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by Adi
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 30840

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

Malcolm: Oh it's a big issue here. In most Dharma centers you never find the rituals that are normal back in Asia. This sounds like a sweeping generalization unsupported by evidence, unless you've been to most Dharma centers or have access to some kind of survey that takes into account what rituals...
by Adi
Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The basis is one's unfabricated mind
Replies: 695
Views: 58459

Re: The basis is one's unfabricated mind

... Again, if you are using the term of "ground of being", which is Christian theological term out of place in Dzogchen, you will run into many contradictions. These days many people express the language of Dzogchen in terms which are little more than a revenant of 19th Century British Idealism: Ou...
by Adi
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the West
Replies: 171
Views: 30840

Re: African Americans & people of Color, & Buddhism in the W

...money is the #1 concern for people of color in america, where at the bottom as far as the progress of community goes, so most black folk dont care about things that will take eons to happen. It has to do with vibes, most dharma centers dont offer the vibe we(black americans) resonate with. it's ...
by Adi
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"
Replies: 46
Views: 5814

Re: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"

Tibetan monastic curricula are based more on shastras than sutras. Sutrayana study is based mainly on shastras. I think his point was that more tantric works are read than the sastras…. When I heard him speak on this subject it was specifically about lay practitioners and related habits. I've no do...
by Adi
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"
Replies: 46
Views: 5814

Re: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"

... I have wavered on this over the years, as I have in so many other things, but my present thinking is that all Vajrayāna practitioners of whatever stripe need a solid grounding in Hinayāna and Mahāyāna paths. I think this a very sound thought. I recall Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche talking about to...
by Adi
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Shower Of Blessings
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

Re: Shower Of Blessings

The very short tsok section just adds to this, as most tsoks are quite elaborate from my own experience. Yes, actually when I do tsok at home I often choose to do an arrangement based on the Shower of Blessings put together by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. The Shower of Blessings guru yoga is the heart o...
by Adi
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist Hate Crimes
Replies: 70
Views: 14483

Re: Buddhist Hate Crimes

Kindly add my thanks for the clarity of understanding presented here. ...When we bring to mind our bodhicitta vows we are not saying, "I vow to do this practice just to save only the sentient beings I like", we are saying "I am practicing the six perfections in order to become a Buddha so that I mig...
by Adi
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity
Replies: 22
Views: 3111

Re: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity

Chapter Six of Patrul Rinpoche's The Words of My Perfect Teacher is titled "How to Follow A Spiritual Friend" and contains much excellent advice on how to evaluate a teacher. Problem here is, this is written for people already firmly rooted in Tibetan buddhism due to cultural backgrounds. Words of ...
by Adi
Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity
Replies: 22
Views: 3111

Re: Recognising a teacher/guru with integrity

Chapter Six of Patrul Rinpoche's The Words of My Perfect Teacher is titled "How to Follow A Spiritual Friend" and contains much excellent advice on how to evaluate a teacher.
by Adi
Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Tarthang Tulku's renovation of Swayambhu
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Re: Tarthang Tulku's renovation of Swayambhu

I happened to catch that, too, on KQED. Quite a wonderful documentary that covered so much. I especially enjoyed seeing the very old techniques used for various metal working and finishing. I am also very glad they documented the whole restoration project so extensively as it will be a great help in...
by Adi
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The lamas who give Tibetan Buddhism a bad name
Replies: 59
Views: 16513

Re: The lamas who give Tibetan Buddhism a bad name

...So if you are attracted to Tibetan Buddhism, have read some books and learned some meditation techniques and now want to delve in deeper – how do you guard against being fooled by a charismatic charlatan? What criteria do you apply to your search for an authentic teacher? There is excellent advi...
by Adi
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Legalized Marijuana - will you smoke it?
Replies: 121
Views: 13647

Re: Legalized Marijuana - will you smoke it?

In some states such as California, if you need marijuana as medicine you can get a prescription & already obtain it without much difficulty. I know several practitioners who use it as medicine & it is an aid to their practice as it calms or alleviates physical problems that make concentration diffic...
by Adi
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do the cultural aspects of TB practice help or hinder us?
Replies: 114
Views: 13327

Re: Do the cultural aspects of TB practice help or hinder us

I am still interested to hear about people's individual experience with this- of course only if they are comfortable sharing them. I do understand there will be different experiences, that is what could make it an interesting thread :namaste: I find it very helpful. Initially, when observing things...
by Adi
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: where/how to get a robe?
Replies: 79
Views: 9893

Re: where/how to get a robe?

...DKR does not wear tge patched robes or yellow chogu of an ordained monk, though I do agree to the untrained eye most wouls assume he is a fulky ordained monk by observibg his clothes. I am familiar with the idea of a "lay monk" or a kind of lineage holder who prefers to follow the simplicity of ...
by Adi
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Insisting on receiving instructions damages samaya
Replies: 61
Views: 6260

Re: Insisting on receiving instructions damages samaya

Surely the translation in the OP is proper. So it follows that insisting (demanding something forcefully and not accepting a refusal) even once is a very different thing from a request (asking politely or formally for something), no matter how many times made.

Adi
by Adi
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage
Replies: 164
Views: 26158

Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

My thanks to everyone who has posted articles, prayers and stories of the late Akong Rinpoche. Also my sincere condolences to his students and all those connected with him. I was only a little familiar with him before the recent events and am very saddened that such an apparently amazing teacher and...
by Adi
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: butt hurts from too much sitting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 3924

Re: butt hurts from too much sitting Question

...Well first, you can't know whether you even need correction without asking someone for it, secondly, even if your posture is perfect prolonged seated meditation is just hard on the body period, which is why I say, the only antidote i've ever found is exercise, especially those that promote mobil...
by Adi
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 1800

Re: Greetings

Thanks to all for the kind welcomes! Now that I'm able to be around my computer more these days I hope to post some more soon. For now, must read through the threads and see what's happening. :smile:
by Adi
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 1800

Greetings

Greetings All: I am another "e-sangha refugee" as well. I hope this site becomes a cordial place full of good discussions, information and resources of and for Dharma. I didn't often participate in discussions at the old place but certainly miss the vast links to texts and teachings. I look forward ...

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