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by shanehanner
Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 7 Chakras vs 5 in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 2879

7 Chakras vs 5 in Tibetan Buddhism

Why are there five chakras in Tibetan Buddhism vs seven in most other traditions?
by shanehanner
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: ASMR and Tummo drop melting
Replies: 3
Views: 790

ASMR and Tummo drop melting

A friend of mine just introduced me to Autonomous sensory meridian response and as soon as I started reading what it was I realized I had been experiencing this phenomenon all my life but never really thought much of it, "its just a good feeling", I thought. I also never mentioned it to anybody, not...
by shanehanner
Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best Explanation of the Literal Illusion of Reality
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Best Explanation of the Literal Illusion of Reality

Im not sure if Im not supposed to be posting anything from a non-Buddhist source, but Buddhism is inherently scientific. So I think this cognitive scientists explanation is worth hearing for people with difficulty in understanding what is meant by the "illusion" or "dream-like" nature of reality. I ...
by shanehanner
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: No, the external world is an illusion, right?
Replies: 41
Views: 4305

Re: No, the external world is an illusion, right?

We can look at modern science to see that the literal interpretation is correct. Most of this information has not even reached the mainstream of civilization but its become very clear. The external world exists entirely in your brain, all a bunch of electrical signals that are being interpreted as a...
by shanehanner
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantrism in India-what happened?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Tantrism in India-what happened?

"Tantrism" (if you include Hindu tantrism) did flourish in India, at certain times and in certain places. But India is a huge place, and there is (or was in the old days) more cultural difference between a Punjabi, a Keralan, and an Assamese than between an Englishman, an Italian, and a Russian. No...
by shanehanner
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo
Replies: 103
Views: 13800

Re: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo

Even if one were to get tummo texts and commentaries in translation, the reality is that there is a huge oral tradition behind such practices that is not immediately self evident, and given the existence of the oral tradition, that itself is something that can't be vomited forth because it has to b...
by shanehanner
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visualization Training
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Re: Visualization Training

:good: Reading through what I see of this thread I'll throw in my 2 cents, though it's apparent some posts have been deleted. A few important points, in my opinion: 1. On visualization: As others have said, it's not like normal seeing, nor is it like having a special hallucination. It is closer to i...
by shanehanner
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo
Replies: 103
Views: 13800

Re: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo

Do a Google search on Hinduism escaping from samsara and what do you find? Hinduism describing samsara as a continuous cycle of birth and death that needs to be escaped from. If you don't believe Hinduism leads to the ultimate then maybe you can go to India and find a sadhu in a cave, meditating wi...
by shanehanner
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo
Replies: 103
Views: 13800

Re: Kundalini Yoga and Tummo

Its so discouraging when I hear dogma in Buddhism. So-called "right view" has not stopped countless yogis in India from reaching enlightenment, liberation is beyond views. How view can't stop people. This going to the top of one most delusional things-explanations on my list. If people practice pro...
by shanehanner
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantrism in India-what happened?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Tantrism in India-what happened?

Why has tantrism in India not flourished the way it has in Tibet? I read in A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya that it had received a negative connotation at a certain period in India. Is this still the case? Does this have anything to do with why it was brought ...
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 4:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visualization Training
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Re: Visualization Training

i was going to say something along the same lines as smcj. anothe example, if your a male, tell me you can't visualize a hot girl. right? just like the other post implied some of it is simply familiarization. I think Im starting to get your point. This is a helpful dialogue! ...I will say this, I h...
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visualization Training
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Re: Visualization Training

I have had great difficulty in producing visualizations during meditation and thought some of you may have experienced similiar obstacles and could share some advice. Years ago I was complaining to my teacher that I couldn't visualize. We had something along the lines of the following exchange: Stu...
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 4:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Re: Empowerments

Im reading from the Kindle versions so Im not sure which page, but its from the section of the book you mentioned was most beneficial to you.
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Re: Empowerments

Is it necessary to receive several different empowerments? What is the benefit? Why are there so many? I am particularly interested in the differences between the following: Wrathful Guru Rinpoche, VajraVidarana (Dorje Namjom), Achi Chokyi Drolma, and Amitabha empowerment. Hi Shane, do you have a g...
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visualization Training
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Re: Visualization Training

Thank you, ordering the book!
by shanehanner
Sun May 31, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Empowerments

Is it necessary to receive several different empowerments? What is the benefit? Why are there so many?

I am particularly interested in the differences between the following: Wrathful Guru Rinpoche, VajraVidarana (Dorje Namjom), Achi Chokyi Drolma, and Amitabha empowerment.
by shanehanner
Sat May 30, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Visualization Training
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Visualization Training

I have had great difficulty in producing visualizations during meditation and thought some of you may have experienced similiar obstacles and could share some advice. Visualizing a deity is far too advanced for me at the moment because I see nothing but black space when I close my eyes. I tend to ju...
by shanehanner
Fri May 29, 2015 5:25 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and the Modern World
Replies: 2
Views: 1918

Re: Mahamudra and the Modern World

samtenzangpo wrote:Iv been considering starting this course and wondered what your thoughts where. I heard reginald speaking on a pod cast about having contact with students via Skype
Im halfway through it and have gotten a lot out of it. I recommend!
by shanehanner
Fri May 29, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist University in English?
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Buddhist University in English?

There's Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) which is part of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) in Ukiah, CA, which also has some housing for families. There's also Maitripa College in Portland OR. CTTB also has a Sangha Laity training program which is probably the closest thing to an East...
by shanehanner
Wed May 27, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why no Tantrism in Zen?
Replies: 47
Views: 6648

Re: Why no Tantrism in Zen?

Thank you to everyone for the replies, there is a lot of information Ill be looking into further. Another comment I have on the subject is absolutely a personal opinion, but I have noticed that because there is such an emphasis in Vajrayana on the Tantric practices that not of much time and discours...

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