In an interview with Lati Rinpoche (link below), the interviewer observed that “amongst many Gelugpa centres around the world today, there is a trend to practice only the Solitary Yamantaka and the Vajrayogini of the Naropa Tradition or more commonly called the Naro Kachod.” I did not know this, and it makes me wonder: why these two deities in particular? How did this happen? (I do not mean to criticize—on the contrary, I am attracted to these same deities.) Rinpoche, could you please explain this? Thank you!
Sir–I am aware of only a handful of female tulkus, geshes, or lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, and none at all among Gelugpas. (The popularity of female deities has had little if any effect on this basic sexism.) However, you could improve the situation–and incidentally, attract attention to your organization—simply by declaring, now, that your future incarnations will be female. What do you say?
Could you please explain why the Buddhist teachings never seem to address the question of how the fundamental ignorance (avidhya)appeared in the first place. From what I understand, this issue is either dismissed as an idle question (the parable of the man hit by a poisonous arrow) or is regressed ad infinitum from previous life to previous life, sort of turtles all the way down. In my opinion, a problem cannot be fully remedied unless its fundamental cause is fully understood.
What was the first teaching you ever in a monastery? Your frist time in India?
How to keep on practicing and being positive when the external obstacles seem endless? I know it could just be a manifestation of my karma, but then I feel helpless to do anything. I want to overcome my Karma and become a Buddha to help others, but don't know what to do anymore. Can you recommend a practice for me?
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Is there a difference between "love"and "compassionate"?
Dear Rinpoche, high Lamas and reincarnate Rinpoches are supposed to be enlightened beings. From my understanding, when one reaches enlightenment, one is free from the effects of karma. Based on this, why do high Lamas and reincarnate Rinpoches that are supposed to be enlightened contract fatal illness like cancer, stroke, etc? Thank you
As I understand transformation is an on-going process. Sometimes we seem to be making progress of leaps and bounds. But at other times, we seem to fall a few paces backwards. How do we minimize this unstable phases? I find that with every phase of trying to break through another level, there is much 'chaos' going inside. Sometimes it seems like the battle never ends and it gets harder. Is this a good or bad sign?
dear rinpoche how do i apply buddhist teachings to explain and cope with the loss of loved ones knowing that i will never see them again when they have passed away ? do i regard their existence n our mutual consciousness as merely a reality collectively constructed by our samsaric mind and hence there never was a me n them or the separation caused by cycles of deaths n rebirths ? stoic acceptance that they are gone cannot resolve the grief of losing them forever .
When, if ever, do we draw the line between letting go of our attachments and having enough to 'sustain' a so called human existence? Perhaps this in itself is THE ultimate attachment?
If we create the karma for the causes of the consequences and delusions we face, how do we then realize and stop our mind from such a deluded existence?
Am I truly deluded and thus I cannot see the delusion or do I merely think I am and thus believe I am? René Descartes did say: I think therefore I am! I wonder!
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