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by undefineable
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 1596

Re: Bangladeshi Buddhists condemn Myanmar persecution of Rohingya

The Rohingya persecution ... - Where Buddhism could benefit from some version of high-level excommunication ...
by undefineable
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 76
Views: 2392

Re: Peeling the onion

tomschwarz wrote:the darmadhatu is not free of anything, let alone reference points.
It's probably safe to say it's free from them in the sense that it isn't bound by them (like samsara is)
by undefineable
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2646

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

My understanding was that self exists conventionally but not ultimately - as in the 'two truths'. Self exists in as much as a locus of peculiar patterning can be directly evidenced, but nothing that is merely inferred [from insufficient evidence] can be designated in this way, because a closer look ...
by undefineable
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 3004

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

It really seems to be a fundamental aspect for me: the separation of life and death, even if "only" in concepts of my mind. The dukkha ia palpable for me I felt great fear of death etc. at certain times in the past ... ...I assume that I first have to give this, which is hard to bear for me, some m...
by undefineable
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 3004

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Maybe it all gets a deeper meaning when having in mind the unseparable connection between life and death Sorry to say this, but a person needs a motivation to consider these things, and that motivation naturally tends to veer towards the 'negative', for example the experience of separation in some ...
by undefineable
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Help with this Trungpa talk please?
Replies: 19
Views: 882

Re: Help with this Trungpa talk please?

Thanks everyone for all your replies :) Right that's the flip side. He seems to be using the term both in that sense of negating and also in the sense of justifying the negativity which is what I was more focused on in my reply. But yeah he is grouping them together. I don't think "negating negativi...
by undefineable
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 2049

Re: Emptiness nutshells

The "thing itself" (actual dependently originated phenomena) are not accessible to the human mind. I like what I interpret as your dualism (dual dependent origination), but have been in enough of these discussions to anticipate the unexpected - Are you referring to physical phenomena, or do you fee...
by undefineable
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Help with this Trungpa talk please?
Replies: 19
Views: 882

Re: Help with this Trungpa talk please?

Last post definitely finalised.. Just to clarify, the passages that appear to contrast are: These interpretations and judgements are negative negativity, watching ourselves being negative and then deciding that the negativity is justified in being there. The negativity seems good-natured, so we pat ...
by undefineable
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Help with this Trungpa talk please?
Replies: 19
Views: 882

Re: Help with this Trungpa talk please?

Sorry I managed to misquote him! When I wrote: The negative negativity seems good-natured, so we pat its back, guard it, and justify it. I meant to quote: The negativity seems good-natured, so we pat its back, guard it, and justify it. I also forgot to quote a passage spoken even earlier in the talk...
by undefineable
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Help with this Trungpa talk please?
Replies: 19
Views: 882

Help with this Trungpa talk please?

At the outset of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's well-known Dharma talk "Working with Negativity", there is a direct contradiction in the definition of 'negative negativity', which I feel is an important/relevant topic for my (secular/pre-dharma-'hearing') spiritual development at the moment. I suspect t...
by undefineable
Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 2049

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Things aren't even what they ARE, much less what they seem. Not sure if someone said this one already, but it's basically true. Things aren't any particular way, so they certainly aren't what anyone says they "are". I suspect that's pushing things too far Up to a point , I can be defined ;) :P . If...
by undefineable
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 2049

Re: Emptiness nutshells

things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.' It's a baffling saying, as it appears to defy logic. It completely dissolves logic. I think this is the point. It is to be experienced and not figured out. It can be figured out, given a gist of the relevant information and some nous as to its...
by undefineable
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 64
Views: 2049

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Things aren't even what they ARE, much less what they seem. Not sure if someone said this one already, but it's basically true. Things aren't any particular way, so they certainly aren't what anyone says they "are". I suspect that's pushing things too far Up to a point , I can be defined ;) :P . If...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

I certainly agree that it has little to do with actual Buddhist practice, but that is not the point, in some areas mindfulness is not bullshit at all, but has been a great contribution to a field whose treatments often go in precisely the wrong direction to create healthy people , and that should n...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

I certainly agree that it has little to do with actual Buddhist practice, but that is not the point, in some areas mindfulness is not bullshit at all, but has been a great contribution to a field whose treatments often go in precisely the wrong direction to create healthy people , and that should n...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

"No amount of reading will create the same impact that this essential relation creates." That sums it up. Relationship with a living teacher, possessed of a discerning eye and various means, allows for the arranging of the student's conditions in ways that texts alone just cannot. This does not mea...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

"mindfulness" is bullshit, mostly and most of the time. I disagree. It has had demonstrable benefits for many people with poor mental health at least. Perhaps you are holding it to spiritual rather than secular standards, but as Dechen Norbu said in this thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

What about western forms of 'mindfulness' practice as well? These teachings seem fairly straightforward (just focus on your breathing and note thoughts/sensations as they come and go) and lacking [what can appear to be] the vagueness of shamatha, so they look suited to being practiced without the ne...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

What about hearing dharma talks - particularly (I'd imagine) on video-? Or does 'hearing' dharma always mean finding a teacher who "tailors" the teachings to suit your psyche? And in any case, 'Wisdom' is all very well, but what about "beginner's mind", which for me means that the beginner accepts t...
by undefineable
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Brain Surgery
Replies: 67
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Brain Surgery

Malcolm wrote:until very recently, people did not just go to bookstores and buy books on Buddhadharma.
So is an update to the teachings needed perhaps?