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by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits

The US Military needs a better Environmental and Waste Management Committee as well as people who don’t allow that kind of thing pictured to happen (“burn pits”). Also something about spreading the Dharma instead of fighting wars that kill millions should be going on all sides of the world’s countri...
by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

I was taught to do the actual analysis on objects, parts of your body, cars, whatever throughout the day...find the parts, the parts of the parts, see if you can find an ending or beginning. I think that even the Adi-Buddha, or any Buddha, can be considered to have no intrinsic independent existenc...
by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Here is also part of a basic article about emptiness and dependent arising, though with quite an advanced understanding of Avalokakitesvara’s contemplation on emptiness, which brought Him to a Realization. The Teaching is from the Dalai Lama on Emptiness and Dependant Arising: There are extensive, m...
by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Go take a basic Mahayana Buddhism course or read a book focusing on dependent origination or emptiness, then you will have your answer. There is no "whole" of anything because there are not edges or delimiters to anything. Nothing can be a "whole" or a "part" ultimately, any edges, walls, beginning...
by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

My question is although the whole is made of parts, and is seen as not inherently existing because it is a composite that is basically empty, on what level must we understand the whole that the parts work so diligently to create? Is there no merit to what this is? Or is the merit given as the explan...
by Könchok Chödrak
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

In that sense, anything beyond abiding in the absolute nature of reality would be a provisional "vehicle." Where abiding in the ultimate might be something along the lines of Vimalakirti's silence... And any movement from that space of the absolute, using any words or anything at all, would be cons...
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

... In that sense, anything beyond abiding in the absolute nature of reality would be a provisional "vehicle." Where abiding in the ultimate might be something along the lines of Vimalakirti's silence... And any movement from that space of the absolute, using any words or anything at all, would be ...
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the Simulation Argument /transhumanism friendly with buddhism?
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Is the Simulation Argument /transhumanism friendly with buddhism?

The answer is Enlightenment, not illusion or delusion, or selfishness. Also respect your body!

Start there.
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

but those who feel they are not ready need a provisional Vehicle stemming from the Ekayana (Single Vehicle) to continue their practice... What are you defining as a provisional vehicle? I said provisional Vehicle because I don’t want to limit the perception of the Dharma. We have Vajrayana, Therava...
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

A Buddha can decide to Emanate into this world, or “abide” in Mahaparinirvana or in the Pure Land, without entering the Saha world in any way, as simple of a concept as this is, it is simply explained that the Buddhas have this freedom. :bow: Om. No one should fear becoming a Buddha because that mea...
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: greetings from newbie

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Om!
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

Can you do it on your bed?

:bow:
by Könchok Chödrak
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Trying to understanding their tradition...
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Trying to understanding their tradition...

What a wonderful video! The whole time I was watching it I got the energy that all of us in the Saha world were like ghosts who needed to cross over to the Pure Land, Nirvana, and Buddhahood, and that they were doing this for us as well. This is how I felt. We shouldn’t think of those in the ghost r...
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Seeking a Master
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: Seeking a Master

Ummm... What? Sorry, but you can't get personal guidance, oral instructions, or ask questions to any of these. How do you feel about learning from Sutras, transcripts, books, and even online videos? You know you can go very far in Buddhism this way as well, before you interact face to face with the...
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 52
Views: 4812

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:19 pm Nihilism is the notion that nothing exists, no form of Buddhism teaches that nothing exists.
What are some of the important things that Buddhism Teaches dont exist though, as well as, what is the philosophy that certain things aren’t “real” that the Buddhist Dharmic perception is expounding?
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Seeking a Master
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: Seeking a Master

What are you seeking from outside yourself that you don't already know? (This is a literal question, not a rhetorical one.) I am seeking a spiritual guide who understands me and can help me purify my mind and overcome selfishness How do you feel about learning from Sutras, transcripts, books, and e...
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: A thought experiment concerning the Lotus sutra
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: A thought experiment concerning the Lotus sutra

I asked my Buddhist Friend who I turn to for most things in Buddhism about whether all Sutras contain the Lotus Sutra within them, and He said yes. So I think that is a powerful approach. What Buddha has been explaining all of this time is culminated in the Lotus Sutra, but it is also present in the...
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Users' Avatars
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: Users' Avatars

Ayu’s Avatar of a skeleton sitting on a rock(?), in a quiet suburban neighborhood. It means something to me. I went through a hardship and my “previous” skeleton is preserved somewhere, in a Sacred place. Those people who know that about me generally are my friends. Just Ayu having a picture of a sk...
by Könchok Chödrak
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

I think the best thing to do would to be to listen to a Realized Teacher about Empowerments, and practicing with them, or how much work one needs to do to have one, and if one can’t, due to circumstance, still wanting to do the practice, what to do then. Because our Teachers are there to guide us to...
by Könchok Chödrak
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Arnoud wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:19 pm The way I understand it is that a sentient being gets reborn and a Buddha emanates.
Can someone Emanate from the Amida Buddha Pure Land by some Transcendental Power without being born or reborn, say, if they are a powerful Bodhisattva for example?

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