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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Willy » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:52 pm

AlexanderS wrote:Ole Nydahl and Hannah nydahl also deserves a mention.


I second that -
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Aemilius » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:38 pm

MrDistracted wrote:Yes, you are right. Actually I always meant practitioners from cultures which Buddhism has recently spread to, I guess the easiest thing to say was 'western'.
That's no excuse for my sloppiness.
I apologise to anyone I have offended by the title of this thread. This thread was only ever meant to be a positive contribution to this forum, somewhere to post a few inspirational stories.
I am sorry if it has turned out otherwise.
Please feel free to change the name/lock it
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Is there a word to replace "westerner" ? A word that would include african and south american buddhists? And also turkish or iranian budhists? Are they westerners as they are born west of India?
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Beatzen » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:58 am

Jetsunma tenzin palmo!
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Jikan » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:57 am

Aemilius wrote: Is there a word to replace "westerner" ? A word that would include african and south american buddhists? And also turkish or iranian budhists? Are they westerners as they are born west of India?


how about "convert Buddhists"? this would include persons who grew up outside of a Buddhist context (even within a traditionally Buddhist country, as in a Christian household in Korea &c).

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Jikan » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:58 am

I take inspiration from my teacher Monshin Naamon of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.

www.tendai.org


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Have you heard of Keisho Leary, at California Tendai Monastery?

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Virgo » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:26 am

I take inspiration from Namdrol

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby xylem » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:27 pm

I take inspiration from this woman who drives for hours to come see this one lama at our center. She loves him and lives out in the sticks where she's a solitary practitioner. Her husband waits in the pick-up while she receives teachings, they have lunch together and he waits again for hours as the teachings continue. You might think she was a hick with her country accent until she starts asking profound questions about the nature of mind and emptiness. Then she packs up and after being effulgently sweet and friendly to everyone-- gets back in the truck and back to the sticks.

Then there's the dude who had a stroke and who's brain is scrambled. He's got to be eighty. But he practices. Has a shrine. He calls begging for help getting to a teaching that he randomly heard about. He's old, feeble, and every step he takes is painful from diabetic feet and arthritis. We help him walk baby steps into the teachings. He demands that several of us get up out of his chair and on his feet when the lama enters the room. At lunch it seems that his cognitive deficits are done. He's radiant and shares with the sangha his visits to Buddhist asia in his youth. Then, back to the nursing home.

And then there's my dharma sibling who's schizophrenic. After some decades of practice, he still has delusions, but they're like having something unusual and unwanted in the trunk of the car. He carries it around but works with it. He's totally open with his disease with the lamas and the sangha. Everyone rolls with it because he does. Freak out. Offer lamps. Do prostrations. Freak out. Study madhyamaka. And so on. The schizophrenia is a distraction and a deviation like any of us have.

There are the people I know that retire and sell it all and go into retreat. Deep into retreat. I'm not talking Asian tourism retreat or American dharma center retreat. Deep retreat. Sell everything and buy a little studio or a trailer and just practice. Or give one's SSI check to one's lama's center and just live in a dorm room. No cruises, tending grand babies, elderhostel, shuffle board or bingo. Practice. Hard.

And there are those kids I see. Sometimes kids as young as 10 or 12 sitting next to me taking wangs and doing practice. Year after year. Seem to bypass the adolescent shit and just dig into practice. Young people in their late teens early twenties, when I was out whoring and drinking, coming to weekly dharma practice. Young people you have to take seriously like any dharma bro because they've put the time in on the cushion practicing, studying, taking teachings.

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby kirtu » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:49 pm

Jikan wrote:
Aemilius wrote: Is there a word to replace "westerner" ? A word that would include african and south american buddhists? And also turkish or iranian budhists? Are they westerners as they are born west of India?


how about "convert Buddhists"? this would include persons who grew up outside of a Buddhist context (even within a traditionally Buddhist country, as in a Christian household in Korea &c).


This is not quite one step from the use of "Neo-Buddhist" commonly found in the Indian press.

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Karinos » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:12 pm

most inspiring person in eastern Europe - Polish Lama - Lama Rinchen (Waldemar Zych)
he has been a disciple of the Venerable Tenga Rinpoche for more than 30 years. The Rinpoche has appointed him the president of the Karma Kamtzang Association in Poland, and has made him a lama-resident of the Centre in Grabnik, which is a Polish branch of the Benchen monastery.
He is also teacher for 3 year retreat centre in Poland and is entitled by Ven. Tenga Rinpoche and H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche to give public empowerments.
Lama Rinchen also travels around Europe to many centres in Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Germany, Greece, Italy with teachings and empowerments.

more information:
http://benchen.org.pl/index.php?option= ... 25&lang=en

http://www.facebook.com/rinczen
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby ratna » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:33 pm

