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by Simon E.
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Traleg Rinpoche : Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Crazy Wisdom, & the Mahasiddha tradition
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Traleg Rinpoche : Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Crazy Wisdom, & the Mahasiddha tradition

I am trying to imagine CTR's reaction to the idea of someone keeping a relic of his hair.......
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 724

Re: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism

It depends on context. But as we are discussing a phrase used by someone who appears to like being enigmatic its anyone's guess what he had in mind... ;)
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 724

Re: The "Self" in Tibetan Buddhism

It's always funny when I hear Theravada described as Hinayana. Theravadins call Mahayanists "Essentialists" for the same reasons. Unless you have straw dogs your own hocus pocus doesn't mean anything. Do you mean "straw men"? Sadly, we are all straw dogs. :( Straw dogs, or dogs of grass, is a Chine...
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4594
Views: 390508

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

That's not the only difference. By reading OT''s account you get the impression Uncle Khyentse (of apparently questionable recognition to some) was just some ordinary dude who chanced into luxury etc. ok, so I ordered the book because Rinpoche recommends it...however, can anyone clue me in to the r...
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?
Replies: 10
Views: 171

Re: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?

Indeed. 'Lamaism' was a term invented by early European scholars in order to badmouth something they did not understand. And you can be sure that anyone who uses it in 2017 does not understand the Vajrayana ( the proper name of the Buddhism of Tibet but which is found in other countries too) either....
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Unkindness at dharmawheel
Replies: 57
Views: 2269

Re: Unkindness at dharmawheel

It seems to me that the greatest unkindness is to assume that a particular tone or style
of communication is the norm in 'Buddhism'.
And then further to assume that it is down to us as individuals to police that.

Its bullying, pure and simple. Bullying in the name of kindness.
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Chan practioner thinking about visiting a nyingma center
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Chan practioner thinking about visiting a nyingma center

It is not simply that you will experience different methods and/or techniques. It is a matter of mindset. This is not a triumphalist statement. You might visit this centre and discover that your karmic processes and temperament will lead you back to Chan. What you will find at any Vajrayana centre i...
by Simon E.
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 52
Views: 1734

Re: Diets are dumb

I was born in the 1950's, so no longer young. I've put on a lot of weight and was informed that I was heading for diabetes, which is a common consequence of weight gain and bad diets. So I signed up to The Blood Sugar Diet which is aimed at reducing your blood sugar and overall BMI, in early Octobe...
by Simon E.
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 52
Views: 1734

Re: Diets are dumb

Interesting that we are all different isn't it? Meat does not make me feel sick. Quite the reverse. Twice I have tried to be vegetarian and my health suffered..and yes I gave it a good go, and yes I did the research into the dietetics. I would never even contemplate veganism. I am posting simply to ...
by Simon E.
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just call me Sönam
Replies: 22
Views: 1882

Re: Just call me Sönam

I see from another thread that Sönam has passed away, sad news. So bumping up this old intro thread in his honor. He was here from almost the beginning and posted up to last year around this time. That's a good thing to do. Thank you. He was a one-off. The real deal. :namaste: Go for the Light Serg...
by Simon E.
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sonam...
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: Sonam...

Yes , I've just seen the thread on VC.

Very sad. A real and dedicated practitioner. A man of eloquent and clear views.

May he know great peace.
by Simon E.
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sonam...
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: Sonam...

Is this our old friend Serge?
by Simon E.
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2162

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

For what it's worth, and my knowledge of Zen is rather less than zero, the Zennist who most impresses me, and I find always worth reading, is Meido.
by Simon E.
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Marsipan stolle
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Marsipan stolle

There is far more to life than longevity. Finishing one's abstemious life pissing oneself in an old folks home does not appeal.
by Simon E.
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

Doing good for the planet and sentient beings in a mindful and balanced way can aid our practice of Dharma. If this replaces our desire to leave the cycle of birth and death how ever it becomes a problem. In the end, the most compassionate thing we can do for others is become enlightened and encoura...
by Simon E.
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Marsipan stolle
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Marsipan stolle

I've no idea. I do know that I can't get enough of the stuff.
One of my earliest memories as a small child was wandering into the bakery where my uncle worked and one of his colleagues shaping a tomato-sized ball of marzipan and handing it to me. He immediately became my favourite person. :smile:
by Simon E.
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2162

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

Yippee! Now, can you do something about my graying hair? :smile: Sure, easy. Come on over and I'll shave your head like mine. Isn't it funny how arbitrary my attachments are? I am happy to shed some pounds, but hang on to my (graying) hair. Reminds me of Milarepa's "Finger sweater" which was meant ...
by Simon E.
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2162

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:29 pm
CedarTree wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:37 pm
I proposed this before but there was some hesitation I think maybe now might be a good time on the forum for it.

Astus

Malcolm

Coëmgenu

...
thankful I didn't make this list

An omission in my view.