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by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Free Tibetan translation class
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Free Tibetan translation class

This looks really great, Wisdom Experience is great so far in general.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Apps?
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Apps?

Enso meditation timer is the best meditation app I have come across. generally not a thing I'm interested in, but it's the best I've seen for timing multiple sessions and I have to admit I like it a lot. It's very minimal though, just a configurable timer, with simple design. It defaults to a typica...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Boy if conservatives emphasize "the individual" they are -way- behind everyone else in the US as far as actually supporting causes of individual rights. The vast majority of activism surrounding privacy/4th amendment and the First Amendment in this country is by progressive/left leaning groups, not ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Difficult in letting breath be natural
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Difficult in letting breath be natural

You can always use something other than the breath as an object for a while. QQs suggestion is good too.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does it work?
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: How does it work?

The only Buddhist sect I am aware of where people pray (chant) for material benefits in this lifetime is the Japanese Nichiren sect. . . IDK, I've seen corners of Vajrayana where wealth deity practice could turn into a really esoteric form of Prosperity Gospel, just sayin'..I've definitely seen the...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yeah, I feel pounced on for simply asking the question. The few Buddhist I know (Vietnamese Pure Land) are "rabid righty" to quote the Queequeg (I believe it was that poster). You didn't just ask a question though, you seemed to ask a rhetorical question in order to confirm what you clearly already...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

An interesting aside, Camus was partially responsible for me becoming interested in Buddhadharma. He really got the first two noble truths, just became confused after that point. I remember reading The Plague, having my mind blown, and then having this feeling that something was missing. A bit later...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

From the reading I've done and the few practicing Buddhists I know, I would gather that Buddhism leans to the right socially/politically, but online I see a lot 'hate' toward conservative points of view. Does Buddhism require you to be a liberal? Thanks According to Dharmawheel, yes. Best not to ex...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharma Transmission
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Dharma Transmission

Great replies, thank you. In my area we have a meditation group but it's a mixed bag of traditions including wicca and native spirituality. If you haven't already, look here: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ Tends to be a lot of groups around that aren't immediately visible. As TrimePema said, there ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does it work?
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: How does it work?

Yeah veneration of the Buddha is not something "borrowed", you can find it in the Pali Canon: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/devotion.html And of course, in the Mahayana devotion and prayer are huge. I think the major difference is that Buddhism (particularly Mahayana) is no...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Thank you for applying the dharma to the question instead of assuming I'm stirring the pot or seeking confirmation bias. This was exactly what I was looking for, a clear presentation of what Buddhism teaches. Thanks again. Really? Because what you posted was a thread called "Does Buddhism require y...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Well, I'm not a rabid righty, :twothumbsup: This was just a topic that grew out of my reading of recent posts. It was not me seeking to confirm my bias but to see what Buddhism is all about. I appreciate your irenic responses to my questions and your patience. Blackthorne This is just confirmation ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

TBH, without the prapanca... this place would be crickets. The goal is to balance out the entertainment value with at least a modicum of Dharma edification. If you want to use this as an avenue for practicing patience, go for it. In which case, you might want to encourage others to turn up the heat...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

No. It does, in very general terms, require you not to be an asshole. You may conclude that certain modern political positions are incompatible with that. That is why I asked the question. I see a lot of hate being aimed at non liberal or progressive political positions. This is a rather vague stat...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 114
Views: 1719

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

No. Terms like "conservative" and "liberal" are very broad, while Buddhists from traditional countries tend to be culturally conservative, it's hard to link that directly to modern Western-oriented politically conservative movements. As an example plenty of "conservative" Buddhists might be more lik...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras Alone?
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Sutras Alone?

It's a fine thing to get some Sutras and read them. Generally, if you are new to Buddhism they will mak for difficult reading without some kind of commentary. Thankfully, lots of Sutras are accompanied by those sorts of commentaries, both ancient and modern. There is always more juice with connectio...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

I have not heard him say that, rather he makes the same distinction as I have seen in other teachings - between shamatha being resting meditation within the substrate, and trekchod being cutting through the substrate/Alaya. So, if he is teaching that Trekchod is shamatha, he is not doing it in the ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

I have not heard him say that, rather he makes the same distinction as I have seen in other teachings - between shamatha being resting meditation within the substrate, and trekchod being cutting through the substrate/Alaya. So, if he is teaching that Trekchod is shamatha, he is not doing it in the p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

You'll be interested in hearing Alan Wallace's perspective on this. He also explores the roles of the dhyanis and the levels of shamatha practice. It's not that the dhyanis are absent, it's that the yogic direct cognitions' perceptions taught in Tibetan Buddhism need not rely on perfect dhyani abso...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen
Replies: 137
Views: 3411

Re: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen

Yeah, I’m in full agreement with this. It’s the best argument against the anti-Bonpo types. Often the arguments made against it’s legitimacy are the same as Theravadins arguing against the Mahayana. If you have not yet read Drung, Deu, and Bon, I suggest you do so. I plan on it, but is some specifi...

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