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by TharpaChodron
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Dalai Lama has chosen his successor!
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: The Dalai Lama has chosen his successor!

I hope, with all my heart, that it is just Chinese-sponsored gossip. Very likely just rumors. A couple of those articles are dated back in early April. If they were true, I think it would have come out by now. However, HHDL is in his 80's, and we should expect to hear about natural decline. I can o...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 590

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

I can't accept that the dark core is hard wired, not completely anyway. I suppose there are those cases where they've found psychopaths and sociopaths have defective portions in their brains. Those cases aside, we all have the dark core, and part of becoming a realized being is to contend with it. ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1773

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

I'm going to be a real Pollyanna and say something like what I heard a US journalist say one time in regards to there being lots of discovery of mistakes and untruths in journalism. Rather than being a sign of failure, it's a sign of success to see truth is revealed. It shows the "system" is working...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Regret and Guru Yoga-Chatral R.
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Regret and Guru Yoga-Chatral R.

passel wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:59 am
I guess Shrine Room would have been the place to post it, but whatever I’m leavin it.
Probably one of the best, most sincere postings I've ever seen on DW. Cheers 🍻
by TharpaChodron
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dakini Day
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Dakini Day

Is it today or actually October 4th? Tashi delek TC, They said today. Some Tibetans posted this with delay. But you are right it was on the 4th I realize / see. Anyway then still a happy Dakini day with retro activity. Next year it will be placed in time. :namaste: Best wishes. I'm definitely no ex...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dakini Day
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Dakini Day

Is it today or actually October 4th?
by TharpaChodron
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 930

Re: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad

Bristollad wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Seems very personal - not sure how much it applies to anyone else.
I thought so, too. A lot of what he said may be true, though. Like I would agree that many people are searching for a perfect Buddha/Jesus figure to lead them and that's a lot of pressure to put on anyone.
by TharpaChodron
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 133
Views: 9530

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Update

I heard a story about when Marpa's son died falling off a horse (or something like that). His students came to him and saw him crying. They asked, "Teacher, you taught us that everything is an illusion, so why are you crying?" Marpa replied, "Yes, it's an illusion, but a very big illusion." Love and...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Demons
Replies: 34
Views: 1014

Re: Dealing With Demons

To say that demonic entities only exist in the mind is meaningless. It is true to the extent that all beings, events and phenomena have no independent existence. But as HHDL quoted when asked if the Dharmapalas exist 'they are as real as you are'. No more, but no less real. How is it meaningless? E...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Demons
Replies: 34
Views: 1014

Re: Dealing With Demons

joy&peace wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:08 pm
Such things are created by the mind; transform the mind, and they are no longer there.
This.
by TharpaChodron
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better

Really. This stuff is important. Let’s throw our wooly-headedness down, all at once if we can but in stages is fine too. That’s all. And what, pray tell, do you mean? Not trying to be tricky- don’t know how to say it clearer. Just havin a feeling https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M I've got a...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 860

Re: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?

Thanks. What about that yoga history book which said that sun salutations are actually relatively modern and adapted from some exercise drills by some Maharaja IIRC? I guess the historical context isn't that important, but it's still a good, healthy movement? I remember reading about Hindu pushups ...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1812

Re: Is lineage enough?

So we are supposed to view our teachers as 100% infallible and enlightened, but how about we demistify and deconstruct everything and understand, in truth, the teacher/guru is typically very human, and that is not to say they are flawed. As was said in the film "Night of the Iguana," I find nothing...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better

passel wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:17 am
Really. This stuff is important. Let’s throw our wooly-headedness down, all at once if we can but in stages is fine too. That’s all.
And what, pray tell, do you mean?
by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1812

Re: Is lineage enough?

So we are supposed to view our teachers as 100% infallible and enlightened, but how about we demistify and deconstruct everything and understand, in truth, the teacher/guru is typically very human, and that is not to say they are flawed. As was said in the film "Night of the Iguana," I find nothing ...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 860

Re: Are sun salutations a good substitute for Tibetan-style long prostrations?

Yes Malcolm said this once long ago. Malcolm, do you still agree with this? I have on and off knee and calf issues and the "long" prostrations that Tibetans do make me uncomfortable. In particular I find the "sliding out" from a kneeling position rather problematic. The sun salutation way is to jum...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 7041

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

I met Pema Chodron privately when I was pretty young and naive, maybe 19 or 20. I expected her to be warm, compassionate, etc, but found otherwise. I came to her with a sincere question and felt immediately like I wasn't heard. She was cold, she completely misunderstood me, and ended up I ran out of...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Teaching gift
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Teaching gift

And also, from what I have learned, give the largest gift to the most major lama, and then less, if necessary, to the others.
by TharpaChodron
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5605

Re: Who is America ?

Most rabid atheists aren't that funny, imo. Ever tried talking to a rabid Buddhist? Barrel of friggin' laughs, I tell yeah! True true, I've come across some "Buddhist Nazis" no fun at all. Now "Bu-Jews," i.e. Jewish Buddhists, of which there are many in the US, are typically funny as hell. Probably...

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