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by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "From the beginning"
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: "From the beginning"

... This "pure from the beginning" just means "innately pure." I can't say I quite get all the grammar, but this idea of idiomatic usage, not to be taken too literally, makes sense to me. I think it's good to be aware of such usage because in other contexts the language is often quite precise. Than...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "From the beginning"
Replies: 2
Views: 233

"From the beginning"

Could someone clarify for me why I find the phrase "from the beginning" so often in Dzogchen? In context it seems to mean that such and such has never not been the case. But the word "beginning" seems to imply a first cause and first event. Instead of "[it] has been pure from the beginning", why doe...
by Jeff H
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is love an attachment?
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Is love an attachment?

Love is all about the other and attachment is all about the self. They are polar opposites. Relationships in the conventional world are always a mixture of those two. We make commitments in conventional life. Some of them can and should be reconsidered and possibly abandoned. But particular care is ...
by Jeff H
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 1075

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Without putting words in her mouth, I have understood many of my teacher’s lessons to mean that the essence of non-virtue is discord and the essence of virtue is harmony. Discord implies isolation, fear, and conflict. Harmony implies caring, loving, and compassion. Buddhahood is perfect harmony and ...
by Jeff H
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Concordance
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Concordance

That's why this site is just the same conversation, over and over. Indeed... Mahamudra vs Dzogchen Which mala Some lama said something different from some other lama I can’t be bothered to read a book, can someone explain this quotation to me? Chogyam Trungpa - discuss. Your view of emptiness is wr...
by Jeff H
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 818

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Thank you for explaining. I do confess though that it still leaves me in the dark as to how any of this manifests in your life. Sorry, but I don't get the problem. If your interest in Buddhism is purely academic, then there is no need for it to manifest in your life. But I think most of the people ...
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 818

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

... One of the reasons we have endeavored to keep Dharmawheel a place that is welcoming to Buddhist tradition is that you can find modernist and personal interpretations of Buddhism ("Buddhism is what I say it is") almost anywhere, it is less common to find resources which will actually point peopl...
by Jeff H
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 818

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

From the first day I was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism I found myself drawn along a series of learning experiences in an unbroken chain that unfolded itself very naturally for 10 years in a predominantly Gelug stream. I was more or less isolated except for online classmates and occasional visits t...
by Jeff H
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 818

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Hello Edgar! And welcome to the forum. I am pretty new here myself as a registered member, but have been lurking and reading here for years. Also have been a Buddhist practicioner and academic for a few decades. I can only speak for myself, but I have found the forum to be largely helpful. There ar...
by Jeff H
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: New Member with a question about the 2nd of the four noble truths
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: New Member with a question about the 2nd of the four noble truths

It’s more like attachment to our desires is the cause of all suffering. And we’re not talking about suffering as it’s usually understood, but rather the inability to be satisfied and our overall sense of vulnerability, fear, and discontent. The suffering of the first noble truth refers mainly to the...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6469
Views: 608439

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I'm a little confused about the Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa. The original notice from Merigar said 13:00 their time, which it said was GMT +1, making it 8:00 Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -5) here in the US. However, Merigar sent an update tonight that says they are GMT +2, making the EDT time 7:00. (D...
by Jeff H
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: What is familiarity?

What puzzles me is what causes one's thought experience of memory to align with one's sensory experience so as to produce an experience of recognition. What causes an experience of recognition or familiarity, exactly? From a conventional standpoint the phenomenon is very straightforward — there is ...
by Jeff H
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 1103

Re: Man in the Box

I always felt guilty about writing the monks though. They're such good and generous people. I recall one group (City of 10,000 Buddhas I think) sent me a nice letter along with the books and said it was a privilege providing me with materials on the Dharma and if I need anything else to write them ...
by Jeff H
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 166
Views: 15988

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

http://tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/tsegyalgareast/tsegyalgareastcale/book-signing-and-talk-with-malcolm-smith/ I am glad I made it. I just got back and I have to say that it was, as usual, a highly informative and entertaining talk by Malcolm. Kevin... That it was. Quite wonderful talk! It was a bi...
by Jeff H
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1340

Re: Right/wrong thought

Geshe Tashi uses the metaphor of going to a new place: first you need reliable directions (i.e. listening to someone with knowledge of how to get to the place); then you go there repeatedly on your own with the help of those directions and a map (i.e. conscious reflection); and finally, you interna...
by Jeff H
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1340

Re: Right/wrong thought

I take it you recommend his set of six books? I found the entire course very helpful, partly because the modular texts present very clear teaching (so, "yes"), but also because the course itself is very well structured. When you studied under Tsering, did he encourage students to apply all three wi...
by Jeff H
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1340

Re: Right/wrong thought

Clear and helpful, thanks. It seems from pretty much everyone's msgs here that Buddhism focuses on the content of thoughts and the consequences that arise from this content ... but isn't interested in the process of thinking and the consequences that arise from this process. ? I don't think that is...
by Jeff H
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 30
Views: 1340

Re: Right/wrong thought

It sounds to me as if people are conflating “view” and “thought”. There is right view which understands that nothing possesses self-nature. That is deemed “true” in Buddhism. There is wrong view which grasps at the appearances of relativity between subjects and objects. That is deemed “false” in Bud...
by Jeff H
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is familiarity?
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: What is familiarity?

I’ll venture my understanding before the more experienced folks get here. The primary causes are our karmic propensities cultivated by prior intentional actions. The triggers you refer to are the secondary causes. They stimulate our primary reactions in response to the environmental conditions and a...
by Jeff H
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 134
Views: 8863

Re: Daily Lojong

I want to draw people's attention to a short (hour and a half) teaching by Alan Wallace, posted by Kirtu here.

This is a very remarkable summary of the Seven-Points of lojong as Atisha wrote them. Well worth watching.

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