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by conebeckham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

the people who run the programs these days, decided that practitioners would gain more benefit by focusing on sutra related methods and reflections. :jawdrop: Well this is a shocker, and a saddening one, for sure. I have friends who have done several retreats in a row and there is lots to be said a...
by conebeckham
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

Lama Norhla had the hard-core “you don’t need to study, just practice” approach. When I ask about how people are told to prepare for 3 year retreat I’m told, “know how to read Tibetan so you can chant and finish a NgonDro.” Most retreat graduates I’ve met do have exposure to basic teachings, Lam Ri...
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

BTW a while ago HHK XVII visited the people doing 3 year retreat here and was asked, “What can we do to help Dharma come to the West?” He replied, “Study first, then practice.” Unfortunately he didn’t give a syllabus. You should ask him. Send him a letter. This defeatist attitude among westerners i...
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

I suppose this is true, and it may be true even if one is not consciously aware that the idea has somehow opened one up to an experiental understanding. To quote Bokar R as quoted in your signature; It (Absolute Truth) is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate karmic potentia...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

But the whole "Rangtong/Shentong" thing is, after all, a matter of intellect, a matter of academics, in the end. Not quite. Different people have different karmas. For an individual sometimes the snowball of a karmically appropriate idea can become an appropriate opinion, then appropriate attitude,...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Impeachment Amendment
Replies: 44
Views: 788

Re: Impeachment Amendment

^^ important to hold on to one's sense of humor at such times. Increasingly difficult, and thus more important than ever. This "trial" is mis-named, no matter what the rules of the proceedings are. Kangaroo Court? Judge Roy Bean presiding. One of the most fascinating things about it is the prohibit...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 45
Views: 1282

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

I've watched a few of these, previously, and will eventually watch the rest. They are interesting, but I will just note for the record, fairly "academic" though a few rays of light based on experience rather than intellect shine through occasionally. But the whole "Rangtong/Shentong" thing is, after...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Impeachment Amendment
Replies: 44
Views: 788

Re: Impeachment Amendment

^^ important to hold on to one's sense of humor at such times. Increasingly difficult, and thus more important than ever.

This "trial" is mis-named, no matter what the rules of the proceedings are.
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Impeachment Amendment
Replies: 44
Views: 788

Re: Impeachment Amendment

Caoimhghín wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:51 pm
I wouldn't worry. No one is getting impeached anyways, regardless of whether they deserved it.
Oh for Pete's sake.

Trump has been impeached. The House has sole authority over impeachment, regardless of what happens, or doesn't, in the Senate. Clinton was impeached.
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 1614

Re: Sudden Realization

To be blunt, both one's own dreams, and one's decisions about "not needing teachers" or having one's own path are more than likely just one's own delusions. It's good to be careful when studying and sizing up traditions, teachers, paths, etc. but starting out with the assumption that one MUST have o...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

It largely depends on your sadhana. Most full sadhanas will have sections for consecrating bell, vajra, mala, etc.
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2383

Re: History of tantra

Even for those of us with”faith,” even for those born into the Dharma, our engagement is always to some extent intellectual, if not academic. I see no contradiction between, for example, a historical approach that claims “Tantra” as a later development —written in a younger language than the suttas ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 92
Views: 3945

Re: Our Anti-War President

That Ron Paul is allegedly racially prejudiced is often repeated, but as far as I can tell it is an baseless accusation to try to discredit him. He’s certainly no fool. In a debate, nine out of ten times he makes his opponent look foolish (he also made Trump look stupid during the Republican debate...
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5724

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Personally I find it grossly ironic that people who practice and promote the middle way would entertain and practice the polarization of any part of their existence for any reason. The middle way taught to avoid polarization and practicing it in some aspects of life gives no credence to these actio...
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5724

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Are there any conservative governments today that align with Kirk in your opinion, Nicholas? Any that don't rely on corporate interests, lobbyists and focus groups? If not, then I wonder what the use of an antiquated conservative ideology is in the face of how it manifests today. I posted some crit...
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5724

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Trumpism. Flapdoodle. Go back to translating. I'm sure you didn't intend to be dismissive of either Malcolm's political views or his work as a translator, but it felt that way. However I'm not sure I know what 'flapdoodle' actually means. Trump is not & will not produce any 'ism'. He is simply noti...
by conebeckham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 787

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Nihilism is an extreme caused by a clinging to erroneous understanding of emptiness. In the Kagyu view,it is a fault of the intellect, and therefore conventional and deluded. On the level of no analysis, there is no need to deny appearances, law of karma, etc. To do so would be as foolish as superim...
by conebeckham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Vajrasattva in the Gelug tradition

Berzin is not correct. Plenty of “Kagyupas” practice DorSem as a yidam. Minling DorSem, Karling Shitro, and Chogling SangTik DorSem are all quite popular. Unless he argues that one is automatically “Nyingma” if one steps outside of Sarma transmissions. There is also a form of Vajrasattva related to ...
by conebeckham
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6965
Views: 754598

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Ayu Khandro Simhamukha practice is the standard Simhamukha in the DC. Everyone practice the ultra short version. The long practice, the sadhana, he only gave lung for on the Ayu Khandro Simhamukha retreats and on those retreats he also gave wang and tri on the text. I participated in one of these r...
by conebeckham
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Sakya & Shangpa
Replies: 11
Views: 1291

Re: Sakya & Shangpa

aussiebloke wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:38 am
When Chogyi Trichen Rinpoche visited Australia he gave an Chenrezig empowerment from the Shangpa tradition .

Kyergangpa's Tradition of Avalokiteshvara? That's somewhat uncommon to encounter, and not part of the three year retreat curriculum, usually.

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