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by conebeckham
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the Preliminary Teachings?
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: What are the Preliminary Teachings?

Crazywisdom wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:21 am
Josef wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:30 am
Crazywisdom wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:08 am
Words is Patrul
Patrul was a tulku of Jigme Lingpa and Im sure Cone is well aware of this.
Prob just slip up
Definitely a slip up! :shrug:

Good to keep my honest, and proper" though--thanks guys!
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: 8 Bodhisattvas/8 Consciousnesses

Different Tantric systems will elucidate these differently. It's best to learn this in relation to whatever you may be practicing, in my view. In one particular tradition, for instance, Kshitigarbha represents the sense field of the eyes, Vajrapani the ears, etc.
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the Preliminary Teachings?
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: What are the Preliminary Teachings?

Before "subtle body" practices, you should have learned, and engaged in, the trainings common to the so-called Hinayana and Mahayana paths. These include: Reflection on the four thoughts, taking refuge in the three Jewels and three roots; developing altruistic intention (Bodhicitta) which includes t...
by conebeckham
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Yogis
Replies: 22
Views: 941

Re: Tibetan Yogis

Whether or not one is a yogi is dependent upon the individual. the guy merely ask which school still has highest number of yogis in their tradition in Milarepa way. perhaps we got our "yogi" definition different. to me a yogi if we speak of vajrayana yogi is the one who practice yogas, ie do work o...
by conebeckham
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1797

Re: three year retreat experiences?

Yagmort is correct. The idea of the 3 year retreat was propagated by Kongtrul and Khyentse. The reason for the duration is based on Kalacakra Tantra, where is it said this is the timeframe relates to the breath. See Kongtrul's retreat manual for more info if you're interested. Not all monks do the 3...
by conebeckham
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: thoughts vs. emotions
Replies: 13
Views: 546

Re: thoughts vs. emotions

For the Mahamudra/Semde instructions which involve looking at the color, shape, coming and going etc. of thoughts, does one practice with what we term "emotions" in the same way? There is no distinction made here between emotion and thought is there? Meaning, if I perceive a jolt of sadness arising...
by conebeckham
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:18 am
the.eleven wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:50 am
Acquainted with tantra, yes.

However, would it be incorrect to assert that as long as concepts are proliferating there is no dzogpa chenpo?
Stillness and movement are the same state.
(/insert rimshot).
by conebeckham
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1797

Re: three year retreat experiences?

Do a week, with four sessions a day, no internet, TV, music, etc., and minimize contact with others. Imagine that, over more than 3 years. Does this mean that there are no days off or something like a "weekend" structure in a three-year retreat? I understand that there were "rest days" on occasion,...
by conebeckham
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1797

Re: three year retreat experiences?

From what I've been hearing, many people only made it halfway through. Both Kagyu and Nyingma retreats, and under many different teachers. For some, they realised that they weren't ready for this at all. Others have completely abandoned Buddhism and decided to be productive members of society inste...
by conebeckham
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Karma Kagyu Ngondro - Mandala Offerings

The Torch of Certainty is essential.

I've done them, but I think a visual demonstration is the only way to go....you need to find someone who can show you in real time. It will all become clear.
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1797

Re: three year retreat experiences?

I have many friends who have done three year retreats-Tibetans and Westerners, both. Most people will not talk of "Experiences" openly. In my opinion, any responses you do get will vary widely--each person has a unique experience. what is it you want to know, more specifically? How hard it was to be...
by conebeckham
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Beginning tantrayana
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Beginning tantrayana

Greetings. How do you define the relationship to a Lama that you have received empowerments from? Do they automatically become your tsawei lama, also considering this person may be the only accessible lama for me? Is it always a choice or can it be circumstantial(karma)? ** Is there a point when be...
by conebeckham
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Khorwa Dongtruk in the Nyingma Kahma
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: Khorwa Dongtruk in the Nyingma Kahma

Khorwa Dongdruk is Chogling Tersar--or, at least the most common version of it comes from that tradition. I seem to recall some commentary about it's relation to Kama.....
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4182

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

I found Lama Thubten Yeshe's explanations in his books very helpful for developing an understanding of this. 'Becoming the Compassion Buddha' would be one. Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche is another good one. Gyatrul Rinpoche's Generating the Diety for a third. For an exhaustive explanation, check o...
by conebeckham
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 612

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

Of course, a Buddha manifesting as a Bodhisattva. He has other manifestations too, such as Hayagriva. If you follow the Nyingma presentation, Dharmakaya Amitabha, Sambhogakaya Chenrezig, and Nirmanakaya Padmasambhava. Yes. And there are HYT forms of Chenrezig in Sarma transmissions, as well.....all...
by conebeckham
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 53
Views: 4568

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

thank you Cone! do you know if he is/will be Shangpa lineage holder? my apologies for the question as i know very little on the subject. I got very good impression of him and at the same time when i see how troubled his training was i am curious if it was complete for him to be Shangpa lineage hold...
by conebeckham
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 53
Views: 4568

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

smcj wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:43 pm
Without pinning down who KR sees as his root guru, I think it safe to say that he has received authentic lineage transmissions.
No doubt in my mind.
by conebeckham
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 53
Views: 4568

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

does anybody know whom Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche considers his root guru atm? Presumably Bokar R. But that's just my guess. HE Situ Rinpoche, I believe, based on what I have heard Yangsi Kalu Rpinoche and HE Tai Situ Rinpoche say in the past. Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche was definitely important to him and gav...
by conebeckham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Beginning tantrayana
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Beginning tantrayana

Greetings. How do you define the relationship to a Lama that you have received empowerments from? Do they automatically become your tsawei lama, also considering this person may be the only accessible lama for me? Is it always a choice or can it be circumstantial(karma)? ** Is there a point when be...
by conebeckham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6165

Re: What is reborn after death?

Malcolm; Thank you again. However, while I understand your explanation, it doesn’t answer my questions. The Buddha is reported to have spoken of the three conditions necessary for the birth of a human being which includes the presence of a gandharva, but what are the conditions for the arising of a...

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