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by Könchok Thrinley
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

No, I don’t think the prostrations have had an undue effect on my knees. While my knees ache more now which causes some reluctance before and some pain during the prostrations, they are less painful after and I can then move more easily without pain; I’m just getting old :twothumbsup: I think I did...
by Könchok Thrinley
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

I do prostrations every day - I don't find that they put anything like the strain of a pushup on my arms. If you already have problems with your arms and shoulders I can understand why it would be a worry. But otherwise, I've not experienced any problems over several years with arms and shoulders. ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 40
Views: 699

Re: 100,000 candles??

Hey everyone, I need to burn 100,000 candles as offering. Does anyone know where i can get a ton of candles for cheap?? I have no clue; make your own or set up an event for an entire community to make renewable, environmentally-friendly candles? That way, everyone gains merits! Are there environmen...
by Könchok Thrinley
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: Prostrations and preventing elbow pain

How does one prevent elbow pain (golfer or tennis elbow) when doing daily full prostrations? Is the act of prostrations most likely to lead to golfer or tennis elbow? I know this is really butting up against the "no medical advice" so maybe a non-me focused discussion on this is prudent. If that's ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

This is explicitly outlined by Vasubandhu in his commentary on the Abhidharmakośa, so it is a principle that will not be unknown to educated East Asian Buddhists. Would you recommend Jewels from the Treasury as a good text to introduce abhidharma to beginners? https://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Knowled...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Actually, as a lay person, one has a choice to follow it or not. In the Tibetan tradition we purify all vows with the practice of Vajrasattva. Also, bodhisattva and Vajrayana vows take precedence. This is fascinating to me because it is not the way it is generally presented to laymen in most of Eas...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 57
Views: 1489

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Malcolm wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:23 pm
Könchok Chödrak wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:12 am Is there an official Teaching for how Empowerments from past lives carry over?
Yes, the official teaching is that they do not.
I have always wondered, how is it possible then that just barely keeping samayas pure leads to liberation within 16 lifetimes?
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2071

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

Oh yes, how horrible! What if somebody took human bones and did something with them. Disgraceful!

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by Könchok Thrinley
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: To account for the cause of this decline in the fortunes of Bön in both Zhang-zhung and Tibet.
Replies: 30
Views: 1033

Re: To account for the cause of this decline in the fortunes of Bön in both Zhang-zhung and Tibet.

This is a good point, but I think the question is something like "does this serve any real purpose in a Facebook group with Buddhist and Bonpo practitioners". I'm making an assumption here that this is the kind of situation gelukman is talking about, having run into it a number of times myself. Apo...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Is this true? (Dharani Sutra)

It's Buddha's words and Buddha never lies. If we are capable of producing these effects, I'd say that is a different discussion.
by Könchok Thrinley
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Guru Rinpoche devotional practices
Replies: 29
Views: 1239

Re: Guru Rinpoche devotional practices

Not to be rude, but if someone is just skimming YouTube videos for empowerment, that is a lazy attempt to make a connection, generally speaking. I figure a lazy connection is better than none but... To my mind the earnestness of the attempt to connect to the Guru and the lineage have to be in play ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1711

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Buddhism says nothing about transgender issues, other than the standard moral code applicable to all situations: be compassionate. As far as Buddhism is concerned, gender is a secular issue, no more or less illusory than any other secular issue. Om mani padme hum Kathy Great post Kathy! This is imp...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Allowed to feel tired? (split from:) Pureland Daily Practice by Yogi C.M. Chen
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Allowed to feel tired? (split from:) Pureland Daily Practice by Yogi C.M. Chen

Padma is great as always. I'd just add that while "doing good deeds" whatever that really means, is great. But! You must not forget about yourself. One does not become a buddha through good deeds. You have to train yourself and pacify your mind. Even a bodhisattva who has promised to attain enlighte...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Thank you for the links and comments. Wiki mentions that the four foundations can be practiced from a Mahayana pov and Vajrayana pov, are there any useful guides to practice them from this pov?
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 106
Views: 11950

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Nonono, masturbation is also natural if you control lust, you can even use it to achieve states of bliss and then apply together with vipasyana to achieve emptyness. You can use it with imaginary consort in Vajrayana sadhanas. There is nothing saying about non virtue of masturbation in lay man vows...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Yidam practice and Guru Yoga
Replies: 18
Views: 1228

Re: Practical difference between Yidam practice and Guru Yoga

Guru sadhanas are for blessings. Yidam sadhanas are for siddhi/accomplishment. Dakini sadhanas are for prophecies and/or activities. Guru is the yidam. Siddhis come from kyerim. Activities are for those accomplished; they call it dzogrim. Is this the kagyu view, while Lama Pema presented the nyingm...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 4
Views: 191

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Hello, I have encountered the four foundations of mindfulness in many texts where it is often praised as an important practice for one to engage in. From ChNN's Vase to many other wonderful texts. So I would like to ask if there are any good resources and advice on the topic and how can one learn th...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:25 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

As a lowly and inferior spiritual person I don't hold any illusion believing I will accomplish any spiritual attainment in this life. People shouldn’t think that attainment and realization are beyond anyone’s reach. If that were the case, the Buddhadharma would never have continued for 2,600 years....
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:40 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

As a lowly and inferior spiritual person I don't hold any illusion believing I will accomplish any spiritual attainment in this life. People shouldn’t think that attainment and realization are beyond anyone’s reach. If that were the case, the Buddhadharma would never have continued for 2,600 years....
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reciting Mantras while walking
Replies: 22
Views: 826

Re: Mantra accumulation while walking

Or did you get teachings from you teachers that dealt with things like this? Doesn't count. If the chanting goes beyond counting, beyond the numbers, but becomes a part of your daily life such as a constant meditation, I'd say it counts. Garchen Rinpoche for example has stated that it's better to f...

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