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by Giovanni
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Certainly that is so. And to be full of enthusiasm and goodwill is always a good thing. We are all making our way like men in the dark feeling for a wall. Teachers are a great blessing. They can throw a switch for lights to come on when we are ready to listen to them. We have so many ideas..we all d...
by Giovanni
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

Re: Practicing without empowerment

With all good wishes you need to study some basic Buddhadharma. You would not then use terms like The Absolute which the Buddha explained carefully are not compatible with his Dharma. We live in difficult and confusing times. There is a temptation to create our own dharma in place of the Buddhas Dh...
by Giovanni
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

Re: Practicing without empowerment

With all good wishes you need to study some basic Buddhadharma. You would not then use terms like The Absolute which the Buddha explained carefully are not compatible with his Dharma. We live in difficult and confusing times. There is a temptation to create our own dharma in place of the Buddhas Dha...
by Giovanni
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

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 Giovanni
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Seeking a Master
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Seeking a Master

Where do you live? I live in California, willing to relocate anywhere in the world for the right teacher Moving should not be necessary! You live in an area where Buddhist teachers of all kinds are to be found although caution is needed, they are not all reliable. There are Buddhist schools which d...
by Giovanni
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Seeking a Master
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Seeking a Master

Where do you live?
by Giovanni
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

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 t...
by Giovanni
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Is there a Teaching about the various Bodhisattva Vows carrying over? Because not every Bodhisattva can be born into a situation where they can formally take the Vows again under a Teacher sometimes, but according to the needs of the living entities, the Bodhisattva comes. This is true for Avalokak...
by Giovanni
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 65
Views: 1755

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Könchok Chödrak wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:12 am Is there an official Teaching for how Empowerments from past lives carry over?
It doesn’t. There might well be a karmic connection which carries the person towards a particular practice and results in them rediscovering a past link. But they will need a fresh Empowerment from a lineage holder.
by Giovanni
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

Intentionality ..cetana in Sanskrit sem pa in Tibetan is the skandha most operant in creating karma-vipaka. We have no choice but to act. But we can keep our actions in line with good intention. This is most likely by developing compassion and Bodhicitta. Cetana is not a skandha... maybe you are th...
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

LastLegend wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:27 pm In meditation, act of intent shouldn’t arise should just be the awareness.
And that’s where you are?
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

Intentionality ..cetana in Sanskrit sem pa in Tibetan is the skandha most operant in creating karma-vipaka.
We have no choice but to act. But we can keep our actions in line with good intention. This is most likely by developing compassion and Bodhicitta.
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

The Sutra says consciousness is neither dirty or clean, I think, it’s just karma...not a part from our functioning aggregates. I don’t know. It’s too confusing. Make it simple! Well certainly I am confused. Are you saying that consciousness is karma? No. Why? So if ‘it’ in that sentence is not cons...
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

LastLegend wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:47 am The Sutra says consciousness is neither dirty or clean, I think, it’s just karma...not a part from our functioning aggregates. I don’t know. It’s too confusing. Make it simple!
Well certainly I am confused. Are you saying that consciousness is karma?
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2082

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

Part of the respect for the practice and lineage is to practice the method on its own terms and not to project ones own values of how one thinks it should be upon the tradition. There is a reason why the materials are made the way they are, rest assured, the animal whose leather gets used for a Dam...
by Giovanni
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2082

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

I think you are making a basic misunderstanding of the practice here.
Perhaps your teacher could explain the doctrine why you will not find one.
by Giovanni
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sense consciousness
Replies: 98
Views: 974

Re: Sense consciousness

Lost Legend it is clear that you do not understand. This is sad.You are wandering and the night is dark.
by Giovanni
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is a shrine important
Replies: 68
Views: 1544

Re: Is a shrine important

About being born into Buddhist family.. one of my teachers said, more or less..”No one is born Buddhist, and no one is born into a Buddhist family..if our karma is right we meet Dharma. If not we don’t”...something like that.
by Giovanni
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85078

Re: Great Vegan Debate

A possible problem...a biophysicist friend tells me of worries that cells grown without a immune system built in...and obviously in laboratories that is what you have, could be a perfect medium to transmit viruses unwitting.
by Giovanni
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85078

Re: Great Vegan Debate

So stop it. Eat YOUR food. Sit on YOUR cushion.

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