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Post by Malcolm » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:41 am

Dear Dharma Wheel:

The Buddha advised that when groups of practitioners come to a point where they cannot agree, it is better to separate, resulting in the eighteen schools. This is where we are at now. My relationship with the moderating board has become too fraught for a number of reasons. I am personally sorry that it is has come to this point, but I have done nothing wrong, and have at heart only the interest of people learning and progressing in the true Dharma that exists in the nine yānas the Buddha taught in correspondence with each person's individual inclinations. To that end, I have introduced scores of people to qualified teachers, and answered thousands of questions about all aspects of Dharma to the best of my ability. Now, my sojourn in these waters must come to an end. In the interest of comity, I am permanently signing off. I will not be looking at this board again, so I will see no further personal messages. Those of you who have need to reach me can find me on Facebook.

Thanks for all the fish,


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Post by Losal Samten » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:48 am

Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔

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Post by PeterC » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:57 am

This is an enormous loss for this board. I really hope that at some point someone can reconsider.

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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:06 am

Sad to see you go, but the decision is yours.
"...if you think about how many hours, months and years of your life you've spent looking at things, being fascinated by things that have now passed away, then how wonderful to spend even five minutes looking into the nature of your own mind."

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Post by Könchok Thrinley » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:07 am

Thank you for everything Malcolm! You were of great help in many areas and were one of the users that made this forum so worth it. Hope to see you in meat space someday maybe, however improbable it is.

Best wishes!
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Post by Rick » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:17 am

Live long and prosper, Malcolm Smith!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily ...

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Post by smcj » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:26 am

I’ve learned a lot from you. Thanks ever so much.

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1.The problem isn’t ‘ignorance’. The problem is the mind you have right now. (H.H. Karmapa XVII @NYC 2/4/18)
2. I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against lama abuse.
3. Student: Lama, I thought I might die but then I realized that the 3 Jewels would protect me.
Lama: Even If you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. (DW post by Fortyeightvows)

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Post by Seeker12 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:01 am

That is a big loss, and you will be greatly missed.
Better than if there were thousands of meaningless words is one meaningful word that on hearing brings peace.

Better than if there were thousands of meaningless verses is one meaningful verse that on hearing brings peace.

And better than chanting hundreds of meaningless verses is one Dhamma-saying that on hearing brings peace.

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Post by Dorje Shedrub » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:13 am

This is a great loss to both this forum and to the propagation of Dzogchen

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Post by Yati » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:20 am

Thank you for your service, I’ve learned a lot from you and have built up a nice library researching your debates with other people on Dharmawheel.

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Post by javier.espinoza.t » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:03 am

Sad thing to read

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Post by haha » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:04 am

Some suggestions by CNNR during his teaching caused me to find this forum. I remembered there were struggles in discussion of earliest Dzogchen topics on CNNR presentation. Your discussions were really great help. One can see gradual changes on other people view in those discussions. Thanks for your discussion.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:56 am

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:06 am
Sad to see you go, but the decision is yours.
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Post by DNS » Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:48 am

Sorry to see Malcolm go. Sounds like the end of an era. He has been a mainstay for several years. Just an FYI for all the members here, as most of you know I am the site-owner, but don't get involved in moderating decisions as I am not an expert on Mahayana and not familiar with most of the Mahayana hot issues, especially the politics between the various Mahayana schools and/or concepts, so I have always deferred to the moderating team who is more knowledgeable on those things. (I rarely even post here, except on general Buddhism issues or on Buddhist history or the occasional lounge type topics or politics.)

But I have always had an interest and affection for Mahayana in addition to Theravada (where I can most often be found over at DWT). Malcolm's knowledge of Mahayana was immense and his participation was great; nearly 30,000 posts! :o :D

I wish him well in all his future endeavors and promotion of the Dharma.

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Post by 明安 Myoan » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:58 am


Good luck to Malcolm.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally give rise to the Three Minds and the Four Modes of Practice. -- Master Hōnen

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Post by Dan74 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:13 am

We are all.mixed bags, samsaric humans..

Malcolm's wealth of knowledge and generous sharing is well attested to in this thread and the Board at large. Not only that, but often he illuminated an issue of confusion with a wonderfully clear quote or summary. The value of this cannot be overstated.

Malcolm also has very strong opinions.

In any case, I am sure DW would remain open to Malcolm should he reconsider in the future. For the benefit of all sentient beings.

All thr best, Malcolm and thank you for everything.


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Post by weitsicht » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:38 am

@Dan74 :good:

sincere thanks also from my side, Malcolm.

No need to talk about the future because it isn't here yet. Have some fish in the meanwhile. Good Omega-3
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Post by amanitamusc » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:54 am

There is not another on this forum as knowledgeable as Malcolm.His absence will add to the confusion,doubt
and misrepresentation of the view that abounds.

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Post by PSM » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:47 am

Malcolm was the individual responsible for introducing me to the existence of the Dzogchen teachings. I cannot over-emphasise how important that is to me. This was back in the early days of E-Sangha. I am definitely only one of very many people positively influenced in that way. He is a real treasure.


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