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  1. Dear Rinpoche,

     

    that is the reason I asked here ... there are many confusing information about the practices of Zen, some seem to confirm the concept of karma, others oppose it ---

     

    Still, I find it amazing that within one religion, so many different approaches can exist (I mean not only Buddhism here).

     

    I haven't really put much effort into studying different schools or approaches, I must admit, because I was from the beginning happy with the one I found within Dharmaling. I know it is always suggested to study various approaches before deciding for one, but well ... maybe I didn't need to? ... :dontknow:

     

    However, this also means, that I am not so well equipped for theoretical discussions on the matter ...

     

    Thank You. :bow:


  2. Hello everyone,

     

    not long ago I discussed with someone the concept of karma.

    This person is not ignorant in topic world religions, so I was rather surprised to hear him say that in some Buddhist schools (or sects, I am not sure anymore) there is no such thing as karma. I think he mentioned Japan, but don't take me at word ...

     

    Is this true? 8/ I thought karma was essential to Buddhism in general and was common to all schools.

     

    I would very much appreciate an explanation.

     

    Thank you.


  3.  

    I think one would suffice: to realize the true nature of existence.

    (also of climate change - and of the idea of being able to prevent it)

     

    (but who would want to read if it was only one tip, right? ;) )

     

    This was posted a couple of years ago, so some opinions on the matter might have changed ...

    Mine definitely has. I am sad to see that what seemed to be the expression of genuine care for nature and the world (a dreamer in me!) is now almost absolutely and very openly driven by the economic interests.

    (I do not refer to the link but to general situation).

     

    Probably I'm just disillusioned - well, each illusion less is good.

     

    All the best.


  4. Hello everyone,

     

    a friend asked me today why His Holiness still eats meat if he is a buddhist.

    Apart from saying "for health reasons", I had no other explanation, and I must say that it was rather confusing to explain why buddhism supports vegetarianism and the highest representative still eats meat; even more inexplicable, he does it "for health reasons". We usually hear that people stop eating meat and animal products for health reasons, not vice versa. This almost seems like "eating meat would bring health".

     

    How could I give my friend an answer that wouldn't be too abstract for her, considering she knows very little about buddhism?

     

    Thank you,

     

    ana


  5. Dear lezjon,

     

    prostrations are a sign of respect to the buddhas and buddha nature in general and you can never do too many of them - as it is also impossible to show "too much" of genuine respect to another person :)

     

    If it were inauspicious, pilgrims would never prostrate such distances and (from the teacher given) number of prostrations would not serve as a preliminary practice ...

     

    What matters is not how many prostrations you do but what is your mind like when you do them.

     

    Well, it is pretty much like with everything else we do in our lives, I guess.

     

    With my best wishes,

     

    Chödzin


  6. Tashi Delek,

     

    could somebody please give me advice what exactly to visualize when reciting this mantra: http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/mantrashort.asp?

     

    and who are the three buddhas - I understand the Buddha Great Compassion is Chenrezig and the Buddha Limitless Illumination is Amitabha, what about the Buddha Detached Lotus One?

     

    With my best wishes,

     

    Chödzin


  7. dear Simona.

     

    I always think of that when I read or hear about similar news. how would I react? would I find courage to do anything at all or would I just freeze in shock and not be able to move ...

     

    I wish I knew the answer, what to do in situations like this.

     

    because, I am sad to admit, I would probably just freeze... :,(


  8. Tashi Delek.

     

    Thank You for Your answer, Ven. Rinpoche.

     

    I have another question. Well, more of them actually ... (and will refrase them a little bit).

     

    As I see this subject, it looks like the "incorruptibility" of the body is something very positive, it is a result of intensive inner cleaning and work on the mind. So even the body that is left behind, still brings positive energy into its surrounding, a blessing.

     

    How about in the cases of spontaneous combustion - if that is a true phenomenon at all? Is that a complete opposite? How does it even come to it? An excess of energy?? Can treatments, which help somebody raise the energy level in the body, also result in losing control over one's energy or does the body (or mind?) have any "inner blockades" to regulate it?

     

    Are there any "predispositions" of a person which could result in sponateous combustion?

     

    I hope anyone here will be willing to help me clear my thoughts about it.


