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by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 35
Views: 794

Re: Ageism or common sense?

I am 58 right now and I learned to accept this kind of fascism of the youth. The best old person is the one who doesn't bother the young guys with their existence and who is ready to help selflessly & immediately in case of emergency. I feel becoming old in my head sometimes - a bit slow, a bit pec...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Prophecy of Padmasambhava in the Nirvana Sutra

Just as the tshog chang in a ganachakra is not alcohol. That depends on whether you are Catholic Tibetan Buddhist, in which case you believe in actual transubstantiation, or a Protestant Tibetan Buddhist, in which case you believe they are merely symbols. :-) As a former Presbyterian, the latter is...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Age of Disease, Famine and War
Replies: 22
Views: 1266

Re: Age of Disease, Famine and War

I really think that Garchen Rinpoche and his crew are crypto-Nyingmapas. :spy: It's not very crypto :) a lot of lineage material in Drikung is terma. But for HEGr personally, when he teaches Dzogchen he's teaching mostly what he received from Khenpo Munsel when they were both in prison together. In...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Age of Disease, Famine and War
Replies: 22
Views: 1266

Re: Age of Disease, Famine and War

I am not much of a Nyingmapa, although I have received some Nyingma teachings I am mostly focusing on Drikung. Somehow I have a weird block when it comes to Padmasambhava despite the fact that I always used to feel close to him and in my beginnings recited his mantra every day and even used it in m...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

cd347 wrote: Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:18 am Thank you.
Welcome, and good luck!
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Thank you everyone for your kind attention. Your words have given me much to reflect upon. I feel confident about the route forward. I only have one remaining question. But of course it is absolutely crucial to have a teacher whose instructions one totally trusts and follows and whom one can regula...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Drollo
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Dudjom Drollo

Outer and inner practices, same cycle. Malcolm, isn't Pema Sokdrub the inner one? Does their belonging to the same cycle mean that receiving one Dudjom Tersar Drollo wang lets one practice either (provided one has the lung)? Yes, Pema Srogdrup is the inner one, more anuyoga. Duddul Wangdrak is more...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Drollo
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Dudjom Drollo

Hi! I am kind of confused over Drollo in the Dudjom tradition. There is the "Dudjom Traktung Pema Sokdrub" and also "Düddul Wangdrak Dorje Drolö". As I understand it, they were both revealed by Dudjom Rinpoche. Are there 2 cycles or are there only different sadhanas ? Are there 2 different empowerm...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

PeterC wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:48 amAnd really everyone who can receive teachings from HEGr should do so as soon as possible while he’s still with us.
That was, actually, the other reason why I suggested Garchen Rinpoche. :spy:
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

So that retreat will definitely include an empowerment? It only says retreat for now... Well, I know no more than you do. I will rephrase: if the Tara retreat features a wang, then the wang will in all likelihood feature DI and probably liberating instructions as well. I would expect it would inclu...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Few genuine teachers decide to give DI online. One is Garchen Rinpoche (https://garchen.net/annual-events/), and you are fairly certain to get DI (alongside liberating instructions) from him in the form of the fourth empowerment, whenever he gives a wang. The next one is in September: https://garch...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 1792

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

There appears to be no clear path to direct introduction to rigpa from a teacher, however, which is clearly the next step. Many of the teacher websites listed in various threads here are posting webcasts for specific teachings, but none appear to be offering direct introduction explicitly. Is it ju...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas everywhere!
Replies: 302
Views: 8744

Re: Ngakpas everywhere!

Caoimhghín wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:42 pmit looks like it's an actual empowerment or teacher or what have you
http://www.nyingma.com/ogyan-cho-khor-l ... npoche.htm
http://ogyantanzin.blogspot.com/

There is a more recent website, put up some two years ago, by a friend of mine. But I cannot find it anywhere.
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

And the logical reasoning provided by traditional Buddhist teachers is hardly persuasive for modern educated people well familiar with logic and critical thinking. :shock: Yes, because we are so much smarter than the Buddha. :rolling: It is as if Igor's world was 18th century Europe. Wuvewy.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I think - I hope - you mean internecine feuding? Damn you autocorrect! (On second thoughts, thank you, autocorrect, for lightening up the mood. I rest in the safety of knowing you will do it again. And again. And again.) intestinal feuding definitely happens when fed a diet of bullshit. God's hones...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

gossiping, backbiting, complaining, plotting and scheming and intestine feuding i I think - I hope - you mean internecine feuding? Damn you autocorrect! (On second thoughts, thank you, autocorrect, for lightening up the mood. I rest in the safety of knowing you will do it again. And again. And agai...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

apparently people kept creating problems for themselves, the master and the teaching; this was one of the main points in the movie and Kyentse Wangchuk namthar. i would be surprised if anyone where whiling to asume the reaponsability of dealing with that, not just YN. You realise that you are givin...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I have been surprised that people have been thinking Yeshi would take over. Am I the only one who watched My Reincarnation? I walked away about 4 years ago, the writing was on the wall. I read this thread and I wonder what trying to guilt trip Yeshi into teaching when he’s stated over and over he h...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7479
Views: 906967

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I think Yeshi should webcast, record a speech or write to the membership. All this third party communication just muddies things. It is Kafkaesque to hold meetings with an assortment of DC folk who do not represent the whole organisation and deliver a message intended for us to be 'cascaded' down s...

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