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by Simon E.
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

I suspect that apparent contradictions may be due the difficulty in picking out cause and consequence in a scenario which is does not follow temporal process in the usual way.

Sometimes its 'ready!-fire!-aim!'. :smile: ..possibly.
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

It's a pretty controversial pov even within Christian mysticism... :smile:
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

The name he/she has chosen is interesting.
The Omega Point is a concept developed by the Christian mystic and priest Teilhard de Chardin for the final evolutionary climax of the cosmos.
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

I think the confusion is that some think they are called preliminaries because they are preliminary to DI. But many if not most teachers give DI and the 'preliminaries' are practiced after that. They are preliminaries to a main practice such as the two stages or certain more advanced Dzogchen pract...
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:02 am
You know it is wrong, when Osho and Krishnamurti get a top rating.
Aye.
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

I did ngondro. It had real benefits. But did not prepare me in any way for D.I. You don't feel that Guru Yoga opened you up to the possibility that your teacher's enlightened nature is identical to your own? That you teacher can act as a catalyst for you to recognise your enlightened nature? The ho...
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

By turning up. The effect that DI transmission may have will vary, of course, but receiving it has no prerequisites that I know of other than the master being willing to give it and the disciple being willing to receive it at the same time. This. What happens after DI might be a different story of ...
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Help me with a difficult family conversation.
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Help me with a difficult family conversation.

Explain to him, I mean..
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Its perhaps useful to know that Sarlo is, in fact, Swami Prem Sarlo a veteran follower of Rajneesh.
His view of any teacher should be seen in the light of his history.
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

If you attend a retreat with ChNN and receive DI, are you saying that before it can have effect you must first have learned about Buddhism, or taken Refuge....? How in the world can anyone receive a DI that early? By turning up. The effect that DI transmission may have will vary, of course, but rec...
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 110
Views: 2163

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

I did ngondro. It had real benefits. But did not prepare me in any way for D.I.

Not all 'Buddhism' is Buddhadharma.
by Simon E.
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Help me with a difficult family conversation.
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Help me with a difficult family conversation.

What do the kids think?

What if they explained why they would rather do something else with their granddad?
by Simon E.
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Trungpa's first Western student Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure died
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: Trungpa's first Western student Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure died

Breaking my fast from Buddhist forums just to pay my respects to Richard.


Go well, and thank you. :namaste:
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1669

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

So another confirmation ..every valley a Lama. Every Lama a dharma. :smile:

Which figures. Do we expect uniformity?
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery

Yes if made by traditional methods :smile: ..unfortunately, a lot of it is produced by industrial means.
Good quality sauerkraut is also probiotic. As is miso paste..but in the case of the latter it is necessary to add it towards the end of cooking as high heat will kill the probiotic agents.
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery

Something like half of the world has this bacteria, AFAIK they do not really understand why some people can live with it and some cannot. I had it for years (presumably), then at age 40 all the sudden I had crippling heartburn and was regurgitating stomach acid into my lungs causing asthma, fun stu...
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 1243

Re: Is it good not to exist?

Good answers above. :bow: My teacher said once that before we can let go of the self, we need to develop a well-adjusted strong sense of self. Too often one longs to escape the burdens of existence - this is still very much on the Wheel of Samsara of wanting and aversion. I think it helps at the ve...
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1669

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

IMO, the main issue with receiving many empowerments is that you form samaya connections with teachers whom you really don't know that well. So far I think I've been very fortunate to meet with good teachers, even if I know some better than others, but recent events made me more and more reluctant ...
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 1243

Re: Is it good not to exist?

It is not that things do not exist at the ultimate level, it is not that they are non-existent, it is that they lack INHERENT existence. Basic, vital, and needs pointing out repeatedly. A Freudian would say that there is in us a longing for non-existence and that Buddhism misunderstood can seem to ...
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery

The onion (allium) family in general and garlic in particular, have also been shown in clinical trials to reduce blood pressure.
Garlic is also a powerful topical antiseptic.
Its a pity that some cultures have a superstitious aversion to it.

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