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by Matt J
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3139

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

So what do you (or other folks who believe in hell) suppose is a sufficient warrant to justify the belief in hell? I had an interesting experience in college. I had a series of powerful dreams in which I found myself in hell. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. It was dark, unending, a...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3139

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Straight from the Buddhist pope then. Oh wait... :jumping: My statement still stands: at least some teachers allow refuge without belief in hell, therefore is is unnecessary to believe in hell to be a Buddhist. To prove the statement, SW must show no Buddhist teacher would approve. This comes up at ...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3139

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

This comes up at Western retreats all the time. No Theravada, Zen, or Tibetan Buddhist master that I am familiar with has required belief in hell, or even belief in reincarnation, as a condition of being a Buddhist. In fact, they have all disclaimed such a belief is necessary. SW’s long posts do not...
by Matt J
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 3139

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Belief is hell is not a core, or even a necessary component of being a Buddhist. It is not a refuge, a Noble Truth, a part of the Eightfold Path, a dharma seal, etc.

Most of the past life memories recorded by UVA are memories of past human lives without reference to hell realms.
by Matt J
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 60
Views: 1751

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

I have not been taught this way. I have been taught that equanimity, like the word implies, means remaining open and accepting to whatever arises. If you cling to positive states and reject negative ones, that is not equanimity. Equanimity would be accepting whatever is arising without partiality. E...
by Matt J
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 1624

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

First off, bring mindfulness to the process. Be keenly aware of the mind states that arise and pass. This is especially helpful as you become aware of the rationalizations and justifications your thinking mind will come up with in order to get you back to drinking. Second, I would advise setting sma...
by Matt J
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1617

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

If you hang out with teachers long enough, they will eventually give you tastes or hints of less ignorant states. However, most of the time, complete descriptions of realized beings are not that helpful given where most of us are. Of course, it is fairly common for people to claim some degree of enl...
by Matt J
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 655

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

It it used in various ways, but I always associate it with Linji. An example from the Record of Lin-chi, trans. Burton Watson: I tell you, there's no Buddha, no Dharma, no practice, no enlightenment. Yet you go off like this on side roads, trying to find something. Blind fools! Will you put another ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 19
Views: 1193

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

I think the best way to work with the dharma is by working with others, especially experienced teachers. If there is nothing local, then I would recommend looking into some online offerings. There are many such offerings for many Buddhist paths. In addition, some teachers travel and you may also wis...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 3977

Re: Greta Thunberg

Especially for Simon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x49P_ZGeWq8

:jumping:

Just kidding.
by Matt J
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers
Replies: 53
Views: 1506

Re: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers

There is always the Pascal's Wager of climate change: If true, and we mitigate, WE SURVIVE. If true and we don't mitigate, THE HUMAN RACE ENDS. If not true and we mitigate, CLEANER AIR AND WATER. If nor true and we don't mitigate, continued pollution. https://scontent.fapa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/...
by Matt J
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 3977

Re: Greta Thunberg

I am thinking of the hysteria she has evidently triggered in the right wing media (at least in the US). I have no resistance to such an idea. I am basing my view of her psychological state on my experience in working with adolescents displaying high levels of stress associated with cognitive dissona...
by Matt J
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 93
Views: 3977

Re: Greta Thunberg

Of course, none of us has the full story, and the truth is probably in the middle, but it is interesting the widespread resistance to the idea that a young, neurodivergent girl could be self-empowered. Here’s her take:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 6497083173
by Matt J
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2680

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

The shamatha I learned in various Theravada schools tends to be focused and narrow. Like focusing a flashlight on a small area. It was effortful. For instance, you would focus on the breath and restrict your attention to the breath. Some teachers teach that the focus should eventually be exclusive--...
by Matt J
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2680

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

I practiced shamatha / vipassana from a Theravada view for many years. After talking in depth with a former Theravada vipassana instructor turned Vajrayana instructor, I have come to the conclusion that Mahamudra shamatha is not the same. I had to completely let it go. The other thing I've found is ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 2014

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

I don't know about that. I am a fairly lazy, mediocre practitioner. I am not saying that out of a sense of humility. I am fairly consistent with practice, but I waste most of my time. However, the time I do spend I try to implement the instructions I have to the best of my ability. And these practic...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 2014

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Well, Tenzin Palmo has made the vow to be reborn in a female form until she attains enlightenment. I don't see why Agdistis cannot make a similar vow. Quite frankly, I support any reason to practice the dharma. I recall teachers saying that even hating a dharma teacher could be a good thing because ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 1174

Re: Right-wing psychology

Were you PSYOP? I don't know how it is in Canada, but the U.S. Army is terrible at this kind of stuff. I would take anything I got from the U.S. Army with a grain of salt given the abysmal failure in Iraq (and probably soon, Afghanistan). The problem is not the psych profiles of these ding dongs. Th...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 1174

Re: Right-wing psychology

That (OP's) article is pretty incendiary. But there has been research on psychology and politics: https://news.rice.edu/2014/07/31/liberals-and-conservatives-hardwired-to-disagree/ https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/the-yuck-factor/580465/ The upshot is that conservatives are more ...
by Matt J
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 54
Views: 2218

Re: Dream Yoga

I have also been working more lately with "liminal dreaming." Many meditators may recognize this as this often comes up when you're sleepy on long-term retreats. Jennifer Dumpert (Dum-Pear) has written a book on the subject. Sleepiness is one of the primary obstacles I have to deal with in meditatio...

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