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by Jeff H
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 77
Views: 3579

Re: Why samsara exists

I heard Alan Wallace, backed up by Dudjom Lingpa*, give what seems to me like a marvelously succinct answer to this question on this podcast . What I quote below begins around 43:00. [Wallace reading from Vajra Essence by Dudjom Lingpa:]“It is not that conditioned consciousness must vanish into abso...
by Jeff H
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar. Where does the karma to meet the Buddha's path come from? Well, I am sure you have heard the Buddha's teaching that is more likely for a blind sea tortoise who rises to the surface of the ocean ev...
by Jeff H
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:57 pm
People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar.
Where does the karma to meet the Buddha's path come from?
by Jeff H
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

If we painted our political discussions in terms of karma and its ripening, these conversations would be very different, not so much filled with blame of others as sadness that karma is unerring and foolish sentient beings continue to just build more negative karma over time unless they meet the Bu...
by Jeff H
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 57
Views: 822

Re: Is punishment of children required?

Even when I lose patience and yell in the scariest voice I can manage ... my heart over flows with love for these little people I am responsible for raising. This is an edited version of what QQ said, but it expresses my feelings, and I hope it doesn’t distort his intention. I think the thread titl...
by Jeff H
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

pothigai wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:43 am
Sarin is typically only made immediately prior to or even during the flight of shells containing it. This is because, unless produced in a very pure form, it tends to degrade fairly quickly.
Thanks for the info.
by Jeff H
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

This may be a naive question, but doesn't bombing chemical weapons plants release the chemicals? Apparently not, per this report in the Guardian dated April 14. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/14/trumps-attack-on-syria-is-not-without-risk-but-its-not-world-war-three . "Another potential ...
by Jeff H
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 237
Views: 2889

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

This may be a naive question, but doesn't bombing chemical weapons plants release the chemicals?
by Jeff H
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1301

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

I had another thought on this matter just as I was waking up this morning. I am generally in the camp that thinks magic is a contrary commitment and therefore in conflict with Dharma. However, as Ogyen pointed out, none of us can possibly know your situation. And the fact that you are asking strang...
by Jeff H
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1301

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

I had another thought on this matter just as I was waking up this morning. I am generally in the camp that thinks magic is a contrary commitment and therefore in conflict with Dharma. However, as Ogyen pointed out, none of us can possibly know your situation. And the fact that you are asking strange...
by Jeff H
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1301

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

I don't need another round of self blame, I already have enough of that, I don't see how is these posts here is answering my question I think you've gotten some very good advice here. And in no way does karma involve self-blame; it's about recognizing and pro-actively addressing our ignorance about...
by Jeff H
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Hell

Well, I'm an infant in my Buddhism, so in this case I keep the matter bracketed as Kunzang Pelden does: Personally, I do not see how this can be so and therefore respectfully request the learned to consider well what might be Shantideva’s intended meaning here. :shrug: As far as i can tell, Kunzang...
by Jeff H
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Hell

Well, I'm an infant in my Buddhism, so in this case I keep the matter bracketed as Kunzang Pelden does:
Kunzang Pelden wrote:Personally, I do not see how this can be so and therefore respectfully request the learned to consider well what might be Shantideva’s intended meaning here.
:shrug:
by Jeff H
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Hell

Sūtra of the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dhāraṇī The Heart Secret of All Tathāgatas says: “If an evil man after death falls into hell, he must suffer uninterruptedly, not knowing when release will come. However, if his descendants say his name and then recite this spiritual mantra, upon co...
by Jeff H
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wanting to convert,still have unexplained doubts and fears,So I found this forum!
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Wanting to convert,still have unexplained doubts and fears,So I found this forum!

Ummmmm... No actually. Hell realms are as real as this realm. I think he means that they're not shared realms like the pretadhatu on up, but are personal like dreams. Okay, but Hell realms are shared realms created by the "common" karma of the beings reborn there, just like this realm. I meant it i...
by Jeff H
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wanting to convert,still have unexplained doubts and fears,So I found this forum!
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Wanting to convert,still have unexplained doubts and fears,So I found this forum!

Perhaps consider this. The hell you are talking about was thrust upon you from outside. It is a punishment for disobedience, and obedience consists of “Do as I say!” It was drilled into you as a cautionary lesson designed to keep you in the fold. And it’s working. But it’s working because you buy it...
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5453
Views: 463749

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does anyone know why shang Shung foundation Europe only requires one to have received general transmission or specific lung for restricted practices but Shang Shung institute USA requires one to be a DC member in order to purchase restricted items? If you are referring to the fact that there are te...
by Jeff H
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Five Basic Nyam
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Five Basic Nyam

The last paragraph could be misleading for those unaware of things like the 9 phases of shamatha. They may all be equal in escence but the latter are a lot more 'workable' for most people. In short, vippassana is considerably more difficult when the mind is turbulent and turbid/ when there is no sh...
by Jeff H
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 77
Views: 3579

Re: Why samsara exists

clyde wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:24 am
Samsara - where awakening happens ;)
Samsara - where awakening needs to happen. :cry:
by Jeff H
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Discussion/debate/argument
Replies: 61
Views: 968

Re: Discussion/debate/argument

So, yes, in order to debate things in that way we have to have a shared assumption that the subject of the topic actually exists. Not necessarily. cf the God created the universe example. I may be answering your point incorrectly as I'm not sure if the 'contra fides' means you don't think the God e...