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by tingdzin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 524

Re: Dog thread

I hope all you dog lovers clean up after your pets, don't let them bark all night, don't assume that everyone loves them as much as you do, and don't let them off the leash in the back country. Otherwise, they are no more than extensions of your selfish egos.

So there.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interested read
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: An interested read

I should add that a lot of cultures don't stigmatize the hearers of voices in the same way the West does.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interested read
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: An interested read

If you haven't already, read Julian Jaynes' "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind". Very thought-provoking. According to Jaynes, who was a Princeton psychologist, all of humanity used to hear such voices, until they became evolutionarily , mmm, inconvenient. They were g...
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 780

Re: Translatorhood

I know a few human translators who might as well be machines.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2224

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Well, a very old one that is now widely cited is Beckwith's "Introduction of Greek Medicine to Tibet" in which he shows that the Greek tradition was brought to Tibet not from India but from China by someone who had either a Persian or Sogdian name. Beckwith has written a lot about mutual infuences a...
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2224

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Malcolm is dead on. There are several specialist studies dealing with this point (though I don't have bibliographic info at hand).
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 36
Views: 1388

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Too much attention to this Jayarava guy -- the fact remains that Nattier is a more than reputable scholar, and there is a very good argument for the case that one of the versions of the Heart Sutra was indeed back-translated from Chinese. Doesn't matter if her conclusion was taken up by somebody wit...
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Younge Khachab Rimpoche
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Younge Khachab Rimpoche

I translated for him once. I don't know of any serious controversies, but my impression was: be careful, and don't make any quick commitments (which you should be and not do anyway).
by tingdzin
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2224

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

IMO, the most serious threats to Buddhism in countries that historically had large numbers of Buddhists and a Buddhist culture or subculture are: Consumerist greed and the dumbnig down of and/ or disparagement of traditional culture by globalization.
by tingdzin
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Location of Ser Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Location of Ser Valley

Thanks. It's all quite interesting.
by tingdzin
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies
Replies: 56
Views: 1850

Re: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies

The left and right seem to be polarising each other and it's worrying, the new mainstream seems to be either extreme left or extreme right views, with an inability to think critically, and the tendency to immediately label anyone you disagree with as the "other". This is it. Some of the responses y...
by tingdzin
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies
Replies: 56
Views: 1850

Re: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies

Yes, of course, the left in America (and other places) is becoming more and more knee-jerk and less intellectual, and not just regarding feminism, but across the board. It's extremely worrisome to those of us whose sympathies are more leftist but who hate stupidity and intellectual "orthodoxy". I do...
by tingdzin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 4271

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: 10
Views: 334

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: 12
Views: 1334

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: 181
Views: 4271

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: 412

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: 412

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: 158

Re: UK football invest in Tibet water

Thanks

What jerks.