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by tingdzin
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1180

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

Wow, I didn't know that! That's actually excellent news. Can you tell me where you got that fact?
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

The point is Oh, yes, the thread Malcolm provided sheds some light on this. But I was talking about Nattier's thesis only, and don't care what Jayarava had to say (he says he doesn't even know Chinese). Nattier cannot be held responsible, nor her conclusions dismissed, simply because somebody else t...
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1180

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

He may well get the nomination. That does not mean he has any appeal outside the coastal states. Well, that is the kind of the thing that the mainstream media will keep repeating, but the truth is Bernie is doing much better in the poles now. He may well get the nomination, but that doesn't mean he ...
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1180

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

see below
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Eminem darkness
Replies: 21
Views: 512

Re: Eminem darkness

Don't care about music videos, but, out of curiosity . . . I noticed that for weeks after the shooting, the media had nothing to say about the shooter's motive. Does anyone know whether he left a suicide note, or had had a run-in with the government or a bank or something? Usually these guys leave a...
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

Oh, yes, the thread Malcolm provided sheds some light on this. But I was talking about Nattier's thesis only, and don't care what Jayarava had to say (he says he doesn't even know Chinese). Nattier cannot be held responsible, nor her conclusions dismissed, simply because somebody else tries to exagg...
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

Yes, that's a fair comment. I suggested Nattier's article as it is the only one that I know of to deal with the subject in any depth (I don't read Japanese either). I am inclined to agree with her because her reasoning seems sound, but I do not regard the issue as being finally settled one way or th...
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

By whom and when? Your bare assertions mean nothing.
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1180

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

All of the Dems are too left to get elected except Biden, and he's too old and voted for the Iraq war. "Laugh about it shout about it, when you've got to choose; any way you look at it you lose" The Salon article bears this opinion out. Where are all the moderate Dems? A good one could win in a hear...
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 5146

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

smcj wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:47 am
Use your own good sense.
Sine qua non.
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: Article about the autorship of the Heart Sutra written in Japanese

I assume you've already seen the article by Jan Nattier, in which she convincingly demonstrates that the Heart Sutra was originally a Chinese adaptation of the longer Prajnaparamita literature, back-translated into Sanskrit probably by Xuanzang? It's on the web, I believe.
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mandala canopy
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Mandala canopy

TrimePema wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:50 pm
do you mean like the parasol that hangs over the throne sometimes?
Something like that, but a good deal smaller obviously.

I'll check out Potalagate, thanks.
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen
Replies: 139
Views: 3711

Re: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen

All evidence suggests Bon evolved as a native adaptation of Indian Buddhism between the 8th and early 11th century. This is quite wrong. "All the evidence" does not allow that conclusion at all. When I have time I will refute this in detail. For now, since you are a Sanskritist, you ought to read D...
by tingdzin
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mandala canopy
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Mandala canopy

Does anyone have a good plan for constructing, or know of a place for purchasing, a good-sized (20" or 50 cm. on a side) shrine canopy of the sort used in covering mandalas and accoutrements during a major ceremony or empowerment? Even a picture that I could use as a model would be helpful.
by tingdzin
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 194
Views: 23503

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Khenchen Namdrol is one of my main gurus, and he is the best person giving explanations of Dzogchen out there today; which is why many of the top Nyingma lamas, for example, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and so on, have been attending his teachings for years and years. He is the heir of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok. ...
by tingdzin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ram Dass Died
Replies: 42
Views: 1774

Re: Ram Dass Died

Well, I didn't understand his response well at the time, and I couldn't get into it more as there were many other people with questions. And now there's no chance of finding out more. Still, I take his advice as good no matter what he meant by it. It could mean (and this is just me speaking) that if...
by tingdzin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit Lexicon
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: Sanskrit Lexicon

Late response I agree that the early commentators, like Hoffmann, had a breadth of knowledge seldom seen in today's specialists that can be quite useful. On the other hand, some works by older generations of writers, again like Hoffmann, are based on a far narrower reservoir of Tibetan materials tha...
by tingdzin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ram Dass Died
Replies: 42
Views: 1774

Re: Ram Dass Died

In a public interview, the 16th Karmapa once told me straight up that one should never say that one's own lama has "died", as this would belittle one's connection with him or her. On the other hand, for others we might as well say, "died", "croaked", "kicked the bucket", etc., although "passed on" s...
by tingdzin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 254
Views: 6478

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Being TIME's "Person of the Year" really doesn't signify much. And the thread is not going to change anyone's mind about what they've already decided. It's all become part of the left vs. right Punch-and Judy show. I'm glad I'm as old as I am, and I really sympathize with the young people. By the wa...

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