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Simon E. wrote:dzogchungpa wrote:Personally, I've always been very inspired by the pratyekabuddha ideal.
But this does not extend to internet activity ?
KonchokZoepa wrote:for me i am a little bit drawn into a city where i could be an active part of the Dharma cetner. help me learn to be with people. but on the other hand i dont need the confusion that comes with it and i find it much more fruitful to practice at home and just go for empowerments and teachings when i have the chance and some retreats. i dont know if the group energy with the practices would be beneficial or not but i think it could potentially be a disturbance. and drive me out of my center. and i tend to feel very strongly peoples vibes and i am not sending the best vibes out either so i get in this mucky energy and that is not good and i have also started to like this yogi idea more than socializing bodhisattva type.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:That just sounds like rationalization to have a "safe" practice, instead of one that challenges you...
dzogchungpa wrote:Johnny Dangerous wrote:That just sounds like rationalization to have a "safe" practice, instead of one that challenges you...
Nope. My partner is a practitioner and I have plenty of "Dharma interaction" with her and with my teacher. Ordinary life is already more than sufficiently challenging for me.
dzogchungpa wrote:Oh, I thought you said "you guys", plural. You're off the hook.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:dzogchungpa wrote:Oh, I thought you said "you guys", plural. You're off the hook.
I think you're a grumpy misanthrope, but for some reason I get the definite vibe it works for you;)
dzogchungpa wrote:There's an interesting section about Dharma centers in this book:
Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa said, "If you really aren't weary of samsara, monasteries and centers become just like a big house; if you really want to have pure practice, then you'd better not go from a small house to a big house".
Nevertheless, I don't mean to criticize monasteries or centers. If we can keep our inner practice and pure motivation within the center's traditional environment, then they can be the basis of sangha and an opportunity to benefit all sentient beings. Moreover, in such places we may encounter sublime individuals and by associating with them and assimilating their spiritual qualities even ordinary persons can be led towards enlightenment.
Dharma cannot be "done" through material things. Natural mind which is the support of the Dharma is beyond substance. Because there is no substance to grasp, it is not easy to recognize and it is not easy to teach or to learn; consequently wisdom teaching cannot be seen or found easily.