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by Nikolay
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Nan Huai Chin and William Bodri
Replies: 0
Views: 1166

Nan Huai Chin and William Bodri

Once upon a time I came upon a massive book called "The Mind Experiment" by Bavo Lievens. Honestly I have yet to finish it, but so far it looks fantastic: for example, I found the very detailed discussion of various celestial realms linking them with meditative attainments. Such things are, in my ex...
by Nikolay
Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kurukulla, Lotus Dakini
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Re: Kurukulla, Lotus Dakini

Hello, I was looking for any available materials on the Kurukulla empowerment and sadhana. There will be an opportunity for me this summer to receive this empowerment, and I need to decide if I am going to attend. I wanted to read up on it - history, meaning, everything - and also wondered if the e...
by Nikolay
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kurukulla, Lotus Dakini
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Kurukulla, Lotus Dakini

Hello, I was looking for any available materials on the Kurukulla empowerment and sadhana. There will be an opportunity for me this summer to receive this empowerment, and I need to decide if I am going to attend. I wanted to read up on it - history, meaning, everything - and also wondered if the em...
by Nikolay
Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Words of My Perfect Teacher
Replies: 11
Views: 2475

Re: Words of My Perfect Teacher

The biggest part of "Words of My Perfect Teacher" is about the four thoughts that turn the mind. The Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro is very similar to the Lamey Tukdrup Barche Kunsel Ngondro that is normally called the Chokling Tersar Ngondro. So even most part of the Ngondro instructions are very simi...
by Nikolay
Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Words of My Perfect Teacher
Replies: 11
Views: 2475

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Hi everyone, I am considering buying "Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche. The book is a bit expensive for me, so I decided to ask for advice first. My problem: as far as I know, most of the book is devoted to explanation of Longchen Nyingthig ngondro. But when I (hopefully) will begin m...
by Nikolay
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Heart goes out to Connecticut
Replies: 57
Views: 7884

Re: Heart goes out to Connecticut

We are 100% responsible for our actions, not 50% or 75% or 99%, but 100%. Is a person having an epileptic fit "responsible" for his actions? Or a person in fever? What about a person with a brain trauma causing all sorts of delusions? Where do we draw the line? You are 100% responsible for your own...
by Nikolay
Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Heart goes out to Connecticut
Replies: 57
Views: 7884

Re: Heart goes out to Connecticut

lowlydog wrote: We are 100% responsible for our actions, not 50% or 75% or 99%, but 100%.
Is a person having an epileptic fit "responsible" for his actions? Or a person in fever? What about a person with a brain trauma causing all sorts of delusions? Where do we draw the line?
by Nikolay
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa
Replies: 14
Views: 2854

Re: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa

Yes, I imagine stuff from Soviet times did not get translated a lot. Currently Buddhist studies are on decline, like everything else in Russia. Good works still get published, but they are almost entirely written by the remaining Soviet academics. Works by Evgeny Torchinov probably were never trans...
by Nikolay
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa
Replies: 14
Views: 2854

Re: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa

I actually have an Abhidharmakosa translation directly from Sanskrit. But it is from Sanskrit to Russian ;) Russian Buddhist studies seems to be a whole other realm that is inaccessible to most of the rest of the world. Japanese Buddhist studies is a well of resources for the western world and some...
by Nikolay
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa
Replies: 14
Views: 2854

Re: New translation of Poussin's Abhidharmakosa

I actually have an Abhidharmakosa translation directly from Sanskrit. But it is from Sanskrit to Russian ;)
by Nikolay
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2603

Re: Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy

Thank you everyone for your excellent suggestions. A good starting point is Mark Siderits's Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction , which gives a good general overview of the territory from a Western perspective. His monograph Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy: Empty Persons is excellent. ...
by Nikolay
Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2603

Re: Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy

Thank you everyone for your advice. Guess it's finally time for me to get serious about Abhidharma. It's pretty clear for me what root texts I should begin with (Vasubandhu and Nagarjuna mostly). Could you please tell me what academic scholars are considered to be the leading authorities in the fiel...
by Nikolay
Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2603

Recommended reading on Buddhist philosophy

Hello, I have been studying Western philosophy for some time, but gradually I lost most of my interest in the subject, especially since I discovered Buddhist philosophy. It really makes sense on a level I was unable to find in Western philosophy, maybe because it is so closely connected to practice....
by Nikolay
Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What do Buddhists believe as far as morality.
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: What do Buddhists believe as far as morality.

I think that the most basic ethical (or, should I say, axiological) truth at the heart of Buddhism would be "Suffering is bad". Everything else is just an elaboration of this simple truth and practical advice based on it.
by Nikolay
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics
Replies: 24
Views: 4222

Re: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics

Thank you for your kind advice. This is somewhat disappointing. Spending several years in Nepal or other country would be fine if I had a clear goal. Unfortunately, I do not think I am the kind of person fit for a single lifestyle, so financial considerations are important for me. I do not expect mu...
by Nikolay
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics
Replies: 24
Views: 4222

Re: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics

Thought this would be an appropriate thread to ask this question. I am considering the Rangjung Yeshe Institute's BA program, but I am still having a lot of second thoughts. Apart from the obvious ones (quality of living in Kathmandu, etc) there is one main concern: even assuming that I successfully...
by Nikolay
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 19656

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Thanks for your perspective. I didn't know there were such divisions in Russia. Chinese Buddhism in foreign countries is largely made up of Chinese speaking communities and generally middle-aged women. As a non-Chinese younger male walking into such a place, not only are you alien, there are likely...
by Nikolay
Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 19656

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Going back to the original topic - I do not think that the popularity of Tibetan Buddhism is mostly due to some doctrinal differences. Sure, Tibetan texts are generally easier to read than sutras, and Tibetan gradual path approach is very appealing, but ultimately I feel that it boils down to the is...
by Nikolay
Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do mind-streams interact?
Replies: 51
Views: 4418

Re: How do mind-streams interact?

Thanks everyone, I am now quite confused :D
I guess I will return after I finish at least some of the recommended reading. Something tells me those "mutual traces" may be the key to answering my questions. We'll see.
by Nikolay
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do mind-streams interact?
Replies: 51
Views: 4418

Re: How do mind-streams interact?

So far I fail to understand how such a thing can be explained without falling into indirect realism of some sort or whatever. I'm not sure I follow you here, if anything, Buddhism appears to be a form of subjective idealism, at least at a "naive" level. Most contemporary authors, including Lusthaus...

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