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  1. I would love to learn more about this sleeping lion position, can you please let me know more about it. I tryed on Internet without any success... Grazie, Lillipooh
  2. Der Dechen, you are right. There are also enlightened beings in female bodies - I never doubted about it - but however about them we do not know much by a big part because the system isn't constructed that way and not solely due to our personal ignorance. It's obvious why men have a superior position in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, but Buddhism is based on fairly different premises as those religions... And, of course, I am not saying that the position of women in (Tibetan) Buddhism is as bad as in other religions, but some details are certainly disturbing a bit the harmony. All the very best , Lil
  3. Dear All, thank you for all your very insightful thoughts. I agree with you Dechen that religions have to bee seen in a wider culturally historical frame, but on the other hand we have to acknowledge as well that only we are creating or perpetuating those qualities gathered through history, be them good or less good. History of a nation, society or civilisation can be seen as a macro projection of a self-realisation and in this sense we are obliged to erase those oppressive 'culturally'-conditioned practices. Otherwise, why would have we been placed here if we wouldn't have that inherently striving motivation to change and transcend the mutilations caused by human weaknesses? It is good to know about all influences and causes that are co-creating certain societies or religions but it is certainly not good enough to leave it that way. With all respect to what Ani. Chödrön said, I would like to comment something. If the reason that, for instance, highly acknowledged lamas have been perpetually incarnated in male bodies, was because men are more influential in this world, then this tells me 2 things, namely that: a) it is hard to imagine that such highly consciouss beings wouldn't want to abolish the male domination and transform the world-view of their companion beings and thus consequently eradicate additional suffering caused by male dominance; if we agree that for the purpose of gathering as much as possible sentient beings into Sangha is the reason that we didn't had any female Dalai Lama yet, then nowdays - with all respect - monks would have to choose to practice other 'professions' which are indeed far more influential on masses in the modern society. It is good to hear about female Lamas and Buddhas (Thanks Khyenrab for links), but I think we have to agree that they are still in men's shadows... I know that there are much greater gender inequalities in other religions, but knowing the Buddhist principles I am wondering why are these inequalities still reflected within Buddhism. Tradition and peoples opinion should not in any way be a reason not to act according with the Buddha nature, which contains both male and female principles, and is none of those at the very end... However, this question is still tickling my mind; why would an enlightened being choose certain manifestations (ie male bodies) and subordinate 'him/herself' to play the game constructed by the part of the population of less developed beings? Wouldn't the compassion for the other part of the population stimulate 'him/her' to change these mistaken gender-polarised actions? Thanks again for all your thoughts! Warm regards and much light, Lillip
  4. Dear Friends, although the concept of Buddhism invokes gender equality this is not really reflected enough in the material world. Thus I am wondering why haven't there been for instance any female Dalai Lamas or other high Lamas during the history of Buddhism? Why does the HH Dalai Lama constantly 'choose' to incarnate in a male body? Isn't the Buddha nature without a sex? Wasn't Buddha often portrayed as androgynous because of that fact? Where has the 'female' aspect of Buddhahod vanished? I know, there is Tara and there are Buddhist nuns somwhere in the background as well, but in my view, for the true equality this is far from being enough.. I would love to hear your thoughts about it. With best regards, Lil
  5. Hoila frederic and Chönyi, thanks for your thoughts.. Just in a reflection to Frederic: >Although if there was such a thing as a presamsaric era, desires for >wordly pleasures probably caused us to fall into it... Hmm, if we were in the Buddhahood (to which we aspire to return sometime) in this presamsaric 'era' then I can't understand what on earth could have attract a Buddha nature to become worldly and to de-enlight itself?! Why would a pure mind become attracted to something limited or less pure? A Buddha doesn't care about the pleasures. Or am I wrong? (of course, we're speaking here about Buddha state as if we'd know what's like, but still it's good to think about it..) Cheers, Lipooh
  6. Hello, I'd like to join your discussion about the beginning of the mind and consciousness. Refering to Frederic's parable: And that's why some great buddhist masters have compared samsaric life to a dead wooden logg soaked with water floating on a river... I take it the the logg is the body, empty in itself, the water and the river, karma. I would like to know what was before the wooden logg fell into the river? What 'constituted' that tree at that piont of being outside the water? Was there a pre-samsaric period and what caused that 'we' fell into it? Would appreciate your thougts on it. Thanks and all the best!
  7. Perhaps are my questions too naive... Everything good!
  8. Dear Lama Shenphen, Thank you very much for your reply! Hopefully I found the correct mantra: om vajrasattva samaya manu palaya - vajrasattva deno patita - dido may bhawa - suto kayo may bhawa - supo kayo may bhawa - anu rakto may bhawa - sarwa siddhi mepar yatsa - sarwa karma su tsa may - tsitam shriyam kuru hum - ha ha ha ha ho - bhagawan - sarwa tatagata - vajra ma may mu tsa - vajra bhawa maha samaya sattva - ah hum pey Does reciting this mantra have a purifying effect altough one doesn't understand it's original words and meaning? Is this understanding based on the collective knowledge which was stored for aeons and which each of us possess? Many thanks and all the best!
  9. Dear Lama Shenphen, I would like to know the practice(s) to overcome a "bad" deed, for example an abortion. Solely trying to forgive or forget isn't working good enough. Perhaps because the regret is too deep. Thank you and all the best!
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