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by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What tradition of Buddhism does Master Jun Hong Lu belong to?
Replies: 8
Views: 3038

What tradition of Buddhism does Master Jun Hong Lu belong to?

I came across the website Guan Yin Citta , which is based on the teachings of Master Jun Hong Lu. I was wondering what form of Buddhism he practices. Is this standard Chinese Buddhism or a particular group with different teachings? He teaches, among other things, the practice of burning paper houses...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice on thangka
Replies: 8
Views: 1058

Re: Advice on thangka

I thought it was White Tara. I think I'll get it - I like the representation of Tara on it. It comes from China so it may well have been made in Tibet. There are no online Buddhist stores in New Zealand, and one that I've found in Australia that will ship to NZ doesn't have any Tara thangkas.
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: A question on malas
Replies: 15
Views: 4137

Re: A question on malas

Absolutely, treat it with respect -- put it in its own bag, don't wear it as jewelry, and don't take it in the bathroom, put it on the floor or step over it. This would be showing disrespect to the role that it plays in your life, like any other Dharma item. Other than that, no need to get bent out...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice on thangka
Replies: 8
Views: 1058

Advice on thangka

I'm looking to get a thangka of Tara to put in my small Buddhist shrine. I found this one on AliExpress. I'd just like to make sure it actually is a Tara thangka and whether it is White Tara or Green Tara (the description says Green Tara but it looks more like White Tara).
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treatment of Dharma texts, sacred objects etc
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: Treatment of Dharma texts, sacred objects etc

Thinking on what my teacher said many times, it is your responsibility to keep your vajrayana items secret and safe under lock. Unless they are intended for the public sphere (objects of liberation upon seeing, smelling, and such) Afaik sutrayana items are not secret. :popcorn: I'm wrong? What are ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treatment of Dharma texts, sacred objects etc
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Treatment of Dharma texts, sacred objects etc

I saw an article by Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the treatment of Buddhist scriptures. He mentions that he doesn't place his iPad on the bed, because it has Buddhist scriptures on it. Is this attitude to Buddhist scriptures universal in Tibetan Buddhism, or it is just Lama Zopa Rinpoche's view? I know t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about removing christian/etc. baptism
Replies: 66
Views: 7359

Re: Question about removing christian/etc. baptism

I am a former Catholic. According to the Catholic church, baptism leaves an indelible mark or 'character' on the soul of the recipient. Confirmation and priestly ordination do so as well. Once one has been baptised in the Catholic church, they are considered to be a Catholic for the rest of their li...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: "Slandering the Dharma" - what exactly does it entail?
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

"Slandering the Dharma" - what exactly does it entail?

I've been reading about Pure Land Buddhism and came across the exception to the Eigtheenth Vow (committing the five grave offences and slandering the Dharma). What exactly does "slandering the Dharma" involve? I used to be a fundamentalist Christian and considered Buddhism a false religion leading t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra
Replies: 23
Views: 8191

Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Do you need empowerment to chant the Medicine Buddha mantra?
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with leftover Tsog food?
Replies: 5
Views: 1211

What to do with leftover Tsog food?

I attended a Tsog for the first time last Tuesday at my local Buddhist centre. I got a massive plate of food, most of which I brought home. However, I still have some left over. One of the items probably isn't okay to eat any more. I understand that the food is considered sacred (like Hindu prasad) ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does this Vajrasattva practice require empowerment/initiation by a lama?
Replies: 3
Views: 807

Does this Vajrasattva practice require empowerment/initiation by a lama?

I came across this book on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive shop: Daily Purification: A Short Vajrasattva Practice. I would like to give this a try but I don't know if it's appropriate for me to do as I haven't had any initiation or empowerment from a lama. What do you think?
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices
Replies: 21
Views: 2580

Transfer of merit and Tibetan practices

The Buddha says in the Dhammapada: "You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way". How does this fit with the Tibetan practices of recitation of mantras, devotion to Tara and other deities etc? For example, at the end of the Praise to the Twenty One Taras is a list of benefits which in...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

So it seems like that main areas to avoid are adultery, rape and harmful sex. Anything else is generally okay. Am I right?

And this is the case across Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism?
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Grigoris wrote: Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:26 pm According to the Buddha unwholesome sexual activity (sexual misconduct) is basically any non-consensual activity, or sexual activity with somebody that is married or betrothed. That's it.
So you can be a good Tibetan Buddhist if you simply follow this rule?
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Lama Tsongkhapa received these teachings from Atisha Dipamkara's lineage. Atisha was a major figure at Vikramashila monastery. One of two biggest centers of Buddhist learning and practice in India. According to this thread, Atisha, his Indian masters, Patrul Rinpoche, and Gampopa are wrong. So what...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Also, it seems Gelugpas only have sex to reproduce so your future wife might be out of luck. Can you provide a source? No sex except for procreation within marriage is the Hare Krishna view on sex, which I strongly disagree with. Do you have to adhere to this standard to receive initiation from a G...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Regarding sexual misconduct we have a lot of commentaries saying a lot of things but nothing really definitive.For people who have faith in Je Rinpoche,of course,it’s quite authoritative but that doesn’t make it defined in a certain way. What do you mean "quite authoritative"? Binding on all those ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 5136

Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Through reading about the Dalai Lama's views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, I came across a website stating that Tsongkhapa listed a number of activities as "sexual misconduct" including sex between men, masturbation, oral or anal intercourse, and sex during daylight. What I'm wondering is:...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Emphasis on teachers or their teachings?
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Emphasis on teachers or their teachings?

I know that Buddhism is not a religion of the divinely revealed word the way Christianity or Islam is. So is it true that it is the actual teach ing of a teacher that is important, rather than the teacher himself? I know that we should revere teachers, but is that mainly because of their teaching? I...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Tantric sex in Buddhism?
Replies: 0
Views: 1189

Tantric sex in Buddhism?

I am very attracted to the Tibetan Buddhist path, particularly the devotion to Tara. I understand that it includes some esoteric practices to help achieve enlightenment. I have heard that some of these practices involve sex. I have some questions. 1) Is tantric sex common among Tibetan Buddhists? Is...

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