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by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Doomed, delusional, divided and corrupt
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Doomed, delusional, divided and corrupt

The US has needed a Labor Party for a long time, but who knows whether it's even possible. The only other electoral alternative is to try to force the current party to the left...and I mean actually to the left, labor rights, environment protection, public works, economic justice actually supporting...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Stupa Builders
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: The Stupa Builders

I didn't realize Nichiren folks built stupas at all, thanks for educating me!
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Studying 37practices.
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: Studying 37practices.

Hi, I have been wondering for quite some time how to use lojong, particularly the 37 practices of the Bodhisattvas. Do you have some suggestions how to study and apply them? Maybe some personal experiences with lojong? My Sakya teacher did extensive teachings on Lojong, like two years worth or some...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Studying 37practices.
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: Studying 37practices.

Hi, I have been wondering for quite some time how to use lojong, particularly the 37 practices of the Bodhisattvas. Do you have some suggestions how to study and apply them? Maybe some personal experiences with lojong? My Sakya teacher did extensive teachings on Lojong, like two years worth or some...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

Thanks to everyone for this thread and who sent me helpful PM's, it was invaluable in helping me figure out how to do this long term. What I've discovered so far is: Scheduled daily practice (even longish periods) is not sufficient for me to gain experience of these practices. Upon some of the advi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

Thanks to everyone for this thread and who sent me helpful PM's, it was invaluable in helping me figure out how to do this long term. What I've discovered so far is: Scheduled daily practice (even longish periods) is not sufficient for me to gain experience of these practices. Upon some of the advic...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1399

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

The more I read this thread, the more I think you really just need to ground youeself in some basic Buddhist teachings and stop all this. You have so many misconceptions about Dharma it's hard to even know where to start. I'm not saying that to be mean, but all the talk about eternal blackness etc. ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

With that said, meditation and mindfulness help us practice non-attachment to desires and pain but it cannot prevent both from happening in the first place. It can only try minimize them and help you deal with it during your lifetime. A famous Buddhist teacher said something along the lines of...."...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 293

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

I was contemplating this on subway ride to work. If everything in life is impermanence, why try at all? Besides practicing meditation, all other efforts are fruitless to our individual path to nirvana, peace and happiness. I am a layman and do not live in a monastery like a monk. Does that mean I s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recovery Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Recovery Dharma

Why the split from Refuge Recovery, out of curiosity? It's been a while since I read the full article but there was substantial push back and challenges with donors, et. following Noah Levine's downfall. https://jezebel.com/a-murky-scandal-involving-a-powerful-punk-rock-dharma-t-1827742746 Wow, I k...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recovery Dharma
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Recovery Dharma

Why the split from Refuge Recovery, out of curiosity?
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 809

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

I signed up for the Wisdom Experience as a whole. B. Alan Wallace's Intro to Dzogchen is pretty good. The books are not easy to read online--- you have to use their website and you cannot use an e-reader. Not all books and courses are available, although a very wide selection is. Just got another e...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 809

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Just got another email, apparently they have some deal where you pay $5.00 per month for access to a big digital library of Wisdom publications.

Looks pretty promising, anyone doing it yet?
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1399

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

... has also joked and laughed about the ‘self-identifying as an apache attack helicopter’ meme. That's the only trans person I've ever heard of who found that insult amusing. Maybe because he's military he has a thick skin, but trans people in general don't find it anything to laugh about. Or mayb...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: If siddhis are forbidden, why some texts teach how to achieve them?

Same reason that if my seven year old son asks if he can cook, we make him stick to macaroni and cheese. If I ask him to go cook me a 3 course Indian meal or some such, the results would be disastrous - even if I gave him a recipe book. In fact, the recipe book might make things worse.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 337

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

Gah, wish I remembered where he said it, it's pretty famous, maybe someone else will know. The gist of his statement was that simply feeling bad for someone else's misfortune can be a form of pity, which is not the same as compassion, and simply ends up with "two miserable people instead of one". At...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 337

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

I think you might have a slight tendency to overthink things :D Anyway, compassion is not simply feeling sad, the Dalai Lama has commented on this. Simply having two suffering people is not the goal. Rather, reacting to universality of suffering, death etc. is a laudable way to be in a Buddhist sens...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 726

Re: Right-wing psychology

A system-driven perfect storm, worst of both worlds? ;-) I don't think Trump can be dismissed as a kind of placeholder. Just ask those who are addicted to him. He's a huge part of why things are as koo-koo as they are. Potential cult members might already be deluded, but they need the right cult le...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 726

Re: Right-wing psychology

I think of the state of the States as a bit of a perfect storm: perfect setting, perfect leader, perfect followers, perfect cultural and societal vibe. Trump might be more of a symptom or effect than a cause, but he's an extreme, and without him the big storm would not have occurred ... at least no...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 337

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

If you feel you lack empathy, this is a large question. If you're on the spectrum or similar it's outside my wheelhouse. If you're not on the spectrum the standard Mahayana prescription is to practice the Four Immeasurables, imagine all being as your mother etc. until you genuinely, viscerally desi...

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