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by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 24
Views: 699

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: 24
Views: 699

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: 34
Views: 1138

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: 202

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: 311

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: 311

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: 23
Views: 395

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: 23
Views: 395

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: 311

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...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Right-wing psychology

Good posting Nemo, couldn't agree more. The fact is that what has been "accelerating" all this chaos can be laid as much at the feet of the supposedly liberal establishment as it can Trump. Trump is a symptom of a system with abhorrent values. It's funny how they mention deregulation and raiding the...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

Even dreams about teachers may just be your own demonic obscurations. It's hard to tell. Usually depends what time it is. For instance, I had a dream where HHDL said "I wont teach you. You arent ready." He came to the teaching and first thing He said was "sometimes dreams are good; sometimes bad. d...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

An experience I have had, and it might simply be my lack of facility, is a teacher is giving me instruction but it makes little sense. But later in waking, day time life, sometimes days later, I remember it in a series of flashbacks or something akin to flashbacks. Anyone else have something simila...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

Did someone tell you that empathetic response was opposed to the Buddhist notion of compassion? If so, this is diametrically opposed to what I have been taught, and is also opposed by some sutras. For instance in the Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala Sutra mentions our reactions to suffering (not wantin...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

Did someone tell you that empathetic response was opposed to the Buddhist notion of compassion? If so, this is diametrically opposed to what I have been taught, and is also opposed by some sutras. For instance in the Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala Sutra mentions our reactions to suffering (not wanting...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

At the teaching I participated inTenzin Wangyal explained that "sleep of clear light" is actually the more advanced (and typically difficult) practice, resting directly in the nature of mind during sleep. Dream yoga is more getting to that place by experiencing and working with phenomena. We talked...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

An experience I have had, and it might simply be my lack of facility, is a teacher is giving me instruction but it makes little sense. But later in waking, day time life, sometimes days later, I remember it in a series of flashbacks or something akin to flashbacks. Anyone else have something simila...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

At the teaching I participated inTenzin Wangyal explained that "sleep of clear light" is actually the more advanced (and typically difficult) practice, resting directly in the nature of mind during sleep. Dream yoga is more getting to that place by experiencing and working with phenomena. We talked ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Dream Yoga

Keep the journal nearby, -always- use it, even when recall is poor, write down what you can remember.

Just for recall that is, I think Matt is right that plenty of stuff is insignificant.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Tree
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Kagyu Tree

Given the source of this lineage tree, I don't feel it merits discussion and am locking the thread.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do I have to be nice all the time?
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Do I have to be nice all the time?

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