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by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Sources for herbalism
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Sources for herbalism

Does anyone know any good sources for herbalism? Particularly the western european variety? Iberian if possible :tongue:
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 392

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

I grew up during the punk era where some people wore swastikas for "shock value" and personally I find the practice juvenile and stupid. There are still people alive that suffered terribly under the Nazis, so a little bit of empathy and sensitivity is called for. Again, if being an intelligent huma...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 392

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

Listen to Tool for a good stoner metal band. Dude, I have been listening to Tool for more than a decade, they are not Stoner Metal/Rock. The quintessential Stoner / Desert Rock outfit, as far as I am concerned, are Kyuss. https://youtu.be/iOb12RE_gaA Progressive rock would be the correct genre then...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mongolian metal!? ...yes
Replies: 36
Views: 392

Re: Mongolian metal!? ...yes

Listen to Tool for a good stoner metal band.

by Tiago Simões
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:57 am
Oh, there is definitely a solution: practice (and it's fruits).
I agree, but I doubt a realized being would waste his time trying to convince others of the authority of his texts on the internet. :tongue:
by Tiago Simões
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

Discussions regarding authoritative texts will always lead to an endless loop of repeating the same arguments. Over at the "western buddhism" group on fb this debate comes up over and over again, the mods intend the group to be pan-buddhist but most times this is not the case. I normally pinch in if...
by Tiago Simões
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1137

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think you are reading a bit too much into it. He's simply challenging us to reevaluate our motivations to practice the Dharma. No, he attempts to explain how the moral framework that Westerners approach Buddhism with makes them prone to eventually abandoning it because their moral framework is fl...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1137

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think you are reading a bit too much into it. He's simply challenging us to reevaluate our motivations to practice the Dharma. Many people are Buddhist in name only, almost like a hobby. We see that everywhere in the internet. If you want to understand what he is trying to convey, this short arti...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1137

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

The article is well summarized in the last line: to follow a fake master ends up with us jumping off the cliff with the one in whom we have placed our trust, hand in hand, to mutual destruction. In my opinion, it would be a stronger message if he didn't attempt to analyze why Westerners fall for "f...
by Tiago Simões
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers

Nyedrag Yeshe wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:45 pm
This one!
A Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers
https://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Tibe ... 0980173035
There is also a third edition:

https://shop.blazingwisdom.org/index.ph ... rayers-3rd
by Tiago Simões
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 907

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism Or it is just a logical extension of it. Judaism comes from henotheistic roots (worship of one god, belief in many) to monotheism by the time of Jesus. Atheism just gets rid of one more god. Atheism is a weird word, with its meaning changing depending...
by Tiago Simões
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Apsaras
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Apsaras

They are as much Hindu as Buddhist - maybe even more Hindu - and have various minor roles in both traditions ... mainly decorative, IMO, and often explicitly sexual. This link gives a pretty good cross-cultural overview - http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Apsara :coffee: Kim So they do appe...
by Tiago Simões
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Apsaras
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Apsaras

I've been meaning to draw some apsaras, their fluid design is almost mermerizing. But I'm not quite sure what they are exacly. Are they just minor devas? Do they serve some purpose other than aesthetics? https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/dunhuang-flying-sky-zhang-h...
by Tiago Simões
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 2839

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I attended Dharma events around Europe before. I think it's still mostly generation X. Probably the Dzogchen community, with a large Russian contingent is the "youngest" that I've seen. Younger people interest in Dharma (teens and young 20s) have a lack of resources to make it to dharma events. Als...
by Tiago Simões
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 2839

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

You really think that’s true? I’m not sure about all of that. It's documented that young people in developed countries show decreasing levels of interest in religion across the board. Anecdotally, it's commonly observed that Western sanghas are graying. Are there some where this is not so? We need ...
by Tiago Simões
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

1&2) https://www.siddharthasintent.org/resources/publications/buddha-nature/ This one by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is pretty in depth and long. All you have to do is request a free digital copy through email on that link. 😉 If the link doesn't work just look for "Buddha nature by Dzongsar Khyentse ...
by Tiago Simões
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1966

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

My devil's advocate answer was going to be that procreative sex can generate the possibility of creating more dharma practitioners, as well as facilitating precious human births. Taken to extremes, this idea that procreative sex facilitates precious human births wherein there exists the possibility...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7182

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

No it does not.. There are plenty of "ngakpas" and "chodpas" roaming around Boudhnath, it doesn't mean much.. as Machik lapdron's prophecy says there will be people who wear the robes and have the implements of chodpas in the degenerate times but who are not real chodpas. There are also spiritual t...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7182

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

https://scontent.fopo1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/38252543_569344533480665_1780606205840850944_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=4390603f11f598c263f21a06e7e1a62a&oe=5BEF6362 She is close to this Chodpa. Does this give her some legitimation? Btw that is the Chodpa that did Chöd practi...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7182

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:40 am
Tiago Simões wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:35 am
I mean Sogyal advertised that he was jamyang khyentse chökyi lodrös disciple, did that give him legitimacy?
As a teacher or as a sex offender?
My point being that advertising ones teachers publicly doesn't make one an authentic guru.

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