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by Virgo
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 108
Views: 7980

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

I am glad I made it. I just got back and I have to say that it was, as usual, a highly informative and entertaining talk by Malcolm.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After achieving rainbow body?
Replies: 25
Views: 960

Re: After achieving rainbow body?

smcj wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:21 pm
So do you guys accept the idea that realized beings are able to benefit sentient beings post-mortem?
Yes. If they couldn't there would be no point to attaining complete enlightenment, and escaping samsara itself would suffice. :)

Kevin...
by Virgo
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After achieving rainbow body?
Replies: 25
Views: 960

Re: After achieving rainbow body?

I hav read that my teacher ChNN said that having a body of light one can actively help sentient beings -in samsara-. Whem i met him i asked him if one can "come back" after becoming a Buddha -total realization-, and he said yes. i can conceive the idea of a voluntary rebirth after such attainment. ...
by Virgo
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield

Empty Desire wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:45 am

I'll stop there as we're in the Dzogchen Forum.
No worries. I appreciate the info. Thank you to everyone.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Amitabha Pureland connecting flight to Nirmanakaya Buddhafield

Let's say there is a Dzogchen practitioner that puts in decent effort in this life. Let's say he is not very advanced but is a decent practitioner. When that practitioner dies, let's say he fails to attain at the moment of death, or in the bardo, and decides to strongly will to be reborn in Dewachen...
by Virgo
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 600

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

Really it comes down to a lack of empathy, or an inability to feel it, apparently. I think there may be something different going on here. Just found another recent article on the subject: https://www.livescience.com/63731-personality-test-dark-core-d-factor.html. Traditionally it is said that peop...
by Virgo
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 600

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

It's interesting that it can be demonstrated that all dark traits stem from this one seed/trait. Basically, it comes down to benefiting one's self at others' expense, and rationalizing it. I think we all know what this is to some degree, both on the giving and receiving end. :evil: :( The dark hear...
by Virgo
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: question on divine madness
Replies: 9
Views: 423

Re: question on divine madness

It's consecrated. What are they complaining about?

Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:32 pm

A lot of people who move here like the climate but a lot hate it so much that they can hardly wait to leave.
Sure, local foods can also be a problem when moving.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

A lot of people find it difficult adjusting to the sub-tropical climate. I am not sure how much experience you have in that regard. I would recommend spending a while there before making any permanent moves. The most expensive part is the air ticket. You can get cheap accomodations that are liveable...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2309
Views: 181128

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Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

Anders wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:02 pm
I would say Chiang Mai is definitely more relaxed and pleasant than Bangkok.

You should be able to find some western forest monk in the surrounding area too if that's your thing, although most of them are down in Isan.
:wink:



Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

I would say Chiang Mai is definitely more relaxed and pleasant than Bangkok. You should be able to find some western forest monk in the surrounding area too if that's your thing, although most of them are down in Isan. Yes, it is certainly not as exciting as Bangkok. Living in one of the non-Touris...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

After I finish my degree in Computer Science, I will probably work in network security for a few years and then retire there in my mid 50's.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?
Replies: 16
Views: 479

Re: Best winter home for retired Buddhists?

I'm retired(only 47) now with disposable income. Congratulations! Chiang Mai and Bangkok look the cheapest. If Bangkok then flights to Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan etc are incredibly cheap and convenient. 2 weeks is different animal from 3 months. Nepal sounds like a great place to visit, not a great place...
by Virgo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564655

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Mantrik, I am honestly just flabbergasted by your statements. I can't put it any other way.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564655

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:46 pm

I just wish they had waited a little longer and co-ordinated with those who requested members to maintain silent contemplation etc. But if they are so close to the precipice............
What does this have to do with silent contemplation? You want them to go out of business?

Kevin...
by Virgo
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training
Replies: 104
Views: 5804

Re: Ngakpa International - Vajrayana Training

Recenlty some students of Pema Khandro expressed concern to the moderation team over this thread. When this thread was first active I did not participate in it and I did not read it, mainly because I did not know who the teacher was and I was not interested. I have now taken the time, however, to r...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6239
Views: 564655

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Speaking of dates, does anyone have the time of the opening ceremony of the Temple of Great Contemplation? I would like to look at an astrological diagram.

Kevin...
by Virgo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 108
Views: 7980

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Sennin wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:55 am
The 80th chapter is wondrous... :reading:
Indeed it is. And in general, the whole book is wondrous. :tongue: :heart:

Kevin...

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