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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
 
Mindfulness

This is one path from the Eightfold path Buddha have expounded.

Concentration: 2. Perfect/Right Mindfulness.

Being present in the present moment.

There are infinite ways to be in presence.
Find one that resonate with you the most.

Within the present moment time is infinite or does not exist.

Therefore the present moment is beyond time.

As the mind merges within the present moment one awakens or reach a state of enlightenment.

The mind will not attach to a fix past nor an unpredictable future.

The mind will be liberated in the present moment being the medium of past and future.

As so the Buddha have said - "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
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Lance Smith

>>Politics  - 
 
HAPPY FIFTH BIRTHDAY #OCCUPY WALL STREET!
On September 17, 2011, protestors descended on New York's financial district to begin an urban encampment in Zuccotti Park that sparked a nationwide movement to protest the distortion of our Democracy by the greed and corruption of a wealthy corporate elite. 

Inspired by the time I spent there that fall, like many other folks I found myself  taking to the streets back home to participate in the local occupy movement. Our #OMG! ( #Occupy Meditation Group!) continues to maintain a daily Noon Meditation Vigil to this day. 

Here's a rant that I wrote and a MUSIC VIDEO that I put together on the Occupy's First Birthday of a song that I wrote when Mayor Bloomberg, aware that thousands more people had flocked to Zuccotti Park to prevent his first attempt to clear the park in October, backed down. 

Back home in Western Massachusetts, I stayed up all night, riveted to the Livestream.   "By dawn's early light", a roar surged through the crowd as the announcement was made that Bloomberg had caved.  The song wrote itself.
Yours in Peace and Struggle,
Brother Lefty
http://leftysmithsings.blogspot.com/
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Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP

>>Environment & Economics  - 
 
Climate change is making us angry. It may also cause more assaults, murders, and even poor math grades for your kids.
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
 
Happiness

Here is a quote Buddha have said, "There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path."

What Buddha meant is that you can't look for happiness or reach it, you have to be it.

How does one be happy without external factors?

There is always two sides in all aspects in life. In order to be happy one must also know what is being unhappy.

1. Materialism. (unhappy)
Material things only give us a sense of happiness for a while but it does not last long, usually it tears up, break down or one lose interest in it. In knowing that these material things will happen to them, don't depend your happiness on them.

2. Wanting (unhappy)
When you want things that are unnecessary, it will make you want even more things, then by being able not to have things you want it will make you unhappy. How to stop this?

Be content and grateful for the things you have, this will make even the smallest things in your life happy.

3. Virtue and Morality (happy)
Having a good sense of being good and doing good will make you happy.

These are five rules that Buddha gave for people to life a happy and healthy life.

A. Do not kill or harm any living beings.
B. Do not steal or take what's not given.
C. Do not commit sexual misconduct.
D. Do not lie or give false speech.
E. Do not drink alcohol or do any kind or drugs.

If you can live by these rules, no doubt you will be happy.

4. Wisdom (happy)
Knowing what is bad and good will make you happy.
Understanding what is bad and good will make you happy.

It will help and protect you from being happy or unhappy.

When you know something is good you can accept it when you know something is bad you can let it go and avoid it.

By understanding ahead of time you create your happiness and unhappiness.

5. Karma (happy and unhappy)

Karma translated in english means Actions.

Action is the law of Cause and Effect.

If I was a bully (bad action) this will make me have enemies (bad Cause) by having enemies I will then get bullied (bad effect).

If I was Kind (good Action) this will create kind friends (good Cause) and I will get kindness from friends (good Effect).

So Karma is a double edge sword.

Think of karma it like fire. Fire does not know what is good or bad it's nature is just to burn. If you use fire in a good way it will cook your food and keep you warm but if you use fire in a bad it can burn your or your properties.

As so Karma it's nature is Cause and Effect. If you act on goodness there will be good Cause and Effect. But if you act on things that are bad there will be bad Cause and Effect.

Simple as the quote "What goes around comes around" "You reap what you sow" "You get what you give"

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In conclusion:

Happiness not a place to reach or to seek.
Happiness is within you and is created by you.
Happiness is to bring out into your everyday life.
Because Happiness truly benefit oneself including the world.
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
 
5 Types of Negative Speech

1. Backbiting speech. Talking in a negative manner about someone behind their back.

2. Abusive speech. Directing harmful words towards someone.

3. Slandering Speech. Being the instigator making two or more people hate each other.

4. Lying or False speech. Telling someone something that is not true.

5. Frivolous speech. Talking about useless things that are not worth talking about.

If you realize you have some of these negative speeches, take some time to accept it and begin to wash it away. Therefore your speech will be acceptable and beautiful; people will love to listen to you.

