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by Paul
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Irritation&frustration
Replies: 6
Views: 2448

Re: Irritation&frustration

I get often irritated, when people don't understand me or say me things which upsets me and bothers me long time. If someone says nasty things and don't feel sorry, what to do? It puts we down and gives me feeling of wortlessness. Which antidote helps? I don't think it's compassion and love, becaus...
by Paul
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Theravadin looking for a bit of suggestion
Replies: 26
Views: 4412

Re: Theravadin looking for a bit of suggestion

Thankyou everyone for your input so far, I will certainly be looking up the combinations of Zen, Dzogchen and Theravada, as mentioned by Tomamundsen and Dan74 @ Bryandavis, Basically I feel like coming from a Theravada background, a lot of the teachings as amazing and precise as they are, are bette...
by Paul
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?
Replies: 14
Views: 2616

Re: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?

SeeLion wrote:
You have to be active and ask and request teachings or it will not happen. This is equally true with empowerments.
How would one know what to ask for ? Is there a curriculum that can be consulted in advance ?
What are you interested in?
by Paul
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?
Replies: 14
Views: 2616

Re: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?

do you need empowement to practice vajrayana? Yes. i may know that. you may know that. but that is not a universially accepted thing on this site. and of course the same question comes up over and over again about whether a computer screen can be a guru.... (which is not what this thread is about.....
by Paul
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?
Replies: 14
Views: 2616

Re: do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?

Fortyeightvows wrote:do you need empowement to practice vajrayana?
Yes.
by Paul
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 16224

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

If a person's personality is dominated by the five poisons that is clearly not a good thing. Trying to be a 'nice guy' can indeed come from an egotistical place or from being conditioned by beliefs regarding how you should be acting. There are many types of beings and gentleness is not going to help...
by Paul
Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Older practitioner without experience
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Re: Older practitioner without experience

Use what works! There are loads of methods for a reason. So use the ones that work best for you.
by Paul
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Questions and answers about practice.
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

Re: Questions and answers about practice.

DC seems to be better supported than most. A lot of practitioners from other groups seem to be a bit more on their own in my opinion.
by Paul
Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Questions and answers about practice.
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

Re: Questions and answers about practice.

I think people tried to set up a semi-official DC forum and Rinpoche thought it was a bad idea. The SMS instructors like Jim Valby are excellent people to ask and do seminars/retreats in many places. Plus people can email Rinpoche.
by Paul
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & No Female Tibetan Rinpoches
Replies: 24
Views: 4586

Re: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & No Female Tibetan Rinpoches

tingdzin wrote:There are also more than a few Western women teachers nowadays, many of whom are genuine. Certainly those that are have accomplished as their male peers.
Tenzin Palmo is one of my favourites. She's great.
by Paul
Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru?
Replies: 93
Views: 14952

Re: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Gur

Since there are options online, that raises a question, a little offtopic: receiving transmission is not only a simple teaching, otherwise I could see any video on youtube from, lets say, Namkhai Norbu! But it seems that the transmission must be direct, in real time so to say. So, can I say that th...
by Paul
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 23569

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

smcj wrote:I imagine the task being something akin to eating broken glass.
Yes. Only the glass tastes horrible.
by Paul
Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time
Replies: 22
Views: 6763

Re: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time

Wow, that's a lot of time... Have you tried adding filter software to your PC? Hi, thanks for replying. Well it is a lot of time. It's not every night. Some weeks none at all. Some weeks maybe 25+ hours. But that is a lot of time. Oh dear. I don't know anything about filter software. I have a Mac b...
by Paul
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time
Replies: 22
Views: 6763

Re: Bad habits, addiction, wasted time

Wow, that's a lot of time...

Have you tried adding filter software to your PC?
by Paul
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 23569

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

Thanks for the suggestion, Paul. I like it but I'm not sure if it is possible to implement it with the software we've got. Do you know? No idea, but I think I've seen it somewhere. The other slow-it-down mechanism would be to require a mod to approve every post before it was made public. That's tec...
by Paul
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Chutzpah: Geshe Michael Roach's Je Tsongkapa Student Center
Replies: 24
Views: 6793

Re: Chutzpah: Geshe Michael Roach's Je Tsongkapa Student Cen

we all should be concerned that every year he travels the world to spread his mistaken views of karmic principles to large crowds in cities across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. the problem is that he sells something that is very clearly not buddhism as buddhism and turns this into an ego trip. I...
by Paul
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 23569

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

I will re-open the thread in due course, probably after only a few hours. (One moderator problem, btw, is that our only tools for stopping disruptive behaviour are blunt instruments - suspensions and locking. If anyone can come up with something gentler, we would use it.) Not sure it would be a goo...
by Paul
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Kurdistan
Replies: 14
Views: 3221

Re: Hello from Kurdistan

Kurdistan? Awesome - how'd you get interested in Buddhism?
by Paul
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Buddha's Jihad! :D
Replies: 57
Views: 7526

Re: The Buddha's Jihad! :D

"left wing liberal" is a strawman. It's also contradiction in terms, at least in the context of US politics. "left wing" means ending capitalism. "liberal" means reducing state intervention--this is why the Clintons make such good bedfellows with Wall Street. One wants to privatize the economy; the...
by Paul
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: No means No
Replies: 102
Views: 11500

Re: No means No

There are also seemingly negative actions that are engaged in with vajrayana enhancement practices and in the actions of some siddhas.

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