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by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

There is one thing positive that has come out of this discussion: Mantrik and Simon E have finally found something they agree on! :smile: We agree on many many things. Far more than we disagree upon. :) But this particular thread has actually been really really informative and stimulating and I hav...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 34
Views: 809

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

If we have a job, we have a boss, if our boss commits to something, we are bounded to act accordingly. In the 8 clases it is like the same. Thats the point. The local protectors and the 8 classes are not working for us, we are not their boss. We are pacifying them with our offering. If they really ...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

And now we are claiming that Aro can be valid just because the students believe it? I don't think anyone has given that view. I think several of us are trying to say that since it is impossible to prove 'validity' of sources etc. we each have to make up our own minds. If we make progress with a par...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: The Aro Authenticity Debate.

methar wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:37 pm
What will your KARMA be Simon E for your advice about Aro?
I think someone needs a teacher to tell them what 'KARMA' means.
Also check out 'VIPAKA'.

I put them in capitals for you in case you miss the key words. ;)
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

'Brittania' is daft isn't it? Awful dialogue in the mouths of a good cast.. :smile: Have a good time with Sulis/Minerva. Thanks. :) Yes, they need this guy to spice things up a bit! :) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IAbx5vWWOsM/VFEru5VKkcI/AAAAAAAAEsw/KP3ObbG6ljQ/s1600/Roman%2BBath%2BGorgon.jpg
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Replies: 2
Views: 78

USA CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

I understand from our UK media that the USA currently has no Government. I thought I should post this in case our transatlantic cousins do not notice any difference. Even worse, it appears their President is 1 year old, with a BMI of 29.999, so not unusual for his age. Might I suggest that we lend y...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Again, you invent what I did not say in order to argue against it. 'Just.....' was not my assertion. I didn't say it was. I was not accusing you of making this assertion. Unfortunately for the Aro gTer mob "just" is all they have. It is surely simple logic that if someone claims to have a pure visi...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Are you people on drugs or something? Have you lost all capacity for independent discriminating wisdom and awareness? OK, let's turn the 'fake terma' stuff around for the sake of balance here. What about LOTR's Kali practice and its derivation? Whay about ChNN's Longsal visions and teachings? I hap...
by Mantrik
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Are you people on drugs or something? Have you lost all capacity for independent discriminating wisdom and awareness? OK, let's turn the 'fake terma' stuff around for the sake of balance here. What about LOTR's Kali practice and its derivation? Whay about ChNN's Longsal visions and teachings? I hap...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3204

Re: New Rigpa letter

I find that as I get older, I tend to prefer apophatic practice; but certainly when I was younger in the Dharma, I was very enthusiastic about cataphatic practices (Greg, this is your cue to lecture me about misusing Greek words). I do like practicing Chö liturgies though. Well, Chö is a very phati...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

My understanding is that the Catholic churches in the UK which hold Latin Masses are among the most influential in the Catholic community..they include Brompton Street Oratory, The Jesuit church in Farm Street, and St James Spanish Place, which are centres of Catholic intellectual and liturgical li...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Limitations??? Anyway, I guess you should just follow your teacher's advice and I should follow mine and that way we will all be happy. Of course defining yourself by a narrow set of criteria is a limitation. Taking vows is a limitation. You seem to always regard comments as negative. Some people n...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

I don't know, but I'm guessing ChNN doesn't use the Ngakpa label for his followers because it immediately creates limitations. Perhaps that's best. Limitations??? Anyway, I guess you should just follow your teacher's advice and I should follow mine and that way we will all be happy. Of course defin...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

There is no authority upon which we may rely, apart from our own judgement. But we are not omniscient, and many teachings loudly once decried as fraudulent are now praised everywhere without question. Who is to say that Aroter is not something like this? You? Me? Anyone? Our own judgement can lead ...
by Mantrik
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Another fantasy of mine shattered. Lol :) I thought there were chunks of Latin in the rituals, a bit like when we have a sadhana in English and mandala offering and mantras in Tibetan. And the fancy hats and staffs, censers. Ah, the chorister in me longs to put on the cassock again...... not. Dragg...
by Mantrik
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 123
Views: 1992

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

:D Come on Malcolm. Ok, just for a sport of it, I have one name for you: Aro Khyungchen Lingma - the originator of the terma, a lady who apparently lived in Tibet of Chogyam's imagination, in other words there is no lineage to this stuff. If you have doubts that Chogyam is teaching a load of BS, ch...
by Mantrik
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Latin chanting? Lol :tongue: I've been to Portuguese Catholic masses and never have I heard chanting in Latin... Robes, Saints and candles though yes, and many of them. Another fantasy of mine shattered. Lol :) I thought there were chunks of Latin in the rituals, a bit like when we have a sadhana i...
by Mantrik
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3204

Re: New Rigpa letter

Surely 'depth of awareness' doesn't just mean information. I got the clear impression that he was basically trying to lead towards the advice, which I will state as an ad absurdum, that a female student should still regard her Guru as a Buddha and keep quiet about it while he is repeatedly raping h...
by Mantrik
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3204

Re: New Rigpa letter

This is a blanket statement that only people with clairvoyance have the right to exercise judgement about teachers not their own. I think this is one major point people find unconvincing. I disagree because he states: "...the depth of awareness or clairvoyance..." (emphasis is mine). I take this to...
by Mantrik
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Joking aside, Christmas Humphreys was a great person. A very senior member of the legal community who worked hard to popularise the Dharma at a time when it was little known. He played a huge role in its development in the Uk. Wasn't he also someone whose actions led to the conviction and execution...