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by conebeckham
Fri May 22, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Three Dharmapala of Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Three Dharmapala of Dudjom Tersar

In the Dudjom Tersar, I believe there is an "entrustment" for Damchen Chitor, not an "empowerment." At least that's what Lama Dawa said when He was giving it. I've also received a number of Dudjom Tersar Protector practices, especially Ma Ekadzati, from Loppon Orgyen Tenzin (at Enrico's in Austria)...
by conebeckham
Thu May 07, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Info on Khandro Nyingthig
Replies: 14
Views: 740

Re: Info on Khandro Nyingthig

Cortland Dahl translated some texts on Ngondro related to this cycle. But it is Nyingthik, so the simple answer is that Khandro Nyingthig contains complete Dzogchen upadesha for the entire path, including liturgical practices and pith instructions on trekcho and Togal.
by conebeckham
Mon May 04, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?
Replies: 50
Views: 1576

Re: What possible reason could there be to study or practice Buddhism if arising and ceasing do not occur?

get out of your head, and look at what is in front of you. If you see arising and ceasing, you need to practice the Dharma. Your thought comes. Your thought goes. You are different than you were yesterday, yes or no? If yes, practice the Dharma. If no--what exactly is not different? Examine well.
by conebeckham
Fri May 01, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 754

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I think, nobody can be forced to anything they don't want to do. In my experience with myself & practice impatience is a great hindrance. I realized that I should be be patient with my practice just as I should be patient with a friend who's eager to tell me a long story. Then the practice is able ...
by conebeckham
Fri May 01, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

There's a great story about devotion and how it helped someone actualize an experience of mind's nature, related to Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, which I'll try to find and post. But overwhelming devotion is one of the classic techniques to develop an experience. Unbearable compassion is another, tradition...
by conebeckham
Fri May 01, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 754

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I find long ritual pujas very beneficial. To assume monks know the meanings, etc., is understandable, but mistaken. The younger ones may have memorized the liturgies, but don't know much of the Migpa (visualization) or the theoretical framework behind the various stages of such practices as Drupchen...
by conebeckham
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

n8pee wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:34 am
Interesting fact in the book: Tsongkhapa had a cursory brush with Dzogchen.
some have suggested a more than casual brush......
by conebeckham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: The Empowerment/Practice Transmission
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: The Empowerment/Practice Transmission

I think it differs by teacher. I would recommend asking your teacher. My personal opinion is that for someone with some Dharma experience, videos of teachings are fine, but empowerments and transmissions should be live---ideally, in real space, but video streaming can work.
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from a Zen Pagan
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: Greetings from a Zen Pagan

Greetings, a lotus for you, a Buddha to be! I'm an equal parts pagan and Zen Buddhist -- the two traditions I identify with most. I've spent some time at monasteries in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and study English, particularly medieval stuff, at UCLA. Hello :tongue: Lately I've been missing the...
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

I've been a student of Rinpoche's for decades now, he is one of my most important teachers, and I recommend him without reservation.
by conebeckham
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is a Lung Sufficient?
Replies: 30
Views: 1367

Re: Is a Lung Sufficient?

Anyway is getting off topic, can someone practice , mother or father tantras or union of both, i.e. Kalachakra after receiving rigpai tsal wang with just the lung from outer, lower or inner, higher yoga tantra? Regards It depends on the guru. If your guru says it is sufficient, it is sufficient. It...
by conebeckham
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sleeping sitting up
Replies: 20
Views: 1193

Re: Sleeping sitting up

I have practiced in a box for retreat periods. It's not easy, but there are definitely benefits to one's practice. But I don't recommend trying to do this without good instruction and proper circumstances. I don't know if I could do it for extended periods---my limit was 20 days, FYI.
by conebeckham
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 3672

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

How does it explain the apparent appearance and disappearance of each human life? To illustrate what I mean, how would it explain the appearance and disappearance of a wave on the ocean? It seems to me that the wave has an internal life of its own - a life that depends on the entire ocean, but it s...
by conebeckham
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What makes the dream world "just" like the waking world ?
Replies: 13
Views: 935

Re: What makes the dream world "just" like the waking world ?

The Dream and the Waking World are alike in that they both are personally experienced by sentient beings as the contents of mind. Of course, we can say that on the relative level there are differences between the two states. But the point is to understand that one's personal experience of the world,...
by conebeckham
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama gondu
Replies: 20
Views: 1054

Re: Lama gondu

Many of the Gongdu wangs are included in the Rinchen Terdzo. Maybe not all....but most.
by conebeckham
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama gondu
Replies: 20
Views: 1054

Re: Lama gondu

"Why" is not really a question that can be answered, Danny. In some sense, Vajrapani could be seen as a manifestation of Vajradhara. In some sense, Vajradhara is the representation of one's root guru in the Sarma. And all yidam deities are equally seen as the root guru in various forms. But more gen...
by conebeckham
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Karling shitro complete sadhana english trans
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Karling shitro complete sadhana english trans

Thanks for your answers. Yes, zab chos zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol, Dr.Gyurme Dorjes complete translation is fine, however it does not seem to contain the liturgy or kyerim. Perhaps I m wrong, but I have been expecting that in kyerim there is a standard meditation procedure of 3 samadhis, invoking...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama gondu
Replies: 20
Views: 1054

Re: Lama gondu

Also, there are indeed manifestations of "Vajrasattva" in a heruka form, somewhat like Cakrasamvara, in Sarma. These come from explanatory, general Tantras in the Sarma traditions. There's also a more "peaceful" manifestation of Cakrasamvara. Kagye actually means "8 commands" and it's commonly prese...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Lama gondu
Replies: 20
Views: 1054

Re: Lama gondu

In Sarma systems you'll find variation in sadhanas for both creation and completion stage instructions, even when based on the same tantras. So, for example, Cakrasmavara has many different sadhanas with different creation stages methods, and also many specific traditions of completion stage practic...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 877

Re: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

Maybe it's worth exploring here, my understanding is that Dzogchen as such is really not a wide range of practices, but an approach of view which can involve whatever practice, the state of Dzogchen is not dependent on particular forms or teaching structures. Tsa Lung practices in fact belong typic...

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