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by Adi
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: Greetings

Everything changes. :) I joined here in 2009 as noted above & after a long absence came back to see what was going on. I met with some very cordial people & am happy to have made the acquaintance of many who have what appears to me to be a sincere interest in the Dharma. I bow to those who try and b...
by Adi
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Female Dzogchen or Mahamudra Teachers
Replies: 14
Views: 1992

Re: Female Dzogchen or Mahamudra Teachers

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by Adi
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New buddhist.
Replies: 13
Views: 1927

Re: New buddhist.

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula is highly recommend by many, many teachers as one of the best books in English that introduces basic Buddhist principles such as the ones you are seeking to learn more about. It's widely available in libraries and here is an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co...
by Adi
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Quotes Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 11187

Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Whatever joy there is in this world,
All comes from wanting others to be happy.
Whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from wanting oneself to be happy.

--Bodhicharyavatara, VIII, 129. (Shantideva)
by Adi
Wed May 28, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Aro gTér
Replies: 324
Views: 35385

Re: On Aro gTér

It's an institutional anxiety. It made not be felt by individual practitioners, especially in the West, but it is keenly felt in Nyingma institutions. It is for this reason there is quite a bit of literature defending the treasure tradition, for example, like the arguments found in the end of Dudjo...
by Adi
Wed May 28, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Aro gTér
Replies: 324
Views: 35385

Re: On Aro gTér

My powers of observation must be poor or my world needs a larger compass. In a decade of associating with Nyingmapas I've never encountered this anxiety in any form. There is a gigantic literature on the subject, not to mention the fact that most of the literature of the old translation which has b...
by Adi
Wed May 28, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Aro gTér
Replies: 324
Views: 35385

Re: On Aro gTér

...My point is that for most Nyingmapas, the anxiety about authenticity is quite real….So, people need to understand that this issue really cuts to the heart of what it means to be a follower of Termas, to be a Nyingmapa… My powers of observation must be poor or my world needs a larger compass. In ...
by Adi
Tue May 27, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Aro gTér
Replies: 324
Views: 35385

Re: On Aro gTér

Yes, off topic, but thank you ngodrup. That is my understanding as well.

Adi
by Adi
Sat May 24, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 11591

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

Theocracy is simply, by definition, the wrong word to use in a Buddhist culture. There is no schema of creator gods so using a word with the root theo is inaccurate and thus nonsensical. The word "theos" (ὁ θεός) comes from ancient Greece where it referred to the polytheistic gods like Zeus and Her...
by Adi
Sat May 24, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 11591

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

... Well, as far as the unsoundness goes, take it up with the American Heritage Dictionary…. I think I shall. Have you seen Sancho Panza around? If you do, kindly tell him to saddle up my donkey, get my lance unstuck from that last windmill, and prepare to ride out to do battle with sloppy, possibl...
by Adi
Sat May 24, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Re: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messag

I'm always hopeful the Star Trek version of first contact will play out. NASA is, right now, attempting to create the first warp bubble at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Perhaps a passing Vulcan scout ship will detect it, land, and "unite humanity in a way not even dreamed of before." Adi PS A...
by Adi
Sat May 24, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 11591

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

Even if you accept this unsound definition, see Malcolm's previous post about Tibetan history. It still doesn't apply in the way uan imagines it.

Adi
by Adi
Sat May 24, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 11591

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

It was a complete answer. Do you know what a theocracy is? It is "a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god." There is no God in Tibetan Buddhism. It may be a religious society, a society in which certain religious figures hold much authority, but it by definition can...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan monas
Replies: 215
Views: 11591

Re: China expands new measures to directly control Tibetan m

Their culture was a theocracy and was centered around supporting that theocracy This statement is complete nonsense. It cannot arise out of a real understanding of how Tibetan culture functions. That was a non answer. But it does arise out of a real understanding of how non answers function. It was...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

"Given the claims common to all Vajrayana Schools, do you support the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, or not?" I'm giving you a chance. I remember you're the one who accused people challenging the Vajrayana claim as "pissing all over someone else's tradition". And I have replied that nothing can do...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

How interesting people's different perceptions are and what that says about how the perceive the world around them. Some see different sandboxes with children at play, others see gangster territories and horrific violence, yet it appears they are talking about the same thing. It's :hug: versus :guns...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

...Or it maybe more the case, that what you don't see is what you get. :) Well, that is certainly true when you get surprise rear-ended in an automobile collision and other places where things not seen really have an impact. But it's old Buddhism 101, though. If you see Buddha as Buddha then that i...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

Quite frankly, time would be better spent practicing than pissing all over someone else's tradition. Of course it would. But that is a lesson that has to be learned often over many lifetimes. Few get in just one. ;) If people get pissed over the triumphalist claims of various teachers, lineages, tr...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

...Or it maybe more the case, that what you don't see is what you get. :) Well, that is certainly true when you get surprise rear-ended in an automobile collision and other places where things not seen really have an impact. But it's old Buddhism 101, though. If you see Buddha as Buddha then that i...
by Adi
Fri May 23, 2014 3:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 17926

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

This is the attainment of an Arhat, not even that of a first stage bodhisattva. It is completely different. Here we have another specious claim to go with the original specious claim. Why would the Buddha, the founder of the movement teach such a lowly level of awakening (I.E. the Arahant)? It just...

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