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by Tilopa
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Burning Dharma Materials
Replies: 42
Views: 7574

Re: Burning Dharma Materials

I can't provide the source but HH Dalai Lama once said it's ok to recycle Dharma materials that don't contain images of gurus and deities.
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 6325

Re: Stuck souls?

Physical death in the physical world means that the physical body dies and doesn't work any more.But how is "death" in the bardo, after those 7 days, defined? What is meant by "death" in the bardo? What exactly dies? You ask good questions but the answers are very involved. This book will help: htt...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 6325

Re: Stuck souls?

They can however take birth as beings that we would ordinarily consider to be "ghosts" or "spirits". Correct. Life as a spirit is one of the 6 types of desire realm rebirth but hungry ghosts and other spirits aren't stuck in the bardo - they've been born in their world just as we have been born in ...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 6325

Re: Stuck souls?

Can a human, after death, get stuck in the In-Between State for several years? According to the traditional Tibetan presentation the answer is no. The longest a being stays in the bardo is 49 days. See this teaching by HH Dalai Lama: http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=383" onclick="...
by Tilopa
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shadow of the Dalai Lama
Replies: 32
Views: 4616

Re: Shadow of the Dalai Lama

I agree that it is no doubt a hit piece and that some of its claims are outlandish. More than outlandish it's absurd and reveals the authors total lack of understanding. I think it brings up some valid points regarding the exploitation of women in tantirc sex magic rituals I think you are probably ...
by Tilopa
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 5644

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

How would offerings made in Kopan appease the Nagas living under your house? How pujas work is a magical and mysterious aspect of Mahayana/Vajrayana practice somehow related to karma, interdependence and the power of the Dharma but it's hard to understand and explain so I don't really know the answ...
by Tilopa
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 5644

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

Do you know how to comission Lamas to perform the Naga offering puja? Do you know if the Naga Torma - Lutor - offered at http://monlam.org/moreprayers.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; is a naga offering puja? Yes Lutor is an offering to the nagas usually performed to help overcom...
by Tilopa
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Study Group
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

Re: Study Group

A Guide the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - Shantideva Wheel of Sharp Weapons - Dharmaraksita Words of My Perfect Teacher - Patrul Rinpoche Essence of Refined Gold - 3rd Dalai Lama Lamp Illuminating the Path - Atisha Or something similar. I wouldn't even mention tantra as it can be very confusing if the...
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Tilopa wrote: It's our karma to live on a planet where the law of gravity operates.
Now you are changing your position. You are asserting that a planet can have gravity, a condition, prior to any karma putting somebody there.
OK whatever.... :zzz:
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Random question on Chogyam Trungpa
Replies: 54
Views: 5905

Re: Random question on Chogyam Trungpa

gregkavarnos wrote:Ever heard anybody use the word f*** at least four times in one sentence? A habit I picked up working with street kids, junkies and prostitutes.
More likely a result of having spent some of your formative years growing up in Australia. :tongue:
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

So you are saying that karma, not plate tectonics creates tsunamis. Both are necessary for beings to be adversely affected by one. You have to distinguish between root causes and co-operative conditions. It's the karma of living beings to live in a place where tsunamis occur but a co-operative cond...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

The original post referred to the external conditions which give rise to poverty. Essentially blaming the people who live in those conditions for those external conditions "on their karma" is not the same as regarding their mental attitude toward those conditions, which is the karma we can actually...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

My point is that what is functioning as karma is the way a person experiences the conditions which arise in one's life. It isn't the conditions themselves. Actually it is. A full and complete karmic action produces 4 results: 1. rebirth in one of the realms of existence 2. personal experience 3. ha...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

What you call my 'red herring' was my response to Tilopa's referring to karma as "a universal force" and "a universal principle". That is some new-age interpretation. The universe doesn't care at all what happens to you. I'm using the word universal to mean omnipresent as per this definition from t...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Rinpoche or rinposhe?
Replies: 4
Views: 1884

Re: Rinpoche or rinposhe?

A rose by any other name smells just as sweet...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

If I am walking down the street and trip over a crack in the sidewalk, and sprain my ankle or whatever, of course that is the result of my own action. But it is not my karma that puts the crack in the sidewalk. No but it's your karma to be in the place where there is a crack in the sidewalk The ide...
by Tilopa
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: More Trungpa talk
Replies: 295
Views: 40839

Re: More Trungpa talk

Excellent post Karma Sherab, well said. :twothumbsup:
by Tilopa
Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

...by your way of understanding, there should be no precept against killing, because as soon as I kill somebody, I am merely causing them to realize the fruit of karma that they have already planted through their own past negative deeds, and the more people I kill, the more people I am helping to r...
by Tilopa
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

Yes, everything happens for a reason. But not everything that happens to a person is the result of their own actions. Well actually it is. Let's take the flooded river example. Now a river flooding is (maybe) not a consequence of a specific action on your behalf, but being in the vicinity, or livin...
by Tilopa
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 4611

Re: Causes of poverty.

PadmaVonSamba wrote:And no, karma is not an invisible force in the universe.
It depends on how we use language but to be more accurate I should have said it's a universal principle that applies to all ordinary beings everywhere at all times.

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