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by tingdzin
Thu May 25, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 34
Views: 618

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

If I'm not mistaken, only two chapters of the Avatamsaka have been found in Sanskrit, and there exist, I think, three different Chinese versions of it, based on three translations. Really it's also careless to say that there is such a thing as the Avatamsaka Sutra, without saying more.
by tingdzin
Tue May 23, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 36
Views: 784

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

As Queequeg said, "Buddha nature", like every other term used in the teaching of Buddhism, is just a construct meant to help people realize/actualize/experience, the transformative wisdom of the awakened ones. If the term is meaningless to you, there is no sense in being vexed at all the f...
by tingdzin
Tue May 23, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Sil Nyen and the export market
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Sil Nyen and the export market

thanks
by tingdzin
Mon May 22, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Sil Nyen and the export market
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Sil Nyen and the export market

These are in no way the traditional shang bells of the Bonpo tradition.

By the way, does anyone know where such things might be available for real?
by tingdzin
Mon May 22, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 163

Re: Classic English Poetry

I think "Kubla Khan" is probably the best of Coleridge -- ""Beware, beware , his flashing eyes, his floating hair/ Weave a circle round him thrice/ And close your eyes with holy dread/ For he on honey-dew hath fed/ And drunk the milk of Paradise" Great stuff. I don't care to...
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 786

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Malcolm wrote:That ship sailed when GWB convinced Congress that invading Iraq was a good idea.


Hear, hear!
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2658

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Yes, some teachers do all sorts of stuff. Doesn't mean I'm cool with that. Who are you? If a teacher is said to be a Dzogchen teacher, then he should teach Dzogchen from the start, Who are you to judge? As I said, there are different approaches, and people make their own decisions. Are you going to...
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 786

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

I have always said that it's not Trump we really have to worry about, because he is basically incompetent to serve as President, and eventually it had to show up.. It's the next one we have to watch out for.
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 25
Views: 316

Re: Socialism & Communism

I don't care if a cat is black or brown, as long as it catches mice. Unfortunately, neither capitalism nor socialism has proven to be worth a damn in that respect.
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2658

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

are only dispensed after years and years of practicing something else, but Dzogchen. Some teachers teach this way, and it is not for mere students to judge them, any more than it is for students to judge teachers who open Dzogchen up to everyone who has a computer screen. Neither teachers nor stude...
by tingdzin
Sat May 20, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 163

Re: Classic English Poetry

"Tintern Abbey" has always been among my favorite poems. The quoted part is one of its best.
by tingdzin
Thu May 18, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: An odd question on Pīti
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: An odd question on Pīti

Why did you stop meditating? Was it fear of death?
by tingdzin
Thu May 18, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2658

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I think florin is telling it the way it is. If you get repeated introductions in the context of a large group or on video, as some posters have recommended, and still are not sure you got the point, you just might try going a more traditional route, and making a personal relationship with a qualifie...
by tingdzin
Wed May 17, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Agamas and the Pali Canon
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: The Agamas and the Pali Canon

Dharma Flower wrote:It might be an unsolvable mystery.


Ultimately, this has to be the case.
by tingdzin
Wed May 17, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which is the correct one??please help me finding truth
Replies: 8
Views: 192

Re: Which is the correct one??please help me finding truth

Ayu wrote::smile: This was no advice, just my opinion.


I second that opinion.
by tingdzin
Wed May 17, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Somebody said that hearing the content of Dzogchen gives you empowerment?
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: Somebody said that hearing the content of Dzogchen gives you empowerment?

You are not in danger at present. The reason for the secrecy (formerly) surrounding Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings was that if people receive them in the wrong context, or are improperly prepared for them, their deluded habits and too-intellectual minds will distort these teachings, leading them t...
by tingdzin
Sat May 13, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism by Christian Wedemeyer
Replies: 4
Views: 1224

Re: Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism by Christian Wedemeyer

I have just read this book, and if anyone is interested in the various theories about the "origin" of tantra/ Vajrayana, this is a must-read. Even though I don't agree with everything the author says, he clearly shows the flaws in some other theories.
by tingdzin
Wed May 10, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tense jaw muscles while meditating
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Tense jaw muscles while meditating

An unusual problem. I have tried feeling into and relaxing the muscles while meditating This seems to me your best bet. Use it like following the breath; no matter how many times you lose focus and your jaws clench, just keep relaxing them. As a stopgap measure, you might put a rubber eraser or some...
by tingdzin
Wed May 10, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 71
Views: 3235

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

I would recommend all {people} seeking to practice tibetan buddhism to analyze well before committing to a lama, and to try connecting with a female lama to avoid any kind of sexual seductions. Absolutely. Far too many people, in spite of repeated warnings in the texts and by living teachers, still...
by tingdzin
Tue May 09, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: a question on the six exercises of Naropa
Replies: 15
Views: 778

Re: a question on the six exercises of Naropa

I was once asked to translate a practice manual for one such tsalung/ trulkor system (within the Nyingmapa, based on terma) by a well-known "Tibet expert" who had never received the transmission for it, nor practiced in the system at all, but who nevertheless wanted to publish a book on it...

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