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by conebeckham
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

wait......a "Trim, Monkly figure?"

"Monkly?"
by conebeckham
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

Abiding in emptiness is what we do, whether we know it or not. Is it expedient to say something like this? Again, what abides? What knows or doesn't know? Perhaps philosophically, there is a kind of order to each model, but what I'm questioning is the model itself. It's a fabrication itself along w...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of colored wrist band
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Meaning of colored wrist band

If it is a multi-stranded multi-colored thread "band," that is normally worn in one of two ways--on the upper arm after a major Wangkur (empowerment), or around the neck as a blessing. More often, the cords worn around the neck are single stranded and usually have a knot tied in them. I am...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

Abiding in emptiness is what we do, whether we know it or not. Abiding in our knowledge of emptiness, or in that wisdom, however, is another story. Ordinary people can distinguish between the conventionally imaginary, the rabbit's horn, and the conventionally appearing, the bull's horn. Those on the...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

Another way to say this is that ordinary beings can understand on the mundane level that the rabbit's horn is illusory without any analysis, while they take the bull's horn to be real, and not illusory. Candrakirti compares the "self" to a chariot. It's a designation based on a collection,...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

The Rabbit's horn is a metaphor or simile (depending), standing for something which does not even have a conventional appearance. Such things do not need to be analyzed. they are known to be completely imaginary even by worldly people. The Bull's horn is something which conventionally appears. Worl...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche's 2017 Teaching Schedule
Replies: 62
Views: 3458

Re: Garchen Rinpoche's 2017 Teaching Schedule

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by conebeckham
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?
Replies: 21
Views: 349

Re: Is the "Self" a "Rabbit's Horn"?

The Rabbit's horn is a metaphor or simile (depending), standing for something which does not even have a conventional appearance. Such things do not need to be analyzed. they are known to be completely imaginary even by worldly people. The Bull's horn is something which conventionally appears. World...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

My understanding is that Dharma practice is about benefiting oneself and, eventually, others. IMO, likes and dislikes should not just be glibly dismissed as you seem to be doing here. If someone doesn't like something it may indeed be because it is harmful for them. On the other hand, it may be esp...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

You don't think that ngondro is a practice developed and related through the Tibetan culture? Westerners are not naturally disposed to this kind of practice and resistance seems quite natural to them. I like what Malcolm said: Practicing Dharma is better. What about it exactly would westerners have...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

Indian ngondro consisted primarily of Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings and supplications to the guru. Refuge and Bodhicitta were added by Tibetans, as far as I can tell. Was it typically numbers-based, i.e. you have to do (at least) a certain amount of each practice, and basically a prerequisite? As ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

I wonder how much of the argument is people ending up in the wrong place, especially after having been told that they should follow the "correct" approach, when in fact there does not appear to be such an animal. It seems to me that very few people have the chance to get any truly persona...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

Practicing Ngondro is nice, but practicing Dharma is better. LOL, as if the two are always mutually exclusive. Well, I see a lot of people practicing Ngondro who don't seem to practice Dharma at all. On the other hand, I see a lot of people who never practice Ngondro who seem to have the Dharma in ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

Malcolm wrote:Practicing Ngondro is nice, but practicing Dharma is better.


LOL, as if the two are always mutually exclusive.
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 180
Views: 2975

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

For me, all of ngondro is actually varying aspects of Guru Yoga--including the four thoughts. Precious Human existence includes having a relation with a genuine guru. Impermanence includes the knowledge of the Nirmanakaya Guru's mortality, etc. I've felt that some people carry their "counts&quo...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa, nettle soup and Sokushinbutsu
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: Milarepa, nettle soup and Sokushinbutsu

I don't think so.

Also, some accounts include a soup-bone in that nettle soup.
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is purpose of homa ritual?
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: What is purpose of homa ritual?

Homa is "Jinsek" in Tibetan. It is a ritual related to the "subsequent activities" of yidam accomplishments. There are jinseks concerned with pacifying, wrathful (destroying or repelling), magnetizing, and increasing--the four activities. It's also said to purify any mistakes pra...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 798

Re: Empowerments

Eh.

Some would argue that Humans, in general, have more time. But these are such sweeping generalizations, really.
Really, none of us has any time. We think we do. Problem numero uno.
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 798

Re: Empowerments

Yes, a "ngondro" prior to kyerim and dzokrim was not a requirement until fairly recently, in any lineage. But a full yidam sadhana usually had a complete ngondro as part of the recitation, in Sarma traditions which is where Naro Cho Druk comes from. And there is additionally "ngondro&...
by conebeckham
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 798

Re: Empowerments

There are a bunch of "ngondro" texts or liturgies for various lineages of Naro Cho Druk, actually...they all have four thoughts, refuge, bodhicitta, mandala, VS purification, and of course guru yoga liturgies. But it's also said that yidam practice, and specifically at least a 5 deity mand...

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