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  1. Yes, what Buddhism do to politics is: one, correcting the mistaken decisions(decisions that block from liberation or/and are harmful) the second is dealing with the psychological disorders, ego based rebellions this correction might generate first in people. For this it applies logic and goodness (as ultimate goodness gives peace to the mind)
  2. Besides that this description is fully unprecise, many times wrong and biased toward leftists, it has no relevance to Buddhism - in ideal case. It is perfectly mistaken to mix or relate Buddhism to politics. It is about liberating mind, and only as much as this purpose is concerned has it anything to do with politics. I guess you tried to question disciples' faith to the Guru, with this "parallel". Guru is not a political authority, the faith in the Guru is essential to progress, just like analytical thinking. For most of the people who have engaged in the Buddhist path, first there is spontaneous faith in the Bodhisattva or Guru they see, then they become disciples, accept what the Guru says, keeping it in mind and adjust their behaviour according to His/her instructions, then meditate on the meaning of His/Her teachings. Often, the first time we hear a teaching or a decision by the Guru, we do not have the capabilitiy to understand it fully, or to understand it at all... Understanding is a process, and it comes from analyzis and actual experience. So we put the teaching into the mind, in a neutral position - as far as its analysis concerned - and we apply it to test it in real life. Then we analyze the results. Meanwhile, if we have questions we ask them again. It is all about analyzis and experience. Many people have no realizations, and also wont have realizations, because they have no faith in what Guru says, dont even give a chance to test what the Guru states, as they are obsessed with their own concepts. I think it is fine, nobody wants them to follow anyone to whom they have no friendly feeling at least - as a start - and then how far they are from faith or devotion to the Guru, that is though spontaneous, but was always prerequisite on these paths, in India and Tibet too. Faith to Guru as a prerequisite is not man-made thing, it is a law of the Universe, that this kind of quality appears when one has the right attitude on the path toward Enlightenment. These people without faith and lacking such understanding cannot be called disciples, and they should better consider leaving the Guru, instead of causing many negativities for themselves and others. At least until they find deeper understanding they better relax.
  3. http://tsemtulku.typepad.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/my-entry.html nice animal liberation video. worth watching the whole video. a partial answer to your question from 16.25
  4. "The Baul tradition is as old as the yogic traditions in India. Later it was inspired by Buddhist philosophy and Sufi traditions and was connected with the Siddha practitioners of south India. Baul music celebrates the joy of unconditional love, true devotion and freedom from the bondages of the world. Through their songs, Bauls seek to be free even from the human body, which they consider no more than a pile of bones and flesh. One of the younger singers of the tradition is Parvathy Baul." http://video.webindia123.com/interviews/dancers/parvathybaul/index.htm
  5. Oh, there are many rubbish on internet. it is obviously against His Holiness, made out of some incredible ignorance and badwill. the video is strongly meant for effect with a limpid hypocratic attitude. one can't do much against such appearances... but if i could i would definitely do. best is to strenghten one's own understanding and faith to avoid such dark influences... best regards,mariann
  6. check out the whole site if interested in future science could bring http://www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?....html?m=2%23703
  7. supplemet for seeing China's motivation: http://ecoworldly.com/2009/07/26/kenya-fea...ction-projects/ a friend posted this link on another forum:
  8. A link i have received - quite useful to think about: http://www.culturalcreatives.org/ in hungarian: http://web.me.com/kulturaliskreativok/Kult...t%C3%ADvok.html
  9. Yes, exactly. this is the point.
  10. did you understand what Tsem Tulku was saying? because your english really seems to be quite poor.
  11. We have received this link today from Tibet Support association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jER1A2nZnI0 And a BBC report about Beijing's reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWLOLREs8AA
  12. http://www.talkingbuddhism.com/info.php?title=49 A very very nice question-answer, teaching from Venerable Tenzin Palmo. You find many informations about her life on internet, if not known yet. It is especially worthwhile to listen to what she says about Tibetan Buddhism and samatha-vipassana in relation to western peoples mind conditions (from 50 min). And how she suggests approaching vizualization and doing mantra repetition with the preliminary of calm-abiding and a developed ability of one-pointed concentration. And I also like the description of Tibetan Buddhism in its cultural and environmental context. Very nice.
