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by PeterC
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 13272

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

As the title says it all - how is being a ngakpa an important significance ? What can the ngakpa do and not do due to the 14 vows? Also is being a ngakpa very hard in the modern world? Does being a ngakpa make practice easier ? What if you break the vows, does that make u are destined for hell? If ...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kyabgön Phakchok rinpoche
Replies: 30
Views: 4020

Re: Kyabgön Phakchok rinpoche

I am more amused that people would ask Rinpoche such mundane questions(instead of Dharma related qn) in the first way. :rolling: People are people. They may want validation, emotional support, someone to look up to, belief that someone is going to solve their problems. This is all normal and unders...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Kyabgön Phakchok rinpoche
Replies: 30
Views: 4020

Re: Kyabgön Phakchok rinpoche

So, after 2 days of attending his teachings, I feel an immense devotion to him and very inspired by him. First of all I would really want to say he is a very good talker and he can keep the crowd interested as far as I think. So, to the people who are very close with him , what kind of teacher is h...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 119
Views: 11117

Re: New Rigpa letter

My initial statement about Sogyal staying away is probably far more likely than any criminal court case in the States. Our justice system is in shambles and I highly doubt Sogyal has any interest in finding out what kind of greeting he would get here. The US isn't the only jurisdiction in which the...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Future
Replies: 101
Views: 12122

Re: The Future

I heard a story once about a conference convened a few decades ago by (Japanese) Rinzai teachers to discuss modernization of Dharma teaching, how to reach the younger generation better, etc etc. - much the same topics except in a Japanese context. One of the teachers remained largely silent until th...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sum-pa Language?
Replies: 14
Views: 1704

Re: Sum-pa Language?

As I recall, they are usually discussed as separate peoples, but that's not to say that there wasn't some connection. The Qinghai area was an is an amazing ethnic mosaic. Inner Asian nomadic and semi-nomadic polities often incorporated different peoples under their umbrellas, so that, for example, ...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Six yogas in nyingma?
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

Re: Six yogas in nyingma?

I'm not aware of any specific Chogling Tersar-centered Three Year retreat curriculums or centers, but they may exist. I do know an individual who did an extended retreat based on ThukDrup Barchay Kunsel which is a huge and complete cycle of instructions, covering all aspects of Vajrayana practice. ...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Context of Pointing out instructions
Replies: 18
Views: 1848

Re: Context of Pointing out instructions

I agree, it might not be announced in any way. Also, having the direct introduction will not really effect what practice you do, just how you do it. Also many people need to receive the pointing-out not one but many times before they get it. And even if they don't get it they might get it later by ...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Famous teachers and places to study dharma in China
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: Famous teachers and places to study dharma in China

MiphamFan wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:58 am
Larung Gar.

Chinese name: 五明佛学院

Yachengar too.

You can take rides from Chengdu to both places.
Best not to go right now. Read the news.
by PeterC
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Context of Pointing out instructions
Replies: 18
Views: 1848

Re: Context of Pointing out instructions

Are pointing out instructions always explicity identified before or after they are given? I've been in two separate situations in the past week where two separate teachers told me what the nature of mind was. One was a formal teaching in a room full of students, another was in an informal conversat...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

In the absence of new facts, feels like this thread close to running its course...

(Or new epithets. "Frogyal" is pretty good. As is the idea of a disgraced 70-year-old thinking he can negotiate something like that.)
by PeterC
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Please feel free to question my judgement. I replied to a particular question from an individual. I think for an individual to attend specific teachings/instructions is likely to be fine. All sorts of safeguards will now be in place. Capable teachers and instructors who are entirely unconnected wit...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Also, there is a case being mounted in France, although I am not sure whether it is criminal or civil. In fact, in recent developments in the case Rigpa's lawyer is suing the complainants lawyer for defamation... http://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/01/02/les-bouddhistes-de-l-herault-de-la-quietude...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Also, there is a case being mounted in France, although I am not sure whether it is criminal or civil. In fact, in recent developments in the case Rigpa's lawyer is suing the complainants lawyer for defamation... http://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/01/02/les-bouddhistes-de-l-herault-de-la-quietude...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

We’re getting tied up in a very remote hypothetical. The chances of any actual criminal charges being brought are vanishingly small. The abuse will be very hard to prove - testimony in these situations is often unreliable. There is more mileage in the points around his lifestyle and expenses - Rigpa...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Generally, though: we are fortunate that there are still many, many great lamas teaching today of absolutely unimpeachable ethical conduct. Aside from the very limited exception above it's hard to imagine why we need to associate with Dharma organizations like Rigpa. Whoa there Judge Dredd. Rigpa i...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

I'm saying a long-life prayer for Sogyal so he can spend a bit of that time in prison. Mahāyāna practitioners do not pray for the incarceration of anyone. Mahayana practitioners don't abuse any one either. If compassion is reserved only for other Mahayana practitioners then we need to do more work ...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby

Oh, also Theravada is as much a form of Buddhist Modernism as Fo Guang Shan is, in that it only exists as it does today as a reaction against Western Colonialism . Not that there's anything wrong with that, but a lot of people equate it with Early Buddhism, when it only exists as it does today as a...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 111832

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

I have a question on ethical behavior to you that concerns RIgpa and its remaining actors: If you have the opportunity to participate in a teaching of a Rinpoche who follows Rigpa's invitation, hence you pay Rigpa for the tuition and play part in Rigpa's way of reciting Refuge and Dedication (inclu...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question on Kalachakra prophecy
Replies: 31
Views: 3402

Re: Question on Kalachakra prophecy

Very interesting. So that section could be read as describing aggression by Abrahamic religions in general - ie including Christian armies, not just Islam? That would make it a lot more plausible...

(Have not received the empowerment and lung and therefore can’t read the tantra itself)

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