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by fckw
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?

whereas the joy of 'sukha' connotes an authentic state of happiness’. Thanks for the clarification. I think distinguishing sukha from transient forms of pleasure is a good start to approach the topic. Is there any Sanskrit or Tibetan term for "authentic state of happiness" here being equated to the...
by fckw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Is happiness a product of causes and conditions?

I have a very simple and maybe even naive questions: Is happiness a product of causes and conditions (according to Buddhist thought)? To my own surprise I just realized today that I had automatically assumed that if I just practiced enough at some point lasting happiness would somehow automagically ...
by fckw
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Psychoanalysis

What are the 12 steps? Never heard of them.
by fckw
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

Psychoanalysis is bollocks. It is not scientific, it is based on the fantasies of one Austrian guy with a penchant for Greek mythology, cocaine, and cigars. I love the spirit. I pointed out already above why it's quite irrelevant whether psychoanalysis is bullocks or not. It has been hugely influen...
by fckw
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Psychoanalysis

Yeah. Sure there are not as many Freudian practitioners of psychoanalysis as there used to be (though they are not as extinct as one might think either) but the fundamentals of psychoanalysis are as current as ever. Psychoanalysis is bollocks. It is not scientific, it is based on the fantasies of o...
by fckw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Psychoanalysis

There is a really good book called "Prophetic Charisma - The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities" by Len Oakes. From the book's cover: Often characterized by isolation, autonomy, grandiosity, and manipulativeness, Oakes maintains that the cult leader has a narcissistic personality. T...
by fckw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is not taken very seriously any more That's like saying the bible is not taken very seriously any more, because all it contains are fairy tales. Well, quite the opposite, many people take the bible very, very seriously. Any many, many Western therapists are so familiar with so many f...
by fckw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Re: Psychoanalysis

Every practitioner should learn the basics about psychoanalysis. Projection and counter-projection between therapist and client happens equally between teacher and student. This stuff should be common knowledge. Since I'm rather adverse to what I see as psycho-babble, would you mind outlining what ...
by fckw
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4678

Psychoanalysis

Every practitioner should learn the basics about psychoanalysis. Projection and counter-projection between therapist and client happens equally between teacher and student. This stuff should be common knowledge.
by fckw
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Amoghasiddhi Mantra?
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: Amoghasiddhi Mantra?

by fckw
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 50
Views: 2540

Re: Searching for a Teacher

You raise a lot of good points and questions - I don't really have much experience with "crazy wisdom" teachers, so I can't really comment much on there being a significant different outward/inward appearance and display. Although that's an interesting point - I usually looked at the outer appearan...
by fckw
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 50
Views: 2540

Re: Searching for a Teacher

Most people are not really ready for "crazy wisdom" style teaching. A crazy wisdom teacher whom you approach in the belief that he'll do sex, drugs and rock'n roll with you might actually give you the prajnaparamita to learn by heart before doing anything else. Or have you do anything unbearably bor...
by fckw
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Is it unhelpful to start practicing dhyana if i'm already involved with tantra?
Replies: 5
Views: 718

Re: Is it unhelpful to start practicing dhyana if i'm already involved with tantra?

Every tantric practice requires some - at least basic - familiarity with dhyana, some of them require even rather deep levels of concentration. Guru yoga in itself is a form of concentration practice, although it's more dynamic and not as static than single-pointed focus on one point. In fact, doing...
by fckw
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1457

Re: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?

Is it possible to receive both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings without any major difficulties arising? From what I've heard the previous HH Menri Trizin was selected by the Dalai Lama to be one of his meditation teachers. Apparently the Dalai Lama thought that this shouldn't constitute a problem....
by fckw
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 83
Views: 6812

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

is this the FWBO that was? I remember the refugees flooding into other dharma centres from there in the late 90's. On a side note: Why do refugees always "flood"? What sort of activity is "flooding", i.e. what do refugees actually do when they "flood"? What's that relation between refugees (a socia...
by fckw
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5816

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

There's also this guy who speculates that even the historical buddha might have made use of psychoactive substances: https://palisuttas.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/was-the-buddha-a-shaman/. However, personally am not convinced at all by this claim and think this is too much of a stretch. In all, I don'...
by fckw
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5816

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Thanks to the internet, the full article is actually available here: http://vajrayana.faithweb.com/Datura%20 ... airava.pdf. It clearly supports what I just said before.
by fckw
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5816

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Entheogens may have been viewed as important in some tantric sects, but the available textual evidence is not sufficient to establish that the use of these plants was regarded as a central part of spiritual practice for most tāntrikas of India and Tibet. I never claimed that there was "wide use" of...
by fckw
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5816

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Yet another probably interesting publication dealing with the topic of datura usage in Indian buddhism: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23658487. Unfortunately, one needs an account there, so I could not have a look myself. By the way, what makes the whole drug use topic in buddhism so interesting is t...
by fckw
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 5816

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Your latest one does not even mention the consumption of datura. The title is: Psychoactive Plants in Tantric Buddhism - Cannabis and Datura Use in Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism And you really dare asking me: Did you really not read it at all or are you simply trolling? Shame on you, brother, for ...

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