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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism

Specifically speaking about phurbas/kīlas, Martin Boord wrote this book The Cult of the Deity Vajrakilaya . Chapter Two is titled Buddhist assimilation of the kīla . I've wanted to get Boord's book for years. I am told it is restricted to those who received the Jangter Phurba and another phurba pra...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Tantric Ritual Implements: History not Symbolism

Specifically speaking about phurbas/kīlas, Martin Boord wrote this book The Cult of the Deity Vajrakilaya. Chapter Two is titled Buddhist assimilation of the kīla.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Altar accessories

The tormas offered at Saraswati Bhawan were only for a special fund-raising. This is not something regularly offered. If you want to have clay tormas made specifically for you, try Minling Gyurme. He's an artist Lama from Mindroling who is accomplished in all the Tibetan religious arts, including t...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Altar accessories

Today i received an email from Saraswati Bhawan, Lama Dawa's centre in USA offering many items including many tormas for sale. Check website or email them. Do you know the URL, by chance, good sir? I visited http://saraswatibhawan.org but the store on that site seems to only sell audio teachings. T...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 24
Views: 857

Re: L ron gardner

His ignorance is astounding. The subject of the most recent post he authored was a claim that Longchenpa promulgates the same transcendent "I" as Ramana Maharshi. His evidence was a brief section of Longchenpa's Dharmadhātu-ratna-kośa-nāma-vṛtti where he references an excerpt of the Kulayarāja tant...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 24
Views: 857

Re: L ron gardner

No idea who he is really. The only background I know is that he used to be a major Amazon review troll for Dharma books.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for scraping a website.
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Advice for scraping a website.

https://scrapy.org/ if you have any coding skills
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?
Replies: 64
Views: 1568

Re: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:12 pm
With respect to the idea of an awakened master transferring their "mind" (thugs) to a disciple, this is a form of blessing.
Is this at all related to Dechö practices, like Lama Chöpa?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2567

Re: Authentic?

A quick 5 second Google search didn't show me much. So, I don't know. But if he doesn't make his lineage clear, that is generally a bad sign.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: What is Bon?
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: What is Bon?

I would like to ask, how did the enlightened Bon deities arise from the worldly local deities like the 5 sisters, 12 Tenma I'm kinda curious about this as well as I've only ever heard about he Five Tseringma Sisters and Twelve Tenma Goddesses from a Nyingma context. I had no idea they were related ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 828

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

Rather than focusing on specific scandals, my intention for this thread is to explore what they mean for us as practitioners, and for the tradition they affect. For me personally, it doesn't matter until it's one of my teachers. And if one of my teachers were involved in a scandal, I'd try to maint...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 828

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

Rather than focusing on specific scandals, my intention for this thread is to explore what they mean for us as practitioners, and for the tradition they affect. For me personally, it doesn't matter until it's one of my teachers. And if one of my teachers were involved in a scandal, I'd try to maint...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Longchen Nyingtik
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Longchen Nyingtik

by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thodgal
Replies: 31
Views: 1827

Re: Thodgal

Virgo wrote: At the moment, since you are a complete beginner, thogal shouldn't even really be on your radar. If it is applied before trechko has been stabilized it can be useless, or even harmful.
I've heard that the Palyul tradition teaches Thogal before Trekcho. Any thoughts on that?
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The IRC channel #buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 793

Re: The IRC channel #buddhism

Yea, I have noticed that the Reddit forum generally skews toward the Early Buddhist Texts/"Suttavadin" crowd. There's not much tantra talk on there and many of the participants look at Vajrayana as a degenerate form of Buddhist syncretism mixed with "Hinduism". Oddly enough, a few of the more educat...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a Sravaka?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: What is a Sravaka?

Here's what I found in two online dictionaries that I use: >> ཉན་ཐོས་ >> <noun> "Śhrāvaka", "hearer". Translation of the Sanskrit "śhrāvaka". The disciples of the Buddha who followed the teachings of the theg pa dman pa Lesser Vehicle were of two kinds: Śhrāvakas and rang sangs rgyas Pratyekabuddhas...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 4355

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

What seems lost in this whole discussion is that Kali Yuga/Degenerate Age of Dharma is really about capacity of the beings who appear at a particular time and place, en masse , thereby forming the contours of the culture at a time and place. The fact is, no material metrics will settle the question...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9455

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Even if one accepts the dependence on certain so-called Yogini tantras were influenced by or even derived from Shaiva tantras The author is suggesting much more than mere influence or derivation. The author claims there is outright concealed appropriation. The main case he gave was for the Cakrasam...