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by Josef
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6949
Views: 736361

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I have to say, it is getting exhausting seeing people basically say to shut up any time anyone brings up something questioning the DC's direction. The fact is that Rinpoche is no longer running the DC. There appear to be a few different camps, I imagine each one claims they are carrying Rinpoche's ...
by Josef
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6949
Views: 736361

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Maybe because the sangha has a tendency to querrel with each other and make a big deal about little thinga thay are different from what they want or expect. Just my guess tho I second this guess. People around the world speculating and having expectations that Yeshi do things exactly like is father...
by Josef
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6949
Views: 736361

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I read Italian so I can tell you that you sign an NDA and promise to not disclose the program even afterward. It is only for people that haven't got transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. /magnus Makes me really wonder why all these precautions... almost sounds like a test bunch :rolling...
by Josef
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3954

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

One topic for the relevant forum - There is no Dzogchen with renunciation. I think you could argue that viewing phenomena without any attachment or aversion is the ultimate renunciation -- as it's completely turning away from samsara. Yes, this is a supreme renunciation. Even to embark on the path ...
by Josef
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Subtle body in Dzogchen
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Subtle body in Dzogchen

I am looking for all the resources I can on the subtle body in the Dzogchen teachings & hope people here can help with a few pointers. All kind of sources are welcome. Thanks! The anatomical aspects of Dzogchen are described in the 11 vajra topics. You can find this in Buddhahood in this Life and o...
by Josef
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: meet the old masters now, before they're gone
Replies: 23
Views: 1368

Re: meet the old masters now, before they're gone

PeterC wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:28 am
Sonam Wangchug wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:08 am
Dodrubchen Rinpoche
Is he still accessible?
Yeah, he isnt really travelling much anymore however.
by Josef
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6949
Views: 736361

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

So, mourning time is over for few weeks and still no announcenment about how will be community in future, what are plans about carrying transmission to possible new commers, who will lead community and so on. I suppose we have here some guys from international gakyil. If so, could anyone comment on...
by Josef
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 19
Views: 805

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

Valenthen wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:44 pm
I'd appreciate feedback from someone influenced by rushen teachings on this for sure my friend. What are your thoughts on this?
Rushen is very important for Dzogchen practitioners. It is the main preliminary practice.
by Josef
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 19
Views: 805

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

I have lungs for all that stuff, but I don't want to take on anything new for this retreat. I have some experiences of the Semzins, Rushens, of the various forms of Guru Yoga, and the short Tun. I'm thinking that especially since I will be alone I should probably do the Rushens practices that are b...
by Josef
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 19
Views: 805

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

Take a look at your situation and try and determine if there are any secondary practices that might be useful to intersperse between sessions that will be helpful to the main practice....the 3 day Vajra Armor retreat comes to mind as an example..Ive also found it helpful to do LOTS of really short ...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Come on, you said there is no difference between them. I never suggested that they are separate. We can notice the nature of something, that doesnt mean the appearance and nature are different. Mind and its nature are not different in any way. What is different is whether or not someone knows this....
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Khenpo Gangshar: It is very important to distinguish the difference between mind (sem) and awareness (rigpa). The Great Omniscient One said, The elephants pretending to know ati now a days Claim that discursive thinking is awakened mind. Such ignorant people, in their realm of darkness, Are far awa...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

But these two sentences contradict each other. The difference between sems and sems nyid is a heuristic tool -- and sure, it is a concept, and in the end the two notions refer to the "knowing" in our mindstream in the broadest sense of the word. All the same, in the framework of rushens, etc., ther...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

TUR (and other Dzogchen masters) would talk about the 5 wisdoms in a Dzogchen context. In some Semde texts, sems is said to "become" ( = be "apprehended" as) Dharmakaya when sems nyid gets seen for what it is. Malcolm would know, and I am not sure, but it seems to me that in Upadesha sems is princi...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Coincidentally Malcolm just answered this question on Facebook. I won't quote him directly as he prefers his posts not shared elsewhere, but his answer is in agreement with Heart. And he points out, as he has done here before, that what distinguishes Dzogchen from the path of transformation, includ...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Coincidentally Malcolm just answered this question on Facebook. I won't quote him directly as he prefers his posts not shared elsewhere, but his answer is in agreement with Heart. And he points out, as he has done here before, that what distinguishes Dzogchen from the path of transformation, includ...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

To Josef, That sounds like renunciation no? If so, then renunciation is not putting on robes and shaving heads. This quote is Parting from the Four Attachments. Which is a teaching by Sakya Patriarch Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, and is not a Dzogchen teaching although it is very valuable and profound. It ...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

At the risk of this turning too abstract to be useful: My inclination is that outside of time isn't really 'existing' (or not existing for that matter), that's the whole thing, time is a characteristic of cyclic existence, or sems if we prefer, but not of enlightenment/the nature of mind. Hence the...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Is this why you think Sems isn't confusion? Because Sems is where your "individual progress" manifest. The more clever your thoughts are the more enlightened you become? /magnus Definitely not. I don’t think sems is confusion because it obviously is not. Confusion can be an affliction of the mind b...
by Josef
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 1897

Re: sems and rigpa

Coincidentally Malcolm just answered this question on Facebook. I won't quote him directly as he prefers his posts not shared elsewhere, but his answer is in agreement with Heart. And he points out, as he has done here before, that what distinguishes Dzogchen from the path of transformation, includ...

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