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by Paul
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

Well, obviously it wasn't a complete failure. So, what exactly does he mean by the Dharma "failing"? He means its our turn. Thats very interesting. Its sad to think of Dezhung Rinpoche experiencing the kind of cognitive disonance that comes with seeing something you have devoted your entire life to...
by Paul
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Buddha's Jihad! :D
Replies: 57
Views: 7526

Re: The Buddha's Jihad! :D

tingdzin wrote:Anybody who's been visiting this Forum regularly knows all about Ungern Sternberg.
I'd never heard of the bloke.
tingdzin wrote:who is that military man in the huge picture you posted, Rita?
Douglas MacArthur.
by Paul
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2
Replies: 27
Views: 3500

Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2

pretty soon it will be the 'god hates fags' crowd that will be forcibly silenced. who is being forcibly silenced? where and by whom? You are aware of the bizarre anti free speech goings on in universities at the moment, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGnNKmR1EEc&feature=youtu.be&t=920 It wo...
by Paul
Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

Malcolm wrote:
maybay wrote:People shouldn't rise to positions of authority without proving their moral strength.
So I take it you are against hereditary systems then, kingships and the like?

And just how do you "prove" your "moral strength?"
And whose morals?
by Paul
Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Direct introduction. What is it?
Replies: 82
Views: 15076

Re: Direct introduction. What is it?

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:Don't know if this is relevant but I think DI is a practice, it needs to be repeated. That particular instant should be explored.
You can indeed repeat (some) DI methods, such as ChNNR's Yeshe Zangthal.
by Paul
Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

Hahahahaha...you think casual adultery was not rampant among pre-modern Tibetans? . I don't think it was this streamlined: https://www.ashleymadison.com OK. It is a website which helps people have affairs, including extra-marital ones. What exactly is so horribly offensive here? Pre-invasion Tibet ...
by Paul
Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can Westerners Really be Schwarma Practitioners?
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Can Westerners Really be Schwarma Practitioners?

Westerners don't have good enough table manners to properly eat schwarma. The best we can hope for is to be enticed by the smell and maybe we can eat it properly in a future life. :anjali:
by Paul
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Disappointed with this site
Replies: 114
Views: 12857

Re: Disappointed with this site

The culture of DW is debate-oriented, is what it comes down to. It is not a great place for support of practice, in anything but a very ancillary way. I say this a lot, but forums are not that great for a lot of the purposes some try to use them for. I don't think they're good for emotional support...
by Paul
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

dzogchungpa wrote:What's so bad about "smoking weed or taking LSD or ayahuasca in private" anyway? Would it we better if we did it at tsok or something?

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Can I come along? I can bring chocolate biscuits and a Krishna Das CD...
by Paul
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

I prefer practicing what Chogyal Namkai Norbu Rinpoche teaches ,as transmitted from Garab Dorje. Have fun with your little crusade . There are also other teachers that treat their students as grown-ups, thank goodness, so it's not as if dharma is completely saturated by rigid teachers. Also I've fo...
by Paul
Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Right livelihood
Replies: 47
Views: 9555

Re: Right livelihood

No you can't assume that...but, if you are driving completely sober and attentively and despite that you hit a pedestrian ( it happens ) then you will not accrue any karma at all. Karma vipaka is the result of VOLITIONAL activity. The accident might however be a result of the pedestrians karma ripe...
by Paul
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2
Replies: 27
Views: 3500

Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists, Part 2

pretty soon it will be the 'god hates fags' crowd that will be forcibly silenced. peer pressure, shaming, etc. it seems like any one in america at least who has an opinion not in line with the liberal/left is vunerable to a public 'struggle session' in the current climate. It's becoming a strange t...
by Paul
Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:57 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'm sure no one is right 100% of the time, hell I think being right 75% of the time would be a good record, but it is definitely a valid thing for moderation to limit the duration of certain types of conversation, though I can see why from a users perspective it seems limiting. I tend to prefer a b...
by Paul
Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Some Questions about DC
Replies: 42
Views: 6139

Re: Some Questions about DC

mzaur wrote: Could you recommend a resource to learn about Garab Dorje's life?
Try this...
http://www.shangshunguk.org/v1/index.ph ... &Itemid=44
by Paul
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How can karma know,and how do for instance hell wardens know
Replies: 30
Views: 4118

Re: How can karma know,and how do for instance hell wardens

Also, where they come from and who created them? How did they form? Because it seems that they know!!! Are these beings who are tottering wrongdoers also creating a bad karma, if not? How come? He'll guardians are not sentient beings - they are projections from the mind of the hell being in questio...
by Paul
Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Guy
Replies: 5
Views: 1639

Re: New Guy

I'm new here, I'm interested in meditation,making of electronic music, crazyness, other dimensions, UFO's & contactees and tobacco plants. I like Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoy the technique over strength aspect, though I fail often to use it. I've got almost identical interests - cool to h...
by Paul
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Ah Thigle - work in progress - feedback welcomed
Replies: 8
Views: 3500

Re: Ah Thigle - work in progress - feedback welcomed

These look brilliant. I love the slightly fuzzy glow to them.
by Paul
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 72464

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

As a footnote I'd like to point out that DKR is Dudjom R.'s grandson and presumably brought up in the tradition of his grandfather. Therefore I think it safe to assume he accepts the Great Madhyamaka/Shentong view of emptiness which is not universally accepted in Nyingma. Thus he may express opinio...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confused about Samsara
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: Confused about Samsara

In the hinayana systems the world is to some degree or another real, such as being made of indivisible atoms. In the mahayana the world and beings in it are an illusion. Nirvana and samsara are also illusions.
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31081

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

amanitamusc wrote:This Resonates . :bow:
He's fantastic. Of course he's spent a lot of time completely immersed in Tibetan, Chinese and European cultures, including academia. He's had students from all over the world for many decades. I trust his opinion on this more than anyone else I can think of.

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