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by Padmist
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What happens in those 3 year retreats?
Replies: 15
Views: 741

What happens in those 3 year retreats?

When people talk about going to India or to a cave in the Himalayas for a 3 year retreats, what happens there? Meditation all day minus sleep? Are these for everyone? or do you have to be a Buddhist? Are these for all Buddhists or only for those who want to be a monk?
by Padmist
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?
Replies: 33
Views: 636

Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?

Are there any precedents from the Buddha himself from canon (preferably the Pali Canon) that show the Buddha expected his later followers to 'develop' various teachings beyond the ones he explicitly taught as recorded in the canon? I mean, are there statements or teachings of the Buddha that show he...
by Padmist
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?
Replies: 22
Views: 581

Re: On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?

Hi Padmist, These are very good questions, and they're also quite large and there's quite a few of them. Someone more knowledgeable than me can give you a better answer, but I'll take a quick stab at them. What is Enlightenment/Nirvana that most people outside our tradition is talking about exactly...
by Padmist
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?
Replies: 22
Views: 581

On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?

Here's what I know...(I think) (So please correct any error in my thinking) There are levels. (Arahant, Bodhisattvas, Buddhahood) I don't know what other levels there are. In other traditions, there seems to be a lot more focus on levels / attainment of Jhanas Whereas more focus in our tradition to...
by Padmist
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)
Replies: 10
Views: 509

Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)

That if I recite this mantra, this will happen... "The Blessed One then said, This is the rite for this dhāraṇī that is mastered through recitation. As soon as it is heard, all karmic obscurations will be purified , and one will be protected from all fears. If one recites it during the three periods...
by Padmist
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Have you read Early Buddhist Meditation Studies (Analayo)?
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Have you read Early Buddhist Meditation Studies (Analayo)?

How do you understand the first chapter Defining Mindfulness?
by Padmist
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dzogchen origin and differences with other forms of meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Dzogchen origin and differences with other forms of meditation

How did Dzogchen develop? Did it originate from the Buddha? How is this different from other forms of meditation like vipassana or shamata?
by Padmist
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: How does interpretation of Sutra work?
Replies: 4
Views: 326

How does interpretation of Sutra work?

To avoid confusion and disagreements, how does sutra interpretation works? Is there some kind of authority or ancient commentary records on how these sutras are supposed to be interpretated?
by Padmist
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 2165

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

Never - everything we experience is just mind. Always - everything we experience is just mind. Those are just dream experiences. Some people experience them and some don't. They are not profound although then can be helpful because they can transform how we view things in a positive way (and unfort...
by Padmist
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help - Mindfulness, Vipassana, Shamata, Samadhi, Jhana, Dzogchen, Mahamudra - I'm so confused
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Help - Mindfulness, Vipassana, Shamata, Samadhi, Jhana, Dzogchen, Mahamudra - I'm so confused

How many Buddhist meditations are there? Mindfulness (Sati) Shamata Vipassana Dzogchen Mahamudra 5? More? What am I missing? What are the differences? I'm only familiar with Shamata which is object meditation. (Right?) Mindfulness, it's that awareness of breath or the 'moment'? (Right?) What is Vipa...
by Padmist
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche Refuge Vow
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Garchen Rinpoche Refuge Vow

Wow thanks. I hope it becomes more popular.
by Padmist
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche Refuge Vow
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Garchen Rinpoche Refuge Vow

Besides him, who else offers the same ceremony at a distance? This is a great and quite progressive move by the Lama. Very progressive and in the future, it's a good idea for modern beings. As well as any sangha participation. It will not replace in-person but digital should have a seat at the table...
by Padmist
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is and isn't Yogacara?
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: What is and isn't Yogacara?

Just to map out traditions, would it be fair to say that Yogacara is more prominent in East Asian Buddhism whereas Madhyamaka is more prominent in Tibetan Buddhism?

In practice though, how do these philosophies affect religious practice?
by Padmist
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 88
Views: 15271

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

To OP, I wish that you could transfer your karmic benefits (being able to take all the tantric practices) considering I am very interested but unable to take any at this time. Hehe :reading:
by Padmist
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer? How does Buddhist prayer work?
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: Prayer? How does Buddhist prayer work?

hello friend. what does "bokar rin" mean? “Rinpoche” is an honorific title given to some lamas. “Bokar” was the lama’s name. and what does "have the right karma for it" mean? what happens if i don't have the right karma? is that like a fuel tank? if i got no juice, i got nothing and tara can't do a...
by Padmist
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 1214

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

So a Christian monk who just went on a contemplative mode all the time, a Jain or Advaita who just meditated their whole life, are these counted as pratyekabuddha-yanist?
by Padmist
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 1214

Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

In the Lotus Sutra, it said there are 3 vehicles. sravakayana, mahayana and pratyekabuddhayana. We still have the first 2 vehicles today. What happened to that 3rd vehicle? What is that? I haven't come across them in my historical reading anywhere. Are these just recluse yogis in the forest?
by Padmist
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer? How does Buddhist prayer work?
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: Prayer? How does Buddhist prayer work?

As a particular example, (Green) Tārā is reputed as being quite an active responder, as well as one who is amenable to fulfilling mundane needs. Bokar Rin. also makes this point in his book on Tara, “Tara the Feminine Divine”. He says that she will help you learn to trust that way and then you will...

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