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by Matt J
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 42
Views: 1766

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

I practiced shamatha / vipassana from a Theravada view for many years. After talking in depth with a former Theravada vipassana instructor turned Vajrayana instructor, I have come to the conclusion that Mahamudra shamatha is not the same. I had to completely let it go. The other thing I've found is ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

I don't know about that. I am a fairly lazy, mediocre practitioner. I am not saying that out of a sense of humility. I am fairly consistent with practice, but I waste most of my time. However, the time I do spend I try to implement the instructions I have to the best of my ability. And these practic...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Well, Tenzin Palmo has made the vow to be reborn in a female form until she attains enlightenment. I don't see why Agdistis cannot make a similar vow. Quite frankly, I support any reason to practice the dharma. I recall teachers saying that even hating a dharma teacher could be a good thing because ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 593

Re: Right-wing psychology

Were you PSYOP? I don't know how it is in Canada, but the U.S. Army is terrible at this kind of stuff. I would take anything I got from the U.S. Army with a grain of salt given the abysmal failure in Iraq (and probably soon, Afghanistan). The problem is not the psych profiles of these ding dongs. Th...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 593

Re: Right-wing psychology

That (OP's) article is pretty incendiary. But there has been research on psychology and politics: https://news.rice.edu/2014/07/31/liberals-and-conservatives-hardwired-to-disagree/ https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/the-yuck-factor/580465/ The upshot is that conservatives are more ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

I have also been working more lately with "liminal dreaming." Many meditators may recognize this as this often comes up when you're sleepy on long-term retreats. Jennifer Dumpert (Dum-Pear) has written a book on the subject. Sleepiness is one of the primary obstacles I have to deal with in meditatio...
by Matt J
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 796

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

It is not bad except you cannot turn your phone/tablet sideways without a huge margin. You can’t download, book mark or save your progress. It is continuous scrolling rather than page flips. Good font. No app. Is the e reader phone, tablet friendly? If my Dharma budget allowed it I would have signed...
by Matt J
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 796

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

I signed up for the Wisdom Experience as a whole. B. Alan Wallace's Intro to Dzogchen is pretty good. The books are not easy to read online--- you have to use their website and you cannot use an e-reader. Not all books and courses are available, although a very wide selection is. Just got another em...
by Matt J
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Elizabeth Warren for President
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Elizabeth Warren for President

I doubt the monied class will allow such a thing. And even if they did, they would pour their money into Congress to ensure she gets nothing done. And with the Gerrymandered Senate, it would take a huge coming together to shift politics--- dare I say--- a revolution? :jedi: :guns: Warren is surging....
by Matt J
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

:roll:
TrimePema wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:31 pm
You know, Matt, it's kind of like this...

One may really enjoy finding a Buddha rupa and putting it on one's shrine.
But without filling it and consecrating it properly, it will actually have ghost energy which will be a hindrance.
by Matt J
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

Your posts on this thread follow a familiar pattern. Some one talks about an experience they've had, sharing it with others. You post modest praise, followed by a BUT "this is what the real path is," consisting of essentially becoming a Buddha (abiding in dharmakaya is a synonym for enlightenment BT...
by Matt J
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

Are you claiming to be enlightened? Or at least an authorized teacher? Or are these posts just an attempt to make people’s practices less fun? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your dharma practice. Dry, austere, not-good-enough attitudes is not a dharma essential. What you have done is wonderful....
by Matt J
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 559

Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

There are tons of books on Scribd for less than $10 a month.
by Matt J
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

Well one is often encouraged by teachers to distinguish karmic dreams from dreams of clarity. Do you not find that to be the case? I summarize the dreams I remember, particularly if they are a recurring theme. lol, and/or when I remember to. Maybe a paragraph if they seem especially significant in s...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

I gave similar problems: more journaling is less time for am meditation. I think at a certain point, you need it less. I am journaling dream summaries unless the dream is especially significant (99% are not IME). One expert would just tweet her dreams. How do you guys actually do the dream journalin...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

Re: Dream Yoga

That used to be a dream sign for me. Same with not being able to turn on lights, or feel things with my hands. Over time, my dream mind has filled these things in. I can read. I can turn lights on. What I do not tend to notice is the gross impermanence of the dream. Going between dreams and waking r...
by Matt J
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 843

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I also haven’t read the article but I think the upshot is, if you like books, then don’t pirate. Piracy is destroying the book industry— similar to what happened to music.
by Matt J
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 51
Views: 991

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: 51
Views: 991

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: 15791

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 ...

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