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by Varis
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 11 Heads / 8 Arms Avalokiteshvara
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: 11 Heads / 8 Arms Avalokiteshvara

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:11 am I’m looking for information / teachings / lineage / practice etc. regarding 11 head, 8 arm Chenrezig.
Thanks
Himalayan Arts says it was brought to Tibet by Atisha so you should be looking in the direction of the three sarma schools.
by Varis
Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on rebirth of bodhisattvas
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Question on rebirth of bodhisattvas

That's true for Arya Bodhisattvas (1st Bhumi and above). Bodhisattvas not yet on the bhumis are reborn through the force of their vows, karma, merit, prayer and aspiration. Kirt This is true, I should have specified Arya Bodhisattvas. Didn't stop to think about how the phrasing might confuse a newb...
by Varis
Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on rebirth of bodhisattvas
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Question on rebirth of bodhisattvas

They're not really reborn. Bodhisattvas emanate in response to the needs of sentient beings. Some emanations are enlightened, some emanations are not and live blissfully unaware of who they are and what need they're fulfilling. It's impossible for someone who's not a Bodhisattva to recognize a Bodhi...
by Varis
Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 30
Views: 823

Re: r/streamentry Reddit

I found that stream entry subreddit is really well thought out/organized. The practitioners there are really serious about their practice and it shows; they have tons of great insight to share. Norwegian don't knock it 'till you try it. The site has helped me. My experience with that subreddit is t...
by Varis
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Why can’t people stop acting as spiritual policeman ? Well just my two cents... Follow what your teacher say is the best advice. I am a student like you. People pointing out that you're doing things willy nilly based on feeling and not tradition is not spiritual policing. You can act as New Agey as...
by Varis
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?

Can anyone offer information? Are any of the canons closed? For example the Chinese Tripitiaka; is it a closed canon? References would be greatly appreciated. Depends on what you mean. The Taisho is a set of texts, and that set of texts isn't going to change. Add a bunch of new Tibetan texts, for e...
by Varis
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2379

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

I am not sure how the Gelugs handle it. AFAIK Lamrim first, an empowerment from the big 3 (Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, or Yamantaka) second, and then ngondro last. Most Lamas don't require Lamrim to be finished completely though. This (with different empowerments for Kagyus) is the traditional way ...
by Varis
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine
Replies: 114
Views: 3896

Re: How is shentong different from tirthika doctrine

Which tirthika doctrine? There are a lot.
The difference between shentong and Advaita Vedanta's idea of a soul aren't that different.
However, are you willing to risk your chance to attain Buddhahood on the hope that Advaita's methods can lead you there? I'm not.
by Varis
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

“ All of these, as far as being Buddhist concepts, arose and became dogma centuries before we understood anything of the physical universe as we know it today” ? 2600 years ago is certainly long before today. Those posts you've made in the thread seem to be suggesting that these concepts are not us...
by Varis
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:21 pm That doesn’t contradict my statement
It does. The cosmology given by the Buddha was discerned through his omniscience.
by Varis
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:24 pm All of these, as far as being Buddhist concepts, arose and became dogma centuries before we understood anything of the physical universe as we know it today
All Buddhas are omniscient, there is no exception to this.
by Varis
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: More personalities than bodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: More personalities than bodies?

So whats the deal with this? Population on Earth is exploding and Im sure not everyone has to be born into an animal. Where do all those personalities go? Do they have to wait a long, long time for their turn or something? There's no waiting room where people sit after they die if that's what your ...
by Varis
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain me Vajrayana like im 5?
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: Can someone explain me Vajrayana like im 5?

It can be difficult to understand Vajrayana without understanding Mahayana. In Mahayana we believe that when a Bodhisattva achieves the 10th bhumi (a stage on the path to Buddhahood), Buddhas from the ten directions converge to give the Bodhisattva what is known as an "empowerment". This empowerment...
by Varis
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 149
Views: 15088

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

my root guru told me everything one would need about guardians, but never ever mentioned gesar. maybe my teacher chnn practiced it, but it wasn't that useful or didn't matter or worked after all. otherwise it would be "there", somewhere at least. i apreciate your messages guys. i take my leave. I r...
by Varis
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 149
Views: 15088

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

javier.espinoza.t wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:42 pm longsal works. gesar doesn't. that's the point in case you haven't noticed.
I'm sure you know better than the masters of your own lineage.
by Varis
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 149
Views: 15088

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Unlike Santa, King Gesar is a very prominent Dharmapala, so while one word posts are bit annoying I would not mock it. That is unless someone finds King Santar terma, then let's have a laugh. Meanwhile let's stick to the topic. :focus: My mistake, I'll expand on it. King Gesar is an enlightened dha...
by Varis
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jonang studies suggested?
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Are Jonang studies suggested?

The Jonangpas teachings are genuine Buddhadharma. Everything else is irrelevant disagreements. They are the only holders of the complete transmission of the Kalachakra, an important and beautiful practice for this age. They also have a version of lamdre unique to their school.
by Varis
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 149
Views: 15088

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Gesar
by Varis
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5249

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Where the Japanese Pure Land sects do differ from others is in seeing the definitive practice as the fulfilment of the 18th Vow. But since it is effected by non-calculation and non-working, it is a non-practice practice. It's realisation of buddha-nature without accumulation of merits and surpassin...
by Varis
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 5249

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The Amitābha sūtras do not specify a limit to methods practiced by bodhisattvas in Sukhāvatī, nor is there specified that they need to practice to attain the thirty-two marks, infinite dhāraṇīs, or all the supernatural powers—they have them naturally and inherently by the power of Amitābha's vows. ...

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