If you have a friend without these negative speeches, I can honestly say that friend is worth having around because they will only uplift you and support you with kind, honest, supportive and wise words.

Take some time to be grateful and appreciate them.
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Caroline Gorka

>>Introduce Yourself  - 
 
Hello everyone,
I am in Melbourne, Australia where I have been attending the Tara Institute which teaches in the Mahayana tradition.
As a Mental Health Nurse, I am trying to learn Mindfulness to calm some of the chaos in my mind and help to keep in the moment without leaping ahead and to a more engaged, calm person in myself and for everyone else

I am interested in Engaged Buddhism for many reasons...I was going to write a list of concerns, but it would be so long.

Looking forward to meeting you all here.
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+Caroline Gorka
All you need is one big breakthru, preferably early on.
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
 
I Am ... Emanating

There are levels/layers of deepening the 'self'.
1. Ego. (personalities, beliefs, identification of the self, etc.)
2. I Am. (translator of wisdom, intuitions, higher self, etc.)
3. Consciousness. (pure awareness, spiritually awakening, enlightenment)

Life is stressful from the point of view from level 1 (ego).

You have to constantly give energy to your ego and when your ego creates negativity it drains more of your energy. Thus making you depressed, angry or dispassionate.

Here is how to change it.

Allow your ego to melt into level 2 (I Am).

The I Am is a deeper form of the ego, it is expansive, immersible, infinite, it is connected to source consciousness.

When there is a deepening of the sense of self, the self usually fades away and the conception of the self become malleable, infinite and emanate creativity, love, peace, compassion and Oneness.

Level 1 ego does not define who you truly are, it is only a layer of the self. But by being so identified with level 1 that is when you lose connection with your level 2 the infinite I Am.

So how does one melt into I Am?

By becoming grounded in the source. There are infinite ways to become grounded. When I speak of being grounded I speak of allowing the self to relax and ease into non-thinking, into one's breathe, into sensations of the senses, into the core of non-self.

Some example is Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga, Mantras, Music, Activities that allow one's mind to be fully immersed without thoughts. This will allow one self to be aware of I Am.

Level 3 is on my other post. (please follow my page of Philosophy and Wisdom)

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Infinite Creators

As you realize that level 1 is only a layer of the self like clothes, you can learn how to become your own fashionista.

As you begin to understand that there is no self that we are all constantly changing, malleable, infinite and creative, we become free from what we are constantly being attached to.

Then the world will becomes your playground, because everything is not who you truly are it's only a part of who you truly are. Thus liberates you from being limited by believing your are level 1.

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We are All One

As you begin to understand that we are all derived from the same source, we will realize a beautiful connection with all life on earth.

The person that is sad, angry or egocentric you can understand beyond those judgement and see them for who they truly are, the same source as you. This will allow you to be more compassionate, generous and virtuous towards all Sentient Beings on mother earth. (including yourself and mother earth)

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As you begin to understand the level 2 of the I Am, always ground yourself and emanate that beautiful energy into the world around you.

As so when you look out into the world emanating from your I Am presence. All you will realize is the beautiful connections in all phenomenons, the beautiful I Am in all beings, the peace of mind of the infinite flux and flow of consciousness that permeates in all of creation.

Emanating ... I Am
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wcangel

>>Discussion  - 
 
The Dalai Lama responds to Shugden Practitioners protest Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfGaPrOOP0

wcangel1 year ago:

