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by cyril
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 19362

Re: Santa La Muerte

Tenma wrote: Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:13 pm Is death a blessing?
Most often probably not. But the urge to contemplate impermanence, death and all that it entails, can defintely be a blessing provided that you stick to the right view.
by cyril
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 19362

Re: Santa La Muerte

I've never received an empowerment. Just a recomendation. Then you can't practice it. Then why did my guru tell me to practice? That doesn't make any sense. Tenma, everybody can pray to Tara as an external object/ person, recite the 21 praises and so on. Ideally, you should have received transmissi...
by cyril
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 19362

Re: Santa La Muerte

Mictecacihuatl would love such an offering. Her favourite offering was the blood dripped into a cup directly from an incision in a male practitioner's penis. That doesn't mean one should offer to her, or that Saint Death is the "same" as her. Well, the blood of a sacrificial victim = life-force. Th...
by cyril
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 19362

Re: Santa La Muerte

... along with a pus and blood offering(pimples can be of use for both, especially as she was once an Aztec goddess, so human flesh seems effective) and she seemed to be beneficial and real. Are beneficial parts deceit or not? I did a dharmapala practice, so is it okay or not? That's one sure way t...
by cyril
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 37
Views: 4837

Re: winning the lottery...???

Grigoris wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:50 pm They may display great generosity towards certain individuals, or themselves, and be stingy towards others.
True. That's a good point. The daughter of the pathologically stingy guy was actually living like a princess.
by cyril
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 37
Views: 4837

Re: winning the lottery...???

The best way to make money is to give money (especially to worthy objects). Take the money you waste on the lottery, give it to somebody that needs it and win a positive rebirth (or even enlightenment). This might be a bit off-topic but then again, it might not be worth having its own thread. I met...
by cyril
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 19362

Re: Santa La Muerte

What are the views of the "new saint," Santa La Muerte? Right now, people are putting up a statue of her in a park nearby and I would like to ask the Buddhist view of the personification of death. Is she worldly or Not? She personifies death, but is based off of an Aztec death goddess who seems to ...
by cyril
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra healing and protection?
Replies: 11
Views: 2515

Re: Mantra healing and protection?

Something else that might be germane to this thread: Lama Dawa, in His teaching of Dorje Gotrab, always emphasized Bodhisatvic motivation, i.e., doing the practice for others. Over many years I saw people come to the Dorje Gotrab retreats for self-healing. They typically came 1-2 times. Only one th...
by cyril
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra healing and protection?
Replies: 11
Views: 2515

Mantra healing and protection?

First of all, let me begin by saying that I’ve been contemplating for a couple of days now whether I should post this question here or not. I know some people can be oversensitive and they might choose to interpret my question as an attempt to belittle the memory of a well-respected and beloved lama...
by cyril
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Karmic accrual and Momentariness
Replies: 30
Views: 4059

Re: Karmic accrual and Momentariness

Good day everyone! I have a question about Karmic accrual and momentariness as the title states. So according to the Dharma, we accrue Karma and this becomes the seed for future actions of body, speech and mind. The issue I have is: If everything is momentary, How can Karma accrue? or "Stick" as it...
by cyril
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis
Replies: 63
Views: 6518

Re: Enlightened and mundane Dakinis

Malcolm wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:00 pm
Varis wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:54 pm
Malcolm wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:48 pm The only ḍākinīs that appear in the world are flesh-eating karma ḍākinīs.
Are they human beings or spirits?
They are ḍākinīs.
So, within the six realms scheme, which one do they belong to?
by cyril
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harming spirits
Replies: 52
Views: 5681

Re: Harming spirits

The same Nagas are friendly to the monks of a Christian monastery only 250 meters away. A powerful water Naga ( the Big Boss of the 3 ponds) there promised to protect the monastery, because he welcomed the abbot there in 1120, written in the chronicles of the abbey. This monastery was never destroy...
by cyril
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Destruction of Spirits?
Replies: 27
Views: 2967

Re: Destruction of Spirits?

Their stream of nonvirtue is interrupted, generally. However, this does not mean that all their traces for rebirth are eradicated, or that they recognize their own state in the bardo of dharmatā. I see. But still, if the stream of non-virtue is interrupted, how come that gyalpo in question keeps co...
by cyril
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Destruction of Spirits?
Replies: 27
Views: 2967

Re: Destruction of Spirits?

Their continuums are liberated into the dharmadhātu and the exorcist takes their lifeforce. Rebirth. Maybe I'm thick or just ignorant of these things but shouldn't rebirth be out of question once the continuum is liberated in the dharmadhatu? Wouldn't that be essentially a sort of wrathful phowa? I...
by cyril
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 1379

Re: Low self esteem

Hello there, what practice would you recommed for someone who has to deal with low self esteem? Would tara or chenrezig be okay? Recently I have been going through quite a rough time thanks to school and low finances that are even more depleted by my dentist and etc. I try to deal with it, but low ...
by cyril
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Which Tara?
Replies: 11
Views: 2267

Re: Which Tara?

According to this page the verses are the same, it's the iconography that varies. Mantras and interpretation etc. might also vary. You might find this interesting: https://khyentsefoundation.org/homage-to-tara/ This link led me to https://khyentsefoundation.org/pdf/DeityprincipleandAgeofTara.pdf wh...
by cyril
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 15367

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

As for your contentions about Vajrayana practices, passing through mountains, etc is part and parcel of the tradition. And I want to read stories about the performance of such in the last 350 years. Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche talks in some of his books about things he witnessed personally in his youth ...
by cyril
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Antidote for Anger
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Re: Antidote for Anger

I've read that the antidote fo ranger is compassion. But that only works if you are angry at a person. What if you are angry at a situation and not a person. For example you are angry at your car for not starting. Or you are angry because something just doesnt go your way and it doesnt relate to a ...
by cyril
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path
Replies: 201
Views: 22771

Re: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path

Dzogchen does not make a distinction between persons of sharper and duller capacity, for example, unlike lower paths. But still, there are practitioners who can never relax in the natural state more than a split-second, others who are almost never distracted and then anything in-between. Wouldn't t...

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