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by Malcolm
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 76
Views: 1522

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Yes, it is. There is also the fact that one of Lingwood main Tibetan teachers (Domo Geshe) was a major gyalpo guy as well. This is not a fact. Just to clarify, (and I'm aware it seems mention of Domo Geshe led to a detour into gyalpo chat) Domo Geshe WAS NOT one of Lingwood's teachers. Domo was the...
by Malcolm
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

When I got interested in receiving DI from ChNN I looked as hard as I could for any scandals, shady behaviors or anything related. Nothing. As for his approach. Have you read any of his publicly available books introducing Dzogchen? The only reason I ask is that if you are sincerely interested in r...
by Malcolm
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Rakz wrote:i have a tough time believing dzogchen is superior above all other methods just because some texts from tibet say so...


You don't need to believe anything. Understanding is the point.
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

That is not what I mean. Direct introduction always works. Anyone who receives it can then use Dzogchen methods to either discover that they have not discovered, or reinforce what they discovered. I received transmission in november 2015. Practiced it for a little while as well. Nothing really happ...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

That is not what I mean. Direct introduction always works. Anyone who receives it can then use Dzogchen methods to either discover that they have not discovered, or reinforce what they discovered. Right. So do you include Jax in that statement? I include anyone who has received introduction in that...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I don't think there's really much more to be said in this particular debate. But to answer one direct question: Not for Buddhists , no. For people arriving straight from the street without any Buddhist practice, I am personally of the view that a basic grounding in Sutra is the safest approach rath...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Plus simply giving someone DI right off the bat only rarely works. This means you do not understand that is meant in Dzogchen by direct introduction. It always works. There is a perspective where all Dharma works all the time. The late Kalu Rinpoche once said that he saw all the monks as Arhats. Fr...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

smcj wrote:
Plus simply giving someone DI right off the bat only rarely works.


This means you do not understand that is meant in Dzogchen by direct introduction. It always works.
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

The most suitable teaching for westerners is one that cuts through all their modernist conditioning and makes them detach from the zeitgeist dominating the modern world. No, the most suitable teaching for Westerners is one that introduces them to their real nature as fast as possible. Hypotheticall...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 56
Views: 862

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Tārāmitra wrote:The most suitable teaching for westerners is one that cuts through all their modernist conditioning and makes them detach from the zeitgeist dominating the modern world.


No, the most suitable teaching for Westerners is one that introduces them to their real nature as fast as possible.
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If one has to rely on a vow to be honest, one is not very honest. Yes, one might say that. But the Lord Buddha nevertheless saw it as necessary, given the degenerate condition of mankind in his days. Today mankind has become even more spiritually reduced than in the Śākyamuni’s time. We are not pri...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I get your meaning, Malcolm. Thank you for your patient explanations. I am not so much saying that vows as such are required. What I do think is required is clear teachings on śīla, that to be understood in principal depth and interiorised. For example, the precept against theft is more subtle in e...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Rinpoche places no emphasis at all on śīla. This is not exactly true. It is entirely true. Rinpoche includes these things because they need to be understood, not because this is how one is to practice. He states in the same book: However, those who follow Dzogchen teachings on the basis of clear un...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Let me clarify that I am not seeking controversy here, or disputation for its own sake, and I hope I am not, without intention, coming across as offensive or arrogant. I certainly accept that my approach to this question is not the only valid one in all cases, but I still hold that it is the safest...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Tārāmitra wrote:
If one has to rely on a vow to be honest, one is not very honest.


Yes, one might say that. But the Lord Buddha nevertheless saw it as necessary, given the degenerate condition of mankind in his days.


So you think all nonbuddhists are liars?
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Personally I am of the opinion that Dzogchen should be supported by a firm Buddhist platform and shouldn't be taught on its own to seekers not established in fundamental Dharma. This is your limitation. It is not the limitation of Dzogchen. Dzogchen is an independent, self-contained vehicle that in...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Personally I am of the opinion that Dzogchen should be supported by a firm Buddhist platform and shouldn't be taught on its own to seekers not established in fundamental Dharma. This is your limitation. It is not the limitation of Dzogchen. Dzogchen is an independent, self-contained vehicle that in...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thank you for your helpful replies. :namaste: Rinpoche places no emphasis at all on śīla. He also is not a "crazy" wisdom kind of guy. Very well. But as for śīla, does this mean Rinpoche instructs Western disciples in Dzogchen without first (or at the same time) making sure they are estab...
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 76
Views: 1522

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

Grigoris wrote:'ccept that Sangharakshita was not a celibate AND there is no "natural order of things".


Well, what he did was argue that he had not broken any monastic vows because his original ordination was not valid.
by Malcolm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4076
Views: 283163

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

So is Rinpoche’s conduct consistently and in easily recognizable essence and appearance in conformity to basic Buddhist Sila, or does he engage much in the profoundly paradoxical “grey zone” of the sort of “crazy wisdom” behaviour that may or may not be actual wisdom and often turns out not to have...

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