Any dzogchenpas ever feel the need to sell buddhist books?

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Any dzogchenpas ever feel the need to sell buddhist books?

Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:46 pm

I'm selling off all my old religious studies type books from my 20s and early 30s and happy to be breaking even since a lot of them are worth more now than when I bought them, but also because I think a mental feng shui adjustment has been made as I get rid of these materials and there is a clearing of mental space as I accept that I will never read or study these things again. It feels like some part of my brain that's been holding on to this stuff in an overstuff relational database was allowed to drop several tables and then defrag its hard drive and is now running much better. I feel lighter, happier. I did not expect this result. I was actually a little sad to let it all go when I first considered it.

Now, I am looking specifically at my buddhist / dzogchen bookshelf and thinking how beneficial it might be to drop all these non-Dzogchen ideas once and for all. I don't know if I really need to think about all this other stuff anymore.

I suspect this is probably unusual since most people get more and more learned in their dharma studies, but I'm just wondering if anyone else decided to do this and how it worked out for them. I've got like 4 shelves worth of books I could probably drop and then all I'd have are about 2 shelves of dzogchen texts and I would keep a few Vajrayana books about Green Tara and Words of My Perfect Teacher just because they relate to a few practices I want to keep up. I feel like the rest weighs on my shoulders as a lot of stuff I don't really understand and my bookshelf just gets heavier and heavier the more books I have bought in pursuit of understanding. When I read dzogchen texts, in contrast, they make sense on their own. It is only when I contrast dzogchen ideas with other ideas I start to feel confused.
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Re: Any dzogchenpas ever feel the need to sell buddhist book

Postby philji » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:42 pm

You then feel confusion...so what happens then?

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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:49 pm

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Postby JKhedrup » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:16 pm

If they are Buddhist texts I would recommend giving them away rather than selling them.

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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:38 pm

"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron

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Postby Grigoris » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:40 pm

Why would you consider Buddhist texts as containing "non-Dzogchen" ideas? I mean, is there anything that is not Dzogchen given that it all arises from Dharmakaya Samantabhadra?
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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:44 pm

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Postby Grigoris » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:59 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:04 pm

"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron

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Postby Paul » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:06 pm

When I settled on what I wanted to practice (also Dzogchen) I gave away a lot of books not on that subject to a dharma centre. Others would get much more use out of them than I would.
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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:16 pm

"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron

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Postby Grigoris » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:19 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Postby Paul » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:19 pm

Personally I just needed the space. I've also had to get rid of a lot of things I own several times so it's not so alien to me. But maybe you are linking this to some sort of decision making process - as if it's the physical acting out of the decision to just focus on Dzogchen. Of course that might be totally wrong. :shrug:
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Postby Grigoris » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:23 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:40 pm

"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron

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Re: Any dzogchenpas ever feel the need to sell buddhist book

Postby Paul » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:47 pm

Look at the unfathomable spinelessness of man: all the means he's been given to stay alert he uses, in the end, to ornament his sleep. – Rene Daumal
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Postby padma norbu » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:05 pm

nice to have such immediate confirmation about this... thanks, Paul.
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Re: Any dzogchenpas ever feel the need to sell buddhist book

Postby Stewart » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:26 am

I absolutely feel like this too...over the past couple of years I have began to 'hone in' on what is really the essence and what feels important to me. I feel freer and more focused than I ever have.

Next week I have a week long Dzogchen retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche...I hope to consolidate things further then.

Best of luck.
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Postby padma norbu » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:03 am

"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron


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