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by Arnoud
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1420

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:36 pm
I would say that a huge majority of us here are incapable of controlling our bowel actions, when nature calls, and we want to control the weather?

Now that is deluded.
Is there a Siddhi which allows one to control one's bowels? I never heard of that one.
by Arnoud
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ability to Control the Weather
Replies: 67
Views: 1420

Re: Ability to Control the Weather

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:35 pm
AJP wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:31 pm
Does anybody know of any practices, obviously need to seek transmission for them?
it is not a transmission, is a capability. you must develop it.
Yeah, but there are practices to develop the capability.
by Arnoud
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to Recite at Graveyards?
Replies: 21
Views: 1100

Re: What to Recite at Graveyards?

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:57 pm
Your own family’s graveyard I assume ?
Otherwise, what are you doing there?
I have someone else's family's graveyard on my property. No one takes care of it anymore so I do.
by Arnoud
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1333

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

I really enjoyed the book. My one critical point, probably arising out of my own misunderstanding, is that he seemed to mostly aim at equanimity towards appearances in that retreat. I thought that was a little disappointing but I guess one shouldn't share one's most profound realizations in a public...
by Arnoud
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To Deal with Homeless People?
Replies: 30
Views: 3563

Re: How To Deal with Homeless People?

Nemo wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:30 pm
Tightening credit lowers housing prices, not building more units.
How does that work? The only time prices went down was during the crash in '08. After that it wasn't great for a few years but then everything steadily increased again. Even with tightened laws on credit and lending.
by Arnoud
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 20
Views: 3018

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:29 pm

I guess I have slightly more respect for Sogyal than Mukpo. Not much, but some.
Appreciate the honesty.
by Arnoud
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 20
Views: 3018

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Right, Mukpo said he wished to start teaching again, the board decided to invite him. This disturbed Pema Chodron so much she quit, much to her credit. If you don't mind me asking, why do you view this different than the Sogyal debacle? Seems to me they both behaved the same, yet you seem to give S...
by Arnoud
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 2400

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Buddha did not attain buddhahood through the dhyānas, etc. He went through the dhyānas in order to eradicated paths of rebirth caused by them, which culminated in vajropamasamadhi. But vajropamasamadhi is not necessary for awakening, only for buddhahood. In Dzogchen teachings, for example, the conc...
by Arnoud
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 10539

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

When Khenpo teaches, he prepares for months, and when he is teaching, it is no nonsense: he comes to the place, he teaches, he leaves and goes home. No visitors, no parties, and no social events. I hear when he is not teaching, he is pretty relaxed and funny. But I have not spent personal time with...
by Arnoud
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 10539

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:09 pm
Arnoud wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:55 pm
Is he a gelong?
Yes, Khenchen Namdrol is a bhikṣu, a very pure one by all accounts.
Thank you. That is good to hear.
by Arnoud
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HH 17th Karmapa on HH Dalailama's reincarnation
Replies: 2
Views: 494

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

I agree with most everything in the letter but that seemed quite an admonition. Interesting times.
by Arnoud
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students
Replies: 35
Views: 3068

Re: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students

I can relate. I wonder if the issue with this dichotomy stems from our deeply rooted conditioning that teachers are Buddhas and thus perfect and the dichotomy is not perfect. For me, believing that realized beings can bring benefit while not being Buddhas or perfect has given me a lot of peace. Took...
by Arnoud
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Advice on whether to take a break from PhD to deepen practice

My wife was in your shoes. She was in a Tibetan Studies PhD program at a major US school. We had to move back to Europe because of family issues on my side. She never went back. I would recommend finishing it. What is your degree in? If you have an M.Sc. or M.A. already in something that can generat...
by Arnoud
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 8179

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The first has lots to do with samayas and it is mostly fault of the students if there are breakages and it takes toll on teachers lifespan (unless teacher broke them ofc). I'd say that it is highly irrelevant if he is a head of a lineage or a head cheerleader really. I don't think lineage head and ...
by Arnoud
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 8179

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The first has lots to do with samayas and it is mostly fault of the students if there are breakages and it takes toll on teachers lifespan (unless teacher broke them ofc). I'd say that it is highly irrelevant if he is a head of a lineage or a head cheerleader really. I don't think lineage head and ...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 8179

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

It is not inauspicious for him, it is inauspicious for us. Unless he is not as realized as we think he is and his position was too high for his realization? I am sure there is a lot of karmic weight on the lineage heads' shoulders. Weight that beings such as HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche could easily...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 49
Views: 8179

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

I wouldn't be so quick to judge a masters passing as in auspicious. What do we know? It is not inauspicious for him, it is inauspicious for us. Unless he is not as realized as we think he is and his position was too high for his realization? I am sure there is a lot of karmic weight on the lineage ...
by Arnoud
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 5580

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Thanks JD and Malcolm. Much appreciated.

Malcolm, is there not such a thing as liberation of the mind which does not spill over into physical phenomena?
by Arnoud
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How do we know our practice is working?
Replies: 59
Views: 5580

Re: How do we know our practice is working?

Sometimes chaos in life is a good marker I think, particularly in how we can handle and integrate obstacles that arise in said chaos. Then just the standard stuff, are you less quick to anger, less self-centered etc. etc. Although I somewhat agree with these signs, especially when I see some people...

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