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by Tilopa
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Vajrayana Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 5839

Re: Vajrayana Questions

I am deeply worried that even though my guru said that we could leave, I violated samaya in doing so. Absolutely not. On the contrary you are following his advice. Where does one start in finding a lama who would understand my situation? Great masters are in abundance if you know where to look. Whe...
by Tilopa
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginning vajrayana
Replies: 26
Views: 6225

Re: Beginning vajrayana

As a beginner you should spend time taking teachings from different teachers and different traditions in order to develop an understanding of the foundational practices - refuge, bodhicitta, lam rim and lojong. This will help you identify which tradition you have the closest affinity with and bring ...
by Tilopa
Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Lineage Seminary
Replies: 91
Views: 21447

Re: Taego Lineage Seminary

For centuries throughout the Buddhist world, the official pratimoksha has not been the list of rules actually observed by the sangha. It was and still is in those monasteries where Vinaya is taken seriously. There are differences in monastic lineages but if monks (or nuns) aren't keeping the princi...
by Tilopa
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Lineage Seminary
Replies: 91
Views: 21447

Re: Taego Lineage Seminary

On the other hand, it can be argued that since there are precepts that are irrelevant and generally has not been observed for a long time (e.g. eating only before noon), one could as well say that celibacy is not that important. One could and some do but it's to the detriment of the monastic Sangha...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Order: 2011 Bikkhu Ordination
Replies: 52
Views: 12233

Re: Taego Order: 2011 Bikkhu Ordination

Clergy ordained within the Taego Order ordain with the understanding that celibacy is an option, at least for men. Therefore, there is no breaking of vows. Other than the vow of celibacy, the rules for our clergy are the same as in the Jogye Order (the Caturvagga Vinaya, also called the Dharmagupta...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Lineage Seminary
Replies: 91
Views: 21447

Re: Taego Lineage Seminary

It isn't a parajika because male Taego clergy aren't required to take a vow of celibacy to begin with. It isn't parajika because it's impossible they are real Bhikkus in the first place. It's only a parajika if you take a vow of celibacy and then break it. Of course, more traditional orders would m...
by Tilopa
Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Foreigners and Stupas
Replies: 13
Views: 1536

Re: Foreigners and Stupas

:rolling: You cynic! - and up to a point you're right but there's also plenty of sincere western practitioners. Don't despair.
by Tilopa
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 9473

Re: Stuck souls?

But the Bardo was not part of the Buddha teachings? It most certainly was. Or in what document does the Buddha state that the Bardo existence may result in 7 deaths * 7 days = 49 days maximum. The teachings are found in the Anuttarayoga Tantras of the New Translation Schools. I'm not sure of the so...
by Tilopa
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Burning Dharma Materials
Replies: 42
Views: 10605

Re: Burning Dharma Materials

I can't provide the source but HH Dalai Lama once said it's ok to recycle Dharma materials that don't contain images of gurus and deities.
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 9473

Re: Stuck souls?

Physical death in the physical world means that the physical body dies and doesn't work any more.But how is "death" in the bardo, after those 7 days, defined? What is meant by "death" in the bardo? What exactly dies? You ask good questions but the answers are very involved. This book will help: htt...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 9473

Re: Stuck souls?

They can however take birth as beings that we would ordinarily consider to be "ghosts" or "spirits". Correct. Life as a spirit is one of the 6 types of desire realm rebirth but hungry ghosts and other spirits aren't stuck in the bardo - they've been born in their world just as we have been born in ...
by Tilopa
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: On the Bardo - Stuck souls?
Replies: 72
Views: 9473

Re: Stuck souls?

Can a human, after death, get stuck in the In-Between State for several years? According to the traditional Tibetan presentation the answer is no. The longest a being stays in the bardo is 49 days. See this teaching by HH Dalai Lama: http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=383" onclick="...
by Tilopa
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shadow of the Dalai Lama
Replies: 32
Views: 6583

Re: Shadow of the Dalai Lama

I agree that it is no doubt a hit piece and that some of its claims are outlandish. More than outlandish it's absurd and reveals the authors total lack of understanding. I think it brings up some valid points regarding the exploitation of women in tantirc sex magic rituals I think you are probably ...
by Tilopa
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 8541

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

How would offerings made in Kopan appease the Nagas living under your house? How pujas work is a magical and mysterious aspect of Mahayana/Vajrayana practice somehow related to karma, interdependence and the power of the Dharma but it's hard to understand and explain so I don't really know the answ...
by Tilopa
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 8541

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

Do you know how to comission Lamas to perform the Naga offering puja? Do you know if the Naga Torma - Lutor - offered at http://monlam.org/moreprayers.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; is a naga offering puja? Yes Lutor is an offering to the nagas usually performed to help overcom...
by Tilopa
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Study Group
Replies: 7
Views: 1831

Re: Study Group

A Guide the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - Shantideva Wheel of Sharp Weapons - Dharmaraksita Words of My Perfect Teacher - Patrul Rinpoche Essence of Refined Gold - 3rd Dalai Lama Lamp Illuminating the Path - Atisha Or something similar. I wouldn't even mention tantra as it can be very confusing if the...
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 6454

Re: Causes of poverty.

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Tilopa wrote: It's our karma to live on a planet where the law of gravity operates.
Now you are changing your position. You are asserting that a planet can have gravity, a condition, prior to any karma putting somebody there.
OK whatever.... :zzz:
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Random question on Chogyam Trungpa
Replies: 54
Views: 8100

Re: Random question on Chogyam Trungpa

gregkavarnos wrote:Ever heard anybody use the word f*** at least four times in one sentence? A habit I picked up working with street kids, junkies and prostitutes.
More likely a result of having spent some of your formative years growing up in Australia. :tongue:
by Tilopa
Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 6454

Re: Causes of poverty.

So you are saying that karma, not plate tectonics creates tsunamis. Both are necessary for beings to be adversely affected by one. You have to distinguish between root causes and co-operative conditions. It's the karma of living beings to live in a place where tsunamis occur but a co-operative cond...
by Tilopa
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 6454

Re: Causes of poverty.

The original post referred to the external conditions which give rise to poverty. Essentially blaming the people who live in those conditions for those external conditions "on their karma" is not the same as regarding their mental attitude toward those conditions, which is the karma we can actually...

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