  13. A few days ago I have received this email from Viktor/Szenge. I hope he keeps his promise. I post it here, so that everybody knows how this case is concluded, and also for making him firm in his decision by publicity. And I would also ask him to reshape his other blogs and websites too, like this: http://www.ld50.hu/users/Szenge , otherwise I might think that his email was not a serious kind. Néhà¡ny napja ezt az emailt kaptam Viktortà³l. Remélem megtartja az à­géretét. Azért teszem fel, hogy mà¡s is là¡thassa, hogyan zà¡rult az eset, és hogy Viktor jobban tarthassa magà¡t à­géretéhez a nyilvà¡nossà¡g miatt. Ugyanakkor megkérem, hogy alakà­tsa à¡t a többit blogjà¡t és weblapjà¡t is, mint pl. ezt http://www.ld50.hu/users/Szenge , különben levelét nemigen lehet komolyan venni. "Dear Mariann, I have reshaped my hotdog blog, I removed many pictures of deities and different texts, only those remained what I have found necessary. Thanks to Lama Shenpen and you for the advices. Here and now I promise, that for the sake of peace I wont conduct any initiations any more. If you leave the initiation case on the forum, it doesn’t matter, it belongs to past. It didn’t happen at all! My path is healing anyhow and not teaching. Respectfuly, Szenge Kedves Mariann! àtalakà­tottam a hotdog blogom leszedtem a sok istenség képet és szöveget csak a szükségesek maradtak fent amit jà³nak là¡ttam.Köszönöm neked és Shenpen là¡mà¡nak a tanà¡csokat.Itt és most megà­gérem hogy a béke kedvéért semmilyen beavatà¡st nem fogok többé tartani.Ha fent hagyjà¡tok a beavatà¡sos ügy dolgot tegyétek az mà¡r a màºlt.Meg sem történt! Az én utam a gyà³gyà­tà¡s amàºgyis nem a tanà­tà¡s. Tisztelettel: Szenge"
  14. No comment. http://www.hotdog.hu/user_prof.hot?user_id=718382
  15. TRANSLATION (RINPOCHE'S ANSWER 1) Mindenkinek meglehet a sajà¡t véleménye. Johnnak hasonlà³képp… A tulku rendszer nem tegnap kezdÅ‘dött, hanem a 15 sz. körül. Ennek megvannak a maga pluszjai és mà­nuszai. De à¡ltalà¡nossà¡gban véve azt gondolom, hogy hasznos volt. Most, hogy a nyugatra érkezik, majd meglà¡tjuk. Sok nyugati mà¡r elkezdte kiforgatni és tönkretenni ezt a rendszert. Talà¡n eljön majd az ideje, hogy megà¡llà­tsà¡k a rendszert vagy à¡talakà­tsà¡k azt. Mindenesetre azt hiszem, hogy csak a legmagasabb Tulkuk kommentà¡lhatjà¡k ezt komolyan vagy tehetnek valamit a dolggal kapcsolatban… sok mindenki mà¡stà³l ez inkà¡bb hangzik féltékenységként vagy ego tripként!" TRANSLATION (RINPOCHE'S ANSWER 2) Köszönet, hogy angolul à­rsz, à­gy sokkal egyszerűbb lesz. ElÅ‘szöris, ha jà³gi vagy, akkor Mestered is van, aki jà³gi fogadalmakat és àºtmutatà¡sokat adott neked. Tehà¡t neki tedd fel a kérdéseidet. Az nem “jà³giâ€Â, aki egyszerűen csak àºgy kezdi hà­vni magà¡t. Mà¡sodszor, ha jà³l emlékszem, korà¡bban azt à¡llà­tottad, hogy a Bönt követed. A Bön és a Nyingmapà¡k nem ugyanazon dolgok… A nevek, amiket emlegetsz, valà³jà¡ban Nyingmapà¡k és nem Bön… Harmadjà¡ra, minden bizonnyal tudod, hogy az ilyen mà³dszerek hasznà¡lata megköveteli, hogy megkapd a megfelelÅ‘ felhatalmazà¡sokat, valamint az elvonulà¡s elvégzését. Azt hiszem, hogy az a kvalifikà¡lt mester, aki ilyen felhatalmazà¡st adott neked, az istrukcià³kat is meg kellett hogy adja… Ami a beteget illeti, mivel nem ismerem Å‘t, nem và¡laszolhatok erre. Nem lehet à­gy leegyszerűsà­teni, hogy “rà¡k= ez vagy az a mà³dszerâ€Â! Mivel minden a rà¡k oka(i)tà³l függ. Kétlem, hogy “tibeti tà¡lak†önmagukban bà¡rmi mà³don képesek lennének gyà³gyà­tani… A rà¡k gyà³gyà­tà¡sà¡hoz nagyon erÅ‘teljes mà³dszerekre és képességekre van szükség… És a legtöbb esetben ez csak akkor működhet, ha maga a beteg aktà­v mà³don részt vesz a megtiszulà¡si gyakorlatokban és érdemek felhalmozà¡sà¡ban. “Gyà³gyà­tà³ként†nem szabad tàºl nagy egà³t kifejleszteni. A eredmény legnagyobb része nem rajtunk, hanem a betegen màºlik. Kezelhetjük Å‘ket, a többit a sajà¡t karmà¡juk teszi meg. Ha az okok és a feltételek összeà¡llnak, akkor a beteg meg fog gyà³gyulni. Lehetsz nagyon erÅ‘teljes gyà³gyà­tà³, mégsem là¡thatsz meg egy kisebb betegséget a betegedben, ha a beteg nem teremtette meg az okokat hozzà¡. Lehetsz egy magà¡t gyà³gyà­tà³nak tettetÅ‘ ostoba, olyan beteggel, akinek a rà¡kja eltűnik, mert a beteg rendelkezett az ehhez valà³ karmà¡val. Valaki csak akkor gyà³gyà­that “valà³ban†betegeket, ha komolyan foglalkozik egy autentikus spirituà¡lis ösvénnyel. A “valà³ban†alatt azt értem, hogy a betegség gyökerét kezeli, nem csupà¡n egy itt-ott felbukkantà³ tünetet. Legjobbakat," Miutà¡n Rinpocse và¡laszainak helyes megértése elÅ‘tt - különösen a te esetedben Viktor -, nem csupà¡n nyelvi akadà¡lyok à¡llnak, gondoltam inkà¡bb lefordà­tom Å‘ket, hogy csökkentsem a félreértési tényezÅ‘k szà¡mà¡t. Since - especially in your case, Viktor - there are not only language barriers preventing you to understand Rinpoche's answers, I thought I better translate them, so that the factors for misunderstanding will be reduced.
