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  1. War has wiped out about 655,000 Iraqis or more than 500 people a day since the U.S.-led invasion, a new study reports. I could never understand what it was exactly that we hoped to achieve in Iraq. Did we think that all the terrorist in the world lived there? Did we think we could change a religious faction of Islam into a non-violent nation by killing those we could? Can anyone point to one good thing about the invasion? Imagine if all that money went to homeland security for airports, buses, trains and commuter traffic. I do believe that sometimes violence is a necessary evil...but even then, only as a last measure.
  2. Man.....I'm getting thirsty and drunk just thinking about it! Thank god for these degenerate times! 8)
  3. mavrica, I can see why the confusion. I didn't really say it very well and that has alot to do with how well I understand it myself. There is a tantric technique of viewing one's body and others as deities and one's surroundings as a celestial palace. It sometimes is said that one should refrain from ordinary appearances of yourself as well as your environment.Not alot of instruction is given as to how to do this....that I have came across at least. I don't know exactly what a celestial palace looks like but I feel that if you are looking at the dew on the tip of a blade of grass with a beautiful, colorful sunrise and say..."wow!" then that might be a case of seeing things in an extraordinary way. I've heard it said from the Zen school that the feeling of "wow" is a type of enlightenment. I did alot of reading and some practicing in the Zen school and was hoping that everything I learned wasn't useless now that I'm practicing the Vajra school, hoping that in some way they could compliment each other. I hoped this helped clear up the prior post.
  4. Thanks Mavrica, Khyenrab and Lodreu, This post represents a personal turning point in my relationship with the present moment. I feel that it is up to each of us to practice as much as we can whenever and wherever we can. If plain mindfulness does it for you....helps you strengthen jhanic powers of the mind then so be it. It is a beneficial practice for you. If chanting Chenrezig's Six Syllable Mantra is opening your heart....then chant it as often as you can. It is up to each of us to try and find ways to make it real and beneficial for ourselves. But, I will say this....we are tantric practitioners as that comes with a great deal of responsibility. We are to see ourselves and our world as Buddhas living in a Divine Abode. The Divine Abodes thing sometimes gets swept under the rug because, I feel, no one knows where to start actualizing that practice. If we are truly living on a mandala, and I really do think we are, then the whole emptiness that we see is a glorious one. One that needs to be looked at with wonderment-filled attention. I feel that the Zen Buddhist that say living in a state of "wow....look at that.." is a valid Buddhist practice...and more likely than not ....Tantric....are correct.
  5. I saw this post earlier this morning and have been thinking on and off about it all day long. To make an even more 'Zen' moment, I was working outside all day doing light to moderate physical labor.that was a nice touch of spring! Khyenrab, your answer was my 1st gut 'Tibetan'instinct. The mantra precedes the rest of one's life. But how is that correct? If that is so, and the mantra takes up one's whole life, what is it that we hope for the mantra to do for us? Bring us liberation? What do we do if we obtain liberation from the mantra? Continue to recite it? When would we lay it down and rest in the moment? I don't mean to be a smartass....I have thought about this all day off and on. At times I would test the moment.......... and just get into reaching for a branch to pick up or looking to see what plants were greening out 1st...and the moment had all kinds of life in it...once I opened my eyes to see it. The moment is what makes poetry real. Those Zen haiku's can be stark in their directness and very real. Maybe being fully in the moment should be enough without adding even more practices to it. Wash the dishes when you wash dishes and pray and meditate when you pray and meditate. I don't know, but I hope others will share their views.
  6. I have read two separate ideas about matter and consciousness. One stated that matter, at its most subtle level, was prana, which is inseperable from consciousness. Just different vibration states i guess. The other talked about space particles being in existence only later to interact with consciousness to create the living forms we see around us.This seems to suggest that consciousness and matter are two separate things. If thoughts are hormones and hormones matter....it would seem that consciousness is matter and the 1st hypothesis would be correct...that matter and consciousness are not two separate things. I love our new background!!! :?
