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by MiphamFan
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 4133

Re: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

KrisW wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:57 am
Jaya Jaya Maha Guru!
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Where did you get this? Is it from his trip to Mongolia or Buryatia, the time when he says he was wearing jeans and they prepared some robes for him? :D
by MiphamFan
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies
Replies: 31
Views: 826

Re: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies

:good: Great analysis of Peterson. I read some "conservative"/"right-wing" blogs but never really understood the appeal of Peterson. I tried to get into his psychology stuff, but really even there, I don't see much that is not common sense and really actionable. He appears "reasonable" because his o...
by MiphamFan
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies
Replies: 31
Views: 826

Re: Feminism, the "myth" of the gender pay gap and other left wing ideologies

Yep, she was not ready for a debate like this. You've got to understand that people like this are going to say outrageous things calmly, so that if you get agitated / show emotion (particularly if you are a woman), you are seen to have lost the argument. In my experience, new (young) leftists will ...
by MiphamFan
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Urban legends of army days? HELP ME!!
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: Urban legends of army days? HELP ME!!

Army is boring.

Try to get downgraded and get an office job. You will have a lot of time to study and practise.
by MiphamFan
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3480

Re: New Rigpa letter

I don't know, need the letter writers themselves to confirm. Also impossible for us to confirm other people's reception of direct introduction even if he allegedly gave it. Yes, but that is how it is in Dzogchen. I only seen Sogyal Rinpoche teach once and he was talking about rigpa all the time. /m...
by MiphamFan
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3480

Re: New Rigpa letter

I don't know, need the letter writers themselves to confirm. Also impossible for us to confirm other people's reception of direct introduction even if he allegedly gave it.
by MiphamFan
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3480

Re: New Rigpa letter

I am going by this information from mutsuk: Agreed. I said above that I need to be corrected on that point if necessary. My source for that is the late François Calmes (Rigpa, Paris, he passed away in May 2009 if I remember well) who was Lakar's french translator for years. I heard JLA say the same ...
by MiphamFan
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3480

Re: New Rigpa letter

Reminder that Lakar never actually gave empowerments.
by MiphamFan
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: -ise vs -ize
Replies: 37
Views: 504

Re: -ise vs -ize

I like the New York accent and New England accents in general more than "General American". Pity they are dying.
by MiphamFan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Can't nake any specific saint who seems to fulfill the same roles as a ngagpa, but I think Christianity in the post-Roman collapse was in a similar situation to Tibet post-Imperial collapse. Rome's influence was weak, no one was persecuted for heresy, people and priests in the provinces engaged in "...
by MiphamFan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: -ise vs -ize
Replies: 37
Views: 504

Re: -ise vs -ize

The use of -ize in British English is referred to as “Oxford Spelling” and claims to be more etymologically correct. It is regarded as an affectation that is used by the “properly educated” by many people (whereas the American tendency to add -ize etc. to everything is seen as just wrong e.g. burgl...
by MiphamFan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Indus Valley people & genetics
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: Indus Valley people & genetics

India was probably then, as now, a place of huge linguistic and genetic diversity. Known languages families in the subcontinent: Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Sino-Tibetan, Austro-Asiatic (Munda), Burushaski (language isolate) According to Michael Witzel, there are traces of a language unrelated to any of ...
by MiphamFan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Greg just has something against the idea of calling it a "market". A market doesn't mean that the participants are necessarily motivated by profit. It's just a term for a venue (physical or non-physical) of exchanges. I exchange my time and my money for teachings I value. The teacher (ideally) does ...
by MiphamFan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

In the West, their market is the Buddhist teachings market, quite different from Asia where pujas etc are the market. If you look at a typical Asian Dharma centre's schedule, you will see a lot of pujas, with fewer teachings; vice versa from the West.
by MiphamFan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

i agree with Loppon-la/Malcolm -- very little demand for ngakpa services where i live. for a number of years i have beeb trying to interest my old-time Dharma friends (and some younger ones) in all the skillful means at our disposal, but there is very, very little interest. i guess no actual belief...
by MiphamFan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

In Tibet people would give offerings to the ngagpas and ngagpas live off the offerings. Brahmins also live off offerings.

Do you know any Western ngagpas who can afford to live off just doing pujas?
by MiphamFan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Gyalpo spirits
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Gyalpo spirits

It doesn't correspond 100% to gyalpos in Tibetan Buddhism but even the Abhidharmakosa already mentioned that the kings of the pretas have a lot of powers and can influence humans. (gyalpo means king, and they are a kind of preta) It's not that difficult for a Western mind to understand it if you hav...
by MiphamFan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNN on presence
Replies: 72
Views: 2830

Re: ChNN on presence

Directed thought is like a text-reciter who does his recitation silently. Evaluation is like him simply contemplating it. Just wanted to add, vitarka and vicara are mental factors accompanying all minds in the desire realm, not just the first dhyāna. So for example, if my object of meditation is A,...
by MiphamFan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3715

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Well does that mean ngakpa cannot have “fun” in the aspect of the modern world and its social values - drinking , making jokes , playing games or watching ... ( you know .. ;) ) . Not necessarily. As long as you can engage in those activities with bodhicitta, pure view, etc. Which is what makes the...
by MiphamFan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Did Sapan write on visarga?
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Did Sapan write on visarga?

Apparently there is a Vedic school of recitation surviving to the present that pronounces visarga as /f/: https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=CKLxjjXqAsQC&pg=PA309&lpg=PA309&dq=visarga+in+different+schools&source=bl&ots=Gdjlj91Piy&sig=CQ8DzUK3RP81_85lbT4kzhwkBTU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjp_NXP6NjYAhWC...