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by Redfaery
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 21
Views: 698

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

I was terrified of death as a child. Nowadays, I still have great anxiety that I might die before I'm ready, or that dying will hurt. I'm not actually as worried about the possibility of an unfortunate rebirth as I am about the process of getting there! It is good I think to have some amount of fear...
by Redfaery
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Desire and Improving life circumstances
Replies: 15
Views: 378

Re: Desire and Improving life circumstances

I don't think it's "wrong" to want to move out of your parent's house and get a better paying job. It is realistic to say however, that even if you do get a good job and your own house, it still won't be "enough". The nature of Samsara is that anything mundane we strive for is never actually enough ...
by Redfaery
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome! I hope you continue to find much of interest on these forums. :heart:
by Redfaery
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 21
Views: 698

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

I suffered from intrusive thoughts frequently for many years, so I do want to second the suggestion to seek psychiatric help if it is possible for you. :heart: Another thing that has helped me with my mental state is recalling the 4 Noble Truths. As grim as it sounds, when I remember that samsara is...
by Redfaery
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 71
Views: 1431

Re: Experiences with spirits

It is important not to jump to conclusions regarding one's experiences. However, Buddhism isn't a materialist worldview and if you treat it as if it is, you will miss a lot it has to offer.
by Redfaery
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from a South African Gelugpa!
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: Hi from a South African Gelugpa!

Welcome! :heart:
by Redfaery
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Any explanation
Replies: 42
Views: 1705

Re: Any explanation

The way I square Buddhist cosmology with conventional cosmology is by believing that Buddhist cosmology is upaya for helping us achieve enlightenment rather than an attempt to describe an illusion-saturated, ever changing Samsaric reality. Modern physics may be just the way the cosmos appears to hu...
by Redfaery
Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Shinbutsu Shugo awakens from a 152-year slumber
Replies: 7
Views: 829

Re: Shinbutsu Shugo awakens from a 152-year slumber

I think Shinbutsu Shugo is just fine. I would not have come to the Dharma without it, and I certainly would not be a Buddhist.
by Redfaery
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Schizophrenia and buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: hello

Very excellent advice here. Schizophrenia is a condition of the brain. It must be remembered that the brain is a part of the body as much as the leg or the hands. As FiveSkandhas said, you cannot think your way out of a broken leg, and the same can be said for a brain that isn't working as it should...
by Redfaery
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa Day
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: Je Tsongkhapa Day

Ayu wrote: Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:44 am Tsongkhapa Day today.
Light as many candles as possible.
I am constantly holding back on my Dharma practice because I feel I cannot do it "properly," but yesterday I did find a quiet space to offer a small candle. :heart:
by Redfaery
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1223

Re: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?

I've purchased from Exotic India. I can't say I was overwhelmed with the experience, but it wasn't awful either. My orders shipped quickly, but delivery did take a while and tracking was iffy. That was about what I expected however, so it's not a deal breaker to me.
by Redfaery
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Inspiring biographies
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: Inspiring biographies

You know, if I'm honest I have to say it was the actual style of the narrative. It's very grounded in historical facts and evidence, but at the same time the author's admiration for his subject clear. I came away with a respect for Tsongkhapa that was much more firmly grounded in reason than if it w...
by Redfaery
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: congratulations Narhwal
Replies: 13
Views: 433

Re: congratulations Narhwal

Congratulations and good luck! :heart:
by Redfaery
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Inspiring biographies
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: Inspiring biographies

Thupten Jinpa wrote a quite wonderful biography of Tsongkhapa that has been published by Shambhala. It contains a forward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I found it very inspiring and it actually did move me to persevere in my practice, which was flagging at the time.
by Redfaery
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2379

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

I must confess I'm not sure why you feel the need to make these statements. If you are adapting your own unique interpretation of SGI teachings, I'm not sure how you can claim monks in temples aren't following the Dharma?
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Where’s all the Gelukpas?
Replies: 15
Views: 1344

Re: Where’s all the Gelukpas?

Hello! Is anyone still here? I am an FPMT student, though I've been separated from the community at my nearest center for a few years now. The pandemic certainly hasn't helped things, though I know I should link up with them online.
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Meaning of my refuge name? Pt.2
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Meaning of my refuge name? Pt.2

Ah! The Goddess of Learning. Much Love to Her :heart: . So Geshe-la explained the meaning of my name as a reference to the "Buddha of Wisdom and the Goddess of Learning" I'd like to believe the goddess of learning referenced is Saraswati/Yangchenma but I am worried I may be lending too much weight ...
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2379

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

Neander, do you think monks sit in temples all day long? In my observation they do other things as well. What tradition do you study, may I ask?
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The Prodigal Buddhist
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Prodigal Buddhist

Thank you for the warm welcome everyone. I am glad to be back and hope I can spend more time here. :heart:
by Redfaery
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Meaning of my refuge name? Pt.2
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Meaning of my refuge name? Pt.2

Link to older thread here: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=19172 I'm curious about my Refuge name. In my previous thread, I gave an incorrect spelling, which obviously caused problems. The proper transliteration is: *Thupten Tsolha* (Edited to add picture, because I couldn't get the...

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