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by cyril
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Deathbed visions

This is a good and concise book that describes the dying process, and can possibly give some insight in this matter. https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1320517798l/224852.jpg Thanks, Aryjna. Yes, I read that book a while ago; indeed, it describes concisely the dying process and the four bardos exac...
by cyril
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

I have seen this video, so i would like to ask to those of you who are more learned in the Vinaya scriptures if it is true that tobacco isn't prohibited. And also if substances alike are so. ++ Thank you Bhikku Shravasti Dhammika talks about this issue in his book “The Broken Buddha”. According to ...
by cyril
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The owl
Replies: 25
Views: 3660

Re: The owl

I've always heard that crows/ravens are emissaries of Mahakala. Eagles and hawks are dra-la and commonly signify protection. Seeing them is typically considered good. Living in Colorado, we see a lot. Never been told anything about owls, but I love them. Once was asked to get vulture feathers for a...
by cyril
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 3026

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

Are there ways to recall past incarnations? Any buddhist or non-budhdist practises with that goal in mind? Curious if it would be helpful for learning seeing outcomes of situations, actions and their reactions, consequences. Mastering the first 4 jhanas should allow you to recall past incarnations ...
by cyril
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 4020

Re: proclaiming awakening

But is there a compelling reason that teachers should not share with their students what they have attained? If disclosing what they have attained benefits the student, I imagine they would do so. But it could be that most often, that doesn't benefit the student at all. Just curious, how would you ...
by cyril
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Deathbed visions

What I find odd is the simple assumption that the visions are either real or not, either hallucinations or not. Tertium non datur. Our inability to even consider a third option is striking. Of course if I see something it is subjectively real but perhaps objectively unreal. Hence, we lack language ...
by cyril
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Deathbed visions

In short: Not only the dying can have deathbed visions, also the ones present there. Indeed. There are such cases described in Sir William Barrett’s book “Deathbed visions” and, a bit closer to our days, documented by Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson. Which brings back into discussion the assumed hallucinat...
by cyril
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Chöd meme?
Replies: 3
Views: 1786

Re: Chöd meme?

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by cyril
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Deathbed visions

From a strictly physiological, Western medicine point of view, the "normal" process of death includes increasing hypoxia with decreasing levels of oxygen in the body and increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Hallucinations are a well known and documented effect of hypoxia. Other chemical levels are ...
by cyril
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Deathbed visions

There is plenty of anecdotical evidence about dying people reporting visions of deceased relatives and friends being present at their side. I wonder how that fits into the dying process as described in the Bardo Thodol literature, as it obviously occurs before the dissolution of the physical senses ...
by cyril
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: laughing Buddha?
Replies: 9
Views: 1143

Re: laughing Buddha?

There's this and that and here .... Thank you for the links to earlier discussions. It seems the answer is “not really” and there’s not much more to say about it. Apparently, back in the days when he was still a Bodhisattva on the Path, The Tathagata used to poke fun here and there. https://sdhammi...
by cyril
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 2648

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

I am always delighted to observe the range of problems that people have existential issues over... Well, if I had access to a teacher or fully understood these things, I would not have to ask the questions here. Since this is really, my only resource, I turn here, to people that possibly know more ...
by cyril
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preparing for death
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Preparing for death

It is also said that by habitually visualizing your guru or yidam above your head, at the moment of death, the consciousness will likely depart through one of the superior apertures and you will take rebirth in one of the higher realms.
by cyril
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 151
Views: 47166

Re: Thread with no words

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by cyril
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Value (translation) Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani
Replies: 17
Views: 3014

Re: Value (translation) Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani

Oh, wich sutra, please this is useful to know Apparently the name of that sutra is Vipulagabhe Maniprabhe Tathagata Dharani Sutra. You can read an English translation here: https://samanthabhadra.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/vipulagrabhe-maniprabhe-tathagata-dharani-sutra-大寶廣博樓閣陀羅尼經/ The original trans...
by cyril
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Value (translation) Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani
Replies: 17
Views: 3014

Re: Value (translation) Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani

Hello. Tell me please what translation of the mantra? Namo sarva tathagatanam om vipula garbhe mani prabhe tathagata nidarśane mani mani suprabhe vimale sagara gambhira hum hum jvala jvala buddha vilokite guhya dhishthita garbhe svaha. What does each word mean? It is sanskrit, translation is a prai...
by cyril
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 15
Views: 1903

Re: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?

ShineeSeoul wrote: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:36 pm Hi everyone

I have found this article and it is interesting, so I thought of sharing it here and see what others think of it

https://alannak.com/the-dangers-of-budd ... ernatives/
And just when you think the Trimondis were stupid....
by cyril
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Has anyone read The Decameron?
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Has anyone read The Decameron?

I just started The Decameron by Boccaccio. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decameron Has anybody else read it? It is pretty funny so far though the language is a bit tough. Kevin... I read that book a long, long time ago, back when I was a kid in school. I actually borrowed it from the school lib...
by cyril
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 4316

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra? There are many dharanis that you can use for this purpose. The Great Compassion Dharani, the Cintamanicakra Dharani, the Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani and so on. Purification of the five heinous crimes is listed among the benefits of each of t...
by cyril
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 4316

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra? There are many dharanis that you can use for this purpose. The Great Compassion Dharani, the Cintamanicakra Dharani, the Vipulagarbhe Maniprabhe Dharani and so on. Purification of the five heinous crimes is listed among the benefits of each of t...

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