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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 their own side." Such a thing, according to Mahayana buddhism, could never exist. When we catch our mind falling prey to relating to some thing (including our ...


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I believe this question has been asked 2500 years ago. Please see Mahāparinibbānasutta DN16: I will wipe out these Vajjis, so mighty and powerful! I will destroy them, and lay ruin and devastation upon them!


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Incidentally, Palyul is my hometown monastery; when weather is good I meditate in their stupa park (not the real Palyul, a branch). As Palyul is Nyingma, their main ngondro text is "The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Dza Patrul Rinpoche, plus "A Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang. Although these are considered "beginner" ...


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Pron.: gakja Wil.: dgag bya Unicode: དགག་བྱ། Usually translated by Jeffrey Hopkins as 'object of negation'. Although the object of negation is twofold: (1) the objective aspect (true existence) and (2) the subjective aspect (ignorance), 'object of negation' usually refers to true existence. It is explained at length in the 'Special Insight' chapter of the ...


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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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Actually, it doesn't look like Tibetan, but rather like Sanskrit or Pali. It's a little hard to make out, but it could be part of the Prajna-Paramita (Heart) Sutra. Having said that, Buddhism (and especially Mahayana Buddhism from which this Sutra originates) has little to do with faith. As opposed to the Abrahamic religions depicted here, Mahayana Buddhism ...


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The study material of the 'basic-program' provided by the FPMT covers a great deal, but (1) what it covers also depends on the teachings and commentaries you follow (2) and it is a specific traditions and a specific college. You will learn there are various traditions, and various college that propound different point of views. Once you are familiar with one ...


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In the Gelugpa's Lamrim tradition for sure, and I suspect in most other Lamrim traditions as well, the four rupa jhanas and the subsequent arupa jhanas are practiced after the 9 abidings, once the calm abiding has been achieved. Please refer to Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism, page 85.


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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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From this transcript, it doesn't really have a meaning. Full quote: Q: What does o laso mean? That’s one of the great secret teachings I give out only to people who’ve achieved 8 weeks of retreat first. It’s very secret, have you received Tantric empowerment? O laso, you ready? Because once I have said it you won’t forget it, it’s one of those really, ...


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I found most of the texts on Rigpa: Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra Lotus Sutra Pure Land sutras Ugraparipṛcchā Sūtra Mañjuśrīparipṛcchā Sūtra Śūraṅgama Samādhi Sūtra Kāśyapaparivarta Sūtra Lokānuvartana Sūtra


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एवं मया श्रुतम् evaṃ mayā śrutam एकस्मिन् समये भगवान् श्रावस्त्यां विहरति स्म जेतवनेऽनाथपिण्डदस्यारामे महता भिक्षुसंघेन सार्थं त्रयोदशभिर्भिक्षुशतैः संबहुलैश्च बोधिसत्त्वैर्महासत्त्वैः ekasmin samaye bhagavān śrāvastyāṃ viharati sma jetavane'nāthapiṇḍadasyārāme mahatā bhikṣusaṃghena sārthaṃ trayodaśabhirbhikṣuśataiḥ saṃbahulaiśca ...


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The sketches you refer to are a combination of three influences: the core Buddhist teaching of impermanence, the Hindu imagery association of sex and death, and the Chinese drawing style for depictions of sexuality. The sketches are clearly from a non-Tantric school, because in Tantric Buddhism, sexual pleasure is seen as a beneficial act representative of ...


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I was wondering whether at the funeral (around 28th of August 2004) of Ajaan Paññavaddho we are witnessing the emanations of a rainbow body (food for thought). Ajaan Panya’s remains were cremated at Wat Pa Baan Taad 10 days later. His funeral ceremony was the largest event ever held there—an estimated 50,000 people attended to pay their final respects, ...


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