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by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Single book that provides survey or overview of tibetan Vajrayana
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: Single book that provides survey or overview of tibetan Vajrayana

“Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray is informative and readable. It a broad overview of Dharma with an emphasis towards Tibetan practices. It’s what I wish was available when I started. It was originally designed as the text for “Buddhism 101” at Naropa Institute. But it doesn’t read like a colle...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 633

Re: What happens BEFORE ngondro?

Also someone mentioning that that's what Tibetan Buddhism primarily was. True. TB is mostly Vajrayana. But there are aspects like Zen, aspects like Pure Land, aspects like Therevada, etc. It can be bewildering to explore. But if you’re into visualizing deities and saying mantras you’re definitely g...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 633

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. Generally their approach is Vajrayana, but only after years of Sutrayana as preparation. Different teachers take...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What happens BEFORE ngondro?
Replies: 21
Views: 633

Re: What happens BEFORE ngondro?

He is the main instructor at a FPMT center so presumably Gelug. Not sure how schools differ about these things. Generally Gelugpas don’t start people out with Vajrayana practices, which includes NgonDro. There’s lots of general Mahayana teachings. That can be a good thing. Also I don’t think they s...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A single sadhana or practice
Replies: 27
Views: 784

Re: A single sadhana or practice

Chenrezig. Definitely. As the previous Kalu R. pointed out, with Chenrezig any tendency one may have to go off track is self corrected by the practice itself.

But then again Garab Dorje received Dzogchen from Vajrasattva.

Just sayin’...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Teach me Madhyamaka
Replies: 16
Views: 675

Re: Teach me Madhyamaka

I've found that there are times where I just can't study something, it won't compute no matter what I do, just words on a page. Then I go do some practice, come back to it months later and now it suddenly feels familiar.
That is the ideal way according to two of my teachers.
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Three kayas
Replies: 18
Views: 640

Re: Three kayas

Sometimes Sambogakaya and Nirmanakaya are grouped together as the “form kayas”. They manifest as appearance.

Dharmakaya is formless. It doesn’t manifest as appearances.
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Three kayas
Replies: 18
Views: 640

Re: Three kayas

When we are speaking about our ordinary existence, we talk about “body, speech, and mind”, meaning the physical, communicative, and mental. When we change to speaking about enlightened existence the order is reversed: mental, communication, and physical, such as: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. Or, on an es...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?
Replies: 12
Views: 562

Re: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?

Lingpupa wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:35 am
Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:58 am Karma Kagyu uses “The Uttaratantra” a lot.
True indeed, but it's a shastra, not a sutra. I.e. a commentary drawing on sutras.
:good:
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?
Replies: 12
Views: 562

Re: What are the most popular Tibetan Buddhist sutras?

Karma Kagyu uses “The Uttaratantra” a lot.
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Rebirth


Rebirth is baked into all buddhism. Theravada and zen also.
Especially Theravada. The entire point of it is to stop reincarnating.
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Rebirth

I understand that Vajrayana says to "investigate the teachings to find out if they are true, don't just take the Lama's word for it" but this is impossible in terms of rebirth. In terms of reincarnation I personally approached it the same way I approached (and rejected) Christian doctrine. Does it ...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The material reality of Sumeru
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: The material reality of Sumeru

If you open Google Maps and type “Mt. Meru” into the search field you get a result. It’s in Africa.

Just sayin’... :shrug:
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 232
Views: 56036

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

No, not necessarily. Not all vajra masters are actually buddhas. In fact, virtually none of them are, from their own point of view. Being a buddha is not a requirement for being a vajra master. If it were, Vajrayāna would be impossible. The tantras never prohibit ordinary people from acting as vajr...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

A Vajra Master sees things as they actually are. No, not necessarily. Not all vajra masters are actually buddhas. In fact, virtually none of them are, from their own point of view. Being a buddha is not a requirement for being a vajra master. If it were, Vajrayāna would be impossible. The tantras n...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

The Vajrayana view does not comport with mundane understanding. What is perceived as “dissonance” are the limitations of the banal mind. A Vajra Master sees things as they actually are. They also see he the error of the unaware. Helping the unaware to see their own error is, by necessity, going to c...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

The practical reality is that there isn’t a single person who attained mahamudra realization who wasn’t first a Vajrayana practitioner. You can’t name even one. You’re undermining my faith in general Mahayana. Tobes brought it up, not me. I’ve just been talking about what is necessary to practice g...
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

The practical reality is that there isn’t a single person who attained mahamudra realization who wasn’t first a Vajrayana practitioner. You can’t name even one.
You’re undermining my faith in general Mahayana.
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

I'm unclear on what part of what I said you are refering to. What is in Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge? Yabyum Vajrasattva? Self-visualization without empowerment?
How to tell the differences between Kriya, Carya, Yoga, and Highest Yoga Tantra (with its 3 subdivisions).
by Schrödinger’s Yidam
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2292

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

Interestingly I have a Vajrasattva in yabyum in my ngondro and my teacher told us we can even self-visualize while doing the short mantra. I have no empowerment for Vajrasattva.

KN
I get lost in this stuff. I’ve never really been properly schooled on it. However I think it’s in Kongtrul’s ToK.

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