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by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can a First Bhumi Bodhisattva Kill a Person Out of Anger?
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Can a First Bhumi Bodhisattva Kill a Person Out of Anger?

Hi all,

Pretty straight-forward question: is it possible for a first bhumi bodhisattva to kill a human being out of anger? Or is a practitioner on such a stage beyond this type of non-virtue?
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 827

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

thomaslaw wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:47 am
:jumping:
Queequeg wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:09 pm
Yes.
But the Mahayana texts do not record the Buddha says he has 32 marks.

Thomas
Yes they do. The Abhisamayalamkara (more or less a summary of the Prajnaparamita sutras, from Maitreya/Asanga) lists the 32 major and 80 minor marks and says they pertain to the Sambhogakaya.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5521

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Mantrik wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:36 pm
We need a teacher who is suited to our need for instructions, rather than a teacher who expects his students to satisfy his need to give them.
Yea, it would be super scary to find oneself in such a position. I would sprint away from that kind of situation, which I believe I have done before.
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 107
Views: 9343

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

thomaslaw wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:28 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:07 am
thomaslaw wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:47 am


Do you have samaya?
Yes.
What it is?
I don't have permission from my teacher to give people teachings on samaya. Sorry. You might get an idea if you read through the previous pages in this topic.
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 107
Views: 9343

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

thomaslaw wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:47 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:27 am
thomaslaw wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:33 am
Samaya is a practice of bhakti 'devotional faith'.

Thomas
I think that is sometimes one aspect of it. I don't think that's really what it's about, though. Do you have samaya, by the way, Thomas?
Do you have samaya?
Yes.
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 107
Views: 9343

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

thomaslaw wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:33 am
Samaya is a practice of bhakti 'devotional faith'.

Thomas
I think that is sometimes one aspect of it. I don't think that's really what it's about, though. Do you have samaya, by the way, Thomas?
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis
Replies: 63
Views: 1827

Re: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis

Which movie is that? Milarepa.jpg Ah yes, I watched that a few years ago. I think there was supposed to be a second part but they didn't make one after all. Thanks. This one's pretty cool. Tells the complete story, but in a very different style. It's more like an animated picture book with a soundt...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sonam...
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: Sonam...

oṃ amidewa hrīḥ
oṃ amidewa hrīḥ
oṃ amidewa hrīḥ
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 59
Views: 4504

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

jnanasutra wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:53 pm
When will the rigpa rangshar and the rigpa rangdrol come out?
Amazon says August 28, 2018.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzoghen and Mahamudra books
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Dzoghen and Mahamudra books

For Dzogchen Kadag Trekcho: Chapter 10 of Longchenpa's auto-commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena , titled Natural Meditative Stability . PM me for contact info to get recordings of my teacher, Khenpo Sonam , teaching this text. There are also some other good Dzogchen o...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2571

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

dzogchungpa wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:30 am
What we really need is a DW rating system, kind of like what they have for chess.
IMO this kind of thing is toxic for discussion fora.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?
Replies: 22
Views: 891

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?

Thun and Ganapuja book (the latest) Would that be this one ? Does it cover everything found in the Ganapuja book ? That's the one, but I don't have the Ganapuja book, so can't answer the second part of your question. It is certainly really comprehensive. The pdf file can be downloaded here: http://...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best translation of Mipham Rinpoche's Gateway to Knowledge?
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Best translation of Mipham Rinpoche's Gateway to Knowledge?

There is only one that I know of. Translated by Erik Pema Kunsang and published by Rangjung Yeshe.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?
Replies: 22
Views: 891

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?

Mantrik wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:03 am
Thun and Ganapuja book (the latest)
Would that be this one? Does it cover everything found in the Ganapuja book?
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?
Replies: 22
Views: 891

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu books and so forth?

Virgo wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:31 pm
CedarTree wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:11 pm
Virgo wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:09 pm
I recommend the same books. :)

Kevin
Why for you ;)
Crytsal, in particular, can open your eyes to a whole other world.

Kevin
Absolutely! That's how it felt for me, too.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4741
Views: 402341

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:18 pm
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:17 pm
Aryjna wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:55 pm


Has ChNNR said that it is better to do a ganapuja instead of thun at home?
Everyone does ganapuja on the 10th and 25th days, right?
Generally, if one is alone one does the full medium thun with protectors instead of ganapuja.
I stand corrected. Interesting!
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4741
Views: 402341

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Find sth you are interested in. For example yantra yoga, dance of vajra, SMS, Mandarava, anything. :) But be present and do gy and sov every day. :) Maybe small retreat on some semdzin or rushen would help. And do ganapujas even if alone. Has ChNNR said that it is better to do a ganapuja instead of...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Types of emanations
Replies: 24
Views: 600

Re: Types of emanations

By their money, some "fake" tulku helped more the dharma than true tertöns. Do you know the price the maintenance costs of a monastery ? Monasteries don't maintain Dharma transmission, realized beings do. Inauthentic practitioners destroy Dharma transmission with their dirty money. I prefer a more ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Akaniṣṭha Gandavyuha location
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Akaniṣṭha Gandavyuha location

I think Gandavyuha particularly is Vairochana's buddhafield. Akanistha more generally, I think, can be any of the buddhafields of the five classes. Apparently Malcolm said this before : Akaniṣṭha Gandavyuha is outside of the three realms completely. It can only be accessed by bodhisattvas of the eig...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Types of emanations
Replies: 24
Views: 600

Re: Types of emanations

I've never seen or heard an explanation of any difference between them. The only thing I know is that typically the mind emanation is the most important. For example, Dudjom Lingpa had five emanations of body, speech, mind, qualities, and activity. Dudjom Rinpoche was the mind emanation of Dudjom L...