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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 11508

Re: Weed is now legal in California

The Cicada wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:35 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:50 pm
Why do people adopt any obsession?
Prapañca.

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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your Spiritual Youth
Replies: 23
Views: 1415

Re: Your Spiritual Youth

TharpaChodron, your post reminds me of some recent experiences I've had with my daughter (21 months old). Her day school was cancelled one day so I took off work to take her to the Freer and Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC). Lots of Buddha statues and images. One room is set up...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?
Replies: 16
Views: 1777

Re: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?

pemachophel wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:36 pm
dr. nida chenagtsang sometimes gives classes on this.
Thanks, I will keep my eyes open for this!
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?
Replies: 16
Views: 1777

Re: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?

It is called sa che (sa dpyad), but it deals more with txternal landscapes than interoior design, though some works also contain tips for setting up retreat cabins. Tibetan culture has some traditional recommendationsfor household layout, but as far as I know, these are not classed as sa che. :good...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?
Replies: 16
Views: 1777

Re: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?

It is called sa che (sa dpyad), but it deals more with txternal landscapes than interoior design, though some works also contain tips for setting up retreat cabins. Tibetan culture has some traditional recommendationsfor household layout, but as far as I know, these are not classed as sa che. :good:
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 2768

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

Some pretty good advice here already. I'll share one of my staple meals. Extremely easy to cook, and tasty. Recipe is from John Douillard. One-Pot Lentils and Rice Makes 3-4 servings 1 cup basmati rice, brown or white, uncooked (or any seasonal whole grain) 5 cups water (or homemade sodium-free vege...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Here's an old thread of mine when I visited the Garden of 100 Buddhas for the first time, to leave a Dharma friends tsa-tsa. https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=115&t=20119&p=321668&hilit=garden+of+1000+buddhas#p321668 The Garden of 1000 Buddhas is a really magical place. I got a nice shot ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

like where? Namdrol Pemay Gatshal stupa garden at Pema Osel Ling in Watsonville, California (near Santa Cruz). The 35 foot Vajrasattva statue and others at the Tashi Choling Mandala Garden near Ashland, Oregon. And the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana. You need to do Khandroling and...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Pilgrimage hasn't been a big part of my practice, although I do consider it to be important. I definitely want to visit those four famous sites that Malcolm mentioned which the Buddha encouraged his followers to visit, among others (Paro Taktsang). So far, the only pilgrimages I've done are to stup...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4751

Re: Guru Devotion

It could. We often make the assumption that upaya and pure view etc is limited to one side of the teacher student coin. There may be times when the circumstances of wisdom and method require unorthodox behavior from both the teacher and or the student. It's about the individual relationships and ci...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4751

Re: Guru Devotion

It could. We often make the assumption that upaya and pure view etc is limited to one side of the teacher student coin. There may be times when the circumstances of wisdom and method require unorthodox behavior from both the teacher and or the student. It's about the individual relationships and ci...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

stupas and large statues in North America like where? Namdrol Pemay Gatshal stupa garden at Pema Osel Ling in Watsonville, California (near Santa Cruz). The 35 foot Vajrasattva statue and others at the Tashi Choling Mandala Garden near Ashland, Oregon. And the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arle...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Pilgrimage hasn't been a big part of my practice, although I do consider it to be important. I definitely want to visit those four famous sites that Malcolm mentioned which the Buddha encouraged his followers to visit, among others (Paro Taktsang). So far, the only pilgrimages I've done are to stupa...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3424

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Nyedrag Yeshe wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:22 pm
Yes, and I also believe that pilgrimage creates a sort of Devotional mindset that is overall very positive to one's practice and confidence in Dharma. Besides creating a connection with the virtuous activities of Buddhas and past time masters!
:good:
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Devotion
Replies: 99
Views: 4751

Re: Guru Devotion

...practitioners have a broader view than merely believing gurus are always above reproach. So devotion to a guru may include a guru being reproached by their student? It could. We often make the assumption that upaya and pure view etc is limited to one side of the teacher student coin. There may b...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 3953

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

That makes sense, in that the Gelug view tends to assert that one CAN understand and fully comprehend the mode of reality through intellect and that this can indeed lead to total realization. It is a unique feature of the Gelug view and practice. Is one of the implications of this that Gelugpas ass...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 3953

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

I've always found Tsongkhapa's points on this not to be in any kind of actual contradiction to the traditional interpretation of emptiness but rather an additional detail that may help some people avoid the extreme of nihilism. Basically, it can be useful but is unnecessary. There is a difference i...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564283

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Dear Dzogchen Community, As Rinpoche is still under the treatment and in recovery process – He will not provide the upcoming Worlwide Guruyoga Transmission as usual. Practitioners are invited to join the Guruyoga practice instead. We will join all together at the same time and in the same way as th...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Dangerous Fallacy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1384

Re: A Dangerous Fallacy.

I would not have mentioned it at all if I had not seen such sentiments in the mouths of purported Vajrayana students. Vajrayāna does refer to false-aspectarian Yogācāra view for its position on how appearances manifest and are mistakenly apprehended as substantial entities. Hence consciousness in s...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 17
Views: 795

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

Hmm. Nobody ever answered any of my questions about how to set up a stupa. Curious. I have zero experience building stupas. My teacher, however, has plenty of experience and was basically the key architect for this stupa garden . I can put you in contact with my teacher if you have serious question...

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