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But aren't all sounds one and the same? I mean, what's the point of correct pronunciation if all sound is the same? Couldn't you just use swear words instead of mantras? Makes things easier and understandable,especially if you want to be free from samsara. Until you actually realize it, all sounds ...
Just as the horns on rabbits' heads, Do not exist except in the imagination, Phenomena are all precisely like that, Merely imagined, having no existence. - Dharmadhātustava So many things are "merely imagined." I have been wanting to bring up the topic of imagination in tantra in any case. Imagine ...
- Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:55 am
- Forum: Zen
- Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
- Replies: 105
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I remember the thrill of having a Tibetan name given to me. The delights of discovering momos and Tibetan tea. But it is all too easy to stay there. To become a play Tibetan. To be weekend Tibetans. Yes, I would agree. Perhaps most of the people simply are not ready to be authentic practitioners. M...
- Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:02 am
- Forum: Kagyu
- Topic: A different look at Guru Yoga
- Replies: 75
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Yes, JKCL. My most sincere apologies. Hmmm, guess I have to rethink the family link thing.
It's more than just "saving face" I think. One of the things that has not been mentioned is the family connection. Sogyal Rinpoche was raised "like a son" by Dudjom Rinpoche as he (Sogyal Rinpoche) so often said. He used to sleep in a small bed at the foot of Dudjom Rinpoche's bed. So there is a fam...
It's no wonder that the lamas tell you to stick to only one teacher. These guys don't agree on very much apparently. It certainly was simpler in old Tibet. Your parents "surrendered" you to a local monastery and you learned that way, end of story. You didn't have any say in this because you were so ...
- Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:07 pm
- Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
- Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
- Replies: 104
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The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva by Dilgo Khyentse So here the context is the five powers, and "faith" is the first. However, not all teachers uses the English term "faith" for this first point. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu presents it as "Participation". A...
My question is: does djkr have pure perception? Somehow this entire conversation would rest more easily with me if I could be sure that this is something he himself has 'accomplished' I guess we will never know but can only assume. Therein is the problem.
Of possible interest: https://tricycle.org/magazine/quit-guru-yoga/ Is there any evidence he practiced guru yoga in the first place? I remember quite well Stephen Batchelor speaking at Green Gulch Farm. At the 'tea on the deck' session afterwards I went up to him and asked him who his teacher was. ...