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by Alfredo
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Esperanto
Replies: 2
Views: 1281

Re: Esperanto

Glidis! Binob volapu:kan.

Same kiel plimalpli cxiuj Volapukistoj, mi ankaux parolas E-on. Tamen mi malamas gxian estraron, kaj esperas ke la filingvacxo rapide malaperu. La baza problemo estas gxia malrespekto por Tajvano--viaj gvindantoj preferas kisi la postejojn de la Cxinanoj.
by Alfredo
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Looking to Interview a Buddhist
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Looking to Interview a Buddhist

I wish you had asked responders to state their nationality, ethnic background, sex, age, education level, what Buddhist tradition they belong to, whether they are ordained, and how long they have been Buddhists (i.e., whether they are converts or ethnic/cradle Buddhists). This is likely to affect th...
by Alfredo
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Apocryphal Treatment for Conze’s Heart Problems, JOCBS
Replies: 19
Views: 3797

Re: Apocryphal Treatment for Conze’s Heart Problems, JOCBS

People like Nattier should not be regarded as authorities on any level.
Say that in a referreed academic article, beeyatch!

:guns:
by Alfredo
Sat May 03, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Everything I have heard about Garchen Rinpoche has been positive.
by Alfredo
Sat May 03, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Must the tantras be accepted as literally true, in order for tantric Buddhism to make sense? Are there no legitimate disagreements, either among the various tantras, or in the case of the same tantra, from one commentary to another?
by Alfredo
Sat May 03, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

And in those tantras, does the relevant Buddha or tutelary deity typically REVEAL rules which already exist, inherent in the structure of the universe, or ESTABLISH rules according to what would work best for sentient beings, or TRANSMIT rules which he/she received from some other source?
by Alfredo
Sat May 03, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

A few weeks ago I was watching a dharma teaching through streaming video. During the breaks I decided to review the parts I had missed, and then switch back to "live" mode. At one point I realized that I wasn't quite in "live" mode, but about five minutes behind. Of course, given the inherent constr...
by Alfredo
Sat May 03, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to find a right/suitable path?
Replies: 21
Views: 2414

Re: How to find a right/suitable path?

How indeed? The same question is raised by Lucian, who riffs on the "path" imagery:

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by Alfredo
Fri May 02, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: View on B. Gita's concept of duty, killing, going to heaven
Replies: 36
Views: 3095

Re: View on B. Gita's concept of duty, killing, going to hea

Gandhi's two (unfinished) commentaries on the Gita interpret it to say that fighting is better than cowardice, but nonviolence is best of all. (In view of what the actual text seems to be saying, I cannot help but regard this reading as tortured.) Buddhism views killing in a far more negative light....
by Alfredo
Fri May 02, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about a question which humanity may ask
Replies: 11
Views: 1343

Re: Question about a question which humanity may ask

Maybe the fetus doesn't know that it's suffering!

I think Buddhism provides an answer to the question, "What's your religion?"
by Alfredo
Fri May 02, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Sometimes Tibetan Buddhists are their own worst enemy.
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

As a technical question, I notice that the list of empowerments which remain open for viewing do not seem to include HYT ones such as the Chakrasamvara empowerment given recently (which could be watched online at the time). Is this deliberate? It may be that Garchen Rinpoche himself recognizes some ...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tibetan names
Replies: 120
Views: 90493

Re: Tibetan names

Drawing on my limited knowledge of Tibetan, a name like Sangye Chophel (Buddha + Flourishing of Dharma) might be abbreviated to Sangcho, which sounds like the word for "toilet." ("Chapsang" would be the honorific, if that is not too surreal that there should be an honorific for "toilet".) The Lama w...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

An analogy might be with a wedding ceremony. What counts as a valid ceremony? Can it be performed by proxy (i.e., with a third person standing in for one of the couple)? Some religions, notably Catholicism, conceive of marriage (or technically, sacramental marriage--the following would not apply to ...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Visiting Wutaishan
Replies: 1
Views: 670

Visiting Wutaishan

The Mrs. is thinking that maybe we should go to Shanxi this year, and one of the main things to see there is Wutaishan. Can anyone offer suggestions for visiting? For example, most tourists apparently visit all five peaks in one day, on a minibus. This sounds awful, and I wish that we could hike it ...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

On a more serious note (than my previous quip), JohnJ, I broadly agree with you and would like to offer whatever encouragement I can. Transmissions are not magic spells--they are commitments to our gurus, and to our ideals. At the risk of sounding Orthodox again, it would be inappropriate to approac...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gorampa & Tsongkhapa
Replies: 357
Views: 48671

Re: Gorampa & Tsongkhapa

I envy all those who are capable of following these philosophical disagreements. Without really being able to grasp the positions of Tsongkhapa vs. Gorampa, or Tsongkhapa vs. Mipham, I wonder if the important thing isn't the debate itself, rather than any particular conclusions. For the sake of comp...
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 49462

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Canon is incomplete without oikonomia!

(Rimshot)

(crickets chirping)
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Lama says Loch Ness is a Naga (??!)
Replies: 26
Views: 2411

Re: Lama says Loch Ness is a Naga (??!)

I shudder to imagine what sort of sutras this naga might reveal to the world. Ooch!
by Alfredo
Thu May 01, 2014 6:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: (How) does sex affect to spiritual life?
Replies: 15
Views: 2120

Re: (How) does sex affect to spiritual life?

You mean in real life, or according to some form of Buddhism? SEX: Much Buddhist rhetoric--often for the benefit of monks--reduces sexual relationships to selfish grasping (insert obvious pun here), though this is combined with a strange reverence for motherhood. IRL, relationships vary a lot, and a...

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