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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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Great question. There are many things but if i could only choose only one thing; i would advice to be more friendly, polite, tolerant and to avoid confrontational speech whilst learning in general. I wish i had enough wisdom to be more tactful, restrained & diplomatic. The controversies, theory and practical aspects of the teaching one can figure out but ...


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It depends on what your goals are. If you are a practicing Buddhist who’s goal is to become enlightened, my advice is to find a profession that will bring about as little discomfort and personal conflict as possible. Work that brings anger, guilt, frustration, etc will naturally be distracting from your goal, and will make it more difficult to achieve. You ...


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As to complement, for lay followers it is crucial to avoid wrong types of livelihood. "A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison." — AN 5.177 https://accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-ajivo/...


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Like you, when I took refuge, I received a dharma name—and so did the other twenty, or so, people who took refuge at the same time. We all received the same dharma name. I can’t answer your questions 1 and 2, but I do have a first-person account of a teaching related to dharma names in Tibetan Buddhism. I once attended a weekend course on meditation in New ...


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Also why this is not exist in Thervada Buddhism when statue is in Bihar state of India? Probably because there's no concept of a female Buddha according to Early Buddhism (by Early Buddhism, I mean the earliest text strata translated into both the Theravada's Nikayas and Mahayana's Agamas). “He understands: ‘It is impossible, it cannot happen that a woman ...


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Please check out the second link (Tibetan Medicine Education Center) for more details. From Nalanda Translation's "Lha or is it La?" page: Lha La (lha bla) Some confusion exists between two Tibetan words, sometimes used interchangeably:lha and la. The first, lha, is the Tibetan word used to translate the Sanskrit deva, meaning “deity,” “god,” or “...


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The Bardo Thodol is an extract from the Guhyagarbha tantra, which is the most important tantra in the Mahayoga class, and the most studied tantra within the Nyingma school. The Guhyagarbha is certainly in the Kangyur.


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Ways to be conscious in all situations Just like anything else, to be good at martial arts, at playing the piano, at math, etc... the only way is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice mindfulness meditation diligently and one will be able to have very sharp awareness/mindfulness any time, any place. For a straightforward and practical advise on the ...


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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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In essence, this is about the self wanting control, or more precisely, the illusion of self and control. I think this is exactly what Khenpo Sherab Sangpo meant when saying that teaching and experiencing are different things: nobody can just tell you that self and the control the self wants are illusions, it's something you need to experience. This sounds ...


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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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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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I would encourage you to contact Dr. Phil Stanley of Naropa University. His doctoral thesis, if I recall (I was a student of his at Naropa) involved detailed analysis of various versions of the Kangyur and the Tengyur. "Canonicity in Buddhism and Christianity" describes a bit of his work; you can decide if he can be of help. Good luck!


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I my self a procrastinator that is why I came to this question while searching something in stackoverflow. Just like @Codosaur mentioned, you have to embrace this. I have a cluttered mind and I know that. For me I have multiple goals, but in all of them I found one goal that would certainly makes me happy. That is, if I achieve that it would certainly make ...


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Good householder, Buddhist practices it is taught that we should let go of attachments. Certain missguide/mis-guiding teacher and traders in Dhamma may say such, as for the Buddha and his good following disciples: No, one needs to have strong attachment to kusala (skillful), the training, the path and liberation, if wishing to escape from suffering, seeking ...


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Good householder, As Upasaka Sarath told and according to the truth and the Sublime Buddhas: after a breaking up of ones body, once giving up ones world, one (if not gained Arahatahood) reapears in the next world. So there are actually no death yet one does good to be reminded that very often be touched by former relative when listening, talking... and they, ...


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According to Theravada, you will be reborn immediately after your death. So if you communicate, you are communicating with the new being.


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During one Refuge ceremony, I remember Dza Kilung Rinpoche telling his students: Some people obsess with their Dharma names, try to find everything about it - who had that name, what it means and so on. Do not research your Dharma name too much. Who knows, maybe it will research you ;) Your relationship with your Dharma name is a mysterious relationship. ...


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In the essay "To Suffer Is an Active Verb", Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote: This is one of the reasons why the Buddha doesn’t have us try to go back into the past and ask, “What did I do to deserve an illness, a mental state, a situation in life?” He said that if you tried to trace all those things back, you’d go crazy. In fact, he said, you can’t trace ...


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Many new to Buddhism are stuck into these matters and created a feeling of discomfort, including myself. But when I longer study Buddhism, it leads me to study something easier to understand like Karma in current life instead of past life. I.e. how to utilize the SWOT analysis soft skill? If you are talking about past life, likely it will lead to past life ...


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Do you remember what you had for lunch yesterday? We remember only if we are interested in that thing or it is extremely important for us. We continually become because we are not happy with the past or present. The time of the arrow goes only forward.


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The foundational tantra (book) of Tibetan Dzogchen , the Dra Thalgyur, (“The Reverberation of Sound”) is only available in Tibetan. If you are interested in the highest practice in Tibetan Buddhism, that would be one you would need to read.


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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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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), memorize and recite passages daily from wikipedia: Chinese whispers (Commonwealth English) or the telephone game (American English) [1] is an internationally ...


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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. There is only belief in movement. All the journey teaches, is to shed what you need not carry, and realise that what you are on that day, is also what you are ...


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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 enlightened Nibbāna and attained Jhāna is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Reciting and memorizing I was born in a child-center study-tradition. ...


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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 to Buddhism. They had Buddha idols in their homes, to which they may offer water, flowers, fruits, incense etc. and they chanted the standard hymns. They treated ...


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