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    group study His Holiness Kyabgön Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche (41st Sakya Trizin), Courses and Events

    This thread is for announcing courses that feature live and recorded course teachings of His Holiness Kyabgön Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche (41st Sakya Trizin). His Holiness is one of the current patriarch's of Sakya tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism and He is well known for traveling all-around...
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    group study Drikung Kagyü School of Vajrayana Buddhism

    Drikung Kagyu is a lineage within the Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. It was founded by the Buddha Jigten Sumgön. For promoting Drikung Kagyu courses, please use the following thread instead: https://forum.alchemical.garden/threads/261/ This post will be expanded in the future.
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    group study Misuse and Appropriation of Spiritual Labels to Encourage Greed

    Misuse and Appropriation of Spiritual Labels to Encourage Greed Every so often we can see how spiritual labels are turned against their original aspirations: The search of true reality and its unconditional happiness becomes subverted for earthly ideals that lead away from these. In particular...
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    essay Wanting Direct Taste and Independence As Measures of Spiritual Growth

    Wanting Direct Taste and Independence As Measures of Spiritual Growth Why do we need spiritual teachers? It's a good question because real wisdom comes through the direct taste of experiences and personal effort. Intermediate agencies like personal biases and clinging to formalities could easily...
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    essay Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Examples from the Secular Buddhist Community

    Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; examples from the secular Buddhist community Sweet coupled airs we sing. No lonely seafarer Holds clear of entering Our green mirror. ~ Homer; The Odyssey, Book 12, 173-176 There is a natural urge to seek out others and form bonds to...
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    group study Critical Views on Lineage Transmission and Authoritative Teachers

    This message will later become an introduction to the topic of critical views on lineage transmission.
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    essay Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah!

    Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah! In the past years there has been a somewhat universal Western trend that some people seek personal connection with what they imagine as divine and come up with practical approaches which could accurately be described as a genre of...
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    group study Zen (Ch'an) Buddhism: Practices, Teachings, and Commentaries

    Zen (Ch'an) Buddhism: Practices, Teachings, and Commentaries Zen or Ch'an is an evergreen topic on spiritual discussions that touch Oriental cultural themes. The reason is because Ch'an decisively affected the cultural development of China, Japan, and Korea when it was the chief cultural import...
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    group study Good and Interesting Documentaries About Practice and Practitioners

    Hey, I thought it could be interesting to post here interesting documentaries that somehow touch upon the practice, etc. I will be kicking off with Hermits.
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    announcements Rules for Discussing the Monastic Traditions

    We welcome authentic monastically preserved teachings! What qualifies as a valid monastic tradition? Monks and nuns receive extra ethical vows and monastic strictures that detaches them from the lay people and the society, thus enabling monastics to devote their time and energy to spiritual...
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    group study Damaging Others' Wisdom Life is Severe Negative Karma!

    I must emphasize this following point to everybody: Damaging Others' Wisdom Life is Severe Negative Karma! Here are some quotes on what William Bodri has to say on the topic of wisdom life: So, whatever you think of false teachers and their snares, know that willful ignorance and...
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