  7. I used to attend yoga classes taught by a very highly realized being.He never would speak much about the Dharma or his beliefs. He followed the teaching of ...To Each His Own...and left it at that. One time I do remember reading a poem he had placed on the wall. It went something like this: "I honor the place in you filled with light. I honor the place in you filled with peace and love. I honor the place in you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me there is only one of us." Would this be accurate according to the Middle Way school of Tibetan Buddhism? Or is this implying a universal soul principle?
  8. Dear tatjana, You are probably rightabout the term samaya. I wasa using it to mean a committment to undergo practice with one's Guru. I'm probably not using it in the correct sense. Anyway, I meant to say that I had a personal (small) agreement with my Guru to practice! thanks for responding, with blessings, farman
  9. Dear tatjana, Khyenrab and Others, I managed to begin a small Samaya today. An x-girlfriend had a philosophy about beginning new things. Hers was to start out really small, but continual. If set-ups are your goal, vow to do 5 per day. She said that once you were down on the floor, you would probably not mind doing even more than 5, but 5 was all that was required for now. So each practice day wasn't dreaded and tended to grow naturally over time. I started small, so hopefully we will see! If anyone else would like to post, please feel free to do so. And tatjana, I don't really like arguing!
  10. dearest tatjana and others, 1st, thank you so much for your link and response. I can't answer your question about why there is a set number of 100,000. I feel it has to do with giving a certain chunk of one's life to practice and also the fact that if you do that many, maybe one will be done correctly! I also thought about my original question and how some might view it as inappropriate and once I thought about it, I could see why. We come into practice in the Vajra vehicle so as to be of help to others. Other motivations could be seen as self-centered. But I feel that this isn't a true picture of the inspiration I was looking for. We should, I feel, have at our heart of hearts, the wish to be of benefit to others. This desire or wish doesn't preclude on from also engaging in practice to see what is humanly possible or to set a personal practice goal. I can imagine that those two monks that walked so far and did all of those prostrations obtained alot of merit-which can be given away to others-as well as spiritual and even physical benefits. Not only that, but other onlookers who witnessed their practice must have obtained an enormous internal benefit as well. So, after some consideration, the original question still stands! Please feel free to argue otherwise!
  11. I have difficulty with a daily practice and would like some help! I am trying to do a little research on what is possible as far as practice goes.......the idea being not to imitate, but to say to myself, if they did all that, the least you can do is such and such. Does this make sense? What i guess I'm asking for are practice achievements. I know that H.E. Kalu Rinpoche was said to have completed three repetitions of 100 million mantra recitations or something similiar to this. I heard once where two monks walked 1000 or so miles, doing prostrations every third step..How long did Milerapa stay in a cave? What is the longest period today of isolated retreats. Things like this interest me. If you know of anything, please post it!
  12. Tatjana, I just wanted you to know that I posted your links on another website as if they were mine! Thanks for making me look intellegent!
  13. Deer Lama Shenphen and others, I remember an influential text of Zen that I read early on...."Zen Mind Beginners Mind." Alot of it made practical sense but was difficult to put into action. There was a passage that read something like"....whatever you are doing, do it will your complete body and mind....be like a good bonfire that burns up the brush without any remainder...not like a smoky one that leaves unburnt trash..."(paraphrased) But I haven't read any Tibetan Text that deal with the moment to moment awareness that was typical of Zen text unless it was something Dzogchen-like. Does this help to rephrase my question any? I guess I'm asking what we do with our daily like...make it all a Tsog offering?!
  14. I came to Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism through the Theravedan door. I did alot of reading and meditation practice from their viewpoint. There was alot of emphasis on cultivating moment to moment mindfulness.....so much so that the breath, and not the Guru, was their focus. I now have problems finding a place to hang their teachings and continue on the current path. Does anyone understand my question? I guess I'm asking where does mindfulness fit in Tibetan Buddhism?
