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by Caz
Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 42
Views: 6705

Re: Taking Refuge

I don't know Caz. The situation in Tibet being what it is I am not so impressed with the connections of that have resulted in aforementioned tulku's so-called "beneficial activities". Any further discussion would violate ToS. This is an issue whose depth cannot be comprehended without a deep knowle...
by Caz
Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 42
Views: 6705

Re: Taking Refuge

This is a far cry from the opinion of the lamas and monks I have spoken to at Sera Jey and Mey monasteries, but I guess it all depends on where you get your information, and who you decide to trust. It does depend on where you get your Information and not surprisingly those who disagree tend to see...
by Caz
Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 42
Views: 6705

Re: Taking Refuge

Geshe Soepa is an excellent scholar and also a very nice man, even if he isn't the lama you choose as a guru, you will learn a great deal from him in the meantime. The current Phabongkha tulku is not associated with FPMT or Sera Mey, as both organizations require their members to sign an oath again...
by Caz
Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Oracles and taking trance...
Replies: 16
Views: 2258

Re: Oracles and taking trance...

2 cents worth.... It amazes me that anybody gives any of this any credence at all. I know some people who regularly get to see a certain Oracle whom has always been highly regarded, When one person asked for advise many years previously to a different oracle but of the same deity and asked again th...
by Caz
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Taking Refuge
Replies: 42
Views: 6705

Re: Taking Refuge

Tell them that the methods of purification that one can receive through taking refuge are by far greater compared to not purifying negativity at all through not entering Buddhism, No one is perfect at keeping vows at first that is why we make purification an essential practice. :namaste:
by Caz
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lam Rim study/practice
Replies: 10
Views: 2015

Re: Lam Rim study/practice

Some people move quickly through each topic and others spend a long time deepening their understanding. Initially, I think it is fine to move through the cycle of topics fairly quickly until one develops more understanding. Then, the pace (entirely up to the individual) slows and we might spend mor...
by Caz
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Lama Tsongkhapa as a deity.
Replies: 11
Views: 2072

Re: Lama Tsongkhapa as a deity.

The Guru Yoga instructions in which Lama Tsongkhapa is visualised as a Deity comes from the Kadam Emanation Scripture that was given to Je Tsongkhapa by Manjushri himself. There are two principal yogas related to Je Tsongkhapa - The Ganden Lhagyema or Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land and Lama...
by Caz
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug View of Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 9162

Re: Gelug View of Dzogchen?

Buton Rinczen Drup (1290-1364 r. n.e.) made the collection of scripture generally known as the Old Nartang (snar thang) edition of the Kangyur (bka' 'gyur) and Tengyur (bstan 'gyur). In it He did not include such things as termas of Inner Tantras and other Tantras of Dzogchen because they seem to b...
by Caz
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug View of Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 9162

Re: Gelug View of Dzogchen?

I don't think so. The Gelug tradition is not as monolithic an as it first appears. I don't think the Ganden Tripa of the time consented to Sera Jey taking as its yidam and protector Hayagriva. This was decided autonomously by the monastery. Nor did the Ganden Tripa of the time consent to the popula...
by Caz
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug View of Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 9162

Re: Gelug View of Dzogchen?

Je Tsongkhapa did not include Dzogchen in his formulation so it is not practised officially within the Gelug tradition. Caz, What do you mean by "practiced officially"? Who decides that? Certainly Lama Tzongkhapa's works form the core of the Gelug tradition, but the tradition is a constantly evolvi...
by Caz
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug View of Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 9162

Re: Gelug View of Dzogchen?

Hi, I am not entirely new to Tibetan Buddhism anymore, I've studied for over a year now. But I don't know hardly anything about Gelug. How does the Gelug school view Dzogchen? I have heard hearsay that Gelug treats Dzogchen as heretical because they claim that Dzogchen proposes atman. Also, do you ...
by Caz
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal sacrifice cancelled.
Replies: 3
Views: 1208

Re: Animal sacrifice cancelled.

Hopefully views are shifting - Kali Ma is celebrated as part of the eternal cycle of destruction and creation - a necessary and benevolent deity who is being seen more and more as a mother deity for propitiation with offerings which are not in the form of animal sacrifice. That's what I observed in...
by Caz
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: Samantabhadra - Bodhisattva or Buddha or AdiBuddha?

Samantabhadra is all of them. Buddha's appear in many different forms to benefit others.
by Caz
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Texas
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: Hi from Texas

I first found the sister theravata site and they kindly referred me to over here since I am Mahayana. I attend the new Kadampa tradition temple in Arlington TX, which is in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas. I do not wish to trouble anyone, but I have a couple of questions. First some ...
by Caz
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayogini
Replies: 49
Views: 8243

Re: Vajrayogini

I would read and watch these if you have an interest in Vajrayogini friend.

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by Caz
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 8894

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

With respect to Lama Phabonkhapa it would be fairly foolish to consider him sectarian when he incorporated the the Vajrayogini practice from the Sakya system. It is proper to consider him sectarian based on the numerous grossly sectarian comments scattered in his collected works. M And yet when he ...
by Caz
Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 8894

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

This is a gross mischaracterization of the story I related and I am not sure what benefit a response will do, but I should respond as now I fear Geshe la will be framed in an unfair light. (I should know better that to tell personal stories on online forums!) Of course Geshe Sonam is devoted to Lam...
by Caz
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 8894

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

One tradition may contain enough fodder for a lifetime, but what if a person simply finds it isn't producing results? One can mix traditions concurrently or consecutively, and I can't see that becoming a master is any swifter or more complete through limiting study to one tradition. Results depend ...
by Caz
Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 8894

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

I think it is good to have roots in a tradition. But one's branches should reach out for nourishment in all directions. I realize that there are a number of lamas who insists on lineage affiliation, and I am sure they have their reasons. However, as a practitioner I find this view rather dated and ...
by Caz
Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 8894

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

Why ? Because one is all you need there is enough material contained within one to take up a life times worth of practice.

Tsem Rinpoche explains it.

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