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by Jeff H
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

There is an outstanding film called Worse Than War that documents the motivations of the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and genocide. I just re-watched this movie which I hadn't seen since it ran on PBS in 2010. It is even more powerful and relevant than I remembered, besides being quite well mad...
by Jeff H
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

...a creative minority emerges who comes up with a solution to a particular challenge. The rest of the masses then follow along through the process of mimesis. Their ability is limited to seeing a good idea and copying it. This works both ways. When the "creative minority's" solution is genocide, t...
by Jeff H
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 678

Re: Enlightenment

...doesn’t that mean I won’t be interested in having grand parties with the beautiful goddesses and taking a walk with them on their lush gardens ? You get to set your own priorities. What I'm saying is that the priorities you're clinging to are precisely what I think I need to be liberated from. T...
by Jeff H
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 678

Re: Enlightenment

I don’t know what it might be like to be a buddha, but I’m very frightened of the alternative: samsara. If your main concern is feeling, you’re already in the right place: samsara is for you. In addition to impermanence and karma, I’d recommend studying the teachings on “precious human life”. The re...
by Jeff H
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6083
Views: 542690

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I am very new to Dzogchen myself, less than two years. I am not qualified to give authoritative replies to your issues, but I can share my personal experience. The next WWT, Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa, will be on November 2 at 8am (EST). Depending on Rinpoche’s health it may or may not include Dire...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 1899

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

My understanding of the teaching on karma is that the primary factor is one’s state of mind at the moment of death, compounded by the habitual actions and predominant experiences over one’s lifetime. When LZR teaches about death, he advises us to make our loved ones’ passing as calm and positive as ...
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing while in hospital
Replies: 13
Views: 403

Re: Practicing while in hospital

A few years ago, I was in hospital for an ablation (heart related). I was only supposed to be in for 3 days and 2 nights. I would wake up about 3am and sit up for 30 minutes of meditation. Unfortunately, I was wired to the nurse’s station and the nurse popped her head in to see if I was alright. The...
by Jeff H
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

"1984" anyone?

Speaking of Two Truths Blanc, this just in from the Ministry of Truth. A new Doublethink axiom has been released: "Truth isn't truth". You will display these words prominently and never forget them. Your tele-screens will monitor your actions.

Have a nice day. :smile:

:focus:
by Jeff H
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1046

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Too bad these guys fall so neatly into the deep state conspiracy theory. What's too bad, is that so many people are willing to believe in the 'deep state conspiracy' meme. Yes, that was my reference. Trump weaponizes beliefs like that in his demagoguery. But there’s also this: Personally, I wouldn'...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:38 pm
The real question is -- do you drink it all at once, or gradually.
LOL! I'm a sipper.
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1046

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

There was also this https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/us/politics/nato-summit-trump.amp.html This is what happens when the other branches of government are asleep at the wheel. Two things strike me about this article. First, that John Bolton was so instrumental in forcing the ...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1046

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Hey Jeff, I don't know if this is a good thing. A breakdown in loyalty and following orders would be a terrible precedent. That said, if the president is worse, then choices will need to be made. Let's hope we get past this crisis without having to resort to that. I didn't mean the prospect of a co...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1046

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

It's a heartening article, but that Buddha-esque picture of Trump is a little disconcerting. :jawdrop:
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Kollaras wines:
:group: "Companionship is everything and the truth flows easily" :rolleye:

Or, as Shantideva put it, "We who are like children shrink from pain but love its causes."
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Meditation timer app?

I use Insight Timer and like it very much. It's got way more extras than I care about at all, but it's not like you're paying for anything you don't use, it's free. I'm sure some people find the frills useful. I only use the timer. It has a very good selection of chimes. You control the volume and t...
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1539

Re: Dharma government?

So my point is, secular standards are well and good, and probably the only way we are going to have peace in the short term because many of us simply are not intellectually and emotionally equipped to discuss through disagreements, or even have a consensus on what it means to search for Truth. We a...
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1362

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

As a side note, Im grateful for all the recommended literature but I do not intend on just studying dharma for months while I could be implementing and practicing dharma as I search and vet out teachers. I found this outline that basically includes everything I was looking for. It outlines the foun...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1362

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Thank you for all the responses, Im surprised it took me until now to look up lamrims. As far as a lamrim that best transitions into dzogchen practice - which lamrim(s) should I study? Are they all for the most part the same when discussing the three scopes, and just different with views of emptine...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1539

Re: Dharma government?

I didn't find the book ( Beyond Religion ) vague at all. The first two thirds of the book essentially exposes the way ego and attachment distort what should be commonly discernible ethical guidelines, utterly without regard to any particular religion or lack of religion. Toward the end of the book ...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1539

Re: Dharma government?

In the absence of a creed, philosophy, ideology, religion, etc. as a paradigm through which to organize the world and provide a map for life, some iteration will emerge and become the defacto creed, philosophy, ideology, religion, etc. This is true for the individual as it is for society. Better to...

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