Teacher's Images as Avatars

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Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:29 am

There are several members that are using images of venerated teachers as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognise these teachers and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the teacher, it still poses a difficulty in relating to the person behind the image. Whether intended or not, is this not a deception?
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:32 am

I think they see it as a kind of homage, but it's a bit lame IMO. :lol:
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Will » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:17 am

It is a common vow of bodhisattvas to wish that their images, words or even thinking about them, be a blessing and inspiration to others. For example, here is Nagarjuna bodhisattva, from his Precious Garland:

Whether extending respectful trust to me or even hating me,
If they but behold me or merely bear me in mind,
Even to the point that they only hear my name,
May they thus be bound for certain success [on the path to] bodhi


Evidently some folks have a problem with such images - but overcoming problems X, Y or Z is what the buddhadharma is for.
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Huifeng » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:05 am

I also have my teacher as my avatar here.
Hopefully people will be able to tell the difference. :smile:

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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Huifeng » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:07 am

dharmagoat wrote:There are several members that are using images of venerated teachers as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognise these teachers and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the teacher, it still poses a difficulty in relating to the person behind the image. Whether intended or not, is this not a deception?


There are several members that are using images of venerated animals as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognize these animals and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the animal, it still poses a difficulty in relating to the person behind the image. Whether intended or not, is this not a deception?

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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby plwk » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:16 am

:lol:
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:31 am

Huifeng wrote:There are several members that are using images of venerated animals as their avatars. For those of us that are unable to recognize these animals and so readily conclude that it cannot possibly be them in person, this can be extremely confusing. Even when aware that the poster is not the animal, it still poses a difficulty in relating to the person behind the image. Whether intended or not, is this not a deception?

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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:59 am

Huifeng wrote:I also have my teacher as my avatar here.
Hopefully people will be able to tell the difference. :smile:

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You just do it coz your ugly mug is capable of scaring off even the barbarian hordes! :tongue:
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One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Blue Garuda » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:08 am

I have no problem revealing my real image. :spy: :

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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:10 am

A word of advice: stick with the avatar!!! :tongue:
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Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Blue Garuda » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:16 am

gregkavarnos wrote:A word of advice: stick with the avatar!!! :tongue:


Y'see! Just because I'm the colour of Shrek and radioactive, nobody loves me! :)

Yup, I'm more Garuda than human anyway, so it stays. :)
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:08 am

My friend, it's got to do with the get-up. You see Palestinian scarves (keffiyeh) come in three colours: red and white, black and white and green and white.

Red and white scarves are worn by Palestinian communists. Black and white scarves by supporters of Fatah (the party Arafat used to run), but the green and white scarves, well... You see they are worn by supporters of (the Islamic group) Hamas. So if there are any CIA or Mossad agents out there they will think that you are a member of the Martian wing of Hamas come to lend supprt to the struggle of the Palestinian people against their Israeli opressors. Before you know it they will have put into effect a tactical strike against terrorist training camps for Martian Hamas supporters and drop a few hundred nukes on Mars. The debris produced by the nukes will be catapulted through space (since Mars has a very thin atmosphere) hurtling towards earth and will bring about its destruction on 12th of December 2012 at 12.12am. That means that you will be personally responsible for the complete destruction of the planet earth and will have to spend a few million eternities in hell being force fed matza balls, gefilte fish, chopped liver and chicken soup to exploding point.

I mean, really, are you willing to risk all that? :tongue:
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Blue Garuda » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:27 am

gregkavarnos wrote:My friend, it's got to do with the get-up. You see Palestinian scarves (keffiyeh) come in three colours: red and white, black and white and green and white.

Red and white scarves are worn by Palestinian communists. Black and white scarves by supporters of Fatah (the party Arafat used to run), but the green and white scarves, well... You see they are worn by supporters of (the Islamic group) Hamas. So if there are any CIA or Mossad agents out there they will think that you are a member of the Martian wing of Hamas come to lend supprt to the struggle of the Palestinian people against their Israeli opressors. Before you know it they will have put into effect a tactical strike against terrorist training camps for Martian Hamas supporters and drop a few hundred nukes on Mars. The debris produced by the nukes will be catapulted through space (since Mars has a very thin atmosphere) hurtling towards earth and will bring about its destruction on 12th of December 2012 at 12.12am. That means that you will be personally responsible for the complete destruction of the planet earth and will have to spend a few million eternities in hell being force fed matza balls, gefilte fish, chopped liver and chicken soup to exploding point.

I mean, really, are you willing to risk all that? :tongue:


The secret it out - I am a secret agent of Humus, under the command of the Mekon of Mekonta, currently also hiding in the form of Kermit the Frog. :)

If you use a picture of your 'real' self, is in an avatar at all, I wonder?

I know, for example, that your own pic is actually of the love child of Aphrodite as fathered by Vangelis Papathanassiou. You have to deny it, I know, but the resemblance is clear. ;)

An avatar is a manifestation of a deity or person - being both, I'm safe, but I'm not sure about the rest of you......... :applause: :namaste:
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby shel » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:34 pm

Huifeng wrote:I also have my teacher as my avatar here.
Hopefully people will be able to tell the difference. :smile:

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Looks like your teacher could use a sandwich.
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby catmoon » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:16 pm

shel wrote:
Huifeng wrote:I also have my teacher as my avatar here.
Hopefully people will be able to tell the difference. :smile:

~~ Huifeng

Looks like your teacher could use a sandwich.


Exactly the point. Shortly after the time depicted by the statue, he went and sat under a tree and had a sandwich, which led directly to his full enlightenment.

More seriously, I also find teacher avatars disorienting. I really thought for a long time that Will was a little bald old Chinese guy. Still do, sometimes.
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Will » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:25 pm

Perhaps, to save the psyches of so many delicate folks, those with guru-avatars could be taught how to add another caption line below our screen names. Staff here has 'Global Moderator' or whatnot - so why not add an avatar identifier line?
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Ogyen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:49 am

My avatar is my inner teacher too. :tongue:

Huifeng wrote:I also have my teacher as my avatar here.
Hopefully people will be able to tell the difference. :smile:

~~ Huifeng


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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Dechen Norbu » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:25 am

The Fasting Buddha

One of the most spectacular pieces of art anywhere in the world, is the Ghandhara Civilization's 'Fasting Buddha' which lies in the Lahore Museum.

The young prince Siddharatha left his palace in search of enlightenment and practised for six years such severe austerities and intense mental concentration that his body withered away to skin and bones.
Ultimately he attained enlightenment at the age of thirty five and became known as the Buddha - "The enlightened one". This statue of the Fasting Siddharatha ranks not only as the finest specimen of Gandhara Art, but also as one of the rarest antiquities of the ancient world.
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:02 pm

Completely Hellenistic! Especially the depictions of the small figures around the base.
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One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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Re: Teacher's Images as Avatars

Postby lobster » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:11 am

Looks like your teacher could use a sandwich

Using a sandwich as an avatar is a good plan.

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