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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: 472

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: 6322
Views: 578853

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: 6
Views: 558

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: 947

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: 136
Views: 12046

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: 28
Views: 918

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: 28
Views: 918

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: 28
Views: 918

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: 28
Views: 918

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: 6
Views: 558

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: 8208

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.
by Jeff H
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Atisha's Seven Point Mind Training by B Alan Wallace
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Atisha's Seven Point Mind Training by B Alan Wallace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyqwFudImH8 I just had a chance to watch this. The content is a pithy history of the 7-points and an insightful summary of them. But to top it off, I especially enjoyed the dog that wandered in to sit at his feet as well as Wallace's demonstration of a focused mind t...
by Jeff H
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

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: 1649

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: 997

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: 997

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: 6322
Views: 578853

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: 3096

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: 15
Views: 883

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: 568

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:

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