Three Dalai Lamas have opposed Dorje Shugden. These are the Fifth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Dalai Lamas. And two Ganden Tri Rinpoches have opposed Shugden. These are the Hundredth and the current Ganden Tri Rinpoches.
HH Karmapa and HH Sakya Trizin and Chogyal Namkhai Norbu publically and formally oppose Dorje Shugden and support the Dalai Lama.
Even Phabongkha Rinpoche apologized for doing Shugden practice and promised to give it up. And Phabongkha Rinpoche was the main proponent of Dorje Shugden before "Geshe" Kelsang Gyatso and the New Kadampa.
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http://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2015/06/24/tibets-top-religious-leaders-condemn-shugden-worshippers-anti-dalai-lama-tirade/
More than 66 representatives from 58 monasteries and Buddhist institutes, including the Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche, the Sakya Trizin, the Karmapa Rinpoche, the Menri Trizin, the Shabdrung Rinpoche, the Drukchen Rinpoche’s Representative Khenpo Tenzin and the Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s representative Kathok Gezey Rinpoche attended the conference, as did representatives from the Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, said the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala on its Tibet.net website Jun 20.
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A previous (100th) Ganden Tripa (Head of the Geluga Order), Lobsang Nyingma Rinpoche, stated:
“If it [Shugden] were a real protector, it should protect the people. There may not be any protector such as this, which needs to be protected by the people. Is it proper to disturb the peace and harmony by causing conflicts, unleashing terror and shooting demeaning words in order to please the Dharmapala? Does this fulfill the wishes of our great masters? Try to analyze and contemplate on the teachings that had been taught in the Lamrim [stages of path], Lojong [training of mind] and other scriptural texts. Does devoting time in framing detrimental plots and committing degrading acts, which seems no different from the act of attacking monasteries wielding swords and spears and draining the holy robes of the Buddha with blood, fulfill the wishes of our great masters?”
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H.H. Sakya Trizin, Head of the Sakya Tradition:    
“In the beginning the Sakya throne holder Sakya Sönam Rinchen bound Shugden to protect Dharma. However, neither Shudgen nor other worldly spirits were depended upon during prayer meeting at Sakya. The statue of Shugden was in some shrine rooms but in the lowest category in the pantheon. No Sakya follower has ever taken life pledging empowerment through the medium of Shugden … Later Shugden worship decreased strongly among Sakyas due to the efforts of three leading Sakya lineage lamas” [including the root Guru of Sakya Trizin who was] “extremely unhappy with Shugden practice and advised on the demerits of Shugden practice. One of his disciples, Ngawang Yönten Gyatso, took strong actions to remove Shugden statues from the Sakya monasteries and to destroy them. Khyentse Dorje Chang Chökyi Lodrö was also very unhappy with Shugden practice, although he didn’t destroy statues, he performed rituals to banish Shugden. Since these three leading Sakya Lamas were against Shugden, this practice declined greatly among Sakya followers.”       
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H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the four main disciples of H.H. the Karmapa – Head of the Karma Kagyu Tradition:
“We Kagyu followers normally do not mention this name without fear. There is no Shugden practitioner among Kagyu followers. The reason why we fear the one I name just now, is because we believe that he causes obstacles to spiritual practice and brings discord in families and among the community of monks.'
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H.H. Mindolling Trichen Rinpoche, the late Head of the Nyingma Tradition:    
“Shugden is a ghost. We Nyingma practitioners do not follow him. We propagate only those protectors that were bound by Padmasambhava. Shugden came after Padmasambhava. Shugden is a hungry ghost in the human realm.”
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Excerpt from Lord of the Dance: The Autobiography of A Tibetan Lama, By Chagdud Tulku, an eminent Nyingma master, Padma Publishing, 1992, Pilgrims Publishers Edition, Kathmandu 2001, page 107:
    In Chamdo I first encountered the bitter dregs of sectarian friction between the Gelugpa and other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism… Although there were doctrinal differences among the traditions, sometimes strongly disputed in formal debates, in Kham there was generally both acceptance and cooperation.
Since both my father and stepfather were Gelugpa lamas, my mother’s family was Sakya, and I was trained in both Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, any outer sectarian divisiveness would have inwardly fragmented me.
I was spared this conflict until I listened to stories in Chamdo, and hearing them I felt uncomfortable and sad.     People told me that previously several monasteries housing statues of Padmasambhava and Nyingma texts were located near Chamdo, but then a Gelugpa lama named Phabongkhapa came from Central Tibet. He had contempt for the Nyingma tradition and thought that its doctrine was false and its practitioners wrongheaded.
The dissension that ensued resulted in persecution, the destruction of many Nyingma texts and statues of Padmasambhava, and the conversion of monasteries from Nyingma to Gelugpa. This was followed by a severe drought and famine in the region.
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Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro wrote to Jigme Damchoe Gyatsho about Phabongkhapa’s sectarianism:
Some followers of Ven. Phabongkha Dechen Nyingpo Rinpoche engaged in heated argument on the philosophical tenets of the new and the ancient. They engaged in many wrong activities like destroying images of Padmasambhava and those of other peaceful and wrathful deities, saying that reciting the mantra of the Vajra Guru is of no value and fed the Padma Kathang to fire and water.
Likewise, they stated that turning Mani prayer wheels, observing weekly prayers for the deceased etc. are of no purpose and thus placed many on the path of wrong view. They held Gyalpo Shugden as the supreme refuge and the embodiment of all the Three Jewels. Many monks from small monasteries in the Southern area claimed to be possessed by Shugden and ran amok in all directions destroying the three reliquaries (images of the Buddha, scriptures and stupas) etc. displaying many faults and greatly harming the teaching of Je Tsongkhapa, the second Conqueror.
Therefore, if you could compose an instructive epistle benefiting all and could publish it and distribute it throughout the three (provinces) U, Tsang and Kham it would greatly contribute to counteracting the disturbance to the teaching.
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http://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2014/07/18/the-new-kadampa-tradition-and-the-dalai-lama/

