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by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 21
Views: 701

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

I'm fairly certain that it's your accumulated karma prior to the time of death that most influences your future birth; so from my understanding a few bad thoughts will not necessarily drastically change the direction of your rebirth; a few bad thoughts do not suddenly cancel out your good karma and ...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?
Replies: 17
Views: 479

Re: Respectful treatment of images/texts - 8 auspicious symbols included?

I had a dream a few months ago that I was hanging out with a group of Buddhist practitioners who had really good energy and in the dream I was trying to follow all the dharma rules religiously. One of the other group members laughed and said "you're not becoming one of those Buddhists now, are you?"...
by cjdevries
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: "Being Integrated" youtube channel
Replies: 1
Views: 120

"Being Integrated" youtube channel

There is a great youtube channel called "Being Integrated" that I wanted to pass on to those who may not have seen it. The developer of the channel, Jude, is a counselor by trade and teaches primarily mindfulness and vipassana meditation, as well as Buddhist psychology: https://www.youtube.com/c/Bei...
by cjdevries
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Excerpt from "Ultimate Healing" by Lama Zopa
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Excerpt from "Ultimate Healing" by Lama Zopa

Here is a brief excerpt from the book Ultimate Healing, by Lama Zopa. I am posting this because I found the information contained in this passage particularly helpful. "While some people can be healed by drinking blessed water or taking other blessed substances, doing meditation, reciting mantras, o...
by cjdevries
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?
Replies: 20
Views: 627

Re: How do you render negative thoughts unharmful?

Having a regular mindfulness practice is very helpful for training the mind. Also, having a "deathing" practice can be useful. In Reshad Feild's book "Here to Heal", he describes several mind training exercises designed to rejuvenate and calm the mind. He calls them "rejuvenation exercises" I found ...
by cjdevries
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc

Have you checked out Doug Smith's youtube videos? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIyEJzvW7SsbiIrooixjNA His teachings are centered on Early Buddhism. He runs the Online Dharma Insitute. He is a contributor to the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Oxford Handbook of Buddhis...
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys

"Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys" I just found this short documentary on the Khumbu valley, which is one of many Beyuls, or sacred valleys of the Himalayas. It's an uplifting documentary, and it makes me want to tell other about the place so they can experience the peace and sacred energy of that a...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata

Here's another passage: "The narrative of the unworthy one is deeply embedded and spans multiple levels: cognitive, emotional, neurobiological, somatic, and behavioral. In addition to these conventional levels of experience, there are also vast implications at the spiritual, or transpersonal, level ...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Online Dharma Institute
Replies: 0
Views: 224

Online Dharma Institute

I've been following Doug Smith's videos for a few months on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIyEJzvW7SsbiIrooixjNA Though he is mainly grounded in early tradition Buddhism (Theravada), I think he is a good teacher for anyone interested in learning more about some of the fundamentals of Bu...
by cjdevries
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Healing Space, by Matt Licata
Replies: 1
Views: 120

A Healing Space, by Matt Licata

I really enjoyed Matt Licata's new book "A Healing Space". If you are in the process of doing shadow work, this book may become a faithful companion. This is a passage from Matt Licata's book [this passage is under the section titled "The Unique Nature of Spiritual Discovery"]: "It is important to r...
by cjdevries
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sur Offering
Replies: 26
Views: 687

Re: Sur Offering

Thank you PeterC for chipping in as well!! I know of an acquataince who specifically goes to haunted areas to offer Sur Offering, he's not initated as well, but I guess to be cautious after hearing what everyone have said here, I willl not go to anywhere new to do Sur Offering I know of a friend of...
by cjdevries
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sutra Dharani suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Sutra Dharani suggestions

Here is a Garchen Rinpoche recording of the Ushnisha Vijaya Dharani (Namgyalma Long mantra):
by cjdevries
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for woman killed in ATV accident
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Prayers for woman killed in ATV accident

A woman was killed in an ATV accident near my house. Her name is Tanya Hendry. The ATV she was riding went over a sea cliff.
by cjdevries
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Correction: 12/20 is Nine Bad Omens Day
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Correction: 12/20 is Nine Bad Omens Day

At the time of the Buddha, a practitioner tried to perform a lot of good deeds on a particular day and nine bad things happened to him. However, the following day, the 24 hours immediately following nine bad omens day is an auspicious time and a day when 10 good omens happened to the same practition...
by cjdevries
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?

I was thinking that making the prayers asking for something may create a debt, but that might not be so.
by cjdevries
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?

Some kind of energy that will have to be paid back in one form or another.
by cjdevries
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Does Praying for a Wish Create a Karmic Debt?

Let's say you are praying to a deity for help in selling something to pay for an important project that will benefit others. If you pray for help in getting the items sold, does that create a karmic debt?

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