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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: 275

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: 1668

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: 821

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: 821

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: 1242

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: 1668

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: 1242

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: 821

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.
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

Alienation in the psychotherapeutic sense is not the same as social isolation Ogyen. I only know one spiritual hermit well..which is not a big enough sample admittedly. But she is one of the most balanced people I have met. I am talking about people who have a traumatic event or series of events in ...
by Simon E.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: helicobacter pylori bacteria endemic in Tibetan monastery
Replies: 18
Views: 821

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 12:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2421

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

From here I do encounter this declaration on DharmaWheel regularly, but I don’t understand it. What I always want to say is ‘but I still have to mow the lawn’. So - what does it mean? Just consult the good 'ol Heart Sutra I think. All of the 12 links are inherently empty, and there is no actual beg...
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

It seems to me to be absolutely on the money. The idea that the Buddha or any genuine Buddhist teacher advocated a state of impersonal detachment from emotion or relationships or suggested that we do not exist in the conventional sense, is one of the most pernicious of misunderstandings of Buddhadh...
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1668

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

I cannot furnish quotes on the subject. I can recount as accurately as possible the fact that my first teacher made a point of confronting those who he perceived as indulging in 'spiritual shopping' for wangs. Different teachers tend to emphasise different aspects of the Buddhadharma. And different ...
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10797

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Sadhu! :namaste:
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

The one painful most difficult topic in no-self application is intimate relationships. Your wife, husband, mother in law, your children... The reality is that it's our day to day lives are messy, imperfect, and for me, this topic is very glossed over in general and ignored in many areas where Buddh...
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

'Disgust for the body'.. which is a form of clinging with a minus sign in front of it, and other similar notions have no place in HYT or Dzogchen. Neither is seeing ourselves as some kind of disembodied spirit.
In HYT and Dzogchen, Enlightenment is found in this very body. These very skandhas.
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

I am not a Hinayana practitioner, and this is not a Hinayana forum.
In the Vajrayana the emotions are a means, a vehicle, for Realisation. Not something to be in denial over or repress.
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1153

Re: Intimate relationships -the "other", no self, and practice

This reminds me of a koan I read when I was young: There was an old woman who supported a hermit. For twenty years she always had a girl, sixteen or seventeen years old, take the hermit his food and wait on him. One day she told the girl to give the monk a close hug and ask, “What do you feel just ...
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Never mind the trivia
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Never mind the trivia

Mantrik wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:00 am
Somehow I don't think my university will ever produce rowing championships. Wales specialises in coracles. ;)
Well they are pretty good for going in circles.. :smile:
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Never mind the trivia
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Never mind the trivia

There's always next year..Its being going for 164 years. Its one of the oldest sporting fixtures in the calendar.

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