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by conebeckham
Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments
Replies: 40
Views: 1825

Re: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments

You’re going to have to cite a specific kagyu instruction manual to define what you mean by “Tantric mahamudra” in kagyu. Citing secondary texts that define the thing they’re criticizing will only lead to confusion. Also if it’s a critique of what Gampopa specifically did, you’ll need a text of Gam...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments
Replies: 40
Views: 1825

Re: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments

I believe the answer is “yes.” Mahamudra is a “resultant gnosis” as well as a path. It is ultimately Wisdom and would seem to be equivalent to the wisdom resulting from practice of the two stages, but especially that of a conjoined creation and completion outlook. Or so I understand it....
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments
Replies: 40
Views: 1825

Re: Dagpo Kagyu empowerments

You’re going to have to cite a specific kagyu instruction manual to define what you mean by “Tantric mahamudra” in kagyu. Citing secondary texts that define the thing they’re criticizing will only lead to confusion. Also if it’s a critique of what Gampopa specifically did, you’ll need a text of Gam...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 6176

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

I think we can close the debate on whether or whether not it is correct to practise Mahamudra without any form of transmission/empowerment by a master. Nobody here is doing so and nobody defends this position. The question is, whether or whether not it is correct to practice sutra mahamudra "exclus...
by conebeckham
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 6176

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

I don't think it is out of line to say, in fact, that Ringu Tulku would be horrified (or perhaps just amused) to be told his view was held up above Kongtrul's. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinopche's quote, earlier, is a very good way to talk about "sutra mahamdura"--there is a "sprinkle of vajra" there. Frankly...
by conebeckham
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 6176

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

From my perspective, Kagyupas don't teach "Sutra Mahamudra." Kagyu lamas teach Mahamudra. In our day and age, what this means varies by teacher, but I feel confident in saying that Kagyu Lamas teach a variety of methods, from Sutra and Tantra, and use the term "Mahamudra" to denote relating to "natu...
by conebeckham
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What kind of mind do Buddhas have
Replies: 226
Views: 21839

Re: What kind of mind do Buddhas have

Who said anything about oblivion?

Buddhas reside (in some sense) in wisdom. Wisdom is not oblivion.
by conebeckham
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: summer retreat at palyul
Replies: 19
Views: 1564

Re: summer retreat at palyul

Trowo Roza=a form of Gyalwa Gyamtso?
by conebeckham
Fri May 22, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Three Dharmapala of Dudjom Tersar
Replies: 5
Views: 606

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: 1227

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: 52
Views: 2679

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: 1084

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: 747

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: 1084

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: 1203

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: 373

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: 1118

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: 1563

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: 1927

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: 1654

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.

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