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by Karma Dorje
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: Backwards Ati

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:42 pm
Karma Dorje wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:41 pm
Crazywisdom wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Let’s not mock
Hey, if you can't mock dead lamas, who can you mock?
Yourself
Variety is the spice of life. Seriously though, if a dead person says a stupid thing, it is not ennobled by their death. It’s still a stupid statement.
by Karma Dorje
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: Backwards Ati

Crazywisdom wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Let’s not mock
Hey, if you can't mock dead lamas, who can you mock?
by Karma Dorje
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: Backwards Ati

Crazywisdom wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:56 pm
It’s important to remember guru talk is very time, place, and audience context dependent. We don’t know whose confusion he was poking at.
Or who he was poking at the time.
by Karma Dorje
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: Backwards Ati

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:56 am
It is a stupid metaphor.
Not only a stupid metaphor, but a dangerous one as we now have decades of experience to attest to.
by Karma Dorje
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My father died on Dec 2
Replies: 24
Views: 361

Re: My father died on Dec 2

Please mention Yesh Paul Puri in your prayers. And me too. My whole family, mom, dad and brothers are all dead. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was fortunate to have a practitioner for a son. May your dharma efforts be fruitful and may they benefit your family in all future lives. You an...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 699

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

It appears many dharma centers in Manhattan are downsizing and facing a lot of financial difficulties. This is not good. It feels sometimes like the walls are closing in. Some folks think the growing secular mindfulness movement is eating into proper Dharma territory. I can't help but feeling that ...
by Karma Dorje
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Requirements for Vajrayogini
Replies: 16
Views: 1159

Re: Requirements for Vajrayogini

Nyingmapa here, don't know much about how other traditions do things, so out of respectful curiosity, why it is that one empowerment (ie Vajrayogini here) would have another empowerment (ie Hevajra) as a prerequisite? Because VY is a jenang, or master's permission that depends on having received an...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: America”s Next Civil War
Replies: 44
Views: 2415

Re: America”s Next Civil War

The catalyzing force for larger scale armed conflict in the US will be the inevitable recession or depression that is coming in the next decade. Capitalist economies are boom-bust by nature. The busts can be smoothed over by New Deal like policies that provide security for those left destitute. If y...
by Karma Dorje
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5852

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Maybe a lot premature. No one has said anything about there being more than one Karmapa, though many of those rejoicing, and those wringing their hands, have assumed this meeting allows for two (or more) Karmapas. I think that's an incorrect inference. I also saw something on FB about Thaye Dorje r...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5852

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

So.... should we be registering karmapas.org, or not yet?
by Karma Dorje
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3599

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You think being at mass events will teach you what you need to know? Do they live here? Did they even learn proper English? I can see this is getting people very defensive. That is good. This glide path is very obvious and should be talked about. The way it is successful is for those of us with tra...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 106
Views: 7404

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

One thing that could be said is that traditional cultures of all kinds were often extremely harsh by modern standards. I mean, I am now in my sixties, but when I went to school I was a pretty rowdy student and I was regularly beaten with a cane for my impudence. Nowadays if that happened there woul...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Scanning Library Books

In most books, there's a thing called 'fair use provision'. It usually means that you're able to make copies, etc, provided they're for your own use and benefit and not so as to make profits or reproduce the material for others. I would interpret that to mean that if you scan library books for your...
by Karma Dorje
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Scanning Library Books

I would say yes. Scanning and making e-files of copyrighted material amounts to theft and is even worse if those files are distributed. We should purchase dharma books that we need for our practice and not bother with amassing a collection. While I agree that purchasing dharma books helps publisher...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6385
Views: 593740

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Maybe this is a stupid question, but if one has the freedom and means to travel to Merigar (not to say that it would be easy, far from it) and is a student of ChNN, should it be endeavored at this time or is it better to practice at home? It's hard to know what to do in this situation. My opinion i...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Scanning Library Books

Is scanning library books non-virtuous? Thank you. As this is a Mahayana forum, the intention of an action is what is most important. It's impossible to say whether an action is non-virtuous without understanding intention and context. However, all of the original scriptures were reproduced by hand...
by Karma Dorje
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderator: Monlam Tharchin
Replies: 8
Views: 2049

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: 542

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: 38
Views: 2313

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: 3136

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?

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