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by tobes
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short Daily Tsok Practice
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Short Daily Tsok Practice

For what it's worth, I've recently been through a period - a year or so - where I was advised to offer lots of tsogs. It is an incredibly inspiring practice, it swiftly ripens into blessings and realisations (as so many have stated through the generations) and I'm tempted to say: do it at as much as...
by tobes
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: "The Only Child of the Buddha"
Replies: 17
Views: 525

Re: "The Only Child of the Buddha"

Does anyone know if the vajra song by Milarepa scheduled tonight will be livestreamed? It is apparently not being hosted by the group that has been doing the Dzogchen teachings + Kalachakra.

:namaste:
by tobes
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

However, my own take is that the early Theosophists were simply trying to cobble together a kind of perennialism, which had deep Platonic/Vedantic roots alongside a modern Darwinian/Hegelian historicist cosmology. It's a massive fail, but I don't find anything offensive about the effort; in fact, i...
by tobes
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

I’m all for tolerance of peoples’ good-faith religious beliefs. That however does not cover all peoples’ espoused beliefs. I don’t think, for instance, that one should show any particular deference to the Mormons’ or scientologists’ beliefs, as they are for the most part obvious nonsense invented b...
by tobes
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Padmasambhava
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Padmasambhava

HHDL has fairly regularly taught Dzogchen from some of the aforementioned sources. Actually am currently reading one of those, which was a teaching he gave drawn from Patrul Rinpoche. Some of his recent empowerment have also been Terma visions (usually from the 5th, but not exclusively). I also know...
by tobes
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

It's also possible to show a bit of respect and tolerance for things one doesn't personally believe in or subscribe to.

There are sincere Theosophists around; why the need to denigrate them?
by tobes
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

I don't think "forgot" is quite the right word, Greg. Generally speaking, from my years on the internet, when people talk about Europeans and Buddhism they always completely ignore the fact that the Hellenes were the first Europeans to make contact with, and embrace, Buddhism. By a few thousand yea...
by tobes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

That’s the view from your corner of the “western world”, perhaps. How does it look from the perspective of the Dharma in, say, Spain? Holland? Germany? Australia? I think you greatly exaggerate the importance of a few orientalists. And the counterfactual does matter. Had it not been them, it would ...
by tobes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

That’s the view from your corner of the “western world”, perhaps. How does it look from the perspective of the Dharma in, say, Spain? Holland? Germany? Australia? I think you greatly exaggerate the importance of a few orientalists. And the counterfactual does matter. Had it not been them, it would ...
by tobes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

India may have been perfectly fine, but we may not have had the conditions to establish Dharma in the west without that movement. It is undoubtedly central to how Dharmic traditions became established in the west. Even a cursory examination of the history of 'western' Buddhism reveals this pretty n...
by tobes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

Ho hum, Fundamentalist Dharma folk clanging their fish. No gratitude, nor knowledge of what Theosophy did for India and Buddhism in Asia. Try that argument out on people in Asia...India would have been perfectly fine without the likes of Blavatsky to save it India may have been perfectly fine, but ...
by tobes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

The London Buddhist Society, which had been for decades a lighthouse of pan Buddhist orthodoxy, started out a the Buddhist Lodge of the Theosophical Society. It took several decades after its foundation to shake off early distortions of Buddhadharma particularly those promulgated by the wretched Bl...
by tobes
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 97
Views: 10502

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

I lived for a while with a group of neo-Theosophists, principally following AA Bailey. First time in my life I've encountered proper, old school, visceral antisemitism (although unfortunately now this is everywhere). I did some research: it's there in the texts. If anyone wants to know what prapanca...
by tobes
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism?
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Solipsism?

A solipsist would never ask this question. And if you are asking the quesiton, you obviously aren't a solipsist. Bertrand Russell wrote: As against solipsism it is to be said, in the first place, that it is psychologically impossible to believe, and is rejected in fact even by those who mean to acc...
by tobes
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 38
Views: 1484

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

Get up early. Pre-dawn/dawn. Make this a habit. If you usually drink coffee in the morning, drink it then - give it to the Buddhas.

And: establish good conditions for this with a conducive evening practice. i.e. a purification practice, offering ritual or guru yoga.
by tobes
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: Looking for basic advice/resources/experiences on Lung Imbalances

Thich Naht Hahn: "Do it twice as slow as you normally do." I think he was referring to cleaning, but it applies to any activity. Very sound advice, very apt for addressing lung, very apt for vajrayana practitioners. One mantra recitation done with proper mindfulness, emphasizing quality, is worth 10...
by tobes
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mantra siddhi
Replies: 25
Views: 792

Re: Mantra siddhi

It also says that such a statement is merely used to describe the greatness of the mantra and the text. This is sort of the crux of my question. Some statements glorify certain mantras to grant attainment by relying on the mantra. I am merely trying to discover which mantras are glorified in this w...
by tobes
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?
Replies: 13
Views: 620

Re: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?

You have to respect where you are, but also, gradually push yourself in a more wholesome direction. When I was younger I used to have a similar struggle - it was resolved very simply when my meditation improved to the degree that it rendered alcohol etc completely undesirable. i.e. I only wanted the...
by tobes
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

Biological adaption - yes. (i.e. Biological things are essenceless and change/adapt/depend on conditions)...... seems very commensurable with Buddhist metaphysics. But evolution as a meta-theory of everything - from psychology to economics - I don't think so. Most people who rely on this for explan...
by tobes
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Buddhism and Evolution

Biological adaption - yes. (i.e. Biological things are essenceless and change/adapt/depend on conditions)...... seems very commensurable with Buddhist metaphysics. But evolution as a meta-theory of everything - from psychology to economics - I don't think so. Most people who rely on this for explana...

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