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by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 109
Views: 2583

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

I'll just leave this here, it pretty much sums up my views on the current situation:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/08 ... g-at-home/
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: mental habits
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: mental habits

mental habit of discourse lies on mental habit of grasping to mental formation, mental habit of grasping on mental formations lies in mental habit of the division of a self and an other, but mental habit of division of a self and an other is a subtle mental formation not an intrinsic quality. how s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Personally I find addiction, criminality, disease, and war absolutely and totally unacceptable. Yet I am told all that is still just part of “The Great Perfection”. So I assume at some point I will have to drop my unaware objections to life in order to see that. But since I’m happy to just be a low...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

I'm angry a lot. I've managed to keep it from spilling out onto others most of the time, but every now that and then I yell at my kids or get in some inane argument with my wife. Lately I speak harshly towards others when they can't hear it. usually irrational stuff in traffic jams and whatnot.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Intense Guru Dragphur?
Replies: 17
Views: 474

Re: Intense Guru Dragphur?

How intense is this practice? I found a group of ChNN'S followers in Texas that are able to transmit the practice, but before I make a decision of taking up this practice, how intense is it? Would this be a wise practice to take up for a 15 year old busy with school work and studies? Is there a dai...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 109
Views: 2583

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

I don’t think you’re incorrect on that point. My point is, who would trump get replaced with? Only another bush, obama, or clinton? Yea people like Bernie Sanders, Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul, and Ralph Nader might be a little better than all of the above; but I still think we’re going to have to do...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 109
Views: 2583

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Frickin' homo sapiens! Enlightenment is wasted on 'em! :popcorn: Let's widen the field a bit: What % of Trump supporters are striving to do the right thing for the entire world rather than just America? And what % care about doing what's right for the entire country rather than just their personal ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Overcoming negativity and irritability
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Overcoming negativity and irritability

shanyin wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:33 am
Hello. What can I practice to overcome my own irritability and negativity?
As far as antidotes go, the Four Immeasurables is usually considered a good place to start.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

... hiring the law firm and Harvey Weinstein's former spokesperson as a PR manager (Hilgitz) ... Which law firm or PR manager are you referring to? I can't seem to find anything about 'Hilgitz'. The law firm is “An Olive Branch”. Their white paper: https://www.an-olive-branch.org/wp-content/uploads...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Hey, not much surprises me, I just like to get the facts straight. Everyone seems to be taking it as a given that he currently has a drinking problem, so I'm trying to find out what the basis for this assumption is. Likely his report of past use combined with the current situation. Like I said, he ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Well, he is welcome to say what he wants. It would not exactly be earth shattering news that 1) an alcohol problem was related to a story of abuse, or 2) that someone which such a problem hid it, or tried to hide from those closest to him. Mind you, that does not preclude the possibility that he -h...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Is it actually clear that he still has a problem with alcohol? Seems pretty clear to several women in his community. If you are referring to the women whose accounts appear in the report, my understanding is that the most recent one is from 2011. A woman who has apparently served as his kasung or k...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 247
Views: 8503

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

A Shambhala person in Boulder immolated himself over this crisis. Hard to understand, very sad. OMG. You sure? No hits from Google yet. ***** As far as Sakyong’s drinking goes; I have a thesis that for those of us in the West that have a problem with drink, 12 step programs can function as the miss...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 1636

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:06 am
Interesting nobody has mentioned mantras yet.
Would knowing Tibetan or Sanskrit be helpful with regard to mantras?
This opens up a whole can of worms too about Tibetan pronunciation of Sanskrit mantra.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 1636

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Well, as a traditionalist, until a highly realized being translates into English from Tibetan, I think there is blessing in the Tibetan language. (If you feel there are English translations that bear the same blessing, or translations into any other language, that’s fine.....keep on practicing them...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 1636

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

We never understand exactly what people say, it's impossible. Everything involving language is miscommunication, on some level. The degree is important, but I've heard some teachers say that someone doesn't even necessarily need to be literate to achieve enlightenment, much less understand another l...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 1636

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

I think that's a silly statement. however, In order to study texts etc. knowing Tibetan can only help, even the small amount I've picked up from people in the know has been exceptionally helpful.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen materials not requiring DI?
Replies: 25
Views: 708

Re: Dzogchen materials not requiring DI?

I would use the GY book to prepare, and then just be present during the DI. To the degree that worrying about visualization and recitation decreases your ability to be present, dial it back and do what you can. That is of course just my experience and may be 'wrong" on some level. Thanks. There are...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen materials not requiring DI?
Replies: 25
Views: 708

Re: Dzogchen materials not requiring DI?

You could buy ChNN's The Crystal & The Way of Light. Most excellent book. You can buy the Guru Yoga book, they allow anyone who plans on receiving DI to purchase that book. I've had a look at both books -- they're wonderful, as far as I can tell. Perhaps I should make another thread for this, but t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5657
Views: 502846

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thank you. If I haven't been doing so, how do I repair that? Also, can I ask where you heard this from? It is better safe than sorry of course, but I asked one practitioner who used to help prep people for the empowerments, and she said there was no samaya. I am just confused at the discrepancy. Ri...

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