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by Rick
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 61
Views: 6428

Re: Thread with no words

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by Rick
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better

I think thinking should come with a User's Manual and a:

Warning! If improperly used, this product may damage your health and the health of everything around you.

Un-right thinking might be the most dangerous weapon das Universum will ever know.
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:36 pm
Is this his commentary, or is this his translation of Longchenpa. If so, which chapter is this from.
It's his commentary, from Basic Assumptions in the Translator's Introduction to the Longchenpa text.
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

Understanding here refers to go ba , which in Tibetan means "intellectual understanding." Experience is " nyams ," and experience comes from applying in practice that which one has understood intellectually. That results in realization [ rtogs pa ]. Practice in Tibetan is " nyams len ," "to take in...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

Realizations can arise out of intellectual/contemplative experiences (generally subsumed under analytic meditation). Thanks, kirtu! Quick followup: What 'counts' as analytic meditation? Is it formalized ... or are off-the-cushion types of analysis (such as reading/contemplating the Mulamadhyamakaka...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

What does it mean to 'realize' something? Understanding + experience = realization. 1. Understanding is an experience. (In common parlance, at least. Perhaps not in Dzogchen?) So can the experience of understanding, if sufficiently powerful, be the 'experience' in the above formula? 2. Slightly dif...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

I say that 'experience' is a transitive verb i.e. a verb that requires an object: 'I experience it'. So whenever and whatever we experience, there is a knowing subject that is experiencing some phenomenon or sensation. So to that extent, experience implies a duality of subject and object. However a...
by Rick
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

So this notion of luminous mind is very subtle. It can never be realized by theorizing about it or believing in it. Anam Thubten is my root teacher! What I see happening in me is a gradual moving from obvious theories/beliefs about IT (realization) to increasingly subtle ones. Emptiness is the defi...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1428

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Alas, poor Donald, I see you more as a clueless frightened sociopathic old geezer who happened to wander into the throne room (of the asylum) when no one was looking. ...who forcefully removes children from their parents just because their skin is brown... And is doing his best to unravel the laws ...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1428

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

My contention is whether demons work that way. Like I said, Maras are liars, better dismissed or vanquished through exposure. I don't think Trump is any species of demon. I could believe that he's a mean old man, however. My take on demons is quite different from yours. (Then again, I'm a horror mo...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1428

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

It's kind of fun to see Trump as a demon, the flip side of a god. His role: To mercilessly expose us to ... ourselves. Meh. Maras are liars. Not digging your demonology. Lies aren't un-truths, they're variations on the truth. Trump is helping us ignorant earthlings understand that we create our own...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1428

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Rack 'em! +1
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1428

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

It's kind of fun to see Trump as a demon, the flip side of a god. His role: To mercilessly expose us to ... ourselves.

Alas, poor Donald, I see you more as a clueless frightened sociopathic old geezer who happened to wander into the throne room (of the asylum) when no one was looking.
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 418

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:09 pm
The union of two truths lies at the bottom of the bottle
Now *that* would be a vintage I'd love to try:

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by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 418

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
Repeat until all sentient beings are enlightened or intoxicated, whichever comes first.
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

Yeah, good point about the translation ... it does seem like it could be a semantic thingie.

I'm'a ask my teacher what he means by realization so I don't get myself tangled up in conceptual knots.

Thanks, everyone! :-)
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

These are both direct experiences of something that you name tree, no? Indeed, but the direct of experience of engaging with a tree would be different than reading and thinking about a tree before ever encountering one (or perhaps arguably even afterwards). The immediate tactile sensation and the a...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

You realize the dharmata. Does that mean you are always in such direct realization? Only if you really remain that way. Afaiu this would mean that one could realize emptiness (authentically, not faux) during a retreat ... and then lose all trace of this realization afterwards, i.e. "be none the wis...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

... what I mean colloquially by "experience" as one intellectually "experiences" study and learning about something vs. directly "experiencing" something when you directly encounter it. To me, the experience of a thought *is* a direct experience. Let's say you experience a tree by walking up to it ...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2217

Re: Realization

Understanding involves the intellect whereas realization involves experience. Makes sense ... though the act of intellectual understanding is also an experience, right? Former is related with the wisdom of hearing (srutamaya). Later is related with the wisdom of meditation (bhavanamaya). I don't kn...

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