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by Arnoud
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:29 pm

I guess I have slightly more respect for Sogyal than Mukpo. Not much, but some.
Appreciate the honesty.
by Arnoud
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Right, Mukpo said he wished to start teaching again, the board decided to invite him. This disturbed Pema Chodron so much she quit, much to her credit. If you don't mind me asking, why do you view this different than the Sogyal debacle? Seems to me they both behaved the same, yet you seem to give S...
by Arnoud
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 1404

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Buddha did not attain buddhahood through the dhyānas, etc. He went through the dhyānas in order to eradicated paths of rebirth caused by them, which culminated in vajropamasamadhi. But vajropamasamadhi is not necessary for awakening, only for buddhahood. In Dzogchen teachings, for example, the conc...
by Arnoud
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 5171

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

When Khenpo teaches, he prepares for months, and when he is teaching, it is no nonsense: he comes to the place, he teaches, he leaves and goes home. No visitors, no parties, and no social events. I hear when he is not teaching, he is pretty relaxed and funny. But I have not spent personal time with...
by Arnoud
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 5171

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:09 pm
Arnoud wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:55 pm
Is he a gelong?
Yes, Khenchen Namdrol is a bhikṣu, a very pure one by all accounts.
Thank you. That is good to hear.
by Arnoud
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HH 17th Karmapa on HH Dalailama's reincarnation
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: HH 17th Karmapa on HH Dalailama's reincarnation

I agree with most everything in the letter but that seemed quite an admonition. Interesting times.
by Arnoud
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ram Dass Died
Replies: 42
Views: 1782

Re: Ram Dass Died

Fruitzilla wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:13 pm
Same here in the Netherlands. I can't remember ever hearing an euphemism used.
Dood, overleden, heengegaan, hemelen, is er niet meer, gestorven, ingeslapen, uit lijden verlost, en er zullen er vast nog meer zijn.

Anyway, RIP Ram Dass.
by Arnoud
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses
Replies: 32
Views: 1809

Re: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses

My prediction is that it won't go far or at least not all the way.
by Arnoud
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students
Replies: 35
Views: 2480

Re: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students

I can relate. I wonder if the issue with this dichotomy stems from our deeply rooted conditioning that teachers are Buddhas and thus perfect and the dichotomy is not perfect. For me, believing that realized beings can bring benefit while not being Buddhas or perfect has given me a lot of peace. Took...
by Arnoud
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice
Replies: 14
Views: 821

Re: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice

My wife was in your shoes. She was in a Tibetan Studies PhD program at a major US school. We had to move back to Europe because of family issues on my side. She never went back. I would recommend finishing it. What is your degree in? If you have an M.Sc. or M.A. already in something that can generat...
by Arnoud
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 82
Views: 4598

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

The couple comments I heard are:

- too old
- grand ideas no detailed plans (in contrast to Warren)

I personally would like a Warren/Bernie ticket. But I am not allowed to vote.
by Arnoud
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 3780

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

What about Gabbard's comments on the LGBTQ community? Kind of goes together with her Hindu religion tbh.

I like Warren. She seems sincere, smart and capable.
by Arnoud
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 7016

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The first has lots to do with samayas and it is mostly fault of the students if there are breakages and it takes toll on teachers lifespan (unless teacher broke them ofc). I'd say that it is highly irrelevant if he is a head of a lineage or a head cheerleader really. I don't think lineage head and ...
by Arnoud
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 7016

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The first has lots to do with samayas and it is mostly fault of the students if there are breakages and it takes toll on teachers lifespan (unless teacher broke them ofc). I'd say that it is highly irrelevant if he is a head of a lineage or a head cheerleader really. I don't think lineage head and ...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 7016

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

It is not inauspicious for him, it is inauspicious for us. Unless he is not as realized as we think he is and his position was too high for his realization? I am sure there is a lot of karmic weight on the lineage heads' shoulders. Weight that beings such as HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche could easily...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 7016

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

I wouldn't be so quick to judge a masters passing as in auspicious. What do we know? It is not inauspicious for him, it is inauspicious for us. Unless he is not as realized as we think he is and his position was too high for his realization? I am sure there is a lot of karmic weight on the lineage ...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 4620

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Thanks JD and Malcolm. Much appreciated.

Malcolm, is there not such a thing as liberation of the mind which does not spill over into physical phenomena?
by Arnoud
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 4620

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Sometimes chaos in life is a good marker I think, particularly in how we can handle and integrate obstacles that arise in said chaos. Then just the standard stuff, are you less quick to anger, less self-centered etc. etc. Although I somewhat agree with these signs, especially when I see some people...
by Arnoud
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche's termas
Replies: 13
Views: 2148

Re: Mipham Rinpoche's termas

Any idea why he held this opinion? He probably saw the pitfalls of ever new termas. Since when is the warm breath of the Dakinis a pitfall? Having received the Dojo Bumzang from HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche I would say the breath is still plenty warm on the old termas. I do practice a new terma but ...

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