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by Blue Garuda
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

People love badges of 'belonging' and 'status' - no end of variety in Buddhism with robes, shawls, long hair, shaven eyebrows, pretty blue sashes, huge malas etc. Some of these are now a long way from badges of humility and poverty and related vows and seem more akin to Catholic Papal shows of opule...
by Blue Garuda
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Medicine
Topic: essential tremor
Replies: 4
Views: 4296

Re: essential tremor

Essential tremor seems to run in my family. I have some symptoms sometimes; these are mitigated by avoiding excesses of coffee and staying present in the moment. I still get the shakes though. what are the causes of this condition in TM? general advice? Good luck. My father had this condition. It w...
by Blue Garuda
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

Great picture. :)
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

a practical question on the hair commitment: It seems to me from casual observation that many Tibetan men who keep this commitment do so with a simple topknot, and it's easy because the have so little hair. Let's say you're gifted in the follicle department: do you keep it in a topknot samurai styl...
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Teacher & Root Guru
Replies: 88
Views: 54584

Re: Teacher & Root Guru

More than one of my Gurus has has humbly stated that all Gurus are one. Practice Guruyoga and all are included.

I have know others who tell their students that they are their Root Guru, or describe what they think portrays those qualities and let gullible followers draw the obvious conclusion.
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Teacher & Root Guru
Replies: 48
Views: 32287

Re: Teacher & Root Guru

More than one of my Gurus has has humbly stated that all Gurus are one. Practice Guruyoga and all are included.

I have know others who tell their students that they are their Root Guru, or describe what they think portrays those qualities and let gullible followers draw the obvious conclusion.
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

Yo, BG, I aspire to be retired...some day! :| Better to aspire or inspire than expire. LOL :) It's very weird to be forced to give the answer 'Retired', which apparently fits me since I stopped 'work' at the age of 48. The next welcome blow to the ego is when you only have an age category of 'over ...
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

I'd rather have effective practice and have no attachment to my label.

Since the only label or category I seem to be given these days is 'Retired' it's just as well! LOL :)
by Blue Garuda
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

I've had advice from Lamas as follows: Pronunciation does not matter - if faith is strong it will be effective. Pronunciation does matter and if the original was in Sankrit, pronounce it that way, not with Tibetan mispronunciation. Pronunciation does matter and you should always pronounce it exactly...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

Missed that who the Geshe is. Yes or no would help. No intention of discussing those who shall not be named, simply curious. A lot of this is a foreign language to a newbie. Sorry - I was a bit abrupt. I thought the quote would tell you who his Geshe is, as opposed to who he isn't, in case you want...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

Total ignorance here. Help please JKhedrup. Is your Geshe La the New Kadampa chap who lives in Ulverston or someone completely different? All Geshes answer to 'Geshe-la'. He already stated who his Geshe is: ''I remember very clearly one time someone asked me what Geshe Sonam's lineage was. I answer...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7615
Views: 934866

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Question about dedicating of merits. Are all merits always dedicated to all sentient beings discovering their real nature, or are the merits for long life practice dedicated to our long life, or long life of the master? Or sometimes dedicated to a specific purpose like in some guardian practice or ...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

The advantage of following one tradition is that you are more likely to expand your comfort zone to accommodate its teachings, and thereby make progress. Om mani padme hum Keith True. However, being uncomfortable and then expanding your comfort zone to accommodate the teachings you receive, staying...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fact or Fiction : 13 Crystal Skulls of the Mayans
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Fact or Fiction : 13 Crystal Skulls of the Mayans

We're safe - Indiana Jones dealt with them. ;)

Early on this stuf becomes silly, showing a moulded opalite skull 'glow'.

Just a funny trailer for the film.
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

At the height of the recent Gelugpa controversy ToS here prohibited discussion of it. Pabongka and Trijang were central to the issue, having engaged in a practice now no longer permitted whilst also having been central to the education of many modern Gelugpas. Certainly, Pabongka's 'Liberation in th...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

One tradition may contain enough fodder for a lifetime, but what if a person simply finds it isn't producing results? One can mix traditions concurrently or consecutively, and I can't see that becoming a master is any swifter or more complete through limiting study to one tradition. Results depend ...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?
Replies: 84
Views: 25360

Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

It's OK to try smoking it as long as you don't exhale, as secondary smoking may get people high. Seriously, if you would not let an unqualified therapist mess with your mind, why trust vegetation? ;) There are prescription medicines which have mind-altering side effects. Strangely, medics are permit...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?
Replies: 85
Views: 11576

Re: Why follow one tradition of Buddhism?

One tradition may contain enough fodder for a lifetime, but what if a person simply finds it isn't producing results? One can mix traditions concurrently or consecutively, and I can't see that becoming a master is any swifter or more complete through limiting study to one tradition. I was once told ...
by Blue Garuda
Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayogini
Replies: 49
Views: 10324

Re: Vajrayogini

Vajrayogini practice is very popular within the Gelugpa. This organisation is maybe close enough to chat to and they may be able to direct you towards a teacher. http://www.jamyangleeds.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It is part of the FPMT and is well respected. Dechen is also...
by Blue Garuda
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is ngagpa?
Replies: 97
Views: 16761

Re: Who is ngagpa?

The thread is about defining Ngagpa, not Ngondro. As Heart (Magnus) said, he is foll0wing the teaching of his Guru and I am following mine. Quoting a string of other Gurus is a fairly obvious adverse criticism. otherwise, why do it - do statistics define who is 'right'? I completed Ngondro twice in ...

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