  16. Yes, there can be a group of socially marginal people. Here is what Osho says about drugs and spiritual practice: http://files.osho-buddha.webnode.cz/200000...f%20ecstasy.pdf "Chapter 13 : LSD and Meditation ***** LSD can be used as a help, but the help is very dangerous; it is not so easy. If you use a mantra, even that can become difficult to throw, but if you use acid, LSD it will be even more difficult to throw. The moment you are on an LSD trip you are not in control. Chemistry takes control and you are not the master, and once you are not the master it is difficult to regain that position. The chemical is not the slave now, you are the slave. Now how to control it is not going to be your choice. Once you take LSD as a help you are making a slave of the master and your whole body chemistry will be affected by it. Your body will begin to crave LSD. Now the craving will not just be of the mind as it is when you get attached to a mantra. When you use acid as a help, the craving becomes part of the body; the LSD goes to the very cells of the body. It changes them. Your inner chemical structure becomes different. Then all the body cells begin to crave acid and it will be difficult to drop it. LSD can be used to bring you to meditation only if your body has been prepared for it. So if you ask if it can be used in the West, I will say that it is not for the West at all. It can be used only in the East -- if the body is totally prepared for it. Yoga has used it, tantra has used it, there are schools of tantra and yoga that have used LSD as a help, but then they prepare your body first. There is a long process of purification of the body. Your body becomes so pure and you become such a great master of it that even chemistry cannot become your master now. So yoga allows it, but in a very specific way. First your body must be purified chemically. Then you will be in such control of the body that even your body chemistry can be controlled. For example, there are certain yogic exercises: if you take poison, through a particular yogic exercise you can order your blood not to mix with it and the poison will pass through the body and come out in the urine without having mixed with the blood at all. If you can do this, if you can control your body chemistry, then you can use anything, because you have remained the master. In tantra, particularly in "leftist" tantra, they use alcohol to help meditation. It looks absurd; it is not. The seeker will take alcohol in a particular quantity and then will try to be alert. Consciousness must not be lost. By and by the quantity of alcohol will be raised, but the consciousness must remain alert. The person has taken alcohol, it has been absorbed in the body, but the mind remains above it; consciousness is not lost. Then the quantity of alcohol is raised 73 higher and higher. Through this practice a point comes when any amount of alcohol can be given and the mind remains alert. Only then can LSD be a help. In the West there are no practices to purify the body or to increase consciousness through changes in body chemistry. Acid is taken without any preparation in the West. It is not going to help; rather, on the contrary, it may destroy the whole mind. There are many problems. Once you have been on an LSD trip you have a glimpse of something you have never known, something you have never felt. If you begin to practice meditation it is a long process, but LSD is not a process. You take it and the process is over; then the body begins to work. Meditation is a long process -- you have to do it for years, only then will the results be forthcoming. And when you have experienced a shortcut, it will be difficult to follow a long process. The mind will crave to return to using the drugs. So it is difficult to meditate once you have known a glimpse through chemistry; to undertake something that is a long process will be difficult. Meditation needs more stamina, more trust, more waiting, and it will be difficult because now you can compare. Secondly, any method is bad if you are not in control all the time. When you are meditating you can stop at any moment. If you want to stop, you can stop this very moment; you can come out of it. You