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by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 34
Views: 1141

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I did not review the videos, but from my personal experience only, I think that Zen and Dzogchen are pointing in the same direction. Some of the methods are identical. I think that Dzogchen teachings has been systemitized in a way that Zen has not, which has positive and negative aspects.
by Matt J
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 15
Views: 678

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

If some one came and took all of my Madhyamaka books (and I have many), I would fight to keep at least two: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrum Gyamtso Rinpoche and the attendant commentary by Andy Karr called Contemplating Reality . They are both very accessible and pra...
by Matt J
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2219

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

It strikes me that the time one needs to spend with a guru is determined by--- I would guess--- one's guru. If some one feels that they need to spend a lot of time with a guru, then they should probably find some one who offers that. I can also see people who want to offer advice for people who do n...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1145

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

I think you have to start where you are. I can say that unlike Cone and Malcolm, I am a lazy, busy householder who practices far less than he should and reads way too much. Even so, with the right set of practices, major transformations can occur. When I first started practice, I had gone through ma...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15550

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I do. It helps create a culture where this type of behavior is deemed publicly unacceptable.
smcj wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
You aren't actually saying anything but seem to be chastising others for talking,
Do you see benefit in re-hashing lama dramas? How so?
by Matt J
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 40
Views: 1410

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

You don’t necessarily need a local sangha. You can travel for retreats. Tsoknyi Rinpoche comes to Crestone once a year as does Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—- they also have online support. You can also travel: I recently went waaay down to Mexico to get instructions from a teacher. It is a matter of prio...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: teaching on training
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: teaching on training

Are you thinking of the advice Thich Nhat Hanh gave Norman Fischer in his article No Teacher of Zen?
by Matt J
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 690

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

It is astounding how thoroughly Christianity has infiltrated Western culture. It is interesting to see how the more I practice in a Buddhist context, the things I used to accept as pure common sense seem so --- off. And so much of Christianity seems to trace back to Plato--- which is somewhat intere...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 8913

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

But teachers are not giving arguments for them--- at least none I've come across. I feel like people are looking in texts for things to worry about that have no impact on their situation. I doubt teachers would fail to teach lay Westerners about this if it were at all relevant in the context of our ...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: doctrinal unity

None of these ideas are particular to Zen--- they are all found within the Tibetan traditions. In addition, there are correlates to those ideas in non-dual Shaiva Tantra. Even using non-traditional methods like slaps and strange behavior has a long history in Tibetan Buddhism. Having practiced for s...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 8913

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

Are people just digging for stuff to be worried about? I've never heard a single teacher talk on this topic.
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Different criteria. Why?
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Different criteria. Why?

I wouldn't take the Tibetan presentation to actually align with the historical schools. The presentation is useful as a method for elaborating the Tibetan view, but not at all useful for elaborating non-Tibetan views. I would also keep in mind that many modern forms of sutric meditation probably fai...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2248

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I wasn't able to find the analysis in prior posts. Is there a link? Are you all suggesting that the Dzogchen taught by Kagyu masters (i.e Thrangu, Mingyur, Tsoknyi, Dzogchen Ponlop etc. Rinpoches) is compromised somehow by a Shentong stance? The heart of Dzogchen as far as I understand is not a conc...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2248

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I have really come around to the Shentong presentation via the Kagyu presentation. First, it seems to be based in experience rather than logic and dialectics. Second, it really enhances the sense of compassion one has both for oneself and for all sentient beings. I have often found a lot of Nyingma ...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2248

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I struggle to see any difference between shentong and a Madhyamaka-Yogacara synthesis. If I recall correctly, Brunnholzl makes the argument that what is called shentong is simply that. In any case, gzhan stong as a view in itself is at odds with Dzogchen... however describing Dzogchen as a Madhyamak...
by Matt J
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 2248

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

I found investigating dreams to be helpful. Take a dream: you have a flower that may still require sunlight, water, and soil to grow. You could even have dream scientists studying dream objects and telling us everything is made of dream matter. Yet none of it actually exists--- there is not even an ...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 961

Re: proclaiming awakening

I imagine that the costs outweigh the benefits. If some one claims enlightenment, you either take them at their word or you don't. You can't verify it, so you are no better off with a claim as without. The only real way to verify that a practice works is experientially, through practice. If you trus...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Best Masters of Mahamudra
Replies: 14
Views: 1110

Re: Best Masters of Mahamudra

I would definitely second Tergar for a number of reasons. I think the organization as a whole is definitely one of the best dharma groups I've ever encountered. I've been practicing with them for the last few years. First, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his lamas are great teachers who speak from exper...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2513

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

- What is for you then so specific different between Dzogchen and Mahamudra ? It means you have studied Dzogchen and compared it to your actual practice of Mahamudra, when i understood your story. Yes, that's right. - What kind of Mahamudra are you practising and in what Tibetan Tradition ? I'm fol...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 6449

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

I don't know much about the person, but Khenpo Acho is a modern practitioner (1998?) that is said to have achieved rainbow body. May I ask if anyone knows of cases where a practitioner of dzogchen (either Buddhist or Bön) achieved a full-fledged Rainbow Body of Great Transference (jalus phowa chenpo...

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