Grindles Grindis

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  1. Theravada, Dzogchen, Arahants, and Bodhisattvas

    Much obliged!
  2. I'm back in the U.S. after spending a few months at a forest Wat in Thailand, and I'm hoping there are some people knowledgeable in both Theravada and Dzogchen and how they might or might not fit. Or at least maybe someone will simply read this and appreciate it... The fact is, I don't see much of a difference between Theravada and Dzogchen, when it comes right down to the important things (wisdom and compassion). For instance, from what I understand of Dzogchen (which at this point is only from reading Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's literature), is that wisdom is naturally-arising, and that Awareness is self-liberating. Now granted Theravada is a vehicle that teaches of cause-and-effect. But the masters whose teaching I studied (Ajahn Mun and Luangta Maha Boowa), both of whom are reputed Arahants, talked about "maha-sati_ and "maha-panna". After someone has presumably "entered the stream" (which would include a glimpse of the "Absolute"), and developed proper mindfulness and wisdom, this maha-sati and maha-panna takes effect, whereby (according to their language), the kilesas are continually being removed from the heart at all times WITHOUT THE EFFORT of the practitioner. This happens by itself until the ultimate final destruction of avijja (ignorance). This wisdom, in effect, is naturally arising. Now, even though they may say "kilesas are being removed", which is different language and from a seemingly different view than is talked about in Dzogchen, I see this maha-sati and maha-panna basically as the same thing as when Dzogchen talks about self-arising wisdom. Though there is the extra-step of saying there are kilesas are being removed, in effect the same thing is happening: the practitioner has seen the Nature of Mind, and whatever arises is naturally liberated without effort. Here I am equating maha-sati and maha-panna with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's "remaining undistracted". But here's where I start to wonder what the hell is going on... Vajrayana and Mahayana talk about bodhicitta as the goal (desire?) of attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I'm sure this has been discussed a billion times, but starting right there, how can one become enlightened when they are still harboring desires, no matter how altruistic? In Dzogchen, "bodhicitta" takes on a different meaning. Bodhicitta, in Dzogchen, from what I understand, is simply the mind remaining in its naturally self-liberating state. And in it's natural state there is no effort needing to be made to help others--it happens naturally. The very state of bodhicitta in Dzogchen naturally brings benefit to all. And this is again where I see what I saw from the Arahant monks in Thailand accorded much more to what I've read about Dzogchen masters... For this to work, we'll have to go with the presumption that the monks whose Wats I stayed at are indeed the Arahants they are reputed to be. Of course I have no way of proving this, but I must admit that when I saw the relics of the other monks in Ajahn Mun's lineage who are said to be Arahants, I was quite astounded at the beautiful multicolored relics their bones had turned into. Again, this isn't proof, but it's the best I can offer outside of saying go there and meet these monks and practice in their vicinity and see those relics for yourself. So, if these monks are Arahants, it means they have destroyed all selfishness, all desire and hatred and ignorance from their hearts. I find it quite ironic that they are seen as being somehow less by some people for having sought a way out of suffering for themselves, when in fact as Arahants they have completely destroyed any selfish desires... I can see that point of view if upon "realization" these Arahants up and disappeared from the face of the earth never to be seen again. But in fact the Arahants I saw worked effortless and tirelessly for the benefit for all the lay people and their monks. Whether it be receiving the offerings of the people so they could dedicate the immeasurable merit of offering to an Arahant, or using those offerings to open hospitals for the poor, the absolute untainted goodness of these supposedly selfishly-motivated Arahants was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Not to mention that just meditating in their presence was like being around a dynamo. I hope this wasn't too annoyingly long-winded. I just figured to share some observances of similarity about two vehicles that I suspect are often seen as very different. I've read that upon realizations, all differences, all views and opinions are seen through, anyhow, so why shouldn't realized masters of Theravada and Dzogchen, both having seen the absolute, have very similar things going on. I guess that's the best point I can make from this over-long musing. The whole thing was very inspiring to me, both in how I see Dzogchen and Theravada. In the end for me it again simply goes to show how great and transcendent the teachings of the Buddha are. Best of luck to everyone!
  3. Hello Awake, On just a basic level of practicality, first and foremost you don't want to break your equipment messing around with powerful orgasm energy, so I'd warn you to be very careful with some of that Mantak Chia literature about "locks" and "pulls" and harnessing sexual energy that is already aroused. The bast way to keep your seed it to keep it from being aroused in the first place... Maybe those techniques dealing with aroused energy as talked about by Chia work for some, but when I first messed around with that stuff about 10 years ago, I eventually spent a few days in serious pain, thinking I was passing a kidney stone! It wasn't until I willfully stopped arousing energy that I made it 100 days. So the first thing I would advise (as a non-expert, of course), would be SAFETY. Learn how to do proper tan tien breathing if you already haven't. That alone will at least give you enough space down there to accommodate the increase in fluids that happen with retention. After you get a good storehouse of jing (nut energy), you'll want to refine it into qi (multi-purpose energy you can use for healing or studying or anything else), which is accomplished by moving the energy up the spine and through the microcosmic orbit. In addition to relieving the pressure of jing down there, this will also nourish the brain, and will eventually further refine the qi into shen (spirit). And if you dig meditation, this practice will supercharge your practice. And it will get you high, but without shitty side-effects. But again, like with the tan tien breathing, with the microcosmic orbit you need to find good instruction. Inevitable there will be some trial and error, but with a foundation of safety (tan tien breathing), you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary pain. One last thing would be to do all this with a good intention of only doing these practices to develop wisdom and selflessness, and to be able to use the energy to help others and advance yourself along the path to enlightenment. Otherwise you run the risk of using the power to manipulate and control others. Of course you've already heard that and I don't mean to condescend, but this is some seriously powerful energy you're investigating. Best of luck!
  4. hello, is this thing on?

    Greetings... I'm posting here in hopes that it gets me closer to posting a topic on the forum (they won't let me yet). Haven't figured that out... But since I'm here I'll mention I've been practicing various qigong-y things and Buddhist meditation for the past 12 years, all in the hopes of getting past dukka once and for all. I spent last year in Thailand living at a forest Wat, and I found living in the presence of Arahants to be something wonderful beyond measure. I'm open to learning something from the people here, and if I can help someone else, then that's great as well. Sukham Balam, Metta, and Mangalam.