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by rachmiel
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 28
Views: 485

Re: Do we have free will?

Ayu wrote:Do we have anything?

Does anything "have" anything? Is there anyone/anything (ultimately) there?
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by rachmiel
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lamas willing to teach from afar?
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Lamas willing to teach from afar?

I'm not fond of traveling. So the possibility of virtually direct contact with excellent dharma teachers via Skype or the equivalent online thingie is very attractive to me. But the tradition relies heavily on actually direct = in-person contact. Whatchas think? Is it possible to teach effectively u...
by rachmiel
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 610

Re: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017

After the second of eight weekly classes (video talks and assigned readings) I can happily report that I find this to be an *excellent* introduction to the Madhyamaka (via discussion of Dzongsar Khyentse's commentary on Chandrakirti's Madhyamakāvatāra) from a guy who clearly knows of what he speaks,...
by rachmiel
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Better
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Better

When Ani Trime said this (in a retreat) I was really surprised. I thought she would have said something about awareness or emptiness or rebirth or another one of The Biggies. Or, if she was staying with the compassion aspect of Buddhism, then maybe metta or bodhicitta or even loving-kindness. But sh...
by rachmiel
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Better
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Better

I'll quote Ani Trime, a Buddhist nun, who when asked what the most important thing she learned from her 30+ years practicing Buddhism said:

Kindness
by rachmiel
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 610

Re: "Introduction to the Middle Way" 8 week online course begins today, June 7 2017

I watched the first webinar yesterday, thumbs up. Ditto for the pre-webinar readings. It looks like a solid course, kudos to them for doing it for free, very generous. I've been working at grokking the Madhyamaka for a few years on my own (oy!) ... good to be in a class on it. Thanks for letting us ...
by rachmiel
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shiva
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Shiva

I assume the dude is Shiva ... who's the babe? Red Tara? ;-)
by rachmiel
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shiva
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Shiva

Many thanks!
by rachmiel
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shiva
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Shiva

Greetings!

Does Shiva play a significant role in one or more schools of Tibetan Buddhism?

Are there mainstream-ish TB meditations and mantras for Shiva? (I'm familiar with the Shivaya namah om mantra.)

Thanks!

Rick
by rachmiel
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump pulls out of Paris accord
Replies: 35
Views: 903

Re: Trump pulls out of Paris accord

Careful ... Big Brother's watching and He has no sense of humor.
by rachmiel
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump pulls out of Paris accord
Replies: 35
Views: 903

Re: Trump pulls out of Paris accord

I don't know about China ... but I am pretty sure this will be a kick in the pants for the European Union to come together and assert its strength and independence. (It's already happening: France, Germany, Italy.) And that might be a good thing. Does the world really need a Papa US to determine (an...
by rachmiel
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump pulls out of Paris accord
Replies: 35
Views: 903

Re: Trump pulls out of Paris accord

Yes, this could be a biggie ... a tipping point. Fareed Zakaria: "This will be the day that the United States resigned as the leader of the free world." Very sad ... and shocking, even to those of us who are slowly getting used to the almost daily shocks of living in Trumperica. Gotta give...
by rachmiel
Tue May 09, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Deer due date ?
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Deer due date ?

:namaste:
by rachmiel
Sun May 07, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Deer due date ?
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Deer due date ?

This is from 20 minutes ago:

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Any deer'ies out there have a clue when she's gonna pop?
by rachmiel
Sun May 07, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Queequeg wrote:By that logic, Steven Seagal movies should be like golden dharma.

Yes! He is, after all, a bona fide tulku: http://www.palyul.org/docs/statement.html :twothumbsup:
by rachmiel
Fri May 05, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Maybe anything with Uma on account of her relationship with Robert? Just sayin' ... :shrug:
by rachmiel
Fri May 05, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Thanks, Meggo, looks good ... and I haven't seen (or even heard of) most of them. :namaste:
by rachmiel
Fri May 05, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

Being kind to all (including myself) in all situations seems generous to me.

The next time someone says something hurtful, respond with kindness. The result can be alchemical, change lead into gold.
by rachmiel
Fri May 05, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Oy!
by rachmiel
Fri May 05, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Thanks, justsit. I feel inspired now to give it a try. Anybody have any other dharma-ish movie recommendations? Or movies with a delicious emptiness vibe? For me: Bergman (Persona), Tarkovsky (Stalker), Jim Jarmusch (Stranger than Paradise, Dead Man), and Wim Wenders (Kings of the Road, Wings of Des...

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