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by PeterC
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Only thirteen buddhafields?
Replies: 20
Views: 683

Re: Only thirteen buddhafields?

Tenma wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:44 am
How is this a Buddha Field? I thought we were in samsara?

:sage:
by PeterC
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background
Replies: 13
Views: 323

Re: Intro books for someone with science/philosophy background

Consider starting with Theravedan material if you’re worried about how the Mahayana will be received. The “science meets Dharma” genre is mostly a melange of half-baked science and watered-down Dharma, and can quite easily turn off someone with a serious scientific background. Much of it is nonsense...
by PeterC
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

It’s worth reading it on its own before getting into the commentaries. In addition to DJKr’s mentioned above there is also a translation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s commentary. However before reading the text it’s worth being familiar with the tathagatagharba sutras’ presentation of the analogies used in t...
by PeterC
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1004

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

About Ven. Sheng Yen, in his writings he differentiates his silent illumination method from shikantaza, but it's interesting still to consider how much of his approach was influenced by his practice with Ban Tetsugyu Roshi while he was studying in Japan. During one retreat, I heard him say that he ...
by PeterC
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1004

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Greetings Zen Bodhisattvas and Dharma Practitioners, General Question: Besides being brought to Japan from Dogen, what are some of your thoughts on the differences between the China practice of Caodong and the Japanese practice of Soto? Are the historical and cultural differences severe in the meth...
by PeterC
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Just to be clear, the new standard is that any suggestion of impropriety must be deemed credible, and that we are retroactively faulting PC for a single anonymous report that she failed to adhere to that standard. Just sayin’... That's not really fair. The "old" standard, which has been prevalent f...
by PeterC
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

The project strayed beyond its nominal scope of healing, it seems, and got into criticism of leadership. That's where publishing anonymous allegations to criticize PC was irresponsible. Pretty hard to see how it couldn’t get into criticizing leadership when the starting point was exposing sexual ab...
by PeterC
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

The project strayed beyond its nominal scope of healing, it seems, and got into criticism of leadership. That's where publishing anonymous allegations to criticize PC was irresponsible. Pretty hard to see how it couldn’t get into criticizing leadership when the starting point was exposing sexual ab...
by PeterC
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

I appreciate the effort they are making, the document just jumps all over the place and seems to have a pretty muddled meaning to me. However I am not a Shambhala practitioner and I wish them the best with the process of course, i'm sure there's plenty I don't see. I agree. It’s well-intentioned bu...
by PeterC
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

In an environment of group hysteria, a single unsubstantiated accusation can have devastating consequences regardless of accuracy or motivation. For instance people can use that kind of opportunity to settle old scores of whatever stripe. Group hysteria is a dangerous thing. https://en.m.wikipedia....
by PeterC
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

The comments in the report about PC would obviously not be admissible in a court as presented here because they would, in that context, be hearsay, as indeed are large parts of the entire report. There is a lot of information that a primary witness has relayed to a third party. But as I said, that i...
by PeterC
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It is not a judging panel. It is not illegal to say: "I don't believe you". Especially to a person who, according to a personal account of a member here, has made false accusations in the past. You cannot be judged for saying "I do not believe you". Realistically speaking: If what was happening is ...
by PeterC
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2853

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

This thread is getting close to citing one teacher to say that another teacher doesn't know what they're doing. That's usually not a great idea.
by PeterC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2853

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Not really necessary to train in shamatha until you meet a Dzogchen master and get accepted as a student. Training to much in shamatha can make it difficult to recognize the natural state. /magnus I would strenuously disagree with this statement. That's no way to conduct a practice, or a life. Whic...
by PeterC
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 103
Views: 3917

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Umm, this website is based in the US, and libel charges are incredibly hard to bring in the US. It is not like England, etc. This is quite irrelevant. Just because it may difficult to be prosecuted for it, does not mean that a statement is not libelous. Libel is a legal standard that must be met in...
by PeterC
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3892

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

The simpler explanation is that psychedelics don’t actually make people more creative or insightful - they only make people *think* they are... There is a reasonable amount of research to show that very low dosages of certain psychedelics have effects on the brain that are helpful for psychiatry. Bu...
by PeterC
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2853

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

I doubt you would find many teachers thinking that this was a prerequisite for practising Dzogchen, and you would indeed find many who believe that it would be counterproductive to do this. Thanks PeterC - I am not saying Wallace says this is a prerequisite. This is simply his articulation of Shama...
by PeterC
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2853

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

When Alan Wallace talks about “achieving” shamatha he is referring to access concentration to the first jhana To expand on this a little bit, Wallace often says "access to" the first jhana. The interpretation he gives here is that "access to" the first jhana is achieved when one can achieve meditat...
by PeterC
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2853

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Thank you for the thorough response. Any contending word to that of Alan Wallace's stance that the Vissudhimagga should be the standard? :jedi: When Alan Wallace talks about “achieving” shamatha he is referring to access concentration to the first jhana I don’t know which interpretation of the jhan...
by PeterC
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Space Force!
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Space Force!

The Soviet Union planned to do that with the Almaz space station, but claim they never actually did. But they did deploy defensive space-to-space weapons on that station. I had thought that they test fired a weapon on Mir but it turned out to be Salyut-3, Almaz 2. A very bad precedent. Kirt Interes...

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