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by MiphamFan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Check my understanding of dran pa/smrti
Replies: 3
Views: 179

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...
by MiphamFan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 51
Views: 667

Re: DNA TESTS

How much Neanderthal DNA do you all have?
by MiphamFan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 50
Views: 4261

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Anyway on the OP, read Almogi's paper on Rongzom for an argument on why a Buddha's jñana is also unreal.
by MiphamFan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 50
Views: 4261

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

What exactly is a "real" number? I'm still studying discrete mathematics in the context of computer science but I find things such as the set-theoretic definition of numbers strikingly reminiscent and compatible with Buddhism. A real number is by definition something that must be defined on the bas...
by MiphamFan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 50
Views: 4261

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

What exactly is a "real" number?

I'm still studying discrete mathematics in the context of computer science but I find things such as the set-theoretic definition of numbers strikingly reminiscent and compatible with Buddhism.
by MiphamFan
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 63
Views: 3500

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

I've been checking the German site every now and then.

Now it doesn't mention anything about the Nyingthig Yabzhi and the actual schedule just lists 3 days for Dzogchen teachings with Garchen Rinpoche.

So it seems like GR is not giving the Nyingthig Yabzhi.
by MiphamFan
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1322

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

Depends on the "spell".

I am sure that many Christians would think of naga pujas, offerings to deities etc as dark, black magic.
by MiphamFan
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do Tibetans know about memory palaces?
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Do Tibetans know about memory palaces?

As far as I know, no. The Tibetan memory culture is different from the mediaeval/Renaissance European one which did use the memory techniques intensively. The stuff that Tibetans memorize is mostly all in verse, which facilitates memorization. European scholarly writing largely is in prose. I used m...
by MiphamFan
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?

You simply need to make it a habit. I trained olympic weightlifting intensively in the last few years. I have since stopped it due to starting to work, but I continue to train the powerlifting (different sport) lifts 3x a week, and cardio once a week. I have never at all been motivated by "looking g...
by MiphamFan
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1343

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

IMO, the main issue with receiving many empowerments is that you form samaya connections with teachers whom you really don't know that well. So far I think I've been very fortunate to meet with good teachers, even if I know some better than others, but recent events made me more and more reluctant t...
by MiphamFan
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1343

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

A lot of people here in Singapore, I realize, just visit lamas and talk to them about problems they encounter in daily life and other mundane stuff and the lamas seem to listen and chat with them. But when I say I want to learn Dzogchen then they tell me to go for the regular events. On the other h...
by MiphamFan
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1343

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

Personally, I think the best approach is to follow this loop: Explain experience to teacher Get instructions and clarifications from teacher Go home Implement Gain experience Return to teacher Repeat Getting too involved in a dharma centre is not great in my experience. Also, there's little point i...
by MiphamFan
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1343

Not been feeling like attending dharma events

I still maintain my own daily practices, but over the last year, as I started working, I've somehow become less and less interested in attending Dharma-related events such as empowerments and teachings, unless perhaps I could receive Dzogchen related empowerments and teachings such as the Nyingthig ...
by MiphamFan
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yantra Yoga compared to...
Replies: 53
Views: 2248

Re: Yantra Yoga compared to...

What exactly is different?
by MiphamFan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 40
Views: 1642

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

They existed a long time ago in Singapore. Once one of them approached me. I laughed at him and said "you are a fake monk." in Chinese. He look shocked. I was surprised that he was shocked TBH, I would have thought an experienced scammer would take it in stride. Then I said further "I'll call the po...
by MiphamFan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 4438

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

We are not even projecting something on to another thing, such as imputing a self upon the aggregates. The innate grasping at a truly-existing self needs no object of imputation to be imputed. It is naturally imputed as the mere thought, 'me' or 'I.' Can you recommend any texts that go into this? I...
by MiphamFan
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 55
Views: 1880

Re: Translatorhood

Google Translate works quite well translating between English and other modern Western European languages as far as I have seen.

It still is quite terrible with Asian languages and even Latin though.
by MiphamFan
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa
Replies: 19
Views: 1364

Re: Chogyam Trungpa

Being too young to have experienced it myself, I have often heard "bad stories", and then some very good ones about Chogyam Trungpa only recently. Honestly I never started to read a book of him for the reason of the bad stories. I wonder, what stuff did actually happen, and what made him such a con...
by MiphamFan
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Pocket Hercules (1967-2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Pocket Hercules (1967-2017)

Yep, I read the news when he died. Sad, apparently he became an alcoholic after he retired.
by MiphamFan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Awakening kundalini?
Replies: 40
Views: 1339

Re: Awakening kundalini?

It's in a book called "Biographies of Rechungpa" or something like that. The author translated excerpts from the earliest bios of Mila, such as Gampopa's account. Gampopa said Milarepa went to Marpa and had no money to pay for the teachings, so he worked as a labourer for Marpa for two years. There ...