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by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Thank you for your feedback, Astus. An experience is meaningless without an explanation. But is meaningfulness a necessary pursuit in the case of "radical openness"? Does it add anything useful to the experience, which in itself is very clear? Since "radical openness" is posited as the very goal and...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Wayfarer wrote:Hi DharmaGoat, hope you're well. :hi:
Hello Wayfarer!

I am very well and happy to be back.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Malcolm wrote:The person whom I am addressing has no relationship with the Buddhist tradition, much less Zen.
Feel free to engage him on a general or non-Zen subforum.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

So? You just don"t get it. Lack of a proper teacher is likely the root of it. Don't forget Malcolm, you are in Zen territory here. This subforum is populated by members that do not uphold the Vajrayana or Dzogchen view, and are generally willing only to accept the guidance of fellow Zen practitione...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

With a bit of application in meditation we eventually recognise the essential nature within, and nothing else is then required to support and maintain a basic practice of mindful presence. Further explanations or aspirations serve no purpose.

It all gets very simple.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 6108

Re: How is this not Advaita?

smcj wrote:Thanks Malcolm for your contribution to DW. This place would have much less of value without your posts. I don't agree with you on many points but I quite often learn from what you have to say.
Six posts ago you do offer a similar gratitude (which I noticed only after I posted). Seconded.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Presence and Awareness
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Presence and Awareness

If you are a student of ChNN, you have three main jobs: 1) Guru Yoga as a means of finding and then sustaining knowledge of your own state (rig pa). 2) Being present and aware, i.e. mindful and aware. 3) Working with circumstances. Hello Malcolm. How would you describe what "working with circumstan...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Astus wrote: What is "radical openness"?
If I may take a page from the now infamous black book of oneupmanship plays for a moment...

"Radical openness" describes an experience, it serves as a description rather than an explanation. The explanation is found in the experience.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 6108

Re: How is this not Advaita?

I have just hit upon a great way to enjoy reading seemingly combative threads such as this (quite by accident, because I am still not sure of the mood and intention of the players): Just imagine that everyone is being lightheartedly ironic with each other. It works a treat. Maybe this could even be ...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 15, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Language
Topic: My Dharma name
Replies: 8
Views: 2307

Re: My Dharma name

ལྷོ་ (lho) will be an abbreviation of ལྷ་མོ་ (lha mo) meaning "goddess". Dharmagoat, where did you learn this? I've never heard of an abbreviation of ལྷ་མོ་ ( lha mo )... It was a guess based on the pattern of other abbreviations. I really should have made it clearer it was an uneducated guess. Oops.
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 9215

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

Evolutionarily speaking, gators aint goin' nowhere.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 9215

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

Sohei wrote:
DGA wrote:I can verify that the OP is, indeed, an ignorant lout.
Me too! So fortunate to find such good company.
Me too.

If only wisdom was as simple as admitting our own ignorance.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 9215

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

Isn't one sign of stupidity the tendency to think in terms of stupidity vs. intelligence?
by dharmagoat
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha
Replies: 70
Views: 14293

Re: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha

It is kettles and pots. We all succumb to the Dunning-Kruger Effect to some degree.
by dharmagoat
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 376
Views: 54366

Re: Song Name Game

Darn, trying to think of a song with 'love' in the title...
by dharmagoat
Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7283

Re: The practice as an obstacle

I do feel that if I had made it as far as mahamudra practice, I would have found my element. That would still be an option, if you'd be interested, right? I do know Karma Kagyu teachers who focus completely on the path of shine-lhagtong-mahamudra, without any, or hardly any, sadhanas or rituals. It...
by dharmagoat
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7283

Re: The practice as an obstacle

Otherwise, it would have greatly helped if the Lama that I was residing with for some of that time was able to help me work through my obstacles instead of taking the role of the harsh taskmaster and leaving me to my own devices. I guess when you were reading the stories of Milarepa's life you skip...
by dharmagoat
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7283

Re: The practice as an obstacle

My case might be somewhat different, as I do actually have a very deep connection to, and faith in, certain aspects of Vajrayana practice. It's not something I could leave behind. Might need to find another way of doing it though. I do feel that if I had made it as far as mahamudra practice, I woul...
by dharmagoat
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7283

Re: The practice as an obstacle

Wow, thanks for sharing that. I recognize a few bits, including the health trouble unfortunately. So now, looking back, what would you have done differently? What could have been done to avoid this situation? And how do you feel about Vajrayana nowadays? Happy to hear you're in a better place now! ...
by dharmagoat
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7283

Re: The practice as an obstacle

Sounds familiar? Anyone? Absolutely. It got so bad that I had to abandon Vajrayana. Really now? That's very interesting to me. Would you care to elaborate please? I started practicing zazen in my 20s, I was self taught, and it was going fairly well. I continued reading about the various traditions ...

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