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by Michael_Dorfman
Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community
Replies: 44
Views: 6250

Re: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community

Norwegian wrote:Try contacting your local gar, as well as the webcast team.
Success! Contacting the webcast team directly did the trick. Seems obvious in retrospect, but most good tips do, I suppose.
by Michael_Dorfman
Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community
Replies: 44
Views: 6250

Re: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community

I've recently joined the Dzogchen Community, in part because I want to participate in the upcoming Kalacakra retreat, but I haven't yet received a webcast password.

Does anyone have any ideas of how I could get one issued quickly?
by Michael_Dorfman
Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community
Replies: 44
Views: 6250

Re: Kalachakra in Dzogchen Community

I'm bumping this because this webcast is coming up, and I'm having a difficult time finding concrete information about when each day's teaching will be coming on (need to get this dialed in as I'm traveling). Any ideas on what's going on here? thanks It looks like a schedule has just been posted he...
by Michael_Dorfman
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Dzogchen have Persian or Zoroastrian influences?
Replies: 115
Views: 5584

Re: Does Dzogchen have Persian or Zoroastrian influences?

Before 1400's Oddiyana or Orgyen was even further to the North-West from India. Long before 1400's it was the present day Georgia, i.e. Ge-orgyen. The name George thus means Guru of Orgyen . The myth or history of Saint George subduing, or slaughtering, the Dragon derives from the legend of Padmasa...
by Michael_Dorfman
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan vs a Chinese sutra's 5 acts of immediate retribution
Replies: 22
Views: 2859

Re: Tibetan vs. Ven. Hsuan Hua's Acts of Immediate Retribut

Son of Buddha wrote: Ven Hsuan Hua was quoting from a sutra most people dont know about....its a very popular sutra in china....(very weird considering all the abotions that go on in china)
Do you happen to know the Taishō number for it?
by Michael_Dorfman
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 45886

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

So is it known when Mahayana began to develop as a separate tradition? What are the oldest Mahayana Sutras and are they based, as if often the case, on oral traditions or modes of practiced religiosity that precede their composition? If you're interested in the development of Mahāyāna over time, Pa...
by Michael_Dorfman
Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Manichaeism and Buddhism especially in China
Replies: 6
Views: 1287

Re: Manichaeism and Buddhism especially in China

Definitely the other way around. The first Pure Land sutras had already been translated into Chinese 50+ years before Mani was ever born. Hmm, that's very interesting. What's the proof of this? Nattier, in her article "The Indian Roots of Pure Land Buddhism: In sights from the Oldest Chinese Versio...
by Michael_Dorfman
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How did Dogen present karma & rebirth?
Replies: 12
Views: 3355

Re: How did Dogen present karma & rebirth?

Maybe it's just me, but this passage from the Sanji-Go looks pretty literal: What we call the three temporal periods are the three time periods in which we receive the retribution from our good and evil acts. These are, first, the retribution experienced in one’s present life; second, the retributio...
by Michael_Dorfman
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Glenn Mullin
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Re: Glenn Mullin

His website says: His two principal tantric gurus were the late great masters Kyabje Ling Dorjechang and Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, who were best known as Yongdzin Che Chung, the two main gurus of the present Dalai Lama. The list of Glenn’s other teachers and initiation masters includes the Dalai La...
by Michael_Dorfman
Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Art of Meditation in Gandhara
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

Re: The Art of Meditation in Gandhara

I don't know about that image in particular, but a Google Image search on "Qizil cave painting" turned up quite a few images of figures seated in meditation (as did "Qizil mural").
by Michael_Dorfman
Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Introductory Books on Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 3249

Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

My standard recommendations for general introductions to Buddhism are Rupert Gethin's The Foundations of Buddhism, and Peter Harvey's An Introduction to Buddhism.
by Michael_Dorfman
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: More Trungpa talk
Replies: 295
Views: 32043

Re: More Trungpa talk

I read where one of his students said, "He did both more harm and more good than any ten men I know." I can't remember where I read it or who said it, but it made an impression on me. Rick Fields (author of *How the Swans Came to the Lake") wrote in a poem published after CTR's death: You caused mo...
by Michael_Dorfman
Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 53
Views: 6425

Re: Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?

The oldest carbon dated Buddhist scripture is the Lotus Sutra(the one found predates the oldest pali canon scrpture found) I would be interested to see the source for that. I'm not a manuscript scholar, but I am pretty sure that this claim is false. The earliest Lotus Sūṭra manuscript that I am awa...
by Michael_Dorfman
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dissertations and Essays Helpful to Studying the Early Mahay
Replies: 1
Views: 1065

Re: Dissertations and Essays Helpful to Studying the Early M

More Dissertations and Essays Helpful to Studying the Early Mahayana and the Arc of the Yogacara Drewes, David; Early Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism I: Recent Scholarship David, University of Manitoba, Religion Compass 3 (2009) (the above may be the same person?) Scholarship & Early Indian Mahāyāna Buddh...
by Michael_Dorfman
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan commentaries on the MMK
Replies: 6
Views: 883

Re: Tibetan commentaries on the MMK

Tom wrote:A few more:
Thank you! This is precisely what I am after.

May I ask where you are finding these?
by Michael_Dorfman
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan commentaries on the MMK
Replies: 6
Views: 883

Tibetan commentaries on the MMK

Can anyone help me compile a list of Tibetan commentaries on Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā?

(I'm thinking primarily of texts composed in Tibetan, not translations from the Sanskrit.)
by Michael_Dorfman
Thu May 30, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lalitavistara Sutra translation
Replies: 25
Views: 4773

Re: New Lalitavistara Sutra translation

Will wrote:It is up now, but the PDF of Karandavyuha is still a no show; except for the title page.
The PDF of the Kāraṇḍavyūha is now available. Looks like they fixed whatever technical problem was holding it back.
by Michael_Dorfman
Fri May 24, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Copy of the traval account of Xuanzang?
Replies: 4
Views: 846

Re: Copy of the traval account of Xuanzang?

They have been published in print form by BDK/Numata, but they don't seem to be on the list of digital editions they have made available.
by Michael_Dorfman
Mon May 20, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question on Mahayana philosophical schools
Replies: 4
Views: 649

Re: A question on Mahayana philosophical schools

I know that there are three (at least primary) philosophical traditions in Mahayana Buddhism: Madyamaka, Yogacara, and Tathagatagarbha. I know the general ideas behind each one, as well. But I do have a few questions. 1. How are these philosophical schools assimilated into the various practice scho...
by Michael_Dorfman
Mon May 20, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhism and western philosophy
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: Buddhism and western philosophy

What western philosophies or philosophers come close to teaching things found within Buddhism? Are there any who actually do come close? I've found that Heraclitus actually teaches many ideas found within both Buddhism and Taoism. Plato sometimes seemed to get close, as well. Are there any others? ...