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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:34 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone had a link to a reliable English translation of the complete prediction from Guru Rinpoche re 'iron birds' and the Dharma going out into the world as a whole. I have seen partial translations referenced within books, and wonder if there is a larger piece or if it is just a remnant...?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:06 pm 
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Have a look at this earlier thread on the same subject:

http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=8941&p=111620&hilit=iron+bird#p111620

The conclusion seems to be that it's not even certain the quote comes directly from a Tibetan source.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:23 pm 
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Ah, thanks. :namaste:
I did run it through the search button up top, but no previous threads came up with the words I chose. :shrug:


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Madeliaette wrote:
Ah, thanks. :namaste:
I did run it through the search button up top, but no previous threads came up with the words I chose. :shrug:


The search funtion on the website itself are very limited. The best way to search the site is to use the advanced search functions on google, and you can search just this site that way.

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Madeliaette wrote:
Ah, thanks. :namaste:
I did run it through the search button up top, but no previous threads came up with the words I chose. :shrug:


Try this link below, and when you get there go to the the fourth book down,
titled "Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Page 213"

http://www.google.com/search?q=when+the+iron+bird+flys&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1#hl=en&tbo=d&tbm=bks&spell=1&q=when+the+iron+bird+flies&sa=X&ei=O4jkUIq_F8m_qAHy0YG4Cw&ved=0CDgQvwUoAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.aWM&fp=4f8b0c1420cff98b&bpcl=40096503&biw=1024&bih=677

"When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan
people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth,
and the dharma will come to the land of the red men."


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:50 pm 
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Thanks - that gives me a starting point - for further investigation - 'in case' it is for real... :namaste:


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Have a look at this interesting little article on Sam van Schaik's earlyTibet blog http://earlytibet.com/2007/09/18/red-faced-men/

He concludes by saying:

As a postscript to this discussion, I couldn’t ignore the much-quoted prophecy attributed to Padmasambhava which also speaks of Buddhism coming to the ‘red-faced men’, often interpreted uncritically as a reference to Native Americans:

When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the world, and the dharma will come to the land of the red-faced man.

I have never seen a reliable reference to the source of this prophecy (presumably it ought to be from a treasure text) and I’d be happy to be put right if anybody is able to point out a source. However, even if there is something like this prophecy in a genuine Tibetan source it should be pointed out that Tibetans would always have understood the phrase ‘red-faced men’ to refer to themselves.

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There was a time where i had a lot of interest in prophecies. Then, as the time passed and prophecies never happened, I concluded that:
1) prophecies are not real and will not happen, because: a) prophets do not have a real capacity to predict future (altought they see themselves as prophets)...b) most of prophets are just liars.

2) some texts are regarded as prophecies because the mass media/authors want that. We have the example of the Mayan "prophecy" that was not exactly a prophecy, but thousands of authors said the opposite because that was good for their pockets.

3) sometimes there are "viral" texts in the web that are regarded as prophecies but they have a different origin and different purposes. I remember the case of 2 guys trying to prove that anyone can make a fake prophecy that will happen, because you can make any interpretation you like from it. So, they wrote an example, a prophecy* created by them, that circulated the web. Years later 11/09 happens and everybody started to say that the prophecy refered before was from Nostradamus and was a prediction about 11/09! Read the prophecy in the end of this post.

So, now I dont believe on any prophecy, prediction, premonition, etc, UNLESS the origin of it can be given to Buddha or a great buddhist master, for two reasons: a real master/Buddha will not lye and some masters have the power to look into the future.
In the given case of the terma about iron birds, etc, I will treat it as hoax because no one is able to find the real origin (just because of that; Padmasambhava was not a liar I suppose). Unless some scholar (with great reputation among buddhist community) can speak from his knowledge and confirm that such terma is real.

* Here is the faked prophecy:
"In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,
while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb",

The third big war will begin when the big city is burning"


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Nosta wrote:
There was a time where i had a lot of interest in prophecies. Then, as the time passed and prophecies never happened, I concluded that:
1) prophecies are not real and will not happen, because: a) prophets do not have a real capacity to predict future (altought they see themselves as prophets)...b) most of prophets are just liars.

2) some texts are regarded as prophecies because the mass media/authors want that. We have the example of the Mayan "prophecy" that was not exactly a prophecy, but thousands of authors said the opposite because that was good for their pockets.

3) sometimes there are "viral" texts in the web that are regarded as prophecies but they have a different origin and different purposes. I remember the case of 2 guys trying to prove that anyone can make a fake prophecy that will happen, because you can make any interpretation you like from it. So, they wrote an example, a prophecy* created by them, that circulated the web. Years later 11/09 happens and everybody started to say that the prophecy refered before was from Nostradamus and was a prediction about 11/09! Read the prophecy in the end of this post.

So, now I dont believe on any prophecy, prediction, premonition, etc, UNLESS the origin of it can be given to Buddha or a great buddhist master, for two reasons: a real master/Buddha will not lye and some masters have the power to look into the future.
In the given case of the terma about iron birds, etc, I will treat it as hoax because no one is able to find the real origin (just because of that; Padmasambhava was not a liar I suppose). Unless some scholar (with great reputation among buddhist community) can speak from his knowledge and confirm that such terma is real.

* Here is the faked prophecy:
"In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,
while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb",

The third big war will begin when the big city is burning"
Seeing into the future isn't very now.

:good: Well put. Perhaps most prophecys are fear based. It's probably best to stay present and not try to predict, or entertain the predictions, of the future - unless, like you say, this can be traced back to the Buddha.


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