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by Karma Dorje
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 84
Views: 3103

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: 84
Views: 3103

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: 76
Views: 1585

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: 5703

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: 417

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: 417

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: 6235
Views: 562719

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: 417

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: 564

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: 412

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: 37
Views: 1611

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: 2806

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: 104
Views: 5755

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: 674

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: 522

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: 877

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 877

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: 163

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 ...

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