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by TrimePema
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara's Triple Excellence program alongside studying at gompa; experiences and suggestions
Replies: 21
Views: 1823

Re: Tara's Triple Excellence program alongside studying at gompa; experiences and suggestions

Hello friends. I want to ask about this program, for deciding if it is adequate for me. I have read here excellent commentaries about it, and I feel drawn upon Chökyi Nyima Rinpoché (enjoy a lot his writings and videos) and the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. Currently I assist to Drepung Loseling in m...
by TrimePema
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 1 year in ...
Replies: 23
Views: 2914

Re: 1 year in ...

Hi I have been attending a local Tibetan buddhist centre for the last 12 months. In that time I have been meditating regularly and attending weekly introductory lectures or teacher led meditations and pujas. It was all exciting at first but since about September I have been dragging myself along an...
by TrimePema
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rigpa and Alayavijnana
Replies: 68
Views: 7204

Re: Rigpa and Alayavijnana

In Dzogchen, the ālaya is discarded, not purified. :jawdrop: Like a śrāvaka! I joke. Y'all can delete this. :spy: In the Shravaka nothing is left, “without remainder”. Germano has a paper on the Alaya and Dzogchen. It's dense but it clears up confusion I think by presenting Longchenpa's fourfold ku...
by TrimePema
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rigpa and Alayavijnana
Replies: 68
Views: 7204

Re: Rigpa and Alayavijnana

"In Dzogchen, the ālaya is discarded, not purified." Is this called "Togal"? No, this is at the level of the ultimate result, whether practicing either trekcho or thogal. If i understand correctly, alaya is not a thing it is a term that denotes a collection of functions of ignorance. the ignorance ...
by TrimePema
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rigpa and Alayavijnana
Replies: 68
Views: 7204

Re: Rigpa and Alayavijnana

No, definitely not. The all-basis consciousness is a product of ma rig pa, ignorance, the opposite of rig pa, knowledge. In yogacāra, after the seeds of the all-basis consciousness is exhausted, it vanishes, along with the afflicted consciousness. It itself transforms into gnosis. This process is n...
by TrimePema
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Why did you say "no one else benefits"? You need to re-read my example and then look at these passages again. Additionally, we are not talking about someone (an actor) "believing themselves to be doing all the above with a bodhichitta motivation" we are talking about someone who absolutely IS doing...
by TrimePema
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

...multiple posters have already observed that rape/sexual assault is the deliberate sexual overpowering and violation (on multiple levels) of an unwilling or non-consenting person, either by force or coercion or while the other is defenseless, for the purpose of self-gratification, or else motivat...
by TrimePema
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Scenario 1: Naropa and Milarepa. Scenario 2: Ösel Tendzin and SMR. I think both scenarios should be taken into consideration. In summary my point has mostly been that, as serious as scenario 2 is, it does not completely invalidate scenario 1. Is that a problem for people? Osel Tendzin is a good exa...
by TrimePema
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Yes and no. However the great likelihood favors the mundane view. On a practical level you choose your teachers cautiously and conservatively so that such an occasion cannot occur. Then you can give carte blanche—from a safe distance away from any lines. Sure but in the case of SMR and Sogyal almos...
by TrimePema
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

No and yes. Yes and no. However the great likelihood favors the mundane view. Thus my support of HHDL and Mingyur R’s positionson lama abuse. On a practical level you choose your teachers cautiously and conservatively so that such an occasion cannot occur. Then you can give carte blanche—but from a...
by TrimePema
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Right! But I feel like this gets us back to the original question: Given that I ought to practice as if my teacher were actually an enlightened master, if my teacher were to do something like rape someone, would there be any grounds for viewing it as pure or would it automatically mean my master wa...
by TrimePema
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Right! But I feel like this gets us back to the original question: Given that I ought to practice as if my teacher were actually an enlightened master, if my teacher were to do something like rape someone, would there be any grounds for viewing it as pure or would it automatically mean my master wa...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I think a distinction should be made between a theoretical, legalistic, technical perspective versus a “for all practical purposes” perspective on this issue. Do you mean like this or another way? Theoretically I would say it is possible to have a bodhichitta motivation here. Legalistically I would...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I think a distinction should be made between a theoretical, legalistic, technical perspective versus a “for all practical purposes” perspective on this issue. Do you mean like this or another way? Theoretically I would say it is possible to have a bodhichitta motivation here. Legalistically I would...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

...multiple posters have already observed that rape/sexual assault is the deliberate sexual overpowering and violation (on multiple levels) of an unwilling or non-consenting person, either by force or coercion or while the other is defenseless, for the purpose of self-gratification, or else motivat...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 13
Views: 1638

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

How does a layperson consecrate ritual objects (eg dorje, bell, butter lamp) if they happen to become desecrated? The book The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness mentions that the Mantra of Great Wisdom Bimala Ushnisha can be used to consecrate objects. Would reciting a mala of thi...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Given Patrul RInpoche's Nine Considerations, if an action that will greatly harm you and one other being somehow greatly benefits serious practitioners by somehow leading them to realization faster, is that something that should be done? Of course, that may be an unintended consequence, in which cas...
by TrimePema
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 2189

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

Isn’t there something like the nine stages of meditation which when complete is the ‘single pointed concentration of the desire realm’ and then after that comes the Jhanas? And then in the same breath once you have attained the first Jhana that is enough for liberation if you wanted to stop there? ...
by TrimePema
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: Guru yoga with Samantabhadra?

monktastic wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:09 pm
Thanks, both of you!

It is said that GR is compelled to offer blessings when we visualize him and beseech him. Any reason this wouldn't be true for Samantabhadra as well?
They're the same...
by TrimePema
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 132
Views: 9656

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

Vajrayana still operates within the context of the Bodhisattva vow. You dont need to be a Vajrayana practitioner to develop siddhis. What I am talking about is the fact that one cannot talk about the circumstances of committing a seemingly negative act with bodhichitta intention without mentioning ...

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