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by SonamTashi
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?
Replies: 22
Views: 545

Re: On Enlightenment - What and who gets there?

Hi Padmist, These are very good questions, and they're also quite large and there's quite a few of them. Someone more knowledgeable than me can give you a better answer, but I'll take a quick stab at them. What is Enlightenment/Nirvana that most people outside our tradition is talking about exactly...
by SonamTashi
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reset rule for ngondro accumulations - your experience?
Replies: 31
Views: 1291

Re: Reset rule for ngondro accumulations - your experience?

Sure, some do. I've had one like that. But at the end of the day, this is all voluntary anyway, if you really don't want to follow a lama's instructions then you shouldn't be receiving instructions from them in the first place, and if you are receiving instructions, there can't really be conditions...
by SonamTashi
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reset rule for ngondro accumulations - your experience?
Replies: 31
Views: 1291

Re: Reset rule for ngondro accumulations - your experience?

The usual form of this rule is that you have to do at least one accumulation, or the number that you have committed to, each day. Usually these sadhanas can be done in a couple of minutes if you have them memorized. So while emergencies may happen, not that many emergencies prevent someone from doi...
by SonamTashi
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about Sand Mandalas
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Question about Sand Mandalas

I just wanted to say that I love your username.
by SonamTashi
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: This odd quote by Master Hsuan Hua
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: This odd quote by Master Hsuan Hua

Norden wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:45 am Most enlightened teachers have some contradictory in their teaching or realization. Maybe because it's based on (their) reality rather than books.
*citation needed
by SonamTashi
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Online Nyingma Teacher
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Online Nyingma Teacher

SilenceMonkey wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:37 pm Tsoknyi Rinpoche has a great meditation course online called Fully Being.

http://fullybeing.org
:good:

I would highly recommend this
by SonamTashi
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice (Split from: Are Zen teachers awakened?)
Replies: 24
Views: 1059

Re: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice (Split from: Are Zen teachers awakened?)

When you guys say Suzuki took up Pure Land, what does that mean? You guys talk about Pure Land as is it's a monolith. It's far from it. I always rather admired Ippen, for example. I enjoyed the book on his life and writings, No Abode, the Record of Ippen. That's one of my favorite Pure Land books.
by SonamTashi
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 40
Views: 2185

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: 341

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: 488

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: 568

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: 1136

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: 3270

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: 3464

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: 3464

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: 3464

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: 2599

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: 31720

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: 5227

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: 1583

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...

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