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by Karma Dorje
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderator: Monlam Tharchin
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: New Moderator: Monlam Tharchin

Congratulations on your new role and a big thanks for the largely thankless job of moderating. Moderators play such an important role in keeping discussions productive and focused. While you may get grief on contentious issues and there are always going to be questions on how light or heavy a touch ...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 320

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I second the books by Matthieu Ricard and B. Alan Wallace as they both have unassailable academic credentials from a hard science background. This book by Wallace might pique her interest: Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0231141513/re...
by Karma Dorje
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Lama Jampa Thaye
Replies: 35
Views: 1318

Re: Lama Jampa Thaye

I think the 12 years cited applied to a very different culture to that of the modern west. An individual could take their time while being surrounded by a culture which in general terms supported things Dharmic. Not so in the west where support for being a practitioner is not found outside of estab...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Hair empowerment
Replies: 14
Views: 2697

Re: Hair empowerment

Resurrecting this thread for a clarification. Not to be pedantic but does this specifically refer to the hair on one's head or facial and body hair as well?
by Karma Dorje
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 5093

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

3 Paragraphs lower on her extended biography page, you can see in the text that Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche also gave her authorization to teach. Actually I looked at the extended biography and see no place where it says Gangteng Tulku authorized her to teach, only a place where it mentions a name he g...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen for busy people!
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Dzogchen for busy people!

I have a friend, we were both Thai Forest Monks in the UK for five years in the first half of our twenties. Whilst I have plenty of time with my life circumstances to practice different Tantric practices. He has a family and little time has to earn a lot of money to support and so on. To my mind, i...
by Karma Dorje
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Köncho Chidu text
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: The Köncho Chidu text

There is a copy of the sadhana with three roots on Scribd.
by Karma Dorje
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

I think the confusion comes through viewing samsara as a place. :thumbsup: From the point of view of Madhyamaka, there were never any existent beings in the first place. In fact, the mistaken notion that oneself is truly existent is the chief delusion of sentient beings. Can a distinction be made b...
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 2646

Re: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)

Karma Dorje wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:44 pm
Nick Trautz wrote: ...say, someone dressed like a pumpkin jumping up and down on the street corner proclaiming the apocalypse.
Shambala practitioners of all people shouldn't be making fun of the way other people dress.
Or their eschatology for that matter.
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 2646

Re: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)

Nick Trautz wrote: ...say, someone dressed like a pumpkin jumping up and down on the street corner proclaiming the apocalypse.
Shambala practitioners of all people shouldn't be making fun of the way other people dress.
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

This is something I have been confused about for a while. After reading the Tibetan book of the dead and reading about the various peaceful dietes, it suggested to me that they were celestial beings living in some sort of “other world”, outside of samsara, but I’ve also read that Bodhisattvas live ...
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you safeguard yourself from being caught up in someone else's dysfunction/delusions?
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: How do you safeguard yourself from being caught up in someone else's dysfunction/delusions?

What if it is someone that you cannot easily avoid? I have always been rather "sensitive" if you will, and as reasonable and as logical as I can be, I feel that me being more in-touch with my emotions also makes it easy for me to get swept up in other people's ignorance. To be precise, I feel that ...
by Karma Dorje
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 2646

Re: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)

It looks like some people may be going to jail over this, if any of the allegations can be proven in court. As it stands, I don't see how Shambhala survives this without firing Mukpo, etc. It's hard to see how they survive even if they fire Mukpo. If any civil suits are launched they could end up b...
by Karma Dorje
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Replies: 29
Views: 1326

Re: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö

I can't speak to his credentials from other traditions, but I have received teachings and empowerment from him and have the books in question. He is very humble and low key and his teachings were well spoken. The books are quite comprehensive and though I haven't read them all, what I have read is q...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Great, lets just let it all hang out then...after all, it seems no one cares anymore. Not what I said. We all need to be careful about what we have undertaken. I am simply pointing out that the dharma protects itself. If practitioners understood this well, there is little chance they would be so ca...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

No, but people volunteering the substance of vajrayāna practices, mantras, images of yidams, protectors, and so on certainly will. Sure. But I have enough problems keeping my samaya without running around and policing everybody else's... If you don't take responsibility, who will? The dharmapalas, ...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sounds of the Sun
Replies: 38
Views: 787

Re: Sounds of the Sun

I can't even believe we are discussing this... The sun is a giant ball of flaming and exploding hydrogen. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what that would sound like. It certainly would not sound like Brian Eno on DMT... :tongue: Evidently it does take a genius. Or at least someone that under...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 35
Views: 1551

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

I wish to marry a Dakini. :smile: Please pray for me and recite mantras for me and dedicate merit to me so that I may receive my wish. :smile: Thank you kindly. Only dakas can marry dakinis. Ordinary men can't handle it. Ok... I wish to marry a yogini then. If you practice strongly and in a focused...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17173

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I think making a distinction between the personality of one's teacher and the guru that one does guru yoga with is crucial. The real guru is one's own buddha nature appearing as the path. Not everyone has the circumstance to receive instruction from a fully realized buddha. The samaya is with one's ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17173

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

The Dharma can never be tainted. :good: For some reason this solves my worry from my previous post too, thanks Malcolm. That's true, but the conditions for it to manifest in this world can definitely disappear. I think that wrongdoing by Dharma teachers is far more injurious to these conditions tha...

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