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by Vasana
Fri May 18, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 918

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

Maybe learn how to crawl before attempting a front-flip.

Reach the first Bhumi first.

Make aspirations.
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6451

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

Faith as it said in Christianity results in heaven but also the virtues and their results as spoken in the dharma. Its a religion designed to avoid the hells so on that merit alone I think it has its own relative value. Wrong View whether it be Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, voodoo etc produces wrong...
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6451

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

Christianity is the cause of such a rebirth? This is the first I've heard of such a notion. Well the goal of exoteric Christianity seems to be securing your place in heaven. And it is said in the dharma that the 10 virtues result in rebirth in the higher realms. If you accept Buddhist heavens then ...
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Trekchod/pointing out instructions
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Trekchod/pointing out instructions

Sounds like you're splitting hairs, Florin. Longchenpa speaks at length on those topics in his commentaries to his own Dzogchen writings so I think we can easily see their relevance in Dzogchen.
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6451

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

Yeah, nevermind. A lot of people are suffering from serious allergies. I know what that's like, I'm allergic to pollen and dust. What redeeming aspects does Christianity have? Instilling a moral compass? If you need a god to threaten you with judgement and eternal damnation in order to be a decent ...
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

You have no clue! What do you mean I have no clue? I'm acutely aware that more adversity is inevitable although I don't practice any where near enough to prepare myself. I'm fairly certain we will all experience the pains of death and that many of us will also experience illness, pains, disease and...
by Vasana
Wed May 16, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Satish Kumar talk at Kagyu Samye Dzong London - 'Soil, soul & Society'
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Satish Kumar talk at Kagyu Samye Dzong London - 'Soil, soul & Society'

Here's a great and inspiring talk I had the good fortune of being present at. Given on Earth Day at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. Since th talk was at a dharma center, Satish weaves in lots of relevant dharma Teachings and wisdom from other traditions too. All of you anatmans; Don't be put off by the 's...
by Vasana
Tue May 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

You have no clue! What do you mean I have no clue? I'm acutely aware that more adversity is inevitable although I don't practice any where near enough to prepare myself. I'm fairly certain we will all experience the pains of death and that many of us will also experience illness, pains, disease and...
by Vasana
Tue May 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

Yea great tell someone who just had both arms blown off that its ok its just an illusion.Just like a dream.Right. I don't think that was the point. Of course telling anyone without the view in the midst of suffering that it's all an illusion is neither skillfull nor compassionate. Practitioners may...
by Vasana
Mon May 14, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6451

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

The nonsense that Christianity has spun into this day in age is very far removed from its gnostic branches and is now little more than a platform to enslave the minds of the spiritually less fortunate. I would add that the orthodox Christian traditions are less flakey in comparison and at times som...
by Vasana
Mon May 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6451

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

To me, "God" is just a stupid idea... and a waste of time. ChNN talks mostly to westeners, so he "must" say something to reach those with that "god" paradigma. I agree that the commonly presented concept of God is absurd and impossible to verify. However, it is unfair to contrast the sophistication...
by Vasana
Mon May 14, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

For the above, It's negative and heavy karma since human birth is rare to find. It's also detrimental to your spiritual evolution if you take a multi-life time view. Escaping suffering in this life does not at all guarantee things get in any easier in the bardo or next life. A person is free to not ...
by Vasana
Fri May 11, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Pith Instructions from Prison - Garchen Rinpoche (May 5 - 20)
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Pith Instructions from Prison - Garchen Rinpoche (May 5 - 20)

Will the pith instructions be webcasted?
by Vasana
Wed May 09, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phala ?
Replies: 14
Views: 426

Re: Phala ?

Results of Karmic Aftermath - Berzin https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/karma-advanced/mechanism-of-karma-gelug-prasangika/results-of-karmic-aftermath https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/karma-advanced/mechanism-of-karma-common-mahayana-presentation/aftermath-of...
by Vasana
Wed May 09, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 937

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

However, one thing that strikes me is the importance of not knowing. This is made explicit in some Zen schools - Kwan Um Zen has a book, and a principle, called 'only don't know', which is exactly about this. But the reason this is not 'monism' is that there is no 'one' of which it is true. It is a...
by Vasana
Tue May 08, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 937

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Vasana, thanks. This seems like a useful text to work through. I especially like how it explains the non-inherence of ultimate truth as meaning that "ultimately things are neither inherently born, nor do they inherently end" and how this makes ultimate truth devoid of attributes/conditions ... and ...
by Vasana
Tue May 08, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 937

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

More highlights: 1.73 The god said, “Mañjuśrī, what is the gateway to all dharmas?” Mañjuśrī said, “Divine son, the relative truth, which employs all forms of statements, speech, cognition, objects of cognition, activities, conventions, and acts, is a gateway to all dharmas. The ultimate truth, whic...
by Vasana
Tue May 08, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 937

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

I'm a fan of the three-truths flavor of the two truths: Conventional: Things are what they seem. Conventional-Ultimate: Things are neither what they seem nor other than what they seem. Ultimate: <no-thing = nonduality> These are my words, my way of grokking the 2-3 truths, they are not meant to be ...
by Vasana
Tue May 08, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phala ?
Replies: 14
Views: 426

Re: Phala ?

Results of Karmic Aftermath - Berzin https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/karma-advanced/mechanism-of-karma-gelug-prasangika/results-of-karmic-aftermath https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/karma-advanced/mechanism-of-karma-common-mahayana-presentation/aftermath-of-...
by Vasana
Sun May 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 937

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Don't let philosophical indulgence prevent you from actually realizing the view within meditation. But ... but ... but ... philosophical indulgence tastes sooooooooooooooooo good! :tantrum: It can do, but it can also cause indigestion and endless conceptual proliferation. Sometimes a bit of prolife...