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by cjdevries
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for dogs in Yulin festival
Replies: 1
Views: 951

Prayers for dogs in Yulin festival

I would like to send a request for prayers for those dogs tortured at the Yulin festival in China. May there be compassion and relief of suffering both for the dogs and those that are involved in the killing. May those involved grow in compassion so that they see what they're doing is wrong.
by cjdevries
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Re: Missing Cat

It's become pretty clear that our cat is probably not coming back. He has likely passed away and probably under very unpleasant circumstances, which is painful to think about. I ask for anyone to send prayers that he may be swiftly born in Sukhavati (his name is George), so that he may grow.
by cjdevries
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Dedication for those stuck in bad conditions
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Dedication for those stuck in bad conditions

It's become clear to me that I planted seeds in past lives (and in the present one) that were very unwholesome and I am experiencing a lot of mental anguish. I'm afraid to say but sometimes I think: how can I endure this? So may prayers be dedicated to those who, simply through ignorance or even con...
by cjdevries
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Missing Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Missing Cat

I am asking for prayers for our cat that has gone missing. His name is George. If he has been killed, may he quickly find happiness and peace. Namaste
by cjdevries
Tue May 21, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What tradition of Buddhism does Master Jun Hong Lu belong to?
Replies: 8
Views: 3176

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

agreed. Some people have completely changed their lives with Guan Yin Citta. For some people with schizophrenia, etc. there is no other cure.
by cjdevries
Sun May 19, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trauma and the public mind
Replies: 67
Views: 5135

Re: Trauma and the public mind

(Ok, please note this is a slightly graphic post. I hope that it falls withing the rules) I think it depends on the trauma. For instance, I survived a molestation when I was 14 months old and it has affected the rest of my life. I don't dwell on it, but it has had a permanent effect. It has affected...
by cjdevries
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 1542

Re: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?

I think it should be noted that if you are sick, it is important to keep yourself very clean and to stay away from the 5 pungent spices. The reason for this is that it is easier for the dieties, Kwan Yin, etc. to come and help when your energy is clean. Apparently, this is because it is easier for t...
by cjdevries
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedicating Merit
Replies: 6
Views: 1013

Re: Dedicating Merit

I was thinking self-love like telling yourself "I love you"
by cjdevries
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedicating Merit
Replies: 6
Views: 1013

Dedicating Merit

Is dedicating merit something that can only be done after Buddhist practice or can it be carried over to transformational practices as well, such as practices of Hooponopono or self-love practices?
by cjdevries
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 4074

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

This is not easy to write and brings up some difficult emotions. I'm writing to share my experience so that it might help someone if they are considering attempting to spiritually travel. Several years ago, I had a similar idea and asked and prayed to spiritually travel to higher realms; Sukahvati, ...
by cjdevries
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preparing for death
Replies: 21
Views: 2510

Re: Preparing for death

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's new book How to Enjoy Death provides a detailed phowa practice that he says is ok to practice even if you haven't received transmission or empowerment. I was pretty happy to find that. I highly recommend the book.
by cjdevries
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 7648

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Since I began studying Buddhism, I have generally opposed euthanasia. When our cat was getting older this last year (she was about 20) I talked to my mom several times about euthanasia and how my preference was for her to be allowed to die naturally. I wanted her to be able to finish the karma she w...
by cjdevries
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Phowa with psychological disorder
Replies: 9
Views: 2171

Re: Phowa with psychological disorder

thanks for all the replies. plenty of food for thought and a lot of wisdom. thanks again.
by cjdevries
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: It's a great day!
Replies: 9
Views: 1569

Re: It's a great day!

I would probably say: one day you will be able to see that life and death are connected. They aren't separate. You can't have one without the other. Without death, we wouldn't have as much appreciation of life.. Life has a purpose and death has a purpose. but neither is easy to understand. we each h...
by cjdevries
Wed May 31, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Phowa with psychological disorder
Replies: 9
Views: 2171

Phowa with psychological disorder

I have been given instructions to do phowa for myself from a qualified lama. However, I have had a past history of psychosis (3 episodes, each lasting a day long ,of scattered, uncontrollable thoughts). Is it safe for me to pursue phowa practice considering this psychological disorder? Can I still d...
by cjdevries
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Remembering one dharma talk I heard
Replies: 11
Views: 2147

Re: Remembering one dharma talk I heard

Good post. Thanks for passing on this teaching. As I consider impermanence more deeply, I have found myself waking up the last few mornings with the thought of "I don't know". I don't know the best way to help other living beings. I don't know what the best course of action for the day is going to b...
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 3155

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

Virgo, Thank you as well for your suggestion. It is much appreciated. I have a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and have received empowerments from him, so I'm in a good place from that standpoint.
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 3155

Re: Suggestions on Planning for Death

Thank you for all the thoughtful responses. Now I have the kind of information I need to make more informed decisions. Thanks fortyeightvows for the chanting box, and sutra paper. I have checked out the Amida Society website, but I don't see an English site, I think it's in Chinese. Javier.espinoza....
by cjdevries
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions on Planning for Death
Replies: 23
Views: 3155

Suggestions on Planning for Death

I have a serious illness and I am exploring information about death and dying. Mainly I am interested in receiving reliable guidance and support concerning rebirth and how to go about planning things like support chanting and ceremonies during the 49 day period that will help me to have a smoother t...
by cjdevries
Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: Zen, Pure Land, and the "Right Way"

Thanks for the reply Warfarer. I am glad you appreciated it! I will look into David Brazier, I am interested in reading more. Can I ask if you have a favorite book of his?

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