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by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 53
Views: 1827

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

You’re being a bit too liberal with your interpretation of Ramana Maharshi’s advice. He means “exclude all phenomena” in a literal sense, not simply as a temporary means to avoid distraction. Are you sure you are not being too literal? It is true that lots of Buddhist traditions, both within and ou...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Are Trikaya levels?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Are Trikaya levels?

Are Trikaya ontological levels of reality (suchness)? By analogy: subatomic (level), nuclear, atomic, molecular, gene, cellular etc. Dharmakaya is, respectively, the proto (thin) level, and Nirmanakaya - the upper (rough) level? No they are not. Try to understand them on their own terms, in their o...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

They are not synonymous in the Western philosophical tradition. This is not the case: they are not translatable in principle, for the yogic terms are based on experience (yogic), but the terms of Western philosophy on thinking (even if deep). Therefore, even their non-synonymity does not allow maki...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

In the context of Dzogchen teachings, ngo-bo is called "essence" because in the Occident "essence" has often been used to denote either the main defining property of a thing or a being (that which makes it what it is, that which makes X X and not Y, the xness of an x) or even the substance of a thi...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

A still greater oversimpliciation: the "essence" of a thing answers the question "What is it really?," whereas the "nature" answers such questions as "What does it do?," "What is it like?," "How does it behave?," etc. Then what the question does the third element of Basis(compassion) answer? Thugs-...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

Here's an article on Kant's usage: http://www.academia.edu/15156078/Kant_on_Essence_and_Nature But of course the distinction predates Kant. Nor is Kant's distinction the only one: both terms, "essence" and "nature," have their history, and so does their difference (or, for that matter, identity). F...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

Here's an article on Kant's usage: http://www.academia.edu/15156078/Kant_on_Essence_and_Nature But of course the distinction predates Kant. Nor is Kant's distinction the only one: both terms, "essence" and "nature," have their history, and so does their difference (or, for that matter, identity). Fo...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6460
Views: 605723

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Who, out of Rinpoches senior students, is knowledgeable about and practices Longde? Sure would be nice to get a little help now and again... Clemente, Guarisco, Landsberg. cool..any of the three more accessible/open to helping than the others? and if so how can they be contacted? They all answer e-...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Essence = nature, but emptiness ≠ clarity

They are not synonymous in the Western philosophical tradition.
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1020

Re: Text/prayer table

Do you perhaps remember the name of the IKEA table? I believe the one I got is called Lack , it's a coffee table technically :) It's fairly narrow, which is great for a butsudan but maybe not for extensive offerings or several tiers. Incidentally, if you have a minimal altar, a butsudan is an excel...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 39
Views: 845

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

ratna wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:55 pm
I also quite like this rendition of that song:
Very nice, thank you.
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Are Bonpos vegetarian?
Replies: 32
Views: 1027

Re: Are Bonpos vegetarian?

How can I find Tenzin Lopon Namdak? Does he teach westerners? Simply, what should I do if want to become his student? I read his books. His style of teaching impressed me immensely. But he is old. Of course, we all don't know how long we will live, but If it's still possible to study under him, I a...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Beginner in Mahamudra
Replies: 31
Views: 1151

Re: Beginner in Mahamudra

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:33 pm
Personally will go with what the author/teacher states is definitive in terms of their own work.
:good:
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1020

Re: Text/prayer table

You could also likely contact a local woodworker, give him or her a drawing of the kind of table you want, and ask what it would cost (shouldn't be much). That way you could get something super sturdy and you'd support local business too. And if you're adventurous you could make one yourself. It's ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1020

Re: Text/prayer table

Available for self-assembly on Amazon, but not as sturdy. Do you have a link? I am currently using a converted wooden stool, but it is a little too small and I keep dropping my vajra and knocking the bell off it... These companies ships them in different sizes. Assembly just requires screwing the l...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal
Replies: 17
Views: 739

Re: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal

But hey, gives you more reason to invent an all-white lineage, which what all these internet raconteurs hope and dream about, leading an internet army of devoted iPhone holders, after having worked out the loopholes that explain away why NO LAMA supports any of this BS. I have yet to see one single...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal
Replies: 17
Views: 739

Re: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal

Sad beyond words. Is it Sangye Khandro??? I have no idea what Sangye Khandro thinks about these issues, but we should be clear that a translator or interpreter (Dharma translator or any other translator) is duty-bound to reproduce the meaning and tone of the original as closely as may be possible u...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1020

Re: Text/prayer table

IKEA with an altar cloth for the win. https://shop.fpmt.org/Table-Cloth-Brocade-_p_1899.html Seconded. I found a low, narrow table with a shelf under it from IKEA that's perfect for my butsudan with implements underneath. Although one of my cats likes to see if she can squeeze onto the shelf now an...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal
Replies: 17
Views: 739

Re: Palyul lamas support Still corrupt Rigpa organization and Sogyal

If Palyul lamas won't denounce sexual abuse, perhaps at least the students and centers won't stand by this? What do you mean by this? You want them to criticise the teachers or push on them to make a statement? Drikung teachers also didn't make a statement should I push on 'em? I find this quite si...

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