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by monktastic
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?

Thanks, both of you!

It is said that GR is compelled to offer blessings when we visualize him and beseech him. Any reason this wouldn't be true for Samantabhadra as well?
by monktastic
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?

In Nyingma, of course Guru Rinpoche is most often used for GY. Have you heard of anyone using Samantabhadra directly? Perhaps the Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra could be considered basically that.
by monktastic
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra & Dzogchen - The differences
Replies: 65
Views: 5639

Re: Mahamudra & Dzogchen - The differences

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:44 pm
Yes.
Thank you very much! Does it correspond to a particular point in the Four Yogas model?
by monktastic
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra & Dzogchen - The differences
Replies: 65
Views: 5639

Re: Mahamudra & Dzogchen - The differences

la bzla ba , it means "to transcend." This is merely a similarity in name, i.e. thod rgal as skipping stages. In actuality however, the concept of la bzla ba also exists in Dzogchen, but it has a different usage, while meaning "to transcend". I had a brief conversation about this issue with Ringu T...
by monktastic
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 83
Views: 24767

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

My wife, her brother, and I just returned from a retreat given by Dan-la. He asks his students not to advertise, so I will refrain from doing so. That said, if you have found yourself considering it, stop wondering and just go. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
by monktastic
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 83
Views: 24767

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

heart wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:39 pm
It is quite interesting. Even if I don't agree with everything he says it is in no way "offensive".

/magnus
Glad to hear it. "Offensive" is the wrong word. People may not appreciate him describing esoteric practices in some detail so publicly.
by monktastic
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 83
Views: 24767

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

I just found this gem of an interview with Daniel Brown from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0swudgvmBbk When I say "gem," I mean it. I've never heard such a complete and detailed breakdown of the path anywhere. Some may even find it offensive how much detail he goes into about esoteric p...
by monktastic
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 83
Views: 24767

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Thought I'd ping this thread to see if there are any more folks with experiences to share. I have a family member who's interested. Just wanted to say that my family member attended his most recent retreat. Said relative has been on a couple vipassana retreats as well as other spiritual expeditions...
by monktastic
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?
Replies: 83
Views: 24767

Re: Daniel P Brown - Pointing Out Way?

Thought I'd ping this thread to see if there are any more folks with experiences to share. I have a family member who's interested.
by monktastic
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Amazon links are bugged
Replies: 12
Views: 3437

Re: Amazon links are bugged

There is this problem, where Amazon links turn invisible: http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Certainty-Illuminating-Perfection/dp/0861711572 The above link will now not show in this post (and is replaced by a lot of space - it is still in the post but you have to quote my post to see it). However...
by monktastic
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 7618

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

This passage from Mingyur Rinpoche might be illuminating. In the instructions of the Mahamudra system, the disciple is taught shamatha without reference point. ... There is a specific instruction that goes with this style of practice. It is called “the three of abiding, moving, and knowing”. ... If ...
by monktastic
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 161
Views: 12260

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Matylda wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:07 pm
are you using psychodelics???
Not recently. I did many times when younger, and discussed my experiences with my guru. This forum seems like the wrong place to share anything about those conversations.
by monktastic
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 161
Views: 12260

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

I regret having created this thread. It was meant only to find out the name of the teacher mentioned. But while I'm here, I might as well clear up some apparent misconceptions. There is a reasonable amount of research to show that very low dosages of certain psychedelics have effects on the brain th...
by monktastic
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 161
Views: 12260

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

Is it possible to keep this thread about only the question in the OP? This forum really doesn't need another psychedelics debate thread.

I will reach out to Lion's Roar directly as well.
by monktastic
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 161
Views: 12260

Dzogchen and psychedelics?

No, this is not another thread about whether psychedelics are good or bad. In a recent Lion's Roar piece , they mentioned: And last year, a prominent Vajrayana teacher convened a gathering in Portland called “Dzogchen and Psychedelics” to explore whether psychotropics could play a role in sadhana pr...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 34958

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

All I know is this: when you tell a naive student that s/he is loved unconditionally by a force that transcends space and time, and you send them looking back in the "I" direction, sometimes they end up in a vicinity that makes it much easier to guide them. Sure, some will fall into eternalism, but ...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 34958

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Does this then mean there are countless gods, as the individual natures of countless sentient being's minds, that do not actually create anything? That would be the consequence. Why call it a god at that point? I don't really know. I have my guesses but don't intend to pollute this forum with them....
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 34958

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

How a teacher in any serious capacity can then say that one's view of Vedanta and Dzogchen are interchangeable is concerning to say the least. I'm not sure he was saying that the views are interchangeable. My interpretation is that if one has a strong intuition or affinity for the "God" principle o...
by monktastic
Fri May 25, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 443
Views: 34958

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Just doesn't add up fellas... especially when masters such as Norbu Rinpoche and Yongdzin Rinpoche say different. The latter states you break samaya holding this view. I don't know exactly how to reconcile it, but it doesn't bother me. The "all-creating king" is a literary device pointing at your o...

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