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by PeterC
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Media
Topic: contest to show there's an afterlife
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: contest to show there's an afterlife

He wants to prove whether or not there’s an afterlife, and his approach is...an essay contest?

An unkind person might say that there are easier and cheaper ways to test that hypothesis, though I can understand why he doesn’t want to use those
by PeterC
Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 21
Views: 628

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

Please tell me what to do when a horrible ocd thought pops up at the time of death. Say a memory from a horror movie that was very terrible. What do I do? I have OCD and it forces one to think bad things at times that are important It seems that your problem isn’t what might happen when you die, bu...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 23
Views: 526

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

You opined: I have the impression that the Bodhisattvayana is older than the time of Siddhartha Gautama, i.e. it existed in India already at time of his propagation of the doctrine. And I asked: Would be interested to hear who asserts this, and on what textual / archeological / other basis. You furt...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

It is synonymous in many people's minds that EBT is Pali Text. But a few questions: What currently are the earliest texts we have? Physically oldest? The Gandharan texts Determined by textualists to be earliest? Depends on which textualist you ask and what assumptions/methodology they apply Gandhar...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 23
Views: 526

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

There are many strands of knowledge in the world... Sure, but still: would be interested to hear who asserts this, and on what textual / archeological / other basis. Or is it your theory? Also the examples you offer also talk about some sort of eternal soul, which is definitely not the Bodhisattvay...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Heruka Chakrasamvara thangka
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Heruka Chakrasamvara thangka

Someone who has received that empowerment is supposed to carry an image of the Yidam with them at least until they reach the stage of wearing the attire - presumably that would be why they gave you an image, as to the significance of the specific image, hard to say, the footprints are probably an im...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 23
Views: 526

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I have the impression that the Bodhisattvayana is older than the time of Siddhartha Gautama, i.e. it existed in India already at time of his propagation of the doctrine. It was called Bodhisattva-gana or something like that, it was not called Sangha. Gautama joined the Bodhisattva-order at some poi...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best way to sort e-library
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Best way to sort e-library

My primary device for this is Kindle, and that organizes into collections that aren't mutually exclusive - so a book can appear in multiple collections. That generally solves my problem - you can have folders by lineage, by nature of text (sutra, shastra, etc.), by type of practice, by teacher from ...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Soma999 wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:37 am By the inner experiences, and the results in onés life.

How do you know you have really been initiated during an empowerment ?
You’ve missed my point
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Soma999 wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:17 pm
The point is : it worked without lung, with lung, and with wang.
and you know that how?
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Places to study at in India/Nepal
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Places to study at in India/Nepal

You may want to make contact first with a lama in the US that has a connection to somewhere you want to study. Just showing up somewhere with no introduction or background in their lineage is a lot harder than being introduced by a lama of the same lineage who knows you. Sometimes you can just show...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

This doesn't seem to be the official position of the Dzogchen Community. The Dzogchen Community, by their own admission, has no authority here. Well, I might be wrong, and if I am, please correct me. But what I've read, and heard many times was that Rinpoche has appointed only his son and daughter ...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

It is simply the way Vajrayana works. No tantra proclaims that it must be announced who can transmit something - just that certain criteria are met. Virgo The Dzogchen Community is not following the Tantras then? What a curious situation. Actually, Virgo's answer corresponds to Malcolm's. There is ...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

But isn't that the problem here? CNN didn't authorize anyone to transmit his Longsal cycle besides his children, neither of whom want to do that, and so there is really no-one to transmit it? There is no official lineage holder. This does not mean that there are no people who are qualified to give ...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Well. I am also concerned about what we do or fail to do, and I feel we all should be. To ground the talk a bit: lots of pain in here and out there, something which the very notion of clandestine transmission of Longsal lungs testifies to. In any case, I feel I am running around in circles and flog...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

Apart from being a test of trust, it is also an exercise in applied hermeneutics: which statement (or combination of statements) of Rinpoche's will one take for the definitive one? Hundreds of typescripts and recordings available, let the battle begin. A discussion based on what he said would be fi...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

We should be willing to receive reading transmissions from people we know to be long-term, serious students of ChNNr. If we're not, then why? Do we think that ChNNr and his teachings were unable to lead students to realization? That absolutely nobody in the DC got anywhere in their practice? Apart ...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

the person giving it needs to be able to read it in the language it was originally given, and give any associated empowerments and methods of introduction required in order to read it Very reasonable. And, if I understand it correctly (you seem to be saying that in order to transmit Longsal lungs o...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 220
Views: 3106

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Nagarjuna's Tetralemma can be understood through the concept of latency, manifestation, and Tientai the Great's Mutual Possession of the Ten Worlds and Three Truth Doctrine 1). P; that is being...A single World (being or phenomena) manifestation is equivalent to Tientai's Truth of Temporary Existen...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 151
Views: 7240

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

As we've discussed before, I don't believe that there is no path forward for ChNNr's own termas. But it is important that any subsequent transmission of them is done properly. What does transmitting them properly entail in this context? Well, others will have more detailed explanations, but just by...

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