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by Gyurme Kundrol
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 24204

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

It is a set of commitments one makes to the guru, one's vajra siblings, and the path in general. Though they are in fact secret, they are openly discussed by many people here all the time. karma-mechanically speaking, it is more than that though, right? What role do they play as an essential compon...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions
Replies: 28
Views: 2605

Re: Question about transmission and pointing-out instructions

A psychotherapist friend who has a deep background in Zen said he's come to believe after decades of work with Buddhist practitioners that spiritual health and psychological health are really quite different, that one doesn't at all necessarily follow the other. In particular, he thinks, people who...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 74
Views: 4632

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

I think that Buddha Nature can only be proven within the realm of ones own experience, or phenomenologically. If you want it proved with phenomenal science, this probably wont happen. Faith in it can be inspired by listening to teachers, reading teachings, meditation and so on, but the actual proof ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 3249

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

Not OK if you want to leave Samsara. Fine if you dont mind the round of rebirth. No amount of mental gymnastics makes it OK, either. Being in a relationship or with a wife and kids is not an excuse because those attachments are pure delusion no matter how strongly you identify with your animalistic ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations
Replies: 955
Views: 70434

Re: Very sad news: Letter to Sogyal Rinpoche / Abuse allegations

Sogyal is not a crazy wisdom yogi. Crazy wisdom yogis break social convention based on their insight and wisdom, not conform to it. What he did is nothing more than what a lot of what we see glorified in music, television and in movies. What he did was just fall prey to the maras that are running ra...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 182
Views: 27375

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:You should understand things from a Vajrayāna point of view, and not reject it. Otherwise, you are just a guy engaged in cosplay.
by Gyurme Kundrol
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 76
Views: 5261

Re: Peeling the onion

There are so many layers of stories we believe in (mistake for real) ... consciously or unconsciously. Like a set of (infinite?) nested dolls. If we keep peeling back the onion layers — relentlessly, mercilessly! — to reveal the story (within the story (within the story (within the story))) ... do ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My Bodhi seed wrist mala color detereoriating
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: My Bodhi seed wrist mala color detereoriating

Are you wearing a mala because its shiny and new, as a fashion accessory? Or are you wearing it to practice?

Try wearing a bone mala. They go from pearly white to a off white/yellow color pretty damned quick. Such is the nature of Samsara though...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who can identify this figure?
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Who can identify this figure?

The serpents on top maybe give a clue? Could it be Nagarjuna or another great Mahasiddha?
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 8072

Re: Belief

Heres how I see it: Belief - Is hiding your ignorance in an assumption. E.g. - I believe God created the universe. Well good for you, but since nobody knows really why anything is here its just an assumption. Often our beliefs are like armor, they shield us from things we cannot know or things we do...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Tue May 23, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 35085

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

People are very influenced by the first book they read on a given subject M Damn Skippy. And thankfully the first ones I read were by ChNN. This whole thread is rather painful. Dharmawheel is normally like a dentist visit, but now it's like he's really getting in there and I am just praying for the...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun May 21, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 35085

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

But the fact that he continues to state that the point of Dzogchen is the same as Advaita (nondual consciousness) to me shows that he misunderstood the intent of Dzogchen teachings. Not everyone has a need to keep Dzogchen so unique that there can be no comparison (contamination) to anything else. ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Wed May 10, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamanistic influence on Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 281
Views: 17052

Re: Shamanistic influence on Tibetan Buddhism

Malcolm wrote:
DGA wrote:so what is shamanism, exactly?

what would a shamanistic influence look like?

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The perfect drug?
by Gyurme Kundrol
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 18134

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Crazywisdom wrote:Im imagining a world where sutras and tantras are like a K-12 education.
Perhaps Sutra is K-12, Tantra is college, Dzogchen is your PhD thesis.
by Gyurme Kundrol
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 18134

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Practice is secondary because practice wont lead beyond the pinnacle of existence, and thus to a higher rebirth. It will purify the substrate from which Samsara and Nirvana arise, but wont reveal their true nature as primordial emptiness from the beginning, nor will it give rise to the knowledge of ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How did you find your teacher?
Replies: 12
Views: 1504

Re: How did you find your teacher?

I had a somewhat rare experience where I saw my teacher (root Guru really) in an email and immediately had unwavering devotion to him as Buddha and a deep desire to hear his teaching. I actually broke into tears at the mere thought of meeting what amounted to a complete stranger. It would have been ...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 35824

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Again, I am not arguing method, per se, but looking at experience from the POV of a Two Stages model. If you feel that Dzogchen is somehow outside the limit of the Two Stages, not as method, but as experience, you are in a sense arguing that the result of the Two Stages, or the "fruition," if you w...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 35824

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Are you saying that sensory phenomena and experience is something other than "ultimate reality"? No definitely not, only that all knowable phenomena can be creation and completion stage, and vice versa- even if they are not creation or completion stage practices or even if you try and fail and doin...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 35824

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Whether one is practicing the stages of creation and completion or not; whether one successfully practices or not If one applies oneself--in the end, there is nothing within the limit of our experience which is beyond the stages of creation and completion. If this came from HH Getse Rinpoche I doub...
by Gyurme Kundrol
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 35824

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

I honestly do not understand why people take this issue personally. People are often attached to their practices and they also have many ideas about what realization is, looks like, or how it comes about. They place a number of conditions on realization ranging from what a realized person wears, sa...

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