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by TharpaChodron
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 236
Views: 23747

Re: Random Thoughts

Good topic; yes sometimes I feel like writing some random happenings or thoughts, but don't want to make a new thread. For example, about 9 months ago I saw the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Rhapsody_(film) It was very interesting about the life of Freddie Mercury...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 236
Views: 23747

Re: Random Thoughts

Today I went to a teaching by Kalu Rinpoche, by chance I learned he was teaching only 1.5 hours away from my home. Never met his previous incarnation, but I was so impressed! :heart:
by TharpaChodron
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 641

Re: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment

From what I have heard, all things are compounded and therefore impermanent, however enlightenment they say, is actually uncompounded.
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: did you feel it?
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: did you feel it?

Felt it here 276 miles north of Ridgecrest! House swayed for a while, hanging lights swinging etc. Even my dogs got scared. Think a bigger one is coming? :shock:
by TharpaChodron
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 1449

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

There's a famous quote from the Buddha about how praise and blame have existed for as long as time and never ends. Ignore both blame and praise. In the relative world we live in, however, act with a Bodhisattva attitude of equanimity/compassion/patience etc to end injustice.
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: Precious Human Birth

I'm sure you all know this story, but here is an article about Mingyur Rinpoche coming back from his wandering retreat. He said gratitude and appreciation were huge things he discovered. https://www.lionsroar.com/in-exclusive-first-interview-mingyur-rinpoche-reveals-what-happened-during-his-four-yea...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Precious Human Birth

So...I was contemplating on how important the concept of "Gratitude" is with our Christian friends and wondering about how the concept of gratitude seems slightly missing from Buddhism. And then, I thought about the Four Reminders, especially the first one - this precious human birth. I think they a...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 5124

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Kind of touched on above but not made explicit... If civilization were reoriented to happiness of the sort embodied in love and kindness, abortion might become the unfortunate aberration I think everyone wishes it would be. So long as we enshrine self interest (regulated to keep it from leading to ...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 5124

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Kind of touched on above but not made explicit... If civilization were reoriented to happiness of the sort embodied in love and kindness, abortion might become the unfortunate aberration I think everyone wishes it would be. So long as we enshrine self interest (regulated to keep it from leading to ...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 5124

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Also- Are pro-lifers as concerned about killing animals and eating animal meat? Why shouldn't they all be vegans, respecting life and all. But no, animals are supposedly lesser life forms than humans and don't deserve the "sanctity of life" argument. And let us not even get into how many anti-choic...
by TharpaChodron
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 5124

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Teen pregnancy rates have been dropping since the 1950s. Sexual education is very important as is access to birth control. In some jurisdictions up to 70% of incarcerated inmates were in foster care at some time in their youth. There is also a huge decrease in crime that correlates with the date of...
by TharpaChodron
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

I started working part time when I hit 60 so I could devote 7-8 hours a day to practice (three hours before breakfast and four in the afternoon). At 65, I retired completely with absolutely no regrets and do 3.5-4 sessions per day with some evening group practices added in on top. It's now been eig...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

Retirement is interesting. The amount of freedom can evoke some strange feelings. It's not a weekend or a vacation. You are truly free for the first time. People still in the rat race don't understand and can't relate to it. You can volunteer and stuff but you start drifting away. Retreat and findi...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

Retirement is interesting. The amount of freedom can evoke some strange feelings. It's not a weekend or a vacation. You are truly free for the first time. People still in the rat race don't understand and can't relate to it. You can volunteer and stuff but you start drifting away. Retreat and findi...
by TharpaChodron
Thu May 30, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

I was just going to say that I saw there is indeed such a place in France, I saw an ad in a dharma centre's book catalogue last week. Given that it's in France, it probably includes 3 square meals and a bottle of wine a day... Joking aside, I would surprised if there wasn't already something like t...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

This is an important topic. I have spent a few years of my life looking after practitioners who did not give this subject any attention. Too old to work some have been pushed out of temples and monasteries. I'm not sure a center is the best idea for retirement. They are often periodically filled wi...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

Sounds great what you are doing. I think I'd like to be a part of a Dharma community one day. I'm surprised there isn't already an existing Vajrayana retirement community somehwhere... I was just going to say that I saw there is indeed such a place in France, I saw an ad in a dharma centre's book c...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

You have to work a lot, as far as I have seen the situation isn't ideal for older people at this point. /magnus I'm sure you are right, maybe the work requirements for people could be modified. There's a lot of ways older people can be of help besides heavy lifting and the like. My center has a lot...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

There's a lot of ways older people can be of help besides heavy lifting and the like. Here there’s a lot of cooking, cleaning & shopping. Then there’s filling & emptying water bowls, prepping butter lamps (yuck!). Then there’s event stuff like reservations, parking, setting up chairs, & cleaning gu...
by TharpaChodron
Wed May 29, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Retreat Centers
Replies: 41
Views: 2751

Re: Retreat Centers

I have not done a retreat and haven't asked my lama about it either. Figured I'd test the waters here before asking a crazy question. Presuming you are in No. CA, take a look at what Vajrapani offers, both Group & Private retreats. This way you can dip your mind for a few days into a quiet locale. ...

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