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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearance of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Appearance of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Most of the time the Buddha dresses like a monk but now and then I see images in which the Buddha is adorned with a crown and wears elaborate jewelry around his neck, on the arms and the feet. Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva is like a bhikshu sometimes but also looks similar to the crowned and bedecked Bu...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

So if I stop identifying with the thoughts I will not suffer anymore from it? I already don't identify with them, but the anxiety still happens? Or is the anxiety happening because I am still identifying it as me What exactly is ‘anxiety’ to you, is it thoughts, or physical sensations? Not identify...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is samsara meant literal or not
Replies: 35
Views: 723

Re: Is samsara meant literal or not

Actually, by the time you are 22 years old, you have lived through three entirely different human bodies. Not entirely different . The neurons in your cerebral cortex and lenses in your eyes would be the same neurons and same lenses that you had the day you were born. The enamel on your teeth would...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New guy to Tantra
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: New guy to Tantra

You said that the instructions of a guru, life circumstances, etc all play into what practices one may do throughout the day. Would you be able to give me a basic idea of how a lay practitioner may practice throughout the day? For example in some Zen lineages I have studied with it was suggested th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 17
Views: 253

Re: Olympics

Btw, how are people watching?

I paid for the silly Peacock streaming app, but they don’t have replays of the stuff I want to see, just crappy little 1-4 minute montages and such.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New guy to Tantra
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: New guy to Tantra

Interesting info, thanks Malcolm.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New guy to Tantra
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: New guy to Tantra

Does a tantric practitioner usually have only one practice they do? Or do some practice multiple different practices during the day? (For example is it common for someone to practice mahamudra in the morning, then do deity yoga at night? Or could they do deity yoga with one deity in the morning, an...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 17
Views: 253

Re: Olympics

Shotenzenjin wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:05 am I've watched a little of everything NBC coverage. And CBC coverage .

I'm looking forward to the karate.

I'm not into sport karate to much so see how it goes.
IDK, there are different ranges of sport Karate, some of the JKA- style competition gets pretty good.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 17
Views: 253

Re: Olympics

I watch some of the Judo and Boxing every year, may check out the Karate to see what the competition is like. I also watched some of the Skateboarding which was pretty cool.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mind, the brain, and the body?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: The mind, the brain, and the body?

I mean, do you want philosophy books, neuroscience, Buddhism or what?

For the most part questions like this are non-falsifiable and eventually turn into philosophy, namely Philosophy of Mind.

It’s just a somewhat unfocused request, what are you actually wanting to study or look into?
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra in Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Tantra in Medicine

I have a teacher who is a Tibetan Loppon and Western-trained practicing therapist, the way he put it is that Western Therapy and Dharma are not incompatible, it’s just that therapy is a much smaller ‘box’ than Dharma is. So the implication for a Dharma practitioner is that any such practices may be ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra in Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Tantra in Medicine

Hi, Mindfulness has been included in psychological treatments for some time. I personally experienced it from a counsellor. Have Tantric ideas been / are being studied to be included in such treatments? I remember listening to a talk whereby the speaker mentioned this briefly, but nothing concrete ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 22
Views: 563

Re: Question about karma

It's permissable to break vows and precepts at times within the scheme of Mahayana ethics, but it requires some serious calculation: https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/patrul-rinpoche/nine-considerations The thing here is whether or not "making someone feel better" here serves t...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 22
Views: 563

Re: Question about karma

It's permissable to break vows and precepts at times within the scheme of Mahayana ethics, but it requires some serious calculation: https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/patrul-rinpoche/nine-considerations The thing here is whether or not "making someone feel better" here serves th...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

To go further into this, having the karmic disposition for something like OCD is just that - karmic disposition. Maybe we can figure out causal factors for some of it utilizing typical therapies. This can be really helpful but of course these therapies are geared towards a view of one lifetime, so m...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

Also the OCD has started consuming the topic of buddhism, which is very scary indeed. Very disturbing tho I have this thought that I have to become a monk and achieve nirvana for all beings, and if I don't I will never be happy and I will be reborn in a hellish realm because I am so selfish and not...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

Then I identify them as negative (because they cause bad karma). That’s an assumption. Also, incorrect. Conflicting, or negative thoughts are the result of causes, or karma. But unless acted upon, they in themselves don’t cause negative karma. Thoughts have no substance. The rest of the answers her...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

You might want to look into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and also take a look at this site and it's advice on anxious and obsessive thinking, and spend some time working on Somatic practices like Box Breathing for anxiety: https://drmartinseif.com/self-help/ That is not to discourage meditativ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does taking nicotine break the fifth precept
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Does taking nicotine break the fifth precept

Hello, I have a habit of taking nicotine (oral pouches, non tobacco). Does it break the fifth precept? Is it a hindrance? I take it because I enjoy the effortless pleasure. I get cravings but they are easily set aside. I suppose quitting is the right thing, but I really enjoy the sensory pleasure. ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't control thoughts
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: Can't control thoughts

Learn to observe them nakedly, without judgement. You are just creating more of the same by trying to fight them. In modern psychological terms this is called ‘cognitive delusion’ - not identifying with your thoughts. When the anxiety is low enough, you can also apply antidotes, loving kindness inst...

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