Jesse wrote: ↑Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:27 pm Like many others have said, intellect or perceived intellect has nothing to do with ability to learn dharma. In fact it can get in the way. Those who over rely on intellect tend to be proud (guilty) (which is a hindrance), dharma relies on a sort of letting go, and intellect is a rigid monster that naturally tends to shun ideas like non-intellectual understanding.
There are many places you can learn technical terms, as many said finding a place in real life is a good idea. I learned most technical terms between this forum and a book by TNH. Which may or may not be suitable for beginners. It will give you information on much of the terminology though.
This is the one: https://plumvillage.org/books/understanding-our-mind/
Be aware though, different schools use different terms, and you should probably choose a school of Buddhism, and learn the basics before learning the complicated stuff.
I’m posting under the Dzogchen forum because I will be using dzogchen terminology mostly.
Here are some question that, as someone who still doesn’t “get it” yet after many years, has on their mind. Maybe asking these questions could help others out, too.
Note: A senior practitioner looked over my questions and said they were okay to ask on a public forum.
1. Is there a difference between “compassion” and “bodhicitta?” If so, please define each term.
2. Is it rare for a being to realize / recognize their Buddha nature (i.e. primordial state)? Or does the rarity lie more so within trying to stabilize it?
3. When you are acting within your primordial state, do all concepts go out the window— even concepts like bodhicitta?
4. Why would some beings not want you to realize your own primordial state by creating obstacles for you? Or are these obstacles just a projection of one’s own mind that is resisting an ego death?
5. Is it even possible for a being who has realized their own primordial state to wish for you to not realize your own primordial state?
6. Can only Buddhists realize their primordial state? If not, then what is the underlying “thing” that causes non-Buddhists to realize their primordial state as well?
7. On that note, please define each term: rigpa, primordial state, emptiness, (lineage) transmission, ego death, and contemplation.
8. What would cause transmission not to “take” for an individual?
9. Can recreational drugs cause you to realize your primordial state and/or emptiness?
10. Are experiences less “reliable” or “legitimate” from drug induced states than from meditative practices?
11. Can siddhis be “activated” from recreational drug use, or even sex?
12. If you don’t have siddhis, does that mean you are doing something “wrong” with your practice or just in your life in general?
13. What is the difference between rainbow body and the great transference into rainbow body?
14. Are those who obtain rainbow body completely omniscient?
15. Are reincarnated masters and teachers completely aware and remember everything when they are born into the world? Or do they have to forget and then remember everything all over again at a certain time in order to better help beings?
16. Let’s end this one a fun one! Because I just got done watching THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, I have to ask this whacky “dualistic” themed question: Let’s say for a moment that Satan is a real being, as is the Christian God. Would it be safe to assume that both beings, not just God, have realized their primordial state, but they just lean more towards one end of the duality spectrum? My underlying question therewithin: is it safe to assume that realizing your primordial state means that you have fully integrated everything, and you no longer lean to one side or the other of any type of duality? Or does being nondualistic ALSO mean that you can STILL have duality and be “God” or “Satan,” etc.? OOoooorrrrrr… are God and Satan not truly enlightened beings, but rather just some alien devas / asuras and, sadly, haven’t realized their primordial nature and just cause lots of wars and stuff because of it?
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Thanks.