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by DGA
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

passel wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:44 pm
Purity is just an assertion, right?
I think so, yes.

Specifically, it's an assertion regarding a lack of impurity. Something is pure to the extent it is not impure.

This means that it makes some sense to ask someone who makes an assertion about purity about what impurity might mean.
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

Though I don't practice Tibetan Vajrayana, I do practice a path that places great emphasis on faith and refuge. It boggles my mind how easily people seem to take refuge in gurus. Frankly, it looks to me like people very excitedly jumping into the deep ends of the pool, never having practiced swimmi...
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:27 am
DGA wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:09 am
I think Tom of Finland directed that clip.
How well-known a figure is he? :stirthepot:
I'm a 0 on the Kinsey scale and I've known about Tom of Finland since I was maybe 8 or 9 years old. My mom introduced me to it. She was a character. Today is her birthday, oddly enough.

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by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

In general, we need a good motivation to create good karma, but due to the power of the Three Jewels, simply beholding Buddha's image is a cause of liberation, even if you look at it with an angry mind. This benefit comes because of the power and purity of the object Would you please describe the p...
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Bristollad wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:19 pm
I repeat, claims of pure teachings, pure traditions, pure teachers are for me a red flag. They sit alongside claims of being racially pure as being divorced from reality and a hindrance to being a decent human being never mind a buddhist practitioner.
^^^This is an important insight.^^^
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Yes, true, so paradoxically we need to find a valid Teacher to start with who can give us valid teachings so that we can develop wisdom. I guess if we find the wrong teacher then we might end up like Angulimala, if we have no innate wisdom from previous lives. What is innate wisdom in your view? If...
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

I'd like to zero in on this idea of purity. In some Tibetan traditions, it is claimed that a particular practice may be more or less potent because those who practiced it have kept their samaya intact, "pure." This is an advantage of the terma tradition, in my opinion. The treasures of Guru Rinpoche...
by DGA
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1285

Re: Is lineage enough?

So we are supposed to view our teachers as 100% infallible and enlightened, but how about we demistify and deconstruct everything and understand, in truth, the teacher/guru is typically very human, and that is not to say they are flawed. As was said in the film "Night of the Iguana," I find nothing...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

There's an organization that is based in the UK and is very controversial. When it implodes, for whatever reason, we won't discuss it at DW. Mercifully. It never will because it's a pure tradition benefiting so many people all over the world. Sorry to disappoint. Your post raised a question that I ...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls

I have heard of the concept of the Dharma being transmitted to us “from the scrolls of the Lotus Sutra,” but not the specific name of the teaching. I don’t think it’s specific to Kempon Hokke, and it strikes me as fairly straightforward and non-controversial. Nichiren’s reference to “oral transmiss...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2018

What's a "pure tradition"?

A comment was made elsewhere that deserves its own topic: There's an organization that is based in the UK and is very controversial. When it implodes, for whatever reason, we won't discuss it at DW. Mercifully. It never will because it's a pure tradition benefiting so many people all over the world....
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

say what you like about the Dorje Kasung... they have snappy looking lapel pins.

Saying "Excellent, I'm here for the lapel pins" in a sincere tone is a sure way to get yourself excused from any Shambhala activity, by the way.
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It is not surprising at all that Trungpa created an army, the Vajra Guard, and that it remains the chief expression of Shambhala International's will to power. Attempts to create enlightened societies always end in tears. For the purpose of this discussion, it would be helpful to get some clarity o...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

Here's a stab... They're not masters. :good: I don't think #metoo will stop with Lakar and Osel Mukpo. Hint: there's something rotten in Denmark, and it rhymes with guacamole. They have putrid ravioli in Copenhagen? Why? :shrug: Given all the smoke, I would be very surprised if no fire is in eviden...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1285

Re: Is lineage enough?

Among other things, I think there needs to be a change in culture among Dharma practitioners, particularly in the West. Specifically, there needs to be a lot less credulity and passive acceptance of make-believe. Practitioners need to be increasingly intolerant of bullshit behavior. Be grownups. Be...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4991

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

I'm confident her group is having more fun than we are at this very moment. I hope they are. Oh, no doubt. Of course, being a serious teacher isn't any fun at all. So I hope she is not having too much fun. That's what I don't understand about those persons who really, really, really want to be the ...
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3063

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

There's an organization that is based in the UK and is very controversial. When it implodes, for whatever reason, we won't discuss it at DW. Mercifully.
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4991

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

Ogaf wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:01 pm
And this was the last time you all discussed this:

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=16819&hilit=Pema+Khandro[url][/url]

O :coffee:
I'm confident her group is having more fun than we are at this very moment. I hope they are.
by DGA
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4991

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

3 Paragraphs lower on her extended biography page, you can see in the text that Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche also gave her authorization to teach. Actually I looked at the extended biography and see no place where it says Gangteng Tulku authorized her to teach, only a place where it mentions a name he g...

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