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by kirtu
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Practicing while ill
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Practicing while ill

Definitely keep practicing even if you are sick. The thing is you can relax your practice a bit if you need to. Make sure you get sleep and rest. If your don't eat onions, garlic or meat, if you feel it would help you medically then you can relax this, if you wanted to (most lamas would permit this)...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Zen does indeed deal with "weird stuff" (an unfortunately coined phrase). I prefer the expression "high weirdness". We have to think beyond a strictly psychological perspective. The universe is not bound by our brain activity. A sutra says: In a sky full of people, only some wan...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

This is an example of the kind of experience that comes up in meditation, is completely human, and isn't useful to discuss much. No, it happened to one person although I know that this sort of thing happens to more people. I would suggest that it is mostly a psychological construct and heavily west...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

I just don't talk about meditative experiences in public. It's enough to say that I had some experiences that couldn't be accounted for in the insight meditation framework, but could be worked with in a traditional Buddhist one. That's enough. I suppose it's difficult to relate because the Zen trad...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Some of it is in fact accurately described as beyond the normal materialistic and psychological framework. Beyond the physical and mental, and this is an accurate assessment no less. How can any experience be beyond a mental and physical framework? The experiences described are outside the accepted...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

One of the participants PM'ed me and described some of the "weird stuff". Some of it is in fact accurately described as beyond the normal materialistic and psychological framework. So understanding that would have required instruction from teachers. But actually much of it is nonetheless t...
by kirtu
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Daniel I didn't ask the question to enquire about people's meditative experiences. So far people are describing very superficial psychological issues. This is hardly the point of meditation and is mostly not worth discussing. So the "weird stuff" mentioned seems to mostly be just complete ...
by kirtu
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1772

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Did the Kagyu lineages that traced back to Tilopa and Naropa insist that only Indian Mahasiddha gurus could transmit traditional, worthwhile Dharma, In fact when Marpa was begining to study Dharma the Indians did exactly that, although the teachers involved may not have been seen as mahasiddhas. Di...
by kirtu
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Grigoris wrote:For example: I spent about 10 years doing only mindfulness meditation, but even with something as simple and basic as this all sorts of weird shit happened ....


Such as what?

Kirt
by kirtu
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1833

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

I agree 100% on the need for realized teachers everywhere, in all nations, speaking all languages. We're not going to get that. The closest we will get is teachers on the paths who have mastered bodhicitta, metta, karma and the basic precepts. So the actual realization will be slight at best (in ge...
by kirtu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1833

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

appeared to be one of the successful efforts to indigenize Buddhism in the West. We need realized Western teachers, and a lot of them, sooner than later. IMO, our best bet is to establish the institutional support for them to appear and develop within. WBO seemed like a good start. I agree 100% on ...
by kirtu
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Asia/Pacific
Topic: 2017-04 north India - any suggestions ?
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: 2017-04 north India - any suggestions ?

The plan is: Sikkim monastery tour and if is time left go and see : https://khyentsefoundation.org/dzongsar-khyentse-chokyi-lodro-college If you have any suggestions .. Monasterys, Teachers, events .. please post here. I found this blog http://www.eltonyoga.com/vajrayogini/2013/01/13/s-i-k-k-i-m-th...
by kirtu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phurba Practices?
Replies: 27
Views: 1199

Re: Phurba Practices?

So, is Vajrakilaya a Yidam or a Gaurdian, or both? To my understanding V.K is an Idam, but some long term Kagyu practicioner told me he is convinced that V.K is a guardian, protector. It is one of the main Nyingma yidams. I have no idea why these Kagyu practitioners think of him as a protector. Per...
by kirtu
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

Papandreou is dead and Mitsotakis has been on the verge of death for some time now (though the bastard just plain refuses to die). The Greek state that carried out these actions is long gone. Sanctions will be a complete waste of time now. All of this got swept under the rug after the U$ bombed the...
by kirtu
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

Well, I do not speak German so cannot really talk about German press. But kindly note that AfD are steadily gaining in the polls; I do not see them gaining steadily in the polls. They are hovering at 12-15% in state elections with the exception of Sachsen-Anhalt where they are the second strongest ...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

Greek Volunteer Guard So again, why has this not resulted in war crimes trials at The Hague? Vitalis also claimed that Greek volunteers travelled to the conflict area with the supposed knowledge of senior Greek politicians .[18] Michas focused on inaction : "No-one tried to stop them and the G...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

Greg never once made that allegation. However, from the above Reuter's article: Greg didn't. But you did: Secondly, Mr Vitalis admits that the recruitment of Greek volunteers for the war against the legitimate government of Bosnia took place with the implicit approval of the leading Greek politicia...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

Greek Volunteer Guard So again, why has this not resulted in war crimes trials at The Hague? Vitalis also claimed that Greek volunteers travelled to the conflict area with the supposed knowledge of senior Greek politicians .[18] Michas focused on inaction : "No-one tried to stop them and the G...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

To allege that Andreas Papandreou played a role in the recruitment of Greek volunteers for genocide in Bosnia and Serbia is incendiary. Kirt Greg never once made that allegation. However, from the above Reuter's article: Greek Justice Minister Anastasios Papaligouras said in parliament on Friday Gr...
by kirtu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun
Replies: 82
Views: 1357

Re: The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

You yourself could have spent five minutes looking this up. It is incumbent upon the accuser to present evidence. Nonsense, in this day and age, it is incumbent upon us all to fact check for ourselves. These are not normal times. Trump is a Valerian reptile alien who regularly dines on the hearts o...

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