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by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dream initiations, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Dream initiations, etc.

I definitely think it's possible. Now, once it leaves one's subjective experience and into the realm of "prove it is transmission" or "since I had this happen in a dream I don't need a human teacher"...then we enter into the realm of ego gratification and have answered our own question. Particularly...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment

You are having a conceptual experience of impermanence.. just thoughts - this is not a direct experience and will divert attention like any thought. You might examine the thought itself, where it comes, where it goes etc...to have a genuine experience.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium
Replies: 27
Views: 739

Re: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium

I'll drink the cup of water. Not even Buddhas can erase the karmic effects for sentient beings so there's no amount of self righteous posturing done my part that will be able to do anything about it. If you’d just drink the water, not only are you failing in practicing Dharma, you are just being a ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium
Replies: 27
Views: 739

Re: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium

:shrug: Are we supposed to have some kind of sympathy? You reap what you sow as they say. When the rhetorical you encounters Buddhism and you decide that Buddhism seems like a good idea and then decide you are a 'Buddhist' and you encounter those less fortunate than you, you have two choices. You c...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?

You can’t slander the Buddha. You can say stuff from an afflicted mind, but that’s mostly like farting into the cosmos. Remember vipaka results from intention and when most yet -to -be -Buddhists talk about Dharma they have no clear or formed intention. Put something in the collection bowl of your ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670624

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

One example is Green Tara.Rinpoche would give the lung for the Main mantra's and for the 21 Tara's so you could practice the Green Tara text. Since there are many Orgyen Menla practices you might check with an SMS instructor to see what Sadhana you can practice. I don't even remember what all webca...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670624

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Rinpoche gave this transmission regularly. He would often do this one and Orgyen Menla at retreats. If you participated in many retreats you probably got it a few times. Yeah I did three webcast retreats where he gave a ton of lungs for many things, but I'm not certain whether I got transmission of...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670624

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

http://shangshung.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74_75&products_id=756 Does anyone know when the transmission of this was given? What other Medicine Buddha practices does the DC do? I know I have the transmission of the Mantra itself, but I am unsure about what transmissions I hav...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

This applies to any phenomenon you could care to mention. That seems to prove the point rather than negating it: In short, it is an institution with foibles like any other. I never said it wasn't. But that is not a reason to do away with it. The medical system is an institution with foibles, but I ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:18 pm
...but it's obvious that it can serve purposes that go way beyond the religious, some of which are iffy.
This applies to any phenomenon you could care to mention.
That seems to prove the point rather than negating it: In short, it is an institution with foibles like any other.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation techniques taught in paid meditation apps vs real mediation
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Meditation techniques taught in paid meditation apps vs real mediation

The less props the better IMO - minus of course ritual implement.

Cell phones in particular are designed to steal your attention, which should be on your practice. So I think if one is going to use them you have to be careful in my opinion.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4384

Re: boring questions about losing weight

I can fast occasionally, but I find that my energy levels plummet so low that doing it regularly seems unlikely. I may try again at my doctor's suggestion. There is also no way I could exercise the way I do (on days I do this) without eating a fair amount. I try to eat well (although I do eat some ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

How can one deny that there is likely some lack of authenticity in the Tulku system? Are we to assume that Tibet was actually a fully enlightened society, and that no one was ever given Tulku status for questionable reasons? Come on. I'm not saying it's all bad, but it's obvious that it can serve pu...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6634
Views: 670624

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

http://shangshung.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74_75&products_id=756 Does anyone know when the transmission of this was given? What other Medicine Buddha practices does the DC do? I know I have the transmission of the Mantra itself, but I am unsure about what transmissions I have...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Who is making things up? Can you qualify this? With specifics please. All my teachers have emphasized devotion and gratitude towards the teacher and the teachings more than prescriptive advice, though of course that's needed at times. IMO sometimes the prescriptive advice becomes an impediment to t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I'm not clear on what either of you is actually arguing for or against, other than just professing your orthodoxy. I understand the Guru as central to Vajrayana, however, I don't see the manifestation of Guru devotion looking the same for everyone at all. Hell, it isn't. You can find Gurus themselve...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4384

Re: boring questions about losing weight

I can fast occasionally, but I find that my energy levels plummet so low that doing it regularly seems unlikely. I may try again at my doctor's suggestion. There is also no way I could exercise the way I do (on days I do this) without eating a fair amount.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dharma isn't in-built with all this baggage. Just find a Guru who is connected to a lineage and practice until you receive results, and then practice more. All sentient beings, in the hell realms, the animal realms, etc. are eagerly awaiting your Buddhahood. Imagine for a second, all of the bei...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I think in these kind of conversations about such sensitive and profound topics, like the role of the Guru, I tend to here a lot of, in my opinion, I think this, in my view .. I think we should do less of this , and base our understanding directly on the teachings of these Great teachers who have p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1867

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

No one can agree to what constitutes an anything though, I mean the same is true of politics etc. Yup. So where are the "advantages" that Buddhism confers to it's followers if they act no differently than everybody else? Not all do, and as it's impossible for most of us to see the outcomes of said ...

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