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by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 55
Views: 904

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

I agree there's not much "use" or "market" for "Ngakpa services," but frankly speaking, I am not certain how many so-called "Ngakpas" really "Hold mantra." There are many, many rituals and services for myriad purposes, as Pemachophel has noted--but the question arises as to whether a person can eff...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

You are right. At the moment I’m just trying to pray (a lot) and recite a liturgy (Mahamudra prayers etc) in my own language with a view to trying to represent or recreate the feeling. IMHO trying to re-create the proper emotion is key. I could be wrong. It's helpful to keep in mind that many of th...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

Not talking about the actual mantra. But re: liturgy or prayer, I'm headed toward rejecting just doing it because guru tells me. I just don't accept that if I don't understand or feel it, it will be effective. Sorry. That's magic. The forces behind the universe don't speak Tibetan. I realize that's...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

The purpose and effect of chanting/prayer is also impacted by the yana one is practicing. For example, prayer is different in Hinayana, Mahayana, the outer tantras, and the inner tantras. Each yana has different although inclusive constructs and perspectives on the application of prayers and invocat...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Parinirvana without remainder
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: Parinirvana without remainder

What´s the difference between parinirvana without remainder between hinayana and dzogchen? Conceptually speaking. It's the same as the with/without remainder breakdown in Mahayana. Basically, the differentiation between arhats and buddhas. There is a good section on this in A Guide to the Words of ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 55
Views: 904

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Well does that mean ngakpa cannot have “fun” in the aspect of the modern world and its social values - drinking , making jokes , playing games or watching ... ( you know .. ;) ) . Not necessarily. As long as you can engage in those activities with bodhicitta, pure view, etc. Which is what makes the...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 55
Views: 904

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

A lot of people like to play dress up. Being a ngakpa is a non-monastic yogi who keeps samaya and practices dillingently. This goes beyond any external appearances. The path of the ngakpa is profound in that it is fully integrated with the world, rather than being cloistered in a monastic setting. ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

... Guru Buddha Amitabha, please hear us. Look here from dharmakaya’s sphere beyond concepts. Lead us with bad karma, who roam in samsara, To Sukhavati’s realm of pure perfection. Guru Avalokiteshvara, please hear us. Look from sambhogakaya’s realm, lucid knowing. Calm from their root the pains of ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Requesting Empowerment
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Requesting Empowerment

The proper way to request an empowerment is by asking politely.
It's not assumed that the person making the request will cover all costs.
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 55
Views: 904

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

A lot of people like to play dress up.
Being a ngakpa is a non-monastic yogi who keeps samaya and practices dillingently.
This goes beyond any external appearances. The path of the ngakpa is profound in that it is fully integrated with the world, rather than being cloistered in a monastic setting.
by Josef
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

They aren't really writing to SL, or SL alone. They are writing to a global audience, and in doing so, they are trying to demonstrate what their values are. They are performing. They are showing that they are the kinds of practitioners who assume the best in their erstwhile teacher and who try to s...
by Josef
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

He was jailed initially. I didn't say that he died instantly. In November 1987, Rajneesh expressed his belief that his deteriorating health (nausea, fatigue, pain in extremities and lack of resistance to infection) was due to poisoning by the US authorities while in prison. His doctors and former a...
by Josef
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:33 am
Josef wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:17 pm
The US would probably prefer he just stay away, Osho style.
Osho was jailed in the US. His follwers believe he was poisoned in jail, leading to his death by heart failure.
Uh, he was deported and died in India years later.
by Josef
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

Unless I misunderstood, there are at least several witnesses for different incidents. Rigpa has branches in many parts of the world, so perhaps it is possible to take Sogyal and Rigpa to court in a country where his behaviour is considered illegal. If even 10% of the allegations are true, he is a c...
by Josef
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

I kinda hoped the situation has resolved and that Sogyal left Rigpa, but seems like I was sorely mistaken. It is a great shame and he should start doing something to not clean his name and not clean the mess but something that would show he has some sense of guilt left. But that is just wishful thi...
by Josef
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

I think they are flogging a dead horse. They are obviously wasting their time appealing to Sogyal's humanity and sense of duty to the Rigpa sangha. Personally (and unfortunately) at this point and seeing the responses they have received so far, I think they have two choices: 1. The legal route. 2. ...
by Josef
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: New Rigpa letter

It's good to see them persisting.
The go and hide for a while approach probably wont work this time.
by Josef
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

Bottom line of the article appears to be: My concern here is that in today’s world, many people who practice Buddhism seem to feel that when someone forgives them, they have been absolved and the matter ends there. Forgiveness in their minds completes the transaction, albeit not as it would have en...
by Josef
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Real "Dark Age"
Replies: 40
Views: 999

Re: The Real "Dark Age"

Vajrayana practitioners should not disparage their Master, so the vow says. However, I can see no reason not to expose and hold to account those who are abusive as they immediately disqualify themselves from any samaya relationship as far as I'm concerned. I don't believe samaya includes silent suf...
by Josef
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Real "Dark Age"
Replies: 40
Views: 999

Re: The Real "Dark Age"

The dark age is marked by tulkus mocking victims of sexual abuse on the internet. True. Tulku means little to me... These events have woken me up from behind my tinted glasses !! :zzz: Had to happen at some point , was thinking anyone who could comprehend the conquerors truth would at least attempt...