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  1. Dear all, One question, please. In the Black Lawsuit Sutra there is a particular mantra or supplication to Buddha Vajrapani: TAYAT'HA OM VAJRAPANI MAMA RAKSHA RAKSHA / OM JYO-DOG KHA-CHU MARAYA PHAT / SAMAYA DU RAKSHA HUNG HUNG PHAT PHAT SVAHA / (Buddha Vajrapani, save me, save me, reverse and end the conflict, lawsuits and negativity caused by the malicious minds possessed by the maras. Break it. Always protect me. Break. Break. So be it.) Would it be ok to rely on this mantra alone and recite it separately when one doesn't have the time or it is not practical to recite the whole Sutra? The Sutra can be found at Saraswati Bhawan - Download - Prayers - Sutra Kha-Chu Nag-Po. Thank You
  2. "As stated in the Tantra Requested by Subahu, recite the mantras devoid of the eight faults of mantra recitation: reciting too quickly, too slowly, too loudly (so that others hear), too softly (so that even oneself does not hear), over-enunciating each syllable, interrupting the mantra with conversation, being distracted, and reciting the short syllables as long and the long as short." (from a text explaining visualizations during recitation of the mantra of Manjushri)
  3. Introduction to the Pledged Bodhichitta Actions for Training and the Root Bodhisattva Vows http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/x/nav/group.html_2076185219.html Might be helpful
  4. Just to bring this thread and mantra back to attention, it could be good for many animals
  5. From Dharmaling's Glossary: Ignorance (skt.: avidya, tib.: ma rig pa) Literally, not seeing that which exists, or the way in which things exist. The fundamental delusion from which all others spring. There are basically two kinds, ignorance of karma and ignorance of ultimate truth. It is not mere lack of knowledge, but mistaken perception of the true nature of phenomena. Due to incorrect apprehension we fail to recognize the Ultimate nature of self and phenomena and falsely ascribe them true existence. Ignorance, karma and desire are the three forces that cause reincarnation. Ignorance is also first of the twelve links of dependent arising.
  6. Today's interview with His Holiness by Larry King: http://www.youtube.com/user/Bylkup389
  7. Really inspiring. There is part II also.
  8. Here is the first one: "Everything Is a Moment", there are six more... Best regards,
  9. Khyenrab

    New year bazaar

    I guess it was immature of me to joke a little bit in my previous post, though i ment it in a positive way... Since any project ment to support the Dharma Center must be sacred, especially when there is a great need to do so, as is now. Sorry about that. It would be wonderful, if we all examined our capabilities, be very honest with ourselves, and give what we truly can... And keep in mind that Dharma is priceless and the source of all happiness.
  10. Khyenrab

    New year bazaar

    Dear Simona, I very much like the idea, and I do join. You forgot to mention that Rinpoche gave the green light to organize it in front of the Dharma Center Yes, why? Come to the New Year Bazar, and benefit the Dharma Center, get for your family and friends something you don't even expect getting But, nice things, please bring nice things... We could offer delicious tea or chai for everyone, light some candles... I also kindly invite everyone to join the idea here, and later we can set a date, organize, invite others... With best wishes,
  11. Here is a new documentary you might like, it's about the "behind the scenes" of the monetary based economy we live in, about "corporatocracy", modern slavery, global manipulation and corruption of governments and taking over of whole nations by the USA (includes tactics, a three step way they do it...), artificial promotion of scarcity of resources as the fuel for the profit driven system and so on. There is lots more, in fact... This is the second part (addition) of the Zeitgeist movie. Zeitgeist: Addendum video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912 As a side note: the movie is highly critical of theistic religions (even more in the first movie). From a Vajrayana point of view there are some spiritual quotations at the end of the movie that are incorrect, like no need for a Guru.
