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In Topic: Favourite Buddhist Books

10 August 2014 - 03:55 AM

I second the recommendation on Measureless Mind -- really good presentation of Buddha's teachings backed up by scriptures. http://measurelessmind.ca/


Another good book is What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada by Venerable Walpola Rahula


In Topic: The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

02 June 2014 - 12:43 AM

Personally, experientially speaking, the display becomes more vivid, intens,  radiant and real.

But probably this means that the energy of the basis becomes more evident and integration starts happening.

Intensity of luminosity does not mean that everything is real (as in truly existing).

Something Thusness wrote:

    John Tan Haha Jackson, u never give up.

    This heart is the "space" of where, the "time" of when and the "I" of who.

    In hearing, it's that "sound".

    In seeing, it's that "scenery".

    In thinking, it is that "eureka"!

    In snapping a finger, it is seizing the whole entire moment of that instantaneous "snapping".

    Just marvelous such as it is on the fly.

    So no "it" but thoroughly empty.

    To u this "heart" is most real, to dzogchen it is illusory. Though illusory, it is fully vivid and brilliance. Since it is illusory, it nvr really truly arise. There is genuine "treasure" in the illusory.

    I think Kyle has a lot points to share. Do unblock him.

    Nice chat And happy journey jax!

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In Topic: what is the sound of one hand

06 May 2014 - 09:33 PM

Something I wrote in 2011:

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Shhh.... listen!
The sound of one hand clapping is the whole universe listening.
If you cannot hear the sound of one hand clap, fret not.
The bird chirping knows... chirp chirp... one hand claps.
Music enjoys music... scenery delights scenery... scenery sceneries scenery. One hand claps... universe listens.

In Topic: How the Buddha Became Enlightened.

22 April 2014 - 10:53 PM

Thank you Tibetan_ice.

This is an excellent thread.


I've read many times about seeing a bright light in meditation and visions spontaneously arising from the light.

From time to time, I get some brief vision if I reach the hypnagogic state, but in that place my mind is very scattered.



In my experience of what is called hypnogogic states, thoughts do not remain verbal or vague but projects into hyper-real sights and sounds that are as real or even more vivid than waking reality, the sights and sounds are crystal clear and if you think about a place you'll be there and sometimes if you think about a song you'll just hear the whole song with its lyrics sung so clearly and you wonder why do you remember the lyrics better in sleep than in waking.

It is probably in such states that the practice of visualization in many spiritual traditions succeeds.

In Topic: How the Buddha Became Enlightened.

22 April 2014 - 10:51 PM

I've experienced bright lights as well. It's related to what Daniel Ingram describes in http://integrateddan...d-passing-away/