It's one thing to share what we've learned, particularly by posting quotes from various Buddhas, Masters, Adepts, etc....
However when it comes to giving our opinions on teachings, and even on things like current events, contemporary trends, politics, etc.; is it even worthwhile, considering that posts here that don't fit the status-quo often get deleted anyway?
Some posters are even Buddhist fundamentalists here... (which is opposed to the essence of the following quote:)
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu quoting Shantideva wrote:There is nothing that the offspring of the Victorious Ones do not learn, there is nothing that does not produce merits for the wise who act in accord with this principle.
...yet at the same time posters here often try to undermine Vajrayana & Dzogchen and do everything they can to uphold the status-quo of the modernist-corporatist establishment (and thereby fall into either one of two (or both) extremes: an antiquated Hinayana-style ultra-conservatism, or a modernist-materialist libertinism).
Perhaps many or even most of us—including myself—ought to reevaluate our reasons for posting...
Atisha and Geshe Tenzin Zopa wrote:All Buddhas say the cause for the completion
Of collections, whose nature is
Merit and exalted wisdom
Is the development of higher perception.
Training oneself to develop the training in the Method teachings through cultivating Bodhicitta and training in Wisdom through developing one’s understanding and realisation of emptiness (i.e. the selflessness of person and of phenomena), are the two main causes which will lead us to gain higher perception in order for us to benefit sentient beings. “Higher perception” refers to clairvoyance, which is needed to benefit sentient beings properly. This is important in order for us to understand the different mental dispositions of sentient beings. If someone is not matured enough to receive emptiness teachings and we give them emptiness teachings, we could cause them to develop wrong view and create the causes for hell; but if they are ready for emptiness and tantra and you focus only on giving the small capability-being teachings, you could distract them from the Mahayana and lead them to the Hinayana path, which incurs heavy karma.
Khunu Lama Rinpoche wrote:One thing that really helps us complete these two collections is the ability to foresee the future; therefore, we should try to acquire clairvoyance. Without it, we are like a baby bird whose wings are undeveloped and has not yet grown feathers and remains stuck in its nest, unable to fly. Without clairvoyance, we cannot work for other sentient beings.
...and, instead of spending so much time online, attend to our own studies and practices more (with the following in mind, particularly if we are Dzogchen practitioners or aspiring ones).
Vajranatha on Commentary to the Bönpo Book of the Dead wrote:...the Trikaya having come into manifestation in this self-arising fashion, they now come to accomplish the benefits of countless beings. Unlike the practice of Tantra, where this transformation of one's total being and environment into pure vision requires the deliberate effort of the mind in terms of visualization, mantra recitation, and so on, here in Dzogchen the transformation occurs as vision, naturally and spontaneously, without effort. In this way, Dzogchen realizes the ultimate goal of Tantra. One may now accomplish the welfare and instruction of all sentient beings, spontaneously and without effort, by simply being, that is to say, by manifesting one's enlightened nature through spontaneously emanating an infinity of Nirmanakaya manifestations. This occurs naturally, effortlessly, and spontaneously, without discursive thoughts, as the free expression of one's inherent energy or compassion, like the sun radiating countless rays of light into the clear open sky, thereby illuminating the entire surface of the earth.
I've noticed that many—including myself—here spend a lot of time posting our opinions and trying to condition others into our way of thinking; yet as Chögyal Namkhai Norbu often says, this is all ego.
This will most likely be my last post here, at least for a while (although I may or may not reply a couple more times within this particular thread).