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by Vaktar
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 15442

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

The following is an open letter from Lady Diana Mukpo to the Shambhala community: I suspect some of the commentators on this thread were in diapers -- or not even born -- when Trungpa Rinpoche passed away in 1987. You couldn't remember what Dharmadhatu (later rebranded Shambhala) centers were like,...
by Vaktar
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 91
Views: 8290

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

Basically successful gurus are like businessmen, or are, in many cases, heavily invested in making money somehow or other. And like most successful businessmen, many or most of them feel entitled to get laid whenever, however, with whomever they find suitable. Do you mean contemporary self-declared...
by Vaktar
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 91
Views: 8290

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

There was really nothing like the Lakhar / Mukpo Sr. / Mukpo Jr. model among the famous gurus of the past. I guess you haven't read the 84 Mahasiddha stories very carefully. Or any materials related to the previous Trungpa tulkus. Or heard about the Reting Regent who was the most famous student of ...
by Vaktar
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 91
Views: 8290

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

I guess you haven't read the 84 Mahasiddha stories very carefully. Or any materials related to the previous Trungpa tulkus. Or heard about the Reting Regent who was the most famous student of the late Jadral Rinpoche. Or know anything of the secret biography of Taranatha... Tell me which of the 84 ...
by Vaktar
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?
Replies: 91
Views: 8290

Re: DKR - How Will You See the Guru?

Skillful means aren't indulgements and/or errati, nor the same in reounciation and transformation... We are told to eat meat for example, this is not according to the morality of the renounciation. Eating a mutilated sentient being isn't moraly right. This is a skillfull mean for example, that also...
by Vaktar
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 59
Views: 10309

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

If I remember correctly, Malcolm mentioned that Düdjom's Tröma Nakmo incldes Thögal... This would explain that... There is a Togal commentary connected with the Kandro Tuktik of Dujom Lingpa. It's been translated multiple times. Maybe published also in one of Alan Wallace's books but I haven't real...
by Vaktar
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 9469

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Three-year retreat is a relatively recent invention, from the 19th century. It was meant to preserve traditions, by providing intensive training in the formal aspects of practice. True. However it also trains one in the entire path of a lineage, from A to Z. And that makes one (potentially) a bette...
by Vaktar
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 9469

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

900 to 1200 years ago, in Tibet and India, was the heyday of Mantrayana. Note that "retreat" is rarely mentioned in the biographies of the 84 Mahasiddhas (see Masters of Mahamudra ). Now I'm not knocking retreat but here are some interesting facts. (1) Three-year retreat is a relatively recent inven...
by Vaktar
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dharma Transmissions at Shechen Monastery 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 4967

Re: Dharma Transmissions at Shechen Monastery 2019

For the sake of completeness here is the schedule at Shechen for Losar. Note Rabjam Rinpoche gives the Lama Sangdu empowerment on 3/17: --------------------------------------- 5-Feb TIBETAN NEW YEAR (LOSAR) 10-Feb 8 am Vajrasattva Drupchen begins (Minling Dorsem) Blessing of the Ground and Tagön for...
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lama Wangdor Rinpoche & Rainbow Body
Replies: 14
Views: 2398

Re: Finding a qualified Teacher

Another accomplishment of tögal practice is the ‘Rainbow Body of Great Transference’ (Tib. འཇའ་ལུས་འཕོ་བ་ཆེན་པོ་, ja lü phowa chenpo; Wyl. 'ja lus 'pho ba chen po), where the master dissolves his or her body into rainbow light and lives for centuries in order to benefit others. Well, his body is st...
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lama Wangdor Rinpoche & Rainbow Body
Replies: 14
Views: 2398

Re: Finding a qualified Teacher

Sorry, but you have to die first to achieve Rainbow Body. Sorry but you didn't read the Rigpa Wiki link first. I meant "Rainbow Body of Great Transference" but I didn't want to get too technical. What I said about it being "very likely" in Lama Wangdor's case is based on private conversation with h...
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lama Wangdor Rinpoche & Rainbow Body
Replies: 14
Views: 2398

Re: Finding a qualified Teacher

Near Tsopema one can perhaps meet Lama Wangdor Rinpoche . Lama Wangdor is highly reputed as a Dzogchen teacher and for being accessible. It seems very likely he has attained Rainbow Body . Sorry, but you have to die first to achieve Rainbow Body. Sorry but you didn't read the Rigpa Wiki link first....
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Finding a qualified Teacher
Replies: 19
Views: 3542

Re: Finding a qualified Teacher

Any help or pointers would be highly appreciated If you can find a way to meet them I can recommend these three. I never met finer teachers in my life. https://songtsen.org/F/songtsen/apropos_directeurs.php?front-office=c27b98923bad0189660866d447f13aac Great teachers themselves usually have many te...
by Vaktar
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dharmadhātu and gzhi
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Dharmadhātu and gzhi

What is the relationship between the two? In Dzogchen, they are the same thing. I thought so but couldn't find any confirmation. Thanks! Not so fast, fellers. Is gzhi-snang also Dharmadhatu, or not? I would say yes. Just like sex without a partner is not really sex, the ground-manifestation and gro...
by Vaktar
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 57
Views: 5724

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

The main claim for Buddhist influence on Shankara comes from the fact that his paramaguru was a guy named Gaudapāda, the fourth chapter of whose Agamaśastra seems to borrow heavily from Madhyamaka and Yogacāra arguments, somewhat indiscriminately, to refute Samkhya and Vaiśesika scholars, and to pr...
by Vaktar
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 73408

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

And all wrong views aside, to disprove the "claim" (more like a friendly suggestion) that Atmavadis, or Christians, or Sufis, are pointing at the same moon as Dzogchenpas, you'd have to prove there was no moon where they were pointing. There is no moon where they are pointing. They have never been ...
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 73408

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Pretty sure that Nyoshel Khnepo would not make such a claim. So perhaps you're right. Anyone who departs from a strict sense of orthodoxy -- and what is Dzogchen if not a highly orthodox system, with an entryway smaller than the proverbial eye of a needle -- can't possibly be right about Dzogchen. ...
by Vaktar
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 73408

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

The Ati universe is vast. Advaita is a kindergarten classroom. Don’t take this the wrong way. I think you understate the matter. Advaita is a jejune quagmire of ad-hoc speculation. Shankara was desperately grasping at straws, living in the upper storeys of the Vedic barn, but too squeamish about "p...
by Vaktar
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 73408

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

At the end of the day, I can only concur with Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and certain other Dzogchen masters before him, that what we call "Dzogchen" is what others call..."Atman", or "God" and so on. No. No one can study Dzogchen in a real sense and come away with this conclusion, since these propositio...
by Vaktar
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 9072

What is Dzogchen?

Discussion split from this thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=30183&p=478798#p478798 What are common points and differences in the way mind essence is introduced (how the recognition is further developed) in tibetan buddhism and in advaita vedanta system? I mean looking at satsang...

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