cannot stop an LSD trip: once you have taken LSD you have to complete the circle. Now you are not the master. Anything that makes a slave of you is ultimately not going to help spiritually, because spirituality basically means to be the master of oneself. So I wouldn't suggest shortcuts. I am not against LSD, I may sometimes be for it, but then a long preliminary preparation is necessary. Then you will be the master. But then LSD is not a shortcut. It will take even longer than meditation. Hatha yoga takes years to prepare a body -- twenty years, twenty-five years, then a body is ready; now you can use any chemical help and it will not be destructive to your being. But then the process is far longer. Then LSD can be used; I am in favor of it then. If you are prepared to take twenty years to prepare the body in order to take LSD, then it is not destructive. But the same thing can be done in two years with meditation. Because the body is more gross, mastery is more difficult. The mind is more subtle so mastery is easier. The body is further away from your being, so there is a greater gap; with the mind the gap is shorter. In India the primitive method to prepare the body to be ready for meditation was hatha yoga. It took so long a time to prepare the body that sometimes hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life so that hatha yoga could be continued. It was such a long process that sixty years might not be enough, seventy years might not be enough. And there is a problem: if the mastery is not achieved in this life then in the next life you have to begin from abc because you have a new body. The whole effort has been lost. You do not have a new mind in your next life, the old mind continues, so whatever is attained through the mind remains with you, but whatever is attained through the body is lost with every death. So hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life for two hundred to three hundred years so that mastery could be attained. If the mastery is of the mind then you can change the body, but the preparedness of the body belongs to the body alone. Hatha yoga invented many methods so that the process could be completed, but then even greater methods were discovered: how to control the mind directly -- raja yoga. With these methods the body can be a little helpful, but there is no need to be too concerned with it. So hatha yoga adepts have said that LSD can be used, but raja yoga cannot say LSD can be used, because raja yoga has no methodology to prepare the body. Direct meditation is used. Sometimes it happens -- only sometimes, rarely -- that if you have a glimpse through LSD and do not become addicted to it, that glimpse may become a thirst in you to seek something further. So to try it once is good, but it becomes difficult to know where to stop and how to stop. The first trip is good, to be on it once is good; you become aware of a different world and then you begin to seek, you begin to search, because of it -- but then it becomes difficult to stop. This is the problem. If you can stop, then to take LSD once is good. But that "if" is a great one. 74 Mulla Nasruddin used to say that he never took more than one glass of wine. Many friends objected to his statement because they had seen him taking one glass after another. He said, "The second glass is taken by the first; 'I' take only one. The second is taken by the first and the third by the second. Then I am not the master. I am master only for the first, so how can I say that I take more than one? 'I' take only one -- always only one!" With the first you are the master; with the second you are not. The first will try to take a second, and then it will go on continuously; then it is no longer in your hands. To begin anything is easy because you are the master, but to end anything is difficult because then you are not the master. So I am not against LSD, and if I am against it, it is conditional. This is the condition: if you can remain the master, then okay. Use anything, but remain the master. And if you cannot remain the master, then do not enter into a dangerous road at all. Do not enter at all; it will be better." And Dennis McKenna's talk on World psychedelic forum, Basel 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJByIKCnYiM...feature=related
  17. Here is a movie about Castaneda's story http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8575648331106173390 sometimes quite narrow-minded, but of course it can represent one kind of interpretation. at least those can get a glimpse, who didnt know the story.
