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by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Christian Guilt
Replies: 14
Views: 1750

Re: Christian Guilt

...My heart is still in the church although my beliefs may now be Buddhist, and it's tearing me up. In my local Buddhist temple, I feel as though I'm an outsider. Has anyone else gone through something similar? I'm really in a tough spot with my heart pulling me in one direction and my brain in ano...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

You're kidding! That's insane! :lol:
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:48 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen
Replies: 10
Views: 3417

Re: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen

I've been dropping by on and off. ;) I have a little more time available, so probably you'll be seeing more of me around here. I'm a sucker for the Open Dharma forum :lol: , but still hadn't the time to read properly what's going on. I did however glanced over a few topics around the whole board and...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

Satanism is a poorly though idiocy dressed up for a Halloween party.It's childish, it's a philosophical disaster, it's fallacious... it's SO bad it isn't even wrong. Nobody right in their mind would take it seriously.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen
Replies: 10
Views: 3417

Re: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen

Best of luck Tom :cheers: and readfaery.

And congrats to you too PorkChop! Hadn't noticed the change in the Administration. Well done!
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 11464

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

dear friends from behinningless time, if a person excels at meditation and knows a great amount of wisdom but is not a particularly nice person, can they still be an accomplished buddhist? or let me put it like this, how far can you get on the path if you are brutal or rude? what if you are just co...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru?
Replies: 93
Views: 10083

Re: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Gur

Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru (or master, rinpoche, whatever you call it)? In every book I find* they always say -somewhere in the book- that you need to receive instructions in order to practice. Its like such books were made only for someone who already had a transmiss...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Older practitioner without experience
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

Re: Older practitioner without experience

You can also try the Four Contemplations from Semde.
by Dechen Norbu
Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu and Vegetarianism
Replies: 376
Views: 33418

Re: Namkhai Norbu and Vegetarianism

Eating a little bit, eating a chunk, eating this, eating that, etc., are exactly the kind of thoughts we should overcome in ganapuja. Only very recently teachings go worldwide. Teachers have always taught locally. If in certain communities what you see is people abusing the teachings to gorge on mea...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 2867

Re: The Politics of Tibetan Buddhism

The politics of Tibetan Buddhism have turned me off to Buddhism for the most part. Sadly, there are politics anywhere you go with any religious system, but I've found Buddhism to be surprisingly insane. Too many teachers and sects claiming that their way is the proper and most pure way to get thing...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Learning Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 2452

Re: Learning Buddhism

Hi Everyone, I'm from Portugal and here we don't have communities of Buddhism. I really want to learn the buddhism history and the practice of it. I know that it's used meditation to achieve the buddhahood and that in buddhism we have the noble trouths, the six realms, the buddhas, the noble eightf...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why makes Buddhism true ?
Replies: 52
Views: 5276

Re: Why makes Buddhism true ?

Do you want the God honest truth? Buddhism is just a religion like any other. If you are lucky, maybe you'll find a Buddhist who teaches you Dharma. Dharma is not a religion. It is much more than that. And if you are even luckier maybe you become a Dharma student (instead of a Buddhist) and a practi...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No beginning?
Replies: 19
Views: 2929

Re: No beginning?

If all beings have had an infinite number of past lives and have encountered and practiced all types of teachings, why aren't we all already enlightened? Because that's a nice story perhpas. It's made up to convey the importance of the path you found right now, eventually? Surely you've asked yours...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. help?
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

Re: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. h

]I once had a long distance relationship (it started as a intimate relationship and then developed into a long distance one). I can tell you that it just does not work. I happen to think the opposite. I dated a gal for a long time when we had a distance relationship. It soured when we moved togethe...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. help?
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

Re: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. h

First off, please forgive me if this is in the wrong forum, but I'm very new here. The reason I ask a buddhist to help me is because I've found the philosophy to be so helpful in my life thus far, and meditation has really helped. But this seems to be one situation which I feel I may not be able to...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 19679

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

No wonder you didn't like E-Sangha, Songhill (aka Zennist).
One of the reasons we had mods was to prevent people like you from spreading nonsense like Dark Zen there, so I can't say your opinion comes as a surprise.
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 19679

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

I found E-Sangha to be a massive wake up call for me. It was in many ways, extraordinary - a lot of great talent, wise minds, good intentions, interesting threads. When, in all of Buddhist history, have so many diverse traditions been in such constant dialogue? Amazing. It was amazing. Unfortunatel...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 19679

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

You're right, I have no knowledge of why e-sangha was hacked, and I certainly can't "blame" him or you or the other mods about the exact way it was brought down. Then it's better not to spread rumors when we don't have knowledge about what really happened, no? As a seasoned practitioner you ought t...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why was E-Sangha controversial?
Replies: 143
Views: 19679

Re: Why was E-Sangha controversial?

When I left to go into retreat in February of 2009 it was clear that E-sangha was heading for the dust bin of history, the only question what exactly would happen. If it is true that it happened to be an outside group that brought it down--that's really humorous, because the administrators and mode...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6325
Views: 580266

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I can't speak for anyone else, deepbluehum, but I was never the holding grudge type of person, even if I don't agree with many of the things you said for a long time now. But I could have a beer with you without giving it a second thought. Or with anyone else on this board, for that matter. All I ca...

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