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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:20 am

Matt J wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:31 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:13 pm
If all my disposable income wasn't going to other Dharma stuff already, I'd hop on just for the B. Allan Wallace courses, it definitely seems like a decent amount of stuff.
I was going to sign up for a Wallace course, but decided to hold out for this. I've just signed up. I'll let you know how it goes.
Rick wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:33 pm
$30/month for Wisdom Academy online courses sounds like a really good deal. I took a course there a while back, found it well prepared and delivered, though the forum activity was minimal, which I found disappointing. The only potential danger I see <assuming the teachers get it right> is the All You Can Eat Buffet trap, where you glut yourself on all the shiny courses you have access to and end up with a dharmic stomachache.

Vajrayana Online is more expensive: $50/month. Unless you go for the "assistance" fee of $25.
I would not look at it as buying courses as much as donating to the dharma. I would wager that if some one could truly not even afford the $25 a month, they would lower or waive the fee. Others may choose to donate more to help pay for others. Mingur Rinpoche and the Tergar community are some of the most bodhisattva folks I have encountered.

I went to one dharma center where they literally barred the door with a table and locked other entries to ensure no one entered without payment (although they would also make exceptions).
That's terrible. My center basically just breaks even and transparently publishes their finances, which I appreciate.
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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:01 pm

Just got another email, apparently they have some deal where you pay $5.00 per month for access to a big digital library of Wisdom publications.

Looks pretty promising, anyone doing it yet?
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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Matt J » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:05 pm

I signed up for the Wisdom Experience as a whole. B. Alan Wallace's Intro to Dzogchen is pretty good. The books are not easy to read online--- you have to use their website and you cannot use an e-reader. Not all books and courses are available, although a very wide selection is.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:01 pm
Just got another email, apparently they have some deal where you pay $5.00 per month for access to a big digital library of Wisdom publications.

Looks pretty promising, anyone doing it yet?
"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. All the qualities of your natural mind -- peace, openness, relaxation, and clarity -- are present in your mind just as it is. You don't have to do anything different. You don't have to shift or change your awareness. All you have to do while observing your mind is to recognize the qualities it already has."
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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 pm

Matt J wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:05 pm
I signed up for the Wisdom Experience as a whole. B. Alan Wallace's Intro to Dzogchen is pretty good. The books are not easy to read online--- you have to use their website and you cannot use an e-reader. Not all books and courses are available, although a very wide selection is.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:01 pm
Just got another email, apparently they have some deal where you pay $5.00 per month for access to a big digital library of Wisdom publications.

Looks pretty promising, anyone doing it yet?
Is the e reader phone, tablet friendly?

If my Dharma budget allowed it I would have signed up just for the Wallace courses, he's great. As of now, I could spare the five a month, but not the 30, so I'm thinking about the library thing.
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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Matt J » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 pm

It is not bad except you cannot turn your phone/tablet sideways without a huge margin. You can’t download, book mark or save your progress. It is continuous scrolling rather than page flips. Good font. No app.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 pm

Is the e reader phone, tablet friendly?

If my Dharma budget allowed it I would have signed up just for the Wallace courses, he's great. As of now, I could spare the five a month, but not the 30, so I'm thinking about the library thing.
"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. All the qualities of your natural mind -- peace, openness, relaxation, and clarity -- are present in your mind just as it is. You don't have to do anything different. You don't have to shift or change your awareness. All you have to do while observing your mind is to recognize the qualities it already has."
--- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Post by Daniel Aitken » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:49 am

Matt J wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 pm
It is not bad except you cannot turn your phone/tablet sideways without a huge margin. You can’t download, book mark or save your progress. It is continuous scrolling rather than page flips. Good font. No app.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 pm

Is the e reader phone, tablet friendly?

If my Dharma budget allowed it I would have signed up just for the Wallace courses, he's great. As of now, I could spare the five a month, but not the 30, so I'm thinking about the library thing.
Hi Matt,

I’m going to have the team look into the issue with your not being able to turn the phone/tablet sideways without the huge margin. We are working on improving the readability. The bookmark and highlight functions are features that we hope to bring out next year.

One of my goals for the reading room on the Wisdom Experience is to make available to a broader readership a wide range of our books, many of which are incredible resources but which few people purchase. I’m thinking of, for example, Mind Seeing Mind by Roger Jackson, Luminous Melodies by Karl Brunnhölzl, and Sera Monastery by José Cabezón. These are just a few of our forthcoming new realses that will be available in the reading on the Wisdom Experience in Oct/Nov. I’m really proud to publish these books and I want more people to have access to them. For as long as the support continues, we will be able to make continuous improvements to the tech to better the experience.

Cheers,

Daniel

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