However, my faith began to waver a little, when I read the booklets we were handing out. The language used was very crude and full of insults, like an angry child had written it. This was the booklet that contained the phrase “The Saffron-Robed Muslim”, which was a phrase that stuck in my mind and disturbed me.
I thought to myself, “was this written by my Guru, who I believe is an enlightened Buddha? Even if it was not written by him, surely he must have approved this booklet!”
It did not add up for me at all. I had joined Buddhism to become a better person; someone more peaceful and kind. This was not what I had imagined Buddhism to be.
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http://nktworld.org/crazy.html
According to a NKT insider, "I was under the impression everyone was aware WSS is based at Manjushri run by Neill Elliott under Gyatso's instructions. I was sitting next to him when he was talking to Pema organising future demos. At the moment he has been asked to attack HHDL in anyway he can ie his teachings, speeches etc from Gyatso. Under him are 2 sangha and Lucy James. Everyone is aware it is Neill. I was living there when it was set up. It was discused openly enough." (Neill Elliott, aka Thubten, is one of the Gyatso heirs involved with sexual abuse as a senior NKT monk; the next Gyatso heir caught up in sexual abuse is Stephen Wass, aka Samden)."
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Maria Delao:
“From an outsider's point of view, worshipping  one deity or another is neither worse or better, in fact, is all about beliefs. If Dalai Lama preaches compassion, tolerance and respect, he should perhaps put it into practice. I find it deeply disappointed that he goes around talking about love when he is discriminating about people in Tibet because they follow a certain cult. It has been claimed that certain Shugden followers have committed crimes... and who hasn't in any given community? What about the sexual abuse that many monk children endure all over Tibet? Wouldn't it be a reason too to then ban those monasteries? Why is the Dalai Lama turning a blank eye on this very important issue and focusing so much on the Shugden followers? I have no affiliation with the Shugden cult, I am simply a defender of human rights and democratic values, I am dismayed to see that those values are not important in the Dalai Lama's eyes. After all, he is the icon of a tradition strongly entrenched in hierarchy and privilege.  A real disappointment."
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WCANGEL responds:
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"If Dalai Lama preaches compassion, tolerance and respect, he should perhaps put it into practice. I find it deeply disappointed that he goes around talking about love when he is discriminating about people in Tibet because they follow a certain cult."

You fell for their line. The Dalai Lama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for a very good reason.
Many Buddhist gurus, including myself, reject the practice of Shugden.

There is no "ban". His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche has been allowed by the Dalai Lama to do Shugden practice.
There is an EXCLUSION. If you do Shugden, then don't attend a Dalai Lama empowerment.
The Shugden people claim to be wronged and they attack. Viciously.

Everyone is getting sick of them. Including lots of principal Tibetan lineage holders.
And the Dalai Lama has millions of devoted followers.
He says it is better to not do Dorje Shugden, so they follow his very good advice.

I have repeatedly defeated the Shugden people in online discussions. I would rather do something more constructive than fighting off vicious dishonest fools.

But this is strategic defense of Great Way Mahayana / Buddhism and I have to get the job done right. I have succeeded on the discussions for this and other videos.
The bad guys will lose. He who throws mud generally loses ground.

What is the purpose of fighting back against the Shugden activists?  Simple.
They say stuff like
"Dalai Lama stop lying!"
"Dalai Lama give religious freedom!"
"False Dalai Lama!"

These statements are ridiculous, abusive, and publicly detrimental to a most well known and a most significant teacher of Mahayana Buddhism and of Tibetan Buddhism.

How is the Dalai Lama "false" ?
 He is a real monk, a real and highest level scholar, and he is a Kalacakra guru, which is quite rare and important.

Lying about WHAT specifically?  I study what the Dalai Lama says very carefully.  I do not see any major exaggerations in his statements, and he is typically very careful in what he says.

But these Shugden activists move around from city to city in order to make street protest against the Dalai Lama with the above attacks at his public events.

This is seen on many youtube videos, and the New Kadampa group is the primary  source of these street protests ( in Western cities ).

The major western group doing Shugden, the New Kadampa, will fall.  Their issues and politics of the Shugden cult and the New Kadampa organization are now exhaustively examined in online discussions and web sites.

People leave the New Kadampa and find much more healthy and functional alternatives. The numerous online blogs ( and youtube videos of former followers ) for New Kadampa and Shugden tell the real and story, which is painful or even ugly for numerous people. The truth will out.

