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by Karma Dorje
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Duck?
Replies: 30
Views: 535

Re: What is a Duck?

by Karma Dorje
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'
Replies: 75
Views: 1817

Re: Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'

Delve back through your thicket and you will find that what I actually said is that I didn't see how it would affect MY practice. The 'fruition' of that practice is to abide in Original Mind beyond all arising phenomena, the known and the speculative. If your practice is inspired by the idea of fut...
by Karma Dorje
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'
Replies: 75
Views: 1817

Re: Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'

As for Simon's above observation, maybe the thread should be moved to the lounge where people are free to speak about ufos and the English Premier league freely. Vasana, are you suggesting that gushing over Pep Guardiola's genius in some way will aid in reducing Dukkha? How does that work then? Pep...
by Karma Dorje
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Man?
Replies: 121
Views: 2268

Re: What is a Man?

Here we get into a lexical problem. In English, we have at the moment two categories. You're a man or you're a woman. We don't have the diction for describing oneself as, say, category 3 subtype C. We don't really have the words for it. And in a sense, that's OK, because the definitions I proposed ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Man?
Replies: 121
Views: 2268

Re: What is a Man?

by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Man?
Replies: 121
Views: 2268

Re: What is a Man?

dzogchungpa wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:35 pm
I'm going for Christian Grey.
That's funny, I had you picked out as more of a Dorian.
by Karma Dorje
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

I am trying to figure out where they are doing these human sacrifices :? are they from central or west Africa? Central West Africa, as opposed to Far West. :smile: Just looked around a bit. Those "witch doctors" are sick. :cry: :cry: :cry: For those of us who have teenagers, can you clarify that pl...
by Karma Dorje
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

If the Dharma, which says that all things are impermanent, is also impermanent, does that mean that there are things etc that are, in fact, permanent and eternal? Hmm... :thinking: I think this thread might be one such thing. https://dhammawheel.com/download/file.php?id=2654&sid=234a354480f0e25eb2c...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

I think that the problem of relying on a harmful spirit as your Dharmapala is probably far more serious than asking pagan deities for their support. Of course, the key is reliance. If people rely on worldly spirits not to interfere with their practice, it is quite different from relying on them to ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

This is not my idea so I cannot answer to that. Patrul Rinpoche is accepted as authority by a large percentage of practitioners, and all this also comes from sutras apparently. But it makes sense to me, because in any case it is not the same to go to a doctor and to beg a deity to help you, while h...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

The reference is specifically to deities. Praying to Vishnu to be cured from a disease is taking refuge in him, so you could say going to a doctor is taking refuge in him. But the phrase is used in relation to deities so there is no connection with regular humans and objects usually. An example is ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

Are there any examples you have in mind about how one can be 'propitiating deities' with a motivation that does not constitute in part taking refuge in them? Excluding offerings to spirits etc. as a part of a more general practice, which is clearly irrelevant here. The definition of propitiating is...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

A pretty grey area in all honesty. I dont see how the OP's concern would be different if it was about Bon practices for example. It is generally considered that if someone breaks their samaya this has a negative impact on the vajra master and the other practitioners, though I don't remember seeing ...
by Karma Dorje
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

The ironic thing is that these posts are also criticizing others, and in a way others' religious decisions. In this case, it is criticizing what you consider to be others' misplaced self-righteous religious indignation. Is there ever properly placed self-righteous indignation? https://carboncostume...
by Karma Dorje
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

The Buddha is not here asserting the Dharme is permanent or eternal. He is asserting that in the course of practice during the night he awakened fully that in reviewing his past lifetimes he recalled the teaching he had received from past buddhas. Say what??? Here is the original for context: http:...
by Karma Dorje
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

Permanent and ultimate, empty and self are all conventional terms and so do not accurately describe the nature of Dharma. Permanent and ultimate are the best way I can describe it conventionally. Timeless would be another word I would use. It's expression though is definitely impermanent, conventio...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

There is no ultimate truth, ultimately. But go ahead and try to find it. Be my guest. The Dharma is the ultimate truth. That is why we take Refuge in it. Taking refuge in anything depends on faith. Your own faith and discernment, coloured as they are by your mental disposition and habitual patterns...
by Karma Dorje
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:20 am
I speculate there is something deeper at stake, a reverse racism.
Wait, so racism by whites moves forward and racism by other groups moves in reverse?

I am so confused.
by Karma Dorje
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 89
Views: 2045

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

We humans seem to be a lot more fascinated with criticizing the religious decisions of others than making our own real. This criticism is really just a form of elevating ourselves and diminishing others. As we know that this is directly contrary to the Mahayana teachings, shouldn't we be more concer...
by Karma Dorje
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 466
Views: 12336

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

I think it is significant that most if not all people who rail against heresy are those who have not really entered the practice and performed significant retreat. As Malcolm eloquently points out, one has to choose what epistemological premises one accepts. No one else can choose them for you, nor ...