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by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 11449

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

True enough, I haven't seen it in this particular thread, nor was I accusing you of it. I was, however, reacting to your harsh speech insinuating that Pemachopel's advice, grounded as it is in both traditional Buddhism and the advice of many practical psychologists, was altogether beyond the pale. I...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 11449

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

why do you think your advice to such people is even in the ballpark? They have a whole other set of issues in leaving their teachers you haven't even dealt with, maybe basic empathy is better than prescriptive advice in this situation. Pemachopel's advice is simply in accordance with the tradition,...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Style of teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: Style of teaching

There are different styles of teaching according to the teacher himself, the audience, the time, and the specific purpose. To take some oversimplified examples, if a teacher is teaching a group who know nothing of Buddhism, it may not be too skillful to go through a scripture line by line; a more ge...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’
Replies: 20
Views: 1229

Re: Consciousness - is it really ever ‘switched-off’

The question is, what is consciousness? To paraphrase Astus' direct, accurate and brief statement, what we think of as consciousness is like the flashing of a strobe light. If it flashes rapidly enough, we might get the sense that it is always on - but it isn't. When it's off, it's not that there is...
by tingdzin
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Vivid Dreams
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Vivid Dreams

I agree with Johnny D. --vividness of dreams is not an indication of any special meaning. Nevertheless, keep an eye out for the face you said you would recognize if you saw it in waking life. Might be interesting.
by tingdzin
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 6519

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

My meatspace sangha is 95% baby boomers, even they can barely break even with the cost of rental and other expenses. One thing that hasn't been directly touched on, the US is in an escalating affordable housing crisis, and rent on everything and nearly everywhere is through the roof. unless land/st...
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Vidyadhara Heruka - Dudjom Lineage Tree
Replies: 10
Views: 2131

Re: Vidyadhara Heruka - Dudjom Lineage Tree

ddorje wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:20 am
Have you ever seen this Heruka depicted elsewhere?
A similar form exists in many or most of the different Kagye cycles.In Padma Lingpa, for example, he's called Lama Rigdzin.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knife crimes in England
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: Knife crimes in England

Mantrik wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:27 am
it seems more like 'Lord of the Flies' where in the absence of parental or societal controls, gang mentality rules.
Good insight.
by tingdzin
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 6519

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

tingdzin wrote: ↑Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:45 pm Good thread. Glad somebody is complaining about the commodification of the Dharma. Except to my ear, people don't seem to be complaining about that commodification, they just want to haggle over the price... Well, things do have to be paid for. To think oth...
by tingdzin
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 6519

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Good thread. Glad somebody is complaining about the commodification of the Dharma.
by tingdzin
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 2082

Re: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen

Anyone who thought that Tebbe's organization was at all reflective of who quality teachers of Zen are was really deluded. It's amazing how many people follow the opinions of those who just set themselves up as authorities. I am not at all surprised he switched to Christianity; there's a certain pers...
by tingdzin
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: TNH about to transition
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: TNH about to transition

Too bad. He will be missed and his shoes will be hard to fill.
by tingdzin
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2435

Re: American Circumcision

So you would be opposed to prescribing antidepressants to children who need then, then? The idea that children "need" anitdepressants is aother example of parental negligence (except perhaps in very severe cases which may be organically rooted), and another example of the culture of "two in the mou...
by tingdzin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2435

Re: American Circumcision

Transition treatment for children consists only of hormone blockers, the purpose of which is to preserve the childs right to choose when they become an adult. If natural puberty is allowed to occur, a transgender child's eventual transition options are restricted to painful ones. I am appalled that...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2435

Re: American Circumcision

I know of someone who was circumcised, and said it hurt a lot -- he couldn't walk for a year afterwards.

Sorry, a serious subject but a little humor never hurts.
by tingdzin
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Les Gilets Jaunes
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: Les Gilets Jaunes

Thanks, Kim -- this is the sort of constructive suggestion I was looking for.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 3067

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

We are all going to get the chance to see, probably sooner than we would like, how deeply we have made the Buddha's way our own, and whether our fine words about what we would or would not do really mean anything in the crunch. What can we do? Stop being frivolous and/ or self-righteous, and train i...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 500 Million Hotel Guest Records Stolen in Data Breach
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: 500 Million Hotel Guest Records Stolen in Data Breach

PeterC wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:21 am
With regard to hacking, there are two types of company out there: the ones that know they’ve been breached, and the ones that don’t yet know. The same applies to governments.
Scary indeed.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Les Gilets Jaunes
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: Les Gilets Jaunes

It's hard to get real news about what's going on in France. How much did fuel go up? Are things settling down? Who would be better than Macron in your opinion?

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