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by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3535

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way: Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable , or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'? Gurus have no obligation to make teachings available, let alone affordable. This is just not how Vajrayāna wor...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3535

Re: Charging for Dharma

ChNN’s recent retreat policy change is pretty amazing. Retreats are free and the one’s who organize (and who can afford it) foot the bill. Then each student pays what they can. That’s the way it should be in the west at least. Yep, ChNN (as with many things) is deeply generous, and IMO the DC way o...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3535

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way: Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable , or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'? Gurus have no obligation to make teachings available, let alone affordable. This is just not how Vajrayāna wor...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3535

Re: Charging for Dharma

Lets phrase this a different way:

Do teachers have any obligation to make teachings affordable, or is charging large amounts ok because it keeps out people who don't "want it bad enough'?
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Feel like an interchangeable cog
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Feel like an interchangeable cog

I've been working for just under one and a half years now. In the beginning I was optimistic and thought I could balance work, practice of Dharma, exercise, and study. Gradually I got disillusioned. At this point I feel like my talents are not being utilized and that this job just helps me save up ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3535

Re: Charging for Dharma

Everything i've ever been to (that I can think of) had a scholarship option, or some kind of alternative arrangement for those who couldn't afford it, IMO that's a good way to do it. I ran into something recently where the cost of online teaching went from something like $120 to $400 or so, which I ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sounds of the Sun
Replies: 38
Views: 787

Re: Sounds of the Sun

Well, after this conversation I have decided to apply to the European Space Agency and NASA for funding to produce a virtual visual map of the dark side of the moon. I figure if they are stupid enough to throw money at a project which gives an audio representation of a phenomenon that we actually c...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sounds of the Sun
Replies: 38
Views: 787

Re: Sounds of the Sun

Given the gargantuan wastes of money that go into military spending and a lack of funds resulting from corporate welfare, I have no problem at all with Nasa using tax money to make some cool sounds. Plus, I can sample them and make something halfway cool so, win win. Sorry, but I fail to see any lo...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sounds of the Sun
Replies: 38
Views: 787

Re: Sounds of the Sun

By the way. I'll just leave this link here. https://www.arts.gov One of many initiatives to promote art with... Gasp... Tax revenue. We tend to be better off when we put the ideologues in their places... Out at the margins. As American as Apple Pie... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pragmatism "Ame...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

If you really believe as you say, then why is it an unwritten policy here to shut down conversations about such topics as thögal? Be consistent. I didn't say we had no policy on it. I'm perfectly happy not supporting people in breaking samaya, and I think that is certainly necessary for the forum. ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5386

Re: Who is America ?

Legendary!!! :twothumbsup: Cohen is great. Very funny and still amazed how he gets them. :D His Hebrew and Israeli accent is pretty good too. In case anyone's wondering, he starts the video saying "don't speak nonsense" (al tedeber shtiot). Having been involved in self defense and martial arts for ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Of course this is just false. What part of it is false? Even you should probably qualify what you say when having to speak down to us mere mortals, though I'm sure it's a real pain to do so, especially when we peskily disagree. Samaya is not just something teachers are able to abrogate on their mer...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

There is a proper way to disclose these kinds of teachings and the internet is not it... This begs the question what *is* the proper use of the internet with the teachings, and one can simply observe that different teachers have different opinions here. That being the case, the best a person can do...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6095
Views: 545973

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Each Longsal practice must be received individually. The only exception is if one has received the Longsal root empowerment (from Rinpoche in person, as this is never webcasted), but even then there are certain practices which one also needs to receive on top of that. So you need to receive the rel...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

No, but people volunteering the substance of vajrayāna practices, mantras, images of yidams, protectors, and so on certainly will. What causes the downfall of the Vajrayana is when people misuse the practice for power, reputation, etc, In other words, out of self-cherishing and attachment. It is no...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6095
Views: 545973

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Also, and I really hate asking these questions, does receiving Longsal Rushen enable me to read Longsal teachings now? Thanks again all Each Longsal practice must be received individually. The only exception is if one has received the Longsal root empowerment (from Rinpoche in person, as this is ne...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2311

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Along these lines, there is also the notion of "self secrecy", the fact that teachings remain opaque to those not ready for them. I have heard teachers bring this up, that some of the stuff out there is basically nonsense, and meaningless to people without the Karma to receive transmission or practi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5386

Re: Who is America ?

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
I taught my kid brother to shoot when he was 7 or 8, but that does not mean I believe that kids should be allowed to own and carry guns.
Of course not, context matters, these people are loons.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5386

Re: Who is America ?

But seriously: how fracked in the head would you have to be to believe that anybody under the age of 18 (I would say 21) should be allowed to legally possess and carry a firearm??? As Malcolm saysv, lots of kids here learn to shoot, especially if you live rurally. It's not like that's unique to the...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Sounds of the Sun
Replies: 38
Views: 787

Re: Sounds of the Sun

Wow fantastic, I spend hours trying to create sounds like this lol, I will be listening to this for a while.

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