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by conebeckham
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 51
Views: 1221

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

The only thing you really need to ascertain is whether his lineage goes through Pabhongkha or not. I personally would never receive any teaching that comes through this teacher, for obvious historical reasons. It is not good to have negative feelings about any lineage master. Well.....not meaning t...
by conebeckham
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

In the FPMT website, it says that the sadhanas are alright without empowerment if the person doesn't visualize themself as the deity. In that case, is it alright to do this on ANY deity like Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, etc.? Or are lower Tantra deities like Namgyalma, Saraswati, Amitayus, Chenrezig, Ta...
by conebeckham
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

There are diffferent kinds of “front visualization.” “Front generation” without self-generation, or without stressing self-generation, is a method of the lower Tantras, and is primarily for gathering the accumulation of merit. One supplicates the deit(ies), makes offerings, performs the seven limbs,...
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 463

Re: No self (and no non-self)

If such a direct experience cannot be verified or measured in any kind of "objective" way ... all one has to go on is the word of the experiencer. This must be very tricky. A clever (and dishonest) person could learn the vibe of how enlightened people talk and act and imitate it ... and there would...
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Deity outside of sadhana
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: Deity outside of sadhana

Best if you can get the sadhana, instructions, and do the practice. But if you're taking this as a yidam you should be recollecting yourself always as the deity. In the Kagyu traditions most deity yogas are gradual, but there are elements of instant self-generation in most sadhanas as well. I don't ...
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 42
Views: 1004

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

There's also the matter that Dependent origination is perfectly consonant with Mahayana teachings. What is ironic is those who proclaim the Pali Canon is the earliest body of work yet deny rebirth and karma have missed the core genius of the Buddha's teaching in Dependent origination. What Buddhist...
by conebeckham
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: are all troma nagmo sadhana's chod sadhanas?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: are all troma nagmo sadhana's chod sadhanas?

Troma has many Kye Rim sadhanas that are not "Chod feasts." NyangRal's, to just give one superb example.

Troma figures in Machig's Chod lineage, and takes a central place in Dudjom's system. But I believe that at first she was a yidam deity.
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: L ron gardner

LOL, I tried to engage him. Useless. Took Malcolm's cue and just blocked him. This life is too short......already.

I do wonder if he's trolling....with a name like that.
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sadhanamala section?
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Sadhanamala section?

Empowerments, plural. Many empowerments.
by conebeckham
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: What does the name "Nyatrul" mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: What does the name "Nyatrul" mean?

That, or it could mean "Fish Nirmanakaya." :smile:

I'd go with Mutsuk's answer.
by conebeckham
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Without Requirement
Replies: 32
Views: 1113

Re: Without Requirement

Just as an aside.....travel is an option, for most people. I know there are Vajrayana teachers who bestow empowerments and instructions in Texas. It's good to practice what one can practice, and this thread has many useful suggestions, but at a certain point if you wish to practice the Vajrayana pat...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Longchen Nyingtik
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: Longchen Nyingtik

Heart comes through For The Win, LOL.


Looks right to me! :smile:
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Longchen Nyingtik
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: Longchen Nyingtik

I think he's looking for the Chenrezig practice from LN? Possibly even a "Jangchok" sort of ritual for the dead?
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: higher yoga tantras
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: higher yoga tantras

Although I agree that these questions are best asked of your teachers, from the Kagyu POV --and likely from the Geluk POV as well--if you've taken these empowerments and intend to practice them, I can give some general answers. 1.HYT tantra in general provides tsok as an opportunity to repair damage...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ngondzog Gyalpo purpose?
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Ngondzog Gyalpo purpose?

Ngondzok Gyalpo is a deity's name that appears in different places, diiferent mandalas, including in Chogling's Tukdrup Barchay Kunsel, and in some ShiTro pratices, where I think the name is equivalent to Chemchok Heruka. It's also the main yidam deity in the system of Dzogchen LongDe. In general, ...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Offering Torma's

Sang is great for the purpose, yes.....
Also there is the practice of "Chu Tor" or Water torma offering.
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ngondzog Gyalpo purpose?
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Ngondzog Gyalpo purpose?

Ngondzok Gyalpo is a deity's name that appears in different places, diiferent mandalas, including in Chogling's Tukdrup Barchay Kunsel, and in some ShiTro pratices, where I think the name is equivalent to Chemchok Heruka. It's also the main yidam deity in the system of Dzogchen LongDe. In general, t...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Offering Torma's

I think that text (Seven Points of Mind Training? Lojong Don Dunma) specifically refers to offering a Changbu. You'd need to learn this from a qualified teacher; it's a common practice for monks, who use some lunch leftovers to make this offering.
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Gandhe
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: Offering Gandhe

We sometimes offer "saffron water" in the fifth bowl of a normal set of offering bowls, to represent Gandhe. Some monasteries have perfume bottles offered on the shrines, as well. I've not seen a conch used to offer Gandhe, and as others have pointed out it is usually a symbol of Shabda, or music of...
by conebeckham
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17
Replies: 94
Views: 2594

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission Webcast: 09/15/17

3 cheers for Malcolm, Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and wisdom pubs! Lekso!!