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by Ayu
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Adding practices to your Sadhana
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Adding practices to your Sadhana

I really recommend following the guidance of your teacher. Trust him. If he says: "Don't be too picky about rules and better find your own way that fits to you", then this is the most wise advice he can give to you. Ngöndro is a longterm project and you really need some endurance and patience for it...
by Ayu
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I can't believe I haven't made intro yet...
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: I can't believe I haven't made intro yet...

Welcome to Dharmawheel. :)
by Ayu
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 715

Re: Buddhist Morality

This problem sounds very artificial (construed). It's clear times changed and you cannot turn back the time of 200 years. Nevertheless the dept stays. Therefore the descendants of European immigrants should be aware of the fact they owe much. Therefore, they should treat the decendants of Native Ame...
by Ayu
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 715

Re: Buddhist Morality

Why not return it?
If I think of another example, e.g. stolen artworks, stolen by nazis from jews. Why not return it?

You don't need Buddhist view for this case at all. It is just common sense, or in other words it concerns 'secular ethics'.
by Ayu
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 23
Views: 534

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

I moved the topic to Introductions, because
- it is your introduction, and
- I don't think we want to have a discussion about the discussions here.

Best procedure is you take a look and judge it by yourself.
by Ayu
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 23
Views: 534

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

Welcome.
The purpuse of this site is disscussion of buddhist topics.
Please take a look here: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=109&t=30557
It should answer many questions.
by Ayu
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Evaluate A Teacher?
Replies: 15
Views: 339

Re: How To Evaluate A Teacher?

:good: ... Wouldn't the best evidence that a teacher can teach us how to be at peace in the real world be that the teacher themselves can do it? But how to evaluate that genuinely? What people are thinking about themselves and what picture they are giving may differ widely. Where is the source of th...
by Ayu
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 63
Views: 888

Re: Experiences with spirits

Yes. Our reality is perception. So, now let that sink in.
by Ayu
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 665

Re: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?

If anybody ever tells you to read only from one teacher and do not look what other's are saying, please then give them a wide berth.
by Ayu
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 63
Views: 888

Re: Experiences with spirits

And I don't think, that somebody needs to be able to see your ghosts in order to help you.
by Ayu
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 63
Views: 888

Re: Experiences with spirits

My first spontaneous thought is: Let it be. Let it go. But this musn't be helpful. I would try to find a very good, decent, educated and open-minded therapist. Letting go/relaxing does not make this spirit go away. I will have done relaxation many times during my life and so obviously that is not t...
by Ayu
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: «Western Sadhana» by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: «Western Sadhana» by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)

If anybody likes to add something substantial to this topic, please inform the moderation.
by Ayu
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 63
Views: 888

Re: Experiences with spirits

My first spontaneous thought is: Let it be. Let it go.
But this musn't be helpful.
I would try to find a very good, decent, educated and open-minded therapist.
by Ayu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The KLF, but Buddhists?
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: The KLF, but Buddhists?

I think the key test of religious music is that it has to be good music first. There's oodles of great music dealing with Christian themes, but there's also dreadful "Christian Rock." Unfortunately, most of the modern Buddhist pop/rock/rap/etc. that I've heard just isn't that good--or at least, not...
by Ayu
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 626

Re: What happens BEFORE ngondro?

Generally Gelugpas don’t start people out with Vajrayana practices, which includes NgonDro. Then who introduces people in that tradition to Vajrayana? I may misunderstand your statement. It's not completely fixed how to proceed. Different teachers recommend different things. Getting familiar with t...
by Ayu
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A single sadhana or practice
Replies: 27
Views: 770

Re: A single sadhana or practice

Hello. Many of you have received multiple sadhana and practice empowerments; it seems some of you have received many indeed. I am just curious: if you were to restrict yourself to a single sadhana or practice, which would you choose and why? Yes, as the discussion above suggests, I belong to those ...
by Ayu
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 42
Views: 834

Re: New here with question on Gay

There is one married gay man and one lesbian couple in our Buddhist community. I never heard of any problems for them. They're fully accepted, happy and confident.
by Ayu
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 547

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

Because the question seems to have been answered properly now, I'd like to lock this sensitive topic and give it a rest.

Kili, if there still something is left to discuss within this topic, please don't hesitate to ask a moderator to reopen this thread.
With regards,
Ayu
by Ayu
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language

I don't want to come across as being against learning Tibetan in general. Learning languages is a beneficial activity even if you don't proceed well. It is widening people's horizon definitely regarding a better understanding of other cultures and diversity. I was just appealing to a complete newbie...
by Ayu
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: Resources for Learning Classical Tibetan Language

I believe you're on the straight way to overwhelming yourself. How about starting at the beginning? Learning Tibetan is no short-term task. Most people need ten years of hard work. I've heard people can become decent translators or interpreters after five. Yes, I'm sure, it depends. I know some who...

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