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by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5826
Views: 521886

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thanks folks. Fortunately the thing has sorted itself out.
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu May 24, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5826
Views: 521886

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Ouch, sound problems :-(
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 34642

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

This is truly frightening stuff. Why is radical nationalism making a come back in Russia, the Balkans and Greece? Kirt Don't forget about France (Marine le Pen), Finland's True Finns (ponder the name!) and the Netherlands (Wilders). Those guys are fascists as well - suit-wearing types, sure enough,...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Europe near the end?
Replies: 15
Views: 910

Re: Europe near the end?

Nemo wrote:Nationalizing a bank is not hard. I don't see why people are protecting this global system of exploitation. I'd rather have a few years of trouble and then my kids have a future than continue down this destructive road to serfdom and environmental collapse.
+1
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy
Replies: 429
Views: 34642

Re: Democracy in the country that gave birth to democracy

The president of Golden Dawn and current member of national parliament, Mihaloliakos, taking his dogs out for their afternoon walk. images.jpg This is truly frightening stuff. Why is radical nationalism making a come back in Russia, the Balkans and Greece? Kirt Don't forget about France (Marine le ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

So you are still saying that someone taking refuge and prostrating 5 times a day to the God of Muhammad knowing full well he beheaded hundreds of a certain innocent Jewish tribe guilty of only giving water and food to another Jewish tribe who were being starved to death women and babies included an...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

mindyourmind wrote:It is only a cage if you see it as such.
It's a statement which is obviously difficult to argue with - but also so vague as to mean pretty muchanything. I thought Nangwa was making a very precise point - which by no means must be irreconcilable the one you made. Talking past each other, are we?
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed May 23, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Nangwa wrote:Malcolm is threatening the identity as Buddhist that we have worked so hard to construct.
We like our new prison so much more than the last one with its icky aftertaste of Western civilization.
My thoughts exactly. We're very fond of our fancy, exotic cage.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue May 22, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Curious Treasury ...
Replies: 38
Views: 3579

Re: Curious Treasury ...

Sonam, are you following the SMS training? It may seem a silly question, but if

1. Yes --> then the problem isn't new, is it?
2. No --> then you'll find more of the same on the first pages of The Book.

Whether you choose 1. or 2., I'd suggest you go and talk to an instructor about it.
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Another awesome posting from Malcolm. An image which comes to mind -- not really an adequate one -- is seeing a flower open and blossom, displaying more and more beauty. E ma ho! I concur, using thus a dry and ugly word that doesn't do any justice to what is happening or to what my repsonse to it i...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Perfectly clear. Can't remember the date or the place, though. (Note that Malcolm is hardly alone here - I've heard it from Valby, Pubants and other SMS instructors as well.) Well it's a little funny to me because I seem to remember him saying the opposite. So if so many are saying that it's odd th...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

ChNNR does insist it is the case - I've heard him say so at least twice over the years. I don't think he says that in any book, though. Not sure if clear, I was reffering to the last sentence. Where did he say that? Perfectly clear. Can't remember the date or the place, though. (Note that Malcolm i...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

For example, the lineage of Dzogchen at this juncture in time appears in Buddhism and Bon. This does not make Dzogchen Buddhist and Bonpo. Dzogchen is the essence of the teachings, all teachings. When we do Ati Guru Yoga, we unify all the knowledge we learned from any teacher, be they Buddhist, Bon...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon May 21, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
Replies: 30
Views: 3374

Re: Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

While I read some general books about Dzogchen years ago, finally got around to reading some more recently. Just finished off Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche's Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State . Nice entry point, I felt. It's a brilliant and brilliantly straightforward book. I happen to be re-reading it r...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 19, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

A non-Buddhist can attain liberation, sure I have no problems with that. In the Pali suttas, lots of non-buddhists awaken or even instantaneously liberate through listening to the Buddha alone. Then, they took refuge or seek ordination, but only after their own awakening. So what you are saying is ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 19, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Blake was a radical and a dissenter in the 17th century tradition (see Hill's _The World Turned Upside-Down_). True that, one or both of his parents are believed to have been radical Quakers or even Ranters. Did he not believe that Stonehenge had been used for human sacrifice prior to the advent of...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 19, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Blake may well have been a member of an esoteric group, perhaps with a Druidic label. The problem is, in Blake's poetry Druids are pretty much the equivalent of Gnostic Archonts. Blake presents them (mistakenly, goes without saying) as priests of Natural Religion (which in Blake's 'system' doesn't ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 19, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

Treehuggingoctopus, there are a number of sources claiming William Blake as either having been a founding member of, or even on the list of Grand Masters of a Druid Order. If this is not true, then as to why anyone would want to make such a thing up, I have no idea. And William Blake had no problem...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat May 19, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 113444

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

It is said that the Platonist Thomas Taylor, the artist and poet William Blake, and the author of Celtic Druids Godfrey Higgins (who were all Masons) were all members of the same Druid Order. Utter and total bollocks. Have you read Blake? Do you know what he means by "druids" and what his attitude ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri May 18, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: SMS Program
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: SMS Program

I counted together the minimum number of days of practice for "The Precious Vase" was something like six months full time practice, but you can split that up i daily sessions. If you do a session a day it will take you a few years getting trough it. A few years only for the Base practices? Let's se...

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