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Baby name: tenzin

Post by shantheman » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:09 pm

My wife and I are not Buddists, but very much respect many of the teachings of the Dalai Lama. We are considering giving our soon to be born son the middle name Tenzin, in honor of the Dalai Lama. Is this frowned upon? We obviously don't want to do this if it would be insulting to Buddhists. Thanks!

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by Huseng » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:07 am

Having a Tibetan name in a western environment and not being Tibetan might lead to awkward questions throughout life.

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by Sherlock » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:39 am

On the other hand I don't think it would be considered offensive.

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by chokyi lodro » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:54 pm

I think it's a nice gesture, considering the motivation. The fact that it will be the middle name diminishes concerns I would have; were it to be the first name, I would have the same concerns as Huseng.
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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by conebeckham » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:56 pm

Just as an FYI, "Tenzin" is perhaps the most common Tibetan name.....certainly in the top five.
It usually signifies a relationship with the Geluk lineage (though not always, or not exclusively).
And in Tibetan society, names are often given by High Lamas to children before they are born.

Those are just some things worth saying, to be considered with the other comments on this thread.

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by JohnRammy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:51 pm

If you want to honor HH Dalai Lama, name your kid after Nagarjuna, Shantarakshita, or any of the other masters the Dalai Lama constantly mentions
Everything lacks the identity (atman) imputed by mere conceptual labels.

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by shantheman » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:04 am

All great feedback. Thanks everyone for taking the time, we really appreciate it. We will definitely think over the feedback we were given and figure out if it makes sense to use Tenzin or not. Thanks again (and if others still have feedback, feel free to keep commenting).

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Re: Baby name: tenzin

Post by dakini_boi » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:39 pm

Tenzin's a great name. Why not? I consider myself Buddhist, and I personally wouldn't be offended.

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