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by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

But your critique was not his terma. He was you said, 'a clown' who was now 'going under the name Doc Togden'.
He isn't. Not in his dharma capacity.


But yes :focus:
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Ok lets keep it very very simple.

When he is teaching Dharma he uses his legal name which is Ngagpa Chogyam.

He has a light-hearted side project which is country rock band.

In that capacity he has a stage name which is Doc Togden. For laughs. You know... chuckles.
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

He has NOT changed his name when in his role as a Dzogchen teacher. I know him. I bet you don't Dzoki. The name of the band, 'Wreckless Cabbage' should give some insight into the lack of seriousness here. Would I take teachings from him? No. But I know a lot of committed hard working Dharma students...
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

No he doesnt.
The Doc Togden name is a joke which came about because he claimed (as a joke) to be the reincarnation of Doc Holliday of OK Corral fame.
If we are going to become indignant about Dharma practitioners who are not to our taste lets at least not make stuff up.
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Humphrey's was part of the judiciary at the Nuremberg Trials. Which earned him the nickname 'The Hanging Judge' in some parts of the British Buddhist scene.
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Or in UK practice at least, worn everytime they go to Wat or Temple by the particularly mirthless. The sort of practitioner who would see this forum as a hotbed of heresy. am I thinking of Christmas Humphreys, or Christopher Titmuss here? Titmuss maybe, not Humphreys who had the personal style of a...
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: -ise vs -ize
Replies: 24
Views: 247

Re: -ise vs -ize

The use of -ize in British English is referred to as “Oxford Spelling” and claims to be more etymologically correct. It is regarded as an affectation that is used by the “properly educated” by many people (whereas the American tendency to add -ize etc. to everything is seen as just wrong e.g. burgl...
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Or in UK practice at least, worn everytime they go to Wat or Temple by the particularly mirthless. The sort of practitioner who would see this forum as a hotbed of heresy.
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 17
Views: 330

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

No Zennist me. But I wish you would post more often Keith.
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 151
Views: 2611

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Just to clarify a point, the Aro dress most of the time in unremarkable western clothes, even when on retreat and when attending teachings.* Most of them hold down jobs. They are a jolly bunch and remarkably relaxed and unneurotic... and uncultic. Having said all that, their way is not for me. But I...
by Simon E.
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

May he know Great Peace.
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Aye.
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Dear, I do not think the four reliances is rejecting a Master. Not to focus on the outer individual-personality-form is not the same as rejecting, perhaps its' to not feed dualistic perception (perceiver-perceived). But Guru is essential. Guru is Buddha - is awaken. There is said if we perceive a h...
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Say it as briefly as you like. It has nothing to do with Dzogchen.
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Parinirvana without remainder
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Re: Parinirvana without remainder

:popcorn:

There ya go.
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

In this prespective, in the standpoint of buddha, we have no other choice than the four reliances, 'a person' (or teacher) also is one of the element of uncertainty, every person has their own agenda and opinions, so can never be recommended as a source to be relied, in this case, only the dharma i...
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Don't feed the troll, would be my response.....Really folks, just leave it.
by Simon E.
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Beers and alcohol
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Beers and alcohol

You are going to get a whole spectrum of replies Matthew. This does not mean that the question is a bad one. But it does mean that the answers will have to be reflected on in a balanced way. My own view is that if you can a glass of wine or beer without it increasing heedlessness..(an appropriate wo...
by Simon E.
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Its a real insight into the mindset that makes Malaysia so vulnerable to distortions like Dolgyal worship.
by Simon E.
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 168
Views: 2917

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Trolling doesn't stop being trolling just because it is sincerely wrong.
A one-sided debate with one side relentlessly ploughing on against all evidence and deaf to all reasoned argument is also a form of trolling.