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by Simon E.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Whaaaaats Going On..?
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Whaaaaats Going On..?

I leave the country for a few days, and when I return the UK has become Siberia.. :cry:
by Simon E.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Bodhi Day Fish Release 8th Dec
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Bodhi Day Fish Release 8th Dec

The fish will be released into environments where they will be able to live undisturbed, such as ponds and lakes where fishing is prohibited. The fish will be blessed with mantras and given myong grol (liberation through tasting), precious substances that give them a good cause for higher future re...
by Simon E.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anyone Know What Happened to Vajracakra.com?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Anyone Know What Happened to Vajracakra.com?

Motova wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:51 am
Shut down due to lack of interest.
That is not the whole story.
Like all conditioned phenomena it arose due to various causes.
To whit, it served a need. It served that need very well.
The conditions many of which were outwith VC, changed as conditions do.
The need for it was far less.
by Simon E.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 41
Views: 322

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

There is a lot of Buddhism without rebirth.

There is no Buddhadharma without rebirth.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

I stand corrected.
My main point was that his life was very different to most Lamas who have come to prominence since the Diaspora.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2076

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

We are unlikely to agree. I will withdraw from the discussion.

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 29
Views: 954

Re: The Six Lamps

Can I just read this? Generally speaking, how do Bön teachers feel about people reading texts such as this? Are there any 'requirements' as such, or should one just use their judgment? In "Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind", Geshe Tenzin Wangyal RInpoche gives short instructions on the Six La...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2076

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

I have no problem with the idea that there will be those who require some kind of intervention before they can engage with Dharma. Endogenous depression and substance abuse are just two examples of conditions that might prove huge obstacles for the would-be Vajrayana student. I would repeat, there a...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Indeed.
See my qualifier above.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2076

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

The ultimate result is beyond all Yanas.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Rightoh.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Thank you for the correction. My language was sloppy. I meant he wrote nothing ABOUT teachings or about himself in the biographical and subjective style which has become the expectation of many westerners. His daughter told me that he had been approached by an agent of one of the Buddhist publishing...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4731
Views: 400927

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

He is a phenomenon.
A living example of the power of that which he teaches.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Anyone know more about Chatral Sangye Dorje than Wikipedia and rigpa wikia? Books? Writings? Dharma Talks? So on and so on? Peoples view on him? *Seems he's top shelf*? Chatral Rinpoche was the antithesis of most modern Vajra teachers. He wrote nothing. Did not tour. Had no organisation. His influe...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 128
Views: 8451

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

I have confidence in ChNN. I will work in my secular life and do practice in my free time. But I am not going to look for more teachings from exile lamas. Too sweeping. Of course CnNN is impeccable. But there are other exiled Lamas without the slightest besmirchment. We need proper discernment, not...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2076

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

The sutric path is not some kind of entry-level requirement before practicing HYT or Dzogchen.

The sutric path is an entirely different path with a different destination.

Many people have been freed from addictions by having their original minds pointed out to them by someone able to do that.
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

And in particular stay away from the whole rang stong gzhan stong debate. It is completely irrelevant to Dzogchen. This is sort of a side question, but how is it that some people get the impression that it is relevant? I was talking to someone recently whose view of emptiness is more from a Gelug p...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

I might be way off here thomaslaw, but I think you may be attempting to understand the Mahayana through the lens of the Theravada.
If that is correct it is a recipe for confusion. The Mahayana has to be understood on its own terms.
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Which body? Which kaya are we talking about?
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

thomaslaw wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:20 am
Hi

Are the 32 marks of the Buddha true and real?

Thomas

Define 'real'...