  9. hello,

     

    According to my exploration above mentioned phenomena are quite common among highly realised lamas and yogis.

    So there is a certain state of mind which brings a person to the point where body doesn't decompose? Like a perfect meditative equipoise? But how come this result stays long after one's death, as their consciousness is no longer present? Is it like some kind of an imprint which remains?


  10. Tashi Delek.

     

    Well, just a small remark ... actually a question.

     

    Did I go into too many personal details in describing this inner process? I have been weighing on it, whether to even reply in the way I did, because I heard it is improper to speak about one's own personal experiences in practice, but then I thought it could perhaps be of any help to someone (taking into consideration my blurred perspective on the real existence of anything in samsara, this might have been a very wrong thing to do, I don't know ...) and well ... this is what this forum is all about, or not?

     

    Unfortunately I am still far from what I consider to be "a good practitioner". That is why I see how precious any help to me in this forum is, how many perspectives can open through other people's eyes. I cannot thank enough to everyone I can learn from.

     

    But I often find myself in doubt, what all can I write on this forum and what is already a matter to be silent about (inner processes etc.).

     

    Could anyone please give me any opinion on this?

     

    Thank you.


  11. Tashi Delek,

     

    is this phenomenon also documented in buddhism?

    this article speaks about "the first proven case in the world", which I find impossible to believe (that it is really the first): http://www.bumbinorn.ru/2007/02/22/hambo_lama_48654.html ??

     

    I have also heard this had happened to some christian practitioners: http://www.overcomeproblems.com/incorruptables.htm

    How can it come to such a state in the first place? Are the bodies, displayed in those churches, really "incorruptible" bodies? I haven't seen any personally yet. Did any of you?

     

    Can such a thing happen only to a really advanced practitioner or is it the matter of some chemical substances in the body??

     

    All the best!


  12. Tashi Delek.

     

    Hello, dear Pamo.

    I also have Buddha images on various places, in almost every room at least one small image or symbol of buddhism (except in my bedroom) and have been asking myself the same question.

    Well, as far as I have heard by now, there are a couple of restrictions about where to have Buddha's images (certain activities that are not respectful to do in their presence; not wearing buddha's image as jewellery if that would result in one's vanity etc.). When I think about placing an image somewhere or wearing malas etc., I always double-check my motivation. why do I want to place this image here? only so the room looks good? do I wear malas to give an impression of being spiritual? that would, from my point of view, be a very wrong motivation.

    it is true that buddhist images indeed look nice and create a certain effect in the room where they hang, but the main reason (as I see it) is that they keep reminding me to be attentive. for example, when I wash, to visualise Vajrasattva's light pouring down on me from the shower and recite mantra along. when I cook, to remember offering the food to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas and imagining that every sentient being has enough food and drink.

    that is what helps me.

    and beside it, I guess, it makes no harm if other people whom you share an appartment with notice the images, it can give them a positive imprint - providing they don't provoke negative actions in them (if I am wrong, please someone correct me in this) - I am not living in the appartment alone, so I discussed it with my friend, if he feels comfortable about some buddhist images I put on the walls. I respect the fact that not everybody feels comfortable living in "a temple"...

    as far as visitors are concerned, that is another question - I would not remove the buddha's image only to please my guests - if they don't feel comfortable, well, they can leave.

    However, these are only my thoughts on the subject. If anybody can provide some more information, I will be very glad to read it.

     

    With my best wishes.


  13. Tashi Delek.

     

    I didn't know where exactly to post my question, this forum doesn't seem right for a question like this, but well - if it is inappropriate, I would ask the moderator to erase it. I thought it could somehow fit into "education" title...

     

    So, my question / request: I am looking for german-speaking friends in Dharma, who would be willing to speak to me once or twice a week (per MSN or Skype), so I could at the same time make new friendships and practice my german.

    I've also browsed some other forums for that intention, but I don't know - people are different and well, I love to talk about buddhism with the friends I have. I assumed this is the place to find them... :))

    Since Ven. Rinpoche is giving teaching in Austria too, I thought there may also be some austrians regularly online ;)

     

    I will appreciate any help of this kind or perhaps a direction where to post such a question, providing it would be erased here...

     

    With my best wishes,

    ana


  14. Tashi Delek.

     

    Thank you for your reply, Frederic.

