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by MiphamFan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8735

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Most Buddhist communities are already mainly comprised of ageing boomers. The more stuff like this continues, the less likely any new blood will join. Yes, it is very bad branding. It is. The Buddha definitely understood the issue of branding in forbidding monks to eat elephant, cheetah etc meat.
by MiphamFan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8735

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Just my samsaric 2c: One can always apply Occam's razor -- whatever you can ascribe to an ordinary motive, especially along the lines of the 8 worldly concerns, is most likely that. I see nothing wrong in itself of a teacher having a consensual sexual relationship with his students, but a history of...
by MiphamFan
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 63
Views: 1555

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:29 am
Matthew, given you don't have a guru, I fail to see why you should be concerned.
This made me lol
by MiphamFan
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Strategies for Keeping Practice in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1079

Re: Strategies for Keeping Practice in the West

Langlab Changchub Dorje was a poor shepherd who looked after someone else's flock. He still managed to beat Ra Lotsawa. I honestly feel overwhelmed by a lot of the elaborate sadhanas and wonder when, if ever, I can have the opportunity to learn them in depth. Fortunately, there are plenty of short s...
by MiphamFan
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2210

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

This sums up my thoughts: What about the religious communities that are opposed to that right? (This is where I’m going to shift gears from offending my readers on the rightward end of things to offending those on the other end of the political spectrum.) Conservative Christian groups are a religio...
by MiphamFan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2210

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

The Muslim butcher example is not that good.

Better example: Would you expect a Muslim baker to have to decorate a cake with LGBT slogans?

If yes, fine, you are at least consistent.

If not, then well...
by MiphamFan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2210

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

I think "liberal" immigration laws are meant to exploit the poor and destroy the native working class. Have no issue with the rest except what it means to "support LGBT. I think private businesses have the right to say they can't decorate a cake with LGBT messages.
by MiphamFan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss
Replies: 174
Views: 5756

Re: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss

The "one taste" part. Really? How so? That neither the sex with one's teacher, nor seeing one's teacher do drugs and drink himself to death, cause any suffering. The beliefs about the events are the cause. Mind, and especially its self-cherishing, causes suffering, not external events. Twisted back...
by MiphamFan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Five Heinous Crimes = Samaya Breaker ?
Replies: 51
Views: 1079

Re: Five Heinous Crimes = Samaya Breaker ?

Dylan, why are you so worried about this? Just follow ChNN's advice: guruyoga helps maintain all samayas.
by MiphamFan
Sat May 26, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Pop music
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Pop music

Do any of you like modern pop music? I like Taylor Swift, Lana del Rey, Lorde out of the modern pop musicians I know. Lately mostly Lana and Lorde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bag1gUxuU0g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1aF54DO60 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrL3QxjyVw https://www.youtube....
by MiphamFan
Sat May 12, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination and the Cosmological Argument
Replies: 18
Views: 2007

Re: Dependent Origination and the Cosmological Argument

I've seen the "Hilbert Hotel" objection before. It doesn't make sense to me.

All it really means is that infinities are not "intuitive". Set theory uses infinities all the time.
by MiphamFan
Sat May 12, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination and the Cosmological Argument
Replies: 18
Views: 2007

Re: Dependent Origination and the Cosmological Argument

I have been re-examining this idea after debating with some Christians/theists. I don't like the "first cause" language, because it is misleading unless you are well versed in Aristotelian language. I realised that what Christians mean is really that "Causality" itself must exist before causal serie...
by MiphamFan
Sat May 12, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 87
Views: 3027

Re: Mahayana and War

What if you think a historical war was a necessary evil to prevent a greater one, such as supporting the WW2 allies?
by MiphamFan
Wed May 09, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Energy healing, will it disrupt prana from Vajrayana/Dzogchen
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Energy healing, will it disrupt prana from Vajrayana/Dzogchen

Will learning or receiving New Age type energy healings disrupt prana for Vajrayana/Dzogchen practice to your knowledge?

I remember Khandro Kunzang, Lama Dawa's consort and assistant, still does some New Age type healing, but forgot what it was exactly.

What about reiki or other "energy" type stuff?
by MiphamFan
Thu May 03, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1510

Re: Hawking has last laugh

According to Max Tegmark, the prevalent theory in cosmology today is actually eternal inflation. As far as I understand, it means that a kind of substance expands very rapidly in a short amount of time before collapsing to the matter and energy we see around us in a particular part of the infinite i...
by MiphamFan
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Whose tulku is Tarthang Tulku?
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Whose tulku is Tarthang Tulku?

Not sure about that. I remember reading in a biography of another contemporary lama that Tarthang Tulku already had a monastery in Tibet and used to be quite impatient when he was young. So I think he was recognized in Tibet. Forgot which lama it was, sorry. Could be Dezhung Rinpoche's biography, or...
by MiphamFan
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 71
Views: 5187

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

So it looks like the organizers simply got it wrong and confused the Longchen Nyingthig with the Nyingthig Yabzhi.
by MiphamFan
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2324

Re: DNA TESTS

23andme also gives you Neanderthal DNA percentage. I got IIRC about 3%
by MiphamFan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Check my understanding of dran pa/smrti
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Check my understanding of dran pa/smrti

I've been reading Alexander Berzin's articles on his site recently and found them very informative. I think his articles, with plenty of examples, helped me get a better grasp of some Abhidharma concepts, which hitherto, were mostly just words for me. Maybe others find it easy to learn in the "lemma...

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