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by michaelb
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 4751

Re: Nyingma in London

Fingers crossed, lots of seven line prayers and ask Guru Rinpoche to send countless manifestations here.
by michaelb
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 4751

Re: Nyingma in London

It seems the Payul teachings clash with Tsultrim Allione. Typical. Just like london buses. None for ages then a bunch turn up at the same time.
by michaelb
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 4751

Re: Nyingma in London

The Dzogchen retreat with the Longchen Nyingthik empowerments is in Germany. Oh. I didn't read it carefully enough. Vajrakilaya, though. What else would a Nyingmapa need? (Rhetorical question.) Just noticed there's also this in London: On Saturday 15th September will be the Guru Rinpoche and Tara e...
by michaelb
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 4751

Re: Nyingma in London

I don't know. You'll have to go and find out. Some lamas are less willing to give teachings than others. :shrug: In the mean time, Payul have ngondro instructions this weekend, a Vajrakilaya empowerment next week and Longchen Nyingthig three roots empowerments the week after. Tsultrim Allione will b...
by michaelb
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 4751

Re: Nyingma in London

Lelung Rinpoche's incarnation lineage goes back to Drupchen Namkha Gyaltsen, Tsongkhapa's Nyingma and Dzogchen teacher. He also taught Tsongkhapa lamrim, iirc. He was seen (by Tsongkhapa and others) as an emanation of Vajrapani. Lelung Shepai Dorje's Nyingma credentials include more than just his co...
by michaelb
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The owl
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: The owl

Interesting how other cultures see the owl as a sign of wisdom or of a wisdom deity like Athena. Same with ravens(especially in America). Owl and Raven tranmen are also part of the Vajrakilaya mandala, I think. Owls and Ravens are specifically mentioned in some practices where one separates harmful...
by michaelb
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The owl
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: The owl

I've always heard that crows/ravens are emissaries of Mahakala. Eagles and hawks are dra-la and commonly signify protection. Seeing them is typically considered good. Living in Colorado, we see a lot. Never been told anything about owls, but I love them. Once was asked to get vulture feathers for a...
by michaelb
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Re: Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas

With respect to older termas, and traditions, the problem is mainly that accumulation of broken samaya in the lineage overtime. On the other hand, if you receive an older terma or teaching on Lamdre for example, from a highly realized person, then it is the same as receiving a fresh terma. However,...
by michaelb
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Empowerment question Krodha Kali / Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 31
Views: 3651

Re: Empowerment question Krodha Kali / Dudjom Tersar

The two main Dudjom Tersar Drolo practices discovered by Dudjom Rinpoche have the same lineage, the same mandala (pretty much), and the same mantra, but require different empowerments. Always wondered why but if it's like that with one Dudjom Tersar yidam, I imagine it would be the same for others. ...
by michaelb
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas

Two questions: Does anyone know where I might find prayer flags printed with Jamgon Mipham's Wangdu prayer, the Great Cloud of Blessings that Magnetises all that appears and exists? Second: in the now-locked thread about Sogyal, Malcolm said This is why my guru counseled me that is was best to pract...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 68957

Re: Very sad news

"but how we chceck? you have to participate on some event, that means, you will recieve teachings already, if no also initiation... :shrug:" Good point. This speaks to the continually degenerating situation of the Dharma in this dark age. These days, the only time many students get to be with a Tea...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 68957

Re: Very sad news

I understand people's reluctance to comment on this issue and can also see how criticising a teacher like Sogyal can be strangley compelling and satisfying in some way. If ex-students shouldn't openly criticise a teacher because of samaya and non-students shouldn't because it's gossip, it's no wonde...
by michaelb
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

Right, the problem is that while he acknowledges all that, he frames it by telling people they will have to "swallow religious garbage" etc. to get there. It's kind of absurd to think that one could gain any confidence in what was transmitted if they thought the very vehicle that transmitted it was...
by michaelb
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

Near as I can tell, what Harris means by 'practicing Dzogchen' is actually just practicing shamatha without an object, nothing wrong with it, it's probably a great approach from people who are sick of years of "follow your breath", austere attitudes towards meditation, or body scan meditations gett...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

I can't be bothered to look back through (or listen, as I had it on Audible) Waking Up, but my recollection is that Harris saw dzogchen and the teachings he received from Tulku Urgyen and others as the most important things he has ever been taught by anybody. He said that in a short space of time TU...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

I think it's silly to claim people are fixating on the faults of others by examining a public figure think it's silly to claim people are not fixating on the faults of others when they clearly are. This issue with how SH talks about Dzogchen is that he presents it as simply a "technique" that one c...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

Is not Patrul Rinpoche saying that by discussing others faults it is an opportunity for you to examine your own? ...so, then let's talk. No, he's saying to read the teachings about possible hidden faults and examine whether you have these faults rather than use the teachings to point out and discus...
by michaelb
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

I have to say I find it hilarious that there are people on his forums fretting because they can't find "secular" Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachers, i've actually read through some of those threads. It's hardly fair to judge Harris by what people say on his forums. Correct. But Harris has said enough ...
by michaelb
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

I have to say I find it hilarious that there are people on his forums fretting because they can't find "secular" Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachers, i've actually read through some of those threads. It's hardly fair to judge Harris by what people say on his forums. I hope people don't judge the Buddha...
by michaelb
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?
Replies: 76
Views: 5470

Re: Sam Harris, Musk Deer Hunter?

Well, thank you for getting back to my original point. He does recommend people seek teaching from actual Dzogchen teachers, but he also says, "One never knows how much religious nonsense one will be forced/asked to imbibe" when seeking such guidance. I'm paraphrasing Harris there a bit, not much, ...

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