Search found 306 matches

by Giovanni
Wed Aug 04, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas
Replies: 85
Views: 1747

Re: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas

In fact, had we had an equitable distribution in place, we would likely not be dealing with the Delta variant right now. And thanks to vaccine hesitancy, no doubt there are other variants on their way. People just need to follow science. While not all antivaxxers are climate deniers, there is a con...
by Giovanni
Tue Aug 03, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas
Replies: 85
Views: 1747

Re: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas

Fortunately I feel no need to prove my 'Buddhistic" credentials to anyone. And yes, if someone wants to grandstand about masks around my immune suppressed mother, I'd be happy to do my best to toss them out of wherever we were. K but fear based thinking and violence stemming from it is outside...
by Giovanni
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas
Replies: 85
Views: 1747

Re: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas

At the level of microbiology, the concept of “Bodily autonomy” is bullshit. It means absolutely nothing to a virus. It’s merely taking a virus out of the scientific/biological context and dressing it up as some kind of philosophical/political concept. For the same reasons, if there was such a thing...
by Giovanni
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Highest form of meditation?
Replies: 40
Views: 841

Re: Highest form of meditation?

And you will only be brought to the door that corresponds to your karma-vipaka. All we can do is unfurl our sails. Our karmic winds will take us…
by Giovanni
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas
Replies: 85
Views: 1747

Re: Anti-vaxx sentiment in western sanghas

So, if you want to use Buddhist talking points, there's that whole compassion and caring about others aspect which is important to consider. And I would hope that whoever is in the Dzogchen Community are capable of considering this. There has always been a deficit of compassion in the DC, not in Ri...
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 1004

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

That would have been a normal thing for the sons of Noble families in his culture at that time. It obviously stayed with him. He would use analogies like archery in later life. And he described himself and his sangha as kshetriya…members of the warrior class. They weren’t old hippies..🙂
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my wife
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Prayers for my wife

🙏🏻 May she know great peace.
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 22
Views: 589

Re: Question about karma

Good thread. Interesting responses. Two things stand out to me. One our tendency to consider the short term effect of our behaviour rather than the various possible results, which is why we have the precepts to start with., and two it’s good to remind ourselves that what creates Vipaka is not merely...
by Giovanni
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana
Replies: 20
Views: 1024

Re: Tibetan View of Tendai and Shingon Vajrayana

What a very interesting thread…so what about the fruits of these practices? Are there for example records of attainment of the Rainbow Body in Shingon or Tendai?
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 35
Views: 758

Re: Can't control thoughts

It might be good to reflect on karma? Karma is created by intention. Our “ monkey minds” dashing all over the place might cause us anxiety and a feeling of restlessness, and certainly make it harder to relax into meditative states, but in themselves they don’t create karma..they are too scattered ev...
by Giovanni
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, greetings from Italy!
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: Hi, greetings from Italy!

Finalmente sei arrivato qui!
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 65
Views: 1751

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

“Privilege” certainly exists and in the conventional sense is something to be aware of I think. But when it is proposed as an answer to Dharma problems I must assume that people have not fully acquainted themselves with the workings of karma and karma-vipaka. And that applies both to the dog owner (...
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 65
Views: 1751

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

So what that means to me is there are no scriptures that say " serious karmic consequences in keeping pets ". And also none that say " if you see them as family or are otherwise unduly attached to them, they will be reborn as your family members in future lives and therefore further ...
by Giovanni
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance
Replies: 45
Views: 1483

Re: Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance

It’s maybe not as cut and dry as we’d like to make it... I’m just saying that forces of modernity tend to push out traditional practices. Modern people often aren’t interested in making offerings, pujas for the dead, etc... People tend to want to learn meditation and find relief from their mental h...
by Giovanni
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2728

Re: MPNS on Women

Dzogchen makes much use of skillful means. Some of those skillful means do not arise from verbalisation. And do not rely on our own power. “Pointing Out ( our original minds) is one example. It transcends verbalisations, and does not happen without the appropriate agency..a teacher able to transmit ...
by Giovanni
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2728

Re: MPNS on Women

I would say that from a Dzogchen p.o.v.our patterned view of reality includes believing that our original minds can be realized by a form of words, however lofty.
by Giovanni
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6639

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

There's nothing nonvirtuous about truth. I know who I spoke with and what I witnessed. Your claim, everyone knows... Is just not true. You believe, some believe... Ok. That's true. Your comment is hearsay, and since it really has nothing to do with anything in this thread, other then your obvious d...
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: How to become a modern Mahasiddha - some surprising comments
Replies: 16
Views: 924

Re: How to become a modern Mahasiddha - some surprising comments

I’m not sure which shocked you. Is it the idea that some Buddhist teachers make claims for their tradition over other traditions? This is quite common. Or have I misunderstood? 🙂
by Giovanni
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2728

Re: MPNS on Women

Which …provisional and metaphorical, are terms which apply to all sutras whether problematic or not. They point to the unsayable, the unborn, they do not deal with the ontological. They come alive when practised. Until then then they are pinned butterflies in an academics study. With thanks to Situ ...
by Giovanni
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro
Replies: 203
Views: 6639

Re: Importance and Benefit of Ngondro

I dont even know how thats a response to my comment but ok I think the topic has become “relying on the lama” vs. “relying on yourself”. You pick your guru, your guru does not pick you. :good: And this saying “when the pupil is ready the guru appears” is not Dharma. It’s from populist Hindu teacher...

Go to advanced search