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by conebeckham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14693

Re: Socialism & Communism

Communism as practiced was and is inhuman. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiananmen-square-30-years-later/ I'd say that has nothing to do with communism, but there is no state that truly "practices communism." Oppression exists in capitalist "democracies" as well, and individuals are de-valued to som...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14693

Re: Socialism & Communism

Communism as practiced was and is inhuman. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiananmen-square-30-years-later/ I'd say that has nothing to do with communism, but there is no state that truly "practices communism." Oppression exists in capitalist "democracies" as well, and individuals are de-valued to som...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

Every moment you are not resting in a personal knowledge or conviction of unconditioned awareness is actually a "dream" or illusion, a sort of delusion. Tibetan traditions generally do differentiate between dreaming and "waking state," you know. We say there are three states or "bardos" related to l...
by conebeckham
Thu May 16, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1443

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Yidams are as real as your thoughts. The appearance of the Yidam may be as real as one's thoughts, but the essential yidam is the ultimate nature, which is equivalent to the nature of every thought. The essential Vajravarahi and Cakrasamvara is the unity of the emptiness of appearances and the Immu...
by conebeckham
Thu May 16, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Manjushri Garland Clarification, Please?
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Manjushri Garland Clarification, Please?

In general--and you really should clarify these details according to the specific practice instructions, usually (but not always) found in the Tri texts--when one is practicing nyenpa for actualizing/activating/accumulation of a deity, the mantras would face in, and would be written clockwise and ro...
by conebeckham
Thu May 16, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 718

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Dear Dharma friends, I have noticed that the sexual intercourse image clearly presented in the Kalachakra deity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalachakra) in the Tantric Buddhism. The followers actually get involved in 'sexual intercourse' during the process of Kalachakra practice. It is surrounded...
by conebeckham
Sun May 05, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 54
Views: 2033

Re: Finding Your Guru

Lama Tashi is great, and the center in Aurora is very nice. There is also this center.http://www.ksdl.org/blog/

Lama Tenzin Dakpa is genuine.
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Thrinley Nyingpo Practice from Chokling tersar
Replies: 15
Views: 3536

Re: Thrinley Nyingpo Practice from Chokling tersar

There's a very concise daily practice which I think is suitable for you. https://lhaseylotsawa.org/texts/the-con ... y-practice
by conebeckham
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 10
Views: 519

Re: Differences between sects

What I have found personally useful is to attend events at various centers, to get a feel for the flavor of practice and instruction. I think the reading recommendations are good ones. The similarities, especially for someone outside of a Tibetan cultural background, will probably be far greater tha...
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?
Replies: 18
Views: 554

Re: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?

Thanks, Ratna.
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?
Replies: 18
Views: 554

Re: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?

Hah yes, :) I think enlightened being can appreciate a good compromise. ;) The one posted by Grigoris seem to be the right one based on the source and lineage. In terms of iconography, yes, but not lineage -- the one in Drikung is said to come specifically from Cakrasaṃvara Tantra. This is the tsak...
by conebeckham
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 300
Views: 9058

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Are you saying that the Vajrayana is NOT posited on the authority of its lineage holders? It is primarily the collection of tantras that defines what Vajrayana is. I am not really wanting to debate, either...but I must point out that Vajrayana Buddhism relies on the oral transmission of explanation...
by conebeckham
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5311

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Right, but everyone here knows that we can't have the same level of confidence in a discussion with one another that we can with our teachers...so why even put it out there, other than reflexive disapproval? Thus far it's all been DW vets in this discussion, not new people who might get the wrong i...
by conebeckham
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5311

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

I will check out the book PSM. I've actually benefitted from this conversation for the record, and have also benefited from reading (some) books. Can we drop the "ask your teacher" thing? Give me the benefit of the doubt that I'm asking the question for good reasons, and that I make use of my own r...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?
Replies: 25
Views: 1116

Re: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?

Look, Diamond Way Buddhism is really Ole's own creation. It's given grudging support by some of the Karma Kagyu lineage holders, but even HE Shamarpa ended up creating his own centers and programs prior to his passing. I think it's a stretch to call any Diamond Way Center a mainstream Karma Kagyu ce...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5311

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5311

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

@cone excellently put :good: It is one's personal knowledge of the nature of one's own mind, as distinguished from the contents of mind, which is an unshakable and un-mistaken confidence, personally "experienced." But how sure are you that this is a personal knowledge? There is no difference betwee...
by conebeckham
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5311

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa....
by conebeckham
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 300
Views: 9058

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

That is incorrect--- the Rangtong and Shentong views are not mutually exclusive. Typically, the Shentong is considered to be of the tradition of Asanga, and Rangtong to be of Nagarjuna. However, the Kagyus have not selected one over the other. Rather, they hold both Nagarjuna and Asanga in high reg...

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