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by SilenceMonkey
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 49
Views: 1873

Re: Searching for a Teacher

Why don't you go on some retreats in India or Nepal? Go around receive and some teachings here and there until you are blown away... or find someone very reliable and that resonates somehow. Maybe if you just go, a lot of the intellectual qualifications will run out of steam by themselves over time....
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "rinpoche" in India asking people for money
Replies: 0
Views: 498

"rinpoche" in India asking people for money

[Mod note: For anyone responding, just stick to what facts you know. No gossip/opinions.] Is anyone familiar with someone who goes by "Tenzin Rinpoche" (sometimes tenzin jigme or tenzin sangbo) and asks a lot of people for money? I've heard he caused quite a stir in Sikkim. There was a famous faceb...
by SilenceMonkey
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Harmful Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 716

Re: Harmful Speech

Also, I find The Four Agreements helpful in trying situations.

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by SilenceMonkey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Tibetan
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: Learning Tibetan

I'm currently attending a great 2 year program in Dharamsala called Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program. It's six months into the course, so the next generation of students will come in late March, 2020. Could be you! :tongue: Generally, from what I gather... the most thorough language trainin...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Members of the Chinese traditions (especially Ch'an) tend to criticize Tibetans for the public recognition of reincarnations. I got the sense that doing such a thing will only lead to inflated egos, and so it is not often done publicly. Although often there are rumors within the inner circles that t...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3313

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Yeah, I think your hunch may be a little bit off. They're rare, but you can find practitioners of both Ch'an/Zen/Seon and Dzogchen or Mahamudra. I'm a bit more familiar with Chinese tradition, but I've heard korean zen (Seon) practitioners sometimes have tantric influence. Undoubtedly, some go for ...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3313

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is a futile exercise to compare the two, as there are (as far as I know) no people alive who are sufficiently advanced and knowledgeable practitioners in both systems to be able to contrast them from experience. So all we can do is compare language in texts and make conjectures - which can be in...
by SilenceMonkey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3313

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

2) Is it impossible to achieve 13th bhumi through Zen? In the Chinese tradition, there are no Bhumis beyond the tenth. Tenth Bhumi Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) and Manjushri are sometimes said to be Buddhas, but have temporarliy taken form as celestial bodhisattvas for the benefi...
by SilenceMonkey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Tara

Scholars seem to think Tara practice began in China. Citation please Upon a closer look, nothing is conclusive. N.N. Bhattacarya makes claims for Tara's Chinese origins, but his style of reasoning seems to me un-thorough and unconvincing. I can't remember where, but I think it was Bhattacarya that ...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche recently wrote an excellent book on many of these concerns. It's about how to find a guru, evaluate a guru, relate with a guru, and understand the guru-disciple relationship in general.

It's called "The Guru Drinks Bourbon?"
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Wasn't Nattier's article arguing that the Heart Sutra may have been a reformulation of the longer Prajna Paramita sutras for ritual use? If so, that doesn't invalidate the Prajna Paramita teachings but is merely a new expression of them. And not even "new" from what I understand, as everything in th...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1111

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

If you want to train this, you can go to the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition. They have this in their curriculum. They don't practice vipassana until they've achieved the 4th form jhana (or maybe it was one of the formless jhanas), and only then do they start to contemplate dependent arising. That's when t...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 3305

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Assuming that this is the case, how do we propose that a history of a single practice such as shikantaza or koan introspection arises? Does this only happen in Japan or does it also happen elsewhere in Zen/Ch’an/Seon/Thein? Or does it fact arise? Could it be omissions in translation or understandin...
by SilenceMonkey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Vimalakirtinirdesan Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 3173

Re: The Vimalakirtinirdesan Sutra

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche recently gave talks on this sutra in Delhi. It gets better and better as you go on. He also wrote a book on it. Here are the links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dp6e6Lzhvc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG3ScsVNPuo http://84000.co/the-sutra-of-the-teaching-of-vimalaki...
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Tara

Scholars seem to think Tara practice began in China.
by SilenceMonkey
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers
Replies: 87
Views: 15108

Re: recommended Dzogchen retreats/courses/teachers

There are no Uk based dzogchen teachers i'm afraid. That's what I did found but there is dzogchen bon teacher but opinions on him are not really good as lama, his name is Lama Khyimsar Rinpoche or something like that http://www.dzogchencommunityuk.org/ http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/ I met Lama Khems...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Yantra Yoga
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Learning Yantra Yoga

There is an "open level" of the Yantra Yoga teachings. Basically without talking too much about energy and meridians... I took a two week course though, and I liked it better than any other yoga I've done. I used to practice qigong and internal martial arts such as taiji. The energetics of the Yantr...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Re: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese

There are many kinds of classical chinese and you can get easily lost in it all. Confucian philosophy and government documents and Daoist and medical and Buddhist classical chinese are all so different, it's almost like learning completely different languages. Don't get lost! For Buddhism, use these...
by SilenceMonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?

Garchen Rinpoche Dalai Lama Khemsar Rinpoche in the UK others in China and Taiwan... Various sutras. Yes, sutras are powerful and reliable masters. They emanate the Buddha mind. They say it's all about your karmic connection. Are there any sutras or mantras you feel more connected with? If so, recit...

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