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by Matt J
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions

The course just started but so far it’s great.

If you have questions about prerequisites contact
study @ tergar.org.
by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.

It is a meditation experience. These come and go. Try not to be too attached to them. Many people spend many years chasing these, and often mistake experiences for realization. It sounds like you are questioning your sense of self, which is a good thing. It may be a good time to start looking for a ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Back to basis: breath meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Back to basis: breath meditation

Probably because many people read the Anapanasati Sutta instead: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN118.html I was very happy to find this Sutra where the Buddha discusses the breath meditation with which most folks here are probably familiar, but who perhaps have never seen this Sutra itself. ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 1244

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

Yes, but I'm not comfortable with making a public list for folks who just want to check Dzogchen off the list by easily obtaining a pointing out (as appeared to happen in another recent thread). Also, I find that the efforts I have made in obtaining the teachings (which may be of no use to you or an...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 1244

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

There are many if you look around. It just takes some (fairly minor) effort.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1622

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

His/her/their Theravada lineage.
Danny wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:24 pm He mentioned the late Wangdor Rinpoche.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1622

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Matt J wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm What's your lineage?
cd347 wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:13 pm I’ve been given lineage and have been encouraged to begin teaching beginners.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1622

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

What's your lineage?
cd347 wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:13 pm I’ve been given lineage and have been encouraged to begin teaching beginners.
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by Matt J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1622

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

I would say that pointing out is the teacher introducing you to the nature of your mind. Sometimes it is done quite formally, with a full ceremony, and sometimes very informally. However, receiving pointing out instructions is not the same as having your nature of mind pointed out. So its not like y...
by Matt J
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7477
Views: 899726

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I had the impression that he wasn't interested in the teachings as much as he was connecting with his father. It is the final scenes. It is a picture with a happy ending, which, sadly, does not match what has happened. And yes, those in the know have known what will happen for years. For many of the...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7477
Views: 899726

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I have been surprised that people have been thinking Yeshi would take over. Am I the only one who watched My Reincarnation? I walked away about 4 years ago, the writing was on the wall. I read this thread and I wonder what trying to guilt trip Yeshi into teaching when he’s stated over and over he ha...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Non-attachment in Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 616

Re: Non-attachment in Buddhism

I think you're mixing up non-attachment with detachment. Detachment means you don't feel anything for anything. But that is not the Buddhist way at all--- that is emotional nihilism. Non-attachment means you don't grasp and cling. You can love your family and enjoy a nice Sunday drive without graspi...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 24
Views: 613

Re: Good beginner's overview

With COVID, many many teachers are going online. You may wish to check them out. I would recommend checking out several and seeing what you like. You may want to check out some videos and podcasts as well. Just as a warning, most overview books are very academic. Which is fine if that is what you li...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 889

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

Maybe we don't have to choose:

:lol:

http://levekunst.com/the-tantra-of-coffee/
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tremendous energy during sitting
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Tremendous energy during sitting

Welcome to the world of meditation. You are getting first hand experience of impermanence (anicca), no self (anatman), and dissatisfaction (dukkha). Sometimes, reality seems more real and enhanced, sometimes it's more dull and foggy, and it's always one then the other, a few days like this, then a f...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 889

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

I'm more of a peppermint mocha, but no whip.
humble.student wrote: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:21 pm
Matt J wrote: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:44 pm I had to make this choice. It wasn’t pleasant.
So you like an extra scoop of Samsara with your Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® ?
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 889

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

I had to make this choice. It wasn’t pleasant.
by Matt J
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

I would say it depends on who your primary teacher is. If you are learning from one of his students, or some one who is CTR-friendly, then it would likely be a great resource. I live near CTR "country" and a lot of lamas who come through all have nice things to say about him, so I doubt there is any...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 302
Views: 8311

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Context, context, context. Totally agree. I am reminded of this ancient vajra song of wisdom: Now the world don't move To the beat of just one drum What might be right for you Might not be right for some For an extrovert, wearing robes in public would have one effect. For an introvert, another effec...

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