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by madhusudan
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: Happiness

Hope this is helpful: "How can we ensure happiness in future lifetimes? By practicing virtue with body, speech, and mind. When engendering Bodhicitta we pray, "May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness; may they be free of suffering and the causes of suffering." The cause of...
by madhusudan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 87
Views: 28729

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Thanks for the question. I'm not a very good communicator, as you might have guessed! My statement was in reference to the title of the thread. Some spiritual people can enter into a deviation that is an obsession with siddhi. Also, because we live in the West, and during a dark age, people tend tow...
by madhusudan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening
Replies: 87
Views: 28729

Re: Kundalini Awakening vs Buddhist Awakening

Without bodhicitta you've got zero. Good luck to all.
by madhusudan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: Happiness

Yes, my understanding is that the cause of happiness is virtue. It's true that different beings experience the same phenomena in different ways according to their karma, but in general it's safe to say that in the human realm most people prefer plenty to deprivation, pleasure to pain, good health to...
by madhusudan
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where does religion end and superstition begin - from Nichiren and Superstition
Replies: 30
Views: 3066

Re: Where does religion end and superstition begin - from Nichiren and Superstition

There are all kinds of superstitions. Through lack of faith many people believe in extremely negative superstitions such as the belief that things exist as they appear.
by madhusudan
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Padmasambhava as 8yo
Replies: 3
Views: 793

Re: Padmasambhava as 8yo

Thanks! You've fulfilled my wish!
by madhusudan
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Padmasambhava as 8yo
Replies: 3
Views: 793

Padmasambhava as 8yo

A text states to visualize Guru Rinpoche as 8 years old, but I've never seen a picture of this. Do we just see a regular image, but 'know' he's 8? Does he still have a mustache?

Virtue
by madhusudan
Wed May 24, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lamas of Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Lamas of Dudjom Tersar

Lopon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche is one such teacher. I second this one. But it ultimately depends on your geographical location and ability to travel. So where are you? I appreciate all the replies. I prayed and prayed and finally found vajrayana.org online. At around the same time I moved to Eugene, O...
by madhusudan
Wed May 24, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lamas of Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Lamas of Dudjom Tersar

For years and years I just worked on ethical disciple (total failure!), Mahayana aspirations, and shine while praying to encounter the most pure path of saints. Dudjom Tersar fulfilled my wishes. So kind! But, I wonder whom I can aspire to meet or receive teachings from in this tradition? Who are th...
by madhusudan
Fri May 05, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 5181

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

i'm a bit confused with the attachment issue, ¿can i get some help? In every practice we enter with the right motivation: bodhicitta, perform the practice with nonconceptual awareness, and finish by dedicating the merit to enlightenment. Then everything will be perfect. Since there's no giver, gift...
by madhusudan
Thu May 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 5181

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

mm should one judge what people do with our gifts? I'm familiar with the arguments against giving cash to homeless individuals on the street, but that persceptive has never sat well with me. If gifts are given with pure intention, they are good. Drug addicts and alcoholics need to eat as well; a li...
by madhusudan
Thu May 04, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Your favourite hagiographies and biogprahies?
Replies: 27
Views: 3152

Re: Your favourite hagiographies and biogprahies?

I've bookmarked this thread for future reference as hagiography has been my most favorite genre ever since reading the 100,000 Songs long ago. Thanks for all the great recommendations in one convenient location. I liked Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eighty-four Siddhas . https://shop.dharmapublis...
by madhusudan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: What to do when you feel resistance to the object of meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1494

Re: What to do when you feel resistance to the object of meditation?

Maybe bring some vipissana/widom aspect to it by investigating where this aversion arises from, where it abides and where it goes? I haven't had this particular experience, so sorry if my suggestion is ridiculous.
by madhusudan
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 49860

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

I've read this thread with interest over the past days, and thank each poster for adding their perspective. Since the primordial Buddha spontaneously manifests as teacher and disciples, I thought the relative practices were aspects of compassion. Due to lack of merit and conceptual obscurations sent...
by madhusudan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 49860

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

What I was griping about is being passaive-agressively poo-pooed by someone for sometimes using "lower practices" when necessary... I recently came across something in which Yeshe Tsogyal describes using methods from various yanas to subdue her mind. Something about how if recalling emptiness doesn...
by madhusudan
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 49860

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Since sentient beings are as infinite as space, the Buddha's compassionate teachings are also infinite, but can be categorized into 84,000 kinds depending on beings' needs. I would guess that those who see no need for the lower teachings are usually those who need them the most. One thing I find kin...
by madhusudan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Discriminating Wisdom
Replies: 4
Views: 1093

Discriminating Wisdom

The information I've been able to find on the Internet on the 5 Wisdoms had a new-age flavor or was genuine, but opaque. My own intuition was that you want to discriminate between virtue and non-virtue, or in other words what is to be done and what is not to be done. That is the cause of happiness a...
by madhusudan
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6883

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”
Dalai Lama XIV
by madhusudan
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Overcoming jealousy
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Overcoming jealousy

I thought I'd mention sympathetic joy from the 4 Immeasurables since it hasn't been mentioned. This is a common antidote for jealousy in the Mahayana.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el170.html
by madhusudan
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Quotations or Traditional Sayings
Replies: 7
Views: 3776

Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Nice one, Javier.

"What goes around, comes around."

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