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by Lukeinaz
Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 312
Views: 37710

Re: Emptiness

edit, The quality of being empty of something is how form can exist.

I read a while back a commentary about this line that stated to some effect:

A rose is not a rose; thats what makes it a rose.

Thats always stuck with me. But I am sure my limited understanding is miles off
by Lukeinaz
Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 312
Views: 37710

Re: Emptiness

If form is empty it must be empty of something. Maybe this something is how the form exists.

Maybe when you understand form to be empty you are just using a concept. So in a way, as soon as you think of this emptiness you have just created a form?
by Lukeinaz
Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 312
Views: 37710

Re: Emptiness

What I found really useful with the Gelug approach is the fourfold negation. It gives me a step by step process to work with and a method to see the mistaken way I apprehend myself. Please forgive my ignorance and feel free to move this post somewhere else but.. The fourfold negation seems like a va...
by Lukeinaz
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 312
Views: 37710

Re: Emptiness

I am a complete beginner trying to study and meditate on emptiness so please forgive me. My limited understanding is presented from a Gelug view. And the books (and websites mostly Berzin) I have read make it sounds like this presentation of the Madhyamaka is the highest an most complete. Completely...
by Lukeinaz
Mon May 04, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On destroying Virtue VS Unable to exhaust others' Karma
Replies: 12
Views: 3116

Re: On destroying Virtue VS Unable to exhaust others' Karma

To tag onto this question: If we have been accumulating negative karma since beginningless time how can it ever be exhausted? No matter how much we purify or experience the results the amount of karma we have created is endless. No amount of eons will exhaust the endless supply of karma.
by Lukeinaz
Tue May 27, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

Thank you all for taking the time to answer my many questions! I have really been enjoying the practices. I have heard different ways of visualizing and was hoping for some clarification. I read on Berzin's wonderful site that the dietys should be visualized as tiny where as other resources recommen...
by Lukeinaz
Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

Whatever practice you decide to do, generate bodhichitta and just enjoy it. It's easy to make things too complicated. So more questions arise...Maybe I should have started this thread in a different forum. Anyhow, several obstacles I have met specifically towards generating bodhichitta. -I feel a b...
by Lukeinaz
Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I would love a study partner
Replies: 8
Views: 1376

Re: I would love a study partner

Sorry to hijack your thread but...I will be reading Liberation In the Palm of Your Hand starting today and would be interested in exploring it with a partner.
by Lukeinaz
Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

Ok so a couple more questions then I will stop lurking about. So I work 24 hr shifts at my job and some days only have the morning to practice. So my question is about combining vajrasattva with prostrations since I wont have time to do both unless I eliminate an hour of sitting which I would greatl...
by Lukeinaz
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

Thank you all so much for the responses. All of this is a bit overwhelming and part of me wishes I could back to my simple little sitting practice.
by Lukeinaz
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

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by Lukeinaz
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

okay thank you I will check out some of those books and start the practices immediately. I may take some online modules as well to get a feel for that. How important is pronunciation in the vajrasattva? How does one meet a teacher? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks again for all the help.
by Lukeinaz
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Questions..

Yes I am a westerner with a family.I am interested in the preliminary is and could see that taking as long as two years to complete. Can I start the prostrations and vajrasattva mantra straight away? Also is there any benefit in the FPMT over the books mentioned? The online material looks great but ...
by Lukeinaz
Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Questions..

I have been practicing by myself for over four years. Mostly sutra studying with a solid sitting practice. Recently I have started to "shop around" a bit and look for a tradition or lineage to help continue my practice. A friend gave me some copies of Lama Yeshe's book and they really struck a chord...
by Lukeinaz
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Re: Hello!

A good idea might be to find a Buddhist teacher at a temple who you have great confidence in, and to ask them if they offer refuge ceremonies. You can take refuge by yourself, but it's a good idea to have a guru to help guide you. :anjali: Thank you, I am looking forward to one day finding a guide....
by Lukeinaz
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Hello!

So thankful to find such a vast amount of Buddhist information! Are there any prerequisites for taking refuge? I ask because I have been practicing for three years by myself and feel as though I am ready to pour my heart into it. Thanks!

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