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by Boomerang
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do devas & hell beings experience time differently than we do?
Replies: 27
Views: 1488

Do devas & hell beings experience time differently than we do?

Every once in a while I hear someone say something like one day in the heaven realms is like 1 eon for earthlings, but other times people make it sound like we all experience time the same way.
by Boomerang
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 1364

Re: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?

For anyone who happens upon this thread years in the future, you can read page 192 of the Kindle version of The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Five: Buddhist Ethics by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and see that returning bodhisattva vows is not possible: "Although the returning of vows is permitted in ...
by Boomerang
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 1364

Re: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?

I made this thread because I met a person who believes every type of vow can be returned in their sangha, including vajrayana vows. They are mistaken on this point. One also cannot return bodhisattva vows. The only vows that can be returned are monastic vows. Well, one can forsake refuge vows, but ...
by Boomerang
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 1364

Re: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?

Tantric vows are much, much more serious than marriage vows. Not even close. Tantric vows last for lifetime after lifetime. Talking with your Guru is, of course, good advice, IF one has a personal relationship with their Guru with whom they can have a frank, heart-felt discussion face to face (in m...
by Boomerang
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 1364

Can you give back tantric vows if you don't want them anymore?

I thought you couldn't give them back, but someone told me otherwise.
by Boomerang
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shitro/Neydren @ Vajrayana Foundation
Replies: 1
Views: 460

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: 2329

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: 2329

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: 2329

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: 883

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: 949

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: 949

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...
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: 949

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: 949

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: 3316

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: 7152

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 earn...
by Boomerang
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 1185

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: 1185

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: 3470

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: 884

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 ...

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