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by Silent Bob1
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 43
Views: 3344

Re: three year retreat experiences?

My friend Bruce Newman did a 4-year strict retreat at Samye Ling years ago and had remarked upon how unprepared most of the other retreatants were and that being cloistered with some bizarre personalities for so long was by far the most difficult part of the retreat. Bruce's book is well thought-out...
by Silent Bob1
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 43
Views: 3344

Re: three year retreat experiences?

Before things fell apart in Shambhala, Gampo Abbey was beginning to offer six-month and year-long strict retreats on a few practices, which included the Six Yogas and another on Vajrayogini/Chakrasamvara. This seemed like an eminently sensible approach for students who've been practicing in this tra...
by Silent Bob1
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 98
Views: 32629

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

I never noticed this thread before! :shrug: I am 64 years old. I eventually got married and moved out to the one of the Gulf Islands on Canada's west coast. The islands were full of original and neo hippies, and I was not surprised to find another group to practise with out there. More recently, we...
by Silent Bob1
Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 80
Views: 5666

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

My own experience has been in line with Gregoris' posts, and it is my understanding that your root guru is the one who gave you pointing-out instructions that you actually understood. . Without a direct experience of the nature of mind, mediated through the teacher's blessing, all the discussion abo...
by Silent Bob1
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1832

Re: Backwards Ati

Trungpa Rinpoche said many things that were cryptic, veiled, or poetic. Many students found this appealing, others not so much. Personally, I learned most of what I know about dharma from the straightforward, traditional presentations of Thrangu Rinpoche and others, while much of CTR's verbal flight...
by Silent Bob1
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Damaru maintenance
Replies: 15
Views: 2501

Re: Damaru maintenance

I use this very sparingly once or twice a year: https://www.elderly.com/waltons-bodhran ... -cream.htm
by Silent Bob1
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 12545

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It all seems so sad...FWIW, I was a Boulder student of CTR's from 1972 until his death in 1987, left and moved away during The Troubles of the mid-80's, and was fortunate to make a deep connection soon thereafter with Thrangu Rinpoche, who has been my main teacher to this day. I lived on a remote ra...
by Silent Bob1
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Best Masters of Mahamudra
Replies: 14
Views: 1836

Re: Best Masters of Mahamudra

I would definitely second Tergar for a number of reasons. I think the organization as a whole is definitely one of the best dharma groups I've ever encountered. I've been practicing with them for the last few years. First, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his lamas are great teachers who speak from expe...

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