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by tobes
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

I don't think this metaphor works. A skullcup used to be.....an actual skull. Using metal ones has not altered the conventional properties of the skullcup one iota. We don't utilise them because there is some essence in the skull that we need to generate realisations of impermanence; the skull is i...
by tobes
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

I did answer it. You just didn't like the answer. If we rephrase the question to, can one practice chod to positive effect with a damaru that is made non traditionally, with only vegan materials, what would the answer be? (and then to expand, to what extant can one practice chod and accomplish the ...
by tobes
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

I answered your question already. You said "People can do whatever they want and they do". Sure. I can do whatever I want. Break my vows. Invent my own black dharma. Kill my teacher. That doesn't answer my question as to whether I can pracitce vajrayana or not with a damaru with a nonleather skin. ...
by tobes
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Allergies
Replies: 42
Views: 565

Re: Allergies

I was born with over 120 environmental allergies. Childhood was brutal. Spent plenty of time in oxygen tents and getting allergy shots. Pretty much nominal these days comparatively. Zyrtec is pretty much a silver bullet during times of the season when it gets bad. Don't find myself needing it all t...
by tobes
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Allergies
Replies: 42
Views: 565

Re: Allergies

I've had very serious allergies for the last 15 or so years - to things like dust, cat dander, various pollens. Obviously there is a scale from mild to life threatening/anaphylaxis - anything beyond mild is not possible to ignore; unless you can also ignore things like broken arms and flu. So: you n...
by tobes
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85017

Re: Great Vegan Debate

I came to the conclusion long ago that most peoples diet and health habits (well, people that are focused on those things specifically) are about very deep, ingrained notions of purity and impurity, and not much else. They aren't rational notions most of the time, just deep seated stuff that sits a...
by tobes
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 931
Views: 85017

Re: Great Vegan Debate

I came to the conclusion long ago that most peoples diet and health habits (well, people that are focused on those things specifically) are about very deep, ingrained notions of purity and impurity, and not much else. They aren't rational notions most of the time, just deep seated stuff that sits a...
by tobes
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Mantras while walking
Replies: 22
Views: 826

Re: Reciting Mantras while walking

I have a - maybe -strange question: The pandemic forces me to sit a lot more bcs of homeoffice, lack of walking to work etc. That kinda effects my ability to sit for meditation. Instead of trying to force me to sit even more, i now started to accumulate mantras while walking. Either in my home or i...
by tobes
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Mantras while walking
Replies: 22
Views: 826

Re: Reciting Mantras while walking

I have a - maybe -strange question: The pandemic forces me to sit a lot more bcs of homeoffice, lack of walking to work etc. That kinda effects my ability to sit for meditation. Instead of trying to force me to sit even more, i now started to accumulate mantras while walking. Either in my home or i...
by tobes
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

my five year old daughter doesn't want to eat meat because she just thinks its mean. if equanimity, kindness and great compassion are all that different from that, then I think something has gone wrong. At this point in life, it just seems people overthink things. maybe I've devolved into a simplet...
by tobes
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I also want to grant, that if one abstains from eating meat on the genuine basis of equanimity, kindness and great compassion to all beings, then this is incredibly noble. But, it is also incredibly rare. Moreover, the nobility is in the mindstream one abides in; the action/non-action is merely a l...
by tobes
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

Okay, sure since we are doing this I have to ask. Since meat being eaten by a tantrika can give causes for liberation of the animal, why not just go to a local pasture and recite mani to animals? Or go to a local hill and put namgyalma mantra there, etc.? We have many methods to ensure liberation u...
by tobes
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I also want to grant, that if one abstains from eating meat on the genuine basis of equanimity, kindness and great compassion to all beings, then this is incredibly noble. But, it is also incredibly rare. Moreover, the nobility is in the mindstream one abides in; the action/non-action is merely a li...
by tobes
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I'm finding this position nearly impossible to refute. It seems to me that a lot of (modern pseudo Buddhist) vegetarian arguments are ultimately very materialist. Death is seen as the worst possible outcome, rather than the best possibility of liberation (or higher rebirth). The body (of the animal...
by tobes
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

I tend to believe animals need a good life, before the thought on eating or not eating meat. When they got good life, were protect from fear and harm, then.. They do not need to be pushed antibiotics in their body what make them grow quicker ( and make bacteria slowly immuun for us as well), or cow...
by tobes
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism
Replies: 148
Views: 3986

Re: If You Eat Meat You Are Not a Kagyupa - Karmapas and strict vegetarianism

ChNNR taught that it is more compassionate to eat meat than not to, in order for a poor animal to make a connection with the Dharma ,without which they will be reborn again and again without that connection. Ones working the earth for food to eat can use skillful means to create a connection .That ...
by tobes
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1831

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

Perhaps it's worth mentioning, in case some people get the wrong ideas, that it's not the case that Nyingmapas today for example, have animosity or ill-will towards the entire Gelug school and all its lineages. Absolutely not. It's Pabongkha and his allies who are the problem. That's all. That's a ...
by tobes
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1831

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

Perhaps it's worth mentioning, in case some people get the wrong ideas, that it's not the case that Nyingmapas today for example, have animosity or ill-will towards the entire Gelug school and all its lineages. Absolutely not. It's Pabongkha and his allies who are the problem. That's all. That's a ...
by tobes
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1831

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

I practice termas and I practice Gelug; one thing I have come to conclude is that a common response to sectarianism in the past is more sectarianism now. i.e. surely the right response here is an attitude which does not go in the direction. Perhaps it's worth mentioning, in case some people get the...
by tobes
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1831

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

I practice termas and I practice Gelug; one thing I have come to conclude is that a common response to sectarianism in the past is more sectarianism now.

i.e. surely the right response here is an attitude which does not go in the direction.

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