Even the muggle outsiders get it. At this point the Shugden activists only make enemies for their political cause and ideology, not friends.

There is always freedom of religion for all people in the West, including Shugden adherents.
This is basically an issue only within the Gelugpa order, and the Shugden people set off and prosecuted a political and cultural war against the Dalai Lama, even tho the Shugden “guardian deity” was NEVER practiced by AND NOT KNOWN TO the original tradition and codifiers of the Gelugpa order, such as Atisha and Lama Tsongkhapa.

Shugden is claimed to be a manifestation of the general Mahayana wisdom protector Manjusri, but there is NO reference to Shugden in the scriptures of Manjusri.

Shugden does NOT come from Indian Buddhism, while all the great protectors ( such as Vajrapani, Mahakala, Sri Devi / Palden Lhamo, Simhamukha, Hayagriva, Yamantaka ) do.

There are many classical protector forms of Manjusri, such as Black Manjusri and Yamantaka and so forth. There is no need for Shugden as an additional “wisdom protector”, especially since there is no scriptural basis for Shugden in the source scriptures of Mahayana and Tantra.

The protectors of the core scripture of Gelugpa Tibetan order, the Lam Rim of Lama Tsongkhapa, are Vajrapani and Mahakala.
Lama Tsongkhapa never heard of Shugden and it is completely dishonest to claim that Shugden is the “protector” of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Shugden adherents are typically inimical to the broader range of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, and really have no association with Nyingma, Sakya, or Kagyu school Tibetan Buddhists.

The Shugden people are a splinter group of the Gelugpa school and at this point no Western Buddhists care about them.
All these Shugden activists do is oppose the mainstream Gelugpa, Sakya, Kagyu, and Nyingma Buddhist orders and the general Nonsectarian approach.

It is the high-level guidance of the four main orders of Indo-Tibetan vajrayana Buddhism that Shugden is to be rejected.
This is not just a statement of the Dalai Lama and his major group of Gelugpa teachers.

The Shugden supporters of the past, such as Phabongkha, actively struggled against the Nyingma teachings.
But the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist teachings are of great importance to the Sakya and Kagyu schools.

Most Tibetan Buddhists in the West make use of diverse Tibetan lineages and schools, not just Nyingma or Gelugpa by themselves.
Thus the Shugden supporters attempt to set up a hermetically sealed subsect of the Gelugpa order naturally fails, especially since the Shugden people have fought so hard against the Dalai Lama.

There is nothing to renegotiate with regard to Shugden or the New Kadampa, really nothing to discuss.
Either one goes with the small group of Shugden supporters, or one goes with the Dalai Lama group of Gelugpa Buddhists and the broader set of Mahayana and general vajrayana teachers, communities, transmissions and so forth.

Those who know little of the background and politics of Shugden may spend months and even years with this practice and community.
However, many quit the New Kadamapa and Shugden practice over time.
No one goes from the other Tibetan schools to New Kadampa or to Shugden, and that should tell you a lot.

The overall trend of Tibetan Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism in the West is strongly and characteristically nonsectarian, and the nonsectarian approach is wholly contrary to the Shugden ideology and community.

The Shugden people have only a few real teachers and their relative influence is much smaller and dwindling rapidly in the West. Thus their overall political and social program fails miserably. 

They succeed mainly in bringing trouble to themselves by dividing Mahayana Buddhist community and being sectarian extremists.
In short, they claim to be Mahayana but are clearly anti-Mahayana.

I have investigated in depth the New Kadampa.  My professional assessment as Mahayana guru  is that the New Kadampa organization is a perfect example of how Buddhists should not be. 

I could write a detailed paper on this but you can find youtube videos by former New Kadampa people like Carol McQuire and others.

My approach to this issue is not partisan as such.
In particular, I cannot outright condemn the Shugden practice because one of my highest yoga tantra gurus is the late HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, a very serious high-ranking Shugden practitioner.
I cannot speak against him.
( Note well that the young reincarnation of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche studies Gelugpa lineage but does no Shugden practice at all. )

Also, there will of course be reasonable and well-intentioned Shugden practitioners and New Kadampa people.

However, a major concern overall is the expert testimony by the Tibetan born master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. 
He states from his own experience that he personally knew Shugden priests who became seriously unbalanced as a result of doing much Shugden practice.
He tells all his students to drop or avoid any Shugden practice, and gives protector practices to recover from Shugden influence.

I have corresponded with quite a few Shugden people online ( e.g. the Tsem Tulku supporters ) and thereby have learned to NOT trust their communication for several reasons.
I find them to be less than honest and not so reasonable or reliable or capable of debate.
They do very poorly when cross-examined.

