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by cjdevries
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and missionary work
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Buddhism and missionary work

I found this passage from a Tenzin Wangyal book: " Showing, not Telling ...Many of us have a deep desire to help others. Parents often ask me how they can teach meditation to their children. I've learned from experience that whenever I try to explain something to my nine year old, he is not particul...
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Short Tara Prayers
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Two Short Tara Prayers

I found the prayer in this year's newly published Rigpa calendar.
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Short Tara Prayers
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Two Short Tara Prayers

I was really happy to find them; it is useful to have some short prayer that can be said especially if there is little time or energy.
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Two Short Tara Prayers
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Two Short Tara Prayers

For those without the energy or time, here are two short tara prayers that I've found that are said to be very efficient. 1) One is a condensed version of the 21 taras prayer, which was written by Venerable Atisha 2) another is the Prayer to Tara who Liberates from the Eight Great Fears. 1) http://w...
by cjdevries
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: TNH's 14 precepts
Replies: 1
Views: 67

TNH's 14 precepts

I came across Thich Nhat Hanh's 14 precepts and wanted to share them. I had read them before in one of his books and liked them a lot: http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/A%20-%20Tibetan%20Buddhism/Subjects/Karma%20and%20Ethics/The%20Five%20Precepts/Essays/The%20Fourteen%20Precepts%20-%20TNH/Pr...
by cjdevries
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Accumulation of Mani mantra (Karma Kagyu)
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Accumulation of Mani mantra (Karma Kagyu)

I was looking at the Karma Kagyu Calendar site and found an area of the site where they are accumulating Chenrezig 6-syllable mantra to dedicate to HH Karmapa's activities. They are encouraging anyone who feels like it to recite Chenrezig mantra dedicated to HH Karmapa's work and then to go to the s...
by cjdevries
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 942

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

I'm going to sidestep your question for fear of offending anyone. Well I guess I can answer it: you'll get a bit of both here! Welcome, I'm interested in talking to those who are open minded about spirituality. I'm reading a book by Reggie Ray called "Touching Enlightenment" that talks about the imp...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 13
Views: 412

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

One idea is that you can pray to a deity that [by your suffering] all the intrusive thoughts of others may ease; that way your suffering goes to a good use.
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?
Replies: 15
Views: 388

Re: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?

I also know I've read stories about people storing their mala in an improper place and having a teacher with clairvoyant powers explain that the mala has to be stored a proper way; so I understand what your saying that in many cases there are guidelines that have to be followed; I suppose I was just...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?
Replies: 15
Views: 388

Re: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?

Yeah it's always better to be safe, especially if you have a knowledgeable teacher guiding you. If a trusted teacher tells me to do something, and it accords with my better judgment, I will generally listen; there is something sacred about following a teacher's instructions, especially if you really...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 13
Views: 412

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

I'm fairly certain that it's your accumulated karma prior to the time of death that most influences your future birth; so from my understanding a few bad thoughts will not necessarily drastically change the direction of your rebirth; a few bad thoughts do not suddenly cancel out your good karma and ...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?
Replies: 15
Views: 388

Re: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?

I had a dream a few months ago that I was hanging out with a group of Buddhist practitioners who had really good energy and in the dream I was trying to follow all the dharma rules religiously. One of the other group members laughed and said "you're not becoming one of those Buddhists now, are you?"...
by cjdevries
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: "Being Integrated" youtube channel
Replies: 1
Views: 109

"Being Integrated" youtube channel

There is a great youtube channel called "Being Integrated" that I wanted to pass on to those who may not have seen it. The developer of the channel, Jude, is a counselor by trade and teaches primarily mindfulness and vipassana meditation, as well as Buddhist psychology: https://www.youtube.com/c/Bei...
by cjdevries
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Excerpt from "Ultimate Healing" by Lama Zopa
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Excerpt from "Ultimate Healing" by Lama Zopa

Here is a brief excerpt from the book Ultimate Healing, by Lama Zopa. I am posting this because I found the information contained in this passage particularly helpful. "While some people can be healed by drinking blessed water or taking other blessed substances, doing meditation, reciting mantras, o...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 555

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

Having a regular mindfulness practice is very helpful for training the mind. Also, having a "deathing" practice can be useful. In Reshad Feild's book "Here to Heal", he describes several mind training exercises designed to rejuvenate and calm the mind. He calls them "rejuvenation exercises" I found ...
by cjdevries
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc

Have you checked out Doug Smith's youtube videos? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIyEJzvW7SsbiIrooixjNA His teachings are centered on Early Buddhism. He runs the Online Dharma Insitute. He is a contributor to the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Oxford Handbook of Buddhis...
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys

"Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys" I just found this short documentary on the Khumbu valley, which is one of many Beyuls, or sacred valleys of the Himalayas. It's an uplifting documentary, and it makes me want to tell other about the place so they can experience the peace and sacred energy of that a...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata

Here's another passage: "The narrative of the unworthy one is deeply embedded and spans multiple levels: cognitive, emotional, neurobiological, somatic, and behavioral. In addition to these conventional levels of experience, there are also vast implications at the spiritual, or transpersonal, level ...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Online Dharma Institute
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Online Dharma Institute

I've been following Doug Smith's videos for a few months on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIyEJzvW7SsbiIrooixjNA Though he is mainly grounded in early tradition Buddhism (Theravada), I think he is a good teacher for anyone interested in learning more about some of the fundamentals of Bu...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata
Replies: 1
Views: 112

A Healing Space, by Matt Licata

I really enjoyed Matt Licata's new book "A Healing Space". If you are in the process of doing shadow work, this book may become a faithful companion. This is a passage from Matt Licata's book [this passage is under the section titled "The Unique Nature of Spiritual Discovery"]: "It is important to r...

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