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by smcj
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 44
Views: 912

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

...there is also the view that no lineage doesn't always mean no wisdom lineage. In that case, how does one establish credibility? The fact that someone has lineage does not guarantee that they have wisdom knowledge related to original mind. Of course not. However if they do not add their own inter...
by smcj
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2365

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

Nothing immutable about yourself. Your present identity is only a temporary configuration of your energies.
by smcj
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

Hi smjc OTOH investing your self-will (your own b.s.) in the practice is just adding fuel to the fire. I'm not sure I follow your point here. If I understand you correctly you're telling me not to invest the negative emotions I'm experiencing into the mantra recitation, i.e. repeating the mantra an...
by smcj
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

You got it bud. Angrily and powerfully repeat your mantras quickly. Put your back into it. Eventually that energy will burn out. I’d like to offer a different approach. Take Refuge from your anger and place your trust in the deity and the practice. The same goes for positive reactions to the practi...
by smcj
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Zen simply does not have the OOMPH that Dzogchen does.
This is the Zen forum.

It’s okay to post that in the Dzogchen forum.
by smcj
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 8211

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Faith is a very generalist word. I prefer informed confidence. You trust the teacher and the method after careful analysis. You give it a go and if you do things properly you'll get results. When you face an obstacle, you investigate it, search a solution and move on. When needed you consult with t...
by smcj
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 8211

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Perfect faith... how can someone have perfect faith in that? It's believing just because! Salvation through belief... no thanks. Too "Abrahamic" for my taste... and equaly sterile Just curious, but f it came down to where it was put to you that faith was necessary for empowerment and direct introdu...
by smcj
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 175
Views: 25573

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Ngondro is sufficient by itself as a daily practice, since it contains all the essentials of creation and completion stage.
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by smcj
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness nutshells
Replies: 71
Views: 4331

Re: Emptiness nutshells

Rick wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:24 pm
Shadows on the cave walls?
The previous Kalu R. liked that one.
by smcj
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 35
Views: 1380

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

Get your training wheels with a sambogakaya/visualized dakini.
by smcj
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

A friend of mine once suggested checking out a teacher by first talking to the teacher’s ex-students.
by smcj
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Refuge in the Guru
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Refuge in the Guru

Does this mean taking refuge in one lama and no others? Short answer: No. Longer answer: What you’re taking Refuge from is the ultimate source of danger, which is your own defiled and deluded mind. Your Refuge is in enlightened mind. Since your own enlightened mind is not immediately accessible, yo...
by smcj
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I keep making resolutions to not participate in discussions of this subject and then I break them. My apologies to the DW community for my lack of resolve.
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Dude, I am really getting tired of the obfuscation. Stop talking in theory, and explain exactly what you claim is wrong/ignorant/unenlightened/secular with addressing sexual abuse. You continue to imply that addressing sexual abuse of and within itself is synonymous with an "unenlightened" or secul...
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

The dichotomy of "the secular mind" (a construct as useless as the "Western mind") and whatever it is that is constructed as its opposite ("the genuine real Vajrayana," no doubt, or something equally tempting to Buddhists unlucky enough to find themselves living in late modernity) is nonsense. Can ...
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

You keep bringing this up, but it's a very sophomoric point, which anyone with a very basic knowledge of Dzogchen can answer by directing you to any number of quotes from Padmasambhava etc. on the importance of conduct. In short, the Dzogchen view does not mean viewing harm as non-harm or not havin...
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

The beginning of Vajrayana practice is empowerment, and an empowerment by an unqualified master sends you to hell (him too of course). The discussion here is very useful for those who may consider the masters mentioned in these scandals as potential vajra masters. So this thread is actually very be...
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Political correctness/secular view vs Vajrayana/Dharma view. There is no contradiction of this kind in any of the 'lama' abuse cases, because the teachers in question are not actual lamas, as is evident from their behavior. Mahayana sees everything as positive, as opportunity to practice Dharma. Va...
by smcj
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15496

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I'm just asking you to define what exactly your issue is with the thread, or with the handling of the scandals generally.
Secular/unaware view vs Vajrayana/enlightened view.

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