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by n8pee
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Where’s all the Gelukpas?
Replies: 10
Views: 487

Re: Where’s all the Gelukpas?

Yeah I started out with lam rim tsongkhapa, early on, gravitated towards Kagyu, then moved on, but I really was wondering what’s the Gelukpa majority here? Lama Zopa FPMT students? I mean I have friends in Drepung, just wondering what’s the make up of Geluk students. Seems very quiet. Drepung here.
by n8pee
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 73
Views: 3505

Re: Subtle body

Malcolm wrote: Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:10 pm In fact, the explanation of vayus, bindus, and nadis exists to explain the gestation of the human body in the womb, and is not some quasi physical system in parallel with physical body.
Could you elaborate on this a bit?
by n8pee
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 281
Views: 22346

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Sometimes one's negative karma results in one being reborn in a place where one's life will be taken in an untimely way: there are three causes of death: lack of merit, exhaustion of life force, and karmavipaka, such as being murdered. One can reasonably assume that aborted human fetuses either lac...
by n8pee
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Re: Do you know who this deity is?
Replies: 18
Views: 1285

Re: Do you know who this deity is?

Malcolm wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:58 pm Images of deities of the inner tantras are samaya images. Just because every one shows them these days does not make it right.
Vajrayana in the age of the internet is a whole topic in and of itself.
by n8pee
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1797

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

Regardless, if you've recieved a HYT empowerment nothing is better than generation stage practice for developing concentration. The sutra-style shamatha OP is asking about is vastly inferior and in truth unnecessary. I would emphasize this as well considering generation stage practice is both shama...
by n8pee
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1797

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

In one of his introductory books HHDL mentions, I think, three or four hours stability as a sign of the development stage being well-developed Instructions vary considerably Actually you're right, I do believe four hours was what I was instructed. I agree with others, this is likely to be completed...
by n8pee
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and level of concentration
Replies: 31
Views: 1797

Re: Tantra and level of concentration

I was trained that mastery of the generation stage is being able to visualize the mandala without distraction for two hours. I was also told that when you can not only remove the apple from the tree, but place it back on the tree (via your meditation), you're ready for completion stage. Which remind...
by n8pee
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Enlightened Society
Replies: 52
Views: 2027

Re: Enlightened Society

I wasn’t talking about worldly achievements. I don’t have any of those at all. If you're referring to some high spiritual attainment then I tip off my hat to you. :bow: Nope, but I have managed to translate and publish five important Dharna Books in the past five years, and I have three more coming...
by n8pee
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyungne
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Nyungne

Perhaps I jumped into something that was too advanced for me (it didn't feel so) and it did more harm than good, I don't know. I did not start a new thread for this, I hope that's not a problem (newbie here), thanks. :) It is this, but honestly don't be worried about any harm. You got through the e...
by n8pee
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

So how did it go? Did it go how you expected? Was all the preparation worthwhile and helpful? Yes, having questions prepared was definitely helpful. The whole conversation lasted probably 30 minutes. It felt great to reconnect. I won't get into the personal details, but one of my questions was on t...
by n8pee
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Malcolm wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 5:08 amRemember that from his side he is a human being, no matter what you think.
Malcolm's quote is an interesting one, as he is obviously a human being (how would I relate to him otherwise?), but also sloughs off the baggage we project on our teachers.
by n8pee
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Any update? How did the consultation go? I would love to hear more about it, if you want to share anything. I hope it went well. Metta It's tomorrow. I've compiled a list of just a few questions, a few more general and a few very specifically about aspects of a practice that I wish to do on my own ...
by n8pee
Sat May 23, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Use this opportunity wisely, prepare for it, write down all your questions you want to ask, clear any doubts or concerns you have, that is the best use of this time probably. Listen carefully, closely to everything he says and afterwards, take notes or if possible record it, for future use and refl...
by n8pee
Sat May 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Advice for Consultation with Guru

I've not spoken to my root guru in seven years or so due to my travel and moving around the U.S. I've recently secured an audience via Zoom, which has been made available due to today's COVID crisis. I have specific practice questions of course. But I feel this urge to let him know his impact on my ...
by n8pee
Mon May 18, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of online empowerments
Replies: 36
Views: 2215

Re: Validity of online empowerments

This is simply my own personal thoughts - but I would wait until empowerments can be received again in person. I don't know how one could enter the mandala virtually.

Transmissions, sure, provided they are live and not recorded.
by n8pee
Wed May 06, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: White Robes, Matted Hair...
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: White Robes, Matted Hair...

If you have time, reading almost the whole of his blog might be both enjoyable and informative. It was for me, anyway.
Agreed - I particularly liked the post on the 'why' behind mantra.
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 1334

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

And Kudos to translators, in general! THEY are the ones at the center of the transmission.
Emphasis on this. To steal some language from our state of affairs today: the translators are truly our 'essential' workers.
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 1334

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I think, nobody can be forced to anything they don't want to do. In my experience with myself & practice impatience is a great hindrance. I realized that I should be be patient with my practice just as I should be patient with a friend who's eager to tell me a long story. Then the practice is able ...
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 1334

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I don't believe westerners should be forced to practice outside of their native language. To add to this... there is a sub-section of westerners that seem to want to be Tibetan, dress Tibetan, speak Tibetan, etc., versus being a dharma practitioner. One doesn't need to don a ngakpa shawl to be an a...
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 1334

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

Personally I don't like to take part in rituals where I do not know what is happening. This is my strong opinion as well. I am incredibly lucky in that my guru also has a Ph.D as well as his Geshe Lharampa degree. He serves as a conduit for me between Tibet and western culture and is able to transl...

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