Im thinking of exploring Vajrayana..any advice?

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Im thinking of exploring Vajrayana..any advice?

Postby Mokugyo » Fri May 13, 2011 4:09 pm

I am currently practicing Pureland. I recite Guan yin, Ksitigarbha, and Ksitigarbha Sutra. I feel that Tibetan Buddhism is more accessible as the places in my area only speak Vietnamese or Chinese.

I like the deeper practices in Vajrayana, especially those of compassion (such as 8 verses for transforming the mind). Many dharma practitioners I've come across are Vajrayana practitioners. However, Im not doing it just because they are, but because they are so inspiring. I really want to adapt the 8 verses for transforming the mind into my practice too. It reminds me to keep my practice going.

My practice is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Even if I dont venture into Vajrayana, can I still let it influence me? It just feels so "right" for me, but from here, I dont know where to go.

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Postby gnegirl » Fri May 13, 2011 4:53 pm

Make an aspiration to find the right lineage to connect to, and to do so for the swift enlightenment of onesself and all beings.
"Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise." --Surangama Sutra

Phenomenon, vast as space, dharmata is your base, arising and falling like ocean tide cycles, why do i cling to your illusion of unceasing changlessness?

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Postby ngodrup » Fri May 13, 2011 4:56 pm

If you let us know where you are located,
we may be able to point your to something
in your region.

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Postby Dechen Norbu » Fri May 13, 2011 5:16 pm

You can always try the Dzogchen Community. Watch a few webcasts and see if they inspire you. One of such webcasts will start tomorrow and it's open.
Here is the post with the informations about it:
viewtopic.php?f=85&t=4153

This is where you can watch it live:
http://www.shangshunginstitute.net/webcast/video.php

I hope it benefits you.

Best wishes, :smile:

DN

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Postby Paul » Fri May 13, 2011 5:24 pm

Look at the unfathomable spinelessness of man: all the means he's been given to stay alert he uses, in the end, to ornament his sleep. – Rene Daumal
the modern mind has become so limited and single-visioned that it has lost touch with normal perception - John Michell

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Postby Grigoris » Mon May 16, 2011 10:35 am

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Postby Grigoris » Mon May 16, 2011 10:48 am

Sez hoo?
:namaste:
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Postby Grigoris » Mon May 16, 2011 12:32 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Postby Dhondrub » Mon May 16, 2011 12:54 pm

btw Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave an excellent pithy teaching on "Calling the Guru from afar" near Berlin last year. You can order DVDs of that teaching here:
http://www.siddharthasintent.de/pages/e ... ameset.htm

And in 2000 Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche gave 3 Weeks of teachings on this text, you can order here: http://www.benchen.org/de/media-archive ... -2000.html

best

tashi

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Postby Pero » Mon May 16, 2011 1:29 pm

Although many individuals in this age appear to be merely indulging their worldly desires, one does not have the capacity to judge them, so it is best to train in pure vision.
- Shabkar

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Postby rai » Sat May 21, 2011 1:08 pm

hello Mokugyo,

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's teachings on "Amitabha Sutra from the Perspective of Triple Vision" with Chinesse translation http://www.sakyatenphelling.org/ - section "recorded teachings" -> "Amithaba Sutra"

I listened to it long time ago, Rinpoche explained some Vajrayana concepts while talking about Amithaba Sutra. Could be interesting for you since you've practiced Pure Land =)

Another teachings available on this website "The Three Levels of Perception" by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also nice introduction to Vajrayana, also with the Chinesse translation.

Regards!


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