Conversation with a Tibetan Monk.

I participate on this Facebook Buddhist Group. I like it. I’ve met many interesting people from all over the world and they have shared many unique insights.

Today, I had a conversation with a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and I got to ask him some questions that have been bugging me about Tibetan Buddism. I think it is a good thing to share.

Here is the conversation we shared over facebook messenger.

Samdup
Thank u for the friendship
Steve

thank you 🙂 excited to see what you share 🙂

Samdup

I don’t share much on Facebook post.

Steve

oh, i see, may i ask you questions?

Samdup

Sure.

Steve

What kind of buddhist tradition do you practice

Samdup
I am a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
Steve

I see. Are there different schools in tibetan buddhism?

Samdup

Yes, four primary schools

Steve

Do tibetan monks study them all ? which do you follow?

Samdup

It is neither prohibited nor compulsory
I am currently studying sakya school of Tibetan buddhsim

Steve

i see. is the dalai lama the leader of all tibetan monks?

Samdup

Yes, you can say so.
He is revered by the head of all four schools of Tibetan buddhism

Steve

ok i see !
what is kadampa buddhism?

Samdup

Can you elaborate?

Steve

http://kadampa.org/buddhism/kadampa-buddhism

Kadampa Buddhism – Kadampa Buddhism
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054). In the word, ‘Kadampa’, ‘Ka’ refers to Buddha’s teachings, and ‘dam’ to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions. Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal i…

kadampa.org
they say they are a tibetan school
don’t follow dalai lama

Samdup

Yes

Steve

what do you think of that ?

Samdup

If you are asking my view, I agree with dalai lamas view regarding the school

Steve

what does he say?

Samdup

www.dalailama.com

Steve

regarding the school i mean, sorry

Samdup

There click on the about shugden
Visit the webpage

Steve

oh this is related to the dorje shugen issue!?

Samdup

Yes

Steve

i am just curious, i have heard very few things

Samdup

Which school of Buddhism do you follow

Steve

i practice with vietnamese monks, pure land and zen. i breathe and study the sutras 🙂

Samdup

Great

Steve

but i love studying pali suttas
i have not learned much about tibetan buddhism

Samdup

Ok.

Steve

i have respect tho!

Samdup

Good

It is great to have respect towards different traditions
It is very needed in this testing times

Steve

can i ask another question?

Samdup

Sure

Steve

i hear that the buddhist tradition was passed orally after parinirvana. for ~500 years before the first teachings were put down to writing. i have trouble believing that the exact teaching of the buddha could have survived through such a long transmission from human mind to human mind. does that make sense? I don’t know i can believe that any teaching is ‘authentic’ i believe that i must practice and see for myself if it reduces unwholesome factors in my life. does that make sense?

Samdup

All I can say is I have seen monk memorising many volumes of book in present times

Even amidst the scores of distraction
Human potential is a marvel in itself
To sum up it up
I whole heatedly believe that it was possible and it is possible

When one takes into consideration human capabilities

Steve

thank you! i appreciate that. this has been annoying me. but i understand that i have not personally seen such human capability– but that certainly does not mean that people are not capable of such feats of memory

Samdup

Indeed
I can only ask you to dig deeper
Doubts are great gateways to answers

Steve
now, sorry, one more quick question: what to do with anger? how do i control anger? what practice? i find anger is the main hindrance for me
Samdup

Compassion.

Wisdom for complete eradication.

Please if you have time I would recommend you to read boddhisatvas way of life.
Chapter six.

Great! Wonderful.

The internet isn’t all bad. It is just revealing what was already hidden [repressed] in the collective psyche. If we begin to use the internet correctly, it will be a fun thing.

I really do feel grateful for his attention to my questions.

I feel grateful for all the Buddhists around the world spinning their Dhamma Wheels. We’re keeping the flame stoked!

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