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by tingdzin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Claim: Buddha Shakyamuni was a student/emanation of Bon Buddha?
Replies: 18
Views: 732

Re: Claim: Buddha Shakyamuni was a student/emanation of Bon Buddha?

I think Ramble was just being provocative or polite with his blurb, or both. Ermakov's magnum opus (now about 20 years old) has a lot of interesting and valuable information on Siberian shamans that he gained first-hand, but the work as a whole is not very scholarly and is never cited by Tibet schol...
by tingdzin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?

Superb answer, Zhen Li. I might somply add that modern researchers seem to think BHS is more related to Gandhari Prakrit.
by tingdzin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you PERSONALLY doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 8
Views: 237

What are you PERSONALLY doing about the coronavirus?

Since the other thread quickly devolved into a political/social discussion (not that there's anything particularly wrong with that), how about a refocus? How has the coronavirus pandemic run up against your Mahayana practice? Are you any more conscious of impermanence, or are you just waiting for th...
by tingdzin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Vajra Guru mantra story
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Vajra Guru mantra story

Thanks for this.
by tingdzin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

There is also a beautiful painting of Manichaean cosmology that ended up in Japan. There is evidently some scholarly opinion to the effect that certain Japanese Buddhist schools were influenced by Manichaean teachings. Sorry, due to Covid exile, I don't have the sources with me.
by tingdzin
Fri May 15, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Differences between sects

Ooops -- sorry -- meant to post this in "differences between Tibetan lineages" in the general Tibetan Buddhism section. Two similar discussions going on at the same time.
by tingdzin
Fri May 15, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Differences between sects

Contrary to what one of the above posters said, I think there are very important differences between schools, especially for non-native practitioners. Although all include both practice and study, some emphasize the former and some the latter. Some encourage one to integrate the two as one goes alon...
by tingdzin
Wed May 13, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

Only the mantras.
by tingdzin
Tue May 12, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)

Yes, there are all types of people on this board, and you may find some you could be friends with. The best thing to do is read a lot of posts and find out whose approach you think you might be in harmony with, as Myoan suggested.
by tingdzin
Mon May 11, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 2069

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

:anjali: :good:

Brilliant summation.
Wayfarer wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:51 am
The crucial point is, the dharmas refer to 'experience' - they are elements of experience, not of an external or 'mind-independent' object, like the atoms of Greek philosophy.
This is too often forgotten.
by tingdzin
Sun May 10, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Countdown to a race war?
Replies: 40
Views: 1780

Re: Countdown to a race war?

Gee, I wonder what would happen if I claimed to be an expert on the Greek political situation?
by tingdzin
Sat May 09, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Countdown to a race war?
Replies: 40
Views: 1780

Re: Countdown to a race war?

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 11:08 pm
Not quite. The IQ of a mob is that of its most ignorant member divided by the number of people in the mob.
Yes, I stand corrected. :D
by tingdzin
Sat May 09, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Countdown to a race war?
Replies: 40
Views: 1780

Re: Countdown to a race war?

A display of equanimity is just that and should be welcome, especially in America Hogwash. In the first place, there is no "equanimity" being exhibited here -- it is emotionally unbalanced people on both sides completely fallen under the power of conflicting emotion. Secondly, if you mean "equality...
by tingdzin
Sat May 09, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Tantras
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: Dzogchen Tantras

Post your question in the Buddhist Tantra Talk section, and you may get some individual replies. Group discussions of profound matters inevitably just obscure them.
by tingdzin
Sat May 09, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 2069

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

he other point is, I've put forward an argument for why beings can't be 'uploaded', which I don't think you've actually tackled. It's a matter of principle - it's that we don't know what 'being' or 'mind' actually is, and so there is simply no way to map it out digitally. We can't objectify it, so ...
by tingdzin
Fri May 08, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 2069

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Re: Musk ---The super-rich almost always lose touch with reality, but no one is going to tell them they have no clothes. A.I. Has already been given in law "personhood" and human rights. So the definition of life has already been expanded. This is distressing. Could you go into more detail? However,...
by tingdzin
Fri May 08, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 38
Views: 4331

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

Varis wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:27 pm
https://books.google.com/books?id=gzIPS ... he&f=false

Here's a link that describes multiple version of the stories,
thnaks for the reference. this looks interesting.
by tingdzin
Tue May 05, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: compassionate action book question
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: compassionate action book question

He wrote at least one book for public consumption, on a very specialized topic, but it is not translated into English, nor is it likely to be. Smaller things such as his prayer to avert nuclear war can be found here and there on the net, including here, I think.
by tingdzin
Mon May 04, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Origins of Vajrayana
Replies: 27
Views: 1461

Re: Origins of Vajrayana

do you know of any academic research into Guru Rinpoche biography? There is lots and lots, taking a variety of different approaches. It recently seems to have become a hot topic again, and a few books have been recently published on the subject, most of which I haven't seen, however. The earliest d...
by tingdzin
Mon May 04, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Peeing in a lake
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Peeing in a lake

As Malcolm says, awareness of the total environment and respect or common sense go a long way. It should be clear that urinating in a mountain lake is not appropriate, whereas in a tropical ocean it might not be at all significant. (Why would your only choices be between a lake and a tree? Couldn't ...

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