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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 loving-kindness towards everything and everyone in the past, present and future, without exception. Recognise that Karma is action - the cause – (NOT the ...


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In AN 4.67, the Buddha allowed the monks to use the paritta to protect themselves from harm. Notice Ven. Thanissaro's note: "This is one of the few protective charms mentioned in the Pali canon and specifically allowed by the Buddha for monks to use (another charm, also allowed to the monks, is contained in DN 32). Note that the power of the charm is said ...


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This is like with children playing doctor: most of the imitation activity they can come up with is going to be harmless, but if they get their hands on real medications and start actually taking them at random, then they can get into real trouble. Similarly with Tantra, as long as all you do is mindlessly repeat some mantras and get a tattoo of a wrathful ...


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The quote is more or less true. The position that Tibetan Buddhism distinguishes between pāramitāyāna and tantrayāna is accurate. Pāramitāyāna is most often translated 'perfection vehicle' or 'sutra vehicle' while tantrayāna is usually translated as 'tantra vehicle' or 'secret mantra vehicle'. In the Middle Length Lam-Rim, Tsongkhapa says: [Atisha] held ...


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+1 to Andrei's answer. I'd like to add just one thing, which is that yes, it is hard to find someone to play the role of the guru for tantric practice. In America in particular, there's a tendency for ordinary people to fall into one of two extremes: extreme independence, individualism, and mistrust of spiritual authority; or, when one encounters a "guru" ...


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Although the notion appears in all sorts of philosophical treatises, as well as in tenets, it is explained at length in texts expounding 'buddha nature' (tathagatagarbha). I would recommend in particular the study of Maitreya's Uttaratantra Shastra (Treatise on the Sublime Continuum). Although it is called 'uttara-tantra' it is included within the ...


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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 the mental image of the form of the body of the Buddha. It is very much practiced in Tibetan traditions, since it is said that the object (that mental image) ...


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I don't know much about "official" stance on these, but from what I gather, the main difference between the two is that: "paramitayana" is when you work within a framework of progressive self-improvement, while "tantrayana" is when you work within a framework of the target state. Meaning, with "paramitayana" you first hear about the obstacles, then you ...


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If it works for you, it works for you. The siddhis and mantras, sutra recitations as magic are outside of science (or more to the point, there is no support for magic from science-- and if there was, then it wouldn't be magic anymore, it would be a new branch of science). All that said, the siddhis are most convincing when the effect of the "magic" is ...


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There is both no gender difference in the Lotus Posture and Vajra Posture or any other difference whatsoever as far as I'm aware. These are interchangeable terms for the same posture - the former has its root in Hatha Yoga and latter in Tibetan Vajrayana. There is, however, a gender difference in the Sattva Posture which is often recommended in Tibetan ...


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According to What the Bleep Do We Know!?, when you chant on water and look at it under an electronic microscope, there are visible structural patterns which emerge in the water atoms. This does not go to the extent of trying to deduce if this is beneficial but positive vibes created in chanting may have beneficial effects. This is mentioned in the canonical ...


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Very good question. This is a quote by Lama Zopa Rinpoche that seems to cover this point. Lama Tsongkhapa asked Manjushri, “What is the way to achieve quick realizations of the path to enlightenment?” Manjushri answered, “To purify the mind of the obstacles to realizations and to collect the necessary conditions, the merit, to collect extensive ...


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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 himself. That is why it is said that seeing/recognising the guru as the Buddha himself is important in Tantra. Further the guru himself must have an unbroken lineage ...


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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 course all really speculation because none of this has been mentioned in the suttas, but I believe a sotapanna and even moreso a sakadagami has such profound ...


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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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Nothing, the Path is to be walked - not skipped forward.


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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, are impermanent, and without a ‘self’. These apply to all that we cling to as our identity, and also all that which we call the external world. Do you hear ...


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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. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche explains: ...pure perception is the main view and practice on the Vajrayana path. There is no room whatsoever for even a glimmer of ...


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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 is arguably not tantra mind you.


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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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This footnote suggests you might be looking for "Kilty, G: Ornament of Stainless Light, Wisdom 2004".


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I think you should search for vajrayana buddhist temple Vajrayana Buddhism is one of the most important and most followed Buddhist tradition in the present states of Buddhism in the whole world. Also known as the Tantric Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism is also represented as the Diamond Way or Thunderbolt Way and Indestructible Way. source Not sure about ...


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Verse 64 mentions the secret and wisdom initiations. These two initiations are taken only in the context of highest yoga tantra. Therefore, the three lower tantras are not concerned here. From the point of view of highest yoga tantra, there are two ways of achieving enlightenment: With an actual consort In the bardo, after death It is said that lama Je ...


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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 with stainless light rays of five [colours], with a body blue in colour. Having three necks the central is blue, right red and left white. The main face is ...


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The answers above are great, but I want to address two sub-questions specifically. Is this a good high-level view of (introduction to, or taxonomy of) Tibetan Buddhism? It is important to note that Tibetan Buddhism is not mutually inclusive with the Mahayana. That is, "Tibetan Buddhism" are just those forms of Buddhism which trace their lineage from the ...


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