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by TharpaChodron
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2459

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

My teacher said in Europe there are teachers who may give Dzogchen teachings without any Buddhist prerequisites, but in our lineage (Nyingma) "where the breath of Dakinis is still warm", we believe in practicing the preliminaries, i.e. Ngondro, first. That's what I follow. He also said any intellec...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2459

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

My teacher said in Europe there are teachers who may give Dzogchen teachings without any Buddhist prerequisites, but in our lineage (Nyingma) "where the breath of Dakinis is still warm", we believe in practicing the preliminaries, i.e. Ngondro, first. That's what I follow. He also said any intellect...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: My new neighbor
Replies: 32
Views: 890

Re: My new neighbor

Thanks everyone, I just had a LONG conversation worth her this afternoon. She insisted that both guys are just friends and that she is single. I told her so am I and I truly feel like we had a moment there. This is the problem I think. I like her. Well, obviously. That's been the problem from the s...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: So, Anthony Bourdain...
Replies: 45
Views: 1122

Re: So, Anthony Bourdain...

I'll admit I occasionally look at the Daily Mail, and saw a couple days ago pics of his girlfriend with another dude and thought, "uh oh.". And then two days later he commits suicide... Of course it's tragic, but as a Buddhist it's weeks like this that remind me of the real truth behind the whole Sa...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 02, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Of Concentration Camps and Prisons - Split from "Korean War Over?"
Replies: 42
Views: 1072

Re: Korean War Over?

Concentration camps aren't really the same as prisons. You can argue about the injustices and disparity in US prison populations, but that still doesn't make them "concentration camps." I think most Nazi concentration camp victims and other political prisoners would feel insulted to compare their e...
by TharpaChodron
Tue May 01, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Of Concentration Camps and Prisons - Split from "Korean War Over?"
Replies: 42
Views: 1072

Re: Korean War Over?

Concentration camps aren't really the same as prisons. You can argue about the injustices and disparity in US prison populations, but that still doesn't make them "concentration camps." I think most Nazi concentration camp victims and other political prisoners would feel insulted to compare their ex...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2184

Re: DNA TESTS

Interesting article in today's NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/health/dna-privacy-golden-state-killer-genealogy.html I thought the police did a brilliant job. DNA evidence can exonerate people as well as convict them. Personally, I think the good outweighs the risks. And in the article it se...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2184

Re: DNA TESTS

But seriously, folks, as interesting as the results of DNA testing might be, I would under no circumstances willingly submit such personal information to a faceless corporation which can be counted on to use it in deleterious ways in the future. People thought Facebook was harmless, too. DNA = Do N...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2184

Re: DNA TESTS

I took the Ancestry.com one, it doesn't seem as in depth as these other tests. The only surprise I got was that I'm only about 15% Iberian, since my family on my dad's side are 100% from Cuba. My father always said we were Spanish, Basque and French?! But my test showed about as much Mediterranean (...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: LARGE BRONZE OFFERING THINGY
Replies: 14
Views: 472

Re: LARGE BRONZE OFFERING THINGY

I thought it was an ancient chocolate fountain.
by TharpaChodron
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

It's the default accusation used by those well versed in the UK's entitlement culture. Any adverse remark can be claimed to be offensive hate speech and people can end up being prosecuted - just because the person who feels offended can point to a difference as the basis for the 'offensiveness'. We...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

Well, if Buddhas see everything with pure vision, then why did she feel it necessary to call me out by name and accuse me of "hate speech" when I merely said the reason why her claim to being the first female Buddha in modern history was being questioned was not due to racism (her claim) and more be...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

What got me in her post which is now taken down was she equivocated any criticism of her recognition as a Buddha as being a result of underlying white supremacy. As if there isn't a plentitude of genuine reasons not remotely related to racism why her claim to being the first female Buddha in modern...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

I find this whole idea of the recognition of Yeye to be contrived--I'll allow that there may be good motivations, perhaps, but in the end so much of this is just speculative and "wrong." I mean, really, "dreams coinciding"---this sort of thing is easily fabricated, and impossible to objectively asc...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

I want there to be Buddhist teachers and communities out there that reflect the cultures and people they connect to, but without corrupting or distorting the Dharma. Many Buddhists think Tibetan Buddhism is corrupt & distorted.... True. Imo, it doesn't mean we just excuse everything, because there ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

At first I thought maybe it's a good thing because she could introduce Vajrayana Buddhism to African Americans, but it looks to me like this is such a misrepresentation, it will do more harm than good. I kindly want to know why you think it can be a good thing? Exposure to Dharma is a good thing, e...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

Queen Bey is not my bag. I have issues with her being equated to a modern day Angela Davis. Only posted for the Oshun relevance. I prefer much Bonobo, and anonymous ambient/dub/electronica in general. But then, I have terrible taste in music. Same. I enjoy working (writing) to Pablo Bolivar's music...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

"Venerable Yeye Omileye She is a model of love and compassion who works tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others and restore balance and harmony with our Mother Earth. She is a living Oracle and Emanation of Mamaki, first Tibetan Water Goddess and Water Female Buddha in modern history." She ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye
Replies: 331
Views: 9104

Re: Nechung Kuten Recognizes Yeye Omileye

"Venerable Yeye Omileye She is a model of love and compassion who works tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others and restore balance and harmony with our Mother Earth. She is a living Oracle and Emanation of Mamaki, first Tibetan Water Goddess and Water Female Buddha in modern history." She r...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 2145

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

Financial problems seem hard to solve through spells. They are a result of many causes and conditions which can't necessarily be undone overnight, unless your spell is to win the lottery or for your debts to be magically absolved. There's rarely an easy way out of money issues. You can strive to get...

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