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by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

I stand corrected.
My main point was that his life was very different to most Lamas who have come to prominence since the Diaspora.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 62
Views: 1923

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

We are unlikely to agree. I will withdraw from the discussion.

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: The Six Lamps
Replies: 27
Views: 867

Re: The Six Lamps

Can I just read this? Generally speaking, how do Bön teachers feel about people reading texts such as this? Are there any 'requirements' as such, or should one just use their judgment? In "Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind", Geshe Tenzin Wangyal RInpoche gives short instructions on the Six La...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 62
Views: 1923

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

I have no problem with the idea that there will be those who require some kind of intervention before they can engage with Dharma. Endogenous depression and substance abuse are just two examples of conditions that might prove huge obstacles for the would-be Vajrayana student. I would repeat, there a...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Indeed.
See my qualifier above.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 62
Views: 1923

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

The ultimate result is beyond all Yanas.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Rightoh.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Thank you for the correction. My language was sloppy. I meant he wrote nothing ABOUT teachings or about himself in the biographical and subjective style which has become the expectation of many westerners. His daughter told me that he had been approached by an agent of one of the Buddhist publishing...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4718
Views: 400401

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

He is a phenomenon.
A living example of the power of that which he teaches.
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chatral Sangye Dorje
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Chatral Sangye Dorje

Anyone know more about Chatral Sangye Dorje than Wikipedia and rigpa wikia? Books? Writings? Dharma Talks? So on and so on? Peoples view on him? *Seems he's top shelf*? Chatral Rinpoche was the antithesis of most modern Vajra teachers. He wrote nothing. Did not tour. Had no organisation. His influe...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: extibetanbuddhist dot com
Replies: 128
Views: 8441

Re: extibetanbuddhist dot com

I have confidence in ChNN. I will work in my secular life and do practice in my free time. But I am not going to look for more teachings from exile lamas. Too sweeping. Of course CnNN is impeccable. But there are other exiled Lamas without the slightest besmirchment. We need proper discernment, not...
by Simon E.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 62
Views: 1923

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

The sutric path is not some kind of entry-level requirement before practicing HYT or Dzogchen.

The sutric path is an entirely different path with a different destination.

Many people have been freed from addictions by having their original minds pointed out to them by someone able to do that.
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 601

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

And in particular stay away from the whole rang stong gzhan stong debate. It is completely irrelevant to Dzogchen. This is sort of a side question, but how is it that some people get the impression that it is relevant? I was talking to someone recently whose view of emptiness is more from a Gelug p...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

I might be way off here thomaslaw, but I think you may be attempting to understand the Mahayana through the lens of the Theravada.
If that is correct it is a recipe for confusion. The Mahayana has to be understood on its own terms.
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Which body? Which kaya are we talking about?
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

thomaslaw wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:20 am
Hi

Are the 32 marks of the Buddha true and real?

Thomas

Define 'real'...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 62
Views: 1923

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

It would be refreshing if that principle was widely observed.. :thumbsup:
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Thanks. Do the texts state the Buddha says he has 32 marks? The Diamond Sutra talks about the marks to say they're not physical, I think. I.e. they should be understood as features of the enjoyment body. The large Prajnaparamita talks about the 32 marks, I don't remember if it actually lists them. ...
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

And even that description stems from an understandable need to see outward signs of inner attainment.

He could have been the ugliest sod in the world by conventional standards and it makes no difference in terms of his teaching.
by Simon E.
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5416

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Which raises the obvious question. Why are you posting about the need for a teacher on a thread about teachers in the Mahayana, and which is on a forum clearly marked for the 'discussion of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism'? :shrug: I have never looked, but I strongly suspect that there are lots of f...