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by Rick
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I dont love you
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: I dont love you

Don't feed ducks bread! It's not healthy for them. Whole or cracked corn is better. I speak from experience: http://api.ning.com/files/C*P8XcSSeqc3xyKSR8qIbVRkA5l7mKbj5N020BLnee1RMfdZ9enYungXxo54mVsRT-R1UiD6J7NJQUwUmG4fh-EgNzg1o7Ry/image1_edited.jpg?width=600&height=450&format=jpg :twothumbsup:
by Rick
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Yes, yes ... the rage is clearly lurking just behind that (apparently) innocent smile.
by Rick
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I dont love you
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: I dont love you

zengarten wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Thank you for not loving what is not.
It's like an anti-Namaste! :thumbsup:
by Rick
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

He told me he once gave a talk at a Buddhist conference about the danger of repressed anger in Buddhism and he met with lots of resistance from Buddhist practitioners. On the one hand I get it ... Buddhism has its own prescriptions for how to deal with anger and they seemed to have worked quite well...
by Rick
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 105
Views: 1676

Re: Random Thoughts

dzogchungpa wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:37 am
TharpaChodron wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:50 am
My little town with no Dharma centers or anything just had a screening of the documentary "Walk with Me" at the local movie theater. Quite a nice film, I really enjoyed it.
"Fire Walk with Me" is more my kind of thing.
:thumbsup: :popcorn: :namaste:
by Rick
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Interesting. Why anger specifically? (or is it anger specifically?) Any theories? I think Marv would say that it's because we live in a culture in which expressing anger is kind of a taboo ... which is why you end up with desperate expressions of bottled-up anger like road rage, school shootings, T...
by Rick
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Rick, I believe you feel a connection with Anam Thubten. If you become a member of the Dharmata Foundation you can participate in his live broadcasts, which take place about twice a month. Why don't you try that and see what your experience is like? Yes, I consider him to be my root teacher, did tw...
by Rick
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

A psychotherapist friend who has a deep background in Zen said he's come to believe after decades of work with Buddhist practitioners that spiritual health and psychological health are really quite different, that one doesn't at all necessarily follow the other. In particular, he thinks, people who ...
by Rick
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Aha. Okay, good to know. Thanks everyone!
by Rick
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

I dunno guys ... Malcolm is a master at delivering uni-syllabic bad news. ;-)

Malcolm ... did your Yes mean "Yes yer flat out of luck in this lifetime" or "Yes transmissions can be delivered remotely via Skype?"
by Rick
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

An Absolutely Yes! and an unequivocal No (to being able to receive remote transmissions) from two very experienced practitioners!

Anyone else wanna weigh in?
by Rick
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 1283

Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

This might be a ridiculously naive question (seems to be my specialty) but here goes: Can one receive formal transmissions and pointing-out instructions from a qualified teacher remotely, over an electronic medium such as Skype? If not ... are people who cannot travel to the teacher's actual locatio...
by Rick
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dharmata teachings.
Replies: 144
Views: 24907

Re: Dharmata teachings.

Many thanks, dzogchungpa, for your regular updates of Anam Thubten and friends (like Elizabeth). :namaste:
by Rick
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thus
Replies: 38
Views: 1095

Re: Thus

In geometry a point has zero dimensions.
by Rick
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 105
Views: 1676

Re: Random Thoughts

My back was on the cusp of going out all day yesterday, very painful, hobbling around the house like an old(er) man. And yet my meditation sessions were solid, even more than solid, bordering on inspired. I've often found this, pain focuses my mind ... not an annoying twinge here or there, but an on...
by Rick
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Introduction to Buddhahood
Replies: 26
Views: 868

Re: Introduction to Buddhahood

i am learning that the noble truth number one is not only true, but all my friends and my family and strangers, unless they have a deep and ripened practice which almost none have, they really suffer Some suffer more, some less. Some learn how to minimize suffering and maximize joy. Others not. But...
by Rick
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 105
Views: 1676

Re: Random Thoughts

Und hier I thought it was just a cute little song about a girl professing her love for her boyfriend who happened to be named Lollipop ...

One of my all-time best/worst faves:

by Rick
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen rocks in the desert
Replies: 8
Views: 239

Re: Zen rocks in the desert

It's Stonehenge on DMT! (Or WAAAAAAAAAY too much coffee.)
by Rick
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9505

Re: How to believe in rebirth

Nice. And how can you argue with that? There is nothing in our Western/rational blood that urges us to disbelieve that energy is continuous, is there? It just makes intuitive sense to us. (Though there is that pesky question: How does that energy manage to stick around for 49 samsaric days and then ...
by Rick
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 105
Views: 1676

Re: Random Thoughts

Great! I love the quickies approach ... it seems to be ideal for our frenetic Western lives. But longies (20+ minutes) are necessary to achieve deeper shamatha and vipashyana. So, a nice mix: longies 1-2 times a day, and buncha quickies scattered throughout the day. Add an always present mindfulness...