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by tingdzin
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic Sources on Development of Vajrayana
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Academic Sources on Development of Vajrayana

If you can take heavy academic stuff, try R. Davidson's Indian Esoteric Buddhism ,although it has its flaws.You also might try Reginald Ray's books, though the relevant titles have slipped my mind right now. A lot of scholars specialize in one or another sub-area of the subject., such as dakini lore...
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: Early Buddhism sources, scholars, Buddhologists, experts, books, etc

A caveat: I haven't spent much time on the other website referred to, but they may be working under the misapprehension that "Early Buddhism" = that which is carried down by the Theravada and the Pali Canon. Jan Nattier is good as a starting point, and if you read the sources she cites, you will be ...
by tingdzin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: When do I take initiation / empowerment?
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: When do I take initiation / empowerment?

:good: Simply but well put. Read WOMPT and absorb it, and many questions will be answered. Don't be in too big a rush. Initial fevered enthusiasms tend to evaporate.
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indus Valley Civilisation
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Indus Valley Civilisation

What do you mean with this sentence is quite unclear to me: tingdzin wrote: ↑Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:32 am It is ironic but perhaps predictable or even inevitable that the modern Indian cultural elite and their Western sympathizers are now constructing a version of Indian history that is every bit as si...
by tingdzin
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2262

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

can one simply stick with ngondro and a "light" practice such as Chenrezig if the lama approves? Of course. It's all up to you in that respect. I disagree with this sentiment. The intent of liberating sentient beings, the body is the path of the channels, the mind is the traveler Along the channels...
by tingdzin
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2262

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

karmanyingpo wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:07 am can one simply stick with ngondro and a "light" practice such as Chenrezig if the lama approves?
Of course. It's all up to you in that respect.
by tingdzin
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2262

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

I attended an open teaching a while ago and the teacher later told me that he tries to point out at every teaching he does. I do not have a formal or personal relationship with this teacher but his teachings are pretty public and so I have attended a couple. Not sure if he even teaches ngondro. Ngo...
by tingdzin
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indus Valley Civilisation
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Indus Valley Civilisation

There is plenty that was advanced about the early Indus civilization(s); no one can deny that. It was definitely one of the three (or four) earliest civilizations. There is also plenty that is still extremely controversial, ranging from the reason(s) for its disappearance all the way down to its sys...
by tingdzin
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.

I have also frequently experienced this, especially when focusing on dream yoga. I think Padma von Samba's metaphor of the Lego blocks is good, and I think I recall having read something about in in the dream yoga literature, but unfortunately I can't remember where. Then again, maybe I just dreamed...
by tingdzin
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment
Replies: 74
Views: 2262

Re: Ngondro as a complete path to enlightenment

One can practice ngondro in a variety of ways,from a variety of perspectives. It can become more and more profound, especially if one accumulates the 400,000 more than once. As JD said, the so-called ordinary ngondro, the four thoughts that turn the mind, are really a necessary foundation, but even ...
by tingdzin
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Famine and Plague in Medieval Japan: Jaw-dropping horror
Replies: 14
Views: 259

Re: Famine and Plague in Medieval Japan: Jaw-dropping horror

Also, Japanese culture has an acute awareness of impermanence (aware), even more than other societies in which Buddhism is a big part of the worldview.
by tingdzin
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Famine and Plague in Medieval Japan: Jaw-dropping horror
Replies: 14
Views: 259

Re: Famine and Plague in Medieval Japan: Jaw-dropping horror

I can't imagine it didn't have deep effects on the minds of the people, but it would certainly be hard for a modern gaijin (me) to speak with any pretense of authority on it . One might imagine that Japanese society's comparatively easy acceptance of abortion and the creation of mizuko kuyo rites st...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Grumpy and Irritable
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: Grumpy and Irritable

:good:
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: altar above waist level
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

Re: altar above waist level

It is a sign of respect. Putting it above us physically is like putting it above us mentally: we look up to it. Christian churches do it, too, if you think about it. I was taught it’s waist high from standing position. It’s for respect and honoring the Buddha, etc. There are a lot of such apparentl...
by tingdzin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tribute to: Longde before Dzin Dharmabodhi?
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Longde before Dzin Dharmabodhi?

Yes, it's in Ngawang Zangpo's Life and Teachings of Padmasambhava. NgawangZangpo clearly prefers Taranatha's version, though there is no cogent reason gor doing so.
by tingdzin
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: John LeCarre

On that note, Anthony Burgess wrote a very underrated spoof of both Le Carré and Fleming, Tremor of Intent, Oh, I like a lot of Burgess, too, so I'll have to read that. I also recommend Burgess' Earthly Powers , which he rightly regarded as his masterpiece. Parenthetically, saying that LeCarre's wo...
by tingdzin
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: John LeCarre

Eh... Le Carre wrote good dialog, and he was a fantastic plotter. I don't think he was a particularly artistic writer, but his prose never got in its own way, which is more than you can say for a lot of writers who are considered "good." I was an editorial assistant at a publishing house for a litt...
by tingdzin
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: John LeCarre

Tom Clancy is the American version :o :o IMHO, comparing LeCarre and Clancy is like comparing a fine home-cooked meal to fast food. The latter may satisfy at times, but not in the long run. I've only read one Clancy, but I found his characters two-dimensional, the dialogue void of subtlety, and the...
by tingdzin
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: John LeCarre

PeterC wrote: Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:26 am not a technically very good writer,
:o
by tingdzin
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why do monks reside in temples
Replies: 73
Views: 2277

Re: Why do monks reside in temples

It might be because a lot of people consider Nichiren Buddhism to be a poor relation, not really Buddhism at all. Neander's motivation might be to indicate that what we think we know about Buddhist history rests on foundations that are as not as solid as we think. Also, it may be that there are Nich...

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