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by Tiago Simões
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 905

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: 25
Views: 905

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: 25
Views: 905

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: 397

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: 896

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: 327

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: 327

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: 2824

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: 2824

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: 639

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: 1957

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: 7117

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: 7117

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: 7117

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.
by Tiago Simões
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

It is not cyber bullying to ask a teacher for their credentials. Not in the slightest. Although I agree, I also wonder if it is necessarily a requirement for teachers to go around publicly advertising their gurus? I mean Sogyal advertised that he was jamyang khyentse chökyi lodrös disciple, did tha...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

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
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism school
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Buddhism school

1) The teachings of the historical Buddha, in my point of view, are based on the observation of the phenomena of humanity, consciousness, nature manifestations, where they are illustrative and rich in parables and analogies. Logical in this sense, observable and evident in form and context; Buddhis...
by Tiago Simões
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism school
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Buddhism school

"if you can not prove, in the light of limited knowledge, then why give it importance and seek to profess and defend something you do not know? If we do not know, something, if something may not be coherent or significant to give relevance to it, should we give focus to it? Why would we question th...
by Tiago Simões
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism school
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Buddhism school

jota wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:34 am
more "logical"
Whose logic?
by Tiago Simões
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jerusalem syndrome
Replies: 10
Views: 570

Re: Jerusalem syndrome

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