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by Boomerang
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shitro/Neydren @ Vajrayana Foundation
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Shitro/Neydren @ Vajrayana Foundation

Thanks for sharing.
by Boomerang
Wed May 13, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?

I asked my lama about this once. He replied, it’s not the situation which is the karma. It’s how the person experiences the situation. Thus, a person born into great wealth may still never feel satisfied, may never have enough money, where as a person born into a poor family may never experience th...
by Boomerang
Sat May 09, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?

Grigoris wrote: Sat May 09, 2020 5:17 pm
Boomerang wrote: Sat May 09, 2020 4:22 pmIn Ancient Greece they would do that and say, "I didn't kill the baby. Nature did."
What are you talking about? Only the Spartans did that and the Spartans were only one of 1,000 Ancient Greek city states.
I apologize.
by Boomerang
Sat May 09, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Historically, how did people deal with severely disabled babies? How did they interpret the karmic consequence?

If a baby had a disability that made independence impossible, for example severe mental retardation, how would Tibetans deal with it? I would imagine everyone but the richest would have to leave the baby on the side of a mountain and let it succumb to the elements. In Ancient Greece they would do th...
by Boomerang
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani Tooth
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: Mani Tooth

Yes, I have heard of it. There's a story about a woman who had three of those teeth in the book Siddhas of Ga.
by Boomerang
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?

Liberation from suffering don't seem quite enough for you? /magnus Right now it doesn't feel like it's working, so I wonder if focusing on the positive side of things would help me more. Just hearing fear, fear, fear all the time makes me freeze up. I try to get some positive reinforcement by readi...
by Boomerang
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?

One of the obvious benefits of liberation are freedom from the horrors of samsara, something Patrul Rinpoche wrote hundreds of pages about. /magnus To me that sounds like contemplating the faults of samsara. I would have expected a chapter titled "the benefits of liberation" to talk about why enlig...
by Boomerang
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?

When you read Words of My Perfect Teacher Patrul Rinpoche gives beautiful and in-depth explanations on pretty much everything except chapter five, The benefits of liberation. Chapter five is literally less than two pages. Why do you think he did this? One of the obvious benefits of liberation are f...
by Boomerang
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Why did Patrul Rinpoche say so little about the benefits of liberation?

When you read Words of My Perfect Teacher Patrul Rinpoche gives beautiful and in-depth explanations on pretty much everything except chapter five, The benefits of liberation. Chapter five is literally less than two pages.

Why do you think he did this?
by Boomerang
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October
Replies: 5
Views: 2858

Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Meido, that documentary was so inspiring. These marathon monks must be so full of love for sentient beings to do such a thing. It was interesting to see all the lay people who venerated him. I wonder how common that is in Japanese towns. I asked a Japanese friend about kaihougyou and she had never h...
by Boomerang
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 6175

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

Guru Rinpoche said something to the effect that, "My view is higher than the sky but my attention to karma is as fine as flour." (Sorry, don't have the exact words.) So, what do you think Guru Rinpoche would say about making, selling, serving, or delivering alcohol for the purpose of earning one's ...
by Boomerang
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Re: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

In the secular world there are many initiatives to make the world a better place, like environmentalism for example. Bodhisattvas are supposed to practice generosity, and giving protection is a form of generosity, so Buddhists can participate in these initiatives and consider it part of their dharm...
by Boomerang
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

In the secular world there are many initiatives to make the world a better place, like environmentalism for example. Bodhisattvas are supposed to practice generosity, and giving protection is a form of generosity, so Buddhists can participate in these initiatives and consider it part of their dharma...
by Boomerang
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 2980

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

I ask a similar question once before on this forum. It’s one of those things that isn’t meant to be taken literally. I think of those statements as hyperbolic praise for the holiness of the mantras.

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by Boomerang
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are sentient beings trapped on their home planet?
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Are sentient beings trapped on their home planet?

Mahayana Buddhism teaches that there are countless world systems with countless sentient being, and when Buddhists are explaining how rebirth and population growth fit together, they sometimes mention that it’s possible that beings from other planets have been reborn on Earth. But, are there really ...
by Boomerang
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?
Replies: 9
Views: 1945

Is Tibetan Buddhism against panpsychism, or is Wikipedia wrong?

Defining panpsychism , Wikipedia states "the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind." From what I've heard, different philosophers have different definitions of panpsychism, some of ...
by Boomerang
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 12838

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

I heard about this research a few years ago through a podcast posted on reddit and found it bizarre. Anyone who knew the preliminary teachings would suspect Tibetan monks to fear death more than Christians or Hindus. Contemplating impermanence is a core practice; the lower realms are large; God won'...
by Boomerang
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prioritizing donations
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Prioritizing donations

I just had a conversation with a person who was upset by the fact that many donate to spiritual institutions while ignoring the poor and hungry. There are sutras that say honoring an arhat creates much merit, but honoring a bodhisattva creates more merit. And in the Pali Canon, I think there’s a sut...
by Boomerang
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Astrology
Replies: 23
Views: 3393

Re: Tibetan Astrology

I received a horoscope from http://www.men-tsee-khang-exports.org. I am happy with the horoscope itself, but I suspect that their website is insecure. If you want to purchase something through the website, I recommend that you use a browser addon like privacy (https://privacy.com/) instead of giving...
by Boomerang
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 18806

Re: Santa La Muerte

So the statue was erected and unfortunately, I ended up being tempted to pray to her. Before I did so, I took great caution and recited the Simhamukha mantra and Palden Lhamo mantra with visualised offerings and request to protect me, then began the prayer to Santa La Muerte. Rather than use the "I...

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