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by Vasana
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzamling Gar Song - text and meaning from CNN (link)
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Dzamling Gar Song - text and meaning from CNN (link)

Dear all, I recently found this explanation of the "Dzamling Gar song" (Khalongdorjeikar of the Song of the Vajra) given by master CNN during his retreats. Publication by The Mirror: http://melong.com/dzamling-gar-song Dzamling Gar Song contain the essence of the Dzogchen teachings and behavior sug...
by Vasana
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen
Replies: 137
Views: 3411

Re: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen

I never said anyone never understood anyone, I was just adding my two pennies to the pile and also responding to Malcolm and the discussion of whether vajrayana could be described as ultimately hedonic with attachment, aversion, cetanā and vipāka in mind.
by Vasana
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen
Replies: 137
Views: 3411

Re: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen

Well, my "hedonism" was also a shortcut to something somewhat more specific. But you knew that when you were making the comment. I really can't understand why people still think asceticism is impressive or vital, given that we have Vajrayāna. Vajrayāna is the ultimate hedonic vehicle. This... I thi...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Sure, I'm not conflating shamatha with trekchod, but like JD, I'm thinking of those sequential semde texts and particularly that of ChNNR's commentary. The 4 yogas including shamatha, the calm state etc. Of course for seasoned practioners they're not sequential but these approaches of using shamatha...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:26 pm
Vasana wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:17 am

Yet stabilizing the continuity is still an important part of familiarizing, no?
You should review the trekchod section in Buddhahood, 161-167.
Will do so when I can. The book is at my parents house at the moment so it won't be anytime soon unfortunately.
by Vasana
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 251
Views: 6212

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Inaccurate meme is Inaccurate. Surprised to see you fall victim to memetic warfare, Nemo. I am pretty sure he was trying to make the reverse point, that blaming the Australia fires on arsonists distracts from the actual cause of the bushfires -- climate change. This is what he was talking about whe...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 251
Views: 6212

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Inaccurate meme is Inaccurate. Surprised to see you fall victim to memetic warfare, Nemo. Memes like that tend to be devised by climate skeptics, conservatives, those on the right etc. Even if you are none of those, the proliferation of these memes only serves to obscure public opinion and diminish ...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

He has said this. It’s not possible for anyone to differentiate the alaya from the dharmakaya, or cut through the alaya, etc., unless they realize the exhaustion of dharmata in this lifetime. The alaya is the knowledge obscuration. It’s the last thing that goes before buddhahood fully dawns in ones...
by Vasana
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 1243

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

You'll be interested in hearing Alan Wallace's perspective on this. He also explores the roles of the dhyanis and the levels of shamatha practice. It's not that the dhyanis are absent, it's that the yogic direct cognitions' perceptions taught in Tibetan Buddhism need not rely on perfect dhyani absor...
by Vasana
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sleep deprivation during retreats
Replies: 13
Views: 699

Re: sleep deprivation during retreats

Everyone is different and it also depends on the quality of your diet and practice. It's better to rest well and have 1 or 2 good practices rather than force 4 that are of low quality. Unless you're in a strict retreat scenario, it's better to observe your own condition and work with circumstances r...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 251
Views: 6212

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

The law, entities made of it, are simply human constructs that are as impermanent and reflective of human nature and thus the realms are all present. I can list many corporations which are leveraged for good and for the purpose of furthering dharma. This is all reflective of the human conscious. Th...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 251
Views: 6212

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/australia-fires-climate-change.html?fbclid=IwAR13Kz479GTIvqDlQ4fZyDG11TW5EE3vz6HgvxvV4JGl9ifNKhcJYg5wtYo It appears that this tragedy will not be the desperately needed gamechanger... Give it a few years. Needs to be multiple converging events and impacts ...
by Vasana
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 92
Views: 3604

Re: Our Anti-War President

Trump threatens attacks on 52 sites if Iran retaliates for Soleimani killing. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50996602 How to fuel not only state but cultural wars...direct threats on iranian culture while using incidents from 1979 for the purely symbolic number of targeted sites. "Let ...
by Vasana
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Feeling lack of community, advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 498

Re: Feeling lack of community, advice?

We're social creatures. If there are no local Dharma events locally, you could look for any online sanghas programmes of forums but you could also look to see what other non dharmic but still wholesome social meet-ups occur nearer to you. Have a look around - could be nature walks, hobby clubs and m...
by Vasana
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 616
Views: 38161

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The idea that this can all be avoided if we take fewer flights and eat fewer steaks is fantasy, unfortunately. It's a fantasy, but it's a step in the right direction at least. The trouble with sustainability and planetary health is that it's a wicked problem with multiple interdependent risk factor...
by Vasana
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HH 17th Karmapa on HH Dalailama's reincarnation
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: HH 17th Karmapa on HH Dalailama's reincarnation

:bow: to both HH the Dalia Lama and HH Karmapa for seeing the need for writing this.

Thanks for sharing it.
by Vasana
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 616
Views: 38161

Re: Great Vegan Debate

On a more serious note. There is an air of futility about discussing plant-based diets as a solution to ecological collapse. Yes, more people eating plant-based protein will enable the earth to support more humans. But the fundamental problem is that there are too many humans, not that there isn't ...
by Vasana
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 616
Views: 38161

Re: Great Vegan Debate

On a more serious note. There is an air of futility about discussing plant-based diets as a solution to ecological collapse. Yes, more people eating plant-based protein will enable the earth to support more humans. But the fundamental problem is that there are too many humans, not that there isn't ...
by Vasana
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Cessation of dukkha
Replies: 57
Views: 1296

Re: Cessation of dukkha

If consciousness has to stop.to reach full awakening then the conclusion drawn from that logic is that Shakyamuni Buddha was not conscious for the rest of his life post awakening. See how that doesn't make sense? Is it possible that conditioned consciouness can be arrested while an 'awareness consc...
by Vasana
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Cessation of dukkha
Replies: 57
Views: 1296

Re: Cessation of dukkha

If consciousness has to stop.to reach full awakening then the conclusion drawn from that logic is that Shakyamuni Buddha was not conscious for the rest of his life post awakening. See how that doesn't make sense? The origin of dukkha is clearly explained to be the craving that makes for further beco...

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