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by Vasana
Fri May 26, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Melong in Dzogchen
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: Melong in Dzogchen

"For increasing clarity" is the main thing I remember hearing Norbu Rinpoche say about melongs in Dzogchen.
by Vasana
Wed May 24, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: DC - Song of Vajra
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: DC - Song of Vajra

pael wrote:Should you remember it or read from paper?


Reading while singing is fine until you remember it off by heart.
by Vasana
Tue May 23, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 348
Views: 12410

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

. I'll say this; his book has probably done more to promote Dzogchen in the general public than DW. In particular Dzogchen is promoted to that part of the public who would usually have zero interest in that type of topic. So even if his presentation doesn't meet DW standards, how is that a bad thin...
by Vasana
Fri May 19, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2732

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I'd also like to recommend Rinpoches book on Shine and Lhagtong again as it offers a very accessible and simple way of practising until you're able to apply the semdzins ,rushens etc, ideally in a retreat situation. I write that on the assumption that most people have at least some foundation with c...
by Vasana
Thu May 18, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2732

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Thanks for the replies. If I'm understanding this correctly, the introduction that I went through with rinpoche is kind of like permission (in the case that I didn't get it during the introduction) to work with methods to finally get it? Yeah that's it. So rushen and semdzin would be the way to go,...
by Vasana
Wed May 17, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

Realization=Shentong. Intellectual discourse=Madhyamaka. Simple. I'll try and reply to your post properly in the next day or so but I don't think the above summary is as simple or accurate as you think it is. Just as there is shentong discourse and realization, there is Madyamaka discourse and the ...
by Vasana
Wed May 17, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2732

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

+1 for Semdzins and rushans. Rinpoche's book on Shiné and Lhagtong in the Dzogchen teachings is also really worth checking out, especially if you already have any experience with calm abiding and vippassana. It helps to read other books on these topics too. Rainbow painting by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche ...
by Vasana
Tue May 16, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

Is their really a raft, and is there really someone on that raft? Where will they arrive? I'm not sure you understood my context of using the word 'raft'. Conventionally speaking, yes, there is a raft and yes the destination is the 'far shore' of Nirvana. That raft is the Dharma that takes you from...
by Vasana
Tue May 16, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

Is their really a raft, and is there really someone on that raft? Where will they arrive? I'm not sure you understood my context of using the word 'raft'. Conventionally speaking, yes, there is a raft and yes the destination is the 'far shore' of Nirvana. That raft is the Dharma that takes you from...
by Vasana
Tue May 16, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

Advaita is an eternalist position and so it can't resemble any kind of Madyamika just as no nihilist position can either. I assume your teachers are shentongpa smcj? And their's? And their's etc? The Karma Kagyu school has been formally so since Karmapa III. It could be argued to have been informal...
by Vasana
Mon May 15, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 1405

Re: How is this not Advaita?

OK, how does is idea you describe of "vast endless Mind" in line with the words of the great Kalu Rinpoche? I do not see the connection. The innate mind is endless and beginningless ( = timeless) because it is not a creation, not dual. Kalu Rinpoche expresses the nondual nature of mind. T...
by Vasana
Mon May 15, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: An odd question on Pīti
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: An odd question on Pīti

Experiences of transparency and bliss are relatively common experiences you can have. Non-conceptuality, bliss and clarity.

Not worth fixating on recreating the experience as it's likely that your subtle channels and winds were just particularly settled at that time.
by Vasana
Sun May 14, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Interaction with spirits
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Re: Interaction with spirits

Hmm...I suppose that makes sense.
I imagine that might even partially explain why even highly realized Tulkus and other realized beings still encounter various adversities and provocations which you'd assume were purified the 'last time round'.
by Vasana
Sun May 14, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Interaction with spirits
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Re: Interaction with spirits

Karmic debts are not just to the eight classes. The eight classes manifest as demons rather than gods because of such karmic debts; but that is not the whole extent of karmic debts. There are also being who ignore us because of karmic debt, etc., who will not help us, even if they do not actively h...
by Vasana
Sun May 14, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Interaction with spirits
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Re: Interaction with spirits

No, just confession of deeds in general. Ah, perhaps it is just this sadhana then, or I misinterpreted: ''NGÖN GYI LEN CHAK TAM CHE CHANG GYUR CHIK May all my karmic debts from the past be purified! DA TA GYÜ LA MI NE TOL LO SHAK In the present so that they do not remain in my mind-stream, I confes...
by Vasana
Thu May 11, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tense jaw muscles while meditating
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Tense jaw muscles while meditating

Deeper relxation of the whole body before meditating helps. Having the jaw slightly open and loose can do to. If your jaw is tense it'salso quite common for the eyes to closed too tightly and for me it can sometimes be indicative of grasping at the object of meditation too tightly. The thing with ha...
by Vasana
Wed May 10, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4246
Views: 310785

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does anyone know if the retreat this weekend involves direct introduction/ transmission? Anytime ChNN explains Ati Guru Yoga, this is exactly direct introduction. He has said this over and over again. ChNN always gives Dzogchen transmission in every retreat, none excepted. Thanks. I thought as much...
by Vasana
Wed May 10, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4246
Views: 310785

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Does anyone know if the retreat this weekend involves direct introduction/ transmission? I know there is the 3 special anniversaries a year but I don't know the official line for whether the introductions on other general Ati-Yoga retreats count as the same thing - I.e- do they enable someone to the...
by Vasana
Wed May 10, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 23
Views: 731

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

Medicine Buddha can be practiced. With regard to the empowerment, you should understand that the Medicine Buddha practice is not solely a vajrayana practice.... this practice of the Medicine Buddha is a combination of what the Buddha taught about the Medicine Buddha in the sutras of the Medicine Bu...
by Vasana
Wed May 10, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?
Replies: 23
Views: 731

Re: Sources for yidam practices not requiring empowerment?

Medicine Buddha can be practiced. With regard to the empowerment, you should understand that the Medicine Buddha practice is not solely a vajrayana practice.... this practice of the Medicine Buddha is a combination of what the Buddha taught about the Medicine Buddha in the sutras of the Medicine Bud...

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