     

    Actually the situation is a bit more complex. Yes, partly it is my attachment to the cat, I did love him and enjoyed his company every day.

    But there is also another side to my reaction. First let me say that I intentionally wrote the question to the forum at the moment when I was still very much emotional toward it, because I wanted to observe which way will this emotion take to dissolve in me. Therefore I am very thankful for your reply and thoughts, because they helped me organize my perceptions a little better.

     

    So, another part is: when I first heard that the cat got hurt, I felt the need to offer my help to him and to the family who owned it, if that were necessary. My motivation was clear, positive and instantaneous. I felt that I am at the moment in a position where I can do something to help preserve the life of that animal and knew I have to react openly and quickly. Another members of my family told me that they had already decided for a "solution" in animal's death.

     

    Then there was yesterday's teaching on Eight verses of thought transformation. It remained in my mind very clearly that we always have to offer help if that is possible and needed. In this situation I perceived both - that my help was possible and needed to save the animal's life.

    So I called this aunt and asked her about the cat, but she said it is all over, they are driving home now and gave me the sentence above which caused such negative reaction in my mind.

     

    Another point of view is, that I felt anger not only because of my personal loss (yes, as you've noticed, attachment - I felt this cat was also a part of my life and was "taken" away from it) but also because I felt helpless to do much in similar situations that happen daily. I know many people who drown baby animals because they don't want to keep them or abandon them when they get sick or visually changed. So I somehow lived through once more this feeling of helplessness to save those lives. Which resulted in anger.

     

    There was also anger toward the vets. When I analyzed it I realized that it is actually because of two or three veterinarians I have met so far and with whom I had noticed a certain loss of compassion toward the animal (or a different interpretation of it) and their acceptance or sometimes even their recommendation to "alleviate the animal's suffering" by killing it with an injection. There was also a situation when the vet said the operation would be too expensive and it is better to take the animal's life, because it is only a small animal.

    But I know, there are also many many people who do their best to save animals' lives on a daily basis.

     

    Probably not last, there was also my feeling that I failed to reach my expectations about my ability to help (reasonably grounded or not). I felt impatience toward myself and the point where I still find myself. I wished I were spiritually already that far to finally be able to help all the sentient beings in the best way possible. In the next moment I realized I actually still have a very long way to go. So, another addition of anger, deriving from impatience.

     

    So I ended up with a load of anger, mixed with personal suffering, suffering because of attachment, suffering because of suffering, and additional impatient and anger on the top. It went around in circles.

     

    Then I meditated on it, after my head chilled down a little bit. And I took your thoughts on how to generate compassion for this family as a starting point. Then I came down to the described thoughts. And now I am calm. And with a clearer view I see this situation as an important lesson.

    There is always also another being's karma, yes. Maybe that cat went on into a precious human life and will be able to meet dharma, who knows? I pray for that. I took a lesson for myself that the best way to help is to generate as much positive karma every moment as possible (as you said, practice diligently), which will help me on a long term to change my perception and continue on a spiritual path. And generate patience and compassion toward myself and all other sentient beings.

     

    And thank you, Kyenrab. Yes, all the sentient beings were once our mothers. Including that family.

     

    With love and respect,

    ana


  15. Tashi Delek.

     

    I have just heard that some of our relatives took their cat to the vet to be killed. Why? Because he got into a fight with some other cats and they hurt him so badly that his eye was "spilt" (I don't know the expression for it). I got really angry to hear their explanation: "You know, we feel sorry too, but he was in big pain and well - can you imagine how he would look like if he lived?" I mean, what if it happened to another member of their family, who just happened to be human? They would also let him be killed because he were in such pain?? Most probably not!

    I am really sad that I was too late in this situation, I wanted to offer them to pay for the operation, because I think that was one of the reasons why they decided as they did. And I would also try to find the cat another home, because they would probably reject him then. I really liked this cat. And I don't understand them, because they also loved him! He was a part of their family! And now they killed him because that was cheaper and easier to eliminate him than bare with his lifelong impairment?

    It is difficult for me to distance from emotions, I feel such anger now and am deeply sad for such behaviour. I don't understand, how could they abandon him?

    How can I generate compassion toward them??

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