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by SonamTashi
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 28
Views: 726

Re: r/streamentry Reddit

Usually stream entry is code for Western--- usually men--- who work outside of Buddhist tradition and self-diagnose how enlightened they are. That's exactly what it is. It's a subreddit built around Daniel Ingram and the "Pragmatic Dharma" movement. It is right up there with r/zen as one of the wor...
by SonamTashi
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls

It depends on intent I think. If the intent is to benefit self and others and to inspire people with enlightened art I don't see a problem. Assuming of course that it is not a restricted tantric image. KN I used to go to a monastery where they have some protector etc. images in their own cabinets. ...
by SonamTashi
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Adding practices to your Sadhana
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Adding practices to your Sadhana

:good: +1 on KN’s suggestion If you look carefully at the ngondro sadhana I would expect that this is in the common preliminaries. In any case the common preliminaries will contain most of what you need in this area. If you wanted to insert additional lojong practice, for instance the sending and re...
by SonamTashi
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Lotsawa Online Course
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Lotsawa Online Course

I don't suppose anyone has experience with both the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo program, and with Rangjung Yeshe Institute? I'm interested in how the programs compare, specifically on the language side, I know RYI do a lot of other stuff too. I am also interested in anything anyone has to say about Rang...
by SonamTashi
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sur Offering
Replies: 26
Views: 680

Re: Sur Offering

1) What do people here in this Forum thing about the need or lack of initation (2) How many people here actually do Sur Offering and please do share your experiences!!! I'm not sure, if sur offering, sang offering and fire puja are the same thing. I attended big fire pujas at some occasions. They w...
by SonamTashi
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2371

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

For the life of me I can't comprehend how a Nichiren Buddhist could have such an obsession with "Early Buddhism." And that's not a knock on Nichiren Buddhism. It is just something you usually see with Secular Buddhists and some Western Theravada practitioners. A practitioner of a form of Buddhism or...
by SonamTashi
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2423

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

The laws of karma are very difficult to understand. However, karma is not a game of physics. There is also free will and also repentance. If you factor those things in you will realize what level of understanding there is needed to live life. I see you have great Wisdom in the basics of Buddhism, b...
by SonamTashi
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2423

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by SonamTashi
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2423

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

No. You could be a cultural or secular Jew, but that would be the only exception. The way I've been taught, you can be a Buddhist hanging out with the Christians/Muslims/etc. or you could be a Christian/etc. hanging out with the Buddhists, but you can't be both. Anyone can benefit from Buddhist prac...
by SonamTashi
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?
Replies: 21
Views: 2210

Re: Does anyone know anything about Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche?

Let me know if this resolved your questions While it is clear that Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche is technically a legitimate teacher, it is still not clear to me that all of his claims are accurate, and Yagmort's comment gives me pause. At this point, unless more information comes to light, I do not ...
by SonamTashi
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 281
Views: 25902

Re: abortion sutra/real or...?

Well, it all works out for her in the end. this is so wrong on so many levels. this is not some netflix tale. At that time, the woman Confusion was full of happiness after listening to the Buddha Dharma. Her heart opened up, and became clear and pure. She understood deeply, and had an awakening to ...
by SonamTashi
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 73
Views: 4168

Re: Subtle body

Does it exist at all? In Buddhism it is a theory found only in Vajrayana, while outside it, within other Indian systems, it has been present in various forms even before the Buddha. It exists in popular (folk) Thai Buddhism, the practice known as Reusi Dat Ton is their equivalent to yoga. However, ...
by SonamTashi
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 105 Bead Mala?
Replies: 22
Views: 1224

Re: 105 Bead Mala?

I'm not sure that Javier is quite correct, though to be sure it varies a little. 108 is not just 100 plus a few for good measure, but is precisely a time-honoured sacred number. I heard somewhere that Sakyas often use 111 beads, construed as the "sacred" 108 plus 3 for good measure. Sakya followers...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1911

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

I'm not a Shin Buddhist, but I did study it for a while, and read most of Shinran's and Rennyo's writings. Here is (imo) the issue with Rev. Cirlea: Doctrinally, he is probably one of the most accurate and truest to the teachings of Shinran. Too many Shin teachers today take a modernist and watered ...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1911

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

Thich Nhat Hanh, in my opinion, is the opposite to the extreme of fundamentalism. His insistence that you can be a Christian or Muslim and a Buddhist is encouraging lack of focus, and he also teaches the Pure Land as being attained in this life. I think his writings have inspired lots of people so ...
by SonamTashi
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 3300

Re: Practice advice please

That Lama knows very well. There’s nothing foolish about enquiring on a forum, it provides different view points, at best. It’s your choice to comment on my post. The Pali Canon is ONE of the foundations of Buddhism, and a very important one at that. The Pali canon was a set of teachings given to a...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Incense burners
Replies: 20
Views: 1113

Re: Incense burners

by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Well
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Well

This is a better article on the subject: https://tibet.net/tibetan-geshe-in-rare-post-death-meditative-state-sparks-new-research-in-thukdam/ The one from tribuneindia.com has some mistakes, the biggest being: On examination, it revealed the blood pressure of the body to be at 86, quite close to a li...
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tibetan names
Replies: 120
Views: 95925

Re: Tibetan names

DAWA TRASHI Auspicious Moon male GELEK TRASHI Perfect Fortunate One male JAMYANG TRASHI Auspicious Manjushri male LODRÖ TRASHI Auspicious Wise One male PHUNTSOK TRASHI Auspicious One Who Spreads the Dharma male SÖNAM TRASHI The One Who Carries Auspicious Merit male TRASHI CHÖKYI Auspicious Woman of...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it okay to re-offer candles weve had to put out?
Replies: 54
Views: 2309

Re: Is it okay to re-offer candles weve had to put out?

No. They've already been offered (ABO). They are no longer yours. Best to allow them to burn completely out on their own. there are several ways of doing this safely such as putting on top of glass, putting in a glass or metal coaster, putting in a shallow pan of water. If you can't do this safely,...

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