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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5826
Views: 521203

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Did any of today's retreat get streamed? I either had the time wrong or simply didn't get through.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice

I have done martial arts and Qigong for years. I don't see see Qigong as a Dharma practice, but certainly you can do it with a Bodhicitta motivation, and dedicate merits, like anything. Martial arts of course are controversial to many Buddhists, and perhaps for valid reasons, it's a complicated subj...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE
Replies: 25
Views: 529

Re: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE

Flow My Tears The Policeman Said - Phillip K. Dick

Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino

Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco

I could pick lots of other stuff, it's hard to just come up with three.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ripples in the Net
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: ripples in the Net

let me re-phrase the question: why haven't we seen a country based solely on Buddhist principles? Or Christian principles? all countries are ---with a few exceptions--- secular. We do have Islamic States but let's face it --- they do not have a pacifist basis (they do not advocate pacifism but in f...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ripples in the Net
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: ripples in the Net

i heard someone say that initially quite strange to me but later it resonated somewhat. Someone mentioned to me very casually that the current state of animosity and hatred that exists all over the world is because ISIS won the war on terror. Yeah, because before ISIS the world was just one giant g...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Yuthok nyingthik ( your views? )
Replies: 29
Views: 1240

Re: Yuthok nyingthik ( your views? )

What sort of "healer" would benefit from YN teachings? Would people in the helping professions (social workers etc.) benefit from receiving such teachings, or is it pretty much exclusively people who make a particular kind of diagnosis and provide a specific intervention?
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Yep, we're done.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

My point is that no one has any cause to complain. You think all financial setups in Vajrayana in terms of paying for teachings are simply beyond reproach? Yes. Why doesn't this logic also apply to abusive Gurus? One consents to pay for this or that teaching, or not -- it is up to you. By definitio...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short sadhanas
Replies: 39
Views: 1096

Re: Short sadhanas

Are there any short and highly effective sadhanas in Tibetan Buddhism that can be performed daily by busy laypeople? Something that doesn't require lengthy visualizations or hours of repeating sacred texts? All kinds, but you need to receive them from a teacher, for the most part. There are unrestr...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Yes, and they charged far more money for Vajrayāna teachings in those days, compared to now. Yes, the social situation was entirely different, What's your point? I'm not arguing that individuals should not be willing to sacrifice material wealth to encounter Vajrayana, i'm simply stating that there...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

With the traditional stories, few of the masters in question seem to have had huge organizations or infrastructure that would have factored into the decision of costs, etc. as they do today. Yes, and they charged far more money for Vajrayāna teachings in those days, compared to now. Yes, the social...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

There’s no better way to weed out people who are just there to screw around Heh, it has definitely not been my Dharma experience that the people who are willing to shell out big bucks for teachings are always the most dedicated, or most likely to delve deeply into what is being taught. Unless you c...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

ChNN’s recent retreat policy change is pretty amazing. Retreats are free and the one’s who organize (and who can afford it) foot the bill. Then each student pays what they can. That’s the why it should be in the west at least. This is something that should be up to each and every guru's individual ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

There’s no better way to weed out people who are just there to screw around Heh, it has definitely not been my Dharma experience that the people who are willing to shell out big bucks for teachings are always the most dedicated, or most likely to delve deeply into what is being taught. Unless you c...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Gurus have no obligation to make teachings available, let alone affordable. This is just not how Vajrayāna works. I get what you are saying but.. The idea that the cost of teachings is just about a Gurus will or prerogative alone strikes me as kind of questionable, the cost of teachings often has l...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way: Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable , or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'? Gurus have no obligation to make teachings available, let alone affordable. This is just not how Vajrayāna wor...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

ChNN’s recent retreat policy change is pretty amazing. Retreats are free and the one’s who organize (and who can afford it) foot the bill. Then each student pays what they can. That’s the way it should be in the west at least. Yep, ChNN (as with many things) is deeply generous, and IMO the DC way o...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way: Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable , or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'? Gurus have no obligation to make teachings available, let alone affordable. This is just not how Vajrayāna wor...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3043

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way:

Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable, or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'?

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