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by Ogyen
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2891

Re: DNA TESTS

In reality of course, all of our distant ancestors were black. Shakyamuni broke off some wicked beats. Omniscient and all. I haven't done the testing myself, but a family member has, so based on what I was told, our Indian family is shockingly NOT "the Indian we thought it was," but a mix of Ladakh...
by Ogyen
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

The answer to the question in the OP is given in the first two verses of the Dharmapada. Verse 1. Suffering Follows The Evil-Doer Mind precedes all knowables, mind's their chief, mind-made are they. If with a corrupted mind one should either speak or act dukkha follows caused by that, as does the w...
by Ogyen
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Quotes compiled from collective karma thread But dependent origination, when reduced to its essential components, simply means: where there is affliction, there is a cause for action; where there is action there is a cause for suffering; and where there is suffering, there is a condition for further...
by Ogyen
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

What costs 500 USD? The Gelong Lodrö Sangpo version (4 volumes) costs 150 USD in total. The paperback of Pruden's version is 50 x 4 = 200 USD, and the hardcover of that one is out of stock so it's an expensive third-party store price. Get either the Gelong Lodrö Sangpo version, or the paperback of ...
by Ogyen
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Vasana asked about the Abhidharmakosha earlier, and I posted this - it includes Gelong Lodrö Sangpo's version (which is also the version I own, it's nice): 1. 4 volume set, based on Poussin's French translation, updated/annotated English translation by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo. This is also the latest p...
by Ogyen
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and all that jazz)??? You don't. You do your best. You learn the "rules" of ethical conduct, you practise meditation, you act, and then you take your chances. Intentions matter, so if you are d...
by Ogyen
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

We talk about karma in principle, and I am fixed (determined) on understanding it in its correct view. But not to just understand and talk about it. I want this to be done already. I'm fed up with being ignorant. Since you read French, you can get Valle-Poussin's original translation of the Abhidha...
by Ogyen
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

No, basically. If your karma is to be born a wealthy family, you will never be able to take rebirth in the womb of a poor mother. Why? Just as a fruit tree cannot flourish in poor soil, but various kinds of other plants can easily grow, a poor mother lacks the conditions to support the karmic cause...
by Ogyen
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and all that jazz)??? Well, the safest path is the Hinayana approach, that's for sure. You can always temporarily revert to it if you are unsure of your motivation. In the meantime accumulating...
by Ogyen
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Any suggestions on how to verify one's karma, any tells that can help navigate what to consider, what to ignore??? What are the post signs along the road I should be paying attention to? How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and al...
by Ogyen
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Dzogchen mainly describes how samsara begins (with an aim to reverse it), but the “mechanics” of samsara are the same: affliction—> action —> suffering —>affliction as infinitum unless one breaks the chain at affliction. So the reason that we always focus to understand the nature of our condition i...
by Ogyen
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

What are the post signs along the road I should be paying attention to? I think when you have more love in your heart rather than hatred Check. Even much of my anger has lost its snaggletooth edge. I figured maybe I'm just getting older among other things. More peace in your life On the material le...
by Ogyen
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: blah blah blah......
Replies: 23
Views: 1249

Re: blah blah blah......

Girl, you did NOT just bring yada yada yada into these blah blah blahs....

Oh snap ... She went there. :popcorn:
by Ogyen
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

I also have a question which I hope does not derail the thread but only complements the OP's query. It is said that at the time of death, "whichever actions carry the greatest effect, whichever are closest, whichever more habitual and whichever were done first - these will be the first to ripen". W...
by Ogyen
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Amanitamusc, is this a Dzogchen question? I didn't know the viewpoint of karma changes based on the vehicle... Unless I misread something.

Excuse my ignorance. :meditate:

I look forward to the event in Santa Fe!!
by Ogyen
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 2584

How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

Some stuff is happening that I know with utmost certainty is the culminating of Karma ripening. The collective karma thread has given me a lot of food for thought. Over 10 people have sent me this question in the past month, all friends from different walks of life, hey are you familiar with the Dun...
by Ogyen
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 8549

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Sorry Manju!!!! it's the usual pattern - good relevant suggestions offered and then things move along. You have to admit, Malcolm gotcha there ! lol :) Totally got me and kept me in check!! It's what made me verify what I thought I knew before spouting off some additional nonsense... :oops:
by Ogyen
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 8549

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Hello everyone, a few minutes ago: US and allies started launching strikes on Syria. If you know about any `spiritual efforts towards world peace` then please write it here (Sutra recitation etc. ....what is appropriate ? ) I am sitting in Kathmandu and want to recite something. Manju So this was t...
by Ogyen
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 8549

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Hello everyone, a few minutes ago: US and allies started launching strikes on Syria. If you know about any `spiritual efforts towards world peace` then please write it here (Sutra recitation etc. ....what is appropriate ? ) I am sitting in Kathmandu and want to recite something. Manju So this was t...
by Ogyen
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 8549

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Even so, gun issues in the US are not relevant to this topic. My bad for not being clear, my reference wasn't towards gun issues, but life lost and the mobilizing of forces for x-amounts of lives lost or at stake. Every intervention is a huge cost both in resources and manpower. Aside from the unre...

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