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by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 73
Views: 1312

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

It seems to me that the "mindfulness" movement is really about becoming more effective workers and not particularly concerned with teaching the "metaphysical" stuff. That is exactly what it is. It repurposes those techniques to allow people to gratify their egos and enjoy samsara. But: it’s still b...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 73
Views: 1312

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You think being at mass events will teach you what you need to know? Do they live here? Did they even learn proper English? I can see this is getting people very defensive. That is good. This glide path is very obvious and should be talked about. It depends on the person, some can certainly progres...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6229
Views: 561743

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Playing off that last sentiment, I just want to express appreciation for all the vajra siblings on this thread. Rinpoche changed my life, and despite living near Seattle there’s no Ling remotely near me, so it feels good to be in touch in some way with other practitioners for help and support. Ofte...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. As one example Ajahn Chah says plenty of stuff that is reminiscent of a Mahayana message, so making use of those categories in the modern world should be functional, and based on what is taught, not s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6229
Views: 561743

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I read that message when I got it as not publicly sharing pictures, etc., almost a message directed on limiting one's use of social media to memorialize. I don't do that anyway, but I confess i found the message puzzling. Anyway, it's safe to say this is a tough time for Rinpoche's students, let's t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. As one example Ajahn Chah says plenty of stuff that is reminiscent of a Mahayana message, so making use of those categories in the modern world should be functional, and based on what is taught, not s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

The bias against the path of individual liberation is literally built into Mahayana, it's not just a bias either, but a doctrinal position. A Zen-relevant example would be the part of the Lankavatara dealing with Arhats, which covers what Astus talks about, iirc...the error in the path of Nirvana as...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
Replies: 50
Views: 9412

Re: Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

Brilliant.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 810

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

lifestyle choices That's a fraught phrase... I'd restate something like, "bad idea to take refuge in any conditioned identity ." Uh, better go with something like, "bad idea to take refuge in any conditioned identity , with the exception of Buddhist ." No, that's a bad idea too, even if people do i...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 810

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

It is counterproductive for any Buddhist to cherish X identity over their desire to save all beings. But others' delusions are not our concern until we're buddhas. Until then, my own constant stream of BS is plenty to manage. Yep, I agree with this. It's one thing to hold whatever political views y...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 810

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Overt political views are one thing, but it is very "normal" IMO for nearly any Buddhist to be somewhat personally conservative in terms of habits, preferences, etc. That doesn't necessarily transfer to political conservatism, but sometimes it does. There are no political beliefs barred to Buddhists...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Help a technotard?
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Help a technotard?

You just add them to your foe list. only threads they actually created should be showing up in the list of threads, unless they're incredibly prolific then I don't really see the problem. What did you figure out?
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Flu Season
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Flu Season

I used to think there was no reason to get a flu shot. Then one year I got swine flu. Even if it only gave me 20% more protection or lessened the severity of a case I would get it, one of the sickest periods ever in my life, high fever/sweats/chills for an entire week, hives everywhere..... Other th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

the shit stick, or dry turd...what about that? If you check Yunmen's sayings (Urs App's translation was reprinted this year by Shambhala), it appears that the text uses 'shit' for conceptualisation (§41, §53, §175, §271), while 'dried shit' (§71, §144, §226, §236) is for teaching. Someone asked, “W...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 32
Views: 1027

Re: No end to samsara?

How can it be beginningless without being endless. I don't think there is anything unusual in saying that samsara is endless. I don't see how that follows. So long as it is conditioned, which it's said to be, then it can have an end. Beginnings and endings are characteristic of compound things, and...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Zen masters don't decline conceptual answers to koans because they have aversion, it's because they miss the point. Nope, Zen masters don't, some practitioners on the other hand love to play "Zen Gotcha". And others like to play that game just as well apparently. Actually, all I did was answer Bokk...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Yes it could. Until one stops trying to provide explanations, then it doesn't! Aversion to concepts doesn't lead to the nonconceptual... it's much like trying to avoid thoughts in meditation. Zen masters don't decline conceptual answers to koans because they have aversion, it's because they miss th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

seeker242 wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:58 am
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:45 am

this could go on forever, literally.
Yes it could. Until one stops trying to provide explanations, then it doesn't!
Aversion to concepts doesn't lead to the nonconceptual... it's much like trying to avoid thoughts in meditation.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Very similar, if not identical to, CASE 18. TOZAN'S THREE POUNDS OF FLAX A monk asked Tozan, "What is the Buddha?" Tozan answered, "Three pounds of flax!" Mumon's Comment: Tozan's Zen is like a clam. When the two halves of the shell open, you can see the whole inside. However, now tell me, "What is...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 455

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

so, johnny, wats your answer? a philosophical answer of Yunmen, , just a play of words to say, ..hey cmon, you r so hung up, ..is that it? It's a real simple answer: if the person reading it is any kind of real practitioner "Buddha" is not ultimately a concept, idea, aspiration, or some some dude c...

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