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by Paul
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Satanists offering to protect Muslims in Minneapolis
Replies: 46
Views: 6830

Re: Satanists offering to protect Muslims in Minneapolis

Dan74 wrote:Probably fairly mainstream, especially in the most confederate parts, no?
The bible belt - renowned for its Satanism.
Why dress it in satanist garb?
LaVey worked extensively in a circus/carnival. That should explain a lot.
by Paul
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Spreading Buddhism to weaken armies?
Replies: 44
Views: 7214

Re: Spreading Buddhism to weaken armies?

What are your thoughts about the effects of a country becoming more and more Buddhist? Would such a sincerely Buddhist country always lose in war and politics to the more ruthless and unethical countries' soldiers and politicians? Well, the first thing to do is to look at history. There have been c...
by Paul
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Satanists offering to protect Muslims in Minneapolis
Replies: 46
Views: 6830

Re: Satanists offering to protect Muslims in Minneapolis

Even 'mainstream' Laveyan satanists don't really believe in or focus on the supernatural, it's really just a focus on social darwinist ideas and hedonism, almost all "Satanists" i've met are in fact atheists. To date, despite having been a counter-culture person for years, I have never met one pers...
by Paul
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mental Continuums, Rebirth, and the Brain
Replies: 19
Views: 3076

Re: Mental Continuums, Rebirth, and the Brain

Obviously, there is a relationship (and ultimately non-duality) between body and mind. And it is true that as far as we know, physical phenomenon don't become mental and vice versa. But why is it not possible for physical phenomenon to give rise to mental phenomenon? For example, when you hit my bo...
by Paul
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

And I believe the way Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche taught, and his sons like Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche now teach, is a 3rd possibility: Top first, then bottom up. So you get the introduction to the view, the pointing out of mind's nature, right at the start. And with that view, you go through all the stages o...
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Putting it into first person terms, I personally had one of the most epic NgonDro flip-outs that I know of. (And I know of a few.) My deepest and most fundamental phobias and attachments came to the surface, and instead of discounting it as my karma being purified, I bought into it. And no, I didn'...
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Adamantine wrote: Hard to know what Paul's experience was and it's not for anyone here to ask or judge.
Especially since I've deliberately said nothing about the reasons. And it was far, far from 'I don't like this'. I'm not a child, nor unreflective.

And yes, I did discuss it with a teacher :jawdrop:
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Tsongkhapa Madhyamaka
Replies: 38
Views: 6992

Re: Dzogchen and Tsongkhapa Madhyamaka

Lopon Tenzin Namdak gives a great explanation in Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings on why chittamatra, madhyamaka, mahamudra, and the various levels of tantra are negated by Dzogchen. It's very interesting indeed. Yet on the level of sūtra, Lopon Tenzin Namdak also goes with Prasangika Madhyamaka, according...
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

smcj wrote:
...with the reasons being things brought up during that experience. It is simply not something I have any interest in at all and I didn't feel it worked for me in the slightest.
That's what it's like when it starts working. Too bad you stopped.
No, this honestly wasn't anything like that.
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Tsongkhapa Madhyamaka
Replies: 38
Views: 6992

Re: Dzogchen and Tsongkhapa Madhyamaka

Long story short,the Dzogchen approach is also considered to be not identical to that of tantra. Lopon Tenzin Namdak gives a great explanation in Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings on why chittamatra, madhyamaka, mahamudra, and the various levels of tantra are negated by Dzogchen. It's very interesting indeed.
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

interesting post and opinions. although ChNNR doesnt teach necessity of ngondro in general, he requires it at SMS training, and he is trying to make it meaningful, not to count numbers, but have a real experience. especially at first level, Do you specifically mean the 4 * 100,000? There is of cour...
by Paul
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 10879

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

I don't repent having done a cycle. Sure beats digressing aimlessly without knowing what to do, and that probably would have been my case at the time. So it helped, but unlike EPK said, it didn't take me there . Probably my fault, but alas, that was how it was. It's just an easy way to structure on...
by Paul
Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Wholesome and Unwholesome in Dzogchen
Replies: 180
Views: 17154

Re: Wholesome and Unwholesome in Dzogchen

Only if you are a Gelugpa —— ordinary people assume inherent existence, all they assume is existence. Quite wrong, I sense this is one of your core misunderstandings. An inherently existent thing would be a thing that exists by nature, and this is precisely what ordinary people understand by existe...
by Paul
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who's your favorite Buddhist teacher on Youtube?
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

Re: Who's your favorite Buddhist teacher on Youtube?

People who have good videos I've found are:
Mingyur Rinpoche
Matthieu Ricard
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Robina Courtin
Tenzin Palmo
by Paul
Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 2974

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

I really recommend this interview between Bob Larson and Boyd Rice. I think they became good friends after this series of interviews.

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by Paul
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddha, true death and escape from reincanation.
Replies: 28
Views: 4308

Re: Buddha, true death and escape from reincanation.

Maybe your translator just is lazy. "Reincarnation" is a Hindu term which includes an eternal soul - something that is not found in Buddhism. Therefore, we prefer the term "rebirth". :namaste: This meme gets trotted out all the time, but there is no reason at all to not use the word "reincarnation"...
by Paul
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness
Replies: 66
Views: 8778

Re: Rebirth, Karma & Emptiness

Don't be sad Jeff H. I'm not being difficult. Really I won't go and do evil things. It's just that on one hand, the Buddha say that everything is caused and there is no self, the conclusion I cannot help arriving at is "True there is no self - there is just a bundle of effects which are results of ...
by Paul
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddha, true death and escape from reincanation.
Replies: 28
Views: 4308

Re: Buddha, true death and escape from reincanation.

To be picky, the term in Buddhism is called rebirth, not "reincarnation". It's the same word in Pali, no difference. Maybe your translator just is lazy. "Reincarnation" is a Hindu term which includes an eternal soul - something that is not found in Buddhism. Therefore, we prefer the term "rebirth"....
by Paul
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Complete liberation
Replies: 20
Views: 3207

Re: Complete liberation

Very close in the western world. Prove it. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religious belief. etc. A social order which respects individual freedom, has establlished individual rights - even if not perfectly realized - is surely based on liberation collectively and individually. The vast majority of p...
by Paul
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Complete liberation
Replies: 20
Views: 3207

Re: Complete liberation

garudha wrote:So in a way I'm asking; "how can "anuttara samyak sambodhi" be a finalised state if it depends on the liberation of others?".
It doesn't depend on the liberation of others.

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