James Low

12 Feb 2023 10:16 - 28 Dec 2023 09:50
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    • Crazy stuff about his root teacher Memories about Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche (English version), 1 - འཁྲུལ་ཞིག་བློ་གྲོས་སམ། གཡུང་དྲུང་རྒྱལ་པོ། Stéphane Arguillère
      • One only has to leaf through the writings of the “godfathers” of Shangpa Buddhism in France to see - surprisingly enough! - that Tibetan Buddhism is almost considered as an indifferent wrapping of a Guénonian gnosis - René Guénon’s pretensions to speak in the name of some “primordial tradition” allowing, at least to the less enlightened of his disciples, to drown all the rich and complex singularities of the various traditions in a vague mush, which is basically a kind of vulgarisation of Neoplatonic thought.
      • Ouch.
      • It may come as a surprise that a case of “anti-pope” in one stream of Tibetan Buddhism could have had such a disastrous impact on European converts. This ignores the hyper-clericalism that prevailed then, and still prevails, in Tibetan centres in the West...the Tibetan clerical dignities are supposedly based on a form of gnosis,.. Thus, when the master, especially if he is a hierarch of Tibetan Buddhism, gives an order or makes a judgement, it is supposedly...the enlightened wisdom that speaks with an authority even more infallible, if possible, than that of the Supreme Pontiff for Catholics.
    • Why emptiness is liberating. London 02.2016 - YouTube Jyet another dharma talk, sigh, it sure takes a lot of material to tell you what you already know
      • Necklesses of narrative
      • Awakening to the fact of there being nothing frees us from the endless quest for something. Our problem is the seeming ‘thing-ness’ of things, our sense that we exist as some-thing in a world of many different things.  The reification which imputes a real and enduring substance to phenomena is a deluding mental process. When we do not rely on this process as a means of generating meaning, then the actuality of phenomena is seen to be unfolding revelation. This revelation is the flow of experience, concrete and precise, each moment with its own unique specificity yet with no-'thingness' to grasp on to. Thus the anxious self can cease attempting to take refuge in illusory things and relax into the space of unfolding.
      • attachment to learned narratives of the self
        • me: yeah yeah I know all that stuff fictional – it doesn't help!
      • the fewer ideas you have, the more likely you are to taste directly what is really going on.
      • reducing idea addiction (aka conceptual elaborationsa)
      • mug as sample object, cute because "everything has a handle" (names and concept)
      • Samsara is the effort to freeze the world, to turn the flow of experience into something which is predictable, reliable, solid.
      • break at 25:00, need to do some samsaric stuff
      • samsara as endless adjustment of form. people using their minds to make things better...but the river will change anyway (sounds taoistic)
      • the illusion of permanence is produced by abstraction...but thoughts only grasp thoughts, inherntly impermanent, although they are very good at fooling us...the movie analogy.
      • around 30:00 it is because everything is meaningless that it can be meanigful; (?)
      • (day 2) 51:50 a very apt description of the minds grasping...why would we want to do that...listen to that again
      • Everything experienced as the light of mind (in some practices). What blocks is gravitational pull of solidity of conceptualizattion
      • Why would we seek solidity when it is so dead and un-fun (paraphrasing!)
      • Why do we seek closure when freedom is found in openness?
      • The mind welds itself into its own productions
      • The world refracted through a dark crystal
      • Hopelessness can be very reassuring – my life is shit, at least I know this
      • Making fun (sort of) of "taking refuge in the buddha" which is of course a kind of grasping, I assume this is exactly what Trungpa meant by spiritual materialism
      • Around 58:00 you don't have to change what you do, eat, wear...you just have to observe how things arise in situations. And dissolve.
      • 1:03 – subject objectthought is always changing, but the mind that experiences it does not.
      • 1:04 a theatrical metaphor Kirin(?) – the stage of development – the guru is the dresser
      • 1:05 - primacy of imagination – Tundru(?) instantly accomplished
      • 1:08 - authenticity is bad news (echoes Byung-Chul Han ), Context precedes the person. Meeting people and situations on their own ground vs planning ahead.
      • Action as neither pre-choreograhed nor are we blown about like leaves in the wind. Neither slave nor master (This is all so commonsensicl, why does it have to be repeated over and over again with technical buddhist language)
      • Mind is first. What is the mind? Emptiness (1:13)
      • 1:20 The ego is never saved, the one who is not awake will never awaken. You can't turn shit into chocolate. You already have the Buddha nature, just stop interfering with it
        • Dzogchen is not about technique
      • 1:28 "The terrible burden of ego-agency" – can be relaxed
      • when all the polarities (male/female right/wrong etc) are brought into the central channel (emptiness)
      • "stay present on the point of experience"