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by Namgyal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics
Replies: 24
Views: 5058

Re: Universities which provide good education on dharma topics

In the UK Edinburgh is also good for Sanskrit, and Cambridge for Central Asia. Unfortunately Huseng is quite correct, in the West you will constantly feel a pair of shears clipping at your tail, and if you are unlucky your entire department will get sliced away while you are in the middle of it (hap...
by Namgyal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm missing something...
Replies: 43
Views: 6966

Re: I'm missing something...

One, you're saying the OBC is "synthetic".I'm not really sure what you mean by that, could you clarify? Two,It sounds like you are saying they are a Western Zen Order, rather than a Japanese National Zen order.That would be correct, Then third...meaning that they are not an exclusively American Ord...
by Namgyal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm missing something...
Replies: 43
Views: 6966

Re: I'm missing something...

Dear Sara, As I am sure you know 'American Zen' is a term commonly used to describe a specific group of organisations. As for the OBC, according to 'The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America's' entry for Rev. Jiyu-Kennett; 'Her adaptation of Zen for Westerners has been likened to Japan...
by Namgyal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 6638

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

Is it really possible to separate an individual from their work? Mary Wollstonecraft wrote an excellent early feminist work, 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women'(1792) but when it emerged after her death that her own life had fallen far short of the standards she exhorted in others, her credibilit...
by Namgyal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 6638

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

His book 'Mahayana Buddhism' is well respected, but on a personal level it is a different story. I can only write from my own experience as a former Buddhist academic in the UK; I've often heard former colleagues laughing and hooting at him (admittedly behind his back). This is due to his years of c...
by Namgyal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm missing something...
Replies: 43
Views: 6966

Re: I'm missing something...

:smile: Yes, that's quite correct, a few Japanese priests do indeed volunteer to maintain celibacy and other practices on top of their Japanese Bodhisattva vows. I didn't include OBC monks in my brief list because they are a synthetic Western tradition rather than Japanese...nor are they strictly sp...
by Namgyal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land
Replies: 29
Views: 6638

Re: Paul Williams critique of Pure Land

In Buddhist academic circles, Dr. Williams credibility is zero. Firstly, he developed his own extreme and intolerant version of the Tibetan 'rangtongpa' view, then when he found that he couldn't dominate others with it as he had hoped, he converted to Catholicism, which he found to be a more effecti...
by Namgyal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?
Replies: 17
Views: 4123

Re: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?

An elderly Tibetan lama once commented to me about people who smoke marijuana... 'everything they think and everything they say is crap'. With stronger drugs it is even worse, and in addition they cause a lot of harm to your health, MDMA for example permanently damages the heart. As to the validity ...
by Namgyal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm missing something...
Replies: 43
Views: 6966

Re: I'm missing something...

Chinese Chan monks are celibate (except for mainland Chinese 'monks', who aren't actually monks at all). Japanese priests of all traditions (sometimes called monks) are not celibate and can marry, as can priests from the Korean Taego sect American Zen is derived from Japanese sources therefore its t...
by Namgyal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from India
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Re: Hi from India

Welcome, Brother :smile:
by Namgyal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 23615

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

homosexuality, especially pederasty, has been a common practice for centuries in Buddhist monastaries throughout Asia and, unlike Catholicism which turned a blind eye to a practice which was definitely considered sinful, it was often practiced very openly as an acceptable form of sexual release for...
by Namgyal
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug View of Dzogchen?
Replies: 51
Views: 11921

Re: Gelug View of Dzogchen?

:namaste: It depends which Gelug. Within this school there has always been two camps. The liberal camp, championed by successive Dalai Lamas, is Rime and so open to all traditions, whereas the conservative camp, exemplified by Pabongka and Co. would be very happy if the other schools simply withered...
by Namgyal
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 23615

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Hello, in my experience elderly Tibetan Lamas are rather wide-eyed and curious about homosexuality along the lines of 'wow, really what's that all about?'...but hostile, no of course not because that would be discriminatory and cruel. If they had any concerns it would that the individual might exper...

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