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by oldbob
Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of ChNNR - pricing and costing issues
Replies: 44
Views: 5448

Re: Dzogchen Community of ChNNR for Newcomers

That's interesting and quite sad IMO. I never experienced things like that with the local DC, but I have heard from some American practitioners that their local DC tends to attract a lot of rich people who like to close things up to others. I have never encountered anything like this in my six or s...
by oldbob
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 11423

Re: Nakedness

I have no opinion of Dzogchen. I have none now. I think it unlikely that I will have an opinion of Dzogchen when my time comes to die. There is no " My Dzogchen "..so the matter of whose Dzogchen is better than whose does not arise. In 1963 I ran away from home, packing food and clothes in a guitar...
by oldbob
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 11423

Re: Nakedness

Now tell us what it actually means in terms of Dzogchen...words about words about words are still ...words. And time is still a- wasting even when we discus the fact. He is saying that your opinions about Dzogchen doesn't matter at all when you are about to die, which might be any moment, only your...
by oldbob
Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of ChNNR - pricing and costing issues
Replies: 44
Views: 5448

Dzogchen Community of ChNNR - pricing and costing issues

Dear all and All, I originally thought to place this post in the "Pls introduce me to Dzogchen" thread, but it belongs here. You don't need to donate anything. If you want to that's great but spending money isn't a requirement. The community isn't there to get money out of people. You don't even nec...
by oldbob
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 11423

Re: Nakedness

Dear all and All, :heart: Does it really matter how many Bonpos or Buddhists danced on the head of the Dzogchen pin or when? For me, the only thing that matters is to find myself in integration with what arises, or doesn't arise, in my continuum, 24/7. If something furthers this, I take it up as pra...
by oldbob
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Comb Your Hair in Wind, Take a Bath in Rain
Replies: 12
Views: 1534

Re: Comb Your Hair in Wind, Take a Bath in Rain

A Zen-inspired prose poem. Is it really Buddhist? I don't know. Here's a poem for you: Did Shakyamuni really sit down & wake up under that tree or was he just conning everybody? After all, the man seems to have had no credentials. Why should anybody believe a thing he taught? b the wind - b the rai...
by oldbob
Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 11423

Re: Nakedness

well, for all this talk of nakedness... :smile: After a time, your tense, dualistic attitudes will evaporate and you will get to the point where gold and pebbles, food and filth, gods and demons, virtue and nonvirtue, are all the same for you-you’ll be at a loss to choose between paradise and hell!...
by oldbob
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 24533

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

I also wanted to add this... When I first started studying Buddhism, I had so many doubts and questions and skepticism about everything. Everything had to make sense and be intellectually tidy. A huge part of the path for me so far has been to realize that 95% of that is, to put it bluntly, mental ...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 24533

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

How can a person prove that enlightenment exists, or that Bodhisattvas or Buddhas exist? What empirical evidence is there that any of the sutras, suttas, tantras and whatnot are true? I mean, most Buddhists are non-theistic. I too am a skeptic and was lead to believe that there isn't a personal god...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: No need for relative bodhicitta
Replies: 30
Views: 3808

Re: No need for relative bodhicitta

I recently asked Garchen Rinpoche a question about this. And as many of you may know, he teaches Dzogchen very openly, having been a close disciple of Khenpo Munsel in prison for 20 years or so in occupied Tibet. He is a great yogi, and had the opportunity to put the teachings to the test in one of...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Pls introduce me to Dzogchen
Replies: 61
Views: 6246

Re: Pls introduce me to Dzogchen

3) It seems like the world of Buddhism produces a garden variety of different types of Buddhists, why would Dzogchen be suitable for me? I don't think you will be able to determine if Dzogchen is suitable for you until you take a "pointing out instruction; direct introduction," and then see how "me...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Pls introduce me to Dzogchen
Replies: 61
Views: 6246

Re: Pls introduce me to Dzogchen

2) Does correct Dzogchen practice produce a visible buddha?.. Dear Wesley, all and ALL, Onto the Lion's screens, Wesley, please forgive me for a long wordy answer that may appear to wander off the point, but it all will make sense eventually. My 2 cent advice is not to let anything go by which you ...
by oldbob
Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Oldbob, That link doesn't work. Great ideas,btw. Lhasa, Maybe it is for the good that too many people do not contact Massimo frivolously. I've heard that he has a friend who has a beautiful boutique B&B near Merigar. Maybe you can meet Tara there too. If anyone is interested, they can PM me for the...
by oldbob
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Great ideas, although little to do with this forum. You should perhaps find someone with the necessary programming skills to create the structure, then upload and maintain all the data. Dear all and All, Yes, this makes sense. It will take time, but maybe not so hard. Maybe Dharma Wheel can collabo...
by oldbob
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Impure and pure illusory body
Replies: 1
Views: 596

Re: Impure and pure illusory body

Do you know what is the advantage to differentiate illusory body as pure and impure? No matter how I look at the issue, they are actually same. I cannot figure out what is the real difference and real advantage in doing so. In one text, seeing your reflection in the mirror, you praise and scold you...
by oldbob
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?
Replies: 64
Views: 8659

Re: Do Theravadins have anything similar to Dzogchen?

I am curious if the Theravadin tradition has anything equivalent to dzogchen view/practices? Is there even a translation of the word "Dzogchen" into pali (via sanskrit)? Thx! ----------------------------------------- Greetings to all and ALL, I obtained these books when I spent three months in a Bu...
by oldbob
Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Wish list. :soapbox: 1. Enlightenment Engine. Suffering being in - Happy :buddha1: out. Programmed learning modules could be set up for all practices / lineages. You progress as you succeed in each practice, including practice in meditation / absorptions. This can be developed from within each linea...
by oldbob
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 6879

Re: restricted texts question

Dear all and All, The purpose of all Dharma activity is to realize Buddhahood. :buddha1: The purpose of a Dharma book is to support your practice so you gain the experiences beyond words that are pointed out in the book. So I think that if reading a restricted book will help you, then it is OK. Then...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche & H.E. Lho Orgyen Dorje Rinpoche
Replies: 0
Views: 597

Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche & H.E. Lho Orgyen Dorje Rinpoche

Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche & H.E. Lho Orgyen Dorje Rinpoche Bodhicitta Public Talk Yangzab Dorje Drollo Empowerment Trekcho Dzogchen Pith Practice Instructions: Garab Dorje's Three Words That Strike The Vital Point Yangzab Guru Who Holds Power Over Life: Empowerment, Teachings & Practice Yangzab Three ...
by oldbob
Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahāmudrā & Dzogchen
Replies: 227
Views: 38101

Re: Mahāmudrā & Dzogchen

From inside the Lion... That's great, now can you relate that back to Mahamudra since the discussion is Mahamudra and Dzogchen and we are in the Mahamudra section of the forum? :namaste: Greetings to all and ALL, Good question. Executive summary: it is all slices from the same baklava: experience. ...

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