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by michaelb
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama Dawa Mirror Divination
Replies: 27
Views: 3693

Re: Lama Dawa Mirror Divination

Sherab Rigdrol wrote:Was wondering if anyone knew how to contact Lama Dawa, or an assistant in regards to requesting a mirror divination.
lamadawa.com
That's how to contact and request a divination, but as has been said, he is unavailable until April. I'm not aware of anyone else who provides this service.
by michaelb
Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

Source of the translation please? I'm afraid I'm not sure. I just dug it out of a load of old e-mails that I received back in the day when anyone was interested in this issue. I think I also wrongly said it was to the Chinese general, it was in fact sent to Nyu’u Tshalmo Krang. There are other lett...
by michaelb
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

Pabongkhka's letter to the Chinese General Lui CHungtang "Although in the land of Tibet there are many different tenets like that of Nyingma, Kugyu, Sakya, Gelugpa and so forth it is only the Gelug School which establishes the unmistaken view of emptiness and the Prasangika Madhyamika system which i...
by michaelb
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

Sorry, I misread your pedantry as obtuseness. I chose the example of Phabongka, but I could as easily chosen the Gelug sacking of Dorje Drak, which, through inspiring Jigme Lingpa to preserve Nyingthig lineages, arguably led to the entire Rimed movement. It's interesting that in trying to eliminate ...
by michaelb
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

This isn't ancient history either. How could it possibly be ancient history? Obviously, it couldn't. I was using a figure of speech to distinguish between a distant 17th century incident (the persecution of Kagyupas at the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama) with a closer 20th century example of Phabongk...
by michaelb
Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

I am sorry if my statements are terse but when these discussions happen I often feel a sense of one upmanship from Western practitioners of the various traditions. If this was not your intention then I should apologize. It was not. I have a great deal of respect for all Buddhist traditions, it's ju...
by michaelb
Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

Sorry JKhedrup and Namgyal. I didn't mean to engage in puerile sectarianism and elicit such a defensive response . I just wanted to ask how modern Gelugpas deal with the rather malign shadow that, for example, Phabongkha casts. Non-sectarianism seems to be a perfect response. Are more troubling lama...
by michaelb
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Buddhism is peaceful?
Replies: 170
Views: 21461

Re: Buddhism is peaceful?

Power corrupts... Power is intoxicating and the closer one gets to it the more one will do to attain and keep it. If you want to find religious traditions that didn't engage in violence, just look for one without political power or the chance to get political power. Gelugpas have been the most power...
by michaelb
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Marpa lineage picture
Replies: 2
Views: 847

Re: Marpa lineage picture

thanks very much.
by michaelb
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Marpa lineage picture
Replies: 2
Views: 847

Marpa lineage picture

Hello, I'm looking for a line drawing of Marpa surrounded by other lineage lamas to use in a prayer booklet. The picture i want is a line drawing version of the picture I attach below. I've seen it on the internet but only in quite low definition and with names written over the picture. Can somebody...
by michaelb
Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Words of My Perfect Teacher
Replies: 11
Views: 2503

Re: Words of My Perfect Teacher

WOMPT is written in an easy colloquial style, apparently. Also, Padmakara Translations are always very readable, even if this is at the expense of accuracy of the translation.
Great Gate is also pretty basic and readable, if I remember correctly.
by michaelb
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Words of My Perfect Teacher
Replies: 11
Views: 2503

Re: Words of My Perfect Teacher

WOMPT is great. It is commentary on LN ngondro but is general enough to provide plenty of useful advice to anyone. You could also try Light of Wisdom, Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on Chokgyur Lingpa's Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=22157 It is in 2 volumes (or...
by michaelb
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana in China
Replies: 21
Views: 3292

Re: Vajrayana in China

Might be best to avoid posting links to phayul.com. Chinese government paranoia and aggression ensures the website is riddled with viruses and assorted malware. All monasteries in Tibet now have permanent Chinese government officials on site to ensure everyone's behaving themselves and not inciting ...
by michaelb
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rajapadanam sasanam- the king is the first donor
Replies: 36
Views: 4947

Re: Rajapadanam sasanam- the king is the first donor

My country Australia is a very peaceful place & although there are a number of reasons for this the seperation of religion & government is a very important reason for this. Your head of state is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith, maybe that's one reason your co...
by michaelb
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya
Replies: 38
Views: 10749

Re: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya

BTW you can also read the introduction to Roll of Thunder from the Void, here. (I only just noticed that...)
by michaelb
Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya
Replies: 38
Views: 10749

Re: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya

You're welcome, Earth Dragon. Of course, there is a lot more scattered around the web, such as articles like this and images with descriptions here. Good luck finding what you are looking for.
by michaelb
Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya
Replies: 38
Views: 10749

Re: Dorje Phurba/ Vajrakilaya

Lots of information and links have been posted already. I thought I'd add links to the books I know of. Given its widespread practice there is quite a lot written about Vajrakilaya including commentaries on the practice such as The Practice of Vajrakilaya by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche. Martin Boord's b...
by michaelb
Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Banning of Tulkus in History
Replies: 24
Views: 3233

Re: Banning of Tulkus in History

The regent Reting Rinpoche was a student of Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje. Chatral Rinpoche used to have to sneak into the Potala so those gyalpo people couldn't get to him. HH Dalai Lama also wanted dzogchen teachings from Chatral Rinpoche, his teacher's teacher but I don't think that's happened. Any...
by michaelb
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva purification practice
Replies: 27
Views: 3895

Re: Vajrasattva purification practice

I imagine some kind of empowerment should be given before doing Vajrasattva as the practice is for purifying samaya and if you've had no empowerment there's no samaya to purify. that said, you can find out more, including a practice that apparently doesn't require empowerment here: http://prayer4pea...
by michaelb
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: lamas and animals
Replies: 13
Views: 2432

Re: lamas and animals

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This is a nice picture of HH Dilgo Khyentse and a kitten.

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