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by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Doomsday Anxiety
Replies: 21
Views: 2351

Re: Doomsday Anxiety

Collapse is never apocalyptic. It comes in cycles. Things can and even might quite probably get a lot worse, but you aren't going to wake up in a post-nuclear war world suddenly. This. We seem to be at the top of a curve at the moment and on the way down. But things will go on, even if we don't all...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

This, from Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, is possibly the best thing I have ever read on Dharma and culture: There is a matter of principle which regards the teaching which is that all an individual must always understand it well through his own culture. But to take the teachings through your culture doesn...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

I agree, I was just genuinely shocked by the statement that "Western culture" included only whites and surprised that it was commonly assumed here this meant non-poor whites at that. I have lived in a wide variety of places and nowhere else have I heard Western used with a qualification that the no...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

...with lots of other weird assumptions such as these people having been damaged by exposure to Christianity somehow. More like the assumption that people have been damaged by the collapse of Christianity and having it replaced with scientific materialism. Scientific materialism has a distinctly Ch...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

If you pay attention over years, you'll begin to see that 'Westerner' when used in this question is a placeholder for white and middle class Buddhists, with lots of other weird assumptions such as these people having been damaged by exposure to Christianity somehow. Westerners are also too darn ind...
by Paul
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

We run in different circles if that is a common usage in your's. I have never heard the term Westerner used to mean "only white Westerners." I have only heard the term Western Buddhist to mean people from the West who practice Buddhism without any reference to race. If you pay attention over years,...
by Paul
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

Comment: "The claim behind the question is fascinating, because it reveals a latent - I don't want to call it racism, but - prejudice against Westerners." Response: "Prejudice against someone because of their race is precisely racism. " Just a note the Westerners (a term used to refer to those who ...
by Paul
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?
Replies: 248
Views: 31080

Re: Can Westerners REALLY be Dharma practitioners?

The claim behind the question is fascinating, because it reveals a latent - I don't want to call it racism, but - prejudice against Westerners. Prejudice against someone because of their race is precisely racism. What if the cultural preconditions we have on Dharma are obstacles? If so then, by def...
by Paul
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Some Questions about DC
Replies: 42
Views: 6139

Re: Some Questions about DC

There are three forms of transmission - direct (or mind-to-mind), symbolic, and oral. It can be through a very ritualised way such as an empowerment, a conversation, a gesture etc. - there are many ways. It takes the intention of a teacher, the intention of the student and the circumstances for the...
by Paul
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Some Questions about DC
Replies: 42
Views: 6139

Re: Some Questions about DC

1. The Body of Light – A lot of what I read makes sense and is relatable – but when I get to the Body of Light, I don’t know if it’s a name for something I’m already familiar with or something I’ve never known before. To the extent possible, I am trying to get some intellectual understanding of thi...
by Paul
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Refraining from Halloween
Replies: 52
Views: 6226

Re: Refraining from Halloween

At its most basic, and fundamental level- all I am saying is, much suffering comes from this, and it is totally unnecessary No, it really doesn't. You come across as someone who really needs to relax a bit and stop being so uptight about the things you see as negative - Halloween especially is a di...
by Paul
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Refraining from Halloween
Replies: 52
Views: 6226

Re: Refraining from Halloween

Those accidents are caused by the fact that there's more kids out on the streets (and in costume) than it being a "celebration of fear" or due to horror films.
by Paul
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Refraining from Halloween
Replies: 52
Views: 6226

Re: Refraining from Halloween

joy&peace wrote:Each year many people suffer and die- specifically from this holiday, from the celebration of fear, and so forth-
Do you have any statistics for that? It sounds like a bold claim to put it mildly.
by Paul
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Alien & UFOs thread...
Replies: 259
Views: 29984

Re: Alien & UFOs thread...

Jesse wrote:
phpBB [video]
This is indeed one of the best documentaries out there on UFOs.

Mirage Men is also a must see. It shows how the UFO narrative has been deliberately used to manipulate people - especially for Cold War related reasons.
by Paul
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Refraining from Halloween
Replies: 52
Views: 6226

Re: Refraining from Halloween

I enjoy the fact that one day a year to some degree there is a holiday both about honoring the dead, and where people a free to express "ugliness" in a creative way. IMO cultural elements that stuff down "the bad" and try to sanctimoniously uphold "the good" are their own special form of hypocrisy,...
by Paul
Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Alien & UFOs thread...
Replies: 259
Views: 29984

Re: Alien & UFOs thread...

Eric Ouellet was on Binnall of America and he's got one of the most interesting takes on UFOs I've heard from in a long time. He connects the patterns that are experienced in parapsychological events - specifically poltergeists - with UFO flaps quite convincingly. It's quite a Jungian take on things...
by Paul
Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: receiving introduction from Chnn
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

Re: receiving introduction from Chnn

Yes! Run, don't walk.
by Paul
Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yoga teachers.
Replies: 7
Views: 1466

Re: Yogi teachers.

[quote It is difficult to practice the dharma these days without money. I find it difficult to belive this. When was money necesary to practice the dhamma? If that so, why the precept: "10. Jatarupa-rajata-patiggahana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from accepting...
by Paul
Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness
Replies: 129
Views: 18253

Re: Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness

I am saying that one can indeed see into the nature of one's own mind through this text, although it is not my only Direct Introduction. You can't receive direct introduction from a text. I wish someone would compile a list of statements from various teachers to that effect. It's a particular line ...
by Paul
Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 24151

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

fckw wrote: I never understand why this debate always leads to so much confusion.
I think it's because people take the teachings' sales patter at face value. For example Lopon Tenzin Namdak. often talks about the difference between Dzogchen per se and a Dzogchenpa.

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