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  1. And once he fucks up, no matter how serious or minor, he is incapable of admitting error regardless of the death toll. His narcissistic personality disorder prevents him from admitting failure, even if it means continued loss of life. Lives of others seem to mean nothing to him. Like I’ve said before, he’s an emanation of Shiva...
  2. Question on the dantians

    Buddhist (dzogchen) teachings refer to dharmakaya as colorless. The distinctive quality of dharmakaya is that it cannot be imputed with any dualistic qualities like color, size, center, boundary, etc... it is like space.
  3. Just about everyone, I would think
  4. Very true. If we give up the illusion of security, we need to simply trust in what is, as it is. I believe that can foster the realization you point to.
  5. I take this view as well. Belief, in general, is motivated by security. If we don’t know we can either accept the not-knowing or substitute a belief. Ironically, the most genuine security we can truly have is in the acceptance that security is an illusion. I once read a good book about this called The Question to Life’s Answers by Steven Harrison.
  6. Oh, I don't know... It might be an elegant solution to the population explosion...
  7. Hi Satya, I think this is as good a place to post as any. I'm very sorry to hear of your losses. My wife once asked me why I practice so much. Without even thinking about it the answer that came was - I'm practicing for my death. Loss is always difficult. I suspect giving up my own life one day will be the most challenging of all. My own practice, Bön dzogchen, focuses us on being with whatever is, as it is. We learn to identify not with the various competing and myriad identities that claim the title of "me," but with the openness and presence within which they all, and everything, manifests. When our relationship to that spacious awareness is stable enough, it enables us to host whatever comes up - good and bad. This is possible because the space and awareness are more expansive than anything that can challenge us. In the beginning, our ability to rest in that essence is fragile and needs constant care. Over time it becomes powerful and can withstand anything, in theory. I think all of the great spiritual traditions offer us a way to think about and face end of life challenges. It's a matter of which seems like the best fit for us and what we have access to. I agree that making a connection with a credible teacher in a system that comports with your sensibilities can be enormously supportive in difficult times and can help to navigate the end of life, whether it be our own or our loved ones. I'm here if you ever want to discuss further publicly or by PM. Welcome back! PS - Here is a link to a Yungdrung Bön study centre in the UK. I don't know the teacher personally.
  8. Perfectly, yet succinctly describes one method of practice of the MCO and transformation of jing to qi.
  9. Moderator Note Topic has been moved as it is not related to Buddhism and will likely get more traffic in General Discussion.
  10. Upper back/lower neck problems

    Lots of different treatment possibilities depending on many variables regarding your specific condition. Here are a few considerations. One very common source of neck, upper back issues is posture. Particularly in the context of time spent on a keyboard or watching a screen, as well as reading. Attention to standing and sitting posture is a must for maintenance once some relief is achieved. Many have benefited from training in the Alexander technique. Another simple treatment that can be helpful is home cervical traction. It can stretch and release muscle tension and is simple and safe to do at home. Sleeping posture is important. Some folks use too high a pillow. Sleeping on the stomach is especially tough on the neck. Other helpful tools include a foam roller and self massage tool. Both can be very helpful to work on muscle tension in the upper back and area between the shoulders and shoulder blades. Some regular sessions with a massage therapist can work wonders! Especially one that brings other techniques into play like reiki and zero balancing. Chiropractic can be effective as well, although I've never derived much benefit from it personally. Good luck!
  11. I suspect some of the reactivity you reference has its foundation in a lack of trust. Our current system of government, news resources, social institutions, religious institutions, educational institutions, health care system, etc... are failing us. They are largely corrupt, focused primarily on extracting profit and engendering addiction to material goods or political dogma. It’s no surprise to me to see a reactive disengagement, a refusal to accept anything offered up as a solution, understanding, or explanation from “the system” or the prevailing social consensus.
  12. Split off from this thread: I find the draw to conspiracy theory or denial of fact to be a fascinating phenomenon. I experience it myself from time to time - grasping at an explanation which contradicts general consensus that may not have solid evidence to support it. Why are we drawn to this? One of the challenges of current times is that the sheer volume and pervasiveness of misinformation and spurious information makes it very difficult to assess competing theories. There has been quite a bit written about the phenomenon and I expect there to be more study in the aftermath of the the Covid pandemic. The article linked below points to the motivation for such behavior to be for some a feeling of social identity and for others a feeling of uniqueness... https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-apes/202007/why-are-conspiracy-theories-so-appealing Here is a review of recent psych studies looking at the topic that seems to suggest that conspiracy theory indulgence is not effective at satisfying its objective... https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0963721417718261 I wonder if anyone wants to discuss this here? I'd be happy to start a new thread otherwise.
  13. Do you still believe in Copernicus?

    That's cause you're down under, up here in the us you just need to move it a bit to the left... Be careful though, a little too far and you might end up soaking wet.
  14. Do you still believe in Copernicus?

    One most excellent meditation practice is to rest in the infinite, unbounded space in the center of your heart. To have that direct experience is to abide at the center of the universe.
  15. Do you still believe in coronavirus?

    I used to LOVE Monty Python’s stuff. It hasn’t aged well for me though. Another favorite was Bruce Robinson who did such classics as How to Get Ahead in Advertising and Withnail and I. I have’s watched them recently. Not sure how they’ e held up.