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by tobes
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharma practices for attachment to food?
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Dharma practices for attachment to food?

Offer it to the three jewels + gurus.

Say Om Ah Hum three times whilst offering it as purely as possible. This turns it into nectar. Then enjoy.
by tobes
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 2144

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

When I was 20 I gave my coffee to Buddha: started a practice of early morning meditation, with cup of coffee.

Still doing this over 20 years later, so no, I won't choose sides, I'm calling this the coalescence of two truths.
by tobes
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma
Replies: 11
Views: 907

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

And does anybody here have an experience with the Profound Treasury? Someone gave me a copy of volume one which is the Hinayana perspective. It is pithy and good, but it's also not something I turn to very regularly. Whereas many years ago, I read Myth of Freedom so many times the spine of the book...
by tobes
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa's The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma
Replies: 11
Views: 907

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

Rinpoche’s books are unimpeachable. They can be enjoyed and learned from without any concern. I doubt I would have enjoyed being his student, but his books are unlike most. I second this. The one caveat is that I think that his presentation of many topics comes with its own "Trungpa flavour" which ...
by tobes
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

For the non-cricketing folk - leaving well:



What Grigoris is worried about/getting it wrong:

by tobes
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

I am asking a question. If you do not want to expand on your explanation, we cannot really continue the discussion. Seems you are being just as guilty of haste. ;) Did you read it? I wrote: "If an actual person is an object of attack, then this would probably be an instance of using the bat. As a f...
by tobes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

Yes, you are missing something. Please read my whole quote carefully. This is a good expression of the nature of the problem - too much haste in internet land, not enough listening. I wrote: I think this is also true of groups . I am asking a question. If you do not want to expand on your explanati...
by tobes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

Queequeg wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:14 am If you notice this happening and it is derailing the discussion, flag it so that mods can take a look and clean up if necessary.
That's the sensible solution. But as mentioned earlier, I don't see this as any kind of major issue - more like something to bring awareness into, as a community.
by tobes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

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 ...
by tobes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

The keeper is empty space; no one is harmed by letting some stupid sentences go through to that. Really? So if somebody posts: "All ____________________ (insert oppressed minority of choice) are scum and deserve to die" we just let it hang there as nobody is harmed? Am I missing something here? Yes...
by tobes
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

How did the "genuinely dialogical' and "open hearted" approach work with the far-Right lunatics on DWT? When people that have this political alignment come here and start expressing their views, people do try to engage them in proper debate and dialogue, but almost every single time it ends with th...
by tobes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

I don't have any concrete suggestions, but I think that the political fragmentation which is more or less out control in some places is worming its way into many threads which ought to be non-political. It's very understandable, but not necessarily desirable. I think awareness is best at present (r...
by tobes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

But: one thing I have really meditated on is the difference between making an assertion to vanquish a political opponent (or their related tribe), and undertaking one which is genuinely dialogical or open hearted, where you really are prepared to listen. How did the "genuinely dialogical' and "open...
by tobes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments
Replies: 40
Views: 3524

Re: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments

You’re going to have to cite a specific kagyu instruction manual to define what you mean by “Tantric mahamudra” in kagyu. Citing secondary texts that define the thing they’re criticizing will only lead to confusion. Also if it’s a critique of what Gampopa specifically did, you’ll need a text of Gam...
by tobes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

I'm no different. In fact, I've always really, really enjoyed a good political argument (or something less noble). And there are important political arguments to be wagered now, no doubt about it. But: one thing I have really meditated on is the difference between making an assertion to vanquish a p...
by tobes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Dealing with political fragmentation

I don't think Dharma exists is some separate sphere to politics. What I am pointing out is that the political fragmentation inherent in many places is manifesting in discussions here where it is neither Dharmic, nor constructive, nor wholesome, nor fruitful. It's a subtle thing. There are places on ...
by tobes
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments
Replies: 40
Views: 3524

Re: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments

I think Sarah Harding's WTF paper is really good for showing just how deep this labyrinth goes. In the end, I think the real question is: what is actually at stake in all of this? Beyond sectarianism, politics etc, I think the answer is: very little. I think at the time they were writing, a lot was...
by tobes
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dealing with political fragmentation
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Dealing with political fragmentation

I don't have any concrete suggestions, but I think that the political fragmentation which is more or less out control in some places is worming its way into many threads which ought to be non-political. It's very understandable, but not necessarily desirable. I think awareness is best at present (ra...
by tobes
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Off setting smoke pollution in the environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Off setting smoke pollution in the environment

Thanks to everyone for your contribution. If anyone knows of an upcoming lung, could you please let me know?
by tobes
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Off setting smoke pollution in the environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Off setting smoke pollution in the environment

Sang is your ticket. Would it be possible to learn Riwo Sangchö and maybe, as well as your own, turn some of the neighbour's fires into offerings? He may actually like the idea of it being purposeful in that way. For me, this brings to mind this quote from Padmasambhava as cited in White Lotus by M...

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