Could you please explain the psychological principles behind your famous “pick” game? For example, how does one construct a dilemma capable of revealing the answerer’s personality and character? (Or do the same questions work for everyone?) Are there books on this method, or did you invent it yourself?
Rinpoche, for those of us who are not ready to give up sex, is it better to have a boyfriend or girlfriend (in which the people are attached to one another), or to give up attachment in favor of a “friends with benefits” or “no strings” relationship? Also, I read somewhere that it goes against tantric vows to have sex with anybody who doesn’t believe in tantra. Is that true? Thank you, and Happy Valentines Day!
Dear Rinpoche, is believing in Buddhism (reincarnation, karma, enlightenment, etc.) like believing in Bigfoot or UFO’s? Sometimes it seems like there’s no way to really know the truth. I mean, philosophically, any of this stuff can be argued either way. Some people claim to be authorities, but they disagree about practically everything. If we try to figure out the answers for ourselves, we might search forever without getting anywhere. But you got somewhere, Rinpoche. How did you decide what to believe, and who to trust?
After watching your DVD, “Buddhism Begins at Home,” I am still unclear on certain aspects of the arrangement of a home altar. I understand that the main votive elements are a Buddha statue in the center, and a scripture and stupa on either side. Are there any guidelines as to which Buddhas are more appropriately used as this central image, and which are better represented in some other way, e.g. as thangkas? Also, how should photographs of the Dalai Lama and one’s teachers be positioned in relation to the other votive elements? Thank you very much!
Dear Rinpoche, you and the Dalai Lama both say you don’t want to convert people. And yet, practically all of your followers (and many of his) are, in fact, converts—from Christianity, the Chinese folk religion, and/or Chinese Buddhism. If your followers are committed to follow your advice, and your advice is to remain within their original religions, then why don’t more of them go back? And for that matter, why does Kechara actively recruit people who are not from a traditional Tibetan, Mongolian, or Himalayan Buddhist background?
By the way, if you’re wondering how many unanswered questions you have left, by my count there are 35: 2 on page four (by Devon and Maxwell), 2 on page three (Audrey and possibly Jonis), 20 on page two (all), and 11 on page one (be sure not to overlook Doreen Teoh and “i” at the bottom). Note that the addition of this question (and all subsequent ones) will shift the page numbers slightly.
In “Gurus for Hire…” you warn against criticizing other people’s gurus. Does this mean that in disputes involving lamas and laypeople, we ought never to side with the laypeople? That seems unfair—as if being a lama (or having a lama on one’s side) should exempt one from what would otherwise be fair criticism. Moreover, it denies Buddhism the capacity for ethical self-examination that has invigorated other religions.
As your fellow vegetarian, I was delighted to learn of your animal-cruelty video (no. 12 on your list) condemning Judaism’s kashrut (kosher) rules of animal slaughter. I’ve been fighting their perfidy for years. Have you seen my film on the same subject? Feel free to display it on your website, next to yours:
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?
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