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by TharpaChodron
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1263
Views: 57781

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Bummer. we would have been in retreat with Sangye Khandro and Lama Chonam in NZ. Total bummer. Praying for a World party in 2021, and not a “Ship of Fools” The patriotic covidiots of the Covideracy ride again: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWBWGs8X0AA65W3?format=jpg&name=small https://www.dailymail.c...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1263
Views: 57781

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

:smile: Much the same here, actually. The streets are very quiet but lots of people are getting on their bikes for exercise. A lot of people are working or studying from home, or have lost their jobs, or have had their hours cut. Garden stores are doing well, as are hardware stores, as people find ...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1262

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

Recently he has been teaching online from Nepal and there were a bunch of dogs barking in the background. I thought it was amusing how people were complaining about the dogs, saying they couldn’t concentrate or meditate with Rinpoche due to their barking. It was a good lesson that even if one is in ...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1263
Views: 57781

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

:smile: I still go to work, but I meet my clients and families now via Zoom or the like and everyone is at their homes except me on the calls usually. They say there is much more child abuse, neglect, domestic violence etc going on unreported, and yes, the phones have been eerily quiet. Planted a b...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1263
Views: 57781

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I still go to work, but I meet my clients and families now via Zoom or the like and everyone is at their homes except me on the calls usually. They say there is much more child abuse, neglect, domestic violence etc going on unreported, and yes, the phones have been eerily quiet. Planted a bunch of a...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 236
Views: 26246

Re: Random Thoughts

Good topic; yes sometimes I feel like writing some random happenings or thoughts, but don't want to make a new thread. For example, about 9 months ago I saw the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Rhapsody_(film) It was very interesting about the life of Freddie Mercury...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 236
Views: 26246

Re: Random Thoughts

Today I went to a teaching by Kalu Rinpoche, by chance I learned he was teaching only 1.5 hours away from my home. Never met his previous incarnation, but I was so impressed! :heart:
by TharpaChodron
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment

From what I have heard, all things are compounded and therefore impermanent, however enlightenment they say, is actually uncompounded.
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: did you feel it?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: did you feel it?

Felt it here 276 miles north of Ridgecrest! House swayed for a while, hanging lights swinging etc. Even my dogs got scared. Think a bigger one is coming? :shock:
by TharpaChodron
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 1798

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

There's a famous quote from the Buddha about how praise and blame have existed for as long as time and never ends. Ignore both blame and praise. In the relative world we live in, however, act with a Bodhisattva attitude of equanimity/compassion/patience etc to end injustice.
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 1738

Re: Precious Human Birth

I'm sure you all know this story, but here is an article about Mingyur Rinpoche coming back from his wandering retreat. He said gratitude and appreciation were huge things he discovered. https://www.lionsroar.com/in-exclusive-first-interview-mingyur-rinpoche-reveals-what-happened-during-his-four-yea...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 1738

Precious Human Birth

So...I was contemplating on how important the concept of "Gratitude" is with our Christian friends and wondering about how the concept of gratitude seems slightly missing from Buddhism. And then, I thought about the Four Reminders, especially the first one - this precious human birth. I think they a...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 6818

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Kind of touched on above but not made explicit... If civilization were reoriented to happiness of the sort embodied in love and kindness, abortion might become the unfortunate aberration I think everyone wishes it would be. So long as we enshrine self interest (regulated to keep it from leading to ...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 6818

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Kind of touched on above but not made explicit... If civilization were reoriented to happiness of the sort embodied in love and kindness, abortion might become the unfortunate aberration I think everyone wishes it would be. So long as we enshrine self interest (regulated to keep it from leading to ...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 6818

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Also- Are pro-lifers as concerned about killing animals and eating animal meat? Why shouldn't they all be vegans, respecting life and all. But no, animals are supposedly lesser life forms than humans and don't deserve the "sanctity of life" argument. And let us not even get into how many anti-choic...
by TharpaChodron
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 6818

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Teen pregnancy rates have been dropping since the 1950s. Sexual education is very important as is access to birth control. In some jurisdictions up to 70% of incarcerated inmates were in foster care at some time in their youth. There is also a huge decrease in crime that correlates with the date of...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 3699

Re: Retreat Centers

I started working part time when I hit 60 so I could devote 7-8 hours a day to practice (three hours before breakfast and four in the afternoon). At 65, I retired completely with absolutely no regrets and do 3.5-4 sessions per day with some evening group practices added in on top. It's now been eig...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 3699

Re: Retreat Centers

Retirement is interesting. The amount of freedom can evoke some strange feelings. It's not a weekend or a vacation. You are truly free for the first time. People still in the rat race don't understand and can't relate to it. You can volunteer and stuff but you start drifting away. Retreat and findi...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 3699

Re: Retreat Centers

Retirement is interesting. The amount of freedom can evoke some strange feelings. It's not a weekend or a vacation. You are truly free for the first time. People still in the rat race don't understand and can't relate to it. You can volunteer and stuff but you start drifting away. Retreat and findi...
by TharpaChodron
Thu May 30, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 3699

Re: Retreat Centers

I was just going to say that I saw there is indeed such a place in France, I saw an ad in a dharma centre's book catalogue last week. Given that it's in France, it probably includes 3 square meals and a bottle of wine a day... Joking aside, I would surprised if there wasn't already something like t...

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