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by tingdzin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non conceptual thought
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Non conceptual thought

Not at all. Part of the problem is the word "thought". If you feel a splash of cold water on your face, you know exactly what it is and how it feels even before the concept "cold water" crosses your mind.But how best to explain that to someone? The general thrust behind almost all forms of Buddhism ...
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommendations for Sources on Tantric Consortship?
Replies: 1
Views: 614

Re: Recommendations for Sources on Tantric Consortship?

Judith Simmer-Brown's "Warm Breath of the Dakini" is a good introduction to (among other things) gender issues in Tibetan Buddhism, and had some references for further info. It's rather dated now -- a lot of water under the bridge since then on what is still a hot (and loaded, and heavily ideologica...
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1095

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

His good points -- e.g. pointing out the self-absorption and ideological correctness of many Western Buddhists -- have already been made many times. He himself has, over his long career, demonstrated (IMO) ideological rigidity of his own, just of a different color. I agree that he goes in for a lot ...
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 40
Views: 1372

Re: Blue "ripple"

Queequeg, that's an absolutely amazing example of gerrymandering!
by tingdzin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

Not my area of specialization, but I thought it was now commonly accepted that both the Awakening of Faith and the Sutra for Humane Kings were composed outside of India. Don't have references to hand, though.

Not the same thing, by the way, as being "inauthentic".
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today
Replies: 13
Views: 1218

Re: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today

Knotty Veneer wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:30 am
He's been America's conscience for a long time.
Ha! He's almost unknown except among intellectual types.
by tingdzin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rudra
Replies: 13
Views: 1454

Re: Rudra

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:26 pm
it is necesary to have transmission for putting it into practice?
I doubt it -- but if you've ever been to a prolonged Nyingmapa ceremony, you've probably received the lung as a matter of course. It's a profound practice if well-considered.
by tingdzin
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PAKYONG AIRPORT in Sikkim
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: PAKYONG AIRPORT in Sikkim

Too bad. Another Guru Rinpoche beyul bites the dust once and for all.
by tingdzin
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 35
Views: 1367

Re: NATURE

From Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey": "For she [nature] can so inform The mind that is within us, so impress With quietness and beauty, and so feed With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men Nor greeting where no kindness is, nor all The dreary intercou...
by tingdzin
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 35
Views: 1367

Re: NATURE

An amazing bird! Just when you think you've seen it all. Thanks.
by tingdzin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: Zazen

shanyin wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:36 am
Is zazen sitting in lotus or half lotus and doing nothing?
No, it isn't.
by tingdzin
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1258

Re: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?

If you haven't yet chosen a principal lama, no problem. If you have, ask him or her.
by tingdzin
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: Zazen

I'll put on a plug for Meido's book -- it's extremely well done, and I wish I'd had it when I was starting out.
by tingdzin
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bonpos in SE Asia
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Bonpos in SE Asia

Possibly, but thanks for the information.
by tingdzin
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bonpos in SE Asia
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Bonpos in SE Asia

Does anyone know anything about the lamas at the Bon center in Thailand? Affiliations, lama bios, etc.?
by tingdzin
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7139

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

She and her teachers were discussed on the previous incarnation of this board. I personally have met her and found her interesting as a person, but her formal credentials cannot even be called weak. Just came across this statement on an online event add and it sounds so confidently authoritative I ...
by tingdzin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Courtesies Regarding the Lama, Sangha, and Place of Dharma Activity
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Courtesies Regarding the Lama, Sangha, and Place of Dharma Activity

Just don't put yourself forward too much, watch what others are doing, ask people (who are also not hogging the limelight), and show consideration. If people want to put you down because of your ignorance, just don't take it seriously and do better next time.
by tingdzin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First mahayana sutras, when?
Replies: 29
Views: 5046

Re: First mahayana sutras, when?

Please don't speak of the "original Sanskrit" versions of Mahayana sutras. Most of them were translated from Prakrit, mostly NW Prakrit. Sanskrit did not come into widespread use in Buddhism until well past the first century, as I recall.
by tingdzin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Fukujoju bosatsu's suport
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Fukujoju bosatsu's suport

Can someone tell me what Chinese word was used to describe the creature that is the throne-mount of Fukujoju bosatsu in the Kongocho-gyo tradition, as the peacock is for Muryoju-butsu? I know the Indic and Tibetan, but I am curious as to what word or words the translators chose to render it into Chi...
by tingdzin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1964

Re: Dharma government?

Thailand was a constitutional monarchy on the British model. However, it is now a military dictatorship and has been since 2014. Thailand has been in and out of military rule since the early 20th century, and theoretically a constitutional monarchy off and on, sometimes at the same time. However, t...

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