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by Jeff H
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche

I would add to Magnus' comments that Gelugpas take renunciation to be more about detaching from things than necessarily relinquishing them. Ordination and retreat capitalize on relinquishing, but renunciation is the mental shift underlying the ability to relinquish. Danny, I don't think knowledge of...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche

I think the point of the quote is "sowing seeds of liberation". With renunciation and bodhichitta, you can do that in society or on retreat; Without them you can't sow seeds of liberation period.
by Jeff H
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Repetition in a Changing Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: Repetition in a Changing Reality

I like Dan's reply . When I first read the OP it reminded of Shunryu Suzuki’s statement: If you lose the spirit of repetition, your practice will become quite difficult. I read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind years before I became interested in Buddhism as a practice, but that statement has informed a lot...
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 494

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

confusedlayman wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:37 pm Who said its advance practice? Its basic thing
The tone of your posts sound like you are experiencing impatience with the process. I was addressing that.
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 494

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

The certainty of death demands urgency of practice; but that does not mean speed. It means steady, consistent, and focused practice. It means relaxing enough to open yourself to realty, not applying effort with gritted teeth. A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devot...
by Jeff H
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: My death and the regret
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: My death and the regret

You do not need your mother’s forgiveness. You need to forgive your father and, far more importantly, forgive yourself. Forgiving does not mean condoning or forgetting bad things. It means breaking out of the prison you have made for yourself. I am in such depth of pit now, wishing to relive my life...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Light relief (from a world in chaos)
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Light relief (from a world in chaos)

If you watch it on YouTube you can read his own comments, including how he filmed it: "Filmed entirely with the GoPro MAX. The GoPro MAX is a 360 camera, and I used it for this video so I did not have to stress about missing anything during the filming process. With the GoPro MAX, you can reframe yo...
by Jeff H
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: My death and the regret
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: My death and the regret

Does reliving all the things we wish we hadn’t done help anyone? Our past will never, ever change. Wallowing in guilt is very different than regret. Regret is a positive recognition that we’ve behaved badly and we can do better. Behaving better begins by attuning the mind to the way we would rather ...
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: Love at first sight

... Love is attachment. The attachment is not love but the thing limited love. I think it is a mistake to call attachment "limited love". In samsara, attachment limits love precisely because they are polar opposites. Even people who mistake attachment for love in ordinary relationships recognize it...
by Jeff H
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: Love at first sight

I think love at first sight is possible, but not to be trusted, largely because, as Greg says, it's a function of desire. The relationships we usually call “loving” are always a mixture of love and attachment. Love is all about the other and unconditional. Attachment is all about the self and condit...
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 2284

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

I previously posted a link to an FPMT Kadampa Center in North Carolina because I thought the article had referred to NC. But I'm getting too old to rely on my memory: the article actually referred to Northern Virginia. So I have to agree, it probably was one of those "other" centers!
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 2284

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

PeterC wrote: Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:54 pm Given the reference to “Kadampa Buddhism” at the start, it seems the writer was attending a NKT center. What sort of journalist writes an article on “Buddhism” but doesn’t pick up on the significance of that?
Actually, it probably wasn't NKT. There's an FPMT Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC.
by Jeff H
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 2284

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:59 am As I see it: ...
Thanks. I appreciate your thoughtful perspective.
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 2284

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

Will the deeper teachings that undermine many modern conventions take eventually? If they do, it won't be thanks to pap like this in an otherwise respectable magazine. I don’t think this article is remotely about Buddhism, notwithstanding references to Pema Chodron and an unattributed quote from Sh...
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

My sincerest apologies if I have misunderstood you. In my reading, it sounded like identifying LTK’s bhumi and whether or not he (and you) had fully overcome all afflictive ignorance significantly impedes your ability to discern the path from such afflictions. To be sure, abandoning afflictive emoti...
by Jeff H
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Jeff H, going back to your OP - I think your intuitions around this are quite correct. As far as resolving the tension goes, I think the exemplar here is HHDL. Of late he has been teaching the Tsong Khapian view of emptiness (textually via the Indian masters) and - at the same teaching - giving Dzo...
by Jeff H
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Stevie, thanks very much for resurrecting this old thread. I’m still struggling through my rereading of it, but there’s some good stuff in here. However, I’m afraid you’ve lost me now regarding your interest in it. I accept LTK as a master who has something of great value to impart to me. I don’t se...
by Jeff H
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

These posts are getting too long to quote entirely, so I've just included specific paragraphs. Nevertheless there is still the fact that it is taught that afflictive ignorance is overcome first, on the 8th bhumi, before cognitive ignorance can be overcome which leads to buddhahood. So near the end o...
by Jeff H
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

So, Stevie, I read my first post in the thread (not the whole thread) and went back over your questions. I had some thoughts and I’m posting my replies. I’m afraid this is a bit loosey-goosey, though, as they are my gut reactions. As to your first quote in this thread quoted below: 1. “ objects to b...
by Jeff H
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: What Tsongkhapa said
Replies: 94
Views: 11397

Re: What Tsongkhapa said

Hello Jeff H I've noticed that you've quoted several passages of the Lam Rim Chenmo in this thread. Since I am specially interested in LTK's presentation of Madhyamaka I would like to discuss your quotations or only one or some of them, depends. ... Hi Stevie. I've been reading your posts in other ...

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