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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri May 29, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47670

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There seems to be a lot of attention being given to a rise in depression, suicide, etc. which is being blamed on the lockdown (this is in the United States. I don’t know about elsewhere). Although it probably couldn’t be accurately measured, I’d be interested to know if people who practice Buddhist...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri May 29, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...
Replies: 88
Views: 1790

Re: After Recognition of Nature of Mind...

Deciding upon one thing and one thing only. Confidence directly in the liberation of rising thoughts. ..I mean, that's what we are supposed to do at that point, any practice can technically serve such purposes, and only our teachers and ourselves can figure out the individual recipe. The second one...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 21, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: kick-starting meditation anew
Replies: 15
Views: 505

Re: kick-starting meditation anew

Hi my friends! There was a time when I meditated effortlessly each day for about an hour or so. Then I became lazy and now my meditation practice doesn't seem to work anymore. How can I re-start meditation as at the moment it is impossible for me to sit longer than 2 minutes :( So what would you ad...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed May 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Secular book on lojong
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Secular book on lojong

Most of Pema Chodron's books are pretty accessible to the "secular" minded, and many of them deal with Lojong subjects. When Things Fall Apart is a great book for the non-religious IMO. Like half my family has read it and none of them are Buddhist.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed May 20, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47670

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I am very confused, more so than ever regarding the corona virus. My state re-opened pretty much everything, including pools, malls, and casinos. I know they have extra rules but still very concerned about this virus spreading more now, than ever. I am still pretty much staying in most of the time,...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 17, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Babylon Bee
Replies: 16
Views: 481

Re: Babylon Bee

Five posts giving lie to the notion that Leftists lack a sense of humor. Why would anyone think that? :roll: Consensus Rules - only approved humor wanted. Naw, it's just bad humor, it's not funny, just kind of tone deaf and occasionally mean. I've looked at The Babylon Bee before, on rare occasion ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 17, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Babylon Bee
Replies: 16
Views: 481

Re: Babylon Bee

"Humor" in the same sense that your annoying uncle's flat, vaguely racist attempts at edgy jokes are "humor". Technically true, not so much in practice. Basically, talking smack with the mentality of an eighteen year old trying to be cool in debate class counts as "humor" in the world of right wing ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue May 12, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Making Dharma Friends (quarentine edition)

Yep. I consider a number of people on this site friends just as if we interacted in real life, and hope even to one day meet some in person...granted such a wish seems even more unlikely these days :crying:
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 10, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47670

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I am wondering if the reopening in many US states is very premature. The right balance between stemming the spread and not killing the economy is tricky, but when it is too obviously on the side of the economy and screw the people, well... what are the likely consequences? Of course it could all di...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue May 05, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 23
Views: 745

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

At a certain point it becomes a time vs. space question, so when we say "at a time", this of and within itself carries a pretty significant assumption that can be examined in meditation.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon May 04, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

I went through this exact thing at one point, in my case it was getting into analytical meditation ala Mahayana discursive meditations...i.e. "reminding" myself that everything is a dream or illusion in much the same way. It made me feel anxious and detached, and things just seemed sadder, not parti...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1887

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

animals do act out of ignorance. out of a selfish wish. if animals would have good intention they wouldn't be animals. taking what is not ours but what has being offered to the jewells in general is not good. acting out of ignorance doesn't prevent the fruition of the act. letting other to ruin the...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1887

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

i don't want to convince myself either, i want reasons, arguments, proofs if possible, not blind faith. Well, do you have proofs that cats will accumulate bad karma drinking water out of a bowl on your altar? /magnus animals do act out of ignorance. out of a selfish wish. if animals would have good...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1668

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

tobes wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:47 am
I think we have to be frank and say that this has been a very real problem that has thoroughly corrupted the Dharma in Tibet in so many ways.

However, it also highlights the great ones who are far removed from the 8 worldy concerns.
This, precisely.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2877

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

IDK which of them say practice is unnecessary? I mean if you read the Bloodstream Sermon (or something more recent) you might get this idea, but I think if you read between the lines (especially with Zen writing and it's seeming revelry in contradiction here and there) what they are really saying is...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2877

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

Compare for example jhana, which has specific factors which need to be present and others that cannot be present to be defined as having entered jhana. Is Shikantaza like this? Or, since we are already enlightened and it is the Dharma gate of joyful ease, is it always successful Shikantaza? Does wh...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2877

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

Compare for example jhana, which has specific factors which need to be present and others that cannot be present to be defined as having entered jhana. Is Shikantaza like this? Or, since we are already enlightened and it is the Dharma gate of joyful ease, is it always successful Shikantaza? Does wh...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1887

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

I doubt any amount of objects will deter one of them. But I will try. I don't mind them on there if they don't break anything but obviously if it is negative for them to do that or to drink the water then I don't want that. I don't really buy the claim that it's negative to them, but it certainly d...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1887

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

I doubt any amount of objects will deter one of them. But I will try. I don't mind them on there if they don't break anything but obviously if it is negative for them to do that or to drink the water then I don't want that. I don't really buy the claim that it's negative to them, but it certainly d...

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