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by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: (Film) Searching for the Lotus-Born Master

These days, I pretty much stop listening any time something vaguely spiritual has "quantum" in the title, to be honest.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

For the Mahamudra/Semde instructions which involve looking at the color, shape, coming and going etc. of thoughts, does one practice with what we term "emotions" in the same way? There is no distinction made here between emotion and thought is there? Meaning, if I perceive a jolt of sadness arising...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

Would love to hear your thoughts on narcissistic parents influencing us negatively and if putting distance between them is sometimes the only option. If it's messing up your practice or severely messing you up..then yeah. If you can work with it and transform to something positive, then no. Healthy...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

My Lama has said that no empowerment is needed for the Ngondro we practice, which is the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro When I asked at Saraha, a few people said I could practice it with no anything. But then others say one needs the lung. I suspect it was one of those "get it when you can but you can pract...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Tell me, do you believe that conditions must necessarily be added for those living in the western world as layperson? I would love to give everything away and live as a monk, but I would be homeless in a very cold climate and could even die. Perhaps this is the point, I should not fear death, which...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?
Replies: 13
Views: 156

Re: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?

I do not know how Nichiren Buddhism would address this problem, not being a practitioner of it. Never sure whether you want to confine these interesting ethical discussions to Nichiren practitioners or want wider input, so feel free to ignore. There are basically two strategies I've encountered in t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?
Replies: 13
Views: 156

Re: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?

But isn't it only natural to be annoyed by certain people? Does having compassion towards someone mean that we must be all nice & pretend they don't annoy the heck out of us? Well if you feel sincere compassion you do not get annoyed in the first place. Buddhism is not about thinking that feeling s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

So you want to give based on your judgement of someones humility? Theres enough wrong with that it'll take some time to unpack. The purpose of this thread is to explore the issue. When you state it like "you want to give based on your judgement of someones humility?", it seems one-sided and judgeme...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

So you want to give based on your judgement of someones humility? Theres enough wrong with that it'll take some time to unpack.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 470

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Yes, you should be generous to anyone you can, which is not the same in any way as enabling someone'a addiction. Really, the difference is pretty common sense., and your examples are a little silly. There are a million ways to be generous to (for example) an alcoholic other than giving them money fo...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

Just rereading through Pointing Out The Dharmakaya, speaking of Thrangu Rinpoche; and there's a whole section on ascertaining whether the body and mind are different or the same, seems like a good starting point for me.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 20
Views: 420

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Thought a Buddhist forum would be about facing the delusion and ignorance head-on, but frankly, can't seem to make heads or tails of most threads. Do you folks come to the forum, looking to awaken or is there another purpose? Sorry the forum doesn't meet your expectations, though I wonder, are your...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 1186

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

:good: A definitive answer:)
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

Guys, thanks for all the responses. I'm interested in how this question functions in practice in Mahamudra. practice instruction, not the larger philosophical question so much. Astus: seems like establishing that all appearances are mind is the standard direction, thanks.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 357

thoughts vs. emotions

For the Mahamudra/Semde instructions which involve looking at the color, shape, coming and going etc. of thoughts, does one practice with what we term "emotions" in the same way? There is no distinction made here between emotion and thought is there? Meaning, if I perceive a jolt of sadness arising,...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1139

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

nichiren-123 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Does emptiness mean that distinctions are all wrong and/or bad and/or illusory? I.e. what is wrong (if anything) with distinctions?

If so then how is the negation of distinctions liberating?
Distinctions are only possible because they are empty.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2129

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Yep. pretty much sums it up IMO.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2129

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Ok man. Malcolm says don't judge anyones practice :D
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2129

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

It is too conceptual. This is a valid criticism. And without siddhis one will not benefit many people at all. If the people i'm thinking of were in range of acquiring siddhis, that'd be a concern. As it is, some of them can't even manage basic uncomfortable social interactions without problems, and...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 2129

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Sometimes chaos in life is a good marker I think, particularly in how we can handle and integrate obstacles that arise in said chaos. Then just the standard stuff, are you less quick to anger, less self-centered etc. etc. Although I somewhat agree with these signs, especially when I see some people...

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