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by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 497

Re: proclaiming awakening

There is no pan-Buddhism. Therefore there is no single Buddhist culture and no single view . . . And that’s wonderful. But I have yet to hear an answer to why Buddhist teachers don’t share with their students what they have experienced and realized within their tradition. The only way that you will...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

:applause: Well done Le Bleus.
Croatia were worthy opponents, but France deserve their trophy.
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 497

Re: proclaiming awakening

I’m a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of ‘attainment’. Actually I borrowed a book from the library once, and although I don’t remember much about it, it had an aphorism in the flyleaf in some strange language, the translation of which was given as ‘the unattainable is attained by non-attainme...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 77
Views: 1629

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

The narrative has interest certainly. I personally don't see it as history. And certaily not as modelling for either student or teacher. It's a typical myth that serves as a vehicle for certain truths.
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Well unlike Scotland at least we qualified. And having qualified reached the semi-finals. And finished fourth overall. Higher than Spain, Italy, Germany or (cough) Brazil. Like I said, the English think they're god's gift to soccer. ;) But anyhow, as a Brit I am sure you have a well developed sense...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 244
Views: 7863

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Nothing to do with Mukpo. Or Pema Chodren. I was just making the point that my friend was burned out. It happens. And what restored her was not eating shit or being branded or sexually exploited. None of those things happened. What restored her to being a functioning and dedicated Dharma student was...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 77
Views: 1629

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

... man, please write a literary work on the issue. such serious reaserch on the guru-disciple issue can be of great help. it is a good time also, because in short many people, old and new buddhist practitioners, will have the same doubt in mind. While Malcolm is working on this ( :) ) I can highly...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 77
Views: 1629

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

Is it good, is it bad, it is very difficult to say. Somehow these stories don't make people loose faith in the Dharma because in that case neither you nor me would still be feeling that Dharma is the most important thing in our life as we in fact do, both of us, after all these years. I do not thin...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 244
Views: 7863

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I dont think there is any great mystery here. Ok some like the idea of being Indian Jones battling through the Himalayan snows and finding the Guru who puts them through enormous Herculean tasks from which they emerge serene and wise, flinging phurbas and shattering rock with mantras. The reality fo...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Well unlike Scotland at least we qualified.
And having qualified reached the semi-finals.
And finished fourth overall. Higher than Spain, Italy, Germany or (cough) Brazil.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 244
Views: 7863

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

You tell 'em Kevin. :lol:

I agree btw. Half these 'historical' guys never even existed. Or at least the evidence for their existence is scanty. These are typical of Myths of the Great Return and are found all over the world.
They are useful, as myths. And they are true, as poetry.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 497

Re: proclaiming awakening

I heard Garchen Rinpoche said that he does not have much realization or some such words but he is beyond all suffering. Tibetan Lama's have this style so it seems.Humble. This. I have heard a number of well regarded Lamas with obvious attainments and even siddhis state that they are not enlightened...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Great Transfer Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: The Great Transfer Experience

A ridiculous trivialisation imo.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1155

Re: How to End Samaya?

The fall-out between Akong Rinpoche and CTR was very much in the public domain. You can read CTR's account of it in the later extended editions of 'Born In Tibet'. Akong was far more circumspect as far as public statements are concerned but basically, he was highly instrumental in CTR leaving the r...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 244
Views: 7863

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Do we see lots of westerners who have been turned towards Enlightenment by these means? We do not. We see cranky obsessives continually judgmental and cowering together in cliques to uncover their wounded psyches to each other. If you want to see those who show signs of growth then you need to look ...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1155

Re: How to End Samaya?

The fall-out between Akong Rinpoche and CTR was very much in the public domain. You can read CTR's account of it in the later extended editions of 'Born In Tibet'. Akong was far more circumspect as far as public statements are concerned but basically, he was highly instrumental in CTR leaving the ro...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Maybe the huge implications are of a different order.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

I think we are levitating in harmony.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1155

Re: How to End Samaya?

CTR again. (Yes I am fully aware of the irony) on the Vajrayana.

'Best not to start, but if you do start you had better find a way to finish'.

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