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by Knotty Veneer
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pandemic by Lynn Ungar
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Pandemic by Lynn Ungar

Pandemic What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when ...
by Knotty Veneer
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 80
Views: 7319

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Situ Rinpoche has recommended both Green and White Tara practices. In addition to prayers I think it's important to see the steps you are taking to prevent infection as part of your practice. By washing your hands, self-isolating etc you could be saving someone else's life. By being negligent you mi...
by Knotty Veneer
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Leaving Pizzahut.
Replies: 28
Views: 2523

Re: Leaving Pizzahut.

Why are you wasting your time in PIzzaHut? Good God man, we're not animals.
by Knotty Veneer
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bathing Purification
Replies: 5
Views: 1257

Re: Bathing Purification

You could visualize Vajrasattva and recite his long or short mantra.
by Knotty Veneer
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1292
Views: 58884

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

"So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work -- some of them go to work, but they get better." If it is possible to find a very thin silver lining in all this. The tanking economy brought about covid-...
by Knotty Veneer
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1292
Views: 58884

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I'm trying to chose a mantra to recite while washing my hands and maybe a change up of daily practice. FWIW, I've been saying Vajrasattva's 100 syllable mantra 3 times while hand washing. Takes 20-30 seconds - the recommended period to ensure clean hands. As for change of daily practice, both the D...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1292
Views: 58884

What are you doing about the coronavirus?

As this thing spreads, we are getting more and more advice on what to do. Anyone already taking precautions? I am working from home alot as my wife is currently receiving chemo and so we have to be extra careful. I try to avoid crowded places and I wear gloves alot. I also always wash my hands soon ...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 4807

Re: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

As many other have said above, the relationship between guru and student need not be a personal one in the way you describe. It does need to be formalized in some manner though - ideally through the receiving of an empowerment - but there are teachers of mine who I have not received empowerments fro...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1615

Re: Not just for white folks

The gods and demons of Africa are ready for Dharma. Why do I know this? Because when I was in South Africa I met with three Sangomas, and the head Sangoma went into trance, and greeted us approvingly when we explained the purpose of our visit was to promulgate Buddhadharma to those who were interes...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1615

Re: Not just for white folks

That must sound quite exciting to the sanghas of very white middle class Western Buddhists! It might however sound not just so exciting to the established African Christian and Muslim communities. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make here. Christians and Muslims tend not to be excited when...
by Knotty Veneer
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Akong - A Remarkable Life available to rent on Vimeo
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Akong - A Remarkable Life available to rent on Vimeo

The video biography of the late Akong Rinpoche is now available to rent on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/akongaremark ... /199288775
by Knotty Veneer
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1615

Re: Not just for white folks

I don’t know the answer, but I wanted to say that the Dharma efforts made by Akong Rinpoche will be bearing fruit for many years in many locations. He was tireless in his work to establish Dharma. Indeed. He achieved enough for several lifetimes. And that has reminded me that the video biography of...
by Knotty Veneer
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not just for white folks
Replies: 18
Views: 1615

Not just for white folks

For a long time, it's true, Tibetan Buddhism outside of Asia (and in the West generally) has been - not incorrectly - labelled as very white and middle class. However, some teachers, are now working in Africa. Akong Rinpoche inspired centers in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the DRC from the 1980s but g...
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2437

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

As Mantrik points out their are 2 types of deities found in many Buddhist traditions. Some are worldly deities and are generally hangovers from pre-Buddhist religions. They are often unenlightened local deities who may or may not have a role in protecting the Dharma but are NOT a source of refuge. T...
by Knotty Veneer
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Some really good advice on lama drama
Replies: 1
Views: 854

Some really good advice on lama drama

I think this is some of the best advice I've heard on lama scandals. Ostensibly they are talking about Shambhala but also address the wider issue in Tibetan Buddhism:
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 20
Views: 2955

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

I am not surprised by the return of Mukpo. Shambala is essentially a Mukpo family lineage and can't continue without him. However, what credibility it had even before the most recent scandal I think rested mainly on the support of Pema Chodron. Her departure is long overdue. I think she had no choic...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Preparing for Death in American Culture
Replies: 8
Views: 2294

Re: Preparing for Death in American Culture

A great book for anyone interested in this subject is Frank Ostaseski's "The Five Invitations". Frank was one of the founders of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.
by Knotty Veneer
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint long life prayer for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s reincarnation by Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 2169

Re: Joint long life prayer for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s reincarnation by Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje

I assume we can expect to hear an announcement in the coming of Thaye Dorje's son as the new Shamar yangsi then.
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Father has cancer.

You and your Dad are in my thoughts and prayers. My wife survived serious cancer last year and so I know something of what you are going through. I too do not believe in the power of petitionary prayer but the fact that so people in many different faiths said they were prayering for her (and me!) wa...

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