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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 597

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

Naw...I’m not letting you get away with “perennialist” here without you defining it precisely. You’ve done this before, Perennialism is both a specific school of modern and historical spiritual thought, and a general tendency :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy So, which one are you...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 597

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

This has nothing to do with doctrine. I think the only obstacle you face is that when people present the logical arguments and methods that you can try for yourself to determine that nothing can be found that can be regarded as an eternal self, you don’t bother to spend even three minutes investiga...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 597

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

I don't know why you always want to die on this pointless hill. A similarity "on paper" in neither here nor there anyway. We can find quotes from Jesus, Mohammed, and The Buddha that are similar if we hunt them, yet we won't (well, most of us) sit here and try to claim that because of this the tene...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 597

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

I got the pdf from this semi-sketchy site: https://vdocuments.site/s-k-hookham-the ... vised.html Your description of it as a “semi-sketchy site” makes me wary. So I emailed her group and asked about purchasing a digital copy. I’m waiting to hear back. I don't know why you always want to die on thi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music do you listen to
Replies: 10
Views: 123

Re: What music do you listen to

I have seen a lot of people advocating for zen listening to strange stuff like jazz and fusion (no offense pls). Seems like a kinda STRANGE trend... Thoughts? What music would best remind one of the big buddha man? Any music can remind you of the teachings if you really understand the teachings wel...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 597

Re: Is there a place for me in Tibetan buddhism?

You just think too much, that's pretty much it. Buddhist view is not meant to be used as an end of and within itself, it's praxis. Constantly running over these polarized arguments in your head is a total waste of time. Do you have issues with rumination? You can't even think clearly when ruminating...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is monastic life a right livelihood?
Replies: 16
Views: 313

Re: Is monastic life a right livelihood?

So, extrapolating from your answers, one of the main reason why monastic life is a right livelihood, is because it would create merit for all beings. This reasoning is not new to me, but I'm personally skeptical of the fact that me sitting in a cushion and doing some samu would generate something f...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is monastic life a right livelihood?
Replies: 16
Views: 313

Re: Is monastic life a right livelihood?

Hello everyone, I would like to hear your thought about a thing that keeps bothering me after many years. I have been thinking of following a monastic life for many years, almost right after I began studying Buddhism and doing meditation. However, there has always been a thing that stopped me: bein...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 543 AD Emperor Justinian put the Pope in jail for a year
Replies: 18
Views: 457

Re: In 543 AD Emperor Justinian put the Pope in jail for a year

The Hasids have always been mystics, so not a stretch for them. Non - Hassidic Orthodox Jews, not so sure what their position is, if they overtly believe in reincarnation I imagine it’s a small minority.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aggregates
Replies: 7
Views: 150

Re: Aggregates

Generally speaking Buddhism doesn’t seem to deal much with reality outside of an observer. Scientific laws are based on empirical observation of ‘outside’ phenomena. The closest thing to such ideas I’m aware of is the Five Niyamas: https://www.learnreligions.com/the-five-niyamas-449741 http://www.bu...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 8
Views: 812

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

mahamdudra with shentong view There is no mahamudra with shengtong view, there is madhyamaka with shentong view. The view of Mahamudra transcends the view of madhyamaka, it is more complete than the view of madhyamaka. Also in madhyamaka one discovers the view by conceptual analysis, but it is a ki...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7707
Views: 991193

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Really sad to hear this.
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does true omnipotence exist?
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: Does true omnipotence exist?

No, no one is outside the realm of cause and effect except Buddhas, and they can't 'reach in' to samsara and alter it for sentient beings experiencing it. There's blessings and purifications, which are said to do things like make Karmic fruits ripen less severely (I've read that in places at least),...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Weekly Green Tara practice and Transmission
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: Weekly Green Tara practice and Transmission

Thank you for the response. I am talking to the teacher now, but with the language barrier I'm so worried about accidentally being rude or saying something I don't otherwise intend! I asked if there was a practice commitment and said I was new. We'll see how it goes. Everyone is different, but the ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Weekly Green Tara practice and Transmission
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: Weekly Green Tara practice and Initiation

There is a weekly (now virtual) Green Tara practice and accumulations at a Drikung Kagyu lineage meditation center near me. The lama said he will give me transmission when I attend it. I am very new to much of this. How does this sort of thing (weekly practice gatherings, initiations given there, e...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 11
Views: 607

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I have realized that I actually have no idea. Specifically, how does Tantra fit into the Dzogchen path? I know that you will find Tantra in Dzogchen but it seems like Dzogchen is not necessarily Dzogchen. What exactly is the interplay here? Also, what does the term “Mahamudra” mean in a Dzogchen co...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture
Replies: 21
Views: 629

Re: Tibetan buddhism and tibetan culture

Hi, in which way one can be able to clearly differentiate which aspects of tibetan buddhism are related with dharma, and which are cultural aspects, linked with both sutrayana an tantric yana. If there is any literature already out there, could you recommend? My point is that for tibetan buddhism, ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 11
Views: 607

Re: What is Dzogchen?

I have realized that I actually have no idea. Specifically, how does Tantra fit into the Dzogchen path? I know that you will find Tantra in Dzogchen but it seems like Dzogchen is not necessarily Dzogchen. What exactly is the interplay here? Also, what does the term “Mahamudra” mean in a Dzogchen co...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsarically Satisfied?
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Samsarically Satisfied?

It’s also an experiential thing. If one has not gone far enough into the teachings to experience (albeit briefly and fleetingly) that there is something beyond and well... better than Samsaric satisfaction, then there is disbelief that such a thing is even possible. I see it this argument (usually t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 4207

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

I think it's important to recognize that no one is trying to be dysfunctional or to say things that are dishonest. I don't think there's anything to take personally. It's what people do when they don't now how to act in a given situation, we shore up the status quo and say "remain calm, everything ...

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