  12. You don't even know us, Michael... You're making some very strong statements there. Based on what??
  13. I hope it's the right place to post this... Let's continue with sharing drops from the network. Some musical "drops"... I hope you like them. The main theme here is "relax" "Astrakan" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOPK0TCy-bw "Lotus feet" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2KRG7cVMF0 "The Return of Per Ulv" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcSg7cf4MVo Best regards, K
  14. Dear all, I was meditating today and started thinking about how precious it is to be in any way connected to a Dharma Center. In our LamRim meditations we recollect our thoughts on sections such as the precious human rebirth, inevitability of death and the uncertainty of the time of death, the sufferings of samsara; we think about Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Emptiness, and the incomparable kindness of our precious Guru, who makes all of our understanding of Dharma possible... I feel something like this, if we are open to the meaning of Dharma, to this great immediate need to become free from any kind of suffering, and to quickly help others understand this urgency, then we will feel a deep heart-felt connection to our Dharma Center and to our precious Lama. I wrote the above as an "introduction". As Mariann wrote before (maybe others too , making donations to your Teacher or to Dharma in general, as an offereing, is an extremely powerful method to progress on the Path. I'd like to think further about this a little bit. Sometimes i think we might feel like making donations to some humanitarian organization is a very good thing, we help people get clothes, food, maybe shelter, help them with getting any equipment they need, etc... It seems that supporting a BuddhaDharma center is incomparably more beneficial. A Dharma Center, under a Guidance of a Lama, is an absolute good. It's a place where people and other beings realize what the causes of suffering are, and begin to understand the causes of true happiness and joy (imprints which help them for lifetimes and lifetimes!), all the way to the peerless Happiness of complete Enlightenment. Supporting, sustaining, making offerings to a BuddhaDharma Center is also a real test of one's motivation I think. If we really want happiness for others (and for ourselves alone!), real lasting happiness, our support for the activities of a Dharma Center should be almost ecstatic! If we wish to be generous, I think there is no other place to practice perfect generosity. The activities of a Dharma Center (that we support) will offer gem-like activities and practices that will benefit incredible numbers of beings. And the benefit will be profound, it will touch their hearts their minds and will make them kind, compassionate, blissful. It will shake Samsara up. By supporting a Lama that knows the nature of Reality perfectly, I think all this happens - due to our financial support. Making donations to a Dharma Center - I think it is by far the best material offering possible anywhere in this world. If we do it with a Dharma motivation, I think it can only be even more powerful. Usually when we think about money we can feel a certain kind of burden, but I feel that having the knowledge that we can transform it and the opportunity to transform it completely into an absolute good, is very liberating. We can help others profoundly by supporting the pure, unmistaken teachings of the Buddhas. Life and everything in our life should turn into joy and hope. I hope we can all regularly support the activities of our precious Lama, with whatever that we can give, for the benefit of all sentient beings. May our Dharma Center be sustained for a very long time! P.S.: It seems to me that many people sometimes take it all for granted, but in reality, it will not be there forever... I guess *everything* depends on our motivation, and readiness to create positive causes... Bank transfer information: http://eshop.dharmaling.org/cart.php?page=...fer_information Best regards, K
  15. I found this on another forum, that gives some explanation. I think it's from a dictionary. "gnod sbyin - Translation of the Sanskrit "yaksha" which literally means "One who malevolently harms". I. Generally speaking, yakshas are a class of beings who assail and cause harm to humans. Because they are troublesome, they are taken as a whole as one of the eight classes of spirits. They are "officially" regarded as a class of gods living in the lowest level of the desire realm; two of the Four Great Kings are yakshas and there are many yakshas in the retinues of the Four Great Kings. Besides them in particular, there are many other types of non-human beings that can be harmful and who are given this name. Especially, there are many kinds of powerful spirits from the preta realm who either can manifest in the human realm or live in close connection with the human realm, who are intent on harming humans, and who are given this name. For example, the all of the different malignant spirits mentioned in European cultureà¢-â€Âdemons, goblins, trolls, nasty ghosts, etceteraà¢-â€Âwould be called yakshas in the Indian cultural context. Note that there are many non-harmful spirits of European culture which would not be included in this grouping, e.g., many elves and good fairies. There are many types of yaksha just as there are many types of harmful spirits in the European tradition. A commonly mentioned sub-group of yakshas in Indian culture are the flesh-eating type who are called "rakshasa".
