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by Giovanni
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

What a very interesting thread…so what about the fruits of these practices? Are there for example records of attainment of the Rainbow Body in Shingon or Tendai?
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: Can't control thoughts

It might be good to reflect on karma? Karma is created by intention. Our “ monkey minds” dashing all over the place might cause us anxiety and a feeling of restlessness, and certainly make it harder to relax into meditative states, but in themselves they don’t create karma..they are too scattered ev...
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, greetings from Italy!
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Hi, greetings from Italy!

Finalmente sei arrivato qui!
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 62
Views: 1473

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

“Privilege” certainly exists and in the conventional sense is something to be aware of I think. But when it is proposed as an answer to Dharma problems I must assume that people have not fully acquainted themselves with the workings of karma and karma-vipaka. And that applies both to the dog owner (...
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 62
Views: 1473

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

So what that means to me is there are no scriptures that say " serious karmic consequences in keeping pets ". And also none that say " if you see them as family or are otherwise unduly attached to them, they will be reborn as your family members in future lives and therefore further ...
by Giovanni
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance
Replies: 45
Views: 1334

Re: Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance

It’s maybe not as cut and dry as we’d like to make it... I’m just saying that forces of modernity tend to push out traditional practices. Modern people often aren’t interested in making offerings, pujas for the dead, etc... People tend to want to learn meditation and find relief from their mental h...
by Giovanni
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

Dzogchen makes much use of skillful means. Some of those skillful means do not arise from verbalisation. And do not rely on our own power. “Pointing Out ( our original minds) is one example. It transcends verbalisations, and does not happen without the appropriate agency..a teacher able to transmit ...
by Giovanni
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

I would say that from a Dzogchen p.o.v.our patterned view of reality includes believing that our original minds can be realized by a form of words, however lofty.
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6345

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

There's nothing nonvirtuous about truth. I know who I spoke with and what I witnessed. Your claim, everyone knows... Is just not true. You believe, some believe... Ok. That's true. Your comment is hearsay, and since it really has nothing to do with anything in this thread, other then your obvious d...
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: How to become a modern Mahasiddha - some surprising comments
Replies: 16
Views: 874

Re: How to become a modern Mahasiddha - some surprising comments

I’m not sure which shocked you. Is it the idea that some Buddhist teachers make claims for their tradition over other traditions? This is quite common. Or have I misunderstood? 🙂
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

Which …provisional and metaphorical, are terms which apply to all sutras whether problematic or not. They point to the unsayable, the unborn, they do not deal with the ontological. They come alive when practised. Until then then they are pinned butterflies in an academics study. With thanks to Situ ...
by Giovanni
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6345

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

I dont even know how thats a response to my comment but ok I think the topic has become “relying on the lama” vs. “relying on yourself”. You pick your guru, your guru does not pick you. :good: And this saying “when the pupil is ready the guru appears” is not Dharma. It’s from populist Hindu teacher...
by Giovanni
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Meditative Attainment -> The Dark State
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: Meditative Attainment -> The Dark State

Generally speaking we don’t need Ngondro or two stages or Lam Rim or any other prelim to practice Dzogchen.
However if you have taken Refuge with a bone fide teacher who says that you personally need such prelims then you should take notice of her/his instruction.
by Giovanni
Sat Jul 10, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

So, you claim to not believe/take at face value the stories in the Sutras or relics left behind such as footprints. However, you belive in termas? I mean, it's not exactly a consistent set of beliefs. Well, you know what they say, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of the small minded..." Yeah...
by Giovanni
Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

Zhen Li I simply sit at the feet of my Vajrayana teachers and attempt the best I can to put the teachings they give me into practice. Their instructions to me seldom make reference to Sutras, they are pragmatic.When they are from written teachings they are far more likely to be commentaries or from...
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

Zhen Li I simply sit at the feet of my Vajrayana teachers and attempt the best I can to put the teachings they give me into practice. Their instructions to me seldom make reference to Sutras, they are pragmatic.When they are from written teachings they are far more likely to be commentaries or from ...
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2612

Re: MPNS on Women

And what about the idea that a person can be a dedicated student of the Buddha’s Dharma while holding a view that says that certain Sutras are not of the Canon but have been tagged on because they have literary merit or contain real insights, but remain uncanonical? That several sutras and whole pas...
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6345

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

I am glad I did the Ngondro. It is a paradox it does not help in terms of Dzogchen at all. Yet I think l would not be practising Dzogchen if I had not completed Ngondro. I am still working that out and I cannot explain it very well. It is a matter of individual karma perhaps.
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brand new to Buddhism and looking at the traditions
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Brand new to Buddhism and looking at the traditions

I've been doing some reading about the three main traditions, but there is so much to read. Is there a difference among traditions as far as how focused they are on the Eightfold Noble Path? I ask because I find so much good material in it about how to live a good life, whereas I never did understa...
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Lankavatarasutra in early Indian Madhyamaka Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 1137

Re: The Lankavatarasutra in early Indian Madhyamaka Literature

Just to add, “mythological” does not mean untrue or not useful. We are free to take the story of Ravanna the Demon King of Lanka, as a literary device, imported from the Bhagavad Gita, or we are free to believe that the same Demon King before he was killed by Rama for abducting Sita, had conversatio...

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