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by cataractmoon
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Wang, Lung & Tri: the Trifecta
Replies: 17
Views: 2755

Re: Wang, Lung & Tri: the Trifecta

"Devotion is the seat of meditation."

One can attain Mahamudra through Vajrasattva Practice in your Ngondro or any Yidam, including empowerments you may already hold, such as Chenrezig. This has been my experience.

Practice on!
by cataractmoon
Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Empowerments outside the Lineage
Replies: 16
Views: 2151

Empowerments outside the Lineage

What are the various positions of taking and practicing empowerments outside the Karma Kagyu lineage? I realize teachers hold multiple lineages and am not really interested in the teacher angle. I am more interested in the student angle. Is it wise? Problematic? Harmful? Confusing to practice one Yi...
by cataractmoon
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Where to go in San Francisco for "Pointing Out" instr?
Replies: 7
Views: 2448

Re: Where to go in San Francisco for "Pointing Out" instr?

Catlady, Your best bet is to locate a time when Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche from KTD Woodstock will be in the San Francisco area or in California for his current teachings on Khenpo Gangshar's Mahumudra. Here is the KTD link to centers in California: http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/centers/usa/index.p...
by cataractmoon
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Esoteric/Mystical, non-Vajrayana Buddhist schools?
Replies: 23
Views: 2447

Re: Esoteric/Mystical, non-Vajrayana Buddhist schools?

I once upon a time was Tibetan, but no longer identify as such. I'd like to know more information, too. I practice Tibetan Buddhism. I certainly am an open-minded person and do not mind articulated reasons. In my geographical area, there are many who have given up on Tibetan Buddhism. They have had...
by cataractmoon
Mon May 27, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu versus Diamond way
Replies: 47
Views: 6179

Re: Karma Kagyu versus Diamond way

I have no idea where you live, so I cannot provide clear input. However, I would not choose a lineage based on geographical location. I'd choose one based on the teacher. I live in the United States; therefore, I chose a solid, established, credible, outstanding vajra master, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche...
by cataractmoon
Thu May 09, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2765

Re: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed

Ngondro reading transmission given. Ngondro began. Thanks, all!
by cataractmoon
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Merit Giving?
Replies: 17
Views: 1866

Re: Merit Giving?

I was wondering if ya'll think it is possible to give merit to other beings by doing practices for them? This is concerning my family. My mom classifies herself as an Anglican, my dad is agnostic (but doesn't show much interest in religion), my brother is a Gnostic (so I'm not worried about him), a...
by cataractmoon
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 10754

Re: Doubts about Pure land

Doesn't address Pure Land specifically, but if you undress all the various mythologies and just look at some basic questions it will clarify what you do and don't believe: 1) Do you believe your mindstream continues in some form 2) Do you believe your mindstream is what it is due to causes and cond...
by cataractmoon
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: On the difficulty of recognizing the natural state
Replies: 98
Views: 16130

Re: On the difficulty of recognizing the natural state

Tulku Pema Rigtsal reminds me, “Such yogis and yoginis make no distinction between high and low views, nor do they pay heed to the speed of accomplishment on the path.”
by cataractmoon
Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist
Replies: 8
Views: 1366

Re: Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist

plwk wrote:Ok...there's catmoon and cataractmoon :shock:

Ohai! :mrgreen:
Ha! I see that now.
by cataractmoon
Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist
Replies: 8
Views: 1366

Re: Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist

Hi, all. I just found this great forum by accident--a good accident! I have practiced Mahayana Buddhism for nearly ten years and have taken refuge in the Vajrayana path last October 2011. I am very excited to learn from this forum. May all beings in the present and future benefit from this forum's ...
by cataractmoon
Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 3rd karmapa's aspiration of mahamudra prayer
Replies: 39
Views: 3841

Re: 3rd karmapa's aspiration of mahamudra prayer

Have you received the reading transmission (lung) for this prayer? What does or doesn't need a transmission (lung)? There are so many translated books, so many prayers, and so many newly written works. What makes a "prayer" significant or not significant for a lung? I read Calling the Guru from Afa...
by cataractmoon
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2765

Re: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed

I contacted Lama Kathy. She is indeed coming to Wichita, KS--a place I have been for teachings before. I requested permission to receive a reading transmission of the Ngondro. Problem Solved. I am following my teacher's advice. I am excited to meet for the first time a great American female lama tra...
by cataractmoon
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2765

Re: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed

Thanks, all, for the replies. I will contact KTD to locate retreat lamas in the area. And, if Lama Kathy visits Wichita, I will go there, of course. I am also practicing the ngondro and am not discouraged. KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY doesn't allow reading transmissions over the phone. Also, until...
by cataractmoon
Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2765

Ngondro Reading Transmission Needed

I live in the Oklahoma area and need a reading transmission of the common Ngondro offered at KTD Monastery. I have the teaching aspect of the practice from my teacher, whom I contact via phone. Many lamas focus on their own terrain, so to speak, and I understand that. But, for those who live in the ...
by cataractmoon
Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist
Replies: 8
Views: 1366

Newbie Vajrayana Buddhist

Hi, all. I just found this great forum by accident--a good accident! I have practiced Mahayana Buddhism for nearly ten years and have taken refuge in the Vajrayana path last October 2011. I am very excited to learn from this forum. May all beings in the present and future benefit from this forum's w...