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by smcj
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After achieving rainbow body?
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: After achieving rainbow body?

I hav read that my teacher ChNN said that having a body of light one can actively help sentient beings -in samsara-. Whem i met him i asked him if one can "come back" after becoming a Buddha -total realization-, and he said yes. I hope you are not assuming that it is necessary to have physical form...
by smcj
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: After achieving rainbow body?
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: After achieving rainbow body?

I hav read that my teacher ChNN said that having a body of light one can actively help sentient beings -in samsara-. Whem i met him i asked him if one can "come back" after becoming a Buddha -total realization-, and he said yes. I hope you are not assuming that it is necessary to have physical form...
by smcj
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 542

Re: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?

I met a lama that had what I was interested in.
by smcj
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1735

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

The passing away of one great teacher is far more significant than a dozen scandals or bankrupt monasteries.
:good:
by smcj
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Revoking/undoing temporary refuge.
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Revoking/undoing temporary refuge.

Let's say i took temporary refuge with a rinpoche and wanted to get out. How can i speed up the process of breaking up with them? Don’t visit him, and stop attending his public events. Be polite & try to leave on good terms. You do not pledge fealty to your lama. There are no “divorce” proceedings....
by smcj
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1735

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

The only measure of success or failure is practitioners coming closer to liberation and, as a support for that, the dharma being preserved and made available in the world.
:namaste:
by smcj
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1735

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

Things could be better.
People are really trying.
The jury is still out.
by smcj
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 93
Views: 3604

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

I hate to say it, but many of the most fervent "supporters" of each side in the conflict are continuing to act like schoolboys brawling over their football teams
“Lama Dramas” can be sooooo seductive!

:tantrum: :woohoo: :tantrum: :woohoo: :tantrum:
by smcj
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: How to join a buddhist monastery?
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: How to join a buddhist monastery?

...do the monks there need a scholarship to do a 3-year retreat, as they cannot keep working during that time? They either need to pay for the retreat or get someone else to pay for it. The possible scholarship I mentioned is offered by a separate foundation. It does not come directly from the mona...
by smcj
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: How to join a buddhist monastery?
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: How to join a buddhist monastery?

I live at a Kagyu monastery that will support its monks in exchange for 40+ hours of work per week. Plus monks are supposed to help with the daily chanting. So it takes quite a lot of effort every day. What about long retreats? The 3 year retreats are on premises but behind locked gates. Both men's...
by smcj
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: How to join a buddhist monastery?
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: How to join a buddhist monastery?

Ok then, great. I'll PM you with the contact information.
by smcj
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: How to join a buddhist monastery?
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: How to join a buddhist monastery?

I live at a Kagyu monastery that will support its monks in exchange for 40+ hours of work per week. Plus monks are supposed to help with the daily chanting. So it takes quite a lot of effort every day. PM me if you're interested in working for your keep. 4) this is quite important, you shouldn't hav...
by smcj
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes

PSL has a complete shedra series. I haven't read these, but there other books are top notch. https://www.padmasambhava.org/chiso/books-by-khenpo-rinpoches/complete-psl-shedra-series-set-8-books/ These teachings include: the essential philosophical points of the Vaibhashika, Sautrantika, Mind Only (...
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1914

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I don't know if I'm articulating these ideas well. I'm on the outside looking in on this Tibetan stuff. I am a Lama Norlha student. I live at his monastery. I have samaya with him and his sangha. I’m not going to be able to help you sort out his lama drama. I’ve not been able to definitively sort i...
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1914

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

So lets be clear. A claim is being made that convincing allegations of sexual predation are obviated if we cite the appearance of a common meteorological phenomenon? “Obviated”? (Synonyms: preclude, prevent, remove, get rid of, do away with, get around, rule out, eliminate, make/render unnecessary)...
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1914

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

Can you link the circular rainbow picture? I don't think I've seen one before.
I don’t remember how to upload from my iPhone. It should be on the Kagyu Thubten Choling Facebook page.

He passed away in Feb. so the circular rainbow should be in April.
by smcj
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1914

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

Get these creeps out of here. So what, like a trained dog, they can rap about the illusions of self and regurgitate 2500 years of Buddhist philosophy. This avatar/reappearance racket just causes people to go stupid. A creep is a creep. I’d like to add an epilogue to the Lama Norlha drama. Before he...
by smcj
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 39
Views: 2291

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

I know nothing about the specifics of that situation. But I do know that Dharma is having a rough time in the 21st Century. I am so lucky to have met the lamas I met in my youth. Things were simpler then. Best thing to do is whatever we can with our own practice. If we are successful, then the vario...
by smcj
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1914

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

In Sogyal’s case it was public knowledge. He was successfully sued for it in the ‘90s. What has changed recently is our societal response to it.

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