Virgo wrote:I take inspiration from Namdrol


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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Willy » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:46 am

MrDistracted wrote:Hi

The Khyentse Foundation's latest communique has an obituary of Gerard Godet, a western practitioner who showed signs of realisation at the time of his death, remaining in thugdam for a week:

http://khyentsefoundation.com/2011/10/p ... part-xiii/

And recently I heard about David Petit (husband of Lama Tsultrim Allione), who died last year and Tulku Sangngag was keen that his realisation was publicised as an inspiration for others, saying he was certain David had acheived liberation in the bardo of Dharmata:

http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=4883 ... 58098f3c7b


I was wondering if there are any more stories like this, of western practitioners who have actually shown signs of realisation at the time of death.
Of course, there are going to be many realised practitioners who don't show signs, and realisation is not just showing 'signs', but I find stories like this so inspiring as my habit of needing evidence seems hard to break at times...and this proves (to me) that it really can be done :smile:




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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Adamantine » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:21 am

xylem wrote:I take inspiration from this woman who drives for hours to come see this one lama at our center. She loves him and lives out in the sticks where she's a solitary practitioner. Her husband waits in the pick-up while she receives teachings, they have lunch together and he waits again for hours as the teachings continue. You might think she was a hick with her country accent until she starts asking profound questions about the nature of mind and emptiness. Then she packs up and after being effulgently sweet and friendly to everyone-- gets back in the truck and back to the sticks.

Then there's the dude who had a stroke and who's brain is scrambled. He's got to be eighty. But he practices. Has a shrine. He calls begging for help getting to a teaching that he randomly heard about. He's old, feeble, and every step he takes is painful from diabetic feet and arthritis. We help him walk baby steps into the teachings. He demands that several of us get up out of his chair and on his feet when the lama enters the room. At lunch it seems that his cognitive deficits are done. He's radiant and shares with the sangha his visits to Buddhist asia in his youth. Then, back to the nursing home.

And then there's my dharma sibling who's schizophrenic. After some decades of practice, he still has delusions, but they're like having something unusual and unwanted in the trunk of the car. He carries it around but works with it. He's totally open with his disease with the lamas and the sangha. Everyone rolls with it because he does. Freak out. Offer lamps. Do prostrations. Freak out. Study madhyamaka. And so on. The schizophrenia is a distraction and a deviation like any of us have.

There are the people I know that retire and sell it all and go into retreat. Deep into retreat. I'm not talking Asian tourism retreat or American dharma center retreat. Deep retreat. Sell everything and buy a little studio or a trailer and just practice. Or give one's SSI check to one's lama's center and just live in a dorm room. No cruises, tending grand babies, elderhostel, shuffle board or bingo. Practice. Hard.

And there are those kids I see. Sometimes kids as young as 10 or 12 sitting next to me taking wangs and doing practice. Year after year. Seem to bypass the adolescent shit and just dig into practice. Young people in their late teens early twenties, when I was out whoring and drinking, coming to weekly dharma practice. Young people you have to take seriously like any dharma bro because they've put the time in on the cushion practicing, studying, taking teachings.

-XY


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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Norwegian » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:08 am

Namdrol and Matthieu Ricard.
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Virgo » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:40 am

Willy wrote:Amazing - what a beautiful looking man!

Your looking at a Scorpio.
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Mr. G » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:26 pm

    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby AlexanderS » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:47 am

Paul wrote:Very near the top of the list for most inspirational and dedicated western practitioners ever is Erik Pema Kunsang. He met Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche on the top of a brick-lorry and the rest is history...

http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/Erik_Pema_Kunsang


Erik lives 2 hours from my place.
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Mr. G » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:55 pm

    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Inspirational Westerner Practitioners

Postby Yudron » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:00 pm

There are a few authentic traditional group three-year retreat centers in the Vajrayana tradition currently in the U.S., including and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s retreat center in California (until Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s passing this was under his overall guidance), Khenpo Kartar Rinpoche’s center in upstate, N.Y. and Khenpo Lodro Thaye’s relative new center in Arkansas. Centers that have three year retreats oriented more towards individual practice in include Garchen Rinpoche’s center in Arizona and, recently, Lama Tsultrim Allione’s center at Tara Mandala in Colorado (under the direction of Tulku Sangngak Rinpoche.)

Such a retreat provides invaluable training for serious practitioners, whether they want to live the lifestyle of a lifelong yogin or apply their practice in daily life. I count 8 people who have completed at least 6 years in retreat in our community at Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s center (connected with the http://www.Vajrayana.org.

But, people who really want to do long term retreat are rare in the U.S. Please consider supporting one or more of them financially. There are scholarships available to some of them these days, but they do not cover all expenses. Enlightenment seems to usually require 1. A practitioner who is willing to dedicate many years in to practice. 2. A sponsor. If number one is not available to you, consider number 2.
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