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by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 14497

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

All I know is this: when you tell a naive student that s/he is loved unconditionally by a force that transcends space and time, and you send them looking back in the "I" direction, sometimes they end up in a vicinity that makes it much easier to guide them. Sure, some will fall into eternalism, but ...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 14497

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Does this then mean there are countless gods, as the individual natures of countless sentient being's minds, that do not actually create anything? That would be the consequence. Why call it a god at that point? I don't really know. I have my guesses but don't intend to pollute this forum with them....
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 14497

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

How a teacher in any serious capacity can then say that one's view of Vedanta and Dzogchen are interchangeable is concerning to say the least. I'm not sure he was saying that the views are interchangeable. My interpretation is that if one has a strong intuition or affinity for the "God" principle o...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 14497

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Just doesn't add up fellas... especially when masters such as Norbu Rinpoche and Yongdzin Rinpoche say different. The latter states you break samaya holding this view. I don't know exactly how to reconcile it, but it doesn't bother me. The "all-creating king" is a literary device pointing at your o...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 14497

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Spelare: For what it's worth, my own guru (Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche) made it abundantly clear that the concept of God I learned from Vedanta is exactly the right way of looking at things (and the right direction in which to pray) -- as long as it's understood that this "God" is inside, not outside. ...
by monktastic
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anyone know about the Namchak lineage, Namchak Khen Rinpoche or Lama Tsomo?
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Anyone know about the Namchak lineage, Namchak Khen Rinpoche or Lama Tsomo?

I have some family members who want to attend this: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vipassana- ... iteinquiry

It's taught by teachers from here: https://namchak.org/about/teachers

Wanted to see if anyone has any familiarity with this lineage or teachers.

:namaste:
by monktastic
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Amazon links are bugged
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: Amazon links are bugged

PS: OK, it seems that under certain circumstances the url tag itself seems to be not working anymore either, like in this link here that Dan has posted in another thread : zen1.space like this the link works: zen1.space I don't know if there's a connection, maybe it's the ".space" domain ending tha...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Yoga thought experiment
Replies: 74
Views: 5225

Re: Guru Yoga thought experiment

I haven't read through the thread yet, so forgive me if this has been covered. The defilement is actually present in the teacher. The belief that something is "actually present in" something is precisely what the teaching of emptiness is trying to combat. So I take this as a pointer back to my own m...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting

Thanks. I found this example interesting: So what would it be like to experience just a little bit of not-self? I got an answer to this question in 2003, on my first meditation retreat. ... “Yes, the grinding sensation is still there—the sensation I typically define as unpleasant. But that sensation...
by monktastic
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 71
Views: 4336

Re: Emptiness nutshells

I am fond of the characterization (from Rob Burbea) that there is no way that things "actually are." Saying that there is such a way, but that it is beyond our imagination, still leaves a ledge for the mind to hang on to.
by monktastic
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 22073

Re: original buddhism

pael wrote:Where to get Bodhisattvapitika Sūtra in English?
From a brief search it seems to be a synonym for the Avatamsaka Sutra, which can be found in many places (e.g., http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avata ... ntents.asp).
by monktastic
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 10096

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I dunno, this stereotypical hippie vegan who's doing it out of angst and is morally inconsistent isn't common in my world. Of my various vegan friends, most seem to live admirably compassionate lives in many facets. Choosing to reduce exploitation of animals for clothing or food appears to be a spon...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 22073

Re: original buddhism

Forgive me for butting in friends. Malcolm could you clarify something for me? I see you mention emptiness free from extremes, not just emptiness of the individual. So does that mean for you, Hinayana, not having such a doctrine of emptiness free of extremes (according to most), does not have this ...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 319
Views: 22073

Re: original buddhism

Forgive me for butting in friends. Malcolm could you clarify something for me? I see you mention emptiness free from extremes, not just emptiness of the individual. So does that mean for you, Hinayana, not having such a doctrine of emptiness free of extremes (according to most), does not have this ...
by monktastic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 54
Views: 3646

Re: Diets are dumb

I almost never allow myself to experience genuine hunger. At the first hint of it, I quickly find food and then generally eat well past the point of satiation. I've recently tried turning this around: allow myself to become uncomfortably hungry, and then only eat till satiation (resulting in "calori...
by monktastic
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 489
Views: 41838

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Sorry, this seems to be going over my head. If I read your last message correctly, there are things that I experience that do not originate from my individual Samantabhadra?
by monktastic
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 489
Views: 41838

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Thanks Malcolm-la. But doesn't this still mean everything I perceive as my (aka "the", to me) world?
by monktastic
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 489
Views: 41838

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

A: I understand the Primordial Buddha, also known as Buddha Samantabhadra, to be the ultimate reality, the realm of the Dharmakaya-- the space of emptiness--where all phenomena, pure and impure, are dissolved. This is the explanation taught by the Sutras and Tantras. However, in the context of your...
by monktastic
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Book on Non Conceptualization?
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Book on Non Conceptualization?

Wayfarer wrote:Second that. Ain't SQL marvellous?
If you try creating something like Google using SQL you're gonna have a baaaad time :smile:

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