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by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are 1% of Americans?
Replies: 35
Views: 631

Re: Where are 1% of Americans?

My experience in the UK is that facts really don't matter; so I'll just say what I am detecting: Poor whites and poor blacks and poor asians all feel they are treated worst of all, have the least privileges, suffer the most discrimination etc. These things ebb and flow, but after terrorist attacks ...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Upcoming TV Show with Buddhist Main Character
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Upcoming TV Show with Buddhist Main Character

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:30 pm
Daniel Dae Kim to play a former monk turned LA police detective.
https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/upcom ... prime-time

:coffee:
All I can say is that they better get the damn robes right.
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

And it is also one reason why I generally discourage people from "becoming ngakpas." And I think that this is the tragic mistake you are making: You are confounding the external appearances, with the Ngakpa practices per se. Of course they are related, but... Instead of warning people about getting...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are 1% of Americans?
Replies: 35
Views: 631

Re: Where are 1% of Americans?

It seems like you missed the main point of my post, but i'll bite I guess. There are plenty of white people (both urban and rural) low down enough of the socioeconomic ladder, with no prospects for education, work or betterment, whose communities are often dogged by the exact same plagues as minori...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Parinirvana without remainder
Replies: 14
Views: 435

Re: Parinirvana without remainder

Basically, the rainbow body is received after death of the physical body, because the function of mind/jnana is not absorb into the absolute nature (nirvana), thus it has to continue to function, and the rainbow body is manifestation aspect of this mind/jnana. This is completely wrong. Why is it wr...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 163
Views: 2582

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Jyoti wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:06 pm
Malcolm was there too under the name 'namdro', but later he disappeared from newsgroup and hiding himself in the safe zone of moderated forums, being protected by like-minded followers
No, I simply grew tired of the unrelenting spam that came to dominate the alt.religion.buddhism.* newsgroups.
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

And Malcolm believes that the efficacy of a practice is based on it's attractiveness? I don't think I said that. I think what I said was the success or failure of Ngakpa tradition in the West will be largely dependent on whether there is a need for services provided by ngakpas. Right now, I am pret...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

My objection has been towards the evaluation of practices in reference to their market value. I believe that this is irrelevant. And I think you are kidding yourself. For me the value of a practice is in it's efficacy to liberate, not in it's attractiveness. Uh huh, but we are not talking about wha...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

MiphamFan wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Greg just has something against the idea of calling it a "market".
Yup, it offends his anti-capitalist prejudices.
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

You know you are in Kali Yuga when a discussion about "What it means to be a ngakpa" devolves into a debate about the marketability of the practices, the commodification of the Dharma. One, Śākyamuni Buddha is the buddha of the Kāli Yuga. Two, Buddhism has always been commodified. Buddhism has been...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are 1% of Americans?
Replies: 35
Views: 631

Re: Where are 1% of Americans?

Classism is also a big problem in the states. Terms like "white trash" and "hillbilly" are always being thrown out to describe poorer whites by upper class whites. Minorities on the other are being tormented for being minorities and lower class. Yep, very accurate statement IMO. it's perfectly ok i...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 163
Views: 2582

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Divākara from the Nalanda reported that in India there were two masters at Nalanda the abbot of Nalanda and Xuanzang's teacher Śīlabhadra and Jnanaprabha. The first taught the Three Turnings with the Third Turning as Yogacara and most definite whereas the latter taught the Madhyamka as the definite...
by Malcolm
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Ye-drog meaning
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Ye-drog meaning

thanks Loppon. so one of the translations i've seen is "360 accidents." like "360 misfortunes," this doesn't catch the fact that these accidents or misfortunes are due, at least in part, to evil spirits mucking about. any suggestion how to capture both meanings? "360 misfortunes [due to evil spirit...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

I believe in the potential of the rituals but then I see all these younger monks who seem to be constantly distracted on their phones just as ordinary people are and I doubt if they really have the abilities to make a puja work. Presenting....the modern Devaputra Māra https://cdn.macrumors.com/arti...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 163
Views: 2582

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

climb-up wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:37 pm

Oh!...
...snap!
That's dzogchungpa's line...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 163
Views: 2582

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Once you receive the direct introduction, you moved on with your life, instead of binding your life with the raft. When you receive the direct introduction that is the actual beginning of the path. This also where you realise why you need a Guru. It would seem that you missed out, but it is not to ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Ye-drog meaning
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Ye-drog meaning

It is properly spelled ཡེ་འབྲོག་སུམ་བརྒྱ་དྲུག་ཅུ. But we see ye 'grogs and ye 'drogs as well. According to Desid Sangye Gyatso, the 360 Yedrog have a couple of meanings. One has to do with the 360 joints of the body explained in Kālacakra which cause unhappiness of fear and so on when under the powe...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Personally, I believe there is a huge market for pujas, blessing, divination and many of the services a Ngakpa may offer. It's just that others are offering them. One of the strongest brands at the moment is Westernised 'Shamanism' - they'll do you a sweat lodge, rabbit entrail divination, bless yo...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

It leaves is [sic] with Western Ngakpa hobbyists who have the means and time to pursue their hobby because we live in a more prosperous part of the world than my guru did. And so the economics are less pressing. The implication being that somebody that does something as a hobby, is not as serious a...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 119
Views: 1880

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

We should understand this. I understand this, I just believe it is not relevant to the Western context and should not be the primary reasoning/motivation behind us practicing in Ngkapa lineages (or not). The same reasoning could be applied to monastic traditions in the West too, since there is not ...