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by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 18853

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Thanks for stressing that point about confidence JKhedrup. Otherwise I could have settled an overly pessimistic tone. It is worthwhile practicing, even if little. It's possible to achieve Buddhahood in a lifetime, but it's as Huseng's teacher said: It takes a perfect teacher and a perfect student. N...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bates method, natural vision improvement -- discard glasses
Replies: 2
Views: 2165

Re: Bates method, natural vision improvement -- discard glasses

Be a bit suspicious about the Bates method. It doesn't seem to hold much water. About your questions: 1) Help produce relaxation especially pertaining to a body-part like the eyes? As anywhere else in your body. Be aware of them and relax deeply your face (let them relax instead of trying to force r...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 18853

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Acknowledging the reality of rebirth is essential to having right view, which is the first of the eightfold noble path. Thank you for the video. I'm not sure I got as much out of it as I would have liked, but my overall impression at first viewing is someone with somewhat conflicted views and no ea...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 18853

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Most people who think they'll attain Buddhahood in a single life time are day dreaming, whatever the school they follow. Sorry to spoil the party. This is irrelevant - people with an affinity for direct paths to enlightenment are very likely not on their first life of Buddhist practice. I'm sorry, ...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1717

Re: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?

Yes, as does his brother. From what I know, they are very good teachers. There's also a Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation here (the pt branch). (http://www.krfportugal.org/pt/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) I hope YMR teaches again one day. If not, this decision of his is a lifet...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RET no. 24 : Special Sems-sde issue
Replies: 7
Views: 1837

Re: RET no. 24 : Special Sems-sde issue

Thanks man. Very kind of you and JLA.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1717

Re: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?

It was a pretty cool move. He had it all, left it all and now risks gaining the only thing that matters. ;)
May all be auspicious on his path.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 20438

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Just keep in mind that a) you're not a god b) you're not a monk, much less from shaolin (their connection with Buddhism at this point seems thin if any) c) definitively you are not Guru Rinpoche. :lol: I know you mean well and only want to protect the monks, but your solution may worsen things. Sure...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1717

Re: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche out of retreat?

honestdboy wrote:I hope he took a toothbrush and lots of toothpaste with him. Great Teacher! :twothumbsup:
AFAIK no, he didn't even take the toothbrush. This is one of those stories worth knowing as it's quite uncommon these days. High hopes for this one, I have. :lol:
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?
Replies: 114
Views: 15325

Re: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?

If this is the Khenpo Choga I think he is, he's cousin of the lama who first gave me refuge (and this neat name). But they seem to have very different approaches then. Actually I met the abbot of Dzogchen Monastery in Tibet, Pema Kalsang Rinpoche. A quite impressive presence. He was the one who told...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 17941

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Not Watts. Wallace , so that you can compare Batchelor's take with his. Wallace has a lot of texts online, so you can get a good idea if you explore his site and its links. You can also try to read something by Matthieu Ricard. Take a look at this article for instance: http://www.matthieuricard.org/...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 20438

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

One must go about this carefully, indeed. Sometimes I get carried away and not always double check my posts to see if they are opened to interpretations that differ from what I meant to say. I hope the last one makes things clear. However, friend, staying silent in the face of these events may also ...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 17941

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Try Alan Wallace too and compare. Here: http://www.alanwallace.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
But it's better to leave that for another topic alright. It's a cool discussion, though and your questions are fair.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 18853

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

In the contemporary west, I believe the desire for liberation arises in many out of anxiety concerning lack of rebirth, aka fear of death, which makes gradual-style paths less appealing. If you don't have any conviction in rebirth, then death means the utter cessation of all subjective existence an...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 18853

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Most people who think they'll attain Buddhahood in a single life time are day dreaming, whatever the school they follow. Sorry to spoil the party. That is actually the aim of Pure Land practice. Well, it is like a dream coming true, so yeah call it day-dreaming or whatever ;) Isn't after death that...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Economic growth and happiness.
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Economic growth and happiness.

I once read a study stating that the happyness of a rich person is just slightly (very slightly) higher than a middle-class worker. Some randon toughts: 1) The middle-class worker here is someone from a normal country. Not a middle-class worker getting poor like here in Portugal. I have to count ev...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 20438

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

One has to be very careful with that line of reasoning, Ikkyu. Otherwise one may end up with the idea that being a Muslim equals being intolerant, evil, terrorist and what have you. That is not the case or else every Muslim would be like that. There are many more variables at stake here and most don...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 17941

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

So considering everything one has to ask, are all the Buddhist texts (sutras, tantras and suttas) true? And to what extent? To what extent are they allegorical or literal, metaphorical or culturally/historically irrelevant to our times? Can we cherry-pick the texts? As someone on here mentioned, th...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Being in the Present
Replies: 43
Views: 9580

Re: Being in the Present

gregkavarnos wrote:
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Very good teaching, especially the last part. Thanks for bringing this video to our attention. It's been a while since you posted it, but I hadn't seen it. Really great.

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