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by Alfredo
Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who is the Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 4205

Re: Who is the Buddha?

Remind me not to ask you guys who Muhammad is!
by Alfredo
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Why are monks raising arms in this picture?
Replies: 16
Views: 5630

Re: Why are monks raising arms in this picture?

Because they're Sure of their anti-perspirant!

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by Alfredo
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Śākyamuni's non-Indo-European heritage.
Replies: 70
Views: 15434

Re: Śākyamuni's non-Indo-European heritage.

Thank you Jayarava! You have made me look at Sakyamuni Buddha in a fundamentally different way. I have often wondered whether he existed historically. The extreme disagreement over dates, and formulaic nature of his life story, discourage confidence. The recent tree-ring dating from Lumbini has led ...
by Alfredo
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who is the Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 4205

Re: Who is the Buddha?

Anybody read Cloud Atlas? "A dead man and a living ideal."
by Alfredo
Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Śākyamuni's non-Indo-European heritage.
Replies: 70
Views: 15434

Re: Śākyamuni's non-Indo-European heritage.

For an interesting approach to the Indo-Iranian issue, see Christopher I. Beckwith, Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age (Princeton UP, 2009), Appendix A: "The Proto-Indo-Europeans and Their Diaspora." Quoth he: Avestan looks less like an Iranian language than l...
by Alfredo
Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Source of everything
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Source of everything

The Source of All Things is Jesus Christ. Or else turtles.
by Alfredo
Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Self-Arising as yidam vs. being inseparable with the guru
Replies: 12
Views: 1949

Re: Self-Arising as yidam vs. being inseparable with the gur

I self-arise as the (14th) Dalai Lama, only more wrathful.
by Alfredo
Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who is the Greatest master you have ever seen?
Replies: 124
Views: 17463

Re: who is the Greatest master you have ever seen?

This whole thread is about what sociologists call "charisma." Basically a kind of fame. Am I qualified to judge who is greatest, just by the way I feel? People surprise you--the supposed great often turn out to have feet of clay, while secret saints may defy our expectations. Who knows--maybe we sho...
by Alfredo
Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Levitation in Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 3181

Re: Levitation in Buddhism

In order to display my siddhis, I need a deck of cards.
by Alfredo
Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: purification practices
Replies: 17
Views: 2800

Re: purification practices

Lojong
by Alfredo
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: monkey king 2014 full movie
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Re: monkey king 2014 full movie

Chopra Bros. Mahabharat --Bhim meets Hanuman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91QvQMb5cAI Translation: Bhim encounters an elderly monkey, and asks him to lift his tail so he can pass. The monkey declines. Bhim grows angry. The monkey challenges him to lift his (the monkey's) tail, if he can. Although...
by Alfredo
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?
Replies: 22
Views: 2851

Re: Esoteric Buddhism: is it real? Why?

And do you seriously think that the imagery of (say) Yamantaka is more dangerous than that of Vajrapani? The difference is not that the former is more terrifying, it's that he's got a mandala practice (which our Jungian friends assure is a symbol of psychological wholeness). And more basically, that...
by Alfredo
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A pretty cool religion
Replies: 14
Views: 1728

Re: A pretty cool religion

Out of curiosity, why is Padmasambhava surrounded by (above) Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, and (below) Tara? That is, why these four in particular?
by Alfredo
Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity
Replies: 22
Views: 3033

Re: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity

Correction: The book was actually Anthony Storr, Feet of Clay: A Study of Gu rus (Simon and Schuster, 1996): http://books.google.com.tw/books/about/Feet_Of_Clay.html?id=XxUay6uxp3EC&redir_esc=y Storr attempts a psychological analysis of the guru type as exemplified by Jim Jones, David Koresh, G.I. G...
by Alfredo
Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Living in Bhutan?
Replies: 69
Views: 6597

Re: Living in Bhutan?

A 5-year stint would be great, although I wonder why it would particularly have to be in Bhutan. The big consideration will be where you expect to live--in Thimpu, or in some small(er) town?--and what to do about your kids. That's hard to speculate about without knowing particulars. Small children w...
by Alfredo
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Living in Bhutan?
Replies: 69
Views: 6597

Re: Living in Bhutan?

I've only been to Bhutan a couple of times for conferences. Here's what I understand. It is dimly possible to work long-term in Bhutan, and in that case you would not have to pay for a tourist visa. There is one university, albeit with multiple campuses, so it should not be difficult to look up what...
by Alfredo
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity
Replies: 22
Views: 3033

Re: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity

You can't judge by lineage or anything like that. Many scandal-ridden lamas come with very respected lineages. So much politics and cronyism is involved in recognitions, that it becomes pointless to distinguish "real" credentials from "fake" ones. My personal advice would be to keep well clear of bo...

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