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by GrapeLover
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 38
Views: 649

Re: 100,000 candles??

UPDATE: With permission from my lama, I have made a gofundme to generate money for large offerings in addition to smaller daily offerings which I will do in my own daily practice with my own money. Question: Is it okay to post a link to my new gofundme here? would it be against some rule to make a ...
by GrapeLover
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 38
Views: 649

Re: 100,000 candles??

On the note of sponsoring, you can actually sponsor 100,000 butter lamp offerings at https://mahasiddha.org/prayers/index.php (option 91), but it costs $12,400.
by GrapeLover
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?

No, in that the "intrinsic" efficacy of other forms of Dharma isn't denied; yes, in that it's held to be incredibly unlikely that anybody in this day and age has the capacity to make other forms of practice work. This is from Essentials of Faith Alone by Seikaku, Shinran's contemporary: When persons...
by GrapeLover
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dealing with setbacks and obstacles
Replies: 19
Views: 499

Re: Dealing with setbacks and obstacles

I'm not able to finish some important works as they keep getting delayed repeatedly due to some or other reason, and when I make a little progress very soon obstacles occur. It's like taking one step ahead and being forced to move back many steps. Constant setbacks are making me stressed, upset and...
by GrapeLover
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hearing vs Listening for receiving transmission (lung)
Replies: 16
Views: 478

Re: Hearing vs Listening for receiving transmission (lung)

Not trying to be flippant with respect to this point, but given the classical view that the citta can only hold one object of focus at a time (and simply switches between objects very rapidly like a single core computer processor), you’d need to have pretty great samadhi to actually remain single-po...
by GrapeLover
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translations of the Lotus Sutra - which is suitable for beginners?
Replies: 20
Views: 572

Re: Translations of the Lotus Sutra - which is suitable for beginners?

Avalokitesvara has become a Buddha eons ago, why is she considered a Bodhisattva? I think the Karandavyuha Sutra is relevant here when it says “he teaches the Dharma in the form of a bodhisattva to beings who are to be taught by a bodhisattva”—the form of Avalokitesvara that we’re familiar with is ...
by GrapeLover
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Buddha bathing his limbs after midday rest
Replies: 1
Views: 337

Re: Buddha bathing his limbs after midday rest

Excellent! Excellent!
by GrapeLover
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I'd hate to derail the thread but does anyone have anything about Karma Chagme and vegetarianism, or why tsok in Drikung is mostly vegetarian? Karma Chakme's "Comprehensive Critique of Meat" is available in the book "The Faults of Meat" by Geoffrey Barstow. Here is the conclusion: For all these rea...
by GrapeLover
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingmapa equivalent of Gampopa's Jewel Ornament?
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: Nyingmapa equivalent of Gampopa's Jewel Ornament?

Volume 1 of Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa with the commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche would be a good one
by GrapeLover
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

To connect (or to make very strong connection), one needs to touch by tongue and stomach is not very convincing, either. This raises another question - Does the corpse have a lingering connection to the deceased? This practice of benefiting requires a connection. As I understand, once the sensitive...
by GrapeLover
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

Just to note that I entered this conversation citing Chatral Rinpoche’s view, not simply to promote a sutric viewpoint. Views within Vajrayana and Dzogchen aren’t uniformly that every ordinary practitioner can eat meat outside of tsok without fault. But of course there are many teachers and lineage...
by GrapeLover
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

According to many sutras, the ability to benefit beings is not limited to great masters, or to tantric methods only. For example, in "The basket's display": Yes, I didn’t mean to argue that you need to be a siddha to benefit beings. However, you generally need to have some realisation in order to p...
by GrapeLover
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

It seems to me like one would have to be a very good practitioner for one's prayers to send the deceased animals one is eating to a pure land... I think this is along the lines of Chatral Rinpoche’s position, that it definitely is valid for siddhas to eat meat and do such things (just like some of ...
by GrapeLover
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

What I find curious is the way that the ritual rules around consuming meat seem to be presented in a way that conveniently justifies developed world consumer choices. I would expect that to really practice tsok, it really demands a very high degree of seriousness, and the casualness of picking out ...
by GrapeLover
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kshitigarbha practice in Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: Kshitigarbha practice in Tibetan Buddhism?

SilenceMonkey wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:12 pm For what it's worth, Mipham Rinpoche compiled stories of the eight great bodhisattvas into a book titled in English: Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas.
Let’s all enjoy it free in ebook form 🤩 https://dharmaebooks.org/garland-jewels/
by GrapeLover
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

Why stop at animals we like to eat? Some animals are food, some animals are not, and this is culturally determined. Also the Buddha determined in Vinaya what kind of meat is acceptable. Iirc, bikkhus and bikkhunis were to eat whatever is given to them even meat as long as the animal wasn't slaughte...
by GrapeLover
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: rebirth and veganism
Replies: 51
Views: 1446

Re: rebirth and veganism

I was taught by my teacher that plants and trees have individual spirits. I would note that it is canonical that spirits inhabit plants and trees and may be intimately associated with them, but strictly speaking they are distinct from the plants and can move into different ones if they like. Not su...
by GrapeLover
Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I would also add that there are various methods given in sutra to benefit/liberate animals using their remains without eating them
by GrapeLover
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How much do you meditate?
Replies: 19
Views: 653

Re: How much do you meditate?

Similar to coldbeer, I never do anything like shamatha or shikantaza etc. I spend 20-30 minutes per day making devotional prayers and recitations and spend the rest of the day reciting the mani and thinking of Avalokitesvara whenever I remember.
by GrapeLover
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Aparimitāyur­jñāna­hṛdaya­dhāraṇī
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Aparimitāyur­jñāna­hṛdaya­dhāraṇī

Wouldn't they tell a transmission is needed, if this was the case? They could have mentioned it within this note: This work is provided under the protection of a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-commercial - No-derivatives) 3.0 copyright. It may be copied or printed for fair use, but...

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