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by Matt J
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 239
Views: 63923

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Schrödinger’s Yidam wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:00 am
However I have not been able to resist forming opinions about myself and others.
I have recently developed an amazing siddhi: the ability to NOT always share that opinion online. :lol:
by Matt J
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Tradition
Replies: 26
Views: 831

Re: Searching for a Tradition

I started with Theravada, because it seemed the most inline with my modern Western worldview. However, there were issues I felt my Theravada teachers could not fully address, so I sought Zen teachers. Then again there were issues that could not be addressed, so I started to study with Dzogchen/Maham...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 12, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: "Boundaries of perception"
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: "Boundaries of perception"

So, I am just curious if I should continue these meditations (uninstructed of course), or should I halt them, and simply practice basic mindfulness for a while? Why "uninstructed of course"? It seems like you're making progress, and now would be the perfect time to get on board with a tea...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 12, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Undriven-Mind: letting go of the next thought
Replies: 22
Views: 611

Re: Undriven-Mind: letting go of the next thought

JimTempleman wrote: Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:25 pm Quiescent yet wakeful is correct; mental scattering in wakefulness is wrong.
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(In Xuanjue’s terms, my experience was correct.)
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I'd be careful, Zen is a slippery. Often when we think we have it, we most certainly do not.
by Matt J
Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Undriven-Mind: letting go of the next thought
Replies: 22
Views: 611

Re: Undriven-Mind: letting go of the next thought

Jim, You might want to check out the videos, and perhaps even make a connection with Guo Gu if you want to make a go of it. He has some retreats/events coming up. He was one of the first people to learn Silent Illumination from Master Sheng Master. He also has some videos on youtube. https://guogula...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets

You'd have to get it from whatever lineage you're involved in. I was lucky enough to connect with Namkhai Norbu, who transmitted a simple practice. I think Tara Mandala still transmits it. Here is some FPMT stuff that might be useful: https://fpmt.org/death/ Here is a practice anyone can do: https:/...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Non-directive meditation only?
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: Non-directive meditation only?

Based on my limited personal experience, I would not recommend it, unless you have the highest capacity. I think there is something to be gained by other practices, whether working with shamatha, Madhyamaka, koans, or rushens. Also, shikantaza-type practice on its own gets pretty dry in my experienc...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Lineages
Replies: 123
Views: 3734

Re: Kagyu Lineages

Yes, that is really confusing! The word realization, rtogs pa, is used very loosely, to describe all kinds of things. In Tibetan, it runs the gamut from merely understanding something, all the way up to realizing buddhahood. So when we hear that "X is realized", everyone thinks they know w...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Lineages
Replies: 123
Views: 3734

Re: Kagyu Lineages

Probably not necessarily the mentally/emotionally stable group as a whole I would imagine.
Malcolm wrote: Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:58 pm Young, unemployed, no partner.
by Matt J
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Lineages
Replies: 123
Views: 3734

Re: Kagyu Lineages

I would be curious as to the profile of the typical Westerner who is able to take three years off to do a retreat.
Giovanni wrote: Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:09 pm I think this is accurate. A friend who was preparing for the three year and still hopes to do it, told that there was “one too many freak outs”…
by Matt J
Fri Jul 02, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Lineages
Replies: 123
Views: 3734

Re: Kagyu Lineages

Care to expand? Speculate all you like. It costs nothing. But the retreat master died in 2019. Lama Norlha passed away in 2018. There was a retreat in progress. Situ R first sent a temporary retreat master on an emergency basis, and then a permanent one. I don’t think staffing is the problem. The pr...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Respectful palliative care - end of life pets

My go to has always been a simple zhitro practice, if you do Tibetan type practices.
by Matt J
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Lineages
Replies: 123
Views: 3734

Re: Kagyu Lineages

I find a far greater variation in teachers than lineages. Two teachers in the same lineage can be very different based on my experience with various Nyingma teachers. Some teachers demand a very traditional approach, where you have only one teacher and they are very involved, and you start with trad...
by Matt J
Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Direct introduction + bodhisattva vows
Replies: 9
Views: 705

Re: Direct introduction + bodhisattva vows

How can you unintentionally receive Bodhisattva vows?
Malcolm wrote: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:31 pm Then you received bodhisattva vows during the anniversary of Adzom Drukpa.
by Matt J
Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6111

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:47 pm Most of the ‘Dharma Lite’ books that are decent are just about reducing suffering.
The Buddha also gave teachings to lay people on how to be happy in this life and attain a good rebirth, so I'm not sure that means "dharma lite."
by Matt J
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6111

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Here is where I heard both the "tree" and Hakuin: https://youtu.be/RUzbmIKVAHo It's definitely not Berkeley, but in doing a little research, it doesn't appear to have been Hakuin either--although I have long heard it attributed to him by Zen people (including Rinzai folks). So yes, this to...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6111

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Genjo Conan wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:42 pm (one hand clapping and the tree falling in the forest, although some people have also heard of the "show me your original face from before you were born" challenge).
I've only heard the "tree" as attributed to Bishop Berekely. What is Hakuin's koan on the tree?
by Matt J
Sun Jun 20, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6111

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Some of the biggest ones in my mind: 1. Emptiness is nothingness 2. Emptiness is Platonic or Advaitic being a. No self actually means atman 3. Thoughts and/or appearances are the problem, rather than clinging a. The purpose of meditation is to still the mind b. The purpose of meditation is to develo...
by Matt J
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Question on Ajaan Maha Boowa term used ‘Gileisas’?
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Question on Ajaan Maha Boowa term used ‘Gileisas’?

Sounds like kilesa, i.e. Pali for klesha.
by Matt J
Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If its just a story...
Replies: 126
Views: 2722

Re: If its just a story...

I think to a large extent focusing on the historical Buddha has it backward. The important thing is one's own living teacher(s), and the culmination of the tradition that they represent. If it were proved tomorrow that the historical Buddha never existed, Buddhism would not be effected at all in my ...

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