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by treehuggingoctopus
Sun May 27, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Future of Dzogchen Teachings
Replies: 97
Views: 15451

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

i mean, you mentioned in other thread that realisation is very rare and we have seen so many great teachers passed away last years and all the great teachears we have left are getting old. so who is going to carry the transmission? or who will have the ability to spread the transmission? can even D...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 26, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Future of Dzogchen Teachings
Replies: 97
Views: 15451

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

I do not beleive that traditional Buddhism is in any way capable of addressing the problems we face in the world today. I am sure that it was never capable of addressing these issues. I regard the Shambhala vision of an enlightened society to be a total fantasy, and I regard Thurman's call for a ru...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri May 25, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Abandoning past practice commitments
Replies: 169
Views: 14836

Re: Abandoning past practice commitments

You know, that is dangerous talking.

You can't predict who's reading those words, how they construe what you're saying and how it'll influence them - and your words happen to pertain to the very heart of Dzogchen practice. Are you in any way qualified to do what you're doing here right now?
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri May 25, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

We're getting a commentary on the thread right now :-)
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri May 25, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Abandoning past practice commitments
Replies: 169
Views: 14836

Re: Abandoning past practice commitments

You know, if such issues are so very, very important to you, there's also Khyentse Yeshe - and various SMS instructors, qualified and Rinpoche-approved. If you don't trust Malcolm, why not simply write to them?
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

I've missed it, but Andrew108 seems to have hit the nail on the head: I have also said that Dzogchen is a personal experience, as you well know. If someone comes to Dzogchen who is a rabbi, for example, they do not need to shed their rabbi skin just because they are a Dzogchen practitioner. They can...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Khyentse Yeshe has an open and simple way to teach, he promotes fresh and spontaneous interest talking directly and helping students to enter the essence of Buddhist teachings and to discover their real nature. http://khyentseyeshe.com/ What a relief. Reading more and more Malcolm posts, such "Budd...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ethics
Replies: 25
Views: 3218

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

@Norwegian: :good: There are many reasons to behave ethically, and most people behave ethically merely because it is in their best interest to do so, no medieval threats of hell realms needed. You know, when ever Buddhists bring this example up, normal people look at them like they are completely fu...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6338
Views: 581315

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thanks folks. Fortunately the thing has sorted itself out.
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6338
Views: 581315

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Ouch, sound problems :-(
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 35654

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

This is truly frightening stuff. Why is radical nationalism making a come back in Russia, the Balkans and Greece? Kirt Don't forget about France (Marine le Pen), Finland's True Finns (ponder the name!) and the Netherlands (Wilders). Those guys are fascists as well - suit-wearing types, sure enough,...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Europe near the end?
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: Europe near the end?

Nemo wrote:Nationalizing a bank is not hard. I don't see why people are protecting this global system of exploitation. I'd rather have a few years of trouble and then my kids have a future than continue down this destructive road to serfdom and environmental collapse.
+1
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 35654

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

The president of Golden Dawn and current member of national parliament, Mihaloliakos, taking his dogs out for their afternoon walk. images.jpg This is truly frightening stuff. Why is radical nationalism making a come back in Russia, the Balkans and Greece? Kirt Don't forget about France (Marine le ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

So you are still saying that someone taking refuge and prostrating 5 times a day to the God of Muhammad knowing full well he beheaded hundreds of a certain innocent Jewish tribe guilty of only giving water and food to another Jewish tribe who were being starved to death women and babies included an...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

mindyourmind wrote:It is only a cage if you see it as such.
It's a statement which is obviously difficult to argue with - but also so vague as to mean pretty muchanything. I thought Nangwa was making a very precise point - which by no means must be irreconcilable the one you made. Talking past each other, are we?
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Nangwa wrote:Malcolm is threatening the identity as Buddhist that we have worked so hard to construct.
We like our new prison so much more than the last one with its icky aftertaste of Western civilization.
My thoughts exactly. We're very fond of our fancy, exotic cage.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue May 22, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Curious Treasury ...
Replies: 38
Views: 3696

Re: Curious Treasury ...

Sonam, are you following the SMS training? It may seem a silly question, but if

1. Yes --> then the problem isn't new, is it?
2. No --> then you'll find more of the same on the first pages of The Book.

Whether you choose 1. or 2., I'd suggest you go and talk to an instructor about it.
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Another awesome posting from Malcolm. An image which comes to mind -- not really an adequate one -- is seeing a flower open and blossom, displaying more and more beauty. E ma ho! I concur, using thus a dry and ugly word that doesn't do any justice to what is happening or to what my repsonse to it i...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Perfectly clear. Can't remember the date or the place, though. (Note that Malcolm is hardly alone here - I've heard it from Valby, Pubants and other SMS instructors as well.) Well it's a little funny to me because I seem to remember him saying the opposite. So if so many are saying that it's odd th...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 118252

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

ChNNR does insist it is the case - I've heard him say so at least twice over the years. I don't think he says that in any book, though. Not sure if clear, I was reffering to the last sentence. Where did he say that? Perfectly clear. Can't remember the date or the place, though. (Note that Malcolm i...

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