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The practice among Tibetan masters is to attempt to "game" that natural pattern by promoting homosexuality in an attempt to insure the preferred male birth for tulkus.
originally posted by: CornishCeltGuy
a reply to: ipsedixit
I'm more of a Therevada Buddhism kind of guy. I don't believe in any gods or hocus pocus woo but I like the basic rules and the four noble truths.
I have a 1973 hardback copy of "The Buddhist Outlook" by Francis Story, I'd recommend it to anyone interested.
I think what separates the great masters like Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, generally acknowledged to be the greatest meditation master of the twentieth century, from lesser "masters", and what inoculates them from the corruption of power, is their pervasive loving kindness and good humor, even toward their enemies and detractors. They don't allow themselves to become fascinated with power. They don't take possession of power. They ignore it completely, and loath to be denied, it is forced to flow into acts of tremendous compassion and care for others.
The lineages have considerable control over what happens to someone after they leave their current body
Because they bring no benefit, no advancement in the Holy Life, and because they do not lead to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana.
In one of the most widely followed teachings on samaya, Sakya Pandita, a preeminent 12th century Tibetan Buddhism scholar, outlined fourteen primary points of observance to consider in keeping one's samaya vow pure.
1. Disrespecting the vajra master.
2. Transgressing the words of the buddhas.
3. Insulting one's vajra brothers and sisters.
4. Abandoning love for sentient beings.
5. Abandoning the bodhichitta in aspiration or application.
6. Criticizing the teachings of the sutras and tantras.
7. Revealing secrets to those who are unworthy.
8. Mistreating one's body.
9. Rejecting emptiness.
10. Keeping bad company.
11. Failing to reflect on emptiness.
12. Upsetting those who have faith in the teachings.
13. Failing to observe the samaya commitments.
14. Denigrating women.
originally posted by: ColdWisdom
a reply to: ipsedixit
The dugpas, as I understand them, were a sect of renegade Tibetan monks who used their meditative abilitiess to wield power over others in such a way that is not too dissimilar from the way a black magician would abuse magick for his own personal gain or to inflict harm on others. Although, their motives for the abuse of the dark arts were largely unknown as they kept to themselves somewhere in the Indian Himalayas.
They’re known by contrast of the yellow hooded monks to be isolationists who wear red hoods/cloaks, and supposedly they could will a person to death by mere thought alone.
Blavatsky was allegedly taken in by them and initiated as such in order to fascilitate their traditions in the western world... or something.
This is all off the top of my head but I’m sure Wikipedia has a plethora of info about them, sparingly mixed in with references to Twin Peaks.