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by Malcolm
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1281

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

No doubt that horrible things have been done in the name of this religious authority or that, including Buddhism. This is indisputable. Its another to say that these horrors have their beginning in Dharma. I'll add this to my reading list. Dharma and Buddhism are two different things, as I have lon...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4996

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

Sure. Nonetheless, claims have been made, and it is reasonable to ask for verification or confirmation. "Examine well the potential Guru," etc., right? Yeah, but if we subject all claims made to scrutiny, very few will really stand up. No? Recognitions, confirmations, etc., are all pretty much poli...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4996

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

Needs collaboration. Pema Khandro has students, that makes her a teacher by fiat. Sure. Nonetheless, claims have been made, and it is reasonable to ask for verification or confirmation. "Examine well the potential Guru," etc., right? Yeah, but if we subject all claims made to scrutiny, very few wil...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1281

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

That's a damning thing to suggest genocide found its genesis in Buddha Dharma. Try giving the Mahāvamsa a read. It is one of the great documents of the founding of a religious country based upon the dehumanization and eradication of an indigenous population. The original sin of Theravada, if you wi...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1281

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Thurman’s Shangrila is a total fantasy. Any cursory review of the political history of E. Asia. SE Asia, and Central Asia should be sufficient to discover this fact. "Total fantasy" goes too far. Buddhism has a pretty good track record of having a pacifying effect on the societies where it takes ro...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1281

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Thurman’s Shangrila is a total fantasy. Any cursory review of the political history of E. Asia. SE Asia, and Central Asia should be sufficient to discover this fact. Utopias are always unrealistic, but if you don't aim high you generally fall short of the mark. The problem with Thurman's Inner Revo...
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 103
Views: 4996

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Needs collaboration.
Pema Khandro has students, that makes her a teacher by fiat.
by Malcolm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1281

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Thurman’s Shangrila is a total fantasy. Any cursory review of the political history of E. Asia. SE Asia, and Central Asia should be sufficient to discover this fact. Can't the energies of the angry frustrated people be sublimated into something more wholesome than fascism? Dan, you sure give people ...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual
Replies: 60
Views: 3346

Re: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual

Sonam Wangchug wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:32 pm
pemachophel wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:35 pm
IME, as one progresses in their practice one needs less and less sleep.
True.
As one gets older one needs less and less sleep. This is very normal.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Source of Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: Source of Om Mani Padme Hum

I've read references to texts translated into Chinese much earlier that make reference to six-syllable dharani associated with the six forms of Avalokitesvara. Are there such texts in the Kangyur? Is there significance to there being six syllables? In Japan, the chant I've heard associated with Ava...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Source of Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: Source of Om Mani Padme Hum

I'm really not trying to be cute here. LOL. Given that this is a Tibetan chant. No, it is not a "Tibetan" chant. It's source is the Ārya-karaṇḍavyūha-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra , a sūtra which entered the Chinese canon rather late (983). More info here: Author:Studholme, Alexander Title:The Origins of Oṃ ...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Source of Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Source of Om Mani Padme Hum

Mod Note: Split from " Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon? " I'm really not trying to be cute here. LOL. Given that this is a Tibetan chant. No, it is not a "Tibetan" chant. It's source is the Ārya-karaṇḍavyūha-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra , a sūtra which entered the Chinese ca...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Culture and History
Replies: 30
Views: 890

Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Yes. That makes sense. Well, no it does not. These issues were quite consuming for Tibetans, and there is an entire literature devoted to such cosmological questions as identifying the actual Akaniṣṭha, and so on, based on Indian sources. But surely these fellows who were master philosophers also u...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen for busy people!
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Dzogchen for busy people!

Whatever one may do, Dzogchen requires 100% commitment.
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Culture and History
Replies: 30
Views: 890

Re: Tibetan Culture and History

The Flower Filled World is Kusumatalagarbhālaṃkāra. This world system, the Sahaloka is contained within Kusumatalagarbhālaṃkāra, which rests in the palm of the hand of Vairocana Jñānasagara, the mahāsambhogakāya, within whose body all of the cosmos resides. Are there infinite Vairocana Jñānasagaras...
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Culture and History
Replies: 30
Views: 890

Re: Tibetan Culture and History

There is a somewhat amusing twist in the book by Jamgon Kongtrul: The Flower Filled World is Kusumatalagarbhālaṃkāra. This world system, the Sahaloka is contained within Kusumatalagarbhālaṃkāra, which rests in the palm of the hand of Vairocana Jñānasagara, the mahāsambhogakāya, within whose body al...
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Culture and History
Replies: 30
Views: 890

Re: Tibetan Culture and History

What is the 3000 fold universe above? How is that number arrived at? The Tibetan term is stong gsum , literally "three one thousands," or trisāhasra in Sanskrit. But 3000-fold is not a good translation equivalent. I render it "a billion world universe." It refers to 1000 * 1000 * 1000 = a billion. ...
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6015
Views: 539998

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:15 pm

Are you expressing a personal view or from ChNN himself?
Both.
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual
Replies: 60
Views: 3346

Re: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual

According to Tibetan Medicine, one needs 8 hours of sleep. One should try to be asleep by 10, and one should rise at six. But since I am a terrible practitioner, I never follow even this advice. I am usually asleep by midnight, and awake between 8 or 9. The best pure vision approach is original puri...
by Malcolm
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6015
Views: 539998

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I think it is not that strange that it is considered better in person, simply as a stronger connection may be created, as in any other connection it may be stronger if you meet someone in person than if you talk a little over the internet, in the end it may not matter depending on capacity and dili...

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