a)No. b)Because the Arya Sangha teaches them.VinceField wrote:Is Pureland not a fantastic construction of a deluded mind? If your response is no, how do you know it isn't?
Okay. But to practice Vajrayana techniques you REALLY need the guidance of a qualified and realised teacher. 100% necessary because there are so many pitfalls on the path. There are many very good teachers regularly giving profound teachings online now days. Take advantage of them.I am my own teacher. Buddhism isn't too big in my part of Brazil so my options in this department are very limited. I'm a trial and error kinda guy and usually figure things out for myself and excel without formal training, whether it's development via spiritual practices, artistic, creative, and professional skills, or whatever else it may be that I develop an interest or need for. I currently practice theravada meditation practices, tao meditation/energy practices, and dream yoga/lucid dreaming and out of body/astral projection. I've been involved in the ladder practices for half of my life, but only seriously got into Buddhist meditation not even a few months ago, as I have recently solidified my desire and efforts to make serious spiritual progress along the lines of the Buddhist path. I now consider the out of body experiences to simply be icing on the cake, although my experiences thus far in higher nonphysical dimensions have demonstrated serious potential for attaining spiritual insights and knowledge.
Yes and no. Really, you need a good teacher to explain this stuff to you, albeit to say that the Vajrayana technique of initiation/empowerment deals very effectively with this issue. For phowa to be really effective, empowerment is REALLY important.VinceField wrote:Sherab, thanks for the references!
Regarding the idea that Pureland isn't a construction born of delusion: Perhaps it is not, but this cannot be truly known until one experiences the undeluded reality of Pureland firsthand. Otherwise it's just a belief.
VinceField wrote:I didn't know they made Tibetan Buddhist trading cards.
Virgo wrote:Kirt, do you remember where you read this? Were there ever any other Tibetan Arhat's I wonder?
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