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by tomamundsen
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 287

Re: Academic ridiculousness

Actually, I personally almost find even non-academic Buddhist texts to be pretty limited in utility. I think Milarepa said it well:

Milarepa wrote:Books written in black ink are all misleading;
I only meditate on the pith instructions of the whispered lineage.
by tomamundsen
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1492

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

I am not at all trying to diminish "secret teachings". I just wish they were "secret". If they are indeed secret teachings that require special empowerments etc., then you, having no such empowerments etc., cannot possibly understand them anyway, so they are, at most, just neutr...
by tomamundsen
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: THL is a wonderful resource but...
Replies: 19
Views: 497

Re: THL is a wonderful resource but...

what do you think of the TLI under Lama David Curtis for a learning resource? It's excellent. I've gone through Levels I - III and have taken a few reader courses. Lama David has a really great system for learning the alphabet and taking you to the point of being able to use a dictionary. Lama Davi...
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chanting in English
Replies: 16
Views: 524

Re: Chanting in English

Karma Jinpa wrote:Pretty sure that many folks on here can attest to reading practice texts aloud being a technique for memorization, and deeper understanding in the long run. The more you do it, the more you'll be able to retain. It's like learning to speak a language in that way.

Yep :twothumbsup:
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1438

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

I just struggle reading Richard Barron's translations of Longchenpa's Seven Treasuries (what is published so far). It's a kind of Dharma English that is a little different from what I'm used to and prefer, and that makes it harder for me. Is there another English translation of the commentary to Ch...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1438

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

RikudouSennin wrote:Also I only read one verse at a time.

Me too! Choying Dzod is so juicy, I like to read just a few lines every once in a while and "chew on them" for some time.
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wallace on Great Compassion and Dzogchen
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Wallace on Great Compassion and Dzogchen

Thanks for posting. That was great :namaste:
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retroactivity of Awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 531

Re: Retroactivity of Awakening

very confusing... it's like back to the drawing board for me... Well, you probably don't need to square all of the Dzogchen teachings with Nichiren. If you're practicing Nichiren, I think those teachings should be enough :) I don't just practice Nichiren Shonin's teachings...i practice Tantra as we...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Kālacakra Vajrayoga & Dzogchen comparison
Replies: 27
Views: 844

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 syst...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retroactivity of Awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 531

Re: Retroactivity of Awakening

Minobu wrote:very confusing...

it's like back to the drawing board for me...

Well, you probably don't need to square all of the Dzogchen teachings with Nichiren. If you're practicing Nichiren, I think those teachings should be enough :)
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1438

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

oh yeah bro..I got it...very helpful...reading and rereading it....its just kinda dense..know what I mean? Oh yea! After reading Choying Dzod, I thought how wonderful it was and mostly easy to understand. Then I went through the commentary with my teacher, and wow... There is so much to be unpacked...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chanting in English
Replies: 16
Views: 524

Re: Chanting in English

Do you feel chanting in English is appropriate when reciting traditional liturgies? I think this is very much a YMMV type of thing. My own teacher said it's OK to chant in English until I know the meaning of the sadhana. But it's better in general to chant the Tibetan, because (in the particular ca...
by tomamundsen
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 137

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

dzogchungpa wrote:Well, there is the expression "shin tu phra ba'i sems".

Does this refer to something other than "'od gsal sems"?
by tomamundsen
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 137

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 tomamundsen
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 137

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 tomamundsen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: All Things Chod--Links and Upcoming Events
Replies: 20
Views: 4620

Re: All Things Chod--Links and Upcoming Events

Tashi Choling

I'll be there.
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discovering a path....
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Discovering a path....

I'm not sure how many others may have gone through this, but I would love to learn what I can from your experience if so. I do not live where I can make it to a teacher. I am having to get what teaching I can through the wonders of the internet. How am I supposed to figure out what path to use? Rea...
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise
Replies: 134
Views: 4066

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Malcolm wrote:As the famous Haribhadra points out, when one achieves buddhahood, one understands one was never deluded all along.

Loppon, if you don't mind, could you produce this citation for us? Or anyone else who knows it, for that matter.

Thanks
:namaste:
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise
Replies: 134
Views: 4066

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

Malcolm wrote:Sentient beings do not need a prediction for buddhahood. They're already buddhas.

:applause:
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma perspective on Pureland/Amitabha
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Nyingma perspective on Pureland/Amitabha

You might want to check out this book, which I found very interesting and beneficial: https://www.amazon.com/Peaceful-Death-Joyful-Rebirth-Guidebook/dp/1590303857 I haven't listened to it yet but there's some relevant audio here: https://soundcloud.com/user-424344282/sets/tulku-thondup I HIGHLY rec...

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