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by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 24
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

Go take a basic Mahayana Buddhism course or read a book focusing on dependent origination or emptiness, then you will have your answer. There is no "whole" of anything because there are not edges or delimiters to anything. Nothing can be a "whole" or a "part" ultimately, any edges, walls, beginning...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 24
Views: 220

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

My question is although the whole is made of parts, and is seen as not inherently existing because it is a composite that is basically empty, on what level must we understand the whole that the parts work so diligently to create? Is there no merit to what this is? Or is the merit given as the expla...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

My understanding (via various teachings I've had on this) is that on a basic level the Four Opponent powers are what purify, understanding the mechanism of how is not that difficult, just read them: http://www.dharmaling.org/en/glossary/56-four-opponent-powers I mean I don't know the technical expla...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the other side
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Hello from the other side

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/

You can find different sangha here, most meeting virtually right now I'm sure.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states

Thanks much for the help, I ordered Diamond Healing for now.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 52
Views: 4812

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

Nihilism is the notion that nothing exists, no form of Buddhism teaches that nothing exists.
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma
Replies: 52
Views: 4812

Re: About a nihilistic adrift of Buddhadharma

This is just a typical and somewhat yawn-inducing "Atmanyana" type argument - "I feel stuff so I must be real in the way I think I am", it's a terrible argument and easily deconstructed by simple analysis of mental phenomena. A variation I've seen is that memories feel like they have continuity and ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Tibetan Medicine primer - especially for pyschological states

Hoping Malcolm or someone else might be able to help here. I'm taking a class essentially on "alternative" frameworks to pyschotherapy. Half of it is good, some information on Ayurveda and a little on TCM. The other half is almost unbearable new age nonsense, seriously it's bad. I'm wondering if a k...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Users' Avatars
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: Users' Avatars

Mine is just a Chenrezig statue I like.

For years I had Mr. Furious from Mystery Men as my Avatar, I might go back to that, I always identified with the character.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 326

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

I met someone who was interested in developing a meditation practice, and who also had interest in taking psychedelics. I wanted to warn her not to take drugs because I believe it could not only be harmful to her physical health, but also impede her meditation practice. Does anyone know how drugs h...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practicing without empowerment
Replies: 56
Views: 1433

Re: Practicing without empowerment

Is there a Teaching about the various Bodhisattva Vows carrying over? Yes, the bodhisattva vows are the only vows that one carries from one life to the next. Thank you. Much like this, so does being a Buddha :smile: , of course. This is a basic fundamental truth that must be understood by all in Me...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 51
Views: 1700

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Not really. Once I know the dream was not real it just makes me sad. The happiness wasn’t real, it just appeared as such. Once is happy in a dream because they don’t know it’s a dream, once they do any feelings about it evaporate. Fear goes away, at least in my case (once unfortunately, too many ni...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: lockdowns on Nichiren site .
Replies: 24
Views: 514

Re: lockdowns on Nichiren site .

It happens a lot in the Zen forum, as well. Moderation is hard, and very time consuming. Vajrayana is the default here. It is what it is. Thread locking is the easiest, so it's the most prevalent. I agree completely that is would be better to remove posts and/or ban specific individuals, but that t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Modern Chinese Chan Buddhism and Modern Psychology
Replies: 30
Views: 404

Re: Modern Chinese Chan Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Simply knowing that one does actually need to be fixed, that the fixing is an illusion is of great value. In fact, this simple message is one of the most effective therapeutically I know of. It’s also the place where (some) Western psychology would differ from Chan/Zen, or Dzogchen/Tantra for that ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

For me in late 20th century early 21st century America-- it's a *shrug* in terms of working with transgression. Quite honestly if somebody served me roast beef and a glass of 18 year old Glenmorangie at a ganapuja, I wouldn't be working with revulsion in my mind. I'd be working with attachment. I w...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

The idea is if we stop taking they die less. Even one happy animal is worth more than a pile of leather. I don’t want to pursue a discussion on such a sad subject though. We don’t read books just so words won’t be wasted. They are already dead, you putting yourself above touching their remains does...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Modern Chinese Chan Buddhism and Modern Psychology
Replies: 30
Views: 404

Re: Modern Chinese Chan Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Understanding one’s own mind enables a better understanding of the minds of others, no telepathy needed. Thanks I got it. That is, Chan Buddhists first study how their minds works, and then help other people's minds to cope with stress and mental suffering and come to enlightenment. It turns out th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

Some leather in America comes from bad places, such as factory farms, and humans are not different from an animals in their desire not to suffer. And they are more innocent than us. Leather does not suffer. So we should just waste all that material? Let them die for nothing? The idea is if we stop ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

Sigh, just study the common Tantric Vows Konchok. Some teachers like the Karmapa have said that vegetarian substances are permissible, but their argument isn’t ‘meat is yucky’, and tends to be more nuanced. Revulsion at substances really does seem to be a limiting factor, and honestly, you are just ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?
Replies: 113
Views: 2067

Re: Does a Vegan Damaru exist anywhere?

When I go vegan I don’t even touch leather. When it comes to Buddhist practice I find that more important than dietary choices, and as I believe in the validity of Vajrayana Buddhism and the Teachings as an Emanation from Shakyamuni when given, practiced, and passed down properly, with His intent p...

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