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by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Language
Topic: rdo rje 'chang vs. rdo rje 'dzin
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: rdo rje 'chang vs. rdo rje 'dzin

PKTC Illuminator has this: >> རྡོ་རྗེ་འཛིན་པ་ >> <noun> "Vajra holder". Note the difference between this and rdo rje `chang Vajradhara q.v. 1) Epithet of rdo rje `chang Vajradhara q.v. 2) Epithet of phyag na rdo rje "Vajrapāṇi" q.v. 3) General name in the language of the tantras for a person who is...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: rdo rje 'chang vs. rdo rje 'dzin
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: rdo rje 'chang vs. rdo rje 'dzin

PKTC Illuminator has this: >> རྡོ་རྗེ་འཛིན་པ་ >> <noun> "Vajra holder". Note the difference between this and rdo rje `chang Vajradhara q.v. 1) Epithet of rdo rje `chang Vajradhara q.v. 2) Epithet of phyag na rdo rje "Vajrapāṇi" q.v. 3) General name in the language of the tantras for a person who is ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4115

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

The "issue", from my own mere projection of "your" point of view, is my own skepticism with regards to if you (all) authentically have this ordination. Can you unpack this a bit? I didn't see that question posed in the previous comment. I can repeat what I said before, which might be "buried": So f...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 44
Views: 3750

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

I just got this in an email from Tashi Choling: We just received word that His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana a few days ago. We do not have any more information at this time. As many of you know, Tashi Choling has a close personal relationship with His Holiness, who has visi...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4115

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

The "issue", from my own mere projection of "your" point of view, is my own skepticism with regards to if you (all) authentically have this ordination. Can you unpack this a bit? I didn't see that question posed in the previous comment. I'll attempt to respond to what I think your question is, but ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4115

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

I know this is addressed to Malcolm, but I'll respond because sometimes Malcolm doesn't respond when comments get buried. And this is already starting to get buried. If you don't wake up during the empowerment, then you have a sadhana to practice. In that sadhana, you continue to take gather the two...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4115

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What's the deal with deity yoga? I found Lama Thubten Yeshe's explanations in his books very helpful for developing an understanding of this. 'Becoming the Compassion Buddha' would be one. Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche is another good one. Gyatrul Rinpoche's Generating the Diety for a third.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche

I don't know of any controversies around Gangteng Tulku. I along with a few of my teachers have received teachings and empowerments from Ganteng Tulku. I haven't been around him too much, but I was impressed with what I saw. Also Rinpoche has a three-year retreat program for Westerners somewhere in ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

pemachophel wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:29 am
Yes
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by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

Is Chenrezig/Avalokita a Buddha or a Bodhisattva?
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Virupa's Mahamudra Doha
Replies: 10
Views: 2385

Re: Virupa's Mahamudra Doha

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:26 pm

- What is here the meaning of phat?
P-H-A-T: pretty, hot, and tempting

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It's a wrathful seed syllable, often related to prajnaparamita.
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1084

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

'(To say that) “the Buddha appears in the world and saves sentient beings” are words of the nine-part teachings; they are words of the incomplete teaching. Anger and joy, sickness and medicine, are all oneself; there is no one else. Where is there a Buddha appearing in the world? Where are there se...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Longchenpa OEE?
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Longchenpa OEE?

where is the screen shot from? It is the Padma Karpo Translation Committee's Online Dictionary, the Illuminator Tibetan-English Encyclopaedic Dictionary . It is a very valuable resource to me, I think it is well worth the expense. There are native desktop app versions as well, but I prefer the web ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Longchenpa OEE?
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Longchenpa OEE?

There is a discussion of this in the introduction to the Padmakara Translation Group's new translation of "Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind. They quote from Longchenpa's "An Ocean of Elegant Explanations" (Legs bshad rgya mtsho). Thank you! Oddly enough, I just finished reading that book a co...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Longchenpa OEE?
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Longchenpa OEE?

Does anyone know what text would be referred to as OEE?
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by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 1084

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

If the buddhas and bodhisattvas could do that, wouldn't they have already done that? Surely that has been their aspiration for quite some time now.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 155
Views: 14756

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Noob question: Where can I learn more about this Buddha "Powerful Heroic Youth" (Gzhon nu Dpa' bo stobs ldan) - which I'm guessing is Shyönnu Pawo Tobden, sixth of the 12 founding Dzogchen masters? Are there any literatures that explain more about this Buddha and his nirmanakaya field? I'm still ma...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 67
Views: 5683

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

Palzang Jangchub wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:45 am
Uuuuummmm... *Raises hand awkwardly*

What would you all suggest I do when you start dating a Himalayan dakini?
Take it slowly and enjoy the ride :)
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 3052

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

It is not rare with many teachers, some of which Pema Chopel listed. One of those teachers is my own whom I would say I had a somewhat close relationship with for about 7 years before moving out of state recently. And I've heard even with some higher profile lamas, it's possible to get closer to the...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat May 26, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Does poti wang accomplish the same as lung?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Does poti wang accomplish the same as lung?

To be more specific, some time ago I received some Düdjom Tersar empowerments, but either I didn’t know enough back then to recognize the lung being given as well, or maybe it wasn’t? Years later I received the Düdjom Tersar poti wang, so I’m wondering if this is equivalent functionally to receivin...

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