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by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting for another 70-80 years before death ? I wish to talk with the Highly realised beings to clarify doubts , after all, some of them are known to smack your doubts and wrong views quite...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: feeling happy
Replies: 13
Views: 172

Re: feeling happy

Norwegian wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:27 am
Trying to find actual happiness in samsara is an exercise in futility.
An inability to feel conventional happiness is just anhedonia, nothing to do with Dharma. Now if we were taking refuge in worldly happiness.........
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: feeling happy
Replies: 13
Views: 172

Re: feeling happy

I always thought i'd be dead, or in a really bad state before the age of 30. Here I am at 42 with a happy marriage and kids, stable life etc. My mind is my biggest obstacle, my life circumstances I can be nothing but grateful for.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?

Well, IME Dzogchen is Dzogchen, but if you take Tantric teachings etc. they have a different...tone to them, and of course different deities (with plenty of overlap), different mantra etc. I found that while I feel i've benefitted greatly from the Bon teachings I've taken (and will continue to), it ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5993
Views: 538148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Josef wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:01 am
Tenma wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:02 am
Josef wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:32 pm


Especially when the master is still alive.
Well, that's what his students here told me. They stated they will be doing a Zhitro for him(I think it was Anuyoga) and the Guru Yoga Ah. :shrug:
We should follow Rinpoches advice.

I agree, and IMO the advice was pretty clear.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5993
Views: 538148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Man, what an impact Rinpoche has had, I am so sad, but also realize how fortunate we are.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It's not illegal but it certainly puts her as part of the problem, whose interests are with the establishment over the victims. Since the truth of the claim is yet to be ascertained but nonetheless weighed enough to be included in the report, it really would be far better for the integrity of the p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5993
Views: 538148

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does it help to receive an empowerment for a deity if it is from a different terma/lineage to the DC practice you want to do? Or does it make no real difference to the practice? I don't think I have seen this mentioned anywhere. I have teachers in, and a bunch of initiations in the Sakya Lineage pr...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3684

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

The study you cite is so poorly constructed as to be laughable. Before I attended my first Buddhist teaching, I ate some enchiladas. This gave me the energy to ride my bike over the bridge and to the Dharma center. Ergo, enchiladas were my chemical gateway to Dharma. YMMV. Reaearch indicates high d...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3684

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

There is enough research overall on using LSD, ibogaine, and psilolcybin for alcoholism, PTSD and whatnot that it's reasonable to give the idea a fair shake, the same way you would with any new treatment involving the use of a controlled substance. There's not much of an evidence base there yet, but...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 1822

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Am I prolonging life, or am I prolonging needless suffering? I know nothing about past or future lives or the karmic debt of swallows, but I've seen an awful lot of suffering and death. I believe that sometimes under some circumstances my Mahayana vow to save all beings might be best practiced by s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. It is not a judging panel. It is not illegal to say: "I don't believe you". Especially to a person who, according to a personal account of a member here, has made false accusations in...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. Is Pema Chodron "the accused" in any real sense here? If so, all she can be accused of is once saying "I don't believe you". Anything else connecting her seems to be a very speculativ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 44
Views: 1071

Re: boring questions about losing weight

My Doctor recommended intermittent fasting, but I have to say, I feel like it would only be possible for me on days where I do no activity, which is not many. Despite being a little tubby, i'm really physically active and it seems like that would really be a problem with fast days. Still, I may just...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

No; a single allegation does not automatically equal guilt, but when considered in light of all the other allegations lodged against multiple individuals, it argues strongly in favor of recusal. Otherwise it contributes to the appearance that Shambala's insular, in-house approach is somewhat less t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

:arrow: And given the allegations posted in the report about her, her presence in the transition team basically nullifies the legitimacy of that team. So now a single allegation automatically equals guilt? Sounds like the purges after the French Revolution. No; a single allegation does not automati...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3351

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Pretty hard to form opinions on Pema Chodron based on an anonymous source saying "Pema Chodron said this to me x years ago". I'm not saying there's nothing there, or nothing to atone for even, but treating this as "evidence" would be pretty specious reasoning in any circumstance that required actual...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Media
Topic: 41st Sakya Trizen
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: 41st Sakya Trizen

:twothumbsup:
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5993
Views: 538148

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: 11
Views: 405

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...

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