In summary,
(a) Shugden ritual gives no special benefit.  Shugden is known to cause problems for prsactitioners.
(b) Shugden practice is a most divisive approach that is rejected by most of the real gurus of Tibetan Buddhism.
(c) The whole ideology and main western community of Shugden supporters are self-defeating and will fail over time.
(d) You're far better off with classical dharma protectors such as Black Manjusri, Yamantaka, Vajrapani and Mahakala.

This is my formal expert testimony as Buddhist theologian and tantric guru.

I have "wasted a lot of time" on this issue ( deep investigation ) for good reasons:
a) Shugden has been such a major dragback factor and painful problem for Tibetan Buddhists.
b) Shugden has been a basic issue and severe bewilderment for interested outsiders.
c) Shugden politics have been exploited by the Beijing government to hurt the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism generally.
Beijng is a major supporter of Shugden and the primary political opponent of the Dalai Lama and Buddhism overall.

Thus, Shugden politics have been a tremendous obstacle for many years in the west and a most severe problem for the Gelugpa order in Tibet for more than two generations.
  
From my standpoint and that of most other tantric Buddhists this issue of some centuries ( in the West some critically important decades ) is now formally decided at the overall community level and at the Tibetan lineage holder level and therefore is now CLOSED.

The outcome is simply that the New Kadampa and the Shugden people go their own way and no one cares about them any more.
In other words, the actual resolution is a schism and divorce in the Gelugpa school and it is final, with nothing more to say on either side.
And the Shugden people and the New Kadampa people lose the war they started.
That's it. 

Now I will end by saying something USEFUL.

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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life Paperback – August 19, 2003
by Dalai Lama (Author), Jeffrey Hopkins (Editor, Translator)
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (August 19, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0743453360

As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this

very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice.

Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers toward enlightenment, How to Practice is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom.

This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintaining mental tranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. . .
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Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP

>>Environment & Economics  - 
 
Here is the link to an excellent dharma talk on climate change given by Jennifer Dungan, a longtime NASA Ames scientist/researcher on climate change. Her description of the talk is, “W…
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
 
Transcending Karma

Sowing karma with good Karma; Efforts is like moving through Air.

Sowing karma with equivalent Karma; Efforts is like moving through Water.

Sowing karma with bad Karma; Efforts is like moving through Mud.

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If one have good karma it is Easy effort to sow karma.
If one have equivalent karma it is Normal effort to sow karma.
If one have bad karma it is Hard effort to sow karma.

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Karma in Sanskrit mean Action.

Action = Cause + Effect.

A (Good or Bad) Action, creates a (Good or Bad) Cause, a (Good or Bad) Cause, creates a (Good or Bad) Effect.

Therefore one have the freewill to choose which (Good or Bad) Karma to act with, these actions will then return to oneself in what was sown and reaped.

Example.

If I was a bully (bad Action) this will create enemies (bad Cause) and I will get bullied in return (bad Effect).

If I was Kind (good Action) this will create kind friends (good Cause) and I will get kindness from friends (good Effect).

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Therefore when one have bad karma, one have to put more effort in changing bad karma.

Therefore when one have equivalent karma, one needs to put decent effort in building equivalent karma.

Therefore when one have good karma, one ease to put enough effort in nurturing good karma.

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Be aware of the good and bad things in life.
Therefore one can act accordingly.
Sustain it if it's good, change it if it's bad.
Through efforts in Karma.
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Jimmy Khann

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Glimpse of Awakening

We need to start implementing spirituality into our everyday life.

If not the negativity and chaos around the world will have a distressing spiritual and mental effect on us.

Connect with sacredness within you, a place of silence, a mind of stillness, a breathe of awareness, an act of compassion, a feeling of bliss, an arising of wisdom and enlightenment.

Silence the mind, connect to your love/light and draw it out into your everyday life, around your loved ones, friends and even strangers.

We all have love/light within us, look beyond the darkness within others and ourselves and see our oneness within each other; which is love/light.

"Anchor yourself in love and light; free flow." - Jimmy Khann
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Spirituality that is not present in one's actions, not lived, seems to me just naive passivity or entertainment, marketing or ideological illusions.
Many people have not experienced, consciously, neither connection with sacredness nor silence of mind/body, etc.
Without the experience how to implement spirituality?
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Jimmy Khann

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Ego and Consciousness

Ego is ever changing. Consciousness is eternal.
Ego is mind activity. Consciousness is being.
Ego is past and future. Consciousness is the infinite present.
Ego is conceptualization. Consciousness is awareness.
Ego is logic. Consciousness is intuitions.
Ego is judgmental. Consciousness is reverence.

