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by LolCat
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

Just an update, I just signed up for the Vajrayana Online program and am now able to access the Nectar of the Path course. There are modules for each part of the liturgy that anyone can access, but the media related to nature of mind practice is in the Path of Liberation section which requires point...
by LolCat
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual
Replies: 60
Views: 3343

Re: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual

Regarding sleep, one thing I observed in myself is that if I go to bed around 10pm I sleep quite well and often feel refreshed even with just 5-6 hours sleep. If I sleep around, or especially after, midnight, often I have difficulty falling asleep and I don't feel refreshed even after 8-9 hours. I ...
by LolCat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 650

Re: Enlightenment

Why wouldn’t we strive to become a god then, and also accumulate merit to sustain our next rebirth in a good realm... That is what everyone does normally in samsara, but hardly anyone attains. And even if heavenly birth is attained, it shall pass. I don’t know how to feel now. It feels like oh you ...
by LolCat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6012
Views: 539633

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

When and where are the SMS courses usually held in the United States?
If they are held elsewhere, are they webcast?
by LolCat
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6012
Views: 539633

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Not sure if this is too in detail a question for a public forum(please let me know if so, I will edit it out), but when Rinpoche says visualizing the Trondu alone is enough when on a Tara retreat, does this include the seed syllable at the heart-center and/or the mantra rotating around it? I am not...
by LolCat
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 2726

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

If the OP is still interested in cultivating śamatha prior to connecting with a guru, this book by Tony Duff looks pretty good. His premise is to teach śamatha-vipaśyanā in a way that aligns well with the approach of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen, yet which does not reveal any of the inner aspects that re...
by LolCat
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6012
Views: 539633

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Not sure if this is too in detail a question for a public forum(please let me know if so, I will edit it out), but when Rinpoche says visualizing the Trondu alone is enough when on a Tara retreat, does this include the seed syllable at the heart-center and/or the mantra rotating around it? I am not ...
by LolCat
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual
Replies: 60
Views: 3343

Re: The Retreat Map--from Kongtrul's Retreat Manual

Does being in retreat reduce your need for sleep? I usually need 7:30 - 8 hours of sleep to not be sleepy throughout the day, most of the long-term retreat schedules I have seen allow for around 6 hours of sleep or lesser.
by LolCat
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Longchen Nyingtig Initiation
Replies: 18
Views: 2182

Re: Longchen Nyingtig Initiation

I am in the same status with this posting owner. Could you recommend LN teachers in Asia, speaking English? You could request Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. He generally bestows the LNN lung if requested. He also has an online community practicing the LN Ngondro under his guidance. Its called the ngon...
by LolCat
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3723

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

I think Richard Davidson said something relevant about this in a talk with Mingyur Rinpoche a while back. The question was about replicating the sort of brain activity seen in advanced meditators by using techniques like biofeedback, and he said something along the lines of not jumping to conclusion...
by LolCat
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2260

Re: Realization

Now without referring to a memory of A1 and S1, A2 cannot directly infer change, and thus change is not directly experienced but inferred? :anjali: :anjali: :anjali: Is not our ability to recall thing and use this knowledge to predict the future is what gives us the impression that there is an unch...
by LolCat
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2260

Re: Realization

Huh? This does not make any sense at all. It is because there is no self and nothing that belongs to a self that there is impermanence. I explained how the perception of change is a conclusion and why change cannot be perceived directly. Did you have any problem with my explanation? The explanation...
by LolCat
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

Oh I wasn't suggesting that you go for the Asia retreat, sorry, I wasn't clear about that. What I meant was, these are the typical prerequisites for Mingyur Rinpoche's nature of mind retreats, so you might want to to email Tergar and ask if your experience is enough to qualify you to get in. If not,...
by LolCat
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

If we are talking about Tergar specifically, it is mentioned on the website that you need the required transmissions for starting the ngondro. If you are already experienced with Shamatha and Vipassana, you might want to email them and ask if you fulfill the prerequisites for participating in the re...
by LolCat
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

I just checked the website again: https://learning.tergar.org/course_library/vajrayana-online/about-nectar-of-the-path/ I was pretty sure this was a course that required a retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or equivalent, now it says it's open to all. Did the requirements change sometime in between or wa...
by LolCat
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Leaving a teacher (ChNN)
Replies: 20
Views: 1272

Re: Leaving a teacher (ChNN)

I went through something similar and I wish I had seen a topic like this or had started one myself a few years back. I received direct introduction back in 2015, but nothing really clicked for me for a long time after that, so eventually I just did Ati Guru Yoga mechanically a couple of times a day,...
by LolCat
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

I believe you have to attend a retreat with one of Tulku Urgyen's sons and receive the appropriate pointing out instructions and transmissions before starting out with the ngondro in the Tergar community. So while the resources are online, the transmission itself is traditional and face to face, so ...
by LolCat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing
Replies: 35
Views: 749

Re: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing

Thank you! That reminds me of the Buddha's ant from forehead to tip of nose analogy.
by LolCat
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing
Replies: 35
Views: 749

Re: How to Liberate Others Without Them Knowing

You can also chant the Heart Sutra. Lama Zopa has said that Medicine Buddha practice can be done for any positive benefit; he basically said that Medicine Buddha practice is a kind of panacea. Heart Sutra practice is similar although more on the side of removing obstacles. Tara practice is like thi...
by LolCat
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books that really spell out sadhana practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1129

Re: Books that really spell out sadhana practice

Thank you for the resources! Will check them out.

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