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by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Empowerments

Interesting, I'll drop them a line.

I see there are some Yogis that practice Tummo but mention nothing re an empowerment. Is a HYT empowerment required to practice Tummo?

Thanks again.
by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Empowerments

My pleasure. You seem to be looking for new teachers etc. so perhaps entering an HYT commitment with a new Lama may be better left until after a relationship has been formed? From memory, I think the FPMT does require some preliminary retreat as well, so if you have not already done so, such a retr...
by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Empowerments

FPMT don't have any visiting teachers this year. I know FPMT Jamyang Leeds has requested Dagri Rinpoche to teach here again, but nothing about what or when. I can't see anything at Samye Ling, although there are other kagyu organisations in the UK Thanks, I'll have a search and maybe email them ind...
by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Empowerments

FPMT is your best bet, but I can't see any listed. A certain cult gives this quite often in the UK but those giving the empowerments are not qualified to do so. Kagyu organisations are also worth checking out for opportunities. Samye Ling may be able to help. Good grief! I am aware of both those co...
by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Empowerments

FPMT is your best bet, but I can't see any listed. A certain cult gives this quite often in the UK but those giving the empowerments are not qualified to do so. Kagyu organisations are also worth checking out for opportunities. Samye Ling may be able to help. Good grief! I am aware of both those co...
by Justmeagain
Sun May 21, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Empowerments
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Empowerments

Hi,

Does anyone know of any Heruka Vajrayogini Empowerment's scheduled in the UK this coming year?

Thanks...
by Justmeagain
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

Ok. That said, I am very aware of a deep psychological 'process' when I sit. This has been my experience over recent months and as I am practising Shiktantaza I guess I am after some reassurance that the potential outcome of what I am doing is 'safe'. By safe I mean that I can have faith that the pr...
by Justmeagain
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

Johnny Dangerous wrote:While I never got much explanation of what is shikantaza when I was involved in Zen, I will say that it basically sounds like what other teachers describe as the union of shamatha and vipaysana. If it's not, I'd love to know how/why it's different, other than the nomenclature used.
:good:
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

https://opendoorzencommunity.org/wp-con ... ischer.pdf

See Norman Fischer talking about what sounds identical to Burmese style Vipassana here...
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

...or do Soto practitioners also practice Samatha and Vipassana? What would it mean to be a "Soto practitioner" without actually practising it? Sounds like being a fisherman without ever fishing. Ok, well I guess thats what I was asking - is Soto Zen synonymous with Shikantaza only? Or to put it an...
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

...or do Soto practitioners also practice Samatha and Vipassana? Thanks, :anjali: no.. there is no samatha or vipassana in soto.. shikan taza is number 1.. there could be other form of zazen practice including koan, but no s/v.. So then, are instructions on how to practice shikan taza 只管打坐 given ri...
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Re: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

But isnt shikantaza a form of vipassana and shamatha? I mean it does achieve the same state and afaik it is not that much different, or is it? Sort of what I thought. Not so much Samatha, but unless you're asleep, awareness of everything that arises and falls away is inevitable. I think this proces...
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?
Replies: 60
Views: 8568

Is Shikantaza a requisite of being a Soto Zennie?

...or do Soto practitioners also practice Samatha and Vipassana?

Thanks,

:anjali:
by Justmeagain
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Waste of precious time...?
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Re: Waste of precious time...?

Meeting teacher at the weekend...

Thanks for your help everyone!
by Justmeagain
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Waste of precious time...?
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Re: Waste of precious time...?

It feels like I am quite literally just sitting there, on my arse, staring at the floor. What else should be there? That's why it's called just sitting. How do I get around this feeling of wasting precious time? That is the desire to attain something. But there is nothing to attain. Oh....might as ...
by Justmeagain
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Waste of precious time...?
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Re: Waste of precious time...?

"Think about death and impermanence for a time. Once you are certain that you are going to die, you will no longer find it hard to put aside harmful actions nor difficult to do what is right" Geshe Potowa Essentially this is the only thing that gets my ass on the cushion, well this and the principl...
by Justmeagain
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Waste of precious time...?
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Waste of precious time...?

Hi All, Imagine being in a concert hall. The conductor taps his batton on the stand everyone goes quiet and...........and............ ........................ Well thats sort of where I am in my practice and its troubling me! It feels lazy and counter=productive. It feels like I am quite literally j...
by Justmeagain
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 9494

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Great thread. The more I read and consider this, the more I'm convinced that the nature and history of current traditions and practices are, for all intents and purposes irrelevant. Don't know how that sits you you guys? I recall a philosophy professor at Uni (many moons ago now) stating wisely: It'...
by Justmeagain
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 9494

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Are accounts of siddhis the sign of a path being fastest? That doesn't sound quite right to me, though I'm interested in other people's thoughts. My own observation, which I freely admit is limited and of no value, is that the Vajrayana is an excellent path which has produced many masters and which...
by Justmeagain
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 9494

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Malcolm wrote: Vajrayāna has an unbroken transmission from the dharmakāya.

Dharmakāya --> sambhogakāya --> nirmanakāya (Śākyamuni, Garab Dorje, Padmasambhava, etc.) --> siddhas, etc.
I guess there's a LOT of faith involved in subscribing to that view?

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