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by smcj
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 106
Views: 1992

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Sentient beings unfortunately are confined and suffering due to their ignorance regarding their nature. Even those with some experience with insights into their nature are still for the most part, confined and subject to suffering. This is accurate, Buddhism or not. Dzogchen with or without Buddhis...
by smcj
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5012

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Basis, path and result are indeed indivisible. This is a key point of Sakya teaching. Doesn't that distinction apply more so to the view from the level of the basis? I.e - Even if the path and result are indivisible, the strength and stability of ones recognition at the time of the path is not the ...
by smcj
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: refuge tree visualisation
Replies: 16
Views: 366

Re: refuge tree visualisation

I suck at visualizations, but I still feel like I am benefiting. A rough visualization is good enough—I hope.
by smcj
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2090

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

Sometimes bad dreams or sings can be good and sometimes good dreams or signs can be bad. For instance when you're doing purification practices, bad dreams can signify that negative karma that would have ripened in your life is being ripened in the dream state. You are getting rid of bad karma is a ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5012

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

I think it is fine that someone want to state this. There are a few choices on how to progress from here. 1. start calling each other names. 2. Maybe you can discuss how is the Buddhahood obtained through Dzogchen more complete? what are the characteristics of the Buddhahood that make it more compl...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5012

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche: So, with the practice of Dzogchen, if we have the capacity, we can realize Buddhahood within a single lifetime. When there are different views and different paths, they lead to different results. This is only logical. If we plant a seed of barley in the earth, it will ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5012

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche: So, with the practice of Dzogchen, if we have the capacity, we can realize Buddhahood within a single lifetime. When there are different views and different paths, they lead to different results. This is only logical. If we plant a seed of barley in the earth, it will ...
by smcj
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 751

Re: Competitive meditators...

Always a favorite:

https://youtu.be/h5XnFAcjAJY
by smcj
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 20
Views: 593

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

I’d like to advocate for “dependent co-arising” to be simplified as “paradox”—or maybe even “Catch 22”.

Nah, that’s pushing it.
by smcj
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 1400

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Buddhism is for people that have defiled minds. If you're enlightened you don't need it anymore. That's in the texts.
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1462

Re: Buddhism on actors

But i agree...they must be very stable to begin with to succeed and live under all that pressure...more than the average person.. Nope. That is illusion. Just the opposite. Consider the example of the aging beauty queen. Unlike a doctor or lawyer, her entire financial base was built on her looks. A...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1462

Re: Buddhism on actors

Also some actors are very generous with all the money they make to help others that are less fortunate ..... What do you think of the Actor Richard Gere...his teacher is the Dalai Lama..... I’m sure whatever guidance HHDL has given him is correct for his karmic trajectory. Also you should understan...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1462

Re: Buddhism on actors

Well...how about this : https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN5_177.html Is acting included here ? Nice job of referencing. As my teacher said, there are black professions that a Buddhist should not engage in, like butcher or soldier. They are professional killers. But then there are others that ...
by smcj
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1462

Re: Buddhism on actors

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:32 am
My opinion is....we are all professional actors...deserving of Oscars. ..
That's the problem.

Hiring surrogates doesn't help.
by smcj
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell
Replies: 64
Views: 2090

Re: Symptoms Before Vajra Hell

I can’t source it, but I remember Avivi Hell as being the lowest hell in samsara. It is the ultimate agonies tha can still be experienced dualisticly.

I remember Vajra Hell as bering described as total tantric union with the essence of suffering.

In any case it’s not something you want.
by smcj
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 1st Notes
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: 1st Notes

I knew him personally. Suffice it to say that I have accepted him as a genuine Dharma teacher. However I have no wish to convince anybody else about that, so I will keep the reasons to myself. I will share a little about what I know of his life and path, which will help people to understand where th...
by smcj
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 19
Views: 620

Re: Arrogance

You wake up and see through it, like seeing that a mirage is not an oasis.

Of course it requires a Dharma practice to do that.
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 12318

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Just for a different perspective, John Tettemer, the early 20th century Catholic theologian I referenced earlier, couldn’t reconcile his non-dual experience with the idea of original sin. Contrary to Catholic orthodoxy he realized we are never apart from Truth. We just don’t know it. Catholicism say...
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 12318

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Safe to say that non-dual awareness is not compatible with the idea of a dualistic, omnipotent, judgmental, creator "God".

Anyone disagree?
by smcj
Fri May 25, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 12318

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

It is clear in this paragraph that the Christian view is considered mistaken. It is baffling that people apparently read this and think he is saying that Christians are actually somehow practicing Dzogchen. Besides me, who here has ever asserted that Christians practice Dzogchen? The only time I ev...

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