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by PadmaVonSamba
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture
Replies: 21
Views: 631

Re: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture

Thanks for your answers. In fact I do appreciate tibetan culture a lot. Living among tibetans in India or Nepal gives a sense of how everything is perfumed by principles of dharma. In a way its probably a lack of merits, to live in the West and not among Rinpoches, khenpos, yogis, monks, nuns, and ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is the cause of desire
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: What is the cause of desire

I just listened to a lecture where the dharma teacher said that dualistic fixation or dualistic clinging is the root cause of suffering; perhaps this is the cause of desire. We cling to the sense of I which keeps us cycling in duality. Yes. Because there is awareness, What awareness is “aware of” i...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture
Replies: 21
Views: 631

Re: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture

I don’t think there’s a “sorting out” guide that spells out what’s Buddhism and what’s Tibetan cultural traditions. A key phrase to keep in mind is: For your own purposes ...because, ultimately, you practice what is real and meaningful to you, according to your needs, your karma, where you are in yo...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can you forget everything?
Replies: 66
Views: 4128

Re: Can you forget everything?

At any moment that you are thinking about one thing, simultaneously you are not thinking about a million other things. But “not thinking about” isn’t an activity in itself. It’s a type of ‘lack of activity’. It’s like if you say there isn’t a baby zebra in your house: your house doesn’t possess some...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Continuity
Replies: 24
Views: 901

Re: Continuity

Let’s start with a hypothetical example, a ping pong ball bouncing over the net on the table. And suppose you film this, so you have a lot of freeze-frames, like animation cells, perhaps a sequence of sixty images, and you can compare them of course, and track the movement of the ball from point A t...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling

Re: Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling

They also have streaming feeds on Facebook.
These guys are so much fun to watch!!!
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

In practice, the prayer is sort of a lead-in to the mantra. Not exact sure how to express the idea... it creates or establishes a kind of platform, a “launch pad”. A back story for the mantra. That’s how I understand it, although my comprehension is shallow and my explanation is clumsy. Thanks. Els...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Suffering & Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Suffering & Goals

Hi, I'm absolutely new to Buddhism and learning about it. So please don't bite. My understanding is that Buddhism teaches suffering. But if the goal is to end suffering at all, then why must one have a goal? I wont suffer with or without a goal. What am I missing here? Please enlighten me. I'm happ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Vajra Guru Mantra vs 7LP

Apart from the ultimate result of supreme enlightenment being presumably exactly the same, are there said to be significant differences in the provisional results of saying the 12 syllable Vajra Guru mantra as opposed to the 7 Line Prayer? For example differences in purpose or activities? Thank you...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

Varis wrote: Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:40 pm
PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:24 pm All of these, as far as being Buddhist concepts, arose and became dogma centuries before we understood anything of the physical universe as we know it today
All Buddhas are omniscient, there is no exception to this.
That doesn’t contradict my statement
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 4217

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

I would assume that whatever transmissions he held were also passed to him from his teacher. No? So his own dharma brothers, meaning those who also had his teacher, basically your “uncles” also have received the same transmissions he received, just as you and the others in your sangha received them....
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What practices help to internalize the Four Seals?
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: What practices help to internalize the Four Seals?

Hello dear fellow travelers, Here is my first post (beyond the introduction) on this forum. Recently I read the article by DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE on the Four Dharma Seals (the link is below). He puts them like this: 1. All compounded things are impermanent. 2. All emotions are pain. 3. All thin...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cults
Replies: 55
Views: 1328

Re: Cults

avatamsaka3 wrote: Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:17 am
I don’t think you got what I was saying at all.
OK, what was it that I didn't get?
Go back and read it.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

Ok, thanks for your reply. Does anyone have any experience to be shared for your Dharma friends (kalyanamitra)? By sharing and learning from each other hopefully at least our faith is strengthened. It's said if someone chants some sutta s/he won't be harmed by fire. Is this only a myth, a psycholog...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

Thanks guys for the long reply. The question is what is the real personal experience that you had (if any) in real life, sorry if I'm not clear enough? Lots of them, but we are encouraged not to cling to them. I have been engaged in Chenrezig practice for years though, and unsurprisingly, it helps ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World system vs Realm vs Universe
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: World system vs Realm vs Universe

We tend to compare everything to our own experience. Like, we compare the sizes of other planets to the size of Earth. But that’s just an habitual assumption. It could just as easily be that all these other universes combined are smaller than a grain of salt, or that our known universe is the size o...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

Thanks guys for the long reply. The question is what is the real personal experience that you had (if any) in real life, sorry if I'm not clear enough? No experience. Like feeding the cat. You just do it and let it go. Maybe that’s the effect, because it’s something you do that isn’t supposed to fe...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vows, samayas and empowerment
Replies: 13
Views: 474

Re: Vows, samayas and empowerment

As long as you understand what you are getting into,
the fact that the actual ceremony itself may be recited, or transmitted (including the repetition by participants of Tibetan words you aren’t familiar with) doesn’t matter.
by PadmaVonSamba
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

Hello, What is the magical (if any) or real beneficial effect of chanting om mani padme hum mantra? Does this experience exist, can anyone share them? :namaste: The thing about this question is that it seems to be about the effect on oneself from reciting this mantra. The problem in answering that ...

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