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by Mantrik
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670635

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If you have received DI then the mantra or practice lung and explanation is sufficient for a deity practice. The lung must be 'live' and the explanation can come from a book. Many of them can be inserted into the Thun format, of course. That's my understanding of ChNN's approach to it, but of course...
by Mantrik
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Precept against killing living things
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Precept against killing living things

I’m going to Thailand soon to meditate. I think it’s important that I protect myself from mosquito bites while I’m there, so I would like to buy clothes treated with permethrin. However, mosquitos that land on these clothes will likely be killed by the chemical. So does buying and wearing these clo...
by Mantrik
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhism Reviewing Sexist Teachings in Sacred Texts
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: Buddhism Reviewing Sexist Teachings in Sacred Texts

Two issues: Accuracy Interepretation Suppose we have an accurate rendition of a text, and the interpretation is undisputedly accurate . Then suppose it clearly favours one gender, caste, sexual behaviour etc etc. What then? It is what it is and no amount of discussion about the cultural context , pr...
by Mantrik
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Admin comings and goings

How did you get to be Admin, Greg? I have seen few who more aggressive and disrespectful to others than you. How did I get to be admin? Let me see... Involvement in online Sanghas since 2007? Three stints as moderator during my nine year membership here? Close to 20,000 posts (some of which are act...
by Mantrik
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670635

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

So I’m trying to really apply myself to the Short Tun for now. I bought the book on it and it is quite helpful. It doesn’t say how many mantra repetitions to do during the Anuyoga portion, is there a set number? ChNN wrote in his Teachings on the Thun and the Ganapuja that in Collective Practices w...
by Mantrik
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyigma and Kagyu differences
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Nyigma and Kagyu differences

conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:23 am


So---I hope that helps clarify the somewhat muddy waters!
Very much so. Thanks. :)
by Mantrik
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyigma and Kagyu differences
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Nyigma and Kagyu differences

I have the impression, probably incorrectly, that in general there is less emphasis on the Ngakpa path in the Kagyu.
But I would genuinely like to know more about Kagyu Ngakpas.
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Bon Dzogchen
Replies: 65
Views: 1932

Re: Bon Dzogchen

I drew my fantasy with all the lines connected so it trumps your fantasy, so there! :rolling: :rolling:
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: It is Kaliyuga and it shows
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: It is Kaliyuga and it shows

I think I told you Mantrik that we lived in Glastonbury for a couple of years in an old house in Magdalen Street overlooking the Abbey orchard. We mostly kept ourselves to ourselves for obvious reasons, but the constant stream of new age teachers, would be shamans, genuine Native American chiefs, c...
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?

The other element is 'in my bedroom'. Some advise against this, especially if you have sex in it etc. Overriding all that I would echo Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's advice to 'work with circumstances' in both materials and location. Offering bowls are a good mental discipline to get into but all can be vi...
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: It is Kaliyuga and it shows
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: It is Kaliyuga and it shows

She has bought these as supports for her practice - 'Certified Space Clearance'. Like many episodes of Gullible's Travels, I predict it won't end well. No legit Shamanism lineage runs such courses and none give certificates. But there a thousands of New Age and 'Core Shamanism' people out there will...
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...
Replies: 29
Views: 1051

Re: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...

I thought he just stated what we call the bleedin' obvious as a quality for anyone who needs to be influential; accepting the fact that humans are shallow and you get on better of they like the look of you. We might not like samsara but we all have to engage with it, and perhaps not always do best b...
by Mantrik
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 100k Vajrasattva mantra preliminary
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: 100k Vajrasattva mantra preliminary

I completed Ngondro when I thought I was in a Gelug Sangha. Took over 2 years. It had no real value I can identify, whereas intensive practice in the way advised by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche produced effects after a few days. So make absolutely sure this is the best method for you. These two things mi...
by Mantrik
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 100k Vajrasattva mantra preliminary
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: 100k Vajrasattva mantra preliminary

I completed Ngondro when I thought I was in a Gelug Sangha. Took over 2 years.
It had no real value I can identify, whereas intensive practice in the way advised by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche produced effects after a few days.
So make absolutely sure this is the best method for you.
by Mantrik
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Admin comings and goings

Thanks to PC for his great work all these years. It will take a little time to familiarise myself with the tools, so if the board crashes completely and all the posts vanish into the darkest recesses of the web, you will at least know why it happened... :? Trained in frying databases by Esangha and...
by Mantrik
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A small practice but a good one
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: A small practice but a good one

There is a certain weirdness in Westerners greeting other Westerners in such ways, but then people bow in Japanese martial arts, make Christian gestures etc. and our cultures are now full of diversity. It might be unusual but then.... "goodbye" is a contraction of the phrase "God be with you" and i...
by Mantrik
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A small practice but a good one
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: A small practice but a good one

There is a certain weirdness in Westerners greeting other Westerners in such ways, but then people bow in Japanese martial arts, make Christian gestures etc. and our cultures are now full of diversity. Indians seem to vary in greetings they use and some see 'Namaste' as 'Hi' and some see it as recog...
by Mantrik
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 26
Views: 1328

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Thank you all.
I will explore the best way to insert mantras. :)
by Mantrik
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 26
Views: 1328

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Mine just arrived - a small Ebay purchase. I plan to replace the prayers inside, but can there be several, printed in the right direction, or is just one mantra permissible? My instinct tells me just one as you can only recite one at once. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/sIMAAOSwfsdcFoRu/s-l1600.jpg

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