  16. I must say I liked Zeitgeist a lot, but this Mr. (in the second film), is talking about aliens manipulating with our DNA a few thousand years ago (this is what Realians claim, no?), and trying to completely enslave us by putting microchips under our skin. Hmmm... Best regards,
  17. Hi, One of really funny and interesting podcasts by Robert Thurman. Here he begins with an explanation of Dharmachakra, and a little later tells the story about how Buddha met Brahma. Best regards, K
  18. Hvala lepa za pismo. Pozdrav, K
  19. Snowlion's Dalai Lama Quote of the Week As to what might be the mechanism through which karma plays a causal role in the evolution of sentience, I find helpful some of the explanations given in the Vajrayana traditions, often referred to by modern writers as esoteric Buddhism. According to the Guhyasamaja tantra, a principal tradition within Vajrayana Buddhism, at the most fundamental level, no absolute division can be made between mind and matter. Matter in its subtlest form is prana, a vital energy which is inseparable from consciousness. These two are different aspects of an indivisible reality. Prana is the aspect of mobility, dynamism, and cohesion, while consciousness is the aspect of cognition and the capacity for reflective thinking. So according to the Guhyasamaja tantra, when a world system comes into being, we are witnessing the play of this energy and consciousness reality. ...Despite the success of the Darwinian narrative, I do not believe that all the elements of the story are in place. To begin with, although Darwin's theory gives a coherent account of the development of life on this planet and the various principles underlying it, such as natural selection, I am not persuaded that it answers the fundamental question of the origin of life. Darwin himself, I gather, did not see this as an issue. Furthermore, there appears to be a certain circularity in the notion of "survival of the fittest." The theory of natural selection maintains that, of the random mutations that occur in the genes of a given species, those that promote the greatest chance of survival are most likely to succeed. However, the only way this hypothesis can be verified is to observe the characteristics of those mutations that have survived. So in a sense, we are stating simply this: "Because these genetic mutations have survived, they are the ones that had the greatest chance of survival." From the Buddhist perspective, the idea of these mutations being purely random events is deeply unsatisfying for a theory that purports to explain the origin of life. ...One empirical problem in Darwinism's focus on the competitive survival of individuals, which is defined in terms of an organism's struggle for individual reproductive success, has consistently been how to explain altruism, whether in the sense of collaborative behavior, such as food sharing or conflict resolution among animals like chimpanzees or acts of self-sacrifice. There are many examples, not only among human beings but among other species as well, of individuals who put themselves in danger to save others. ...From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption--but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance. --from The Universe in a Single Atom: Convergence of Science and Spirituality by H.H. the Dalai Lama * * *
  20. Approaching the Guru A talk on devotion by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Best regards, K
  21. I feel there's many things that we can do, but the main focus that we should and can have in our practice is - inner work. Planting seeds that we can pray will one day help the others. If we try to be too smart and too helpful without any 'inner ammunition', we will not really be helping, will we? Having an idea that we must help is still only an idea.My point is, the meditation cushion is waiting. To make ourselves better, more peaceful, more loving... and let's have a Mount Everest of Patience - firstly for ourselves and secondly, for the others. No force needed, only quiet perseverance. And this i feel is something that we can share... With best wishes, K
  22. I agree here, but i would make a small step back. There are some things that simply cannot be forced, and friendship is certainly one of them. Then it is not so much a matter of liking or not, it is a matter of practical impossibility. So very true. Another thing that seems important to me that we can contemplate. We (and others) can only receive so much help as which (and how many ) causes we have accumulated... My understanding is that here also - nothing can be forced. If we try, i don't think it is helping anyone but the Ego. And needless to say, not everybody is seeking religion. People may only need a friend that will listen. I think many do. I feel that's the only way... I guess you really like movies. Me too, actually... If you re-read my post, the 'bayonets point' had a different meaning. Instead of fighting against suffering, we can try to better understand what is happening within the mind. I guess the proper word would be awareness. Best regards, K
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