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by Aryjna
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: «Western Sadhana» by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: WESTERN SADHANA by Dechen Lamkhen (Nova Scotia)

GrapeLover wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:47 pm Are the “o-o” markings meant to indicate that this is a terma?
I'm guessing it is supposed to be jokingly trying to make some point.
by Aryjna
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2262

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

But how about the recitation of "Om Mani Padme Hum"? In practice, millions of people say this the world over with no empowerment. Also, some have said that "front generation" sadhana-like practice of beings like Medicine Buddha, Vajrasattva, and Shakyamuni, where one does not imagine oneself as mer...
by Aryjna
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preliminary Practices
Replies: 13
Views: 719

Re: Preliminary Practices

Hello, I am new to Buddhism and I was wondering if any of you more experienced practicioners could help me. My goal is to realize Mahamudra in the Kagyu lineadge; but I am a newbee so I need to build foundations. I am not a total beginer to spirituality, I have been a translator/interpreter and ass...
by Aryjna
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 1300

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

A possibility is you are an ant stepped on by a practitioner, Hmm. So just lucky, I guess. :thumbsup: Perhaps this is the answer to Kunzang Pelden in his commentary to Bodhicharyavatara , Nectar of Manjushri's Speech . Regarding chapter 4:20-21, he points out that Shantideva seems to be saying that...
by Aryjna
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2276

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

She isn't my fiance yet. This isn't only for appearances as she is expecting me to pray five times per day with her, go to the mosque, fast for ramadan, refrain from alcohol, pork and whatever else. Muslims don't play with religion and these rules are meant to be followed to full extent. I'm not su...
by Aryjna
Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen prerequisite?
Replies: 24
Views: 1300

Re: Dzogchen prerequisite?

I’ve just been rereading ChNN's Gura Yoga and this sentence caught my eye: Does this mean that only certain beings can ever enter Dzogchen? And if this sentence is to be taken literally, how did those beings come to have a connection in a previous life? Yes, but there are many paths to full awakeni...
by Aryjna
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amulets and protection diagrams
Replies: 14
Views: 784

Re: Amulets and protection diagrams

Here are a couple other Just By Seeing mantras: https://fpmt.org/edu-news/just-by-seeing-mantras/ My question is, if all of these things are sooo beneficial, why aren't they more widely propagated? Just seeing an image enough to prevent lower rebirths??? What an immense benefit. So I don't understa...
by Aryjna
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amulets and protection diagrams
Replies: 14
Views: 784

Re: Amulets and protection diagrams

Here are a couple other Just By Seeing mantras: https://fpmt.org/edu-news/just-by-seeing-mantras/ My question is, if all of these things are sooo beneficial, why aren't they more widely propagated? Just seeing an image enough to prevent lower rebirths??? What an immense benefit. So I don't understa...
by Aryjna
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2433

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Because not everyone will extinguish themselves and attain nirvana and not everyone even wants to do that.for them the alaya is a permanent entity. Makes one really wonder why someone like that would be posting on a Buddhist discussion board. The only reason to practice for me is to gain merit,to b...
by Aryjna
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1024497

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

This thread has actually descended into idle gossip. I feel like Malcolm is probably right and we have pretty much done this to death. Since this is an omnibus thread, I'm gonna ask that everyone just take a bit of a break for now. I feel like everyone (including me) got their say, and we should pr...
by Aryjna
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 108
Views: 2867

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

Also, I don't think the problem is having wrong view before receiving teachings. The problem is wanting to take teachings then ignore 90% of what you received and practice the surface with the view you already have.

What is the point to receive teachings and then practice something else?
by Aryjna
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 108
Views: 2867

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

The relevant passage is: Tāranātha explains that all the above-listed teachers were followers of the Nāthapanthi, a Buddhist school of tantra that survived the collapse of monastic Buddhism in India. Yet Tāranātha also acknowledges that not all the teachings Buddhagupta received and practiced durin...
by Aryjna
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 108
Views: 2867

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

kirtu wrote: Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:26 pm The bio of Buddhaguptanātha could be instructive.
There is nothing in that biography relevant to the topic.
by Aryjna
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 38
Views: 2145

Re: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?

I recommend the book Sukhavati, by Wong Kiew Kit. On page 36, the author writes about his understanding of a soul. He writes: "Theravadins fail to appreciate that the doctrine of non-soul is an expedient means to help aspirants attain the Cosmic Soul or Nirvana, and not a rigid dogma claiming souls...
by Aryjna
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 877

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

The aim of Madhyamaka is at least to some extent similar to the aim of Science. That is to know the nature and essence of the universe, what it is made of? How does it appear? Not really. The aim is to abandon concepts, which are reinforce by misguided ideas of real existence, that one takes for gr...
by Aryjna
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 877

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

The Buddhist non-atomists include Vasubandu , -who admittedly is not generally held to be a Madhyamika, but his views on atoms are available in English translation, in Twenty Verses with Commentary (found in Seven Works of Vasubandhu, by Stephen Anacker ). Vasubandhu says that an atom has six sides...
by Aryjna
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 877

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

The point is that you cannot go on breaking things in to smaller things ad infinitum , -as the Indian Madhyamikas reasoned when they were 'refuting' the Buddhist atomists. Therefore, in this respect the Madhyamaka has been proven wrong long ago. This is leading nowhere, as long as you make claims w...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 877

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

According to the Madhyamaka long is long, because there is the short. The size of big or small is always relative to the size of another object. Is that what got out of it? This is not the Madhyamaka, it is a fact of common sense. According to the String theory there comes a limit to how small we c...
by Aryjna
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 877

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

According to the Madhyamaka long is long, because there is the short. The size of big or small is always relative to the size of another object. Is that what got out of it? This is not the Madhyamaka, it is a fact of common sense. According to the String theory there comes a limit to how small we c...
by Aryjna
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 101
Views: 5507

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Why should a teacher have so many students in the first place that he can no longer follow them all? It remerbers me a story. In the mid-90's, I sat in a large meeting between a famous rinpoche and his students. One of the student, maybe a bit arrogant, asked this question to the rinpoche (about to...

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