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by conebeckham
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: rechung nyengyu
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: rechung nyengyu

I have a feeling that when Tsadra publishes the Marpa Kagyu volume(s) from DamNgak Dzo, many of your questions about this lineage will be answered, and in English. Dunno when that will be though.

I've not researched it much, nor read the Tibetan.
by conebeckham
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream
Replies: 52
Views: 817

Re: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream

"Empowerment" is a big subject. There are Wang Kur, Wang Chen, JeNang, and Jinlabs, DonWangs, as well as TorWangs and probably others I've forgotten. A "Full empowerment" in Mahayoga or Highest Yoga Tantra consists of 4 specific empowerments, but the first of these four, the &quo...
by conebeckham
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phurba Practices?
Replies: 26
Views: 1103

Re: Phurba Practices?

Kilaya is a yidam in Kagyu. No doubt about it. There are many Kilaya sadhanas, many traditions, but the three most common for Karma Kagyu are Chogling Sangtik, Chogling Zabdun, and RatLing Phurba. In three year retreats Sangtik is done every single day, and the retreat starts with intensive Nyemtsam...
by conebeckham
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1500

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

With all due respect, if you have received transmission and initiation, you will most certainly know it. I think you'll find he means in previous lives. We Westerners tend to forget the influence of practice in previous lives. ;) Pretty sure "empowerment" received in previous lives don't ...
by conebeckham
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1500

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

I treat leakings ... as funny curiosities ... Maybe you've already been initiated and just don't know it yet. With all due respect, if you have received transmission and initiation, you will most certainly know it. It's good to respect the seals of samaya, Coëmgenu, bu no reason to worry too much. ...
by conebeckham
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 796

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

So if you take the view that a Buddha sees 1.the essence that is not effected by manifestation, and 2.sees the complete freedom of their Buddha Nature to manifest as anything--even as a tangled knot of suffering--then you could say that a Buddha only sees another Buddha. Some authors take that view...
by conebeckham
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?
Replies: 38
Views: 763

Re: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?

Atisha, again: Those who see entities and nonentities Due to self-entities and other-entities Do not see the true actuality In the teachings of the Buddha. [40] Yes, those who see things as inherently existent or non-existent Through grasping at inherently existent self and other Do not see Buddha'...
by conebeckham
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Kālacakra Vajrayoga & Dzogchen comparison
Replies: 27
Views: 846

Re: Kālacakra Vajrayoga & Dzogchen comparison

On thing that's interesting with Kalacakra is the idea that the "empty form" which occurs as a result of completion stage is a non-physical form. Certain parallels could be drawn to the Body of Light, I suppose, but I don't think they're in any way equivalent. I'm no expert in either syste...
by conebeckham
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?
Replies: 38
Views: 763

Re: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?

Atisha said: Through correct and incorrect, Nominal and nonnominal, The two [realities] are classified respectively. [30] Yes, there is nominal self and other, otherwise you deny existing things. Atisha, again: Those who see entities and nonentities Due to self-entities and other-entities Do not se...
by conebeckham
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?
Replies: 38
Views: 763

Re: Bodhisattvas and No self or others?

I got this question from my Center of the Universe post. How does a Bodhisattva work if there is no self or other? Why do they go on if there is no other? Do we not share this "reality" with other people? There is self and other, just no inherent self or inherent other. Emptiness is just ...
by conebeckham
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Atisha's "Song of Beholding the Dharmadhatu"
Replies: 0
Views: 81

Atisha's "Song of Beholding the Dharmadhatu"

Posting part of this....translated by Brunnholzl, found in "Straight From the Heart." A great collection of translations. This one, in particular, I find quite wonderful. The Song of Beholding the Dharmadhatu I bow to the Omniscient One. I bow to the dharmadhatu That resides in all sentien...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Mila's practice is hard to fathom, but he was a practitioner of the Six Yogas of Naropa, and especially of Tummo. lil off topic....but why Tummo , or more precisely what Tummo practice produces. ;) All the completion stage practices with signs, including Tummo and the other yogas, create states of ...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

You're welcome. So, is this subtle clear light mind a potential? An existent? A "conventional truth?" Yes, it's a conventional truth and when it is completely purified it becomes the Wisdom Truth Body of a Buddha. Which makes dharmakāya relative and conditioned, whoops! A Headscratcher, f...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

As Malcolm noted, Milarepa practiced Varahi and Samvara. When asked by a disciple what his yidam was, his reply was that he relied on "the little red one." That's not just a reference to Vajravarahi. Mila's practice is hard to fathom, but he was a practitioner of the Six Yogas of Naropa, ...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Sutra meditations on the paths of method and wisdom, such as renunciation, bodhichitta and the correct view of emptiness act on the gross mind. Buddha didn't explain methods for accessing the very subtle mind in Sutra. However, the Tantric methods he explained - generation stage meditation, for exa...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Sutra meditations on the paths of method and wisdom, such as renunciation, bodhichitta and the correct view of emptiness act on the gross mind. Buddha didn't explain methods for accessing the very subtle mind in Sutra. However, the Tantric methods he explained - generation stage meditation, for exa...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Well, there is the expression "shin tu phra ba'i sems". "Extremely Subtle Mind." This could be the original Tibetan as well, yes.... In some systems of explication of HYT I believe they are synonyms. You find it also as "shin tu phra ba'i rlung sems," which includes wi...
by conebeckham
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Hi Cone, :hi: Is there a Tibetan term for "very subtle mind" you're referring to here? Well, Tsongkhapafan used the term--but I am anticipating the Tibetan is "Osel Sem" འོད་གསལ་སེམས་ . It's hard to know for sure, but based on my understanding he's talking about the Clear Light ...
by conebeckham
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

If the basis is the subtle mind of clear light, and it cannot be accessed by "gross mind," where do the impurities reside? Do they reside in the "gross mind" which cannot access the basis? Or do they reside in the very subtle mind? Hi Cone, :hi: Is there a Tibetan term for "...
by conebeckham
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 138

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Just understanding that you have natural purity is no method. There has to be a basis, a path and a result. . What's the basis, then? The very subtle mind of clear light and its mounted wind that cannot be accessed by a gross mind and cannot be purified except through completion stage meditation, w...

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