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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I am a Tibetan Buddhist, and have been for about 50 years. I don't really know if I can help with that question - but maybe so. Here are some things that might of use to a beginner. Learn to develop ...
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Books for understanding Tibetan Buddhism

Before I type some recommendations, I would make a suggestion. One of the ways in which Mahayana Buddhism, as presented by Tibetan Buddhism is classified is in 3 parts- suttrayana, vajrayana and ...
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What is the logic behind visualization meditation

It depends on the system. In the sutra system, there are analytical meditations involving visualizing the form of the body of the Buddha, for instance. You do this in order to achieve calm abiding on ...
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How to find an appropriate sex partner for a sakadagami?

With all due respect, many people overestimate their "achievements". Just because a once-returner has remainders of sensual pleasure & anger, doesn't mean that he/she will act on those. It's of ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

Read and learn with virtue as your guide. The vast literature and branches of Buddhism are not easy to swim through it can sink an inquisitive mind.
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Tantric self generation as a deity

Lighting a lamp, you need another lamp. Because during self generation you are the Buddha, and in order to have 100% conviction that you are the Buddha, you must be told(initiated) by the Buddha ...
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Pure Perception

In simple words, pure perception is when you see everything as manifestation of Buddha-nature. Even things we usually consider bad or imperfect you see as a part of Great Perfection at a deeper level. ...
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Pure Perception

What are you hearing when you hear nothing but silence? “Pure perception” is what is left when you subtract out all the phenomenal manifestations, that, because they arise and pass away, are not real, ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

Nothing, the Path is to be walked - not skipped forward.
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What is the "magical net" in the Guhyagarbha Tantra?

Magical net is an allegory for upaya - a skillful approach to teaching Dharma by taking advantage of student's own inertia, as opposed to pushing student by force. In other words, when a good teacher ...
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Parallel practices in Buddhism to kavacchas

There is no better shield than your uprightness. If you do not lie, if you not kill ,if you do not steal , if you do not take intoxications then nothing can harm you. If you have a heart full of ...
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Parallel practices in Buddhism to kavacchas

At least in the Theravada tradition there are some Paritta (protection) chants: The Book of Protection by Ven. Piyadassi Thera (and here and here) Paritta Chants for Special Blessings by Ti-Sarana ...
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What are the original colors of the 7 main chakras?

Chakras in Buddhism generally stem from different sources than their equivalents in Hindu systems. Not only do the colours vary, but even the number of chakras and the count of their petals. Even ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I started out later in life with Buddhism, originally coming from a different religious background. However, I know people who were born into Buddhist families, and understand their kind of exposure ...
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What is the mandala of the ground?

In this context "mandala" means "a living situation, with you in the center" or "a configuration of elements as seen from the inside". So "mandala of the ground"...
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What is meant by "secret" in the Guhyagarbha tantra?

It's all right there in the text in plain sight: All phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are inseparable with the enlightened state. If you don't understand it, that's a sure sign that you need more ...
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What is the wheel in the Guhyagarbha tantra?

"The wheel of adornment" or "the lotus garland" is a metaphor for the multiverse, the interpenetrating matrix of worlds that co-arise together with the sentient beings experiencing ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I wish I had understood that enlightenment is not a destination, or an event, but that the training itself is enlightenment.
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

This answer to same op question, was cut and paste from my blog article where html formatting makes it much more readable: broken telephone: why Buddhists should study EBT (early buddhist teachings), ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

That the end is the beginning. In 2 senses: The end is the beginning of everything else but more what I had in mind When you reach somewhere, you realise you always were there. There is no movement....
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

Reciting and memorizing everyday is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Concentration meditation everyday is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Most important! Tipitaka Memorizer who ...
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Can somebody explain me this Kalachakra print?

This is what I have been able to determine. It does not answer all of the symbolism or identify all objects from this particular image, but it is a good start. "...Shri Kalachakra shining forth ...
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How to find an appropriate sex partner for a sakadagami?

If what you want is sex (or a sex partner), you might find it frustrating to be married to "a Buddha". FYI I take this answer to be advice for choosing a partner, based on the suttas -- although that ...
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How to find an appropriate sex partner for a sakadagami?

It is gradual training. just try to find a partner who observes five precepts. I think it is a good start.
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