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by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

People do not really wish to live in a pre-modern era. If they think they do, they are kidding themselves. I'd rather live with a Tibetan Buddhist influenced worldview than a post-modern one. However I must admit to a distinct preference to indoor plumbing, electric power, a plentiful food supply a...
by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Having lived in a monastery many people have no idea how strong their sexual urges can be. They cannot even imagine the challenges of celibacy. They are caught unprepared and act out in often ridiculous and insane ways. Some with a magical bent even attract the strangest events. Like beautiful nake...
by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

appeared to be one of the successful efforts to indigenize Buddhism in the West. We need realized Western teachers, and a lot of them, sooner than later. IMO, our best bet is to establish the institutional support for them to appear and develop within. WBO seemed like a good start. I agree 100% on ...
by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Another thing I heard before was that in South Africa there was a small group of native Black South Africans who followed a Kagyu group (don't remember the exact name ATM). They came up with a way of singing the common Tare mantra in one of their native music styles. But the Kagyu group was mostly ...
by DGA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c

schools run by Bank Street alums. I'm intrigued by the Bank Street approach, which I only know from the little bit of reading I've done about it. There are a few Montessori schools nearby. I will be touring at least one of those. I'm surrounded by Bank Street alums, my sister, several freinds. They...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Secret Chö of the Khadro Chaphur Rinpoche
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: The Secret Chö of the Khadro Chaphur Rinpoche

Lhasa wrote:This will be live-streamed. Register on the link given, free or donation.


that's helpful. I clicked the link to register for the webcast but I don't know how to answer the question "Zoom?"

anyone have the decoder on that?
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

It's a shame, because FWBO ought really to have been a good model for the propogation of Buddhism in the West. would you mind elaborating on your point here? I don't know enough about FWBO and its leadership to think it through adequately, but it seems to me that the persistence of this issue speak...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

appeared to be one of the successful efforts to indigenize Buddhism in the West. We need realized Western teachers, and a lot of them, sooner than later. IMO, our best bet is to establish the institutional support for them to appear and develop within. WBO seemed like a good start. I agree 100% on ...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

To put things "in perspective" you would have to be well informed - your postings in this thread does not reflect that at all. The perspective is the extent of the problem (and yes, I consider it a problem) in comparison to the extent, and nature of the issue, that exists in the Catholic ...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher

Minobu wrote:You sound angry?


In case this is directed at me: No, I'm not angry with you at all. I'm just trying to get some clarity on what you mean. That's why I asked the questions I did.
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Malcolm wrote:
Yes, senior order members were encouraged to have sexual relations with junior members. This is one reason this organization is so off. You had one predator at the top encouraging his underlings to emulate his predatory behavior.


:shock:
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New to Nyingma - Longchen Nyingtik - Lingtrul Rinpoche
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: New to Nyingma - Longchen Nyingtik - Lingtrul Rinpoche

The basic recipe is as follows: Take your time finding a teacher who has all the qualities of a well-qualified master. Once you find that teacher, follow his or her instructions as carefully as you can. Do your best. When you make a mistake, apologize and try hard not to repeat it. Keep going like t...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

It's a shame, because FWBO ought really to have been a good model for the propogation of Buddhism in the West. would you mind elaborating on your point here? I don't know enough about FWBO and its leadership to think it through adequately, but it seems to me that the persistence of this issue speak...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Malcolm wrote:
Grigoris wrote:This was (apparently) a one off incident back in the 70's, perpetrated mainly by one person.



Definitely not.


So this went on for a long while, and was perpetrated by more than one individual?
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher

Minobu wrote:
i tried here but it ended up as a personal experience in that section


personal experience is the best place for that post. hats off to the moderators for moving it there.
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Is Buddha the ultimate teacher

Is Buddha the ultimate teacher? Define "Buddha." Are worldly teachers capable of teaching and have the student experience the ultimate like what happened to people like Naropa with Vajrayogini ? Define "worldly teachers." Are our gurus and teachers just preparing us for this and...
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c

Queequeg wrote: schools run by Bank Street alums.


I'm intrigued by the Bank Street approach, which I only know from the little bit of reading I've done about it.

There are a few Montessori schools nearby. I will be touring at least one of those.
by DGA
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: Academic ridiculousness

It is that "lay" readers are delving into the deep end of a topic which may require many years of study beforehand. Here's the crux of the issue: is one reading a text (a history or a biography for instance) for the sake of building a career in an academic discipline, or is one reading th...
by DGA
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: Academic ridiculousness

I'm an academic myself, and I know I've produced some rather constipated prose over the years, but I would like to verify some aspects of what the OP's talking about with some examples and from the perspective of a practitioner. Paul Groner is an excellent scholar and a fine human being. Have you tr...

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