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by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1162

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

Are there ways to recall past incarnations? Any buddhist or non-budhdist practises with that goal in mind? Curious if it would be helpful for learning seeing outcomes of situations, actions and their reactions, consequences. Past-life recall is a side-effect of correct practice. The wish for it blo...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1419

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

Loving your kitten isn't a method, it's just garden variety samsara: loving what's lovable and hating what's hateful. Unless you see your kitten as a dependently-arising manifestation of clear-light emptiness & bliss... For that matter, even when we take into account the need for a gradual approach...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Milarepa namthar?
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Milarepa namthar?

If I could borrow your expertise, I wonder if you'll recommend which spiritual biography/biographies of Milarepa are considered the most accessible to practitioners?
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1419

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

Loving your kitten isn't a method, it's just garden variety samsara: loving what's lovable and hating what's hateful. Unless you see your kitten as a dependently-arising manifestation of clear-light emptiness & bliss... For that matter, even when we take into account the need for a gradual approach...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3307

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

Investigate why you want it. If it's because you genuinely want to be of greater use to others & are looking for a way to do that, then that's a sufficient motivation. You will learn to keep the commitments at the correct time. Then, take time to look at what's feasible: which teachers are available...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to achieve a place of inner peace without becoming ordained?
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: How to achieve a place of inner peace without becoming ordained?

So my question is - from a Buddhist perspective, is there a way to achieve this permanent pocket of inner peace without being ordained? I would love to hear opinions. Thanks much. It's about finding the causes and conditions for legitimate, long-lasting happiness, abandoning the causes and conditio...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1419

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

If all sentient beings have been our mother at one time or other, are we all incestuous I mean, sort of. However, that's not the point! There's no benefit to thinking this way. The point is to contemplate the immensity of beginningless time, the vast number of rebirths we all have had, and our acti...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 73
Views: 4082

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

a teacher student relationship is destiny, karma, call it what you will. If there is a "destiny" (destination), it's created/altered/maintained by your actions in the present moment. All this means is that your relationship with your teacher is your business, and your devotion in this life will cau...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 3632

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

tomschwarz wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:45 am
Great advice Kausalya. Thank you. It is very sensitive and attuned.
Please keep me updated... :twothumbsup:
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reasonable things to tattoo
Replies: 31
Views: 1814

Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

AFAIK, the danger is in having a tattoo that could face downward at any point (e.g., underneath you on a bed, or something similar), or that would touch the floor when you prostrate. We don't know the karma that is created in these situations, so it's better to be respectful & not do it, or take ste...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2955

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Some stuff is happening that I know with utmost certainty is the culminating of Karma ripening... How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and all that jazz)??? Is just practicing enough? The solution is always to practice what you've...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 3632

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

The best thing we can do is to be an example to others who may not practice dharma, who do various things to hurt us or bother us, etc... this doesn't mean we have to remain close to them so that these unwelcome things can continue, but we should appreciate them for offering themselves as the objec...
by kausalya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Spontaneous dharma teaching (Facebook video)
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Spontaneous dharma teaching (Facebook video)

This video seems to be clear evidence that wisdom can come in unexpected packages:



When I listen to her, I hear the voice of a dakini :bow:
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1419

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

kausalya also has a point, whose is this boddhicitta that you try to raise? It isn't my point... just my poor explanation of the Diamond Sutra ;) You're correct: the entire reason we try to develop bodhichitta is because we're committed to dropping our notions of self, because we recognize the impe...
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Making changes.
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Making changes.

This human realm is but a blink of an eye, and is the only one of the six realms that we are given the opportunity to escape samsara. Individually, it is greater than a one in a billion chance that we were born into this realm. For myself, I am placing the long term good of my soul over this short ...
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 3632

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

So, how this goes is, tomorrow a doctor could run some tests and tell you how many weeks you have left to live. Maybe you could accept that, but suppose it wasn't you, but the person you love most in the world getting this diagnosis. You can't imagine that a day beyond the immediate future exists. ...
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 3632

Re: Accept, respect, love, gone

Thank you for the quote of Shantideva Kausalya. I cannot other than agree that to stop the feeding of 'the grasping idea' and its unfulfilled desire, is to open our heart for all. Love and affection are certainly desirable, needed for optimal functioning/development in humans and others. It is best...
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma, "soulmates" etc
Replies: 13
Views: 722

Re: Karma, "soulmates" etc

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:32 pm
百世修来同船渡,千载修得共枕眠

One hundred lives for two people to ride in the same boat, One thousand lives to share a pillow.
Beautiful sentiment!
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Moderation
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Moderation

To interpret this in the most flattering light, I'd say it's an admonition against being rigid in our application of ethics. Consider the trials Naropa experienced in searching for his guru. Here are the first three: He first encountered a limbless leper woman, who blocked his path and was unable to...
by kausalya
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Falling sick from a practise?
Replies: 14
Views: 1056

Re: Falling sick from a practise?

Working with energies in this manner seems inadvisable for people who are just coming out of the gate, with limited or no meditation experience and without individualized guidance from a teacher. I don't know if that description applies to you, but it sounds like the class was aimed at beginners; my...

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