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by underthetree
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Stages of attainment
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Stages of attainment

So what arr the stages of attainment im buddhism? and when you reach nirvana, do you still rrcite sadhana, mantra and yidam? And is there any buddhist in recent times who have attained nirvsna..? I think it's been said before, but I really recommend "What Makes You Not a Buddhist" By Dzongsar Jamya...
by underthetree
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Carrying snails across the gravel path
Replies: 7
Views: 2599

Re: Carrying snails across the gravel path

I just do it because I don't want the creature to come to harm, and I can help. It seems that, if you see something in danger and you can help, why would you choose not to? The decision not to act is far more momentous than just acting and moving on. If I remember, and especially if I find even a gl...
by underthetree
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone
Replies: 8
Views: 1665

Re: Hi everyone

Welcome!
by underthetree
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Wrathful Tara
Replies: 0
Views: 1355

Wrathful Tara

For personal (practice-related) reasons I'm in search of all the information I can gather on the Vajrayana practice of Wrathful Tara - Ugratara, in her two-armed form. Similar to Throma, in that she is dark in colour, wears a tiger skin and is dancing, but her attributes are a skull-cup and a sword....
by underthetree
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What actually makes someone a Buddhist?
Replies: 26
Views: 4320

Re: What actually makes someone a Buddhist?

Konchog1 wrote:Kirtu beat me to it : )
Me too... :thanks:
by underthetree
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dharma practice is a placebo.
Replies: 90
Views: 18073

Re: Dharma practice is a placebo.

Hi everyone, If I might add something to the conversation, I feel that by talking about Dzogchen and all of this so much, it ironically seems we are actually over thinking DKR's statement about Dharma being a placebo. It's true as the good doctor in the earlier posts said, that the real meaning of ...
by underthetree
Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: newbie kagyu question
Replies: 15
Views: 4449

Re: newbie kagyu question

Northern England? That's lucky! A new Drikung centre just opened in Scotland. Sketchy details here: http://garchenuk.wordpress.com/

They're saying that Garchen Rinpoche will give yearly teachings there, which would be incredibly worthwhile.
by underthetree
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: newbie kagyu question
Replies: 15
Views: 4449

Re: newbie kagyu question

Where are you in the world? Please correct me, Kagyupas, if I'm wrong, but doesn't the so-called Karmapa controversy relate mainly to Karma Kagyu? Drikung, Drukpa and other schools are still very much alive. And I completely agree that you shouldn't bind yourself to a teacher just because their cent...
by underthetree
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Need help with a problem I am having learning Buddhism.
Replies: 10
Views: 2001

Re: Need help with a problem I am having learning Buddhism.

In terms of books, I feel I was helped in my own questions about afflictive emotions by reading Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In my limited understanding it isn't that we have to wipe out our emotions. Tilopa's advice is exact. It's about attachment. Teachers are everywhere. Examine, for instance, those...
by underthetree
Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Need help with a problem I am having learning Buddhism.
Replies: 10
Views: 2001

Re: Need help with a problem I am having learning Buddhism.

You might say that if you've been struck with the urge to practice as a Buddhist, you know more about Buddhism than you think... As the path is ultimately experiential my own recommendation - and I'm a rank beginner with no understanding at all - would be to sit and learn how to still your mind. Any...
by underthetree
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Language of Oddiyana
Replies: 5
Views: 1569

Re: Language of Oddiyana

Isn't there a link between the Dakini language of the termas and Oddiyana? I'm sure I've read that Dakinis use the language of Oddiyana. This might help:http://www.dakiniscripts.at/index.html
by underthetree
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The morality test
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Re: The morality test

Seemed to me like most of the 'morality' questions were in fact political hot buttons, and specifically US ones. Seemed quite alien from a UK perspective.
by underthetree
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I have a good karma question, please answer.
Replies: 15
Views: 3114

Re: I have a good karma question, please answer.

I agree. Karma follows intention. Once you've made the gift in good faith, any problems that follow cease to be yours. If you donate a pair of shoes to a charity shop and they are bought by someone who wears them while committing a crime, is that anything to do with you? Not really. I suppose you mi...
by underthetree
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Using buddhism to sell stuff
Replies: 26
Views: 3845

Re: Using buddhism to sell stuff

This seems like a rather cheesily-conceived bookshop supporting a worthy cause. It's the cause that's important, and the info on sale, not the cheesiness. But it has to be said that there is a lot of Buddhist-related tat on sale out there in the world. It's completely true to say that Buddhism in th...
by underthetree
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 4945

Re: How are offerings accepted?

Each of the pieces of jewelry and clothing, the lotus, sun, and moon seat, the number of faces, hands, feet, etc. all have meaning and those meanings are part of the "purity" of the visualization. Therefore, I wouldn't change any of these visualizations to suit our own cultural norms. Rather, I wou...
by underthetree
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 4945

Re: How are offerings accepted?

I think there's also an issue of what exactly it is that's 'real.' The deities are real, but my sense is that the details are cultural trappings. I don't think it makes sense to imagine that Indo-Tibetan beings can be universal experiences for people who come from vastly different cultures, over vas...
by underthetree
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7686
Views: 982467

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Can I also bump a previous question and ask, please, how does Jnanadhakini differ from Vajrayogini ? I read that she is a blue form of Vajrayogini or Vajravarahi. You probably saw this already, but from here: http://www.shangshungstore.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=444" onclick="window.open(this...
by underthetree
Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra in the UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 3853

Re: Mahamudra in the UK?

Sometimes you have to go for it all by yourself. I know, I know... I'm one of those people who finds the sangha very off-putting. I see the people surrounding/guarding 'their' lama and I just fade. Courage is your best friend, the Sangha don't own the Guru you know. /magnus Nicely put. Thank you. I...
by underthetree
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra in the UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 3853

Re: Mahamudra in the UK?

Sometimes you have to go for it all by yourself.
I know, I know... I'm one of those people who finds the sangha very off-putting. I see the people surrounding/guarding 'their' lama and I just fade.
by underthetree
Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra in the UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 3853

Re: Mahamudra in the UK?

Thanks, Magnus. I'm a big admirer of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche - I did know he was coming but as travelling up to Lindholme is beyond my means in terms of finances/time I kind of put it out of my mind... Next time. I went to see Ringu Tulku Rinpoche last week - a wonderful being and I got to spend some ...

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