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by monktastic
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Amazon links are bugged
Replies: 11
Views: 1693

Re: Amazon links are bugged

There is this problem, where Amazon links turn invisible: http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Certainty-Illuminating-Perfection/dp/0861711572 The above link will now not show in this post (and is replaced by a lot of space - it is still in the post but you have to quote my post to see it). However...
by monktastic
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 3770

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

This passage from Mingyur Rinpoche might be illuminating. In the instructions of the Mahamudra system, the disciple is taught shamatha without reference point. ... There is a specific instruction that goes with this style of practice. It is called “the three of abiding, moving, and knowing”. ... If ...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5191

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Matylda wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:07 pm
are you using psychodelics???
Not recently. I did many times when younger, and discussed my experiences with my guru. This forum seems like the wrong place to share anything about those conversations.
by monktastic
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5191

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

I regret having created this thread. It was meant only to find out the name of the teacher mentioned. But while I'm here, I might as well clear up some apparent misconceptions. There is a reasonable amount of research to show that very low dosages of certain psychedelics have effects on the brain th...
by monktastic
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5191

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Is it possible to keep this thread about only the question in the OP? This forum really doesn't need another psychedelics debate thread.

I will reach out to Lion's Roar directly as well.
by monktastic
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5191

Dzogchen and psychedelics?

No, this is not another thread about whether psychedelics are good or bad. In a recent Lion's Roar piece , they mentioned: And last year, a prominent Vajrayana teacher convened a gathering in Portland called “Dzogchen and Psychedelics” to explore whether psychotropics could play a role in sadhana pr...
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: 17939

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: 17939

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: 17939

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: 17939

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: 17939

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: 449

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: 11
Views: 1693

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: 6022

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: 561

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: 5199

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: 24522

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: 159
Views: 11798

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...

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