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by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 29
Views: 1525

Re: L ron gardner

No idea who he is really. The only background I know is that he used to be a major Amazon review troll for Dharma books.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for scraping a website.
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Advice for scraping a website.

https://scrapy.org/ if you have any coding skills
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?
Replies: 84
Views: 2951

Re: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:12 pm
With respect to the idea of an awakened master transferring their "mind" (thugs) to a disciple, this is a form of blessing.
Is this at all related to Dechö practices, like Lama Chöpa?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 4060

Re: Authentic?

A quick 5 second Google search didn't show me much. So, I don't know. But if he doesn't make his lineage clear, that is generally a bad sign.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: What is Bon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: What is Bon?

I would like to ask, how did the enlightened Bon deities arise from the worldly local deities like the 5 sisters, 12 Tenma I'm kinda curious about this as well as I've only ever heard about he Five Tseringma Sisters and Twelve Tenma Goddesses from a Nyingma context. I had no idea they were related ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

Rather than focusing on specific scandals, my intention for this thread is to explore what they mean for us as practitioners, and for the tradition they affect. For me personally, it doesn't matter until it's one of my teachers. And if one of my teachers were involved in a scandal, I'd try to maint...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Scandals in the Buddhist world - what do they really mean?

Rather than focusing on specific scandals, my intention for this thread is to explore what they mean for us as practitioners, and for the tradition they affect. For me personally, it doesn't matter until it's one of my teachers. And if one of my teachers were involved in a scandal, I'd try to maint...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Longchen Nyingtik
Replies: 18
Views: 1228

Re: Longchen Nyingtik

by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thodgal
Replies: 31
Views: 2279

Re: Thodgal

Virgo wrote: At the moment, since you are a complete beginner, thogal shouldn't even really be on your radar. If it is applied before trechko has been stabilized it can be useless, or even harmful.
I've heard that the Palyul tradition teaches Thogal before Trekcho. Any thoughts on that?
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The IRC channel #buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 1041

Re: The IRC channel #buddhism

Yea, I have noticed that the Reddit forum generally skews toward the Early Buddhist Texts/"Suttavadin" crowd. There's not much tantra talk on there and many of the participants look at Vajrayana as a degenerate form of Buddhist syncretism mixed with "Hinduism". Oddly enough, a few of the more educat...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a Sravaka?
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: What is a Sravaka?

Here's what I found in two online dictionaries that I use: >> ཉན་ཐོས་ >> <noun> "Śhrāvaka", "hearer". Translation of the Sanskrit "śhrāvaka". The disciples of the Buddha who followed the teachings of the theg pa dman pa Lesser Vehicle were of two kinds: Śhrāvakas and rang sangs rgyas Pratyekabuddhas...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: We are a Kali Yuga culture
Replies: 178
Views: 5708

Re: We are a Kali Yuga culture

What seems lost in this whole discussion is that Kali Yuga/Degenerate Age of Dharma is really about capacity of the beings who appear at a particular time and place, en masse , thereby forming the contours of the culture at a time and place. The fact is, no material metrics will settle the question...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 344
Views: 12753

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Even if one accepts the dependence on certain so-called Yogini tantras were influenced by or even derived from Shaiva tantras The author is suggesting much more than mere influence or derivation. The author claims there is outright concealed appropriation. The main case he gave was for the Cakrasam...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 344
Views: 12753

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

The standard response to Shaiva appropriation is that Manjushri taught those tantras to the Shaivites, correct?
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: buddhas and sex
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: buddhas and sex

...'for personal pleasure'? Oh, that part, I'm not sure. "For" meaning the intention is only for personal pleasure, then I'd say no. If it means "does the Buddha have pleasure during sex," I don't know, maybe, why not? Pleasure and enjoyment is not the problem, attachment is. Hence my response: "wh...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: buddhas and sex
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: buddhas and sex

Wayfarer wrote:...'for personal pleasure'?
Oh, that part, I'm not sure. "For" meaning the intention is only for personal pleasure, then I'd say no. If it means "does the Buddha have pleasure during sex," I don't know, maybe, why not?
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: buddhas and sex
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: buddhas and sex

Well, in Mahayana the Buddha was already a Buddha at birth. Buddha attained enlightenment eons ago and manifested Nirmanakaya Shakyamuni. Given that, Shakyamuni did have intercourse with and impregnated Yashodhara who gave birth to Rahula. So.... I think that means "yes, Buddhas can have sex."
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chagdud Gonpa's "Feasts of Chöd"
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Chagdud Gonpa's "Feasts of Chöd"

Sangye Khandro made some comments on why you don't need the empowerment for the Feasts in one of the retreat teachings that you can find through Light of Berotsana . Sangye was relating the explanation that she received directly from Dudjom Rinpoche, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure which year...