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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

The Tibetan Book of the Dead . This is a translation of the bardo thodrol by Gyurme Dorje. I don't know why they kept the Evans-Wentz title, but this is not like the Evans-Wentz book. This is a good translation and contains many other sections from Karma Lingpa's zab chos zhi khro dgongs pa rang gr...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 12
Views: 197

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

I have some more screenshots and will slowly, agonizingly , using the arcane and ridiculous procedures of Win10, try to post them. For instance: [media][/media]2018-02-16_18.24.45.png Of all the screenshots I took, this is the only one small enough that DharmaWheel will accept it. All the rest are ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Translatorhood

Hmmm. Unless things have changed drastically over the last decade when I studied this stuff, that's not how machine translators work. It is much, much dumber than that (although they do work surprisingly well in many cases). They use a noisy channel model where the program basically assumes that tr...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Translatorhood

My frame of reference on this is limited - I’m familiar only with the current approach that the Chinese tech companies are taking for machine translation in and out of Chinese. I recognize that there are a lot of other models out there and from your comments you sound far more knowledgeable on this...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 12
Views: 197

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

catmoon wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:48 pm
2018-02-15_12.36.25.png

Sorry having an awful time with oversize images, stupid Win 10. This is the best I could do.
Awesome!!!

:bow: :bow: :bow:
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Translatorhood

I bet in 15-20 years computer translators will be better anyways.... :stirthepot: I personally would never rely on a tantra translated by a computer. From what I've been taught, the snga 'gyur were primarily translated by realized Dzogchen practitioners. I wouldn't personally rely on translations f...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 12
Views: 197

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

It's been a few months since I've played Minecraft, but I love the game. Have never done multiplayer before. Can you post a screenshot of the stupa?
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Translatorhood

I bet in 15-20 years computer translators will be better anyways.... :stirthepot: I personally would never rely on a tantra translated by a computer. From what I've been taught, the snga 'gyur were primarily translated by realized Dzogchen practitioners. I wouldn't personally rely on translations f...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Translatorhood

I bet in 15-20 years computer translators will be better anyways.... :stirthepot: I personally would never rely on a tantra translated by a computer. From what I've been taught, the snga 'gyur were primarily translated by realized Dzogchen practitioners. I wouldn't personally rely on translations f...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 493

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Call me Mr Stick- in- the- mud but I'll keep using beads I can feel. Whose heft is in my hand. Beads that I can oil and smell the sandalwood or frankincense... I like using all the senses, not just hearing and cognitions They're supposed to look and feel exactly like a traditional mala. I've obviou...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Upāya (continued from another thread)
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Upāya (continued from another thread)

Even the particular text of the Lotus as we know it is upaya. I have no problem with that. Then it is not definitive and requires interpretation. The Buddha actually asserts this in the Sutra. Its why Nichiren could collapse the Lotus, and the entire corpus of all teachings of the Buddhas, anytime,...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 78
Views: 6663

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

:soapbox: I mainly advocate for the standardized translations of liturgy. It seems crazy to me that if I memorized in english very common prayers or sutras (heart sutra, 21 taras, amitabha sutra, even the tibetan refuge and dedications) there is almost no chance that I would be able to go and chant...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1033

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

We also have ten perfections. As far as I can tell, the Theravadin bodhisattva literature, what they have of it, is derivative of early Mahāyāna. Loppon, would you have any idea why the six perfections are most commonly heard of in East Asian Buddhism (or maybe just Zen) and not the ten? Was it the...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1033

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

This is not true. The evidence of this is that bhikṣus who followed Mahāyāna lived side by side with non-Mahāyāna bhikṣus. Also worth pointing out that Bhikkhu Bodhi's teacher practiced the Bodhisattva path: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balangoda_Ananda_Maitreya_Thero The idea that Theravada rejec...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 817

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Loppon Malcolm wrote:Śraddha, which is often translated as faith, is defined in Abhidharma as the mental factor which brings clarity to the mind, and that is it.
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 94
Views: 2877

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

I think they are means to the end of bringing beings to the Mahayana, which does lead to annuttarasamyaksambodhi. This means the purpose and function of the three yanas is to lead beings to annuttarasamyaksambodhi. To my mind, as of this moment, 2 must be false if 1 is true. All three lead to Mahay...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you learn from the movies?
Replies: 50
Views: 742

Re: What did you learn from the movies?

fuki wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:25 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote: What's the title of this movie?
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt5684550/
Thanks!! Where did you find an English subtitled version of this? I can't even find a place where I can buy it. There is a YouTube upload, but it only has Vietnamese subtitles.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2016

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

Related: I saw an email saying that Tulku Sangngag is going to bestow the Nyingthig Yabzhi in Santa Fe, New Mexico this coming November.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your Spiritual Youth
Replies: 13
Views: 327

Re: Your Spiritual Youth

I wasn't very spiritual at age 17. I became interested in Zen and read books by Alan Watts sometime when I was 18 or 19. Then I started formally practicing Zen with a teacher at age 20, I'm 32 now. Age 17-18, I was more interested in theoretical physics and stuff like that. I read The Tao of Physics...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure vision, what's up with?
Replies: 23
Views: 873

Re: Pure vision, what's up with?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:12 pm
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:15 pm


Most of these rules are later elaborations.
Ah, that makes sense. Later like 14th century, or much more recent?
It is cumulative, each generation added more rules.
Gotcha, thanks! :anjali: