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by Matt J
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

I suggest The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life by Ricard and Revel. Ricard presents Buddhism pretty in-depth to his father, who is a philosophy professor. It tackles a lot of questions scientific-minded Westerners have about Buddhism. Ricard had another conversa...
by Matt J
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Looking for book(s) with shedra style teachings, not too many volumes

PSL has a complete shedra series. I haven't read these, but there other books are top notch.

https://www.padmasambhava.org/chiso/boo ... t-8-books/
by Matt J
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 3119

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Not in the same way they don't, at least not in my experience. We tend to artificially reduce Shamatha to a "technique", i.e watching the breath, focusing on A etc... However, it is more a quality to be developed rather than mere technique. Therefore, whatever practice helps in pacifying / tranquili...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 3119

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

That's a bit of a straw man. Any practice that fosters an unhealthy attachment is problematic. Personally, I think shamatha is under-practiced in the West. I find it hard to believe that a lay person (as most of us are on this forum) would have any issues with "too much" shamatha. I would think that...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 3119

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

How so? What type of shamatha?
PeterC wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:58 am
Which statement? The second - that training too much in shamatha can make it difficult to recognize the natural state - is something that a number of reputable teachers will tell you
by Matt J
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1710

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Per Newsweek, he said: “My family and village people call me mad. Once they suggested I should visit a psychologist. I told them ‘I don’t require any, maybe you should go’ because he is my god and I am not bothered about stuff others say,” he said, according to Australia’s 9 News. https://www.newswe...
by Matt J
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1231

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

I can give you my general impressions of Tergar. I live in a dharma hot spot, with many local centers of various kinds. However, after an exhaustive exploration of various local groups, I have been and continue to work through Tergar. There are a few reasons: 1. Various options. Tergar offers both a...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 34
Views: 1420

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I did not review the videos, but from my personal experience only, I think that Zen and Dzogchen are pointing in the same direction. Some of the methods are identical. I think that Dzogchen teachings has been systemitized in a way that Zen has not, which has positive and negative aspects.
by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

If some one came and took all of my Madhyamaka books (and I have many), I would fight to keep at least two: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrum Gyamtso Rinpoche and the attendant commentary by Andy Karr called Contemplating Reality . They are both very accessible and pra...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2570

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

It strikes me that the time one needs to spend with a guru is determined by--- I would guess--- one's guru. If some one feels that they need to spend a lot of time with a guru, then they should probably find some one who offers that. I can also see people who want to offer advice for people who do n...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1356

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

I think you have to start where you are. I can say that unlike Cone and Malcolm, I am a lazy, busy householder who practices far less than he should and reads way too much. Even so, with the right set of practices, major transformations can occur. When I first started practice, I had gone through ma...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 17955

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I do. It helps create a culture where this type of behavior is deemed publicly unacceptable.
smcj wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
You aren't actually saying anything but seem to be chastising others for talking,
Do you see benefit in re-hashing lama dramas? How so?
by Matt J
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 40
Views: 1691

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

You don’t necessarily need a local sangha. You can travel for retreats. Tsoknyi Rinpoche comes to Crestone once a year as does Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—- they also have online support. You can also travel: I recently went waaay down to Mexico to get instructions from a teacher. It is a matter of prio...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: teaching on training
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: teaching on training

Are you thinking of the advice Thich Nhat Hanh gave Norman Fischer in his article No Teacher of Zen?
by Matt J
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 793

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

It is astounding how thoroughly Christianity has infiltrated Western culture. It is interesting to see how the more I practice in a Buddhist context, the things I used to accept as pure common sense seem so --- off. And so much of Christianity seems to trace back to Plato--- which is somewhat intere...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 9446

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

But teachers are not giving arguments for them--- at least none I've come across. I feel like people are looking in texts for things to worry about that have no impact on their situation. I doubt teachers would fail to teach lay Westerners about this if it were at all relevant in the context of our ...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 886

Re: doctrinal unity

None of these ideas are particular to Zen--- they are all found within the Tibetan traditions. In addition, there are correlates to those ideas in non-dual Shaiva Tantra. Even using non-traditional methods like slaps and strange behavior has a long history in Tibetan Buddhism. Having practiced for s...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 9446

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

Are people just digging for stuff to be worried about? I've never heard a single teacher talk on this topic.

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