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Purpose of touching tongue to roof of mouth during meditation

As it was explained to me, the purpose is rather mundane. During some kinds of meditation, esp. when one penetrates lower chakras, there is lots of saliva generated, swallowing which can be quite a ...
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What are the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism?

Rather simplified, somewhat caricatured presentation based on my own very limited knowledge: Nyingma - "the old (translation) tradition", based on prehistoric transmissions of B into Tibet as early ...
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Are Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism the same thing?

No they are not the same, Tibetan Buddhism is a broader concept that subsumes Tibetan Vajrayana. Also, there's non-Tibetan Vajrayana, some still practiced in e.g. Japan. To some degree all schools ...
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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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How is forgiveness defined in Buddhism?

You said, "Forgiveness means if anybody do some harm to you you don't react and just try to pretend like it never happened to you." This is called "Kshanti-paramita", the perfection of patience. In ...
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Significance of touching forheads in Tibetan Buddhism (Karma Kagyu)?

My main teachers have a lineage coming from both Nyingma and Kagyü, so their explanations might differ slightly from 'pure' Karma Kagyü teachings, but I was told that touching foreheads is a gesture ...
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Finding The Right Buddhist "Vehicle" / Sect For An Individual

Demographically the majority of Buddhists today (nearly 99%) are born in Asia into Buddhists families and would likely follow their family or local tradition. But assuming your question is regarding ...
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Are Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism the same thing?

Vajrayana was practiced in China, Vietnam and Korea. This is often called esoteric Buddhism. Kukyo brought esoteric Buddhist to Japan and founded the Shingon sect. In Russia (well, Kalmykia and ...
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Can a being be reborn into more that one body in Tibetan Buddhism?

Because Buddhism denies independent existence of substantial "self", it does not posit literal reincarnation, as in someone literally being a come back of e.g. Ananda (Buddha's favorite student). ...
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What are: Lamrim, Dzogchen, Mahamudra

Lamrim is a genre. It is a genre of spiritual literature that gives a thorough overview of the whole teaching, methodically progressing from somewhat crude and primitive concepts of basic levels, to ...
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What does Diamond Way Buddhism say about obstacles at times of becoming more conscious?

There is a saying in Zen: When we love them flowers wither; when we hate them creepers bloom. Meaning, the more you like something, the more your mind gets sensitive to losing that. And the more ...
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What is Thögal?

While I'm clearly out of my depth with this question, let me give you a few pointers. (TL;DR version: Thogal is cultivation of "suchness", aka tathata). First, you need to understand what Dzogchen, ...
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Is Practicing Tantric/Wrathful Meditation Dangerous Without a Guru?

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 ...
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Within Tibetan Buddhism, are the Lamas always the same "soul"?

Because Buddhism denies the notion of "self", it does not have a concept of Avatar, as someone literally being a reincarnation of the same "self". Tibetan Buddhism does have a notion of Tulku though, ...
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What are the rotating cylinders in monastries, and why are they there?

These are Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels and they often have 'Om mani padme hum' engraved on them: According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning a prayer wheel is just as effective as reciting the ...
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Text request--Tibetan Buddhism

The Gelug tradition expounds on the following five types of meditation. You find here teachings (for free) related to Tsongkhapa's Middle-Length Lam Rim. They must cover the first, second and third ...
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Who is really suffering in Hell and Enjoying in Heaven?

From Milindapanha: -- “What is it, Nàgasena, that is reborn?” -- “Mind and matter (namarupa).” -- “Is it this very mind and matter that is reborn?” -- “No, it is not, but by this mind and ...
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Concept of "gods" in Vajrayana Buddhism

In Tibetan Buddhism, a God is merely a sentient being that is subject to suffering. Gods have afflictions such as ignorance, anger, attachment and so forth. They have mistaken consciousnesses, and so ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

At this point I venture to say that the school one picks is largely irrelevant. It's much more about the teacher's ability to connect the map of the teaching with the jungle of your immediate living ...
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Heterosexual attraction in rebirth process?

Detailed description of the rebirth process appeared in the Garbhāvakrānti Sutra and the Abhidharmakośa, with the former being written first. AFAIK, both of these texts are significant in Tibetan ...
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Is Practicing Tantric/Wrathful Meditation Dangerous Without a Guru?

+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 ...
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Who are the Buddhas on the Wheel of Life?

@konrad01 got it pretty close, the Buddhas symbolize various ways Dharma is presented in each of the six realms, expressed so as to match mental disposition of the realm's beings. If you look ...
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"When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma will come to the land of the red faces"

In the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism we interpret this saying in a different way. We interpret the iron birds as the airplanes and the horses running on wheels as the trains or ...
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What is the relationship between the New Kadampa Tradition and Tibetan Buddhism?

The New Kadampa Tradition (or NKT for short) is an offshoot group that broke away from the Gelug school. One of the primary areas of controversy between the NKT and the mainstream Gelug school is the ...
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What is the truth that you deny?

The word, as spelled in english, is "gak-cha," and it refers to the object whose existence we deny. The idea is that things, including our selves, do not exist "out there, independently," or "from ...
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Role of suicide in the context of Dalai Lama's birthday and inevitable deathday

History of martyrdom in Buddhism The Burning monk of Saigon, Thích Quảng Đức is perhaps the most famous of monks in recent times who self immolated for a cause, however he is hardly the first, in ...
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How is a Dalai Lama chosen? And can it be a woman?

The reincarnation of a lama isn't chosen or elected. He or she is found. Man or woman Historically the Dalai Lama has always been a man, but it has been my understanding that there is no rule that ...
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Pāramitāyāna and Tantrayāna

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 ...
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