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by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Once you receive the direct introduction, you moved on with your life, instead of binding your life with the raft. When you receive the direct introduction that is the actual beginning of the path. This also where you realise why you need a Guru. It would seem that you missed out, but it is not to ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Ye-drog meaning
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Ye-drog meaning

It is properly spelled ཡེ་འབྲོག་སུམ་བརྒྱ་དྲུག་ཅུ. But we see ye 'grogs and ye 'drogs as well. According to Desid Sangye Gyatso, the 360 Yedrog have a couple of meanings. One has to do with the 360 joints of the body explained in Kālacakra which cause unhappiness of fear and so on when under the powe...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Personally, I believe there is a huge market for pujas, blessing, divination and many of the services a Ngakpa may offer. It's just that others are offering them. One of the strongest brands at the moment is Westernised 'Shamanism' - they'll do you a sweat lodge, rabbit entrail divination, bless yo...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

It leaves is [sic] with Western Ngakpa hobbyists who have the means and time to pursue their hobby because we live in a more prosperous part of the world than my guru did. And so the economics are less pressing. The implication being that somebody that does something as a hobby, is not as serious a...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

We should understand this. I understand this, I just believe it is not relevant to the Western context and should not be the primary reasoning/motivation behind us practicing in Ngkapa lineages (or not). The same reasoning could be applied to monastic traditions in the West too, since there is not ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Well, actually, I did't ask you that. You gave a relevant response to Matthew and then started on a largely irrelevant aside. Personally, I think the socio-economic dimensions of the Ngakpa tradition are very relevant to any discussion of what it means to be a Ngakpa. Why? This in fact is one of th...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

This is the non-grasping of the meaning. ' You seem to regard Sakyamuni as the only Buddha and only source of reliable teachings. You did not personally hear him teach, nor did you hear him explain his teachings. You are totally reliant on teachers who have transmitted the scriptures. Without those...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

I am not the member of a monastery nor of a Ngakpa Dratsang, so this is completely irrelevant to me... And why exactly should I care? How is this relevant to my practice? Not every conversation is about you, Grigoris. You asked me a question about why demand for the marketable skills of a Ngakpa we...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

pael wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:05 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:43 pm

Knowledge is not an obscuration.
How about knowledge of other religions? I know many stories from Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon. Is it obstacle?
One should know everything. Knowledge is never an obstacle.
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Dzogchen is of definitive teaching, vajrayana teaching is not definitive, that's why the latter need a teacher. This is the reason I never post in vajrayana related forum. Those of definitive teaching does not need a teacher, unless it is about direct introduction. But we are here for the discussio...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

For the spirit of academic/scholastic discussion of buddhism, one should uphold the Buddha's injunction as stated in the four reliances. One of that apply in this, is not to rely on the person (teacher) but the teaching (dharma). Therefore your asking for authority of teacher for anything being dis...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Parinirvana without remainder
Replies: 10
Views: 278

Re: Parinirvana without remainder

Jyoti wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:08 pm

Basically, the rainbow body is received after death of the physical body, because the function of mind/jnana is not absorb into the absolute nature (nirvana), thus it has to continue to function, and the rainbow body is manifestation aspect of this mind/jnana.
This is completely wrong.
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

In fact, the Holy Writ maintains that when one is really making progress in one's practice of Dzogchen, one's body feels very light and pleasant, parasites flee the body (such as lice), one's need for food decreases, and so on. All of these signs are characteristic also of someone who has mastered ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

A market? WTF does a market have to do with things? How do you think monasteries support themselves? They do so based on demand for their services by the local lay populace. This is why they charge fees for this rite and that puja. The same is true of Ngakpa Dratsangs. When you go have your obstacl...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

pemachophel wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:28 pm
i agree with Loppon-la/Malcolm -- very little demand for ngakpa services where i live.
Right, and you live in Colorado!
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 83
Views: 1126

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

... there is very little market for the skills of Ngakpas in the West, and I doubt there will ever be much of one. A market? WTF does a market have to do with things? How do you think monasteries support themselves? They do so based on demand for their services by the local lay populace. This is wh...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

: But the more one reads DW, the more it appears that in order to make heads or tails of the most basic and the most essential things he teaches (and thus properly practice them), you need to spend years reading around, studying Madhyamaka, Abhidharma, Vajrayana tantras, Dzogchen commentaries -- pr...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Usually it is only related to a certain controversial sutras, we just have to read into the meaning of this sutras, that is all. No, actually these controversies apply to entire classes of sūtras, and we have not even begun to get into tantras. The whole idea of "three turnings" is very sketchy to ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

thus the term 'suffering' does not exist (nor necessary) in the definitive teaching of mahayana. Making up the Dharma as you go along, huh? Can you find me even one master in any tradition who maintains this point of view you are proffering? For the spirit of academic/scholastic discussion of buddh...
by Malcolm
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 140
Views: 1926

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

The tripitaka is very systematic and strict on what is definitive and what is not. The above criterias are fixed (not subject to doubt) and there are more. No, actually it isn't —— and it is for this reason that there are disputation and multiple opinions about what is provisional and what is defin...