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by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 66
Views: 771

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: 42
Views: 771

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: 42
Views: 771

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: 66
Views: 771

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: 66
Views: 771

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...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 771

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

I was hoping that someone could spell out what needs to be cultivated, practiced, aspired, meditated on, etc in a sequential like order. Or at least point me to some direction or literature that spells it out exactly as such. There isn't a big FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana T...
by Jeff H
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: HAM and A-shad

conebeckham wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:52 pm
mmmmmm....

Depending on tradition, these can differ, but most commonly "Ham" is upside down,
Whew!! This may be getting too deep for me. :o
by Jeff H
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: HAM and A-shad

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:14 pm
Ham as opposed to Hām.

Exactly how old was that post of mine? :)

2011!
Yeah. It was near the top when I did a general google search on "Tibetan letter HAM". :tongue:
by Jeff H
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: HAM and A-shad

Thanks.
by Jeff H
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 151

HAM and A-shad

I'm trying to clarify two references for visualizations. First the letter HAM: Someone at Tsegyalgar East said it looks like this: ཧྃ , but I found an old posting by Greg where he said it looks like this: ཧཱྃ . Which is correct? Second is an "A-shad" (or A-shay?): It is described as, "the final part...
by Jeff H
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4527

Re: Who is America ?

For me, the question is how to preserve the good aspects of democracy and rebuild. I don't think it is worth rebuilding. The problem is that since it was built on an unsteady basis (global capitalist colonialism) it was doomed to failure. Representative democracy is dead. The Hillarys and the Trump...
by Jeff H
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 990

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

very, very interesting, for me, ideas and the whole thread, thnx all. we are talking about bodhicitta, the will for enlightenment, here and by that topic, also, about compassion. imo, only in my opinion, all and everything , from little quarks, electrons, protons, molecules cells, organisms, are a ...
by Jeff H
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?
Replies: 39
Views: 732

Re: Is karma empty? Is the mind a self?

You might want to think of it in terms of impermanence: nothing lasts for two moments; duration is an illusion. The mind “appears yet does not exist*” in this moment. In the next moment it is a different mind which “appears yet does not exist”. The latter mind is the dependent result of the former o...
by Jeff H
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 990

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

Loving your kitten isn't a method, it's just garden variety samsara: loving what's lovable and hating what's hateful. Unless you see your kitten as a dependently-arising manifestation of clear-light emptiness & bliss... For that matter, even when we take into account the need for a gradual approach...
by Jeff H
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 990

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

dont practice the 9.21 method, that is dangerous. ull never know into what ull be reborn into...u may even acquire some yet unknown boddhicitta virus, and become a unknowing carrier... or else, u could love your kitten, its a good way too. I like dangerous, so what’s the 9.21 method? The 9.21 metho...
by Jeff H
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 675

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

It is astounding how thoroughly Christianity has infiltrated Western culture. It is interesting to see how the more I practice in a Buddhist context, the things I used to accept as pure common sense seem so --- off. And so much of Christianity seems to trace back to Plato--- which is somewhat inter...
by Jeff H
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5826
Views: 520944

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

However, for the Anniversary of Garab Dorje last March, Rinpoche was not able to lead us, but there was a webcast with someone else leading it. They stated at the beginning that it would be the same practice but without the DI. Edit at 10:45 EDT: The web site just came online, so apparently there wi...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 675

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

To argue the case, is to be depicted as bringing a religious or spiritual type of perspective to the problem, which can only be a socially-constructed view, according to it. There can't be anything real in it, by definition, because whatever is real, has to be understandable in scientific terms, me...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 990

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

“Why bother to save you if you’re such a jerk!” All beings are jerks. To expect otherwise is delusion that, obviously, all beings suffer from. Also, the idea that one can save another is one more delusion. The bodhisattva path is therefore to save all beings while it is clear that there is nobody t...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3959

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Interestingly (to me anyway), there is an opinion piece Sean Wilentz wrote for Newsweek in October 2016: We Are Witnessing the Degradation of Democracy . It's a visceral response to the debate where Trump stalked Clinton across the stage. Not a great essay, but interesting from a prominent historian...

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