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by SonamGyatso
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 3681

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

i do think i got over-excited about nothing :crazy:

my bad, dw, please excuse me
by SonamGyatso
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 3681

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

if i may only name a few which come to mind,
i probably went a little overboard there :emb:
by SonamGyatso
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 3681

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

What symptoms? if i may only name a few which come to mind, yesterday, i became dizzy very quickly -- as if i were mildly drunk -- and there was a visual warping as if i were more aware of space in the room. this lasted for some 8 hours with no other apparent symptoms something like 18 months ago, ...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 3681

Re: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

I know Johnny and Queequeg are going to groan, but......Ask your teacher. Seriously. that's fair to say. usually, my teacher tends not to get too specific about details, but maybe that's best anyway I don’t think you’ll get too many detailed suggestions as to why your experiences are occurring, as ...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 3681

Physiological symptoms as a fruition of practice?

Hey, DW I was wondering if it was common for physiological symptoms to occur from Vajrayana practices. I have been experiencing some curious things, but nothing alarming. The medical specialists I visit tell me I'm healthy and have no positive results on tests. symptoms vary, and usually, they come ...
by SonamGyatso
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting the MOST out of ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3284

Re: Getting the MOST out of ngondro

thanks for humbling me and keeping me inspired, DW <3
by SonamGyatso
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting the MOST out of ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3284

Re: Getting the MOST out of ngondro

Be less ambitious. Give away your goals. Enjoy your practice. Don't use it to get from A to B. Treat each practice as complete in itself. this advice feels light and natural, but should I not look for an opportunity for Dzogchen instructions? Togal's hard enough to come by, given from a teacher in ...
by SonamGyatso
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting the MOST out of ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3284

Re: Getting the MOST out of ngondro

Also for some context, my teacher is 80 this year, and i would really love to recieve togal instrucitons before she retires. My goal at the moment is to strengthen my direct perception and broaden my bodhicitta, and ask for togal when i think it's right. I, uh, am not sure when it is right. Ceratinl...
by SonamGyatso
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting the MOST out of ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 3284

Getting the MOST out of ngondro

Hey DW community :) I am well into the Dudojom Tersar Ngondro, and it seems to be very good stuff. I'm doing my best to "complete" the ngondro accumulations, but I went a little overboard with prostrations, and I hurt myself. I may not be able to do prostrations, which is kind of disappointing becau...
by SonamGyatso
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship

On the basis of the facts you have presented here I think avoidance might be your best option. Particularly as this person has adopted a pseudo teacher role and is like to continue that pattern. It’s a curious thing that one sees often in Buddhist centres and to some extent online where a person wi...
by SonamGyatso
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship

Russell wrote: Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:10 am If you are interested in dzogchen find yourself a qualified dzogchen teacher.
i actually am already involved with a rich nyingma lineage of Dudjom Rinpoche

The problem is not where to take my practice, it's how to heal
by SonamGyatso
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Unsure how to heal from broken dharma friendship

if i may ask your opinion on something; i had a friend who seems to be very knowledgeable about dzogchen and stuff, but he's a few years younger than i am (25), and has had (to my knowledge) no extensive training. After asking him questions for a while, we started to build this strange relationship ...
by SonamGyatso
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 27
Views: 4606

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

My Lama has said that no empowerment is needed for the Ngondro we practice, which is the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
by SonamGyatso
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?

I am working on completing the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro, and also doing a Yidam practice which I received permission for. I am not sure what the difference between these practices are. It seems to me like they involve the exact same thing: directed visualization, mantra or prayer recitation, and doing ...
by SonamGyatso
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: my vision shines and wobbles when I concentrate? Is that normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 836

my vision shines and wobbles when I concentrate? Is that normal?

When I am able to get my mind into a concentrated mode, sometimes colors embed themselves in my vision and shine like light. Shapes of everything wobble like i'm using a hallucinogen. Is this ordinary activity of open-eyed meditation or should I seek medical assistance?
by SonamGyatso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Is it unhelpful to start practicing dhyana if i'm already involved with tantra?
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Is it unhelpful to start practicing dhyana if i'm already involved with tantra?

When I am able to still my mind with single-pointed attention, I feel fantastic. I don't much doubt that practicing this way helps develop the faculties needed for attainment. I still don't really get much of what I'm doing with tantra. My mind continues to adapt to the Dharma through doing this pra...
by SonamGyatso
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Courtesies Regarding the Lama, Sangha, and Place of Dharma Activity
Replies: 1
Views: 587

Courtesies Regarding the Lama, Sangha, and Place of Dharma Activity

I am trying to learn good manners for when I attend Puja. I have been a buffoon more than a few times because of my total ignorance of Tibetan culture. I've been hanging around my lama for more than a year now, so I'm getting the hang of it, but I'm still picking up on a few things... I am hoping so...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1666

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

I am confidently committed to the path for this life. I think the Vajrayana requires great faith. I know i could muster it, but maybe I am afraid? Faith in the guidance seems to be crucial if we want to get out of our comfortable safe self cocoon. And guidance can be pleasurable and painful as well...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1666

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

Is that Catholic doctrine? Bishop Ussher, who devised that time line, is an exemplar of 'young-earth creationism'. I had the idea that the Catholics had long since abandoned that notion. i'm quite pleased to know you seem to know more about the Catholics than I do :) The truth of the matter is that...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1666

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

Wayfarer wrote: Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:40 am
SonamGyatso wrote: Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:03 amI think that this is true on a quantum level.
I read Tao of Physics in the 1970's. I recommend it.
SonamGyatso wrote: I had to abandon Christianity because of what they believed about the coming-about of the universe,
And what was that?
God created the universe deliberately for man in 4004 b.c.

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