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by Simon E.
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 43
Views: 1796

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

I practiced shamatha / vipassana from a Theravada view for many years. After talking in depth with a former Theravada vipassana instructor turned Vajrayana instructor, I have come to the conclusion that Mahamudra shamatha is not the same. I had to completely let it go. The other thing I've found is...
by Simon E.
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya (3 years)
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Samaya (3 years)

Virgo wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:02 pm
Just remember to purificate.

Virgo
:thumbsup:
by Simon E.
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya (3 years)
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Samaya (3 years)

I have never ever heard, from any of my teachers, about a time limit. Yes, we must strive not to break samaya (and yes, we will break them). When we have broken them, then we must strive to repair them in appropriate ways, the sooner the better, of course. But not a word about a deadline other than...
by Simon E.
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 42
Views: 605

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I think that the tension between self power and other power is a false duality that would only operate if ‘we’ had any kind of permanent reality. I think that also applies to Amida Buddha. I prefer the explanation given by a Vajrayana teacher about another Yidam..’The difference between Tara and you...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Tenzin Palmo spent three years in solitary retreat in a cave in the high Himalayas..with no heating source. Who knows what she is capable of. Most of us will be limited in what happens at the moment of death, what happens next will be determined by karmic winds and our vipaka. I think it behoves any...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

It may be that Tenzin Palmo has attained sufficiently to make such a vow meaningfully, although I wonder to what degree she is making a political statement. However that is not an option open to most of us who do not live lives of monastic discipline, we can make as many vows as we want we are in th...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Where did you get the idea that you would be entering eternal blackness? No one is saying anything like that.
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recovery Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Recovery Dharma

Nor me. I knew his dad a little. It’s so depressing. We men are so frak predictable... :crying:
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

I hear you..tricky, this life business.
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

I was contemplating this on subway ride to work. If everything in life is impermanence, why try at all? Besides practicing meditation, all other efforts are fruitless to our individual path to nirvana, peace and happiness. I am a layman and do not live in a monastery like a monk. Does that mean I s...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

LastLegend wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:06 pm

No we don’t. The Unborn and Unmade there are. But they are not you nor me. Neither do we ‘have’ them.
The undead exist only in Zombie movements.
True and correct. Was using a conventional way to express it!
“Undead” is not merely unconventional.
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

I was contemplating this on subway ride to work. If everything in life is impermanence, why try at all? Besides practicing meditation, all other efforts are fruitless to our individual path to nirvana, peace and happiness. I am a layman and do not live in a monastery like a monk. Does that mean I s...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the mindful state
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Hello from the mindful state

G’day... :cheers: (Amber Nectar).
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recovery Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Recovery Dharma

Admirable.
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 42
Views: 605

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

My preference seems to go in the direction of mixed practice - self and other power. Devotion is a wonderful wonderful quality, but I also find self-practice methods very important, but there aren't many people around who do both it seems.. Really? I thought that was standard mahayana So did I. It’...
by Simon E.
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

This might be seen as a cold response to your pain, but believe me it isn’t. You again refer to being ‘reincarnated as a women’. The Buddhas Dharma cannot help you with this ambition for a number of reasons, the main one being that Buddhism does not teach reincarnation in the sense that you are usin...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: 1000 buddhas for Dalai Lama
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: 1000 buddhas for Dalai Lama

Why?
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Not for a better Samsara
Replies: 14
Views: 832

Re: Not for a better Samsara

Samsara and Nirvana are two different ways of experiencing the same phenomena. Everything Buddha talked about relates to our experience. It's not as though he was way out there and nobody could understand what he was rambling about. Even though it is true that making samsara cozier is not the goal ...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 597

Re: Right-wing psychology

The glorious Empire, white, Christian and empiricist! I suffer from false consciousness/nostalgia too, but for that mythical post WWII Keynesian golden age, where liberal institutions were actually liberal, public services were actually public, and welfare was actually designed to help the poorest/...
by Simon E.
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

Edit: Let’s not have a dispute. Then listen to what Matt says. I don’t know what your intention is, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that it’s positive. But he is correct. You come over as superior and as a know-all. At various points in this thread you directly contradict au...

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