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by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6372
Views: 590251

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

After the Tsog tonight, I asked Adriano Clemente what were the requirements to be able to read the "Precocious Vase." He stated, "Sincere interest." I then specifically asked if DI were a requirement for reading permission and he said "no." He also stated that any Vajrayana empowerment was sufficie...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 1030

Re: Man in the Box

Agreed. From what I've gathered a direct teacher student relationship isn't mandatory for the standard sutrayanic path, but it sure as hell helps. Most incarcerated practitioners practice in total isolation from the outside world, and often they face harsh opposition from the facility in which they...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

I think by describing it in political terms, you're furthering the damage to the body politic that is so obviously being done by the current POTUS. What is gained by doing that? It is better to view it as psycho-pathological, which adopts various political guises as part of its pathology, and as ye...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

Perhaps the intent is not lecturing, but when you are seemingly arguing against threats of violence which no one made, I wonder what you are actually objecting to. On the Jewish bit, I would think you would understand doubly the difficulties of "practicing peace" while people are trying to kill you...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

I think by describing it in political terms, you're furthering the damage to the body politic that is so obviously being done by the current POTUS. What is gained by doing that? It is better to view it as psycho-pathological, which adopts various political guises as part of its pathology, and as ye...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

I noted the Mayor of Pittsburgh says that the only way to prevent such tragedies is to remove weapons from the hate-driven individuals who are likely to perpetrate them - which seems an impossible task, given the American electorate's attitude to gun ownership (although I do think he's obviously co...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” I'd suggest that your idealism has as much to do with your position of not being under the same threat as other groups as it does your own ideals. I imagine all of ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

Unfortunately this is literally true. During the late 80's the FBI "infiltrated" ACT-UP in several cities fearing some kind of potentially violent activity. They later denied that they did this. Then they admitted it and swore that they would never do it again. Then in the 90's they "infiltrated" o...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” I'd suggest that your idealism has as much to do with your position of not being under the same threat as other groups as it does your own ideals. I imagine all of ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

Do people still want to insist . . . that Fascism can be countered by peaceful resistance? The Buddha is reported to have said, “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” Thanks Clyde. :heart: This thread is nothing but an excuse to b...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 1030

Re: Man in the Box

It is a very eclectic mix of practitioners in prison. My Zen group in the first camp had some older gentlemen who more or less spent all day studying and practicing, treating incarceration as its own form of monasticism. Yes, for sure, a ton of dedication to practice. If I may be so bold as to offe...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

It's funny because as much as detest their overall argument, the general right-wing claim that "good guys with guns" can help things is IMO a little less far off the mark than many liberals think. More like "if you're a targeted minority it might be good to learn to defend yourself from these very p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4118

Re: Psychoanalysis

It seems like we need to clarify terms and meanings here. If we use the Lankavatara idea of habit energies accrued from beginning less time, in some sense those habit energies are "subconscious", in that our correct view of them is obscured by our ignorance of their reality. It's true that they aren...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6196

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

neoliberalism... ...has in fact lifted a billion people on the planet out of chronic poverty. It just hasn't done good things for the American working class. But America First, right? In other words, what I mostly see here is people obsessing about American jobs and American politics, but there is ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6196

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Many deeply important decisions that affect our lives are actually outside the democratic process entirely. Privatization and it's daddy neoliberalism have only increased this trend. So even if votes of the rich technically count the same, voting means less and less all the time. That's not to say p...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 1030

Re: Man in the Box

Thanks man, what a story. I'm actually volunteer for prison Dharma stuff for the last few years. By and large, I was pretty impressed by the dedication of the men in the group to practicing, There is a a seriousness there (while still some good humor:) that I haven't seen in many sangha on the outsi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Eliminating the pauses of the breath
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: Eliminating the pauses of the breath

This strikes me as being a kind of Shaivite statement about meditation and can be interpreted in different ways (and not necessarily strictly physically). In fact I'm pretty sure a virtually identical statement can be found in Paul Reps book "Zen Flash, Zen Bones" in his Shaivite chapter. One of ou...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6196

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

So if your approach to current circumstances that involves criticism is criticized, that signals the end of the discussion. "We're done here." So, criticism is a one way street. Gotcha. On one hand, you assert that a criticism MO is enough, but then you also do offer some outlines of how you think ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6196

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

So if your approach to current circumstances that involves criticism is criticized, that signals the end of the discussion. "We're done here." So, criticism is a one way street. Gotcha. On one hand, you assert that a criticism MO is enough, but then you also do offer some outlines of how you think ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I am extermely afraid please help
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: I am extermely afraid please help

I'll dedicate my practice, say mantras etc., but do you have someone who can help you in person, someone you can talk to?

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