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by PeterC
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

I think we're talking about different things, but I'll roll. The flow of Dana is an indication that the lay community enthusiastically supports dharma. Corruption is a separate issue. I don't disagree with what you're saying about the importance of teachers, but, its frankly odd to put emphasis on ...
by PeterC
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

The crux of the problem with Tibetan Buddhism in particular are these samayas you take that tie you to these teachers. When the teacher goes bad, everything burns. That's your unique problem. Not really. Monastic corruption looks pretty similar whether in Himalayan, East Asian or Theravedan institu...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

There’s no point in fixating on something measurable and irrelevant because the relevant indicator is immensurable. Thurman is an important scholar and has made enormous contributions to the Dharma but there is significant, obvious risk in considering financial stability an indicator of ‘success’. ...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Bret Stephens is a hack, but he’s not totally wrong. The republican leadership is absolutely crystal clear about their objectives and will compromise any and all principles to achieve them. Until such time as the Democrats have the same clarity they will continue to lose. You're not saying Democrat...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

The only measure of success or failure is practitioners coming closer to liberation and, as a support for that, the dharma being preserved and made available in the world. Can't measure awakening. You can measure financial health. Bob Thurman has opined Dharma has not yet taken in the West, and the...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Bret Stephens is a hack, but he’s not totally wrong. The republican leadership is absolutely crystal clear about their objectives and will compromise any and all principles to achieve them. Until such time as the Democrats have the same clarity they will continue to lose. Unfortunately for both the ...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

It seems to me that the "mindfulness" movement is really about becoming more effective workers and not particularly concerned with teaching the "metaphysical" stuff. That is exactly what it is. It repurposes those techniques to allow people to gratify their egos and enjoy samsara. But: it’s still b...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 67
Views: 1139

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Like it or not Dharma in the West is failing. You may attempt to stay in a bubble but many high Lamas no longer bother with North America. Fixing problems means facing them. All religions in NA have been steadily graying for decades. People aren't that interested and I see no reason to stuff it dow...
by PeterC
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Remedy Gyalpo
Replies: 39
Views: 1784

Re: Remedy Gyalpo

Mantrik wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:02 pm
Dodgy Shag-done spirit
Going to borrow that term in the future, if you don't mind, it deserves to be used more widely.
by PeterC
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Purifying disdain and negative thoughts towards spiritual teachers
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Purifying disdain and negative thoughts towards spiritual teachers

Hi everyone, What practices are there for purifying past disdain and negative thoughts towards one's spiritual teachers? What has worked for you? In this case, I am not referring specifically to broken Tantric samaya, but any sort of ill will, criticism, etc. towards those who teach the Dharma to u...
by PeterC
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)
Replies: 14
Views: 793

Re: Dzogchen Teachings of Longchen Rabjam Drime Özer (Zhi Lam Drä Bu)

He taught on that and on Mipham’s dzogchen aspiration prayer, amongst other things. It was excellent.
by PeterC
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 48
Views: 1579

Re: Searching for a Teacher

There’s a lot of good suggestions here. Also a lot of discussion by the OP about what kind of lama he/she *wants*. To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, sometimes good fortune consists not of getting what you want but getting what you need, and having the good sense to realize that this is what you would ...
by PeterC
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 6918

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You asked before about the Scorpion Seal teachings. Well, they are not Osel Mukpo's invention per se, but rather his commentary on the original Scorpion Seal terma of his father. But the people I spoke to about this recently really did not think they were worth much, content wise. Mukpo has no trai...
by PeterC
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 6918

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

From a lineage perspective the defining feature of the Shambhala organization was the terma system it propagated. The Shambhala teachings were never meant to be mixed with Buddhist teachings at all, and they were never meant to be part of a guru transmitted system. I know this because I know people...
by PeterC
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 140
Views: 6918

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Although its mythology derives from the Kalachakra tantra, I’m not sure if Shambhala International sees itself as part of the Vajrayana. So, I’m not entirely sure that samaya is relevant here, in the same way it would be in the main Tibetan Vajrayana schools. The relationship of the Shambhala organ...
by PeterC
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Only thirteen buddhafields?
Replies: 21
Views: 972

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: 399

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: 554

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: 1128

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: 1128

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...

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