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by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Akaniṣṭha Gandavyuha location
Replies: 5
Views: 248

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...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:48 pm
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 Li...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 905

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

Shakyamuni Buddha never took that vow AFAIK. Of course he received that vow. :shrug: I'm not sure if the OP has been edited since I responded to it. But what I thought he was asking about was the vow to postpone his enlightenment until all other sentient beings became Buddhas first. Surely Shakyamu...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: A different look at Guru Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 1603

Re: A different look at Guru Yoga

Focusing on devotion to the Outer Guru not as a conduit for the student to attain the same state, but simply as a set of rules to be followed. OK, this is clear. I understand the distinction. However, I don't know any lamas (especially including Khyentse Rinpoche) who teach the latter. Khyentse Rin...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: A different look at Guru Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 1603

Re: A different look at Guru Yoga

I like what I heave read from Ringu Tulku a lot. There is a difference between someone advocating real devotion and connection to the Outer Guru, and someone advocating for devotion to the Outer Guru as basically an obligatory institutional thing, whatever else they want to claim it is. Once it tur...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 20375

Re: The DJKR Topic

What if unawareness is perfectly exemplified by the idea, “things truly are the way I see them, and I know this for a fact because I see them that way”? :shrug: What if we were warned by countless teachers not to discard virtous conduct in favor of the ultimate view....oh wait, we were. On the othe...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3589

Re: enlightment in one life

:good:
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 3239

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

passel wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:00 pm
Devotion is the hook.
Devotion arises as the perfume of practice and draws the blessings.
Blessings enrich the practice, it’s a feedback loop.
I think it's usually said that the student's faith and devotion are the "ring" and the guru's compassion and blessings are the "hook". :)
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starring Grigoris at 1:39
Replies: 31
Views: 1037

Re: Starring Grigoris at 1:39

Nice, work Greg! I would kinda like to hear how you say the word "Buddhism" :)
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Liberation, Padmasambhava and Bonpos, etc.
Replies: 114
Views: 2782

Re: Tantric Liberation, Padmasambhava and Bonpos, etc.

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:47 pm
You get rid of ISIS and something else will grow to take it's place. Guaranteed. Unless you deal with the root of the problem.

Drone bombing does not deal with the root of the problem.
What is the root of the problem?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: End of my moderation
Replies: 21
Views: 679

Re: End of my moderation

Thanks for your service to the forum, Ayu!
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: puke blood and die
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: puke blood and die

So, I can definitely remember reading a passage where the Buddha said something like " if I were to talk about the sufferings in the lower realms the bodhisattvas would puke blood and die". correct? Is there also a similar quote mentioned about unripe disciples hearing the perfection wisdom sutras?...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Introduction to Buddhahood
Replies: 26
Views: 1027

Re: Introduction to Buddhahood

"The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2741803-the-precious-treasury-of-the-basic-space-of-phenomena has got to be the best introduction to Buddhahood/ enlightenment that there is. But are there others? Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked A...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 905

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

Thomas- then what about the Jatakas, and all the places in the Pali canon where he talks about before was the Buddha and he calls himself the bodhisatta? That’s where the whole bodhisattva vow comes from OP- because the Mahāyāna doesn’t equate buddhahood with cessation I think one can be a bodhisat...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 905

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

Shakyamuni Buddha never took that vow AFAIK.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism

Specifically speaking about phurbas/kīlas, Martin Boord wrote this book The Cult of the Deity Vajrakilaya . Chapter Two is titled Buddhist assimilation of the kīla . I've wanted to get Boord's book for years. I am told it is restricted to those who received the Jangter Phurba and another phurba pra...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism

Specifically speaking about phurbas/kīlas, Martin Boord wrote this book The Cult of the Deity Vajrakilaya. Chapter Two is titled Buddhist assimilation of the kīla.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Altar accessories

The tormas offered at Saraswati Bhawan were only for a special fund-raising. This is not something regularly offered. If you want to have clay tormas made specifically for you, try Minling Gyurme. He's an artist Lama from Mindroling who is accomplished in all the Tibetan religious arts, including t...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Altar accessories

Today i received an email from Saraswati Bhawan, Lama Dawa's centre in USA offering many items including many tormas for sale. Check website or email them. Do you know the URL, by chance, good sir? I visited http://saraswatibhawan.org but the store on that site seems to only sell audio teachings. T...