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by tingdzin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

But why is some of it "under embargo" and what does that mean? Never heard of that before.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: DJKR, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Dharma in the West...
Replies: 55
Views: 1682

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

Harimoo wrote: ↑Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:23 pm When we read records of foreign merchants' journey in Tibet in the end of the XIXth and beginnings of le XXth century, we see that they were horrified by what they witnessed. For example, a kashimiri travaller wrote in his diary that there were human skins ...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1237

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

It is truly pathetic that Trump's foreign policy concerning Israel is being driven by his damn fool son-in-law for the Kushner Family's person gain.. This was covered by the Economist -- seems Trump proposed this when he first took office, but the adults in his administration persuaded him it was a...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: I found this statue...
Replies: 19
Views: 1948

Re: I found this statue...

It's illegal to export Buddha-images from Thailand, but you can find just about anything you want in Nepal, if you look enough.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 49
Views: 1748

Re: Morality of stockholding

Dzogchen is popular? Maybe in some other world system. Interesting response; where do you live? I don't mean popular like Elvis or the Beatles were, I just mean among "spiritual" people. Among that subset of the population, it seems you can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a "Dzogchen"...
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: What is Shamanism
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: What is Shamanism

Ocans of ink have been spilled by scholars tryng to provide a satisfactory definition of "shamanism". Really it's an intellectual construct rather than a real "thing".
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya
Replies: 38
Views: 7688

Re: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya

As far as pictures, you can get a good reproduction of a thangka with the Kilaya deities at mahasiddha.org bookstore.
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Chan practioner thinking about visiting a nyingma center
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Chan practioner thinking about visiting a nyingma center

dzogchungpa wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:58 pm
There is actually quite a wide range of things that might go on at a Nyingma center.
Nyingmapa is actually quite a big umbrella, and the vibe from different places varies tremendously.
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Christopher Wilkinson Tantras
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Christopher Wilkinson Tantras

My opinion, for what it's worth, is that his translations are not that bad, and, at least in those volumes I have, he includes the Tibetan original so you can see where he was coming from (not always too clear). Probably not great for someone with no Tibetan as an introduction to Dzogchen.
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kunjed Gyalpo:The Supreme Source
Replies: 25
Views: 4118

Re: Kunjed Gyalpo:The Supreme Source

It is just as stupid as Janet Gyatso explaining that the natural state is beyond gender but is nevertheless feminine... Did she really do this? Care to tell us where, exactly? Her Apparitions is one of the most useful books on Vajrayana interpretation I have read, possibly because she included so m...
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 49
Views: 1748

Re: Morality of stockholding

Dzogchen is not a 'method' although there is a process. Yeah, Dzogchen is not a method. And originally, it referred strictly to the end state, not to a method, a philosophy, or even Well, Dzogchen will never be trendy since it cannot be practiced without a guru, unlike mindfulness or what passes fo...
by tingdzin
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 49
Views: 1748

Re: Morality of stockholding

Because the dzogchen view can be applied to any aspect of our daily lives, finances included. How delusional. Really? Explain to us how the Dzogchen view is limited. Well, the term is so watered down now, it has become meaningless, just a way for people to feel trendy and "in" about what they're do...
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Takhyung Barwa
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Takhyung Barwa

Bump again. Also, if you have the Tibetan of the commentaries in easily transferrable format, might I ask you for them? (I've had the empowerment.)
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 49
Views: 1748

Re: Morality of stockholding

Josef wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:22 pm
Because the dzogchen view can be applied to any aspect of our daily lives, finances included.
How delusional.
by tingdzin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Auroras
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Auroras

A longstanding hope of mine (to see them).
by tingdzin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: chinese ming dynasty book
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: chinese ming dynasty book

HandsomeMonkeyking wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:23 pm
Is there some book describing Vajrayana in China?
If you can borrow it from a library, Robert Orzech's "Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia" can tell you everything you want to know and more.
by tingdzin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 46
Views: 1941

Re: Classic English Poetry

"That Light whose smile kindles the Universe That Beauty in which all things work and move That Benediction, which the eclipsing Curse of birth can quench not, that sustaining Love Which through the web of being blindly wove By man and beast and earth and air and sea, Burns bright or dim, as each ar...
by tingdzin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.
Replies: 76
Views: 2567

Re: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.

The world is rapidly descending into a state of barbarism the likes of which it hasn't seen for centuries, and IMO the main cause is population density. All others -- economics, tribalism, scarce resources -- stem from that.