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by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?

Sennin wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:18 pm
As far as elaborate descriptions, the most detailed information I have seen is from a citation of the rigpa rang shar that Longchenpa quotes in the natural nirmanakaya section [10.2.4.1] of his Precious Treasury of Genuine Meaning .
That is a great lead! Thank you! :bow:
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Tshokyé Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Re: Guru Tshokyé Dorje

This is the form I am most familiar with: http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Tsokye_Tuktik Are they the same in some way? :shock: I've done Tshokye Thuktik before... But Guru Tshokye Dorje is, for example, the form of Guru Rinpoche in the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro Guru Yoga. And that is the ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Tshokyé Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Re: Guru Tshokyé Dorje

This is the form I am most familiar with: http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Tsokye_Tuktik Are they the same in some way? :shock: I've done Tshokye Thuktik before... But Guru Tshokye Dorje is, for example, the form of Guru Rinpoche in the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro Guru Yoga. And that is the ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Tshokyé Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Re: Guru Tshokyé Dorje

I think the latter is actually Guru Orgyen Dorje Chang. Ah! That would explain it. I had confused myself because some websites show this image for Guru Tshokyé Dorje. And Tibetan Treasures seems to indicate that the latter image is of Guru Tshokyé Dorje, if you look at the photos and then the order...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Tshokyé Dorje
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Guru Tshokyé Dorje

Can anyone explain why we sometimes see Guru Tshokyé Dorje depicted like this:

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And at other times, like this:

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by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Elaborate Descriptions of the Five Buddhafields?

Does anyone know where I can find elaborate descriptions of the buddhafields of the five families?

Vairochana's buddhafield, Akaniṣṭha
Akshobya's buddhafield, Abhirati
Ratnasambhava's buddhafield, Shrīmat
Amitabha's buddhafield, Sukhāvatī
Amoghasiddhi's buddhafield, Karmaprasiddhi
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:54 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: 108
Views: 8052

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

The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra (vol 1) and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra (vol 2): A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar (vol 1) and A Translation of the Rigpa Rangdrol (vol 2) I just noticed the the price to pre-order Loppon Malcolm's upcoming Dzogchen translation has dropped its price on Amazon fro...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 55
Views: 2812

Re: Translatorhood

PeterC wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:29 am
Honestly it's a trivial cost compared to what students in centuries past went through to gain access to important texts.
Or what all students in America pay to educate themselves on worldly topics.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 612
Views: 31367

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Do you consider your sister and family violent people, or do you consider them people who have a skewed perspective on gun rights? Without going into too much personal details or gossip, yes. And I definitely used to be a violent person. What I am trying to point out here is not that I think it's p...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 612
Views: 31367

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Lots of people grew up with BB guns, archery, slingshots, and shooting old beer cans without needing AR 15's, bit of a red herring. Whatever the ethical questions of buying one's kid a BB gun (and sure, there are some), I think it's a bit of stretch to connect them to the current crisis. I get the ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 612
Views: 31367

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

We start 'em young around here. These are "toys": At a farm supply chain store five minutes from my house. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/catalog/shooting-toys And: https://www.kids-army.com/toy-guns https://www.kids-army.com/toy-guns At the fishing supply store: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 612
Views: 31367

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I heard part of the angry rant, er, media conference by an NRA talking head, who went on about ‘the freedom that makes America great’. With no acknowledgement of the more than 15,000 gunshot victims (leaving aside suicides) that occur every year. What is ‘great’ about that? Why is that ‘freedom’? P...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche
Replies: 6
Views: 758

Re: Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

Yes, that description is what prompted me to ask this question. Because there is not additional information provided, I can't help wondering if that is a mistake and they meant to write that he is the "emanation of a terton". recognized as an incarnation of Chokgyur Lingpa by the Sixteenth Karmapa....
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen & renunciate lineage transmission
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Dzogchen & renunciate lineage transmission

From Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche's "Calling the Guru from Afar": Though accumulation and purification are naturally complete, may the accumulation of merit never be abandoned. Though self and other are not two, may the generation of Bodhicitta never be curtailed. Though one’s mind is realized as the Gu...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 17
Views: 801

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

catmoon wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:36 pm
More images at http://cubeupload.com/codes/30f4cc
Thanks! :bow:
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?
Replies: 17
Views: 801

Re: Taking the Dharma to ... Minecraft? Rly?

Sadly I am having no luck at all with Imgur. Apparently the deal they are offering is free image hosting in exchange for extensive data mining of your personal information. However there is another alternative. You can come visit the stupa and wander around in and on it. Here's how. 1. Buy Minecraf...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Birth, Life and Death with Dr. Malcolm Smith
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: Birth, Life and Death with Dr. Malcolm Smith

Was this ever recorded and published?
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 23
Views: 1651

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

Too late for rainbow body? Sure. But not too late to be liberated into a Samboghakaya or Nirmanakaya buddhafield. You don't need Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo for that. :-) Don't get me wrong, it is an excellent text, as is Karling Zhitro in general. But sometimes, the essence gets lost i...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 23
Views: 1651

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

Read it again more carefully. :-) I just skimmed through it again. It really depends on what OP is looking for. For a more generalized pithy overview, Birth, Life, and Death by Rinpoche probably is better. Everything is in there, that is for sure. But Karma Lingpa does go into a lot more detail. Wh...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 23
Views: 1651

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

Birth, Life, and Death by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is an incredible book generally speaking, but doesn't have as much material on death as the other two. Read it again more carefully. :-) I just skimmed through it again. It really depends on what OP is looking for. For a more generalized pithy overvi...

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