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by tingdzin
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beginner Practice Books?
Replies: 18
Views: 626

Re: Beginner Practice Books?

A very thorough introduction to Tibetan Buddhist ritual is Stephen Beyer's The Cult of Tara. It might be a bit daunting for a beginner, but virtually everything about Tibetan rituals is explained in it, and it's not written in academic language.
by tingdzin
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mortal Danger of CCP
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: Mortal Danger of CCP

the Americans are narcissistic basket cases and the leadership has lost the country's confidence. Well put. On the other hand, I think there is a sizeable part of the American population who sees this happening and is lookinbg for some way to counter the trend. Unfortunately some seem to have thoug...
by tingdzin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith
Replies: 19
Views: 682

Re: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith

If you are interested in the development of Buddhist mentational language in Chinese Buddhism, you might read "How Buddhism Acquired a Soul on its way to China" by Jungnok Park. If you are not aware of the problems the Chinese faced in bringing Indian concepts together with Chinese vocabulary, trans...
by tingdzin
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddha Shakyamuni and Dzogchen
Replies: 26
Views: 1059

Re: Buddha Shakyamuni and Dzogchen

I am a Nyingmapa and a would-be Dzogchen practitioner, but I still can recognize that the received accounts of the history of the Dzogchen teachings are incomplete and sometimes internally contradictory, just as I recognize that some well-accepted Mahayana sutras were not spoken by Shakyamuni. Howev...
by tingdzin
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Concentration camps for Tibetans
Replies: 38
Views: 1196

Re: Concentration camps for Tibetans

Whatever Tibet becomes, it will be something profoundly different than the incubator of Buddhadharma that is had been. It will be another chapter in globalization and loss of unique cultural diversity. No doubt. And let's be honest here - the main concern for Tibetans here is the Dharma heritage. W...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1079

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

Never mind. This kind of stuff just might be considered the Western equivalent of the popular Buddhism that flourished for centuries in early China, though largely unnoticed by historians, alongside the Buddhism of scriptures, monastic establishments, and profound contemplative and philosophical tra...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Concentration camps for Tibetans
Replies: 38
Views: 1196

Re: Concentration camps for Tibetans

Nemo, Tibet is not "over". The social and political conditions will never be "the same", but as long as the conditions exist for a handful of Tibetans to preserve their heritage, within geographical Tibet or without, Tibet will not die. I daresay it will outlive most of the young know-it-alls who po...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: Where to start?

It cannot be said too often that you must take care before making any commitments, and not be drawn in by a teacher's charisma, or magnetism, or the size of his or her following. If you read this blog often you will see frequent reminders that to do otherwise can end in disaster and a loss of the ab...
by tingdzin
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Do the nine yanas have to be progressed in order?
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: Do the nine yanas have to be progressed in order?

The nine yanas are merely a convenient classification of possible approaches from the most general to the most profound. They do not (or originally were not meant to) indicate a "stages of the path" sort of intent at all. Sorry about the untimely response.
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 7292

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

True enough, I haven't seen it in this particular thread, nor was I accusing you of it. I was, however, reacting to your harsh speech insinuating that Pemachopel's advice, grounded as it is in both traditional Buddhism and the advice of many practical psychologists, was altogether beyond the pale. I...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 7292

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

why do you think your advice to such people is even in the ballpark? They have a whole other set of issues in leaving their teachers you haven't even dealt with, maybe basic empathy is better than prescriptive advice in this situation. Pemachopel's advice is simply in accordance with the tradition,...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Style of teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Style of teaching

There are different styles of teaching according to the teacher himself, the audience, the time, and the specific purpose. To take some oversimplified examples, if a teacher is teaching a group who know nothing of Buddhism, it may not be too skillful to go through a scripture line by line; a more ge...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 623

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

The question is, what is consciousness? To paraphrase Astus' direct, accurate and brief statement, what we think of as consciousness is like the flashing of a strobe light. If it flashes rapidly enough, we might get the sense that it is always on - but it isn't. When it's off, it's not that there is...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Vivid Dreams
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Vivid Dreams

I agree with Johnny D. --vividness of dreams is not an indication of any special meaning. Nevertheless, keep an eye out for the face you said you would recognize if you saw it in waking life. Might be interesting.
by tingdzin
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 58
Views: 1884

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

It will be interesting to see how history judges Obama. One thing I will never forgive is that he came into office with the capital class on its heals, desperate for bailouts, and he had both houses of congress, and critically, a prevalent narrative that the capital class foaming at the mouth with ...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 58
Views: 1884

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

I agree with you generally, but about Obama not trying anything new, remember that his first day in office, McConnell said that his (McConnell's) first priority was in seeing that Obama served only one term. Obama had plenty of ideas and initiatives, but the Repubs in the Senate were not going to gi...
by tingdzin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 58
Views: 1884

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

We need new blood. All the McConnells, the Pelosis, the Sanders are not going to go beyond their tired inside-the-box rhetoric. Obama won because he was intellectually flexible, smart, and had something new to offer. Trump (unfortunately) also won because he confounded the Republican establishment's...
by tingdzin
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 3620

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

My meatspace sangha is 95% baby boomers, even they can barely break even with the cost of rental and other expenses. One thing that hasn't been directly touched on, the US is in an escalating affordable housing crisis, and rent on everything and nearly everywhere is through the roof. unless land/st...
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Vidyadhara Heruka - Dudjom Lineage Tree
Replies: 10
Views: 1490

Re: Vidyadhara Heruka - Dudjom Lineage Tree

ddorje wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:20 am
Have you ever seen this Heruka depicted elsewhere?
A similar form exists in many or most of the different Kagye cycles.In Padma Lingpa, for example, he's called Lama Rigdzin.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knife crimes in England
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Knife crimes in England

Mantrik wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:27 am
it seems more like 'Lord of the Flies' where in the absence of parental or societal controls, gang mentality rules.
Good insight.

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