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by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

I'm finding it helpful right now to see that the meaning of emotions that I have grown up with is not necessarily the same as what is meant in the teachings. I've struggled with this because I think I have learned the teachings in a way that has caused myself additional suffering and this has hinde...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

Take a look at your situation and try and determine if there are any secondary practices that might be useful to intersperse between sessions that will be helpful to the main practice....the 3 day Vajra Armor retreat comes to mind as an example..Ive also found it helpful to do LOTS of really short ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

One insight here that I remember from Vivid Awareness:The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Ghangshar- Compassion, loving kindness, sadness, regret, guilt are in a different category than the afflictions. in the West we would call these all "emotion". In Buddhism though, the aforementioned states are very...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

I'm kind of hesitant to reply, as working out a plan for personal retreat is really a question for a teacher imo, but I'm just wondering why you're thinking of interspersing semde with some rushen practices? A bit of rushen mixed in with a retreat focused on something else sounds kind of wishy wash...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

Take a look at your situation and try and determine if there are any secondary practices that might be useful to intersperse between sessions that will be helpful to the main practice....the 3 day Vajra Armor retreat comes to mind as an example..Ive also found it helpful to do LOTS of really short ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

Write a sms instructor. I did, and got a very valuable but terse answer. So, I'm hoping someone might share their schedule with me as an example. One thing I am thinking about is that if I base the whole thing on doing shine and contemplation, I know I will inevitably get bored. This might be a goo...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 26
Views: 462

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Sure but it's tough, most of us are not really read to give up Samsara yet. I think any set of instructions from a legitimate source will work as intended, but none of them without the foundational stuff...a main thrust of which is...you guessed it, giving up Samsara.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

In a little more than a month I should have the opportunity for about a 5 day personal retreat. I'm wondering if anyone (especially a DC person, but anyone practicing Dzogchen/Mahamudra etc. instruction might have one) has a schedule or format they've used that they'd recommend.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

I'm restarting this thread due to a total divergence in subject matter, and hoping not too much was left out. I removed my own argumentation as well, and simply left my post that involved resources. The other posts exist here now: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=32278 In a thread more d...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: emotional literacy and accumulation of merit

Berzin Archives on similar subject matter: https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-buddhism/mind-training There are a variety of approaches and methods on this page for addressing emotions and difficult life situations, as well as an explanation of different progressive "levels" at which Dharma practit...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 political compass
Replies: 17
Views: 438

Re: POTUS 2020 political compass

This can't be right :o Economic Left/Right: -4.75 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.92 https://www.politicalcompass.org/chart?ec=-4.75&soc=0.92 Um, I actually think that's probably the case for a good segment of Trumpistas. The irony of a Billionaire running on his own version of economic populis...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 political compass
Replies: 17
Views: 438

Re: POTUS 2020 political compass

Matt J wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:17 pm
How is I’ve a leftist libertarian? Sounds like a contradiction in terms.
Not at all. Amongst others, Noam Chomsky has described himself that way.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-libertarianism
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1178

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

What kind of progress do you expect to be making, and where do you yourself not making it? "What kind of progress do you expect to be making" - I know you meant that non-rhetorically, but taking it rhetorically I have to chuckle because it reminds me I'm on a path that takes aeons and I'm getting f...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Eyes
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Eyes

I’m aware that some Buddhist traditions stress eyes closed, others eyes open, and others leave it up to you. I’m also aware that Soto Zen is in the eyes open category. Now, I don’t have an issue with this in principle, but I have very sensitive eyes, I blink excessively and my eyes itch a lot when ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anyone know this “rinpoche”
Replies: 20
Views: 1079

Re: Anyone know this “rinpoche”

Seems like this has run it's course, calling it good.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

Locked for later review.

EDIT: Giving everyone a break, and feeling a little regretful I ever brought this subject up, since we couldn't discuss it without animosity.

Maybe we can resume later on when people are ready.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

But in terms of pure. Well if there is isn’t anything there at all, what is pure, compassion, etc coming from? My understanding of that is: Compassion is not separate from emptiness, it manifests when the relative is fully seen from the view of the absolute, but it is not separate thing which is "p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

...and, believing that you are somehow existing outside of time - you will start to accumulate barnacles! At the risk of this turning too abstract to be useful: My inclination is that outside of time isn't really 'existing' (or not existing for that matter), that's the whole thing, time is a charac...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1322

Re: sems and rigpa

The six characteristics of Samantabhadras liberation totally refute the notion of accumulating anything. And? ...and, believing that you are somehow existing outside of time - you will start to accumulate barnacles! At the risk of this turning too abstract to be useful: My inclination is that outsi...

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