Comment on Robert's talk page
- @ZuluPapa5: Thank you. Actually that diagram makes more sense than the article ever did. From it I gather followers of Aro gTér consider Khandro Dechen to be a rebirth of A-shé Khandro (who was in turn a child of Khandro Yeshé Réma aka Aro Lingma) and Ngakpa Chögyam / Ngak'chang Rinpoche to be the rebirth of Aro Yeshe who was in turn the rebirth of a-Shul Pema Legden and the son of Khandro Yeshé Réma and a-Shul Pema Legden. Whether these predecessors were actual flesh and blood human beings in the mundane physical world or some kind of Sambhogakāya ḍāka and ḍākinī Ngakpa Chögyam saw in a meditative vision (or maybe both) I'm not clear. Presumably Ngakpa Chögyam "remembered" the Aro gTér teachings from his previous rebirths, or had them revealed to him again in a vision of Aro Lingma / Khandro Yeshé Réma. Cool. I live in Bhutan where people believe in all sorts of things like this and I have no problems with any of it. If the Aro gTér teachings which Ngakpa Chögyam gives benefit some people and give them realization, then great. Nobody but the people who actually do the practice are in a position to judge this. However it is rather difficult or impossible to substantiate any of this "lineage history" by Wikipedia standards though ~ unless these things are simply presented as the beliefs of followers of Aro gTér - in which case it shouldn't be too difficult. About the content of the Aro gTér teachings, I'm not sure that Wikipedia (or the internet in general) is the best place to explain details of any Dzogchen and tantric teachings. Chris Fynn (talk) 12:33, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
- I have filed an SPI here naming LilyW, JosephYon, ZuluPapa5 and Arthur chos. Montanabw(talk) 21:28, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
- Montanabw Yes - amazing that a new editor like Lily_W (BTW not LilyW) seems to be familiar with things like ANI. I know it took me several years editing Wikipedia before I even knew about that. Anyway an SPI may help clear the air one way or another - it is pretty bad when people start making accusations of "religious prejudice" against other editors. Chris Fynn (talk) 22:50, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
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Correct use of sources
Could you please help to explain the correct use of sources to a new editor/ScientificQuest (talk)? The discussion is atTalk:Anatta/Archive 3#About Reliable Sources for Articles on Religion. Thank you JimRenge (talk) 17:54, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
I am very glad for your font. But I found a small problem, when I opened Tibetan Shorthand Contractions (created by BabelStone), I found several Tibetan syllables positioned incorrect in Jomolhari; but after switching into Microsoft Himalaya, all of them looks normal.
And I copied them in BabelPad, the problem looks the same.
- I should mention that I would not have been able to create that page without the help of Chris, who provided me with the source documents. For reference, the sequences that render with a dotted circle with Jomolhari (Version alpha 0.003c 2006) on my Windows 7 system are:
- དངྲོུབ་ (normalized from dngruob to dngroub)
- ཆྲིུན་ (normalized from chruin to chriun)
- ཆྲོུལ་ (normalized from chruol to chroul)
- Three of the sequences are in non-canonical order on my page, but it seems that the Wikimedia software automatically normalizes, so it is impossible to show these three sequences on Wikipedia as they should be (in logical order). All these sequences render OK for me with Microsoft Himalaya. BabelStone (talk) 10:16, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
Questions about Padmasambhava
I apologize for bringing this up so suddenly, but there is a post on the talk page of Padmasambhava that puzzles me a bit. It is written by the user Joshua Jonathan and he directed me to you. English is not my second language, and i was wondering if you perhaps could help me. The text is fairly long and i apologize for any inconvenience
My questions are:
Do the writings about Padmasambhava being a murderer and interested in underage girls have any historical accuracy? Or are they "historical fiction" as was said in the quote?
Are ALL stories about Padmasambhava transmitting buddhism to Tibet just made up by 13th century monks? What is the historical consensus on Padmasambhava? Was he some kind of master of tantra who introduced buddhism to Tibet, or a murderer who was into little girls? Or was he a regular buddhist missionary or something in between?