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by SonamGyatso
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Getting the MOST out of ngondro
Replies: 15
Views: 441

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: 15
Views: 441

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: 15
Views: 441

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: 15
Views: 441

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: 900

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: 900

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: 900

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: 26
Views: 3568

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: 886

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: 649

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: 1000

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: 493

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: 1344

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: 1344

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: 1344

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 am
I 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.
by SonamGyatso
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

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

Welcome to the Sangha, SG i hope you find the answers you are seeking If i can help you in any way let me know as far as my shallow understanding goes, there is no ontology in Buddhism. i'm not sure what tantric understanding you seek I keep wanting to resist an aspect of faith, which is similar to...
by SonamGyatso
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

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

As for the religious aspects of Buddhist cosmology - the attitude I have is that because modern science is chiefly concerned only with the objective knowledge of matter-energy, it's scope is naturally limited. If Buddhists are correct in saying that matter has no intrinsic reality - which is one in...
by SonamGyatso
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

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

And for that matter, scientific understanding of the universe seems to get along with Buddhism as long as you don't subscribe to popular atheistic notions of nihilism. I used to be Catholic, and spend my time trying to reconcile scientific understanding with Christianity (much to my despair), but I ...
by SonamGyatso
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello I am Sonam
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Hello I am Sonam

I probably should have made an introduction post first, but my first post was in regard to a practice i'm involved with. My Dharma name, which has been given to me by my Lama, is Sonam Gyatso. I grew up Catholic, and denied conventional science until the peak of my adolescence. For maybe seven years...
by SonamGyatso
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the relevance of Astrology in Vajrayana?
Replies: 2
Views: 452

What is the relevance of Astrology in Vajrayana?

My Lama talks about astrology sometimes

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