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by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Back to basis: breath meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Back to basis: breath meditation

Probably because many people read the Anapanasati Sutta instead: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN118.html I was very happy to find this Sutra where the Buddha discusses the breath meditation with which most folks here are probably familiar, but who perhaps have never seen this Sutra itself. ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 2192

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

Yes, but I'm not comfortable with making a public list for folks who just want to check Dzogchen off the list by easily obtaining a pointing out (as appeared to happen in another recent thread). Also, I find that the efforts I have made in obtaining the teachings (which may be of no use to you or an...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 2192

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

There are many if you look around. It just takes some (fairly minor) effort.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3246

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

His/her/their Theravada lineage.
Danny wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:24 pm He mentioned the late Wangdor Rinpoche.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3246

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Matt J wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm What's your lineage?
cd347 wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:13 pm I’ve been given lineage and have been encouraged to begin teaching beginners.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3246

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

What's your lineage?
cd347 wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:13 pm I’ve been given lineage and have been encouraged to begin teaching beginners.
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by Matt J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3246

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

I would say that pointing out is the teacher introducing you to the nature of your mind. Sometimes it is done quite formally, with a full ceremony, and sometimes very informally. However, receiving pointing out instructions is not the same as having your nature of mind pointed out. So its not like y...
by Matt J
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1028824

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I had the impression that he wasn't interested in the teachings as much as he was connecting with his father. It is the final scenes. It is a picture with a happy ending, which, sadly, does not match what has happened. And yes, those in the know have known what will happen for years. For many of the...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1028824

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I have been surprised that people have been thinking Yeshi would take over. Am I the only one who watched My Reincarnation? I walked away about 4 years ago, the writing was on the wall. I read this thread and I wonder what trying to guilt trip Yeshi into teaching when he’s stated over and over he ha...
by Matt J
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Non-attachment in Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Non-attachment in Buddhism

I think you're mixing up non-attachment with detachment. Detachment means you don't feel anything for anything. But that is not the Buddhist way at all--- that is emotional nihilism. Non-attachment means you don't grasp and cling. You can love your family and enjoy a nice Sunday drive without graspi...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 27
Views: 1515

Re: Good beginner's overview

With COVID, many many teachers are going online. You may wish to check them out. I would recommend checking out several and seeing what you like. You may want to check out some videos and podcasts as well. Just as a warning, most overview books are very academic. Which is fine if that is what you li...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 1887

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

Maybe we don't have to choose:

:lol:

http://levekunst.com/the-tantra-of-coffee/
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tremendous energy during sitting
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Tremendous energy during sitting

Welcome to the world of meditation. You are getting first hand experience of impermanence (anicca), no self (anatman), and dissatisfaction (dukkha). Sometimes, reality seems more real and enhanced, sometimes it's more dull and foggy, and it's always one then the other, a few days like this, then a f...
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 1887

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

I'm more of a peppermint mocha, but no whip.
humble.student wrote: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:21 pm
Matt J wrote: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:44 pm I had to make this choice. It wasn’t pleasant.
So you like an extra scoop of Samsara with your Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® ?
by Matt J
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 1887

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

I had to make this choice. It wasn’t pleasant.
by Matt J
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

I would say it depends on who your primary teacher is. If you are learning from one of his students, or some one who is CTR-friendly, then it would likely be a great resource. I live near CTR "country" and a lot of lamas who come through all have nice things to say about him, so I doubt there is any...
by Matt J
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 302
Views: 15767

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Context, context, context. Totally agree. I am reminded of this ancient vajra song of wisdom: Now the world don't move To the beat of just one drum What might be right for you Might not be right for some For an extrovert, wearing robes in public would have one effect. For an introvert, another effec...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Concentration born of natural luminosity
Replies: 14
Views: 1764

Re: Concentration born of natural luminosity

I know some pretty great teachers, but even they wouldn't dispense Mahamudra meditation advice to anonymous strangers online. Diagnosing some one via internet posts strikes me as a bit... unwise.
fckw wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:04 am Having that said I'd like not to elaborate any further.
by Matt J
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1480

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

This is actually a live question in Buddhist communities, and has been for some time. Should dharma be engaged in social, political, and other movements or not? Bernie Glassman, Thich Nhat Hanh, HHDL and others have suggested that it should. All I’m suggesting is, the question “what does that have t...

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