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by tomamundsen
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission
Replies: 98
Views: 2793

Re: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission

I feel moved, so to speak, to share this passage from DJKR's introduction to "The Guru Drinks Bourbon?": Deciding to follow another human being—not a god, not a machine, not nature, not a system of governance, not the sun or the moon, but a shower-taking, sleeping, yawning, shitting, mood...
by tomamundsen
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission
Replies: 98
Views: 2793

Re: Root Lama versus Dzogchen transmission

Some teachers are excellent but some of their students may not experience such phenomena. Does this reflect on the teacher, or the student? Like I said: one can learn from any teacher, but this does not make then "THE teacher" for them. One persons "THE teacher" can easily elici...
by tomamundsen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen for beginners
Replies: 21
Views: 1493

Re: Dzogchen for beginners

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's book, "The Crystal and the Way of Light," is an excellent written introduction to the path of Dzogchen, and how it relates to Sutra, and to the Tantric practices. That text by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is an excellent "primer" on Dzogchen. Totally agreed. Al...
by tomamundsen
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to meditate on death?
Replies: 31
Views: 639

Re: How to meditate on death?

I cam across this Bard-ism and thought it belonged in this thread. Sounds like Macbeth had been reading the teachings on impermanence and death! Macbeth. Act 5, Scene 5, lines 19-28: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded...
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Integrating Dzogchen ect
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: Integrating Dzogchen ect

If you try to receive some teachings on creation stage from a Nyingma lama, you will probably get instructions on how to integrate creation stage with Atiyoga. This is very common in the Dudjom Tersar tradition, for example.
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream
Replies: 59
Views: 1173

Re: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream

The best advice is your Lama's. Do not take as true anything others say, good or bad: Do not regard it with hope or fear; do not affirm or deny it. Allow others to say whatever they like, as if they are talking about a corpse. Except for a qualified Lama, no one can give correct advice, not even yo...
by tomamundsen
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream
Replies: 59
Views: 1173

Re: Garchen rinpoche Yamantaka Empowerment Livestream

The best advice is your Lama's. Do not take as true anything others say, good or bad: Do not regard it with hope or fear; do not affirm or deny it. Allow others to say whatever they like, as if they are talking about a corpse. Except for a qualified Lama, no one can give correct advice, not even yo...
by tomamundsen
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Academic ridiculousness

Actually, I personally almost find even non-academic Buddhist texts to be pretty limited in utility. I think Milarepa said it well:

Milarepa wrote:Books written in black ink are all misleading;
I only meditate on the pith instructions of the whispered lineage.
by tomamundsen
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.
Replies: 92
Views: 1834

Re: Please, do not share "secret teachings" online, with anyone.

I am not at all trying to diminish "secret teachings". I just wish they were "secret". If they are indeed secret teachings that require special empowerments etc., then you, having no such empowerments etc., cannot possibly understand them anyway, so they are, at most, just neutr...
by tomamundsen
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: THL is a wonderful resource but...
Replies: 19
Views: 573

Re: THL is a wonderful resource but...

what do you think of the TLI under Lama David Curtis for a learning resource? It's excellent. I've gone through Levels I - III and have taken a few reader courses. Lama David has a really great system for learning the alphabet and taking you to the point of being able to use a dictionary. Lama Davi...
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chanting in English
Replies: 21
Views: 750

Re: Chanting in English

Karma Jinpa wrote:Pretty sure that many folks on here can attest to reading practice texts aloud being a technique for memorization, and deeper understanding in the long run. The more you do it, the more you'll be able to retain. It's like learning to speak a language in that way.

Yep :twothumbsup:
by tomamundsen
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1609

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

I just struggle reading Richard Barron's translations of Longchenpa's Seven Treasuries (what is published so far). It's a kind of Dharma English that is a little different from what I'm used to and prefer, and that makes it harder for me. Is there another English translation of the commentary to Ch...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1609

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

RikudouSennin wrote:Also I only read one verse at a time.

Me too! Choying Dzod is so juicy, I like to read just a few lines every once in a while and "chew on them" for some time.
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wallace on Great Compassion and Dzogchen
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Wallace on Great Compassion and Dzogchen

Thanks for posting. That was great :namaste:
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retroactivity of Awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 660

Re: Retroactivity of Awakening

very confusing... it's like back to the drawing board for me... Well, you probably don't need to square all of the Dzogchen teachings with Nichiren. If you're practicing Nichiren, I think those teachings should be enough :) I don't just practice Nichiren Shonin's teachings...i practice Tantra as we...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Kālacakra Vajrayoga & Dzogchen comparison
Replies: 27
Views: 1073

Re: Kālacakra Vajrayoga & Dzogchen comparison

On thing that's interesting with Kalacakra is the idea that the "empty form" which occurs as a result of completion stage is a non-physical form. Certain parallels could be drawn to the Body of Light, I suppose, but I don't think they're in any way equivalent. I'm no expert in either syst...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retroactivity of Awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 660

Re: Retroactivity of Awakening

Minobu wrote:very confusing...

it's like back to the drawing board for me...

Well, you probably don't need to square all of the Dzogchen teachings with Nichiren. If you're practicing Nichiren, I think those teachings should be enough :)
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: anything similar to Choying Dzo...
Replies: 40
Views: 1609

Re: anything similar to Choying Dzo...

oh yeah bro..I got it...very helpful...reading and rereading it....its just kinda dense..know what I mean? Oh yea! After reading Choying Dzod, I thought how wonderful it was and mostly easy to understand. Then I went through the commentary with my teacher, and wow... There is so much to be unpacked...
by tomamundsen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chanting in English
Replies: 21
Views: 750

Re: Chanting in English

Do you feel chanting in English is appropriate when reciting traditional liturgies? I think this is very much a YMMV type of thing. My own teacher said it's OK to chant in English until I know the meaning of the sadhana. But it's better in general to chant the Tibetan, because (in the particular ca...
by tomamundsen
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Muddy waters: obscurations, mind, and more...
Replies: 65
Views: 246

Re: Primordial Buddha: A Reprise

dzogchungpa wrote:Well, there is the expression "shin tu phra ba'i sems".

Does this refer to something other than "'od gsal sems"?

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