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by tingdzin
Fri May 24, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Talking About Kensho
Replies: 52
Views: 6747

Re: Talking About Kensho

Yes, seeker, there are all sorts of self-deluded people out there, and the longer I am around, the more I see. Agehananda Bharati used to talk about people who were sincere, eloquent, and inspired talking about experiences they had not had. Just master the patter and talk yourself into believing it,...
by tingdzin
Thu May 23, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Talking About Kensho
Replies: 52
Views: 6747

Re: Talking About Kensho

Actually, Matylda had it right. Even in such a short thread one can read all kinds of self-justifications, rationalizations, and attempts to show off which are incompatible with serious Zen training. The modern obsession with making personal experiences public (usually with dishonest or competitive ...
by tingdzin
Thu May 23, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who owns the Dharma?
Replies: 88
Views: 9482

Re: Who owns the Dharma?

I'll hazard a guess that none of the people who think that the idea of intellectual property is BS have ever contributed anything to a serious translation, editing, or commentarial effort.
by tingdzin
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Best academic studies on (tibetan) buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 3104

Re: Best academic studies on (tibetan) buddhism?

I too go along with Malcolm, though I personally find Martin more enjoyable to read. There are many more good Tibetan scholars coming up now, so hopefully the field will continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
by tingdzin
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:32 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How Buddhism acquired a Soul on the Way to China
Replies: 2
Views: 1729

Re: How Buddhism acquired a Soul on the Way to China

Yes, the book was recommended to me on this forum, and I agree with the recommendation.
by tingdzin
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Guenther
Replies: 35
Views: 8058

Re: Guenther

While I agree that learning Tibetan is by far the best way to approach Tibetan Buddhist materials (and I certainly don't want to dissuade people from making the effort), I respectfully take issue with the statement that Tibetan "isn't very hard". To begin with, there are few people alive, foreign or...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Guenther
Replies: 35
Views: 8058

Re: Guenther

Reading Guenther is challenging, but his "take" on Dzogchen and tantra is no more idiosyncratic than most of the other modern scholars who are very quick with their own interpretations. In my opinion, his writings and comments can be quite valuable. My favorites are "From Reductionism to Creativity"...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Completion of the path of Tögal
Replies: 204
Views: 32591

Re: Completion of the path of Tögal

I met this couple when they were first out of retreat and touring, and it was clear to me that they were genuine practitioners with good and gentle hearts, and had some very useful things to say about practice. Since that time, however, I have heard that they have run into obstacle after obstacle in...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Vimalamitra cycle
Replies: 10
Views: 1915

Re: Vimalamitra cycle

All the teachers mentioned above seem to be excellent. Really, though, one should not put much stock in someone's having been declared an emanation of an illustrious person, any more than one should accept a "tulku" as a teacher without examining him. Listen carefully to such declarations and you ca...
by tingdzin
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How they choose the Dalai Lama?
Replies: 18
Views: 2347

Re: How they choose the Dalai Lama?

The procedure you mentioned is the one that was followed last time. Given that the Dalai Lama's influence has historically been great in parts of Asia, there have been various other methods suggested or tried, including drawing lots from a golden vase. In the distant past, there has even been contro...
by tingdzin
Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: 4 Tombs discovered near Bon monastery
Replies: 1
Views: 1082

Re: 4 Tombs discovered near Bon monastery

Interesting stuff. Please post more if you hear more.
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:35 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche -- Zoroaster?
Replies: 4
Views: 1852

Re: Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche -- Zoroaster?

Can you really give sources that say reputable linguists are putting Zoroaster back that far? It does seem that he was from an area east of Iran proper, though. There has been a LOT of good research on Bon in the last twenty years, by scholars inside the tradition and out. You might want to check so...
by tingdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:23 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Receiving Longchen Nyingtik
Replies: 20
Views: 4365

Re: Receiving Longchen Nyingtik

There are indeed a lot of teachers who can bestow these practices. However, I would beware of trying to get a read on a teacher (very important before you commit) in a group that is already very large, because 1) such organizations are often poisonous, and 2) you will have very little contact with t...
by tingdzin
Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bon Religion by Samten G. Karmay
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Re: Bon Religion by Samten G. Karmay

Karmay's credentials are impeccable, and for a long time he wrote on important subjects that few others were interested in.
by tingdzin
Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What was Hashang's position, really?
Replies: 9
Views: 1951

Re: What was Hashang's position, really?

As Van Schaik's (limited) bibliography points out, modern scholars have spent oceans of ink in discussing the Ho shang controversy it is doubtful whether we can really know what the monk in question really knew, or meant in his explications. It is also doubtful that the Chinese that he communicated ...
by tingdzin
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:15 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Nyingma
Replies: 27
Views: 6135

Re: The Nyingma

It is my impression that in Tibet, whether you were judged as a good Ngakpa or not was based on whether you could deliver the goods in terms of such things as stopping hail, getting rid of concrete negative influences, performing death rituals and getting proper signs, etc. Tibetans seem (or seemed)...
by tingdzin
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 42346

Re: The Nyingma

It is my impression that in Tibet, whether you were judged as a good Ngakpa or not was based on whether you could deliver the goods in terms of such things as stopping hail, getting rid of concrete negative influences, performing death rituals and getting proper signs, etc. Tibetans seem (or seemed)...
by tingdzin
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:55 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: KANGLING
Replies: 24
Views: 8530

Re: KANGLING

Better not use a pig bone.
by tingdzin
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does Zen even have monasteries!
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Does Zen even have monasteries!

Google Joshu Sasaki Roshi
by tingdzin
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chinese conceptions of "soul" vs. Buddhist terminology
Replies: 2
Views: 914

Re: Chinese conceptions of "soul" vs. Buddhist terminology

Thanks a lot -- seems exactly what I'm looking for

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