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by TharpaChodron
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Demons
Replies: 33
Views: 604

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: 33
Views: 604

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: 767

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: 731

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: 1347

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: 767

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: 1347

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: 731

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: 92
Views: 3440

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: 201

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: 5360

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...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5360

Re: Who is America ?

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:40 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:06 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:34 pm


Bill Maher should talk...talk about no sense of humor...
I actually like his sense of humor... :shrug:
His jokes are ok, if a bit rough, but he a pretty humorless guy, actually...
Most rabid atheists aren't that funny, imo.
by TharpaChodron
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5360

Re: Who is America ?

Grigoris wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:36 pm
Beyond face palm, straight into the realm of face fist!





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I thought you would appreciate that. :)
by TharpaChodron
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5360

Re: Who is America ?

This is definitely one of the best, i.e. worst parts.

by TharpaChodron
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5360

Re: Who is America ?

I love Sasha Cohen and this show is awesome. I thought the Bachelorette girl part was the most sick, in a way. Really summed up the depravity of our current "society."
by TharpaChodron
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Boys Freed From Thai Cave Enter Monkhood to Honor Fallen Rescuer
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Boys Freed From Thai Cave Enter Monkhood to Honor Fallen Rescuer

Wow, touching for sure. But, I'm glad they're becoming novice monks, as I imagine they have a lot of living to do before making such a serious commitment.
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma, "soulmates" etc
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Re: Karma, "soulmates" etc

So, I'm curious what anyone's take, including the actual Buddhist official outlook is on "soul mates", chance encounters, predestined relationships and all that. ... Perhaps the nearest I know of to a soul mate story in Buddhism is the relationship between the Buddha and his wife, Yashodhara. Here ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3405

Re: Football World Cup.

Well unlike Scotland at least we qualified. And having qualified reached the semi-finals. And finished fourth overall. Higher than Spain, Italy, Germany or (cough) Brazil. Like I said, the English think they're god's gift to soccer. ;) But anyhow, as a Brit I am sure you have a well developed sense...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3405

Re: Football World Cup.

Most adult English people long ago relinquished the idea that because we invented the modern game it gives us some kind of privilege.. :smile: Gareth and the lads will return. My Scottish husband says England thinks they're god's gift to soccer, but the only gifts from god to soccer come from Brazi...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma, "soulmates" etc
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Re: Karma, "soulmates" etc

Hi Tharpa, And how does Tibetan astrology look at these things. I imagine considering how important it is, they must have a notion about this stuff. Astrology can be used to find compatibility between people. When people are highly compatible they can be of great benefit to each other. It all depen...

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