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But seriously, what's so fascinating about it? :popcorn:

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Postby booker » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:44 am

No offence, but David's flying looks more impressive :)


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Postby PadmaVonSamba » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:33 pm

Bogus. Never trust a Discovery Channel magician to "level" with you!

The rebirth of the dead giveaways:

1. If you watch from too close the trick doesn't work.
2. Must be performed in a particular spot, in front of a curtain (of prayer flags)
3. Camera only reveals behind the magician before the floating begins.
Once he's in the air, we don't get to see behind him, so you don't see the mechanism that lifts him up.
4. Watch the YouTube version. He lands with a slight bounce as the device (basically a type of crane or level, like a see-saw) drops him back onto the floor
5. The host, a professional magician, says "it's the real deal" so of course, it's not. He's not some skeptical journalist. They are all in this together.

This is classic vaudeville. I hope that this "monk" and his assistant behind the prayer flags were paid well by the Discovery Channel. It was a good trick, well done.

However, It doesn't really help dispel the misconceptions that many people have about the Dharma.
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Postby Basho » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:14 am

:jumping: I think my favorite part is probably the fact that right after the "monk" :quoteunquote: starts chanting the chenrezig mantra, which i chant everday and have yet to float (although the vajrapani mantra teleports me, instantly, :rolling: to wherever i want to go) and the "magician" :quoteunquote: says "hes chanting his mantra, this guys the real deal". Of course he is. he knows the secret om padme hung mantra :shock:
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Postby Tarpa » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:46 am

Haha ya I saw that show too, total B.S., didn't know wether to laugh or be angry about it but what do I expect from television ?

Things I found quite funny about it -

The so called " monastery " was just a little house and how rude of that guy to just walk in somebodys home like that when nobody answered the door, at night no less, the inside was obviously a studio set, the little windows inside were western style, there was no shrine anywhere to be seen, just what looked like long folding tables, candles everywhere, birthday cake candles wich I thought was funny as hell, and brand spanking new prayer flags everywhere INSIDE the house, you could tell they were new because they were bright and still had a bit of a curl in them, no thangkas on the walls, no shrine, no furniture, just birthday candles and prayer flags, lol. Then of course it just got more ridiculous from there once the supposed " monk " appeared. Total B.S. and I think that guys an idiot as well as being disrespectful to our tradition, Hollywood's on crack.
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Postby davidchatman » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:26 am

Its amazing video indeed.

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Postby Rakz » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:23 am

Does anyone know of any real siddhas? I guess there are a few alive in the tibetan tradition?

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Postby gad rgyangs » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:57 am

Thoroughly tame your own mind.
This is (possibly) the teaching of Buddha.

"I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind."
- Descartes, 2nd Meditation 25

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Postby gad rgyangs » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:25 am

Mr. G is right, but that doesn't stop 99% of East Asian Buddhists from praying to the Buddha, Tara, Guanyin, etc, for intercession in exactly the same way that Christians pray to Jesus and Mary.
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"I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind."
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