  15. I have another question...about reincarnation and the Bodhisattva Vow. I remember reading once where a teacher or his student died, I can't remember which one. Anyway, the survivor recognised the other reincarnated as a sheep. The sheep was said to have followed the survivor for the rest of his life. :? We are currently blessed with a very compassionate cat. Sometimes, when I go to pet her, she interprets the act as helping clean her. Without any hesitation, she then will start licking the very hand that is petting her, so as to return the favor! Does anyone else know of any stories about reverse reincarnation? Wouldn't a sincere Bodhisattva reincarnate as a pet to provide love to a home....sacrificing it's own knowledge and liberation to provide love to a retired couple? It would seem to be a very generous Chod offering of one's entire life, doesn't it?
  16. I just wanted to post something that might help generate the feeling of having a fortunate birth. They are not certain about how many different things their are on this planet, but not counting bacteria, molds and various fungi, whose populations are staggering on an interplanetary scale, they think the number of different life forms is around 10-100 million different things, with 30 million things being a rough guess. Most of this diversity would be animals and most of the asnimals would be beetles. So, a valid interpretation of this would be that if you are born on this planet, chances are you will be a beetle ana one in 30 million chance of being human!
  17. OK....nobody will say anything....tantric secrecy I'm sure. That's really understandable considering the planet is melting! Here's what I think........In the sambogakaya....everyone sees their original...unmistakeable face....sees both foward and backward and enters the next womb where they undergo amnesia again, for the very first time...again.....The soul purpose of our practices is to uncover this face while awake so as to be of benefit to others. The five Buddha Families are in the sambogakay naturally......resting in consciousness......different colors for different energies,....attracted to the one color that will develop you the best...no secrets there! ...is what I think. Link up with the family that naturally draws you, type bullshit!
  18. Khyenrab, I haven't read about Pure Lands much....just some light gossip....but I also have heard very high beings treat the subject matter with a great deal of respect. It seems then, that these places or locations actually exist and if that is true, then there must be some way that they could potentiate one's practice while in this realm.Does this make sense?Kind of use their energy and transformative potential here...now. Just a thought...
  19. Deer Friends! I found the quote that started this thread. It's from His Holiness's Dzogchen text, on page 29...."Through the empowerment, you are empowered into the essence of the buddhas of the five families. In particular, you are 'ripened' within that particular family through which it is your personal predisposition to attain buddhahood..."This, I feel, is an important point in one's daily visualization practice...don't you?
  20. Welcome...I'm new too! Happy new Year Everyone... may all your dreams come true!!!
  21. As anyone who visits this forum knows, I am very new to Tibetan Buddhism and have alot of misunderstandings and views and therefore, alot of questions. I have been reading about the NKT / Kelsang Gyatso / Dorje Shugden controversy and am a loyal supporter and fan of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. What is one to do? How does this affect Tibetan Buddism as a whole? How does it change the practice requirements to a dharma protector? Is Mahakala the ligitimate Dharma Protector for most practitioners? I try to use the jewel method of incorporation and see the Dharma Protector as part of my Guru. Is this accurate? I guess my real question is...how does the presence of a dangerous element that you don't fully understand affect one's individual practice? What do we do now?
  22. hmshutton and others, I think I read once where the 5 Buddha families were a direct correspondence to the 5 bright and 5 dim lights seen in the sambogakaya...the period of existence between death and rebirth. Does that mean that there are 5 upper and 5 lower realms of existence? If you are drawn to a realm, isn't this due to the efects of one's karma? Is it true that the dim yellow light leads to this realm?
  23. How does the concept of the 5 Buddha Families fit into one's practice? Isn't their a specific family that each practitioner is connected to? This is what I meant by Pure Lands I guess. Are we somehow connected to one of the lineages?,... and wouldn't that connect us to a Pure Land by affiliation?
  24. Merry Christmas everybody and Happy New Year!
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