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by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Also, I have never seen a single practitioner make any real progress in Vajrayana without religiosity, i.e. , piety and deep, heart-felt devotion. Without these, there's no blessings from the Teacher, and, without blessings from the Teacher, there's no real progress. Of course, but really, these th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

There was also an instance where the 16th one spit somewhere, and a devoted women quickly went and scooped it up in a piece of paper. When she later had opened the paper inside it was full of Ringsel (relics.) Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche told a story, the context of the story was generally teachers ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Just as your dog can smell things on you that you easily can hide from humans people with finely tuned spiritual sensitivity can sense broken samaya and any bad actions you lack remorse for. If you done these kind actions and haven't done any purification you will affect other people as well as obj...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

What I would like to ask people who have expressed some frustration on this Topic of Obscuration and purification is the following. Let's just take two of the severe forms of obscuration as the topic of discussion. The obscuration of Samaya breakers, do you feel this is something that we actually d...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6590
Views: 658148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I'd love that if it were possible for me, and would jump at the chance. One of the supreme ironies of my Dharma life is that I have access to all kinds of amazing Dharma teachers from other lineages, but no in person access to DC people at all, and regrettably never got to meet ChNN in person. you ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Stuff like this put me off of Vajrayana for a long time. I mean, I had no interest in becoming a Medieval Tibetan and still have no interest. I suppose it is fine for those who want it, but for those who don't, the Vajrayana tent is a big one. There are very old school lamas with jokes that are at ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6590
Views: 658148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

The best way to learn how to use the damaru is by practicing in a group. I have a Lama I can ask for basic instruction in a thing like that, but i'm not sure that would help with the specific way to use it with the Tuns and Ganapuja, would it? I think Josef likely meant practice with DC members to ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 10
Views: 201

Re: Precious Human Birth

One of my teachers was once asked a question like this - on 'gratitude' in Dharma...and she said something like "Yeah, gratitude is amorphous"....a weird statement, but somehow it fit.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6590
Views: 658148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Sherab Rigdrol wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:27 pm
The damaru isn’t used in medium and long tuns. A ritual drum is used in the Ngagkong but it’s not necessary.

Best resource for the mudras is the Tundus Tundrin Tungyas dvd.
Ah thank you, I will pick that up.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books on Shentong
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Books on Shentong

Isn't Dolpopa's mountain doctrine kind of the seminal Shentong text?
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6590
Views: 658148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

What is the best resource to become familiar with using the damaru and the mudras for the medium and long tun? I mean they are in the text, but there's a lot of guesswork if that's all I use. The best way to learn how to use the damaru is by practicing in a group. I have a Lama I can ask for basic ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6590
Views: 658148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

What is the best resource to become familiar with using the damaru and the mudras for the medium and long tun? I mean they are in the text, but there's a lot of guesswork if that's all I use.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: The Mindfulness Conspiracy

From the article: anything that offers success in our unjust society without trying to change it is not revolutionary – it just helps people cope. In fact, it could also be making things worse. Instead of encouraging radical action, mindfulness says the causes of suffering are disproportionately in...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 352

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

Seishi Karashima has effectively proven that the first part of the Lotus Sutra was composed around the 1st century BCE in Gandhari Prakrit. Scholars believe the Indo-Aryan Migration into northern India happened around 1500BCE. ....what are you talking about? Also, goats are one of the first domesti...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

pemachophel wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:38 pm
Johnny,

You make good points. So purify everything.
Yeah, that makes sense. :thumbsup:
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 43
Views: 601

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

Grigoris, In Vajrayana, we most certainly don't ignore those things. We don't wear secondhand clothes, unless they come from our Teachers or senior practitioners in our lineage. We generally do not buy secondhand things. We don't eat food from people we're not sure about in terms of virtue and vice...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

I feel like as soon as my mind is focused on the belly in the present moment, my mind wants to be distracted. It wants to follow a thought then I get uncomfortable with my meditation because I'm not sure what to do ... Understand the experience of discomfort, or the desire to stop meditating etc. a...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

Patrick Kearney's instructions are good, I agree. He has a free pdf of the same teaching (I think) called Watching The Mindstream available on Buddhanet. Anyway, they way to deal wight thoughts is let them go like clouds passing in the sky, or like snowflakes dissolving in the ocean - my favorite an...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1172

Re: A Lesson.

And it is the case here. I learned more of the story from the mutual friend. The young man in the shop was one of a group given a particular teaching and were told clearly not to talk about their practice neither the one they had received or in general terms. This is far from unique in the Vajrayan...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1172

Re: A Lesson.

With the further qualification - that he was explicitly following his Guru's instruction - I really think this is a brilliant lesson. I think secrecy is often subtly misused to inflate pride (i.e. "I'm part of an exclusive club") rather than express genuine humility. But Dharma practice without the...

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