Ego is not good nor bad it's a wave from the ocean of consciousness.
Ego is a tool for oneself to manifest creativity into the world.
Ego can be dangerous when the tools rules the mind.
Ego can be cut off of consciousness therefore can be selfish.

Consciousness is not good nor bad it the source of all oneness.
Consciousness is the source of all creativity.
Consciousness allow one to reach a state of enlightenment.
Consciousness is the source of all oneness we develop compassion.

"There is a part of you that always change and another part that always stay the same; realize both and balance both. Equilibrium." - Jimmy Khann
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Jimmy Khann

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Mediation? .. Shake!

Sit in a comfortable position, relax and shake your thighs or foot.
Then and there allow your mind to be fully absorb in this shaking.
As so the thinking stops.

Then slowly stop the shaking completely.
Then and there become fully aware of the breath.

As you become aware of your in and out breath.
Then and there become fully aware of the mind.

As you become aware of the mind while being fully aware of your shaking thighs or foot or the in and out breath and thoughts are unable to arise in your mind. You are in meditation.

As so when doing an activity and the thinking mind subsides, that is a form of mediation.

It allow you to be more of your formless self instead of your form self.
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Watch the Mind and Life Power and Care Conference taking place in Brussels. The schedule of talks (Brussels Timezone) for Saturday and Sunday is: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2016 Session 3: Perspect…
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Interesting...
Monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu, a trained translator of the Buddha's words, reveals seven fake Buddha quotes he's found. See if you're not surprised.
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wcangel

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Re: the Dalai Lama, And Another Hindu Attack On The Dalai Lama
A Response To Gratuitous ISKCON Nonsense

Paul Howard
+wcangel An ethical Dalai Lama would not eat meat. He's even known to eat veal.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said,
CC Ādi 17.166: "Cow-killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow."
http://Www.vedabase.com/en/cc/adi/17

WCANGEL responds:

"Ethical" Hindus have Varna ( the caste system, racism   ) as a primary attribute of their culture.
Hinduism is based on Sanskrit, the Vedas, and Brahmanism.  Brahmanism is racism and the caste system.

Buddhists reject the caste system and have since the time of Sakyamuni  Buddha.  All Buddhist spiritual doctors, including the Dalai Lama and myself, reject and oppose racism.

The other point is this:
Hindus do a lot of animal sacrifice, while  all Buddhists reject animal sacrifice.
At the Kali Temple in Kalighat ( Calcutta ) the Hindu priests do DAILY animal sacrifice.

It is also true that drug use is fairly common among Hindu sadhus.  They smoke a lot of marijuana in places like Risikesh.  Real Buddhists don't do drugs.

I see that there are quite a few totally corrupt Hindu teachers in India, along with some good ones.

The Dalai Lama is not corrupt.  He has enormous worldwide influence, and Buddhist teachers and communities around the world rely on him.
The Dalai Lama has twice visited Japan to give  transmissions of the Great Sun Buddha ( Mahavairocana ) to the esoteric ( tantric ) Buddhist communities there, as requested by the Shingon ( Japanese mantrayana ) teachers.

You cite the Hindu scriptures  of Lord Krishna.  I am familiar with the corruption and collapse of the Krishna community in North America.
Several of the western Krishna teachers were criminals.
There was infighting and major drug smuggling and murder in the ISKCON Krishna community.
There was an ISKCON boy's school where young boys were systematically raped, and that school was shut down.

ISKCON mostly collapsed many years ago.

By contrast, the Buddhist teaching and practice grow stronger every year in North America, and Buddhism - including the teaching of the Dalai Lama - is a major influence in Australia, North America, and Europe.
Millions of westerners read Dalai Lama books.
Basically no one in the West reads ISKCON books or the Vedas.

Up to one hundred thousand or two hundred thousand people will attend a Dalai Lama empowerment of Kalacakra in the land of India.
Also, several  million Indian Untouchables have converted to Buddhism.

So it looks like you got the story backwards.
It does appear you are spraying in the wind.

As a licensed Buddhist acarya ( guru )  I have to maintain a very high and difficult ethic.
My ethics are far beyond yours.
My teaching and practice as guru are based on the book "Dakini Teachings" by the mahasiddha/ great adept Padmasambhava.
You have nothing remotely close to that powerful ( and ethical ) teaching.

And four hundred thousand people have read my Buddhist teaching.
When you die no one will remember you.

My outreach work builds wisdom culture on three continents, and support for the Dalai Lama is a key component of my social outreach strategy.
You don't know any guru who is half as good or half as effective as the Dalai Lama.

You started an argument here, and I finished it.  Your defeat is permanent and global.

