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by Seeker12
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 71
Views: 1358

Re: Experiences with spirits

To avoid any debates over paranormal phenomena, for sake of discussion, I assume below that it is more conventionally accurate to say "ghosts exist" than to say "ghosts do not exist". The classical description of Hungry Ghosts I am familiar with characterizes beings with large stomachs and small mo...
by Seeker12
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

The 7LP is awesome for long drives. I like to recite it while making the trip to my dharma center (which is a 4.5 hour drive). Sets the mood just right. :) Yeah, I like doing it driving, it's pretty easy to just get into a certain rhythm and resonance where it kind of flows and leads to a sort of ....
by Seeker12
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

Just as a counter point, in some of the Guru Rinpoche practices in my lineage, the vajra guru mantra is recited first during the approach phase, and then other longer mantras are recited for the accomplishment and great accomplishment. My teacher recommends reciting the seven line prayer as being e...
by Seeker12
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

The seven line prayer has layers and layers of meanings, all the way up to being an overview of the path of means and the path of liberation (Dzogchen). White lotus is an excellent book about all the hidden meanings of the prayer: https://www.amazon.com/White-Lotus-Explanation-Seven-Line-Padmasambh...
by Seeker12
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

In practice, the prayer is sort of a lead-in to the mantra. Not exact sure how to express the idea... it creates or establishes a kind of platform, a “launch pad”. A back story for the mantra. That’s how I understand it, although my comprehension is shallow and my explanation is clumsy. Thanks. Els...
by Seeker12
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

Apart from the ultimate result of supreme enlightenment being presumably exactly the same, are there said to be significant differences in the provisional results of saying the 12 syllable Vajra Guru mantra as opposed to the 7 Line Prayer? For example differences in purpose or activities?

Thank you.
by Seeker12
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5240

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

It is said in various texts that Vajrayana is much more difficult to meet. For example, from "The Life of Shabkar" As it is stated in the Tantra of the Enlightenment of Mahavairocana: The omniscient ones in this world Are like the Udumbara flower: In a hundred kalpas, one may or may not appear. The...
by Seeker12
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche Vajrakilaya November
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Garchen Rinpoche Vajrakilaya November

VAJRAKILAYA Empowerment, Teachings and Retreat ONLINE with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas November 14 -18 9am – 12am and 2pm – 5pm PDT (GMT-7) The wrathful Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manife...
by Seeker12
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5240

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Seems a bit odd to me given that Guru RInpoche is an emanation of Amitabha. Yes, it seems strange. Vajrayana is the most rare teaching. For example, it will not be taught by Maitreya Buddha. However, isn't it said that there will be a Guru RInpoche for each Buddha of this era? In general I don't be...
by Seeker12
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5240

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The main question is to what degree you can make rapid progress by doing that, in comparison to taking aeons until buddhahood. If you could shorten the time by travelling to Vajrayana oriented pure realms, then buddhahood would take a few centuries at most for everyone in Sukhavati. At least some, ...
by Seeker12
Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5240

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Aryjna wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:25 pm
Malcolm wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:26 pm

You don’t need it in Sukhavati.
I suppose so. It seems a bit strange though, when they could suggest Zangdokpalri instead.
You can travel to any pure land you want from Sukhavati. Could go to Guru Rinpoche’s if you want.
by Seeker12
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Names of Buddhas in Mipham’s Tashi Prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Sanskrit Names of Buddhas in Mipham’s Tashi Prayer

Does anyone know the Sanskrit names for the Buddhas listed in the Tashi Prayer?

Tibetan and English found here - https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-ma ... cious-ones

Thank you.
by Seeker12
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 8 Bodhisattvas' Tantric Equivalents
Replies: 1
Views: 245

8 Bodhisattvas' Tantric Equivalents

In Mipham's commentary on the Tashi prayer (this is not complete but references it -https://www.nalandatranslation.org/offerings/notes-on-the-daily-chants/commentaries/verses-of-the-eight-auspicious-noble-ones/), he says that "The eight male and female bodhisattvas are the eight principal mandala de...
by Seeker12
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Translation Question
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Avatamsaka Translation Question

Do you know what that would be in Sanskrit? Definition:sarva-jña, sarva-jñatā, sarvajña-jñāna; sarvajña-tattva, sarva-jñatva, sarvajña-dharmatā, sarvajña-bala, sarva-jñāna, sarvatra-jñāna, sarva-buddhi, sarva-vid. Source:佛教漢梵大辭典, 平川彰 Buddhist Chinese-Sanskrit Dictionary, Akira Hirakawa See more her...
by Seeker12
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Translation Question
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Avatamsaka Translation Question

In Thomas Cleary’s translation on page 526 in chapter 24, it says, “Carrying out pure ways,   Fulfilling virtues,   One can concentrate unremittingly   On omniscience.” Can anyone tell me exactly what word was translated as ‘omniscience’ here by any chance? Thank you for any feedback. omniscience: ...
by Seeker12
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Translation Question
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Avatamsaka Translation Question

In Thomas Cleary’s translation on page 526 in chapter 24, it says,

“Carrying out pure ways,  
Fulfilling virtues,  
One can concentrate unremittingly  
On omniscience.”

Can anyone tell me exactly what word was translated as ‘omniscience’ here by any chance? Thank you for any feedback.
by Seeker12
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

zhing bcu - ten defects or the ten objects are: 1) The enemy of the Three Jewels, 2) the enemy of the master, 3) The samaya violator, 4) the perverted one, 6. the hostile one, 7. The samaya enemy with a wicked character, 8. The one arriving to the congregation, 9. the harmer of everyone, 10. the th...
by Seeker12
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

Charlie123 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:10 am Your profile pic is quite yonic.
You don't say... :P
by Seeker12
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

Did people misread the post, or am I ? Either you misread it or I wrote it poorly, probably more the latter than the former. My question was basically this - in order to use wrathful means to 'forcefully liberate' a being, I believe there are certain criteria in place that the being-to-be-liberated...
by Seeker12
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Qualifications for Wrathful Activity
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Qualifications for Wrathful Activity

I will be relatively vague in this post, but I'm curious if there is a publicly available list of the qualifications for wrathful activity. I have heard, for example, that when it comes to 'forceful liberation' or what have you there are fairly stringent criteria that must be in place, something lik...

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