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by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 89
Views: 1360

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

One of my teachers was firm on the idea that being a ngakpa meant observing all the vows strictly and wearing the robes constantly -- he seemed to think America was not ready for that kind of practitioner yet. Other teachers have other opinions, as you have sen above. A lot of what the Tibetans foll...
by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Indus Valley people & genetics
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Indus Valley people & genetics

SunWuKong wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:59 pm
And Indus Valley had something like yoga or meditation or tantra goin on. We’ll be standing by waiting on this one.
There's no real proof of this -- the famous seal of the crosslegged sitter can be and has been interpreted in many different ways.
by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1102

Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

There are different doctrinal interpretations of the Precious Teacher, even within the Nyingmapa school. Best not to get too involved with doctrinal hairsplitting like "emanation" vs. "nirmanakaya" and do more Padmasambhava practice.
by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 89
Views: 1360

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Why is the name "ngakpa" important to you? You can control your cravings, or at least limit them, if you really want to. Being blown like a leaf in the wind by one's lust is really not the purpose of being a ngakpa. Apart from the sexual aspects, spending too much time in an artificial world of any ...
by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sum-pa Language?
Replies: 14
Views: 320

Re: Sum-pa Language?

Well, the Xian pi as a polity had fallen by the time the Sumpa first appear in Tibetan sources. It's always difficult to be sure about the extent of these Inner Asian groups' territories. As I recall, Stein has a map in "Tibetan Civilization: which has them mgrating widely to the south and west. It'...
by tingdzin
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sum-pa Language?
Replies: 14
Views: 320

Re: Sum-pa Language?

As I recall, they are usually discussed as separate peoples, but that's not to say that there wasn't some connection. The Qinghai area was an is an amazing ethnic mosaic. Inner Asian nomadic and semi-nomadic polities often incorporated different peoples under their umbrellas, so that, for example, a...
by tingdzin
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: UK football invest in Tibet water
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: UK football invest in Tibet water

Thanks

What jerks.
by tingdzin
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sum-pa Language?
Replies: 14
Views: 320

Re: Sum-pa Language?

"Qiang" is an inexact catch-all term for nomadic people the Chinese had no real interest in, ethnographically. I believe the Hsien-pi followed the Hsiung-nu on the Mongolian steppes, and were sometimes taken to be ancestors of the Jurchen (Jin) Dynasty. Been a while since I read this stuff, so I'm n...
by tingdzin
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1426

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

:good:
by tingdzin
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1426

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

If you can find a girlfriend who isn't jealous of the time you spend in practice, even if it's a lot (or who practices as much or more than you) who doesn't demand or expect material things from you If she is not emotionally very needy (and you are not either) if she is not under the sway of people ...
by tingdzin
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sum-pa Language?
Replies: 14
Views: 320

Re: Sum-pa Language?

In case it wasn't in the stuff you read, a theory is that the Sumpa are the same people earlier described as the Hsien-pi in older Chinese sources, i.e. proto-Monolians.
by tingdzin
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: The vanishing State Oracles of Tibet

Pema chophel is correct in surmising that there must be some sort of social context for the major institutional oracles to function. To begin with recognizing a potential candidate for the medium is not always easy, and potential mediums may prove unequal to the task or unwilling to assume it (many ...
by tingdzin
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The siddhi of winning wars
Replies: 76
Views: 2214

Re: The siddhi of winning wars

Amoghavajra, one of the three traditional founders of Esoteric Buddhism in China, was supposed to have defeated armies invading China usinga Vaisravana practices. In Tibet, Sokdokpa turned back invading Mongol war parties with magical practices. All this is old news. As for the Zen stick, it can be ...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of theirs.
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of the

My gut feeling is that the United States as we know it today will not exist in a hundred years. This is a dead certainty. Happily, our neoconservative Mongoloids favor only authoritarian and never totalitarian means of coercion." – Gore Vidal, essay, 1986. Wait a few more years. BTW, what's a liber...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: DJKR, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Dharma in the West...
Replies: 59
Views: 2426

Re: DJKR, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Dharma in the West...

tingdzin wrote: ↑Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:38 pm Yeah, I suspect Malcolm is right. Anyway, an Afghan calling the Tibetans out on harsh punishment is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Read about the traditional culture of the Pashtuns sometime. I will, in the meantime, try to read "Voyage" just ...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist tantra as origin for hathayoga
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: Buddhist tantra as origin for hathayoga

Three books with widely varying perspectives on this stuff could be read usefully: Davidsons Indian Esoteric Buddhism, Samuel's Origin of Yoga and Tantra and Wedemeyer's Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism. It's all quite complex and the answers a re still up in the air.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist tantra as origin for hathayoga
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: Buddhist tantra as origin for hathayoga

Three books with widely varying perspectives on this stuff could be read usefully: Davidsons Indian Esoteric Buddhism, Samuel's Origin of Yoga and Tantra and Wedemeyer's Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism. It's all quite complex and the answers a re still up in the air.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 285
Views: 5303

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

I think the word you are searching for is "totalitarian." People who deny that there is a problem with left-wing efforts at thought control, e.g. shouting down or violently assaulting those you disagree with, crashing their websites, etc. must read the news pretty selectively. Call it "fascist" or ...