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by Simon E.
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

PM sent Johnny.

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Break.
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: A Break.

Thank you..but in fact I am just embarking on another break. Sorry to be a flibbertigibbet... but best all round.
:namaste:
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Eliminating the pauses of the breath
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Eliminating the pauses of the breath

There is a great deal of difference between pranayama in various forms which include breathing in certain set ways to bring about certain physiological changes on the one hand, and Buddhist meditation on the breath AS IT IS..on the other. They are different practices with different aims.
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4159

Re: Psychoanalysis

Every practitioner should learn the basics about psychoanalysis. Projection and counter-projection between therapist and client happens equally between teacher and student. This stuff should be common knowledge. This is the OP. The conflation which then develops in the thread between psychoanalysis...
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 18
Views: 675

Re: forgiveness

Verse 5: "Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an ancient law". I quoted that verse to a friend the other night. It’s a wonderful teaching. But it’s not what I understand as a teaching on forgiveness. I agree that the Buddha taug...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?
Replies: 22
Views: 1462

Re: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?

Like many things in Buddhadharma, the chakras exist from one pov and do not exist from another.

To borrow a phrase from another discussion, they are as real as YOU are, i.e. relatively, conventionally.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 18
Views: 675

Re: forgiveness

Not convinced. One is passive, the other active.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 18
Views: 675

Re: forgiveness

I understand forgiveness as you do, but the passage says something different. The Buddha speaks of a monk whose mind remains unaffected; but if that’s the case, there is no need to forgive. But for us who are not so well trained and our minds are affected, we need to forgive. I get that one can con...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: forgiveness
Replies: 18
Views: 675

Re: forgiveness

This.
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 212
Views: 8004

Re: Guru Rinpoche As...

CTR either originated the term 'crazy wisdom' or appropriated it from some other source and introduced it to a Buddhist context. At that time he hung out a lot with Richard Alpert aka Ram Dass. Possibly it was something that Alpert brought to the table that came from his guru Neem Karoli Baba...I am...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 212
Views: 8004

Re: Guru Rinpoche As...

Must say your Knowledge and Wisdom are remarkable and you have shed light here into the darkness. I agree fully with your opinions and thank you very much that you shared your Wisdom with us. At last, somebody sees the light. :anjali: Many of us can see a light. Different candles lit at different t...
by Simon E.
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: question on divine madness
Replies: 9
Views: 757

Re: question on divine madness

Pre -InvasionTibetans lived in an agrarian theocracy that was virtually monocultural and socially coherent. This kind of behaviour ( if it indeed happened) could be seen as a necessary correction to ultra conformism. We on the other hand, live in a chaotic, value free, rootless and inhumane society....
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3599

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

We need a strong subculture of Western Buddhist nomads. You're talking about tumbleweed yogis. They depend on the settled communities for their support. They've always been a counter-culture. You need the community householders to support that. Horse before the cart. Not really. Trungpa described i...
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3599

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

Many years ago I said to a much more experienced Dharma student 'Western dharma is going to fail, it is already failing. It will never successfully transplant to the west'
She replied. 'You are projecting, because you are having difficulty with your practice'.


She was right.
by Simon E.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: shake your nibutti

It's just words..
by Simon E.
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5852

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams. Do you know of any "fervent supporters" acting like schoolboys still on Thaye Dorje's side? All I have seen is happiness for the meeting...
by Simon E.
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5852

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Either 'nothing has changed' OR there is 'pressure on certain Lamas (and lay people) caught up in sectarian nonsense to open up'..both statements can't be true I would suggest :smile:

Anyway, back to fishin'..

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5852

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42 pm
Such good news! :smile:
Joyful.
Heartfelt salutations to both Precious Teachers.
And to all of the followers of each.

:namaste: :namaste: :namaste:
by Simon E.
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Break.
Replies: 5
Views: 486

A Break.

Thats all for now folks. May we all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
by Simon E.
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 1452

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Not you QQ. You seem a reasonable fellow.

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