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by Rick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Some of My Stuff ...
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: Some of My Stuff ...

sea ... of ghee

¡ Love it !

:twothumbsup: :woohoo: :twothumbsup:
by Rick
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 2145

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

To call Brahman an "invisible essence" is to impute attributes to attributelessness. As long as it is assumed to exist, (not to mention being conscious and blissful), there is an assumption of essence. But if it is not considered existent, then there is nothing to talk about. Existence is an attrib...
by Rick
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind-streams: Separate?
Replies: 114
Views: 2145

Re: Mind-streams: Separate?

The difference between substantialists (e.g. Vedanta) and insubstantialists (Buddhists), is that the latter does not assume an invisible essence once the onion layers (pancakosa/panca(upadana)skandha) are gone. To call Brahman an "invisible essence" is to impute attributes to attributelessness. At ...
by Rick
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Dharma kitty

Orange males have in my experience always been delightful ... with humans! Our orange guy is, well let's say, a bit overenthusiastic with other cats. ;-)
by Rick
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Dharma kitty

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:25 pm
We have an orange cat (female, stray) that adopted us recently. She is the unfriendliest cat I have ever seen. She only lets you feed her, if you try and stroke her she sticks the nails in straight away.
I meant male orange cats are friendly. Never knew a lady orange ...
by Rick
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Dharma kitty

Gorgeous. Long tail! Orange cats are soooooo friendly and calm (with humans). Our guy looks very similar.

May you enjoy each other. :-)
by Rick
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Alan Wallace DZ related Q&A
Replies: 21
Views: 1339

Re: Alan Wallace DZ related Q&A

For those of you who are not familiar with Alan, I'm fresh off (well, actually, still on) his recent Meditation in Dzogchen online course, in which there are many hours of video teachings from him. He is extraordinarily lucid, imo, sharp as a knife. And has attitude fer sure! A wicked sense of humor...
by Rick
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 1579

Re: nagarjuna basics?

Great, Muni, thanks!
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: 1286

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: 107
Views: 6217

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: 31
Views: 1579

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: 107
Views: 6217

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: 107
Views: 6217

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: 107
Views: 6217

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: 107
Views: 6217

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: 46
Views: 2621

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: 46
Views: 2621

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: 4946

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: 599

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: 2054

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

Yes, yes ... the rage is clearly lurking just behind that (apparently) innocent smile.