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by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3062

Re: New Rigpa letter

The post was pretty clear. If one does not have pure vision, don't call out others for their lack of pure vision. If one does, one is a hypocrite, it does not matter if one is a beginner or a high tulku. I made absolutely no assessment of any particular person's mental state. There, now even stupid...
by Thomas Amundsen
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3062

Re: New Rigpa letter

i agree with Greg that there is a danger in rejecting the entire concept and practice of pure perception. the whole issue of pure perception is a very thorny one fraught with unavoidable danger. i think it's important to remember that the vajrayana is A) inherently dangerous and B) not for everyone...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

I predict (or at least hope) we will meet soon, since we're traveling in the same circles. Perhaps even share a bottle of Bogle together. :D :twothumbsup: How did u get your robe? Looks very nice. Thank you. One day, my teacher ( Khenpo Sonam ) told me I need to wear a white zen. Khenpo asked me to...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

I plan on going next year and man, I hope to meet some fellow Dharmawheelers there. I've met some lurkers there who recognized me. Haven't seen any regulars there... yet :) I predict (or at least hope) we will meet soon, since we're traveling in the same circles. Perhaps even share a bottle of Bogl...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

Sweet, were you doing the Trekchod retrteat? Yep! I went last year as well. It was really nice this year to do the Rushen for a week before some Trekchod at the end. I plan on going next year and man, I hope to meet some fellow Dharmawheelers there. I've met some lurkers there who recognized me. Ha...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

dzogchungpa wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:21 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:19 am
dzogchungpa wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 am
Sweet, were you doing the Trekchod retrteat?
Yep! I went last year as well. It was really nice this year to do the Rushen for a week before some Trekchod at the end.

Ah, that explains why you look so spiritual. :smile:
:tongue:
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

dzogchungpa wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:58 am
dzogchungpa wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:24 am
Hey TA, I'm digging your new avatar. Was that taken at POL?
Thanks :)

Yes, indeed it was! Just last week, actually.

Sweet, were you doing the Trekchod retrteat?
Yep! I went last year as well. It was really nice this year to do the Rushen for a week before some Trekchod at the end.
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

dzogchungpa wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:24 am
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:24 am
:rolling:

Hey TA, I'm digging your new avatar. Was that taken at POL?
Thanks :)

Yes, indeed it was! Just last week, actually.
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Becoming a moderator?
Replies: 25
Views: 577

Re: Becoming a moderator?

I found this deep in the fine print on the ToS page: If your I.Q. is over 150, and you have $3,125.00 (plus handling), you might be eligible for a trial mod position. If you think you qualify, put the money in a cigar box and bury it in your backyard. One of our Underground Agents will contact you ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1512

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

Just as general relationship advice, Dharma or non-Dharma girlfriends - be patient looking for the right one. There can be a tendency to jump into a relationship quickly and go way deeper than you should. Especially if you're really looking for one. This eventually causes many problems when you fin...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1512

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

Guys... I have actually thought about it already. Ever since yesterday I have been to Kyabgön Phakchok rinpoche’s short speech ystd, I was completely amused and intrigued by his way of talking. So as you know, i am a shy and untalkative 16 year old boy and who often is very awkward and shy to talk ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Urgent help people!
Replies: 18
Views: 559

Re: Urgent help people!

Hey guys. So today I went to an empowerment by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. There was a Puja and then empowerment. So I sat for 6-7 hours straight. However my body was so uncomfortable the whole day there - like literally being bodily tortured of some sort. I really enjoyed his teachings though and I...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1512

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

Though it seems it is considered something that can be achieved through practice, it really doesn't seem to fit in with other worldly siddhis. Contrary to wealth, removing obstacles, etc., finding a girlfriend is something inherently counterproductive to practice. Didn't seem to be counterproductiv...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?
Replies: 69
Views: 1512

Re: Worldly wish fulfilling mantras?

Though it seems it is considered something that can be achieved through practice, it really doesn't seem to fit in with other worldly siddhis. Contrary to wealth, removing obstacles, etc., finding a girlfriend is something inherently counterproductive to practice. Didn't seem to be counterproductiv...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1343

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

My own anecdotal experience based on the people I see around me and the things I read on the internet leads me to believe that this is true. But I haven't done any rigorous research into the topic to see if there is any real statistical data to support such a claim. I guess we'd have to get much mor...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4508

Re: Weed is now legal in California

If he ain't back in 10 minutes we're callin I prefer Papa John's as far as chain pizza goes :tongue: I know it's California pizza, but my favorite local pizza shop is a place in Manhattan Beach called Papa Guido's. Amazing calzones. And I say that as a person who grew up in New Jersey. Do you have ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4508

Re: Weed is now legal in California

This is true. If he ain't back in 10 minutes we're callin dominos I prefer Papa John's as far as chain pizza goes :tongue: I know it's California pizza, but my favorite local pizza shop is a place in Manhattan Beach called Papa Guido's. Amazing calzones. And I say that as a person who grew up in Ne...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Good west coast wine?
Replies: 25
Views: 463

Re: Good west coast wine?

When I was in Scotland I was surprised that all I could find of US wines was Gallo. I think they were intentionally trying to serve crap wine in order to maintain the image that US wines are not as good. Gallo wine comes from my local area. I've heard the Gallos have a family feud, the two brothers...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4508

Re: Weed is now legal in California

One thing that hasn't been touched upon here. I think pot can help one understand the body's energy system related to sex. It might reduce mindfulness/recollection, but it sure increases the sensitivity to sexual experience, at least for me. :mrgreen: Yes, you're what we call an " enhancement smoke...
by Thomas Amundsen
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4508

Re: Weed is now legal in California

One thing that hasn't been touched upon here. I think pot can help one understand the body's energy system related to sex. It might reduce mindfulness/recollection, but it sure increases the sensitivity to sexual experience, at least for me. :mrgreen: