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by MalaBeads
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

Having one's awakening confirmed is not an option, it is a necessity. I would think this is true only if one wants to teach or have a 'career' in Buddhism. Whatever happened to 'way-seeking' for the ordinary person? I am quite happy with just this. A ordinary person should not remain in doubt. What...
by MalaBeads
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

Malcolm wrote:
Having one's awakening confirmed is not an option, it is a necessity.
I would think this is true only if one wants to teach or have a 'career' in Buddhism. Whatever happened to 'way-seeking' for the ordinary person? I am quite happy with just this.
by MalaBeads
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

How so? Please explain. For one, in the case of Chan --> Zen, it was largely a monastic movement among highly educated Buddhists. Zen -->West, largely nonmonastic, poorly educated Buddhists. Second part is very true, the first does not mention another important aspect... so one has to understand th...
by MalaBeads
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Forms of "expression": sitting in a chair for sesshin rather than on a zafu. An expression would be a cultural form rather than the result. The "result" in this case would be Dharma. Hope that is more clear. It isn't always so easy to distinguish.
by MalaBeads
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

The only thing I can offer is to listen to the zen talks of Edward Espe Brown on soundcloud.com. I think he does a good job of using the teachings with modern day psychology and not "throwing the baby out with bath water" (so to speak). In other words, I think he is teaching dharma with modern psych...
by MalaBeads
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

Gyurme Kundrol wrote:
So belief is useless, faith is a tool or placeholder for experience, experience is of real value.
Sounds pretty good to me. Although I do think Puer Azaelis' post above asks a good question.
by MalaBeads
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

A few Soto folks I have spoken with in the West have said that they believe there are several trends contributing to these issues, namely... 1. De-emphasis of the teacher's role, as well as the holding up of Protestant Christian pastoral, or psychotherapeutic, professions as models for what a teach...
by MalaBeads
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

dzogchungpa wrote:Well, now I don't know what to believe!



:tantrum:
Well, if you live on the level of believing gossip....of course you don't know what to believe. You'd think you would know that the winds of gossip change continously.

I was going to say something else but I think I have forgotten it.....
by MalaBeads
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

My concern is that belief is stronger and more pervasive than knowledge. Half of the time, human beings don't even know what they believe. Beliefs are deep, "knowledge" is more superficial. Beliefs are holdovers from childhood even, knowledge comes much later and is therefore more "superficial". Tib...
by MalaBeads
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Re: Belief

Thank you boda, zhen li and tolya. All thoughtful replies. I will re-read each of them. Probably many times.
by MalaBeads
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 9861

Belief

Nhamkai Norbus has said, "Belief is useless". I would go further and say depending on what the belief is, belief can be dangerous. For instance: if you believe that such and such will happen, for instance that you will die, (depending on the circumstances) and those circumstances come to pass, then ...
by MalaBeads
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6696
Views: 685510

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

florin wrote:A short message from Rinpoche.

http://melong.com/message-chogyal-namkhai-norbu/
Thank you, florin.
by MalaBeads
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

ideally. Yes, well.....I certainly agree with "ideally" part but real life is often very different from the ideal, isn't it? Ideally many things but in reality..... But in this case, you can put this study into practice and the ideal becomes your real life. It's essential to get some kind of pictur...
by MalaBeads
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Anonymous X wrote: ideally.
Yes, well.....I certainly agree with "ideally" part but real life is often very different from the ideal, isn't it?

Ideally many things but in reality.....
by MalaBeads
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

I too should say that my primary experience was soto and not rinzai. I understand that rinzai is more developed than soto, at least as far as explanations go. I was given no explanation for anything. (Nor did i ask).

Thank you meido.
by MalaBeads
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 18418

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

You could take it in a number of ways, that is exactly the problem. We can have a group of people who all claim to practice Shikantaza, and say they are just sitting without grasping or rejection, but really, one person may be sinking into a dull, indeterminate state; one person may be cultivating ...
by MalaBeads
Tue May 16, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Nature of Language
Replies: 25
Views: 3632

Re: The Nature of Language

'Words swirl
Swirling whirling worlds of words
no wonder we grab on'

- written sometime in the early 80s
by MalaBeads
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Khetsun Sangpos's "Strand of Jewels" Chapter 1
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Khetsun Sangpos's "Strand of Jewels" Chapter 1

i was once the cook for anne klein and khetsun sangpo (long time ago). both were lovely. so lovely that i followed them to houston (where the dalai lama was teaching) and i took my brother. very possibly the best thing i ever did for him.
by MalaBeads
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 43808

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

if you are a yogi you can do much more than that
by MalaBeads
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do you dedicate merits?
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

Re: How do you dedicate merits?

If you just practice for "yourself", your mind is as big as a bucket of water. And it's really too bad when you know you can make your mind an ocean. Just throw the bucket and become the ocean. It's in the mindset : we practice as an offering. It's a matter of intention. Let's shine, like the sun. ...

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