  18. Drug/ab/use is quite a widespread fashion amongst people of different age. I feel sorry for these people, as many are talented, sensitive, but are cut off from sources and practical solutions that could make them understand some situations. I have some friend, who used different drugs for long time, so I could see some lasting effects - positive and negative ones, and also could understand some of their motivation or the reasons that make them use such ’instruments’. To my observations, there are maybe four main types of people using drugs. (not a very accurate listing) 1. fashion; its purpose is showing off, for appearing strong etc. among friends. Normally, those, who represent this group are not well educated, are young party-people, interested in superficial relations with the opposit sex, their mind is quite immatured (many are teenager). 2. some intellectuals, who have maybe higher education, maybe lots of stress, are frustrated emotionaly, or only want to experience it so that later they can talk about it as someone having first-hand information. not necessarily very deep people for different reasons. They normally dont get caught deeply in drug abuse, after a few experience they leave it. This is a group of different „light†reasons for using, trying drugs. 3. artists - they might use it for gaining inspiration in either way: by widening the gap between them and the rest of the society, and by having different insights into other fields/worlds of experiences. 4. spiritual practitioners - from different origin. Most of them dont have a trustworthy leader, who could grant safety for their „trips†or „opening gatesâ€Â. Their practice is based on books (about Mexican, Indian etc traditions), on accounts of different psychedelic plant growers and users, who normally are quite well informed in medical, bio-chemical matters and shamanism-spiritualism as well. They usually have good heart, trying to help others too, but I think they are just too much focused on psychedelic spiritualism. I guess there are some features from each group in every user - maybe just in differing proportion, I mean each user is some way longing for admiration by others, want to gain experience from intellectual point of view, want to gain artistic inspiration, and want to have spiritual experience - and of course all want to ease their mind. But on the basis of the depth of their general understanding of existence - the emphasis is put differently. (Perhaps there is a fifth group which consists of heavy criminals, but may be they are one part of the upgrowing generation of the 1st group, and are rather active on drug market) I think it is needless to say, that in every case there is a need to diverge from conventionality that leads one to intentionally start using drugs. The prevailing extensive usage (or better misusage) of drugs can point out a few problem of the present societies, which are ignoring some basic needs of humans. (I am talking mainly about my country.) Namely, humans are not machines, who have no emotions, and who have no need for communication and spirituality. The creators of social system can try to supress people’s need for true spirituality, but it can only lead to the deterioration of the society. First, because creativity weakens, degenerates and eventually dies in people under such suppression, second, because while having an intellectual and spiritual darkness in peoples minds - and being in pain because of that - they will use the first artificial, chemical, mechanically working thing (I mean an outer object, which is not their own mind) that can ease this stress. But the trick is, that most of the times, and especially if the druguser is ignorant, he/she will be seriously damaged mentally and physically as well. And the comfort granted by drugs will last for shorter and shorter time, parallel to growing damage. And third, in a society which lacks true spiritual paths, there will different pseudo-religious sects coming, as a quick response for pressing needs, which also contributes greatly to the fall of societies, on the cost of many lives. Here I would like to focus on the 4th group, though the content might be relevant to others too, and there might come up some solutions for the rest of the society in general. What I only mean is that this drug question should be handled or at least adviced upon on governmental/medical level as well, by true spiritual leaders, since the problem is of spiritual nature. Evident… (as I always found it ridiculous that a secular organ want to decide about euthanasia and abortion… as if they had that deep understanding of life and death…) There are some references for using drugs in Tantric and other sources from India for gaining spiritual realizations (or inspiration), and many cases in Indian, Mexican etc. traditions. So quite probably, in some way, spiritual development could be supported by some sort of drugs - as it was pointed out by many “experts†of our modern age too, like Aldous Huxley (though I doubt his genuineness in general - but he can say nice things), and also in Carlos Castanedas books - but all are putting great emphasis on a firm guidance coming from a strong teacher. In my surroundings there were people, who inspired by Castanedas books were indulging into a kind of experimental drug usage, like trying psylocibin, meskalin and other mushrooms, or ayahuasca, LSD , marihuana as a basic tune… With what outcome?… good question. I personally think it could have turn out much better, with much more and longlasting development, less damage, if it was done with more understanding. So, there are many questions about the place of psychedelic drugs in societies and spiritualism. On “psychedelic†forums, they are talking about re-integration of certain drugs into societies, in medical, psychiatric usage. I find this quite impossible. I doubt that it could become legal, even if in some cases they might help. And I also think, that for mentally healthy people, there is no need for any drugs on their spiritual path - or better, they can live and develop very well without that. I often hear that psychedelic drugs open gates of experiences or of other worlds, and they can gain understanding of reality, get answers through such states of mind. And they believe, they would not be able to get these answers without such drugs, and especially would not be able to “leave these doors open†(probably means keeping this understanding, or keep in touch with such worlds) on their own, saying “because I am not a Buddhaâ€Â. I quite disagree with them. I think they can not escape mastering their own mind with methods of meditation which might grant safety and lasting result, while by using drugs they have no control - as understanding of mechanism lacks. And the danger is here. I have much more to say and ask. Like what are the damages actually - from Buddhist point of view (so in reality )- on the mind? What really happens to one, who dies in drug abuse? How are these chemicals related to mind, or better how is the bio-chemical body related to mind? What is the process of rehabilitation in case of serious damages? What are the differences in the process of rehabilitation of different type of drugabuses? Etc.
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