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by passel
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Further abuses in Shambhala revealed in new statement from former Kusung
Replies: 23
Views: 848

Re: Further abuses in Shambhala revealed in new statement from former Kusung

What Arupajhana describes matches what I've heard from folks who would know. I think the main thing to keep in mind when you're thinking it all through is that it has only ever been a series of ad hoc arrangements. There has never been a master plan, at least not an intelligible one. There's stuff i...
by passel
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 11630

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W3fN12nEY-l0U2yejz3O4vcqaCMfusIa/view?fbclid=IwAR0Q1eEDxBZ8iPrbgIUlOqHfRJhrFUqZS061sZtGTd-0x3mrmRc2iGywkhI https://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2019/02/further-abuse-accusations-against-sakyong-mipham-head-of-shambhala-buddhism.html?fbclid=IwAR1QEye0MyzXR0V...
by passel
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2183

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

If you are in the US, about half of zen and about a quarter of vipassana will give you the most bang for your buck in terms of uninterrupted practice time in reasonably supportive settings. Quite reasonable. And once the teacher shuts up you are free to practice according to your own lights.
by passel
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Yes, let's all lock our own eyeballs behind museum glass
by passel
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 11630

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

So the report they paid for is damning. When your hired legal guns turn on you that means you are one dirty snake.🐍 Damn lucky they are in Canada. That was prescient. In the US the lawsuit damages would absolutely bankrupt the entire organization. Knee-jerk cynicism aside, when you hire a firm for ...
by passel
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2183

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Point of comparison: I did a 3-month vipassana retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA a few years ago for around $3,000 because I pounced on the scholarship opportunities early, which I'm thankful for and it seemed like an ok price. But during the fundraising- excuse me, "dana"...
by passel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2183

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Point of comparison: I did a 3-month vipassana retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA a few years ago for around $3,000 because I pounced on the scholarship opportunities early, which I'm thankful for and it seemed like an ok price. But during the fundraising- excuse me, "dana"-...
by passel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Chan Staff
Replies: 11
Views: 1120

Re: Chan Staff

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:56 pm
Not sure if this staff is unique to Chan or even if it is used anymore, but interesting symbolism to it:

http://www.cttbearthstore.org/dharma-instrument.html
They have one at Great Vow in Oregon, they bring it out for Jizo ceremonies.
by passel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Ok, right.
by passel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2183

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Well, from what I hear from many Buddhists , this vajrayana has developed a bad reputation,for being for wealthy people, being very into making money. Are lots of these expensive things necessary. When I did three year retreat in Canada under Kalu Rinpoche it cost Ed 300 a month. What are people tr...
by passel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Not quite on topic but relevant- Thrangu says in one of his book that Mahamudra with eyes closed is fine. Can't remember which one, but I distinctly remember it because it was advice you don't often hear. For every practice rule there's an exception. It's enough to make you think that practice rules...
by passel
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tongue touching palate in Dzogchen?
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: Tongue touching palate in Dzogchen?

Sometime you hear: tongue floating between the jaw and palate, touching neither, lips slightly open
by passel
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What's the term for female Nyingma practitioner?
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: What's the term for female Nyingma practitioner?

I thought it was Nyingmamama
by passel
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 31
Views: 713

Re: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?

Chuangtzu's Inner Chapters is great stuff.
by passel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Seemed palpable.
Just goin' off the dictionary.
by passel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Love that first sentence, second is just pissin' in the wind.
by passel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

I go with open as it develops clarity a lot quicker. I too noticed ChNN with his eyes closed a lot during SoV etc.a lot. However I'm sure he was in a state that nor you and I could ever imagine. There is no way to judge just exactly what was arising for him. The one thing you can say for sure is th...
by passel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1731

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Anyen once told me, "No one ever attained mahamudra, ever attained dzogchen, practicing with eyes closed." Mingyur says eyes closed is fine for shamatha. Tsoknyi teaches eyes open for the most part but says you can test your rigpa by closing your eyes. Personally I think, how can you limit it to one...
by passel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2183

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Nearly everything we regard as dharma is an artifact of the economics.
by passel
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 631

Re: Zen Forum International status

He did a sesshin or two with Grace Shireson, maybe Joan Halifax as well. Total hack.

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