Furthermore, do not make the mistake of thinking you have half the Hindu teaching or transmissions that I do.  I have a lot of Hindu teaching.
Most of the Hindu teaching in North America, such as for Sarasvati and Ganapati, is given by tantric Buddhist gurus.  I teach Sarasvati and Ganapati, and you do not have that teaching.

Finally, you are not a guru.  And no one with any self-respect would associate with the disgraced ISKCON people. 

Done.
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You never know how many days of practice and persistence is put behind all those success stories you hear, you never know how many risks are involved, how many failures are encountered along the way, how many distractions life brings, how many justifications for giving up your mind can invent, and how many times you’ll have no one but yourself for consolation and support.
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Actually, a higher-level Buddhist is NEVER alone.
There are lots of Buddhist angels ( mahabodhisattvas ).
And sometimes they just drop in to say hi.

As it happens I do know about the risks, and I do know the many years of effort invested by some high level practitioners, such as my teachers HH Kalu Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Lama Wangdor and others.

I do not know of any living Hindu acaryas who practiced half as much or accomplished half as much as my gurus.

Specifically wrt "risks", I am well acquainted with psychic issues and I teach Buddhist combat magic and psychic self-defense.
I don't think you have a background in that classical subject.
Almost no one does these days.

A good book for inspiration and guidance relevant here is "Sky Dancer: The Life And Times" by Keith Dowman.
It's about the great female practitioner Yeshe Tsogyelma of Tibet.
She was amazing, and this is one of my favorite books.
This book changed my life.

Every serious spiritual practitioner needs a book of guidance, and every spiritual doctor needs a practice manual.
For me that book is
"Dakini Teachings" by Padmasambhava.
Very few westerners have heard of this book; very few Mahayana teachers have read it.
If all I do is effectively promote this book then I am worth more than lots of "Buddhist teachers" here in the West.
This is an enormously important book, and the mahasiddha / great adept Padmasambhava is WAY beyond the renowned Patanjali.
He was the main teacher for Yeshe Tsogyelma, and one of the most important wizards and gurus in human history.
My teaching and practice is based on Guru Padmasambhava.

So this is the formal Mahayana Buddhist answer to your Hindu teaching.

And I have lots more Hindu transmission and 3HO Sikh kundalini  yoga teaching than you do.
You are nowhere near my level.
Clear?
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Charles Huschle

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As a practicing Buddhist, I've brought some artistic ability to bearing witness to the phenomenon of Donald Trump. I'm engaged in a project to place art work in public places depicting my take on The Donald. I seek to cover printing costs through this project. Hope you can spread the word and contribute!
https://www.gofundme.com/AgainstTheDonald
I'm a painter, writer, divinity student and hospital chaplain intern in Boulder, CO, originally from New York and Cambridge, MA. In the past year I've been painting in acrylic, and, dismayed by the rise of Donald Trump, have made a series of three paintings about him. I'm raising money to freely...
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Jimmy Khann

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Waves of the Ocean

There is ego then there is consciousness.

The ego is like a wave. Consciousness is like the ocean.

We expressing ourselves is the wave that came out of the ocean.

1. A. Some waves merge back with the ocean, this is called awakening or enlightenment.

2. A. Some wave can leave the ocean and do not merge with the ocean.

1. B. Some waves that understand that they are apart of the ocean. Understand that all things is derived from the same ocean. Therefore they developed love and compassion in all things that is derived from the ocean.

2. B. Some waves are completely cut off from the ocean then create it's own identity, by creating it's own identity it created separateness. It will view all things that is not derived from it's identity as and enemy, like the ocean.

There are many stories of how the ego have taken over and deluded the mind. Stories of fallen angels, asuras, dictators and many other beings that lost themselves in the separateness of ego.

There are many stories of how consciousness enlighten and liberated the mind, Stories like Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Gandhi, Krishna, Albert Eisenstein, Nikola Tesla and many other beings that enlighten themselves in the oneness of consciousness.

In life there is a need of balance.
An equilibrium.

50% Ego/Personality/Wave
50% Consciousness/God/Ocean

We just need to aware of having more ego than consciousness. (losing our true self) Of course we can always have more consciousness than ego. (finding our true self)

These big waves are called spiritual teachers or Gurus. We all have the path to home within us but Gurus know many different paths home.

Ultimately we have Freewill, we can either ride our wave or merge back into the ocean.

But now since you know we are all Oneness, Immortal, Infinite from consciousness; might as well ride the wave. And when we have mature and our waves have subsided we can merge back with the ocean. But some naturally merge while living life.

"We are the waves of the ocean, it is life; it is the journey of awakening." - Jimmy Khann
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