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by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 10
Views: 222

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 3:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)

Not sure if this is just media-based hype just to boost some corporate profits, or if there is actual increase in demand for these types of plant-based protein replacing meat. If this becomes actual sustainable long term trend , with no reported harmful side-effects or pitfalls, then maybe animal l...
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: 2182

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: 2182

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: 2182

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: 2182

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: 40
Views: 1229

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: 40
Views: 1229

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: 40
Views: 1229

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: 40
Views: 1229

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...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

This is an important topic. I have spent a few years of my life looking after practitioners who did not give this subject any attention. Too old to work some have been pushed out of temples and monasteries. I'm not sure a center is the best idea for retirement. They are often periodically filled wi...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

Sounds great what you are doing. I think I'd like to be a part of a Dharma community one day. I'm surprised there isn't already an existing Vajrayana retirement community somehwhere... 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 c...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

You have to work a lot, as far as I have seen the situation isn't ideal for older people at this point. /magnus I'm sure you are right, maybe the work requirements for people could be modified. There's a lot of ways older people can be of help besides heavy lifting and the like. My center has a lot...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

There's a lot of ways older people can be of help besides heavy lifting and the like. Here there’s a lot of cooking, cleaning & shopping. Then there’s filling & emptying water bowls, prepping butter lamps (yuck!). Then there’s event stuff like reservations, parking, setting up chairs, & cleaning gu...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

I have not done a retreat and haven't asked my lama about it either. Figured I'd test the waters here before asking a crazy question. Presuming you are in No. CA, take a look at what Vajrapani offers, both Group & Private retreats. This way you can dip your mind for a few days into a quiet locale. ...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Kyabje Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche 2019, Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 2215

Re: Kyabje Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche 2019, Europe

Isn't Rinpoche coming to Italy too? I am so glad I "met" him in California.
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

It will be dependent upon the rules of the dharma center that has the retreat facilities available. oh, I guess I meant Dharma center. Do you know of any "typical" rules in this regard? You have to work a lot, as far as I have seen the situation isn't ideal for older people at this point. /magnus I...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

You have to work a lot, as far as I have seen the situation isn't ideal for older people at this point. And they’re always in need of money. So your kids won’t appreciate you giving their inheritance away. I’m a retiree and I moved into one. But I don’t have a family and a minimal pension. I work a...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, sorrry, but is there an age limit or similar rules and limitation to moving and living at a retreat center? Is it a possiblilty once one is past age 65 to move to one? Have you lived in a six month or longer retreat before? You may not like it fo...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 40
Views: 1229

Re: Retreat Centers

An option would be, and this is if it is ones wish, to enter retreat. Most dharma centers with retreat housing options would be happy to take your money on a long term monthly basis. Also many centers will have retreat housing that is much less than renting an apartment, paying a home loan, etc. Yo...

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