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by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: After The Cult(the long road to Vajra Hell)
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: After The Cult(the long road to Vajra Hell)

I find this web page on controversial /questionable teachers pretty interesting:
https://www.viewonbuddhism.org/controve ... nable.html
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: After The Cult(the long road to Vajra Hell)
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: After The Cult(the long road to Vajra Hell)

Sounds like you have been through a lot.
Something that you didn’t mention specifically
is what you want now.
Where do you want to go from here?
What I mean is, you are asking for advice,
but advice about doing what?
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Dao of Politics and ideology
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: The Dao of Politics and ideology

There is an overwhelming emphasis in this society to form opinions simply for the purpose of having an opinion. You see this in both broadcast and social media. One gets great satisfaction in forming opinions. It creates the sensation of actually doing something, but without actually helping to chan...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 11 Heads / 8 Arms Avalokiteshvara
Replies: 1
Views: 96

11 Heads / 8 Arms Avalokiteshvara

I’m looking for information / teachings / lineage / practice etc. regarding 11 head, 8 arm Chenrezig.
Thanks
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people

I think (or rather, in my own experience) when you cannot change the things “outside of you”, the world around you, things that make you unhappy, then use this as an opportunity to focus on “Inside you”, meaning to examine the nature of your own need for things to be other than what they are, and at...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Correct Bodhisattva acting to rich people

Is it correct to continue to give the rich person love and support, to spend according to his wishes leisure time with him- even if the Bodhisattva knows that to poor person suffers all the time. Of course being so stingy and having no empathy for others is a mental illness. How to act to people wh...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Nostalgia and Enjoying Happy Memories Okay in Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Is Nostalgia and Enjoying Happy Memories Okay in Buddhism?

Memories are simply what they are. Some you want to hold onto, others you want to let go of. But the memories themselves, even if they in themselves are memories of joyful events, don’t trigger either happiness or sadness outside of the context of the present moment. A clear example of this is grief...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls

It is often said that just seeing Dharma now images brings benefit.
...even on zoom.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my dharma situation
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Prayers for my dharma situation

This isn’t a prayer, but... In preparation, it really helps if you take time to write down exactly what it is you need to discuss. This will not only help you cut through some of it yourself, and help you to focus your mind, but doing this will also help your teacher to understand your situation bet...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutra recordings and merit
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: Sutra recordings and merit

Yes, it is a good way to accumulate merit and even within many Sūtras themselves the Buddha states that there is great benefit to those who recite (meaning to share with others) even a few lines. I think it should be noted that merit-gaining activities really only provide an opportunity to acquire ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutra recordings and merit
Replies: 8
Views: 146

Re: Sutra recordings and merit

Yes, it is a good way to accumulate merit and even within many Sūtras themselves the Buddha states that there is great benefit to those who recite (meaning to share with others) even a few lines. I think it should be noted that merit-gaining activities really only provide an opportunity to acquire m...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Desire and Improving life circumstances
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Desire and Improving life circumstances

Interestingly enough, the need to move out of the parent’s house is something that only really became an issue after WW2, as the United States shifted more towards industrialization, the sprawling of new suburbs, and new highways. In Chinese culture, and many others, living with the parents is not r...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 23
Views: 771

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

During different periods of the history of Tibet and China, it was always the position of one having to pay tribute to the other, alternately (in other words, sometime China bowed to Tibet and sometimes Tibet bowed to China). That tension always existed. During a the Q&A period of a teaching I was a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Desire and Improving life circumstances
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Desire and Improving life circumstances

The answers given are good.
I’m just curious about what you meant by
“job I can afford”.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 23
Views: 771

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

Matt J wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:59 pm If Tibetan Buddhism has some of the highest teachings, advanced practitioners, etc. including powerful tantric practices, how do Tibetan sources account for the Chinese invasion and destruction of Tibet?
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army had more weapons.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and missionary work
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Buddhism and missionary work

Propagating Buddhism is like setting out a bowl of water for the cat or dog. If they are thirsty, they will come and drink from it. If not, they won’t. So, Buddhists try to make the Dharma available to everyone, even though most people have no thirst for it.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 135
Views: 7235

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Most if not all of the Buddhists I know (Theravadins included) would probably strongly object to what you are saying, IMHO While it is true that enlightenment can’t come without love and compassion, lots of people have all sorts of love and compassion, and most of them are not Buddhists and are not...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 135
Views: 7235

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

The causes for suffering clearly come when people lack Love and compassion. Most if not all of the Buddhists I know (Theravadins included) would probably strongly object to what you are saying, IMHO While it is true that enlightenment can’t come without love and compassion, lots of people have all ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and missionary work
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Buddhism and missionary work

It’s my understanding that while Buddhists make every effort to make Dharma teachings, study, and practice available to everyone, (building temples, publishing texts, creating websites, etc) and so on, that (with some notable exceptions) the reason why actively trying to convert others is avoided is...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?
Replies: 30
Views: 774

Re: Can you just be a Buddhist without having to be loyal to just one branch?

Since there were Buddhists long before there were different traditions and lineages, the answer is certainly yes.

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