 8513

Re: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss

I don't see the wisdom in this behaviour -- neither do I appear to have a strong connection with CTR -- but I believe it's not my place to comment on the behaviour of others, particularly when I don't see a clear benefit to the present circumstances. Although I've heard such things regarding him, I ...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Greetings from Canada

Not much to say about myself, but if everyone else is doing it, I don't see why not to introduce myself :tongue: I've been all over the map, in terms of religion/philosophy, but I settled on Buddhism in 2010 as the most beneficial for my mind (coinciding with when I met my Root Lama). I had a lot of...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

No, it is an indication that most of the 'bad' is forbidden from discussion here, and that we are already aware of it. I sought to balance those whose comments were 'all bad' so to bring about equanimity. How odd not to comment on those remarks as a barrier to equanimity. Both are barriers, but the...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1794

Re: Realisation and its down side?

He should not live in fear of sin, In fear of the lower realms like hell. Insofar as he fears samsara's stings, To that extent he becomes impotent. Although sin has not the slightest existence, And virtue and merit do not exist at all, Sin and merit were contrived To protect the mind from life's pa...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

Further, as far as I know the Vajrayogini sadhana contains no controversial references either That is also correct but I'm not sure how it relates here. I think it's just an attempt to justify some of Phabongkha's good works. The problem with this reasoning, although I also agree with the statement...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

My reason for posting, and for resurrecting this old thread, was to point out that it's necessary for each one of us to achieve equanimity on this issue, and it's my deepest wish for everyone to do so. More importantly, perhaps, I have complete faith that it's possible. The reason not to judge any p...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

I agree with you that some judgment is necessary; that's why things are different now. The essence of the teachings, though, passed through every one of the teachers, regardless of their personal foibles. That's what matters, and that's what it means to have an unbroken lineage. To discount that is...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

Nothing is ever so simple. Actually, some things are very simple. AND it is a misnomer to believe that: back then things were done like that so we cannot judge how things were done. In all Ages there were people that went with the dominant trend and others that fought against it. For example: I am ...
by kausalya
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Books for beginner Gelug students
Replies: 51
Views: 5261

Re: Books for beginner Gelug students

Books, and the ideas within them, mean nothing absolute. They are only useful for what they inspire in your mind. Same with physical teachers. If a student sees sectarianism in Phabongkha's intent, the problem is with that student and the ideas they take as solid. Engaging constructively with our ne...

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