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by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2155

Re: Simhamukha Retreat @ Tara Mandala, May 19-27

Personally I could afford going to Tara Mandala or place like that but that would be once or max twice a year. With lower rates I can join a retreat almost every month. More examples: 4 day retreat with James Low, incl. meals, camping and teachings: 180BP/236.64 usd 14 days with Keith Dowman in Spa...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 99
Views: 1157

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Well, arising and cessation do exist conventionally, in the same manner as any phenomena. If that's what he meant, all is well. I am not sure there is any such thing as a definitive conceptual answer altogether ... You could always spend some time in Advaita-Land, where there *is* a definitive conc...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 99
Views: 1157

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

This is pretty much my understanding too. Which is why Astus's "... not that there is no origination at all" threw me. Hopefully he'll set me straight. Well, arising and cessation do exist conventionally, in the same manner as any phenomena. Take the Heart Sutra's deconstruction of the Twelve Links...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 99
Views: 1157

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

My shorthand understanding: Arising and cessation (well, anything) exist only relatively speaking, believing them to be real is wandering in samsara. Ultimately there is no arising and cessation, both have the nature of emptiness, the full realization of which is nirvana. Then again, I am not person...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 99
Views: 1157

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I recommend you go study some Abhidharma/Abhidhamma. There you will find that what we perceive of as an uninterrupted constant, with intermittent qualitative changes, is actually a series of specific instances of consciousness. What we perceive as consciousness is actually a chain and not a ribbon....
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 162
Views: 11410

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

I suspect they want to keep their community, more than the trappings.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

I feel like I should have thought about it more before asking starting the thread, but as we get into territory that is maybe not great for public discussion, i'd ask everyone to err on the side of caution.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2155

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

I think , that when you charge exorbitant amounts, you change the teaching,you become a business with something that you're selling. We, in all our behaviour, should embody the teachings. Does the end justify the means. Yeah, yeah, i'm sure we can all agree in theory, but it doesn't answer my quest...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 560

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

Studies found that people believe anything that has the word study in it. I worked with veterans in the army and have seen cannabis prescribed. It's even covered for vets by insurance now it was so effective in clinical trials. Though obviously overhyped it is a very useful and safe medication. I s...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 92
Views: 2155

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

I just read an advertisement online for the sukhasiddhi foundation on their Website .they are holding an advanced mahamudra retreat,that's not residential , and that's being held in their Center, and they asking people for 600 dollars for this .This kind of thing makes me incensed.is mahamudra a co...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Empowerment needed for tummo?
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Empowerment needed for tummo?

Informative post, thanks for that Cone.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths are
Replies: 34
Views: 749

Re: The Four Noble Truths are

Another source on our Buddha discovering an ancient path trod by earlier buddhas. So we may conclude that it's up to everyone of us to discover 'an ancient path' taking the words of the Buddha as guidance but not confusing his words with this 'ancient path'. Sure, the Map is never the territory. Yo...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Balanced vegetarian diet
Replies: 24
Views: 633

Re: Balanced vegetarian diet

Thanks for the ideas guys. I just have to state as my pride depends on it, I actually am a decent cook and have been cooking for myself for the last five years. :D What made me ask this question is mostly that most articles talk about not having enough B12, calcium, iron and some other stuff I do n...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind. and is also useful during visualization practice. But, open is better, especially in shamatha. The question isn't about Shamatha though! What I meant was, when you begin a session, if you practice shamatha for a few m...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Balanced vegetarian diet
Replies: 24
Views: 633

Re: Balanced vegetarian diet

When I was veg in my 20s I ate a ton of beans and rice with veggies (greens usually), and I bought an Ital cookbook for ideas, some of the recipes were delicious, though the ingredients were sometimes hard to come by. I added egg or cheese/dairy as needed. Unlike being vegan, if you feel ok I don't ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Yeah, it's in the Essentials of Mahamudra book.
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 734

Re: Is anyone home?

I have done, but not for quite a while. <Outside of the occasional 'checking in' of what's up body/mind-wise.> You? Yeah, I find it essential, especially for us "intellectual" types. Otherwise we keep bringing the Dharma back into this domain of thought and away from embodied experience. And that j...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

open/closed what a duality! to be on the safe side, keep one eye open and one closed. :rolling: Open is better, but closing eyes for a moment can be done to help focus the mind. and is also useful during visualization practice. But, open is better, especially in shamatha. . . . The question isn't a...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

No. Thats why the post is in the Dzogchen section, and my first post is asking about contemplation, not a bunch of different practices.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes
Replies: 46
Views: 1690

Re: gaze/open eyes/closed eyes

Anyen once told me, "No one ever attained mahamudra, ever attained dzogchen, practicing with eyes closed." Mingyur says eyes closed is fine for shamatha. Tsoknyi teaches eyes open for the most part but says you can test your rigpa by closing your eyes. Personally I think, how can you limit it to on...

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