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by Challenge23
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: circular reasoning ~ how do we recognize it?
Replies: 13
Views: 2371

Re: circular reasoning ~ how do we recognize it?

An example of circular logic from Erik the Viking. ERIK Well it just seems a little bit crude, that's all. HELGA What about the killing and looting? That's just as crude, isn't it? ERIK Oh well - you've GOT to do them. HELGA Why? Why have you got to go round killing and looting? ERIK To pay for the ...
by Challenge23
Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 21991

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

Human beings are capable and industrious of beings. They have cut down whole forests in ancient Greece, the bare mountains of Greece today were in ancient times covered with forests. The unending comsumption of wood for ship building and other purposes led already in the ancient world to erosion an...
by Challenge23
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:05 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

The second thing was some research I heard about in regards to negative effects of Dharma practice(I posted about it elsewhere but here is the link for convenience http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2011/09/bg-231-the-dark-side-of-dharma/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , your link doesn't...
by Challenge23
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

First, thanks for your continuing response. As a sort of "catch up" in order to make sure that what I am saying makes sense, a few points. Also some of the things I have said in other threads and this is a nice way to collect it in a single source. Since I made the original post I e-mailed my teache...
by Challenge23
Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

This will be a subject that I won't discuss any further, but our members have the right to know that Alyce Zeoli, aka as Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo is a teacher surrounded by polemics and due to that many consider KPC a controversial 'Buddhist' group. Thank you for your input and your restraint. Do you h...
by Challenge23
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

You make me think of a comment my teacher made: "I have a great deal of respect for those who take their time to decide." I think it's better to be stable, stubborn about it, than to get all excited and then -- fwip! -- you're off chasing the next shiny thing. I talked to one of the teachers at Nit...
by Challenge23
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 15269

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Lhug-Pa wrote:By the way:

Murthugpa = Barhaspatya
It also looks like it is translated as "nihilist". Would that be accurate?
by Challenge23
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Individuality of beings after enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 1350

Re: Individuality of beings after enlightenment

Hello In Theravada the issue of what remains of an enlightened person after they die seems to me to be usually left very vague, whereas in the Mahayana, Bodhistattvas and Buddhas are, it seems to me, considered to still exist as individual beings, though perhaps dwelling in other realms etc. Is tha...
by Challenge23
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 67567

Re: Institutional Buddhism

if anything, vajrayana is about personal responsibility. at the pith we stand or fall on our own awareness or unawareness. it's the same with every aspect of the practice. we can't say, "oh, the lama didn't explain the samayas" or "oh the lama didn't say what i should do in this situation". it's up...
by Challenge23
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

It's interesting. One of the things that ngondro has most definitely done is that given me a more clear idea about the Dharma then I had before I started. Now I'm sure you guys are going to smile at this but I was one of those individuals who thought that Buddhism was not a religion in the same way ...
by Challenge23
Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 32421

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

What real, hard evidence is there that bodhisattvas exist, that enlightenment is possibility or that rebirth can happen either? None. Zip. Zero. Nada. This is why Buddhism is a religion . Malcolm gave the direct answer. As much as I like scientists, if one scientist said to me, "I am looking for a ...
by Challenge23
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

Thanks very much for everyone's responses. Re; weight loss. One thing that I would like to point out is that changing one's lifestyle to reduce calories and increase exercise has some interesting elements in it that relate to the Dharma. You have to learn to accept things you don't like(in my case a...
by Challenge23
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ngondro Challenges
Replies: 62
Views: 12486

Re: Ngondro Challenges

First, thank you everyone that responded. This has been very helpful.* I wanted to respond here to give everyone an update all in one place. If anyone has any feedback, I will accept it with gratitude. If you don't, thank you for taking the time to read it. The circumstances that created the origina...
by Challenge23
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Religion versus spirituality.
Replies: 29
Views: 4804

Re: Religion versus spirituality.

Any theory as to why there is this reluctance? What factors might be behind that? Because "religion" is now associated with superstitious and unscientific ideologies. The orthodoxy of modern thought is largely managed by materialists in mainstream science who dictate for their own benefit what best...
by Challenge23
Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why meditate?
Replies: 15
Views: 4181

Re: Why meditate?

First, thanks to everyone who responded. There is some really good stuff here. Catmoon, as my bookcase is already full I'm contemplating getting a Kindle so that I can snag "Healing Anger" as well as a few other books. I'm still trying to figure out the economics of getting a Kindle as opposed to or...
by Challenge23
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What are some of your fruits of the Path?
Replies: 4
Views: 836

What are some of your fruits of the Path?

Hey, I have been thinking about a lot of stuff(styles of learning and how they integrate with the traditional transition method of some schools of Buddhism, that sort of thing) and realized that I don't "know" that many people who have been dedicated towards the Dharma, worked toward the goal of rea...
by Challenge23
Thu May 31, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 67567

Re: Institutional Buddhism

If Dzogchen produces results,isn't all that dangerous, and is relatively quick, why would so many teachers require things that are extremely convoluted, take a very long time(in most cases amounting almost to a second job), and are in some cases even a little dangerous(I'm looking at you Tummo)? I ...
by Challenge23
Wed May 30, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 67567

Re: Institutional Buddhism

Well, if you are into magic, just practice Dzogchen and all those results which take years of practice through elaborate rituals can accomplished merely through Dzogchen practice without uttering a single mantra. Actually I'd be absolutely thrilled to be compassionate 80% of the time and happy 80% ...
by Challenge23
Wed May 30, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 67567

Re: Institutional Buddhism

My experience matches up with what you are talking about pretty closely. I was told by Rinpoche that in order to learn Dzogchen I would have to do the Ngondro, learn Phowa, Dream Yoga, Tummo, and Shinay, then Striking the Essence in Three Phrases by Garab Dorje and then I would be able to learn Dzo...
by Challenge23
Wed May 30, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 67567

Re: Institutional Buddhism

As I have the experience of both sides, all I can say that while I was practicing the "tantric approach to Dzogchen", dedicating myself a lot- I should say- perhaps I would die before getting to actually practice it. I thought Dzogchen was for advanced practitioners and that idea was widespread. Fi...

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