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by Matt J
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Dream Yoga

I used to have sleep/insomnia problems, and still do on very rare occasions. I found that the study of sleep helped me make some changes that helped. A lot of my problems had to do with caffeine/nicotine/monkey mind/anxiety, so I had to address all of those. Of course, everyone has different issues....
by Matt J
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Dream Yoga

I wanted to give a plug for Andrew Holocek's new offering, Night Club:

https://nightclub.andrewholecek.com/

As an on-again, off-again dream yogi, I have found this to be a fantastic resource.

Does anyone currently here practice dream yoga?
by Matt J
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism Resources
Replies: 21
Views: 15749

Re: Buddhism Resources

Vajrayana: Online support from Mingyur Rinpoche: https://learning.tergar.org/ Online support from Tsoknyi Rinpoche: https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/ Online support from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche https://dharmasun.org/tte/ Various: https://wisdomexperience.org/the-wisdom-experience/ Books, courses, etc. for ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids

I keep coming back to the ultimate Buddhist panacea--- impermanence. I am finding it is truly the universal solvent for life. And it is something we all learn sooner or later, whether we want to or not. People age. Kids grow up. You or your spouse will eventually die. It sounds depressing, but it is...
by Matt J
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1459

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

I think this is a good question. I have been contemplating this as it also relates to my own practice in a way. I think the point is that we ought not practice for material gain. Happiness cannot be found in samsara. It is a fool’s errand as everything is impermanent, dissatisfying, and selfless. Tr...
by Matt J
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – Bardos Online Course
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – Bardos Online Course

Or in online small groups, if one is so inclined!
Rick wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:17 pm
Starts today:

https://learning.tergar.org/course_libr ... urse-home/

If you take it, perhaps we'll meet there in the course forum.
by Matt J
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Book
Replies: 22
Views: 671

Re: Favorite Book

For practice, if you came in the middle of the night and told me I was going on a long retreat: 1. Flight of the Garuda by Shabkar 2. Clarifying the Natural State, or in its longer format, Moonbeams of Mahamudra by Takpo Tashi Namgyal 3. Cycle of Day and Night by ChNNR (4). Fearless Lion's Road by J...
by Matt J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 20
Views: 634

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

If all my disposable income wasn't going to other Dharma stuff already, I'd hop on just for the B. Allan Wallace courses, it definitely seems like a decent amount of stuff. I was going to sign up for a Wallace course, but decided to hold out for this. I've just signed up. I'll let you know how it g...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Travelling on the sunrays
Replies: 72
Views: 1662

Re: Travelling on the sunrays

A short story. Nearly a half year ago I found a secret and very long (at least 1000 days with mile long mantras) hindu sadhana which when completed allegedly enables the practicioner to fly. The punchline. It is works but only if you are in your dream body. For me a light evening meal and relaxatio...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

Let me put it another way. Let's say you've never tasted blueberry pancakes. Let's also say you've never seen a blueberry or a pancake. So I try to describe it to you. A blue berry is a small fruit that is shaped like a marble and is blue. You've experienced fruit, marbles, and blue before so you ar...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help to distinguish lineages
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Help to distinguish lineages

I have some limited experience with both lineages, so I may be able to make overly broad statements about them. :D Keep in mind this is in my limited experience, and my primary teachers may be somewhat idiosyncratic. In many cases, the differences between teachers within traditions is greater than t...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

I don't see how analysis excludes direct experience. When I practiced Theravada, for instance, the analysis was done in direct experience. A common practice involved calming the mind with focusing on the breath, then sweeping through the body noting the three characteristics. I think the better dist...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation on selflessness
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Analytic meditation on selflessness

I think the best place to learn these practices is on a retreat. The instructions are fairly short and deceptively simple. However, if you are on a retreat and spend some time with them, then they have real power. I find that most people simply read the instructions and consider that they have under...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

He specifically said he supports his LGBTQ+ students and wants to find ways to be more inclusive. Why would that be difficult to believe?
Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:51 am
Matt J wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:11 pm
I can say that Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is fully supportive of LGBTQ students.
Citation or specifics please
by Matt J
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

I have also been in a similar situation regarding going from Zen to Tibetan Buddhism. However, I did not leave one tradition for another. It was more organic. I started by reading and gaining insight into Tibetan Buddhist books, then followed up meeting with teachers. Over time, I practiced less and...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 49
Views: 1372

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

Enough do to make it unwise in my mind.

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Matt J wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:58 am
To problem isn’t the mosquito, it is the diseases they transmit.
Not all mosquito carry disease.
by Matt J
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students
Replies: 35
Views: 1919

Re: A Non-Zen Koan For Vajrayana Students

Trungpa is such an enigma, even now. My local Shambhala Center hosted a traditional Nyingma lama recently that I attended. The lama spoke very highly of Trungpa and his reputation in the traditional community, and was quite familiar with Trungpa's writings. In fact, in Tibet, Trungpa was a terton or...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

So a vow of some sort would be the way to go? Possibly. But I wouldn't necessarily rush into it--- such a vow is a big commitment. Although this is coming from some one who, after very carefully deliberating for many years about taking refuge, rushed into the Bodhisattva vow fairly quickly, almost ...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

I can say that Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is fully supportive of LGBTQ students. I can also say that Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo has taken a vow to seek her future rebirths as a woman and to obtain Buddhahood in a woman's body. So there may be a lesson there. Having said those things, I feel compelled to poi...

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