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by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

I say that 'experience' is a transitive verb i.e. a verb that requires an object: 'I experience it'. So whenever and whatever we experience, there is a knowing subject that is experiencing some phenomenon or sensation. So to that extent, experience implies a duality of subject and object. However a...
by Rick
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

So this notion of luminous mind is very subtle. It can never be realized by theorizing about it or believing in it. Anam Thubten is my root teacher! What I see happening in me is a gradual moving from obvious theories/beliefs about IT (realization) to increasingly subtle ones. Emptiness is the defi...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1731

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Alas, poor Donald, I see you more as a clueless frightened sociopathic old geezer who happened to wander into the throne room (of the asylum) when no one was looking. ...who forcefully removes children from their parents just because their skin is brown... And is doing his best to unravel the laws ...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1731

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

My contention is whether demons work that way. Like I said, Maras are liars, better dismissed or vanquished through exposure. I don't think Trump is any species of demon. I could believe that he's a mean old man, however. My take on demons is quite different from yours. (Then again, I'm a horror mo...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1731

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

It's kind of fun to see Trump as a demon, the flip side of a god. His role: To mercilessly expose us to ... ourselves. Meh. Maras are liars. Not digging your demonology. Lies aren't un-truths, they're variations on the truth. Trump is helping us ignorant earthlings understand that we create our own...
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1731

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

Rack 'em! +1
by Rick
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1731

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

It's kind of fun to see Trump as a demon, the flip side of a god. His role: To mercilessly expose us to ... ourselves.

Alas, poor Donald, I see you more as a clueless frightened sociopathic old geezer who happened to wander into the throne room (of the asylum) when no one was looking.
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:09 pm
The union of two truths lies at the bottom of the bottle
Now *that* would be a vintage I'd love to try:

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by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
There is a bottle.
There is no bottle.
Repeat until all sentient beings are enlightened or intoxicated, whichever comes first.
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

Yeah, good point about the translation ... it does seem like it could be a semantic thingie.

I'm'a ask my teacher what he means by realization so I don't get myself tangled up in conceptual knots.

Thanks, everyone! :-)
by Rick
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

These are both direct experiences of something that you name tree, no? Indeed, but the direct of experience of engaging with a tree would be different than reading and thinking about a tree before ever encountering one (or perhaps arguably even afterwards). The immediate tactile sensation and the a...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

You realize the dharmata. Does that mean you are always in such direct realization? Only if you really remain that way. Afaiu this would mean that one could realize emptiness (authentically, not faux) during a retreat ... and then lose all trace of this realization afterwards, i.e. "be none the wis...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

... what I mean colloquially by "experience" as one intellectually "experiences" study and learning about something vs. directly "experiencing" something when you directly encounter it. To me, the experience of a thought *is* a direct experience. Let's say you experience a tree by walking up to it ...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

Understanding involves the intellect whereas realization involves experience. Makes sense ... though the act of intellectual understanding is also an experience, right? Former is related with the wisdom of hearing (srutamaya). Later is related with the wisdom of meditation (bhavanamaya). I don't kn...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

Direct perception of dharmata, not inferential. Let's say I have a direct perception of impermanence by watching/experiencing a thought arise and decay. It would not be correct to say "I have realized impermanence" right? That would take many such direct perceptions + something else, mysterious, a ...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Re: Realization

Sure. Buddhism (all schools, afaik) and most other Eastern teaching methodologies differentiate very strongly between understanding and realizing. 'Understanding' is ... understandable: an intellectual/rational comprehension. But 'realizing' is quite mysterious. For example, consider the profound di...
by Rick
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2635

Realization

What does it mean to 'realize' something?
by Rick
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE
Replies: 25
Views: 782

Re: 3 top NON Bhuddhist, Fiction Books you have read..in your LIFE

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel
Against the Grain by Joris-Karl Huysmans

All oldies but goodies. :twothumbsup:
by Rick
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Fiction with Buddhist influences
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Fiction with Buddhist influences

Not a book, but the sci fi movie, “Arrival,” has a very interesting theme about language that I think applies very well to build a better understanding of Buddha’s intent about mantras and mandalas. It’s very deep. One of the best sci fi movies of all time easily. Another movie I thought was really...
by Rick
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5609

Re: Who is America ?

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:12 pm
The latter [alt-right] need to be shut down hard, with force if necessary.
Hope you don't mind my butting in for a beat?

1. Can you think of a reasonably possible scenario in which this might happen?

2. Say it does happen ... wouldn't the backlash from the shut-downees be horrifying?

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