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by tingdzin
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?
Replies: 16
Views: 1962

Re: Does Vajrayana have anything like Feng Shui?

It is called sa che (sa dpyad), but it deals more with txternal landscapes than interoior design, though some works also contain tips for setting up retreat cabins. Tibetan culture has some traditional recommendationsfor household layout, but as far as I know, these are not classed as sa che.
by tingdzin
Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Store at Mahasiddha.org
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: Store at Mahasiddha.org

Ah, thanks.
by tingdzin
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Nechung
Replies: 1
Views: 556

Re: Questions on Nechung

I doubt that the sadhana for the Nechung oracle spirits has been translated, if that's what you mean; it is practiced in a very limited circle. :smile: . I assume your friend's "thesis" is undergraduate, or he would have to learn Tibetan. If he has not read Nebesky Wojkowitz's chapter in "Oracles an...
by tingdzin
Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Store at Mahasiddha.org
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Store at Mahasiddha.org

Does anyone know if this store is still functioning? I placed an order awhile ago, but have heard nothing at all.
by tingdzin
Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Burmese Monk Stokes Hatred of Muslims
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

Re: Burmese Monk Stokes Hatred of Muslims

Well and succinctly put, jeeprs.
by tingdzin
Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: State of Tibetan culture
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: State of Tibetan culture

I am not talking about hydropower, but mainly deforestation, mineral extraction, and wildlife extermination (see the movie "Mountain Patrol", a true story) though the Chinese do seem to have realized that deforestation in Khams can cause severe flooding and erosion problems downstream in China prope...
by tingdzin
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: State of Tibetan culture
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: State of Tibetan culture

What the OP said is a little bit encouraging, but Tibetan culture is/was far more profound than dress and even the colloquial language(s) spoken there. Tibetan culture, in my view, was one of the only world cultures that had sophisticated intellectual and artistic traditions while simultaneously pre...
by tingdzin
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Monks call to ban Buddhist-Muslim marriages
Replies: 26
Views: 3340

Re: Monks call to ban Buddhist-Muslim marriages

Yes, as revolting as we may find examples of Buddhist narrow-mindedness, it is important to remember that Muslim women are simply not allowed to marry non-Muslim men (it is not an individual choice), and that the current trends being discussed are a natural if rather unpalatable reaction to this. I ...
by tingdzin
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What has Chinese Buddhism lost?
Replies: 51
Views: 8728

Re: What has Chinese Buddhism lost?

This is a very interesting thread to me, even though my primary practice is Tibetan Buddhism. I think Indrajala has made an importantr contribution in introducing this subject, and I confess that I am sympathetic to this point of view. Buddhism is not necessarily found in fine art, but if one is not...
by tingdzin
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Good Books On The Buddha's
Replies: 11
Views: 3128

Re: Good Books On The Buddha's

Mike

The works suggested immediately above are excellent cutting-edge scholarship on the historicity, etc. of Shenrab, but may not be of too much immediate interest if you want to know how Bon has actually operated on the ground in Tibet.

Tingdzin
by tingdzin
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Quandries
Replies: 32
Views: 4688

Re: Ngondro Quandries

My advice would be to whip through the ngondro you are doing first. If you quit it, it would not bode well for your future attempts to complete a regular ngondro. Sounds like you could finish it pretty fast if you are diligent. But don't just do it by rote -- try to see the point of the practices, a...
by tingdzin
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Good Books On The Buddha's
Replies: 11
Views: 3128

Re: Good Books On The Buddha's

You could start with Snellgrove's "The Nine Ways of Bon", which is a book of excerpts from a biography of Tonpa Shenrab.
by tingdzin
Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Shape of Ancient Thought
Replies: 31
Views: 5232

Re: The Shape of Ancient Thought

Thanks for your taking the trouble. This srtuff is interesting to me.
by tingdzin
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Budddhism in Nepal
Replies: 11
Views: 1649

Re: Budddhism in Nepal

However, Nepal is not in East Asia by any stretch of the imagination (except for maybe some expansionist Chinese's).
by tingdzin
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Shape of Ancient Thought
Replies: 31
Views: 5232

Re: The Shape of Ancient Thought

<To whom it may concern: This thread is not about the question of whether or not Buddhism posits a "soul"; it is hopefully at least two layers deeper than that, so please do not sidetrack it.> Very interesting, Dronma. Is psyche still used this way in modern Greek? Your citation of the Milindapanha ...
by tingdzin
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India
Replies: 24
Views: 3435

Re: Looking for Dzogchen teacher in Sikkim India

There are many qualified teachers living near Bauddha. Lama Rinchen (Dudjom Lineage) and Tulku Rigdzin Pema (Longchen Nyingthig and Dilgo Khyentse) come immediately to mind. Ask around.
by tingdzin
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Shape of Ancient Thought
Replies: 31
Views: 5232

Re: The Shape of Ancient Thought

Indeed, and I must say that I know no Greek. However, nowadays, "psyche" is taken into English as meaning "mind", and the connection with breath is forgotten. It is also translated as "soul" in some renderings of Aristotle, and that English word is truly slippery in etymology and meaning. And when y...
by tingdzin
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Candamaharosana & Sexual Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: Candamaharosana & Sexual Practice

Without seeing the original, I'd guess that this is referring to the two side channels and the central channel. Also, I've seen many depictions of Candramaharosana, and in none of them does he have more than one partner. Really, though, tantric language is indecipherable without a teacher who knows ...
by tingdzin
Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Life-Release induced anxiety?
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Re: Life-Release induced anxiety?

Just speculation ,but I doubt it had anything to do with the cricket release. My thought is that your unconscious mind was picking something up from your surroundings while you were in the woods; maybe there was a predator or snake nearby, or the surroundings reminded you of something in your forgot...

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