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by tingdzin
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 37
Views: 792

Re: Alan Watts

It might also be remembered that Watts was writing at a time when Zen and even Buddhism itself was something completely exotic in the West, and a lot of people make the dreadfully common mistake of trying to judge him outside his historical context. At least he pointed the way to an approach to the ...
by tingdzin
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 'Life-bearing Orbs'
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: 'Life-bearing Orbs'

the Mahayana sutras, and especially the Avatamasaka, are based in a vision of the cosmos far broader than the prevailing cosmologies of their day. For sources, any commentaries or academic writings on the Avatamsaka should provide plenty of information.
by tingdzin
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 77
Views: 5116

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

The Chinese have dammed and massively diverted water from three major river systems, to the detriment of downstream neighbors and ecosystems, they have fouled their air, land and water probably worse than any other nation, they are overfishing not only their own but everyone else's waters, they have...
by tingdzin
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 621
Views: 25385

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Personally, I am trying to eliminate all external trivia from my life so that I'm prepared for confinement, sickness, or worse, and I suggest others do the same. In terms of Buddhist training, this might be the time when the rubber meets the road.
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 78
Views: 8734

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:47 pm
verything is interdependent. Tantra from a lineage is extremely rare and precious. Having a lama and a group is too. Once we look sideways at these things and scoff the dice are cast and the inevitable loss has commenced. So stop that. And pray to the lamas from a far.
Wow! Well said.
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 78
Views: 8734

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

Ah yes, but Malcolm already pointed out that the path of guru connection seems to be the one for you, and I have zero quarrel with that. As I said, I was speaking to others, as this problem is actually quite common. Many people do not have the connection with a teacher as close as yours seems to be.
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 621
Views: 25385

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Thanks for all the suggestions
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Tersar information list
Replies: 19
Views: 6151

Re: Dudjom Tersar information list

Pema Gelek wrote:
Tue May 19, 2015 1:19 pm
In other news, Zangdokpalri monastery in Kalimpong is undergoing a massive and needed renovation. The entire building seemed to be in the process of being redone when I was there last month.
What excellent news. It's disrepair was disheartening.
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 78
Views: 8734

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

High-sounding words, however, will not help you get through the nitty-gritty of difficult practice times.
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Pilgrimage to India nowadays
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Pilgrimage to India nowadays

From my experience, Japanese don't like India because its too dirty. If they're leaving their islands, its to go to Hawaii. Most people don't like India for the same reason. But there are at least two lovely Japanese temples in Bodh Gaya. By the way, there are also a lot of Japanese people n Bangkok.
by tingdzin
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: bodhisattva vs bodhisatva
Replies: 25
Views: 7147

Re: bodhisattva vs bodhisatva

Actually, a lot of Sanskritists have picked up a Brahamanical arrogance along with the language, and "correct" things according to their presuppositions fairly often. Caveat emptor.
by tingdzin
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best material for malas
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Best material for malas

This has been discussed before -- if you can search the archives, you might find something.
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: what Torma tradition?
Replies: 10
Views: 4807

Re: what Torma tradition?

For the Nyingma Putri Regphung phurpa, 16 offerings are ideally arranged along a single line, starting from your left with the usual 2 peaceful waters, flower,etc. but in the middle, where the wrathful offerings start, it's wrathful food,etc, so that the last two on your right are the two wrathful "...
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Pilgrimage to India nowadays
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Pilgrimage to India nowadays

One can see pilgrims from about every nation where Buddhism exists at the major sites like Bodh Gaya (especially) and Lumbini. The days of footloose pilgrimages may be over, though. India is much more crowded, aggressive,and probably dangerous than it used to be(like almost everywhere else).
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 2593

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

Yes, if you are a man, your penis withdraws into a sheath, or otherwise becomes very short. What a straight line, but I'll ignore it. All the books say that all kinds of psychological and somatic experiences can arise. Don't take them as badges of merit or of symptoms of imminent destruction (unles...
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: meet the old masters now, before they're gone
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: meet the old masters now, before they're gone

Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak is usually at his gomba near Swayambhu. Last I was there, he was available for short visits during certain hours, if you have met him before.
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Decreased interest in Tantric practice
Replies: 78
Views: 8734

Re: Decreased interest in Tantric practice

The O.P's question has seemingly been answered adequately for his situation,but it may be different for others. (although Guru Yoga practice is never a bad idea, for anyone, I think). Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche once said that if your practice gets stale, you might try to reconnect with the original as...
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Hardest Lessons.
Replies: 11
Views: 1653

Re: The Hardest Lessons.

Good ideas, Kim (and others).
by tingdzin
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tsunami in a teapot
Replies: 19
Views: 1763

Re: Tsunami in a teapot

The culture wars have been greatly exacerbated by the way (conventional) politics is conducted these days. Look up Cambridge Analytica: elections everywhere are been stoked by deliberate, personalised pyschological warfare (literally from the military), designed to sow fear and win votes. State act...

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