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by CrawfordHollow
Sat May 31, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Am awareness itself meditation
Replies: 55
Views: 4417

Re: Am awareness itself meditation

I have to agree with Greg on this one (regarding the OP, not Oushi). What the OP suggests really makes little sense, at least regarding the description given by Longchenpa. These vivid descriptions of the Dzogchen view are nice to read, but really have little value unless one has received pointing-o...
by CrawfordHollow
Sat May 31, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Am awareness itself meditation
Replies: 55
Views: 4417

Re: Am awareness itself meditation

What Longchenpa is describing can never be an object of observation.
by CrawfordHollow
Sat May 10, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: White Ah and Thigle
Replies: 15
Views: 2320

Re: White Ah and Thigle

My guess would be that the meaning of the symbol would have little effect on the function of the practice because the state of instant presence does not merely represent the teacher, but is the actual union with the teacher. The ability to recognize that state rests on the transmission and the intro...
by CrawfordHollow
Sat May 10, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: White Ah and Thigle
Replies: 15
Views: 2320

Re: White Ah and Thigle

Hi Mike, Welcome to the party! The white A and thigle is not an object of meditation used to hold your attention. It is a symbol, symbolizing your primordial nature (sound, light and rays specifically). At this point it would be best for you to view it as the essence of all of your teachers and the ...
by CrawfordHollow
Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: newbie trying to understand the nature of transmission
Replies: 23
Views: 2886

Re: newbie trying to understand the nature of transmission

Sorry, something weird just happened. The important thing is to work with the transmissions that you have received. Any practice that you have received a lung for will work for you because you have received that transmission. The transmission is connected not only to the realization of the teacher b...
by CrawfordHollow
Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: newbie trying to understand the nature of transmission
Replies: 23
Views: 2886

Re: newbie trying to understand the nature of transmission

It really depends on what type of practice you are doing. Some practices require only a lung (reading transmission), other practices require empowerment, lung, and the liberating instructions. Most of the practices that ChNN gives are connected with his main transmission of direct introduction. Afte...
by CrawfordHollow
Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19683

Re: Dealing With Desire

Well said, Greg.
by CrawfordHollow
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: self-generation as stand alone shamatha practice
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: self-generation as stand alone shamatha practice

I think it may be a good idea to do this to when you are learning a sadhana. Meditation is familiarization, right? So it would be good practice to get familiar with the visualization. As long as you don't ignore the other aspects of the sadhana and just focus on shamatha using the deity as an object...
by CrawfordHollow
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: self-generation as stand alone shamatha practice
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: self-generation as stand alone shamatha practice

Are you asking about using self-generation of the deity as an object of shamata, or are you talking about using self-generation in post-meditation? I would have to agree with Cone, that self-generation and shamata go together. You need stable shamata to be effective at self-generation, while at the ...
by CrawfordHollow
Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Most recent terma?
Replies: 75
Views: 8543

Re: Most recent terma?

What about Kunzang Dechen Lingpa?
by CrawfordHollow
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Let's Send Greg To His Retreat This Year
Replies: 53
Views: 7774

Re: Let's Send Greg To His Retreat This Year

I'm in. I don't have much to offer, but I will give what I can.
by CrawfordHollow
Fri May 24, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11792

Re: Question about "location of mind"

You should also aspire to getting a proper introduction from a guru. The kusulu meditation is not a technique, but is more of sustaining the recognition of what was pointed out to you by the master. I am not saying that you can't derive benefit from what you are doing, but this type of thing usually...
by CrawfordHollow
Fri May 17, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chod empowerments
Replies: 13
Views: 3114

Re: Chod empowerments

Yes, this was Nuden Dorje's Rainbow Body empowerment.

Thanks!
by CrawfordHollow
Fri May 17, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you know who this monk is?
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Do you know who this monk is?

That would be the Drikung lama Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche.
by CrawfordHollow
Thu May 16, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chod empowerments
Replies: 13
Views: 3114

Chod empowerments

Hello all, I am rather new to chod and recently received a chod empowerment in Vermont with Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche. Without going into detail, I will say that this was a very extensive and profound empowerment to a practice that combines the lineages of Machig with the terma revalations of the Drik...
by CrawfordHollow
Thu May 16, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?
Replies: 138
Views: 12930

Re: Historical reasons for secrecy in Vajrayana?

Deity practice is not a "regional tradition" from Tibet. The Vajrayana originated and flourished in India. It was then lost and preserved in Tibet. Some people seem to think that yidam practice is a mixing of ancient Tibetan shamanism with Buddhism, but with the exception of some local protectors, a...
by CrawfordHollow
Tue May 14, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 10238

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

Well said, sir.
by CrawfordHollow
Tue May 14, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 10238

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

Buddhahood Without Meditation, also known as the Nang-jang is not a restricted text. Anyone can purchase it from Amazon or any other bookstore. Whether this should be restricted is another matter. I did mention the Yeshe Lama which is restricted, but I did not quote from it. I think I did quote from...
by CrawfordHollow
Thu May 09, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 10238

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

He also emphasizes being present, though doesn't he? Being present is working with your circumstances when you are not in the natural state which is paying respect to cause and effect. This is the point that I have been emphasizing, and what all of the quotes that I posted were pointing to. I never ...
by CrawfordHollow
Thu May 09, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth
Replies: 158
Views: 10238

Re: Dzogchen, karma and ultimate truth

Ummm.... Again, I think it was you who was theorizing about the nature of karma and causality. I was just making a point that all of the dzogchen masters, including Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche emphasize how important it is not to overlook your actions and results. If you really think that I must be a low...