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  • Look at the link to Dzogchen and Mahamudra in wikipedia. I don't know the names or beliefs of the other tantras. My teacher knows about Mahamudra and her husband Dzogchen. A lot of their teachings are the same but from their perspective. So Pa…
  • Tantra refers to Buddhism taught in Tibet and is four schools: Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma, and Sakya. Historically I believe there was for awhile Tantric teachings in the Theravada in India too but that ended ages ago and I don't know the 'story' of wha…
  • To my knowledge all of the Tibetan schools were influenced by Madhyamika. Including the Shentong perspective. Also including the Rangongpa schools of Prasangika and Sautantrika. Madhyamika influenced all of those because Nagarjuna was before thos…
  • My teacher is in the Kagyu and Nyingma tradition and I found out about her maybe close to 12 years ago. I took a course of hers and then just kept on learning more and more. I used to transcribe some of her audio teachings into text as a volunteer…
  • I think Buddha answers this in sutras. You could read those. I don't have a link. But Buddha I am positive remarks on the benefits of his teaching.
  • Another quote made me think of this thread: Young people think their lives will last a long time; old people think life will end soon. But we can’t assume these things. Our life comes with a built-in expiration date. There are many strong and …
  • We go to non-grasping of: pleasure, how things are in this life, and even peace. Refuge and study of the dharma. But it's complicated because why wouldn't we just enjoy pleasure and peace and things? Does pleasure have a defect? And particularly…
  • I read something from the Tao Te Ching recently in the morning before I shower or in the evening. Sometimes. I have never heard of the meditation instructions from a Taoist teacher though. I've heard lots of Buddhist teachers instructions but nev…
    in Taoism Comment by Jeffrey March 9
  • I like to read something before meditation. I don't think about what I have read during meditation though. I think about what I read before meditation though. If it's morning I also drink coffee but if I meditate in the evening I don't drink coff…
  • Thanks
    in Art Comment by Jeffrey March 6
  • Not really in art per say but a rainbow is often used to explain appearance and emptiness. The rainbows colors are there appearing but a rainbow is also not really there in a sense it is just light being bent by water droplets. A prism can also …
    in Art Comment by Jeffrey March 6
  • I would say just to do your practice each day even if you don't do like a 'retreat' long duration study session. But do practice each day and don't let the minutes, or hours, or days, or weeks, or months, or seasons, or years completely slip by. …
  • I've heard it said samsara is grasping to self and 'things' as real and nirvana is letting that go of that grasping. This is achieved by seeing or being 'awake'. However there is a thing in Mahayana about 'peaceful nirvana' is not the final nirv…
  • One interpretation of some parts of the Jewel Ornament of Liberation near the beginning we could say we (us sentient beings) are manifestations of Dharmakaya which is one of the 'bodies of Buddha'. It's in the section explaining we all have enoug…
  • @person said: @Jeffrey said: The path of Dungeons and Dragons? Call on teacher Gary Gygax? Roll a wisdom check and add your ability modifier to see if you understand. I can't seem to find my character sheet! …
  • The path of Dungeons and Dragons? Call on teacher Gary Gygax? So serious question: is the union between manifest and unmanifest itself manifest? Or unmanifest? Or all at once or none at once?
  • So you're saying that one should try to balance between nirvana and samsara rather than seek only nirvana?
  • I saw the 12 links broken down in a way I had not seen before. Causes - past: Ignorance and Mental Formations Causes - present: Becoming, Craving, Attachment Effects - future: Birth, Aging and Death Effects - present: Consciousness, Mind an…
  • Is the issue that the cigarette is a sense pleasure? So the thinking is if someone enjoys a sense pleasure then that is clinging which means that they should abandon the sense pleasure? Or is the issue that a cigarette is dangerous to health? S…
  • Meditative concentration or just old age?
  • Thinking about this a little I think there is a predicament in that esoteric practices are done through a teacher but how do you assess the teacher? I hope I don't mess up this explanation. I might have some wrong ideas so bear with me. Well y…
  • To my knowledge esoteric practices are done with a teacher. So you would have to find a teacher (of esoteric practices) and ask them about what it means "empowerment".
  • Dodge ball meditation possible? Reverse the fifth precept? Mindful pizza eating? Mindful artwork? Dharma quests in the world of Skyrim? Some things don't seem to fit in as well but some fun things I think we can do with the dharma. I am over…
  • Yes but having depression does not mean you can't cultivate concentration and insight. And depression isn't easy to abandon like giving up a food or something like that. It's very difficult to work with. I can see why it is confusing because of…
  • I think there might be a mistaken idea that thinking about the 4 noble truths for a few weeks or years will end a medical condition. Would reflecting on the 4 noble truths end cancer or diabetes or Alzheimers? Surely working with 4nt is not a ba…
  • I've heard it recommended that walking meditation is good for depression because it can get energies flowing again. I can't recall the words but 'turn towards' the depression whatever feeling it is. And other things that in your experience get ene…
  • It took me a long time after I wanted to quit but had strong craving. I was smoking pipe tobacco in a pipe without inhaling but I smoked like 10 x per day. I think I was gradually reducing but it was a struggle. Then I got the flu and I was so si…
  • For people who believe in reincarnation or rebirth we continue because if we die that's not the end of things for us as a being. So our next rebirth or somewhere along the line if we keep making connections to the dharma eventually we will free our…
  • For emptiness I read something today from philosophy that is similar. It is called the ship of Theseus problem. You can read about it on Wikipedia
  • Maybe it means something like 'understanding neither appears nor ceases'. My actual experience I do seem to have aha moments like aha... then fades away.
  • From what I have read: Pigs have many good qualities and traditionally are associated with being peace loving, honest, sincere and successful in dealing with money, business and academic matters.
  • I have made a new salsa recipe. Surely you could substitute add or subtract. 2 roma tomatoes sliced in sections and left to sit with a mixture of: sugar, ancho chili powder, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and cumin on top of them. 1 avoca…
  • It depends what your goal is I suppose. There is infinite knowledge just about right? But what 'helps' the most? And you have a regular life too with loads of laundry and new recipes. From an e-mail that sounds useful: On Gayāśīrṣa Hill,…
  • I read this as I get my super bowl* snacks ready: grapes, mixed nuts, olives, potato chips, tortilla chips, beer, and taco hummus. I will try to not feel too deluded. *yes some Americans like their super bowl. we are world champions of it seein…
  • @JaySon my teacher was the editor of that book actually and the author is her teacher! I've read it before and thought it was pretty good explanations.
  • The eagle that is flying high in the sky should not forget that it will come down one day to see its shadow. ~ Guru Rinpoche
  • @JaySon on I access the sangha I am part of electronically. We are Kagyu and Nyingma based. Some connections to both. My teacher has a different view on emptiness than Gelug but it's rather complicated to unpack that discussion. I think intellec…
  • I meditate, read, and watch videos. Most of what I read or watch is stuff produced by the sangha I am part of electronically. Sometimes read other books or articles or things. The meditation I do is informed by the sangha's teachings. I do a ref…
  • @federica I meant Funny Stuff because I find it funny that day after snowstorm people are skiing up the road
  • This is some cross country skiers going up my street. We had a snow storm last night and everything has been closed: schools, my girlfriends work, and my tutoring at the library all closed.
  • I have heard this in the Jewel Ornament of Liberation (a mahayana text) as: Attachment to this life - antidote is reflection on impermanence Attachment to samsara's pleasures - antidote is reflection on the defects of samsara and reflection on…