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by underthetree
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra in the UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 4004

Mahamudra in the UK?

A quick question:

Does anyone know of anyone giving non-Gelug mahamudra teachings in the UK, or any upcoming teachings over here?

Thanks in advance.
by underthetree
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marriage & Opposite Sex Friendships
Replies: 7
Views: 1936

Re: Marriage & Opposite Sex Friendships

Many if not most of my close friends throughout my life have been women. It's perfectly possible, perfectly ordinary, for a man to be friends with a woman without the sexual element arising. I would even stick my neck out and say that people can be in love without there necessarily being a sexual el...
by underthetree
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What do most Buddhists say about Angels?
Replies: 21
Views: 5652

Re: What do most Buddhists say about Angels?

Wesley1982 wrote:What do most Buddhists say about Angels?...
What to angels have to say about the Four Noble Truths and the Four Seals of Dharma? If nothing, why search for them?
by underthetree
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 23874

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

How much of our reaction to peak oil should be as 'Buddhists,' though? I'm dubious about environmentalism being considered under the Buddhist rubric a la engaged Buddhism/green Buddhism. That's not to say that our practice shouldn't lead us to concern and engagement in these vital areas, but aren't ...
by underthetree
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to stay awake during meditation?
Replies: 33
Views: 7762

Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

I meditate outside, sitting on a rock or a log, whatever the weather - all it takes is enough layers of clothing and sometimes (quite often, really) an umbrella. I virtually never have problems with drowsiness except when I meditate indoors, in which case I often begin to nod off. All the difficulti...
by underthetree
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Searching for a guru
Replies: 13
Views: 3198

Re: Searching for a guru

It's not Gelug (it is Drikung Kagyu), and it's even further than Madison, but:

http://chicagoratnashri.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Their lama, Drupon Rinchen Dorjee, is someone I count as a guru, and I live four thousand miles away from Chicago!
by underthetree
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 23874

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

That's basically what the religion of progress and the machine promises. Despite reaching ecological limits, people believe technology, driven by humanity's unstoppable progress from the caves to the stars, will be developed just in time to save us from the consequences of our past collective actio...
by underthetree
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Plant a Bee Garden
Replies: 17
Views: 6141

Re: Plant a Bee Garden

U.K. bees are having a particularly bad time this year goobers, a cold and wet summer is not helping. But if we provide the means, things will improve . Very true. But the hives I opened today (down here in the south west) were full of life, if not honey. I love beekeeping - I don't have my own hiv...
by underthetree
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: On the subject of gibberish/goobledigook... :)
Replies: 4
Views: 1764

Re: On the subject of gibberish/goobledigook... :)

Deep joy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXZMqtHEMgs (It's good with the music bit as well...)
by underthetree
Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Meal time prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

Re: Meal time prayer

In our family we say: "We invite all sentient beings to share our feast."
by underthetree
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Cleansing the physical body of bad toxins
Replies: 32
Views: 14569

Re: Cleansing the physical body of bad toxins

The notion of "toxins" in the body and associated "cleansing" has been much abused. If you do some cleansing cure it might have a beneficial effect, but it's probably unlikely to be due to actual "toxin" removal unless you mean that in a very metaphorical sense. Of course that's a big generalizatio...
by underthetree
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mahayana sutras and woman
Replies: 24
Views: 4071

Re: Mahayana sutras and woman

Male.

Female.

Clinging.
by underthetree
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 24144

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

gregkavarnos wrote:I recommend that those that view the process of sex and birth and everything female as negative and vulgar to go read the Vajrayogini Tantra. It goes a little (that's an understatement) beyond the second turning teachings of the Buddha.
:namaste:
Excellent advice!
by underthetree
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Elitism in Buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Elitism in Buddhism?

I feel very much the same way that you do, but I haven't let it get in the way of my practice too much. Partly because I'm one of those "I wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would want me as a member" type of people, partly because I don't like the social component, partly because I find ...
by underthetree
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everybody
Replies: 9
Views: 1778

Re: Hello everybody

Qian Zheng Yi wrote:Image
:hi:
:namaste:
by underthetree
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Energetics of Thought
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Energetics of Thought

Thank you, Malcolm.

So why does the sensation arise at the dissolving of the thought?
Thoughts are rlung. When your lung does not move, thoughts do not arise.
Interesting. So why does lung seem to move during shamatha? Or is that some other part of the subtle anatomy?
by underthetree
Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Lama Gursam on Nature of Mind.
Replies: 3
Views: 1975

Re: Lama Gursam on Nature of Mind.

Fantastic. I love the Drikung.
by underthetree
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Energetics of Thought
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Energetics of Thought

Something I've found, both in meditation and in everday life is that, when a thought arises and I look at it and let it dissolve, I always experience a physical sensation, either in the area of my heart, my solar plexus or occasionally roughly in my sinuses. The same applies for emotion. This is a s...
by underthetree
Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Help..
Replies: 6
Views: 1299

Re: Help..

"What Makes You Not a Buddhist' by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse would give you a very readable and non-preachy introduction to the basics by a genuine master.
by underthetree
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Nakedness
Replies: 103
Views: 17085

Re: Nakedness

Do what you need to do, but sadly, the forum is the less for it.
I totally agree.

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