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  1. My mistake. DNA is not altered. Your CELLS are altered to recognize the virus.
  2. Both of which have been tested on millions of people with readily available reporting on the result. Your precious cells are altered as a result of either.
  3. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 21

    This is deeply pith wisdom that most, including translators, are just NOT going to get. This is the same ground that the Heart Sutra of Mahayana Buddhism covers. To wit: Form is none other than emptiness, Emptiness none other than form. Form is only emptiness, Emptiness only form. Feeling, thought, and choice, Consciousness itself, 
 Are the same as this. - Buddha, Heart Sutra All forms are sensation arising where it arises, belonging to no object, but instead to a unity that is not separate from the illusion of the "self" that seemingly perceives it, yet the illusion of a universe of separate things persists on this ground of being empty of things. To see this in every moment, in every "thing" is not only resting in the Tao, but enlightenment. As the Tsin Tsin Ming says: Those who do not understand the Way will assert or deny the reality of things. Deny the reality of things, you miss its deeper reality; Assert the reality of things, you miss the emptiness of all things. -Tsin Tsin Ming, Seng T'san This comfortable resting in "don't know" is the deepest understanding.
  4. This sort of experience is often considered the first opportunity to notice the softness of reality... a precursor to enlightenment if properly pursued. The possibility of truly seeing through this illusion is present in EVERY moment. As for the rest... what would you think of someone excitedly putting pyrite into their backpack in a goldmine? The goldmine is always HERE, NOW.
  5. These teachings, like Dzogchen and Zen, are too simple for most people to believe enough to just practice. Practice means repetition with no expectation of benefit. Daniel Brown's Dzogchen/Bon translations are a fine example, or anything by Dogen. Most will needs detailed intricate practices, which are fine if that is what is needed. There is always hope that some will believe that the solution is much more simple.
  6. Very nicely put. As a student of Dzogchen and a Zen priest, I can say that my experience is that both share many aspects very deeply with Daoism, which was my first love. The accepted standard "post insight" period is about 10 years, but more like 3 for most people I have met, but proximity to a realized teacher makes a BIG difference, or so it seems. Of course the whole story of the time it takes or doesn't take is a nonsense anyway.
  7. I appreciate the clarity and candor of your response to Dwai. One of the things that is harder to get about the relative/absolute in Buddhism is how the duality/non-duality co-exist and co-create things as they are. My experience is that in this moment the conditions for what is happening, INCLUDING "my" intention in this moment arise together to form the unfolding. As I believe you are suggesting, there isn't some magical, deeper level that exist apart from this, it is all here now, all interconnected and inter-happening and always has been. Realization of the always present "deeper" layer of non-duality doesn't make the dualistic world of people, things, time and space go away, it is just realized that they always have existed as a center less, self-less, thing-less unity underneath.
  8. Can you clarify this a bit? Is this from a particular practice or system? When you say know thyself, do you mean thy-Self, in an Advaita sense, or perhaps insight into no-self? Is this an insight you have, and if so how would you characterize it in a statement?
  9. I wonder what insight into the nature of reality this chap would say comes with his powers? Being a master means master of your "mind", IMHO, and that mastery comes from prajna only.
  10. "Self" is as good as any other word for it... though some mix it up with "self". Bows.
  11. Finally cutting through is really just a simple perspective shift. Nothing changes but how you see things. It is really very easy to realize what you are... what is hard is letting go of the artificial process of "self" that obscures it. Letting go of your ideas about how things are in your life, and taking every opportunity to "actualize enlightenment" (as Robert Thurman once said) by simply resting the mind its own nature are what is needed. There is a moment where enough "veils" or obscurations are dropped, and enough training of the mind has occurred where you spontaneously see through the delusion. This. What you are calling the "Self" is the simple awareness that lies underneath mind and thoughts. It is present all the time but isn't understood for what it is.
  12. Norbu rinpoche is HIGHLY realized. This has a tendency to make "people" a bit strange. Some of the teachers I have met or worked with are similar. I am familiar with his teachings, and have seen Norbu speak (in the late 80's also), but never observed any of the phenomena you are mentioning... though he wouldn't be unique in having entourages like you suggest. Why do you mention them? There are no mentions of Dzogchen in my paragraphs, though I am quite familiar with it. Most of my teachers have been well-known Nyingma teachers. Bows.
  13. Looking for tips on reducing pride/ego.

    I would suggest study and application of the Tibetan Lojong teachings. A nice way to get into this from a more Western perspective is Norman Fischers book: These teachings are a sort of morality training, but not a set of rules, more a way of observing our behavior and shifting it moment to moment. These teachings are deeply transformative, and Fischer has a fine way of making them relatable and very human. There is also an audiobook with Fischer reading his book which is highly recommended: For a fantastic more direct translation (the way I worked with it):
  14. Teachers and political opinions

    Perhaps? In the simplest terms, what I mean is permanent and persistent insight into the non-dual nature of reality. This would be what lies beyond the dropping away of the "self" view. Beyond there appears to be an infinite scope for refinement of the understanding. An Arhat is enlightened, but is not a Buddha. Is this the distinction you mean to make?
  15. Discussion On Immortals

    "Waking up" is realizing how things truly are. There is no need to wake up, if you are happy with how things are. Resting in the quiet stillness of open awareness is being-ness without ideas of how to be. There are no cherished ideas when this is happening. Honesty is being realistic with yourself and others about your suffering, how you are, and what you do, and not trying to hide it.