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by smcj
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 8137

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: 8137

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: 25473

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: 4302

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: 1302

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: 15273

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: 210

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: 15273

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: 15273

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: 15273

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: 15273

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: 15273

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: 15273

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: 15273

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.
by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15273

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

You aren't actually saying anything but seem to be chastising others for talking,
Do you see benefit in re-hashing lama dramas? How so?
by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15273

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

Mundane mind, samsara, unawareness, and marigpa are all synonyms. This includes all criticisms and opinions, even well intentioned politically correct opinions. At some point in the practice of Dharma one has to go beyond that. This is not to say suffering that can be eased should be ignored. Far fr...
by smcj
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15273

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

You really gonna jump into a thread about the serious sexual abuse of women and conflate it as some kind of pie in the sky Polyanna-ism? What a crap thing to do. Focus on the fact that women are actually being abused, and not whatever bone you are picking at. For me there are a few issues here. The...
by smcj
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 688

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

All views are not wrong views. If all views were wrong views then why is Right View a factor of the Noble Eight-Fold Path and why is it clearly defined by Shakyamuni Buddha as well as many other places? Right views are like a compass that points to magnetic North. It’s not true North, but it’s good...
by smcj
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 688

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

At this point in time I understand that... ***** “Self” would be findable and be unchanging—and therefore it would be inert, limited and unsatisfactory (dukkha). It is inauthentic living. Your Buddha Nature is limitless, dynamic and free. When unhindered by the illusion of self it is authentic livin...

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