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by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solo Retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Solo Retreat

boda wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:30 pm
I recall reading some research about how people generally perform better when in the company of others, and that this finding extends to other species. They say even ants have an extra spring in their step when around other ants. So there's that.
I do remember seeing that before. Good point.
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solo Retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Solo Retreat

Individual retreats are usually like finishing school. Most of the lamas did not start with individual retreat. Ah, I see. This definitely makes sense. Thanks! If you can't do serious group retreat then do individual retreat. I don't have the time to do serious group or individual retreat any time,...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solo Retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Solo Retreat

Deeper experiences of concentration generally occur in group settings rather than individual settings (although this is not always the case either). Outside of enlightenment, saving life or outstanding dharma teaching, sesshin is an unparalleled practice. For some reason I thought the original post...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1672

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

I am really curious about those who establish some kind of close relationship with a lama living near them -- did you go to all the regular pujas and so on before they started to accept you and teach you? No but... My teacher started guiding me closely just because I was showing up to his ngondro c...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1672

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

So another confirmation ..every valley a Lama. Every Lama a dharma. :smile: Which figures. Do we expect uniformity? I'm not sure if it's such a sharp contrast in opinions between Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on this topic. My impression from your quote from Trungpa Rinpoche ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solo Retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Solo Retreat

boda wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:34 pm

Of course there are alway group retreats available. The longest I've done with a groups (Zen) has been only one day. I forget what they call a one day retreat.
I think what I usually hear is"Zazenkai". Although that could be a few days, but it's shorter than a sesshin.
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2441

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:47 pm
Norwegian wrote: Try studying Nagarjuna's MMK
Oh, I have.
:rolling:

Not saying I completely understand Nagarjuna. But I can say I got a lot more out of Mipham's commentary of Chandrakirti's commentary, Introduction to the Middle Way, than I did out of Nagarjuna's root text.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Khenpo Sodargye's teaching of The Vimalakīrti Sūtra in this March! Come to take this Great Opportunity!
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: Khenpo Sodargye's teaching of The Vimalakīrti Sūtra in this March! Come to take this Great Opportunity!

March 27th, 2018 (Tuesday) at 7:30 PM (China Standard Time UTC+08:00), Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche will be giving the first lecture on the Vimalakirti Sutra. Live streaming can be found at www.facebook.com/Sodargye Tutoring sessions in English, including class reviews and group discussions led by Khen...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 2441

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Wayfarer wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:11 pm
From here

I do encounter this declaration on DharmaWheel regularly, but I don’t understand it. What I always want to say is ‘but I still have to mow the lawn’. So - what does it mean?
I think it basically means that our everyday sentient experience is fundamentally deluded.
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: A different look at Guru Yoga
Replies: 75
Views: 4523

Re: A different look at Guru Yoga

It is, and if you think about how culturally aware DJKR is in his teachi gs, and how he often teaches on the foibles of both Western and traditionally Tibetan mores...it makes the whole thing that much more ironic. Dude, I crap on about the military-industrial complex and capitalism all day, but I ...
by Thomas Amundsen
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?
Replies: 31
Views: 1379

Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented! 40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly? What's the rush? If we get enough votes, Dan will switch to practicing Dzogchen :tongue: :jumping: :twis...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?
Replies: 21
Views: 818

Re: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?

Way-Fun wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:06 pm
The recognition that exercise is necessary to sustain the good health of this body and mind is enough.
Sādhaka wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:13 am
Buddhadharma physical Yogas would be best.
What are Buddhadharma physical yogas?
Lujong, tsalung trulkhor, etc.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions
Replies: 71
Views: 4891

Re: Garchen Nyingtig Yabshi Germany 2018 Questions

Marc wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:45 pm
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:36 am
Related: I saw an email saying that Tulku Sangngag is going to bestow the Nyingthig Yabzhi in Santa Fe, New Mexico this coming November.
Hi Thomas,  
Could you please give more details ? Or a weblink if the infos are already online ? (I googled... But found nothing)
Thx
PM sent.
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?
Replies: 31
Views: 1379

Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

No, basically not. I have changed schools since E-Sangha, however. The inception of Dharma Wheel aligns with the time period when I was transitioning from Zen to Tibetan. I definitely look at E-Sangha as a major catalyst for my change from Zen to Tibetan, and actually for my initial foray into Zen a...
by Thomas Amundsen
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Insects practice?
Replies: 35
Views: 1193

Re: Insects practice?

My point is: Living is an inherently violent act. Whether you like it or not, being a living being takes away space that could be occupied by other living beings. Taking anti-biotics necessarily kills innumerable other living beings in order to save one single living being or at least to reduce its...
by Thomas Amundsen
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Insects practice?
Replies: 35
Views: 1193

Re: Insects practice?

bacteria are in the vegetable kingdom. so are not sentient beings in any case by Buddhist definition. (you should've asked about anti-protozoals or anti-helminthics.) Actually, bacteria have an entirely different kingdom AND domain. Yep. Also, my teacher says bacteria are sentient beings, which I'm...
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 9640

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:00 pm
Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:55 pm
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The dude is definitely appreciating the legal weed.

that movie is 20 years old...
He most certainly is! This movie still makes me laugh after 20 years! :lol:
by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 305
Views: 9640

Re: Weed is now legal in California

The Cicada wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:35 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:50 pm
Why do people adopt any obsession?
Prapañca.

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by Thomas Amundsen
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your Spiritual Youth
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: Your Spiritual Youth

TharpaChodron, your post reminds me of some recent experiences I've had with my daughter (21 months old). Her day school was cancelled one day so I took off work to take her to the Freer and Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC). Lots of Buddha statues and images. One room is set up...

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