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by Matt J
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Light relief (from a world in chaos)
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: Light relief (from a world in chaos)

My question: how did they film it?
by Matt J
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Oops
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: Oops

It's ok, Svatantrikas and Gelugpas do this all the time. Oops, did I say Gelugpas? :jumping: Just kidding. Sort of. :rolling: I fell for it, took emptiness as a view, failed to get that emptiness too is empty. It's understandable ... we non-enlighteneds need something to hold onto ... and, after all...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 8229

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

I sympathize with this. I felt the same way for a very long time. However, I have found that things are not always as they seem. For example, objects often seem solid, independent, and permanent, but they are not. Similarly, people may seem to be fairly ordinary, and often they are. But sometimes th...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 8229

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

:rolling:

The next best group is one sone one else already figured out.
mandog wrote: Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:04 pm Yes, I see how that is a problem. It seems the best "group" would be to marry a practitioner and have children who you raise as practitioners.
by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 1913

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

I think this misses the forest for the trees. To say that karma is truly individual is to say that it is independent. That is not the case. No matter how you parse it, you can say that karma affects the individual (whatever that means), but of course, this maturation will inevitably affect others. F...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 8229

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

In theory. I have not been able to pull it off-line, although I have had an online group going for some years. There are a few reasons I have seen in my (limited) experience. First, it can be difficult to find practitioners in the local area who study under the same teacher (unless the teacher regul...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 8229

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Interesting point. Mingyur Rinpoche made a decision some years to ago to break with the "dharma center" model due to sustainability issues. Some senior Tergar instructors ran Western retreat centers, and found that in order to survive, one had to run retreats constantly. Accordingly, Tergar decided ...
by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 1913

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

The question is: how can you NOT share merit? Everyone is connected interdependently. If we take emptiness seriously, there are no lines or boundaries that separate anything from everything. Even put in a simple, conventional way, dedicating the merit will assist in developing open-heartedness. It h...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 10366

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

My question is whether anyone knows of any Kagyu lamas who teach complete, unrestricted, sutra Mahamudra to non-initiates (people who have not received any tantric empowerments). Not in theory, but in actual practice.
by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 10366

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

FWIW, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche himself rolled into Boulder and gave lung/instructions on Khenpo Ganghar's Self Liberating Whatever You Meet without an empowerment. However, I doubt he expected anyone to really seriously practice based on that as he referred interested persons to his monks for furth...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 26
Views: 1259

Re: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

I need Simon’s address so I can order him a subscription.

:rolling:
by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 26
Views: 1259

Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

So I’m sitting in my car reading the latest Lion’s Roar. We’re waiting for car repairs. Certainly, if one could condense Boulder into a magazine, thus would be it. My experience: A Zen essay about a Zen essay. How to resolve conflicts between one’s therapist and dharma teacher. Quotes from Shabkar j...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "practice in daily life"
Replies: 12
Views: 982

Re: "practice in daily life"

You may want to check this short video where he discusses daily practice: https://youtu.be/OTdy9Uo0kyE Elsewhere, Meido posted this: In the modern era there is an increasingly common conceit (not just in Zen) that "practice in daily life" means that one can adjust practice to fit one's life, instead...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 3385

Re: in defense

Most (if not all) Zen teachers would say (or have said) that there is no Zen without a teacher. So would you include yourself as a student in a non-Zen tradition who posts in the Zen forum? I’m responding to Buddhists of other traditions who post in the Zen sub-forum. And I responding, not as a Zen ...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 2599

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

Stream entry is the destruction of the first three fetters (out of ten). They are: belief in a self, attachment to rites and rituals, and doubt. Realizing anatta (no self) will cut through the belief in a self, and by so doing will eliminate doubt and attachments to rites and rituals. But that is Th...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 13996

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

The problem I had with Western Zen teachers is that they were often frankly unaware of states of mind and how to navigate them. My last year or so with Zen I sat in dull or trance-like states. My teachers were unable to provide any guidance. When I had meditation problems, they were not familiar wit...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 13996

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Actually, what PeterC is saying isn't sectarian, but rather a response (in my mind anyway) to Western exceptionalism. What we (as the West in general, not any particular poster) are saying is that what takes decades in Asian countries (which have incorporated dharma into their national culture) can ...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 13996

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

My claim is that it is essential for lineage holders--- i.e. the teacher who is expected to hold and transmit the lineage. It is one thing to realize the teaching (to whatever degree), but it is another to be able to guide others. I think Japan Zen is unique with full time practice , but I don’t agr...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 13996

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

There were many Japanese teachers in the West one generation ago. Most Western teachers spring from this source, although they are rapidly producing as the non-Japanese teachers start giving transmission. As far as I know, most Japanese teachers came from a full-time practice background, but many of...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 2080

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

The main difference, on my experience, between Theravada-style practice and Zen and Dzogchen/Mahamudra is that the latter requires you to work with a teacher to gain clarity on what in both traditions is referred to as the nature of mind. Mahamudra in particular uses a step-by-step approach, whereas...

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