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by Bristollad
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend

I had an uncle who explained what an expert was, this way:

Expert is made of two syllables, x and spurt.
X stands for an unknown
A spurt is a drip under pressure
So an expert is an unknown drip under pressure
:woohoo:
:rolling:
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

The test seems just as bogus as the various personality profile questionaires. Fun but not to be taken seriously (and if the researchers are then I question the utility of their results).

HInt: if you want a "good" score, never answer with anything other than 0 or 5
by Bristollad
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Tibetan
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Learning Tibetan

In general, is it more important for a practitioner to focus on learning Classical Tibetan or Colloquial Tibetan? Does anybody have an answer or even a non-answer? It depends. Is your priority to be able to read the texts for yourself? If yes, then it makes sense to priortise classical Tibetan. Is ...
by Bristollad
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 35
Views: 1134

Re: No end to samsara?

If we take the geologic time scale as the common truth, where is the beginning of "samsara"? Before. There were no "infinite number" of beings on Earth 540 million years ago. And in the rest of this universe? https://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2007/09/the_hubble_ultra_...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

I haven't had a chance to see the video yet but I suspect Toynbee's contribution is included because Ikeda tried to schmooze her because of the rapport he (thought he) had with her grandfather. She did a hatchet job in the guardian on Ikeda and the soka gakkai sometime during the 1980's. It can be ...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 61
Views: 7672

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

I had to vote 0 - I don't support Buddhist communities being involved in politics at all. However, if the question was whether Buddhist individuals should get involved in politics, my vote would have been different.
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

I remember this when it was first aired in the 90s, long before I became a member. The fact he makes no effort even to pronounce the name of the organisation correctly ("Sukka Gakkai" - really?) reveals as much as you need to know in the first minute. So apart from Julian Pettifer being typically B...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Re: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive

Thank you for posting these links - they will be very useful for me and others too I suspect :twothumbsup:
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen question
Replies: 49
Views: 1651

Re: Tonglen question

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:32 pm
I really doubt that tonglen is merely a mind training
And what is then the basis for your doubt? Which sutra or tantra have you read that says tonglen allows ordinary beings to transfer karma?
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Paths and Bhumis
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Paths and Bhumis

http://thubtenchodron.org/2007/05/five-paths-and-ten-grounds/ Here is a short explanation from Ven. Thubten Chodron, the American abbess of Sravasti Abbey, based on the Essence of Refined Gold by 3rd Dalai Lama http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/patrul-rinpoche/stages-and-path Text of A Br...
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tonglen question
Replies: 49
Views: 1651

Re: Tonglen question

i'm not sure how much it matters whether or not negativities can be taken with tonglen or merit given. the point is that it's a practice that can be done with bodhichitta to accumulate merit and once we are buddhas we can do much more than tonglen to take negativities and give liberation to all mot...
by Bristollad
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Learning Tibetan
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Learning Tibetan

There is also http://esukhia.org/

I haven't studied with them but have friends that have - their verdict was: Good, not cheap.
by Bristollad
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad

Seems very personal - not sure how much it applies to anyone else.
by Bristollad
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Scanning Library Books

Also to be remembered - not all library books are still under copyright, and not all Dharma books are still available in print even if covered by copyright. So intention gets added back into the mix again - if it's simply to accumulate without having to pay for it then it seems unethical to me. If i...
by Bristollad
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 412

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I found these transcripts of Lama Yeshe valuable:
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available from https://www.lamayeshe.com/

Also this video from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche: What is Dharma Practice is clear and beautiful.

by Bristollad
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: New Book by Lama Yeshe: Mahamudra

It's going on my Christmas wishlist...
by Bristollad
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Robert Thurman: Universe, Zeroverse, Buddhaverse
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Robert Thurman: Universe, Zeroverse, Buddhaverse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXnycMe8oU nice one "As we are noticing very vividly nowadays, even the President of the United States cannot convince the rest of the world that he is more important than them. Hard as he tries." "That's all I want to share, really" he says at 3min 45 - cure brevit...
by Bristollad
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to REALLY Relax
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: How to REALLY Relax

When I used to get really stressed at University, I would go hill-walking. The height of the hill or getting to the top wasn't too important but getting out under a big sky and sitting quietly for a while listening to the skylarks and lapwings used to allow me fully relax and then make the choice to...
by Bristollad
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are humans forever?
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: Are humans forever?

I’ve always regarded the 6 realms as decriptions of levels of afflictions, capacity and freedom to practise etc. As such describing someone as being in the human realm is not necessarily referring to an specific set of apes who happen to have evolved on a particular planet orbiting a particular star...

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