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by Nemo
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Lack of Media Coverage on Burn Pits

We declare victory and pull out every 5 years. Usually a few troops come home and are replaced by contractors at triple the cost. Only America would go destroy another country and then make a humanitarian issue out of the workers doing the destruction. Better make another movie about how this murder...
by Nemo
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: I'm looking for documentaries about hermits

Capitalism has made being a hermit illegal. The police will come beat you and destroy your belongings. You have no peace. Being poor is now a criminal act. Temples are run like businesses to survive. Taxes, building codes, municipal busybodies working for property developers, land speculation, etc. ...
by Nemo
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is a shrine important
Replies: 68
Views: 1539

Re: Is a shrine important

It's like generating the shrine. Filling shrine water bowls for the Buddhas is an excellent practice. Preferably every morning and emptied every night. It doesn't need anything else to be a beneficial practice. But it can get much more complex and meaningful. Invoking Amrita Kundali, purifying the i...
by Nemo
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is a shrine important
Replies: 68
Views: 1539

Re: Is a shrine important

Yes, you can make a stupa out of air or fire too (iffy out know how to so, properly). The point is, it is not ‘overprotective or elitist’ to follow the teachings of realized lamas or other masters who have prescribed for specific reasons proper and exact methods for creating, filling, and consecrat...
by Nemo
Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is a shrine important
Replies: 68
Views: 1539

Re: Is a shrine important

I feel it's already a very heavy responsibility to have Dharma statues in ones home. For example, they are very nice, but when I die, who will take care of these statues? I don't want them to be thrown in the dumpster, or sold on eBay, because they are not just "a statue". Thus there's a level of r...
by Nemo
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is a shrine important
Replies: 68
Views: 1539

Re: Is a shrine important

Do you need one for your spiritual development? Probably not. Are they useful as a support for magical activities like gaining merit, etc? Definitely yes. 95% of the matter and energy in the universe is of unknown composition and origin. Dark matter is a good analogy for the world we inhabit. We can...
by Nemo
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1832

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

It sucks when you are young you can't afford all the fancy stuff. This would have been so useful to me 20 years ago. Hopefully the local temple appreciates it after I am gone. You either have spare time, or you have money, but you never seem to have both together Many of the most gifted in my gener...
by Nemo
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1832

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

It is expensive, yes, but never for a minute have I regretted buying it. There's really nothing quite like it. Himayalanart.org probably has more pictures, but of variable quality and not as consistent/comparable, and it doesn't have the additional descriptions on the visualization, mantra etc. Is ...
by Nemo
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 144
Views: 3832

Re: Self Defense

Being put in situations of being the garbage man after violence happened(army medic) and becoming able to dish out a certain amount of destruction made me very ill. What are Buddhist views on cleaning out a clogged public toilet at a music festival on Taco Tuesday with only your bare hands? Good luc...
by Nemo
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1832

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

Thanks, 240$ in Canada. But they probably need the money more than me.
Now Google helped me out after I bought it, lol

Removed download link to copyrighted material
by Nemo
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1832

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

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by Nemo
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment
Replies: 45
Views: 1832

Re: Info on Rinjung Gyatsa Empowerment

Thank you Volan and thank you PeterC. The book it is not rare, sorry, my previous research was not accurate enough or I had typed the author wrong. However the price is high; for my wallet is high. Hard cover of 600+ pages, with a bunch of coloured illustrations, 4 kilograms of weight. Shipping to ...
by Nemo
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Warn about a group?
Replies: 15
Views: 1009

Re: Warn about a group?

There are some basic ways to know a cult as opposed to real Dharma. Can you criticize the leader? Are they accountable for their actions? Does the leader practice what they preach? Are you told your reasonable doubts are sins or impurities? Do you seem to give more than you get? Are you promised fu...
by Nemo
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Warn about a group?
Replies: 15
Views: 1009

Re: Warn about a group?

There are some basic ways to know a cult as opposed to real Dharma. Can you criticize the leader? Are they accountable for their actions? Does the leader practice what they preach? Are you told your reasonable doubts are sins or impurities? Do you seem to give more than you get? Are you promised fut...
by Nemo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1918

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

Thailand is another good example. A defacto Buddhist state. It just seems like participatory democracy and capitalism is a much more fair and equitable way to live for the majority. Not that capitalism is good, but feudalism is so much worse. Buddhism adapted to Tibet and the theocracy was a grand M...
by Nemo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1918

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

When Tibet was destroyed the elite teachings of the aristocracy were given freely to bums like us. This misconception seems to be quite widespread. Empowerments were given out freely in Tibet. In Tibet these days there cannot be a single lama, monk, layman or laywoman who has never received an empo...
by Nemo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 42
Views: 1918

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

Reading some old CIA and pre CIA documents 95% of the land in Tibet was owned by 220 families. 95% of the populace were illiterate peasants under the boot of those families. Suppressing revolts included murdering all the women and children of clans trying to be free under direct orders of the Dalai ...
by Nemo
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Subduing and Oath Binding
Replies: 42
Views: 1980

Re: Subduing and Oath Binding

Crazywisdom wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:50 am A master like Guru Padmasambhava is said to have subdued spirits and bound them by oath to serve mantra folks. So why isn't everyone subdued and bound by oath?
Wadda ya think happened when you drank the Samaya water ding dong? :anjali:
by Nemo
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Trauma and mindfulness, Gary Van Warmerdam
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Trauma and mindfulness, Gary Van Warmerdam

Depends on your skill as a meditator. Many Tibetans lived in murderous concentration camps and maintained their sanity. Experienced meditators know thoughts lead feelings and feelings lead thoughts. Overcoming limbic trauma would involve feeling those compartmentalized emotions and letting them pass...
by Nemo
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time for new friends?
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Time for new friends?

I find when people with the same pathology get together it can make them both worse. Anxiety plus anxiety or depressive plus depressive are terrible combos particularly romantically. Anger plus anger being the most problematic. Know your personal strengths and weaknesses and have healthy boundaries....

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