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by swampflower
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chod at Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Alberta
Replies: 4
Views: 1522

Re: Chod at Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Alberta

Very cool!
Wishing I was there.
by swampflower
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche
Replies: 205
Views: 18327

Re: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche

I would not say necessarily that your sincere (your words) and open letter stinks, however if that was your intent this would have ended there. I would personally be ashamed to post an open letter to a respected teacher and then pile all the BS on top of my letter. That is about as clear as I can b...
by swampflower
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche
Replies: 205
Views: 18327

Re: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche

I would not say necessarily that your sincere (your words) and open letter stinks, however if that was your intent this would have ended there.
I would personally be ashamed to post an open letter to a respected teacher and then pile all the BS on top of my letter.
That is about as clear as I can be.
by swampflower
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche
Replies: 205
Views: 18327

Re: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche

I repeat this stinks!
by swampflower
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 8055

Re: Ngondro Challenges

At some level we must just have faith that the Path will benefit all beings and that our practice makes a difference. On other levels I believe (see the faith thing?) that it becomes quite clear and evident that practice does benefit all beings. This is due to the inextricable connections between al...
by swampflower
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche
Replies: 205
Views: 18327

Re: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche

This thread stinks like a big pile of bull dung.
Just my opinion.
How about closing this, please.
by swampflower
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche
Replies: 205
Views: 18327

Re: My Open Message to Gyatrul Rinpoche

Twitter, and even this site, seem to be odd formats for this strange conflict. I am turned off more and more to "social" networks as a means of communication. Perhaps because of the inherent anonymity that some use to disguise their identities and thus avoid responsibility for their actions, at leas...
by swampflower
Sat May 05, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona
Replies: 433
Views: 41060

Re: Death at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Arizona

What a sad sad affair for all sentient beings.
How was it possible for this group to become so misguided?
This is not Buddhism as I have come to understand.
Perhaps good may arise from this through the guidance of proper lineage teachers.
:yinyang:
by swampflower
Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and Anger
Replies: 14
Views: 981

Re: Buddhism and Anger

You may wish to try the practice of Tonglen or Taking and Giving. Tonglen is often considered a practice for others however it can be used for ones self. Picture that you are breathing IN all your anger. That should be easy! :tongue: Then breath OUT a feeling of bright and light joy and compassion. ...
by swampflower
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 8521

Re: Ground of Being

The Buddha suggested that some questions are not worth asking. Personally, I think certain Buddhists tend to use this to stop people from asking questions that they themselves cannot provide an answer. To me, it is an indirect way of telling you to stop using your intellect, put your brain aside, j...
by swampflower
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 8521

Re: Ground of Being

The Buddha suggested that some questions are not worth asking. Excerpts from: Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Savatthi, at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then the wanderer Vacchagotta went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged...
by swampflower
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding emptiness
Replies: 370
Views: 26731

Re: Misunderstanding emptiness

Well what is there to change? Since the examination i proposed showed colors are vision, and vision is consciousness, and consciousness is empty. That in-and-of-itself negates the changing display of color. But to go further into it, the notion of change must be judged from a reference point of eit...
by swampflower
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding emptiness
Replies: 370
Views: 26731

Re: Misunderstanding emptiness

Here is a quote from Kutthi Sutta: The Leper

"Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation."

This may be a hint of the meaning of emptiness.
by swampflower
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 4858

Re: Hell in Tibetan Buddhism

I have a comment and a question. I am unable to beleive in the Christian type eternal hell since there is nothing that one could do to deserve eternal hell. But a temporary hell, even if it lasted for many ages, is perhaps more believable. Could a Bodhisattva be reborn in hell to alleviate the suffe...
by swampflower
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Understanding emptiness
Replies: 145
Views: 13177

Re: Understanding emptiness

I first heard it in a teaching by the Dalai Lama. When I heard it the first time I thought it was very useful to know but didn't rememeber all of it until I listened to the teaching again. HH Dalai Lama said it was Nagarjuna's response to the Buddhist realists (lower schools of Buddhist thought) wh...
by swampflower
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Matter in Deva realms and the hell realms ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1291

Re: Matter in Deva realms and the hell realms ?

My speculation is the dark mass is all our heavy karma, man.
by swampflower
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: what is the cause of Avidyā(ignorance)?
Replies: 61
Views: 6008

Re: what is the cause of Avidyā(ignorance)?

Here is a line from the Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta

"And what is ignorance? Not knowing stress, not knowing the origination of stress, not knowing the cessation of stress, not knowing the way of practice leading to the cessation of stress: This is called ignorance.
by swampflower
Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reasons for Conventional Reality
Replies: 172
Views: 15758

Re: Reasons for Conventional Reality

It seems to me we are missing the baby in a dirty tub of bathwater. The baby is there but we are not seeing it due to the clouded perceptions of conventional existence. The Buddhas Noble Eightfold Path holds the answers to the question. We must view conventional reality with ethical, moral, and uncl...
by swampflower
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Killing Insects and Buddhism
Replies: 46
Views: 5469

Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

I sometimes let mosquitoes take my blood however I draw the line with ticks :yinyang:
by swampflower
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 14793

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

How could Tara be considered to be a chore even if one billion devotions are given?

You may even just call out her name to receive great benefit.