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by Rick
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...
Replies: 22
Views: 619

Re: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...

... when you consider it to have become your main practice. (Oh nooooooooooooooo!) :tongue:
by Rick
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3607

Re: enlightment in one life

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:32 pm
If you enter into Dzogchen teachings in a real sense, you wont be interested in other teachings at all.
But there are SO MANY beautiful flowers to smell ... !

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by Rick
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 14
Views: 410

Re: nagarjuna basics?

Very quick and dirty:

"Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise." — Buddha

I second the Alex Trisoglio recommendation. The 8 lessons (videos and written transcripts) are an excellent introduction to the view of the Middle Way.
by Rick
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3607

Re: enlightment in one life

I can appreciate that. We're all lazy, undedicated and lacking compassion at least some (or most) of the time. I had some of those same doubts but remembering that although these are evidently 'pathy' paths, the actual nature of the path and result is still empty and an illusory display, including ...
by Rick
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3607

Re: enlightment in one life

If you follow other paths, you don't make progress in Dzogchen, so what do you think? Kevin Hi Kevin. :-) I understand the rationale behind staying on one path until you've gone all the way ... but surely that's not the only method to get there. I guess I'm a multipather? (For better or worse!) :qu...
by Rick
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3607

Re: enlightment in one life

Why not just seal the deal and invite yourself fully if its possible? I want to say "I'm not a joiner ... more of a repeat visitor, like an uncle who suddenly appears and is 100% there, then just as suddenly vanishes and is 100% gone." But of course that's just a conceptual underpinning I sometimes...
by Rick
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 88
Views: 3607

Re: enlightment in one life

So what's the success rate like, in percentages? For instance, how many have become enlightened by following Namkhai Norbu? Everyone who follows Dzogchen teachings will attain buddhahood, either in this life, the bardo, or the very next lifetime. As Paṇḍita Vimalamitra says: Thus, there is not a si...
by Rick
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 35
Views: 1294

Re: The Six Lamps

Since I know you're a student of ChNN: ChNN does not want his students to read these things before they receive it. He's very clear on that. Baby question: What does it mean "to receive it" in this context? That the teacher gives the okay to the student to read something? Or that the teacher perfor...
by Rick
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 35
Views: 1294

Re: The Six Lamps

Can I just read this? Generally speaking, how do Bön teachers feel about people reading texts such as this? Are there any 'requirements' as such, or should one just use their judgment? Since I know you're a student of ChNN: ChNN does not want his students to read these things before they receive it...
by Rick
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump Tweets
Replies: 155
Views: 2887

Re: Trump Tweets

the electorate had a temporary madness and now deeply regrets it. Or the electorate has tipped over into enduring madness ... and has no clue that's what's happening, because, whoopee: It's reality TV! I honestly think that if the US went to war with North Korea and hundreds of thousands of people ...
by Rick
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I dont love you
Replies: 9
Views: 343

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: 1543

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: 343

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: 1543

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: 153
Views: 3109

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: 1543

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: 1543

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: 1543

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: 1543

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: 1543

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?"