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by SonamTashi
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Takdrol, Gau and etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Takdrol, Gau and etc.

Potala Gate has some small Gau lockets: https://potalagate.com/collections/gau-lockets I don't know about the dimensions of the others, but I have #19, and it is pretty small, perfect for storing dutsi. However, the locket may or may not have a tendency to open quite easily. I used some superglue to...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 39
Views: 2302

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

Throughout the world, until the last few decades, corporal punishment was the norm. In many places, throughout the world, it is still acceptable. In the United States, there are even movements to re-institute corporal punishment, and the movement has supporters. I do not support corporal punishment...
by SonamTashi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Shouldn't this subforum have restricted access?
Replies: 13
Views: 713

Re: Shouldn't this subforum have restricted access?

There is in fact a "Buddhist Tantric Talk" subforum that is restricted. I think different groups and different teachers have different ideas and are more or less strict about what should be kept restricted/secret and what doesn't necessarily need to be. If you're concerned about a specific topic the...
by SonamTashi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 39
Views: 2302

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

Corporal Punishment is being phased out at most monasteries, but change is slow. Is it common practice to abuse kids in monasteries? Is that what the buddha taught? It seems like there's no difference in Buddhist monks and the Romain Catholic priest. The truth always comes out. This is why blind pa...
by SonamTashi
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1346

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Every method I've ever encountered says patience is a fundamental. Wanting to get there will never get you there. And yet so many teachers say that it is important to have a strong wish to be born in the pure land. There is a big difference between trying to go to the Pure Lands in this life and tr...
by SonamTashi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Hair empowerment
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Hair empowerment

Karma Dorje wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:37 am
Resurrecting this thread for a clarification. Not to be pedantic but does this specifically refer to the hair on one's head or facial and body hair as well?
I'm pretty sure it is only head hair.
by SonamTashi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 858

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

It also makes me think I'm in the right place at the zendo because I would be uncomfortable participating in some of the more devotional paths described Come to a similar conclusion, I'm not keen on too much formalised ritual. Thanks to Kirtu for the quotes, love the one about trying to disrupt tha...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 4245

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Thanks to the internet, the full article is actually available here: http://vajrayana.faithweb.com/Datura%20in%20Vajramahabhairava.pdf. It clearly supports what I just said before. The existence of datura in the Old World and its general use in Buddhist rituals is one thing (yes, I know others ment...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 4245

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Using Erowid as :quoteunquote: evidence...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 4245

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Loppon-la, Do you know if Caro Maestro has actually taken LSD Himself or is this an opinion based on His observation of others? I'm not sure that it is correct to lump LSD, mushrooms, and ayahuasca together in this discussion. It's possible that each has its own mechanisms of action within the body...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 4245

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

I regret having created this thread. It was meant only to find out the name of the teacher mentioned. But while I'm here, I might as well clear up some apparent misconceptions. There is a reasonable amount of research to show that very low dosages of certain psychedelics have effects on the brain t...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 4245

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

The simpler explanation is that psychedelics don’t actually make people more creative or insightful - they only make people *think* they are... There is a reasonable amount of research to show that very low dosages of certain psychedelics have effects on the brain that are helpful for psychiatry. B...
by SonamTashi
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Legacy of Menla (Tibetan Medicine Documentary)
Replies: 0
Views: 115

The Legacy of Menla (Tibetan Medicine Documentary)

A couple years ago there was a viewing of this documentary as part of the DOCUtah film festival. It is a great documentary, and I'd recommend watching it if you can find it. The director was there and we got to ask him questions, which was really cool. I've been trying to find somewhere to purchase ...
by SonamTashi
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 1142

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

He also has apparently dedicated his life to discrediting an important Mahayana scripture which would justify even more caution, and pity. I've read through his conclusions and I can only say that I think he's very confused. For instance: In this view the text does have magical elements, but it is ...
by SonamTashi
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 1142

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

I've now written more than 40 essays on aspects of the Heart Sutra, and my 5th peer-reviewed article has just been accepted for publication (No.6 is almost finished, and no. 7 will be a formal write up of these notes). All going to plan, a book will follow. I am as qualified as any person, living o...
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1613

Re: Dharma government?

I think separation of church and state mutually benefits both church and state. Combining the two definitely hurts both. I don't think anyone in this thread has suggested making Buddhism a state religion would be the goal, or even a good idea. Bringing Buddhadharma into the the public forum, on the...
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1613

Re: Dharma government?

I think separation of church and state mutually benefits both church and state. Combining the two definitely hurts both.
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1613

Re: Dharma government?

Take the U$ for example: 73.3% of the population identifies as Christian and only 18.2% identify as having no religion. The effect of this statistic is that although there is a split between church and state, in reality the U$ functions as a Christian nation. This does not mean they are Christians ...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1483

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Reading may be a good way to start getting introduced to it all, but you really do need a teacher. That isn't a cop out at all -- it is just how it is done in Tibetan Buddhism, for a good reason. Books will only get you so far. I don't think it is possible to really start understanding it until you ...
by SonamTashi
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder & Dialectical Behavior Ther
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Borderline Personality Disorder & Dialectical Behavior Ther

I've mainly learned about BPD because I think someone close to me may have it -- but not being a licensed therapist or anything, I obviously can't say for sure and I think it may be something else, and either way it is probably useless to worry about exactly what they have, if anything. Anyway, one ...

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