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by Cianan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?

B vitamins—ample doses of choline are particularly effective and admired by biohackers, MCT oil, unprocessed cacao and a cup of coffee only in the morning are some of my staples. Coffee gets a bad rap, but research on not only its caffeine but phytonutrient and antioxidant content continues to show ...
by Cianan
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: AH-HA
Replies: 13
Views: 347

Re: AH-HA

Well, an aha! is what I’m seeking, but my question is about the Tibetan AH (A). Could someone clarify for me the difference between these Tibetan characters? ཨ ཨཱ ཨཱཿ འཿ I think the ཿ is like a comma or separation between syllables, and if so it doesn’t count for what I’m asking (except that I wond...
by Cianan
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Aspiration of Kuntuzangpo
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Aspiration of Kuntuzangpo

The Vajrayana Foundation has a beautifully formatted text with the Tibetan, Latin transcription and English side-by-side. You can download a digital copy from them for $2+ here: https://sellfy.com/p/lv1Q/
by Cianan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Emanation Confusion
Replies: 9
Views: 375

Re: Emanation Confusion

Emanations are like magical apparitions spontaneously produced through the nirmanakaya's unobstructed capacity to arise as anything in order to compassionately guides beings. Remember that ultimately, buddhas and deities are not autonomous entities with identity. There isn't really a Tara "out there...
by Cianan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking for Wordpress website experts
Replies: 9
Views: 132

Re: Looking for Wordpress website experts

It could be that the mod_rewrite module isn't running or there's a small misconfiguration of Apache.

I would search the web for guidance or get in touch with your host.
by Cianan
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dharani of Glorious Vajra claws / Dorje Dermo
Replies: 60
Views: 1321

Re: Dharani of Glorious Vajra claws / Dorje Dermo

Yes, and I am saying that what you are saying is one of the worst things one can do. If we get our heads out of our religious rear ends for a moment, it's actually a great service to someone to tell them to wait and think carefully about a major decision. Any draw towards dharma, the teachings of w...
by Cianan
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.
Replies: 24
Views: 855

Re: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.

This will be very off topic but - what if your teacher is somewhere far away, and you only have the resident Lama to talk to. How will you gain the blessings of the teacher ? How lucky you are to have a resident lama to teach you! Yes, I will be going to meet him next week I think. But still, what ...
by Cianan
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.
Replies: 24
Views: 855

Re: Great debate with my dad. And I need help.

Your father sounds a wise man. I would listen to him. You cannot know what is best for someone else. All you can try to learn is what is best for you. Merely I am not understanding the point. So I proceed to ask more questions. You have received the answer many times. It's time for you to turn inwa...
by Cianan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1782

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

:P Matthew, first all consider yourself very fortunate that you're in to the Dharma at such a young age! As you saw, most people at dharma centers tend to be a bit older. You're 16. There's gonna be some awkwardness and it's normal that you're wanting a girlfreind at your age. Since you saw how few...
by Cianan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 87
Views: 3724

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

I don't think you can call something without agency 'an intelligence'. Interestingly, some months ago Facebook shutdown and revised an experimental model of dialogue AI when its learning “led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating.” The AI spont...
by Cianan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 87
Views: 3724

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

I don't think you can call something without agency 'an intelligence'. Interestingly, some months ago Facebook shutdown and revised an experimental model of dialogue AI when its learning “led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating.” The AI spont...
by Cianan
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Interview with Malcolm on Wisdom Podcast
Replies: 28
Views: 1577

Re: Interview with Malcolm on Wisdom Podcast

I thought I should return to this thread just to add what an excellent interview this was. I can't express enough appreciation for Malcom's participation on these forums.
by Cianan
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Interview with Malcolm on Wisdom Podcast
Replies: 28
Views: 1577

Re: Interview with Malcolm on Wisdom Podcast

Norwegian wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:45 pm
Is there a non-iTunes link for this?
Yes: https://learn.wisdompubs.org/podcast/malcolm-smith/

From there you can stream directly or choose a subscription feed that works best.
by Cianan
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: two buddhist sanskrit stotram
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: two buddhist sanskrit stotram

Thanks Dharmic, the two i posted are from a massive collection here: http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil/1_sanskr/4_rellit/buddh/bst-108u.htm Ive chosen five or six to chant. In a way, not knowing what they say (while knowing of course their buddhist origins) makes chanting them feel very no...
by Cianan
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?
Replies: 40
Views: 1963

Re: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?

Coconut oil has been shown on multiple occasions to treat health conditions ranging from obesity to Alzheimer's Disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25997382/ Based on the research we have and what we know about its various compounds, calling it a source of empty calories is misguided. Par...
by Cianan
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?
Replies: 16
Views: 822

Re: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?

Whatever you'll find in stores will be significantly cut with fiber and possibly even dextrose, and it ends up being way more costly than it needs to be. Look around Amazon or somewhere else for a quality pure extract. It's so sweet that it will last you an astoundingly long time. I spent around $15...
by Cianan
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sūtra for the Illiterate -Buddhist emoji from 18th-century Japan?
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Heart Sūtra for the Illiterate -Buddhist emoji from 18th-century Japan?

which is useless if you cannot read in the first place. lol maybe if taught the system ,i guess ,for the first few pages the person who is illiterate would get the hang of it and then study it over and over. edit: which is what you were saying anyway...lol Japanese has a small phonological inventor...
by Cianan
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sūtra for the Illiterate -Buddhist emoji from 18th-century Japan?
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Heart Sūtra for the Illiterate -Buddhist emoji from 18th-century Japan?

Am I dumb? I can't seem to make sense of it. Hi, It doesn't make any sense to me either. Nope,it doesn't mean we are dumb,we just don't know what sound corresponds to each picture. It was meant for people who couldn't read Japanese characters. I suppose each representation/symbol signified a sound/...
by Cianan
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 54
Views: 2575

Re: Diets are dumb

Perhaps what you mean DGA is that diet fads are dumb. Yes, as I said above, that's exactly the point I'm trying to make. Or one among several. I'm being a bit puckish about it in order to provoke a discussion that hopefully won't fall into the same boring ruts. I see what you mean. I can't speak fo...
by Cianan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 54
Views: 2575

Re: Diets are dumb

Shakyamuni and Padmasambhava both thought it worth reminding people the importance of their diet, and I absolutely think there's something to it. What an impact it has on the mind. I have seen that your diet significantly affects everything from mood to sociability to the ability to focus while prac...