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by Rick
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Right/wrong thought

Thanks for the responses, humans! I'll answer them soon. To place the OP question about right/wrong thought in context: I hang out in Krishnamurti circles from time to time, and K-sters take thought very seriously. It is divided into two types: practical and psychological. Practical thought is what ...
by Rick
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Right/wrong thought

Is it Buddhistically accurate to say: Thought that emerges from a view that the self is real is wrong thought. Thought that emerges from a view that the self is an appearance is right thought. ? I'm not trying to get at whether the self exists or not, rather the distilled essence of what differentia...
by Rick
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad

Bookcase filled with big fat oversize horror and sci-fi books!
by Rick
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 68
Views: 7468

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: 886

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: 2618

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: 2618

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: 2618

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: 2618

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: 2618

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: 2618

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: 1724

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: 1724

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: 1724

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: 1724

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: 1724

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: 479

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: 479

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: 2618

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: 2618

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...

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