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by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 25, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 791

Re: The Importance of the Body

I think the OP video does not quite line up with what "the body" even is in Buddhism, but it nicely points out the emptiness of the person, by constantly referencing "MY body", as if the body is something we own or have dominion over. A nonsensical point of view, but the default ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 25, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 791

Re: The Importance of the Body

Malcolm wrote:
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
JD, I was not objecting to Ray in this case, I was objecting to chung's fanboy exaggeration.


Gotcha.



Look, people object often and loudly to my fanboy boosting of ChNN (the greatest master of Dzogchen alive today)...


:thumbsup: :lol:
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 25, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 791

Re: The Importance of the Body

If you have been around the block, Ray's contribution is not "great;" I've taken teachings from HHST too. I don't have a strong opinion on Ray, I like him but he's not a particular source of inspiration for me. That said, I still don't really understand your sharp criticism of him.. If yo...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 25, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 791

Re: The Importance of the Body

If you have been around the block, Ray's contribution is not "great;" I've taken teachings from HHST too, and of course anyone involved in Vajrayana understands the importance of "the body"...I hope.. I don't have a strong opinion on Ray, I like him but he's not a particular sou...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed May 24, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 791

Re: The Importance of the Body

Noticing a central feature of Vajrayāna (the body) that is stressed over and over again in the teachings hardly rates as a "great contribution." Well, Ray does a lot more than "notice" it, but whatevs. :smile: The entire practice of Vajrayana is predicated on the body and the ex...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon May 22, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Well, you need actual confidence in the abilities of the teacher and teachings to liberate you...if you don't have that,you can't even get an accurate diagnoses of what is wrong, let alone have a plan to fix it. Just my two cents of course. I know you say you have asked your teacher, but it sounds l...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon May 22, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

OK, this is really going off track, though the Spinal Tap stuff got me chuckling. It'd be best people confined the talk to responses to the OP and similar, lots of other places for talking about Pureland doctrine etc.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon May 22, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 819

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

:popcorn: Funny how Zen becomes unrecognisable in its own neighbourhood. Could you explain what you mean, for my edification? Only that (in my humble opinion) the spirit of Zen as a unique practice tradition is lost in the clamour of pan-Buddhist ideation. Or something. On a subforum dedicated to Z...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 21, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 819

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

I think your point is clearly not a valid one. It's a passive-aggressive position. :toilet: It's a statement of fact, with nothing passive about it. Why would anyone be interested in what Theravadins have to say about a subject which is not part of their doctrine, which most of them reject? I would...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 21, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 819

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

I can't quite put my finger on it, but something tells me that Thanissaro Bhikkhu has an overly simplistic understanding of Buddha-nature. He might be a good teacher in other ways, but I think he's shortsighted when it comes to the meaning of Buddha-nature. ....he's a Theravadin. He has no reason t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat May 20, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 819

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

I can't quite put my finger on it, but something tells me that Thanissaro Bhikkhu has an overly simplistic understanding of Buddha-nature. He might be a good teacher in other ways, but I think he's shortsighted when it comes to the meaning of Buddha-nature. ....he's a Theravadin. He has no reason t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat May 20, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Song of the Vajra is a mantra and requires lung. But Rinpoche gives it every retreat. Really? I don't recall that in any of the lists of lungs given in the ones I've done, but i'll take your word for it. Dude, it is in the short thun, etc.. And he always gives the lung for it when he explains Ati G...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri May 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Sherab Rigdrol wrote:SoV is usually given during the lung for the Short Thun.



Ah that explain it, thanks.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri May 19, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Song of the Vajra only requires that you've had direct introduction, Same for Rushens, Semdzins, Lojong. It doesn't have a separate lung or anything that I know if..... Song of the Vajra is a mantra and requires lung. But Rinpoche gives it every retreat. Really? I don't recall that in any of the li...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri May 19, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Song of the Vajra only requires that you've had direct introduction, Same for Rushens, Semdzins, Lojong. It doesn't have a separate lung or anything that I know if....I had this exact same issue and coming from Vajrayana I expected every little thing would have it's own empowerment. Same for Rushens...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed May 17, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2736

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

In addition to the great advice here, check out the Rushens, Semdzins, and Lojong books by Rinpoche. It took me five or so DIs for me before I had any real confidence.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue May 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

It is always fun to watch the ultimate oneupsmanship game on DW which always ends in the stalemate of ultimate truth. Such conversations always begin with person A giving a perfectly sensible and rational proposition from the perspective of conventional truth. Person B then seems absolutely compell...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun May 14, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my Mother.
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Prayers for my Mother.

Thanks much all. It looks like the situation has gotten a bit less severe, still scary but on the more acceptable side of scary.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat May 13, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4246
Views: 310793

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Miroku wrote:Does anybody know what has happened to Rinpoche?


Did something happen? My signal cut out for the last bit...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu May 11, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: DC - Song of Vajra
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: DC - Song of Vajra

closed eyes -and all senses- is linked to calm state experience open eyes -and all senses- is linked to movement experience That's pretty much my experience too, but it doesn't happen in a linear fashion for me in practice..I don't really "choose" to do one or the other though, and if I d...

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