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by makewhisper
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Liberate all living beings
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Liberate all living beings

When I think about the beginninglessness and endlessness of samsara, I feel like there's some sense that everything that could possibly have happened on a relative level has in fact occurred. That's suggestive of how samsara is an impossible, played-out situation in the end yet also full of path pot...
by makewhisper
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2814

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

I used to think I'd have to appear as having a protrusion on my crown or dharmacakras on my palms at the instant of samyaksambodhi, but now when I self-generate as the deity I just imagine myself as I currently appear: boring, bespectacled, and mundane. So, if you believe that your current karmical...
by makewhisper
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2814

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

I will share my perspective with reference to my biography in hopes of assisting your process, OP. I was born in 1991. I was afraid of hellfire by age 5 or so owing to an unfortunate night in an Evangelical church here in the "Natural State" (lol). At 12, I wanted to convert to Judaism, but gave up ...
by makewhisper
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen // Middle Way
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Dzogchen // Middle Way

Quick question: Is Dzogchen contemplation (e.g. Norbu Rinpoche's guru yoga) a "middle way" between recognizing versus not recognizing an object? By recognition, I mean reacting to a sense impression of the object with a conscious (even an inner linguistic) affirmative cognition — like, "this is my f...
by makewhisper
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 82
Views: 3957

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

I have never gotten the visualization part of practice. I don't know if others feel the same way, but for me, growing up in the West, a lot of the symbols and so on lack the feeling of sacredness and/or power they would have had I been raised in a Buddhist culture. While I was raised Catholic, I ha...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1880

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

The most holy foods given to Buddhas and bodhisattvas are those that do not support interdependencies of harming living things for survival. So, (harm-free) milk/dairy (cow, ewe, goat, yak, etc.) as well as fallen fruit/nuts/flowers are really excellent food offerings to support the Dharma of ahmis...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1880

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

The Buddha doesn't need food nor offerings, offerings are mainly for the offerer. That's how I explain it to my kids, in simpler terms. Like how you would give your friend a gift, and the giving would bring you closer to them, even if they didn't really need the gift. On the path of Mahayana, the o...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1880

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

The most holy foods given to Buddhas and bodhisattvas are those that do not support interdependencies of harming living things for survival. So, (harm-free) milk/dairy (cow, ewe, goat, yak, etc.) as well as fallen fruit/nuts/flowers are really excellent food offerings to support the Dharma of ahmisa...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha's Sukhāvatī & the "Lotus Vault World"
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Amitābha's Sukhāvatī & the "Lotus Vault World"

I don't know if this is based in any tradition of interpretation, as I have not had opportunity to delve into primary sources in their original languages, but I feel inclined to say that one possible meaning buried in this text is that the entrance to the Mahayana path of seeing for an arahant takes...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1880

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Bodhicitta is the essence of morality, and so there will never be found a dharma that is not of the bodhicitta. Because morality is based in the principle of the necessity (ananke) of spontaneous universal liberation, bodhicitta is present to protect those on the path (i.e. all sentient beings witho...
by makewhisper
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Vajravarahi view
Replies: 0
Views: 355

Vajravarahi view

I need to speak with a practitioner who has familiarity with the lineages of Vajravarahi as they pertain to Dzogchen and Mahamudra. Please reach out, dharma friends, because I could use some help . . . especially from a knowledgeable student connected to Norbu Rinpoche. :D

Thanks!
by makewhisper
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Skillful means and Dzogchen
Replies: 48
Views: 4227

Re: Skillful means and Dzogchen

Is intentional action always mind (sems)... Intentional action is always a product of the sems 'byung or caitta , called " cetana " or volition; a mental factor always which accompanies the mind ( citta, sems) . Thank you for your response Malcolm. Does the spontaneous compassion of the basis produ...
by makewhisper
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Skillful means and Dzogchen
Replies: 48
Views: 4227

Re: Skillful means and Dzogchen

As far as I have heard, compassion and devotion are the skillful means in the context of rigpa. This is true for learning how to recognize and also for re-recognizing when forgetting. In retreat and otherwise, the eight vehicles with concepts are all skillful means as stepping-stones and are used f...
by makewhisper
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Skillful means and Dzogchen
Replies: 48
Views: 4227

Re: Skillful means and Dzogchen

Thanks for the responses so far. To refine my question, I guess I'm thinking about the bodhisattva activity of bringing relative benefit to beings through our practice of things like riwo sangcho. Norbu Rinpoche talks about working with circumstances and such, and sometimes it seems like we think of...
by makewhisper
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Skillful means and Dzogchen
Replies: 48
Views: 4227

Skillful means and Dzogchen

Hello vajra friends,

I'm wondering what role the concept of "skillful means" would play in Dzogchen after one has discovered rigpa and learned to rest in view. Is there some way that resting in view benefits beings aside from conveying us towards samyaksambodhi?

Dharma blessings,

Eric
by makewhisper
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6700
Views: 687543

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Will this retreat be webcast: http://melong.com/events_listing/spain- ... ry-1-2018/ ?

There's no schedule of sessions with times listed.
by makewhisper
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: Yoga tantra yana
Replies: 0
Views: 682

Yoga tantra yana

Hi vajra friends, I received the yoga tantra empowerment of Green Tara and lung for her sadhana from a terma of Dudjom Lingpa. Can anyone explain to me the view of yoga tantra and its relationship to meditation practice and conduct/samaya? I've found few resources discussing yoga tantra specifically...
by makewhisper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 285
Views: 12739

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

I believe the Democrats need to fundamentally shift their policy platform in support of growing the third sector as a means for delivering capital into the hands of workers, rather than rehashing old debates about public versus private sector solutions that end up putting the party on the defensive....
by makewhisper
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 107
Views: 10545

Re: enlightment in one life

We're all lazy... You don't need to worry. Vimalamitra states: One of average diligence sees the instruction of the guru, seeing the direct perception of vidyā. However, because they are distracted by worldly distractions, they never have time to practice. When they cast off this body of traces, th...
by makewhisper
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump Tweets
Replies: 155
Views: 9433

Re: Trump Tweets

“Second, and a bit less obviously, Flynn would have been unlikely to make a deal if he were expecting a presidential pardon. The fact that he seems not to be is new information — though, again, what exactly that means is speculative.” https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/01/what-michael-f...

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