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by kausalya
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings all
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Re: Greetings all

Best of luck in finding what you seek!
by kausalya
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss
Replies: 174
Views: 14372

Re: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss

However, it's likely that CTR and so on were not aware that the power differential made consent impossible either. What is the basis for this belief, and how does it have a bearing on your own admission that consent was impossible? Perhaps it explains why it occurred, but it would not necessarily d...
by kausalya
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?

This is my best offering to you; if it's unhelpful or insufficient, I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I can only guess at what actually reduced my aversion, and I didn't notice it subside until I engaged with it directly. My parents are very Christian, and I had to give many offerings of body/speech/min...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 4918

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

Both and neither... it depends on what is conducive to your mind and helps you achieve the view. I can't read your mind, so I can't say which, but any number of similes could be useful. In any case, now is the union of the three times, and we are all reflections of one another's mind and collected b...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?

We only have so much time and energy. Dharma practitioners need to focus their generosity on Dharma practitioners when they have the choice. Do they, or can they make up their own minds based on what is causing them problems? As much as we have to support one another, one's personal practice is par...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 134
Views: 24147

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

Another update for anyone who is interested. I have since my last post been with the "other woman". I know its wrong and weak I'm sure but I cannot stay away. Our relationship is too deep and [enjoyable]. Please continue to give updates as your situation develops. If my intuition is correct (based ...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: wrathful visualization
Replies: 11
Views: 1987

Re: wrathful visualization

Hi All I've been searching for meditation techniques to transform strong emotions .From what i can gather Buddhist tantra have such techniques, though i have not found a good source from which to learn them.This is the only practice i have found so far https://www.bring4th.org/forums/showthread.php...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?

If it hurts or worries you to give to Christians, then you need to give to Christians. :roll: Why? Giving doesn't mean money, mind you. Assess what is needed and give that, but still give. There should be no separation between you and the needs of sentient beings, ideologically-based or otherwise. ...
by kausalya
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 6349

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: 36
Views: 4133

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: 1138

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: 6349

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: 14372

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: 636

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: 7358

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: 2625

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: 7358

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: 7358

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: 7358

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: 7358

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 ...

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