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by M.G.
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

It’s a clever and probably correct formulation to speak of something like sleep as being a worldly god or a source of refuge, but Buddhism traditionally took - and takes - a much more literal view of such, no?

Our cultural electronic media addiction could probably use some enlightened taming, though.
by M.G.
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:28 am
M.G. wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:26 am
I don’t totally understand your answer. Is it meant in jest?
I was just acknowledging that you ask a great question!
Oh! Thank you! 😊
by M.G.
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:22 am
M.G. wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:01 am
What spiritual practices in the Western world, if any, would constitute taking refuge in a worldly god?
!!!
I don’t totally understand your answer. Is it meant in jest?
by M.G.
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: Clarification: Refuge and offerings to worldly gods

Making offerings does not imply taking refuge, an offering to the Three Jewels is a bit different than an offering to ordinary beings. That statement is meant I'm guessing in reference to taking refuge ad making offering to the object of refuge..not offerings in general. We make offerings to all be...
by M.G.
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Tara outside of Tibetan Buddhism

I suppose it depends on what one means by veneration...

A decent number of Western New Agers claim a connection to Tara.

https://newearthenergies.org/green-tara ... ttunement/
by M.G.
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 4327

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

My broader point is that on the issue of mixing dharmic and worldly practices, there isn’t complete consensus among Buddhist teachers. It's got nothing to do with consensus, it has to do with liberation. A medicine that can heal one patient, may cause the death of another patient. I’ll buy that, al...
by M.G.
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 4327

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Your teacher said that it is wrong view? There’s probably some disagreement on this point, as with so much else in Tibetan Buddhism. My teachers were of the opinion that Dharma could be found outside of activities deemed religiously “Buddhist”, but I’m sure some would disagree. Who cares what "some...
by M.G.
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 4327

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

This requires full engagement with others. It is the antithesis of this attitude that Buddhists should disengage and interact only with their own. Why would Buddhists only interact with "with their own"? This is certainly not in the teachings of the Buddha. /magnus The basis for this instruction an...
by M.G.
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 4327

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

It seems this is considered wrong view. Your teacher said that it is wrong view? There’s probably some disagreement on this point, as with so much else in Tibetan Buddhism. My teachers were of the opinion that Dharma could be found outside of activities deemed religiously “Buddhist”, but I’m sure s...
by M.G.
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 4327

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

I suppose some of it comes down to whether one thinks there exist enlightened manifestations outside of Buddhism. A teacher I respect told me that there are ways to practice dharma which aren’t Buddhist per se.
by M.G.
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4072

Re: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?

Basically, you are saying that violence in Buddhism is allowed as long as it has a good justification. But then, which religions resort to violence without good justifications? In fact, who in the world resort to violence without good justifications? Does anyone need Buddhism to teach them non-viol...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4072

Re: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?

Basically, you are saying that violence in Buddhism is allowed as long as it has a good justification. But then, which religions resort to violence without good justifications? In fact, who in the world resort to violence without good justifications? Does anyone need Buddhism to teach them non-viol...
by M.G.
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4072

Re: Is tibetan inherently peacefull ?

Buddhism denies the existence of an absolute morality, and in practice the Vajrayana counts among its heroes people who at times acted in ways which may seem shocking or bizarre. (That may even be part of its appeal to some.). If one doesn’t perceive or believe in there being enlightened wisdom behi...
by M.G.
Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 137
Views: 23661

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Update

A universal teacher, a true guru for this mad era. The Picasso of Tibetan wisdom teachings. A rare diamond who’s brilliance and clarity cut through the poisons of cynicism and ignorance alike. I left Buddhism years ago, but I have never left what he showed me about the nature of mind, and he has rem...
by M.G.
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 5440

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

One of our favourite topics, especially with all the scandals and such. Many folks in Mahayana (incl Zen) and Vajrayana basically think it's ok for teachers to sleep with their students, even in secret, even when one of both are married. Teachers are human too, the reasoning goes, and not some perf...
by M.G.
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 5469

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

So I'm trying to understand how the different teachings relate to each other. I started with tientai's 5 periods but quickly realised that it wasn't historically accurate. Realizing that the Mahayana doctrines aren't the words of the literal Buddha but later innovations, I wonder what the real Budd...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 29
Views: 4933

Re: L ron gardner

This Facebook quote was the best one though: I say I have "cracked the code" and understand Dharma, including Buddhadharma and Dzogchen, on a level above anyone else writing on this stuff. -- L Ron Gardner [/i] Like Cone said: you can't make this up! I actually thought some of his amazon reviews we...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 29
Views: 4933

Re: L ron gardner

Here’s a recent public FB quote by Mr Gardner: “...I'm the consummate expert in all the Great Spiritual Traditions -- Pali Buddhism, Yogacara, Zen, Dzogchen/Mahamudra, Advaita Vedanta, the Yoga Sutras, Kashmir Shaivism, Christian Hermeticism, Kabbalah, Daism, and Electrical Spirituality -- and I'll ...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

Absolutely authentic within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. If you'd like to know more about bey-yuls, read One Step from Paradise , the story of Tulzhug Lingpa's attempt to go to a bey-yul on the slopes of Kanchenjungna (Kang Chen Dzod Nga) on the Sikkimese/Nepali border. Thank you! Will l...
by M.G.
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

I recently heard an acquaintance who is a fairly serious dharma practitioner made a reference about there being a notion of Bey-Yuls (transliterated, so spelling may not be correct) or hidden lands in Tibetan Buddhism. Is this authentic or just Western fantasy? And if the first, what can be publica...

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