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by Adi
Thu May 22, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 29697

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

...As already noted there are hundreds of biographies about such practitioners available, hundreds of dharma centers to visit, and thousands of texts. So check it out if you find it interesting. These are just more claims. Claims without being backed-up with evidence are baseless. Like I've said & ...
by Adi
Thu May 22, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 29697

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

Here are timely quotes, quite apropos to the virtual milieu here, too. The first is why now: During the present Age of Strife, it seems as though people are seldom amiable; rather, they are always trying to outdo one another. Our time owes its name to this fundamental competitiveness. But this is ex...
by Adi
Thu May 22, 2014 3:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 29697

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

You may or may not be right in your perception of "being unkind" Adi, but again this illustrates my point: that it's not the path, but the practitioner. It only illustrates that you either don't understand what you're writing here or that you don't care how it comes across. I will repeat that it is...
by Adi
Thu May 22, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: why is Vajrayana considered the fastest way to buddhahood?
Replies: 258
Views: 29697

Re: why is Vajrayana considered the fasted way to buddhahood

That is the point, the evidence is the hundreds of biographies of masters in Tibet who achieved Buddhahood or the bhumis. The evidence we have for Vajrayāna is the same evidence we have for the Buddha, the reports of their close disciples. I'm still waiting for some actual evidence that the vajraya...
by Adi
Tue May 20, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: World's largest hydropower project in Tibet
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Re: World's largest hydropower project in Tibet

There is just no good angle on such a project anymore. It wasn't well-thought in the first place and even beyond the risk of building massive fixed structures in an active geologic area, as the article notes, even if they get it all done there may no longer be sufficient water available to run the p...
by Adi
Sat May 17, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona
Replies: 433
Views: 64211

Re: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona

Just as the trunk of an ordinary tree
Lying in the forest of the Mālaya mountains
Absorbs the perfume of sandal from the moist leaves and branches,
So you come to resemble whomever you follow.


—Patrul Rinpoche quoting an unnamed text in Words of My Perfect Teacher
by Adi
Tue May 13, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-celibacy
Replies: 27
Views: 4045

Re: Non-celibacy

... Again, just to be clear and avoid unnecessary digressions, what I have in mind here are practitioners who do not aspire to celibacy, in this lifetime at least. In the interests of full disclosure, let me mention that the issue has been a conceptual and practical barrier for me; it caused me to ...
by Adi
Tue May 13, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Quotes Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 19765

Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Impermanence is everywhere, yet I still think things will last.
I have reached the gates of old age, yet I still pretend I am young.
Bless me and misguided beings like me,
That we may truly understand impermanence.


--Patrul Rinpoche, Words of my Perfect Teacher
by Adi
Tue May 13, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Civilisation and barbarism
Replies: 23
Views: 3174

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

I'd say the cycles of history do happen, but not in a perfect circle, more of a spiral or squiggle.... heh. And that is a near-perfect Nietzschean physical metaphor. But I am certainly not dismissing history. (Could I, with a degree in the subject?) History has its place and its promise and its per...
by Adi
Tue May 13, 2014 4:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Civilisation and barbarism
Replies: 23
Views: 3174

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

One can look at conventional history as simply the recording of and studying of ignorance.

Sometimes outside of Dharma the only place you can find things that are not that is in fiction:
This has all happened before and it will all happen again.
--From the new Battlestar Galactica
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Quotes Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 19765

Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Nice one, Adi! Wonder if Kunkhyen Karma Chagme Rinpoche was paraphrasing Longchenpa in my signature quote :thumbsup: You are welcome. I don't know who may have been quoting who or not (and I like both quotes very much), but I think it reflects a thought very profound and fortunately oft spoken of b...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 6:09 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 46698

Re: Celibacy

That being you can get actual instruction in how "to invest energy in different things" instead of simply being told to be celibate and try not to think about any alternatives. Is that a correct assumption, that Buddhist monastic training includes such practicalities? I would say so, certainly my t...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 46698

Re: Celibacy

What I find funny is that the very same people who advocate "sexual freedom" don't respect the choice of some to work towards "freedom from sexuality". Thus you find these days it is less shocking to have open relationships and polyamory than have a person who just isn't interested in "cultivating"...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 24381

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

... Apparently even Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has voiced concern about sexual abuse in monasteries: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the lama who directed The Cup, the one relatively unsentimental feature film about Tibetan children raised as monks, is concerned about sexual abuse at monasteries. "I th...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Famous Tröma Nagmo female practitioners
Replies: 6
Views: 1178

Re: Famous Tröma Nagmo female practitioners

Along with the thoughtful examples T. Chokyi has already posted, I don't know if you will find all that much public information about such practitioners. The practice itself isn't all that common and many of its practitioners prefer to stay hidden, it being traditionally one of the secrets of the Se...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 24381

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

This is my vision. And I am determined to make it happen. I hope he does make it happen. :bow: :smile: It is happening right now and also includes his Dharma centers. He's completely changed their governance and instituted many innovations in service to lay practitioners as well. It's a remarkable ...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 24381

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

What I find disturbing is how Ven. Indrajala can decry the corruption of "Tibetan Monasteries", with only the Kalu Rinpoche link provided for evidence and in the same breath completely disregard the stories of the Chinese government's rape and sterilization of Tibetan and Chinese dissidents when ex...
by Adi
Mon May 12, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wealth Vases
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: Wealth Vases

You are welcome. I think Vajrayana's site is most helpful in explaining about treasure vases and what they are all about. Anecdotally, I know of many who have them and attribute good things to their presence, which seems reasonable to me as having a concentration of so many blessed objects around th...
by Adi
Sun May 11, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wealth Vases
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: Wealth Vases

Here is one take on them:

http://www.vajrayana.org/treasure-vases/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Adi
by Adi
Sun May 11, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions
Replies: 224
Views: 24381

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

Andrew108 wrote:You wonder why there has been no follow up or public statement.
There has been and it's even been referenced in this thread.

Perhaps you might consider looking into it instead of posting more of your own speculation and repetition of gossip.

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