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by conebeckham
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 27
Views: 693

Re: Troma Nagmo

That is not the point. To spell it out, I have the Ganden transmission which uses Troma Nagmo. I am wondering if I've had contact with this Dakini in any other way. I asked about Garchen la's Chod empowerment because there was no sadhana given and I don't remember the details. I don't remember ChNN...
by conebeckham
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 27
Views: 693

Re: Troma Nagmo

Hey Lhasa- In my Chod tradition, which is Kongtrul's and Karma Chagme's coming down from Machig, you don't need a separate empowerment for the Troma visualization; you need to the Chod empowerments and transmissions. I am guesssing Ganden Chod's transmission and "restriction" would be similar in som...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmapalas and Consorts
Replies: 23
Views: 652

Re: Dharmapalas and Consorts

In Kamtsang Bernakchen and Palden Lhamo most often practiced together. There are several forms of Mahakala that are Yabyum, of course. So it's seems pretty clear that Enlightened protectors can have consorts. There are worldly protectors, as well, that have consorts, as noted here. In fact, some wor...
by conebeckham
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5170

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Shangpa Kagyu’s ChagChen Ga’uma has a definite Pointing Out ritual, FWIW—“like a burglar stealing a glimpse.”
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 15
Views: 550

Re: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?

Throughout history, back in India, Tibet, not to speak of Western countries and the internet, there have been scammers. Vajrayana comes from India: Padmasambhava was instrumental in bringing Vajrayana to Tibet, but he brought a tradition from the Indian Mahasiddhas. And this article is a thinly veil...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I agree-Mipham was clearly not opposed to analysis. :smile: Nor was Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, or a host of other Kagyu and Nyingma commentators. But it's the ability to recognize the limits of such an approach, and to foster other valid approaches, that constitutes those Kagyu and Nyingma lamas. But that...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 15
Views: 550

Re: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?

Geshe Roach story is old news, and I'd never trust anyone who calls him or herself a "yoga doctor."

YMMV
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. Fair enough. Well, emptiness is of course not even an object, much less an "absolute one." My words were meant to point to the "object of Madhyamaka analysis," which is the recognition of empti...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Analytical Meditation is a tool. Yes, but it's the principal method for realising emptiness (or any object of Buddhadharma for that matter) For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. I disagree. The "object" to be realized is the absolu...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I've signed in for the first time in 3 or 4 years for this post, so, you know, I might respond on this thread, but then I sign out again..... 1. It's hard to do Tibetan Madhyamaka without sectarianism, but please try. Agreed, everyone should try. For me, it's not about "sectarianism" --it's about m...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Yeah, not an easy read...but very good.
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: 5th Annual USA Drikung Kagyu Monlam: June 9-10
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: 5th Annual USA Drikung Kagyu Monlam: June 9-10

There are so many Cakrasamvara forms and lineages, it boggles the mind. Marpa's main Cakrasamvara tradition, passed to Mila and others, was a five deity practice, yabyum with two hands and one face for Demchok, and same for Phagmo. All the Marpa Kagyu lineages, including the Drikung, share this. It ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra Practice
Replies: 9
Views: 614

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra Practice

CNNR will only help your practice, in my opinion. The Drikung also have a Dzogchen Terma lineage, the Yangzab, you know. I think you can combine ngondro from the Drikung with a Dzogchen view, for sure.
by conebeckham
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Differences between Vajravarahi practice in Kagyupa schools
Replies: 82
Views: 15414

Re: Differences between Vajravarahi practice in Kagyupa schools

I believe you can find Virupa in the lineage histories of Troma Nagmo, Aside from Troma's function in Chod, of course there's a lot of practices relating to her, Dudjom Tersar's being the most well-known and widespread. There are numerous terma lineages, as well, going all the way back to Nyangral N...
by conebeckham
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I would take this one step further to point out that, personally, I don’t think it matters in the least whether the historical Bhavaviveka actually held to truly existent nature, even unconsciously. A point that is systematically missed in these discussions is that there were Madhyamakas who adhere...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: 5th Annual USA Drikung Kagyu Monlam: June 9-10
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: 5th Annual USA Drikung Kagyu Monlam: June 9-10

anjali wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:07 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:01 pm
Just down the road.......
Nice. Will you be attending? I'm driving in tomorrow.
Hopefully on Sunday......
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I would take this one step further to point out that, personally, I don’t think it matters in the least whether the historical Bhavaviveka actually held to truly existent nature, even unconsciously. In the context of Gelug training, the four tenet systems are used as a teaching method to illustrate...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I wasn't precise enough, let me try to parse out the question. The Gelugpas say: The cup is not empty of its own [conventional] essence [as it appears to ordinary persons], but it is empty of having a truly established nature . (Anyen Rinpoche). This is a non-affirming negative. In other words, the...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4131

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

It's fine, I understand that everybody has a fixed view about this. It's unreconcilable. I guess it's the karma of the tradition, mainly due to the 5th Dalai Lama's sectarian suppression of other traditions. What goes around comes around, religion and politics should never be mixed. In some sense, ...

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