Summerlander wrote:...Do you know the definition of a tulpa according to Tibetan Buddhism, Snaggle? Look it up and then try not to mince your words or distort semantics. B-)
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Sprul-pa has several meanings both in Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhism; but we're talking about a mentally created and emanated in the waking world of a person, object or place. Sprul-pa in this sense are recognized to be only visualized vivid dream content in Tibetan Buddhism. When using a foreign word in another language a certain amount of "semantic distortions" occur, because any translation of a very foreign word is going to be a distortion of it's full meaning.
And saying that Tulpas "exist" in Hinduism and Buddhism, or that some form of yoga strengthens the visualisation of hallucinations for that matter, does not equate with Tulpas objectively existing!
I object most to something that may only be a semantic difference between us. You said that tulpa are only imaginary. Dreams lucid and otherwise are not just imaginary.
They can be detected and it's claimed that the images can be recorded too (have not examined this technology much so don't know if they really can be). Dreams are real things, not just imaginary things, Sprul-pa are as real as any dream. They also have practical uses not contected to religion in anyway, e.g. Tesla worked on his inventions by visualizing them while awake. They're not really hallucinations either though related to them in about the same way a lucid dream with dream control is related to a normal dream or lucid dream without control.
Snaggle: The difference is that I don't believe the hags I experience in SP are real. Anyone who believes that their waking hallucinations have an objective existence is deluded.
Are you claiming that you never thought them real or always knew what they were?