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by makewhisper
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Skillful means and Dzogchen
Replies: 48
Views: 3514

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: 3514

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: 3514

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: 3514

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: 6387
Views: 593915

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: 535

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: 10556

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: 8681

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: 7759

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...
by makewhisper
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treasury of the Expansive Space of Dharmata
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Treasury of the Expansive Space of Dharmata

Hello friends, Can anyone tell me about this collection? I received lung for the Tara practice, Eightfold Heart Essence of Profundity, following Green Tara empowerment and I’m curious which class of tantra this practice is from (already emailed my teacher about this, but my email might have gotten ...
by makewhisper
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treasury of the Expansive Space of Dharmata
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Treasury of the Expansive Space of Dharmata

Hello friends, Can anyone tell me about this collection? I received lung for the Tara practice, Eightfold Heart Essence of Profundity, following Green Tara empowerment and I’m curious which class of tantra this practice is from (already emailed my teacher about this, but my email might have gotten l...
by makewhisper
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha without an object
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Shamatha without an object

My teacher has instructed me to practice shamatha without an object, and has given me instructions. Still, I’m hoping some of you out there will be able to share your perspective on this practice as well as any teachings or resource recommendations from masters that may be available. A friend in Dha...
by makewhisper
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 6392

The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

From “A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning” by Longchen Rabjam: “Without genuinely receiving blessings, the tender shoots of experience and realization will not grow.” What are the guru’s blessings? What is the mechanism that connects a teacher’s blessings to the stu...
by makewhisper
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Throma ngondro with Sangye Khandro—Portland
Replies: 0
Views: 425

Throma ngondro with Sangye Khandro—Portland

Is anyone going to the ngondro retreat with Sangye Khandro at Dorje Ling in Portland this weekend? If so, can you reach out if you'd be willing to give me a ride?

Thanks!

Eric
by makewhisper
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chimé Phakmé Nyingthik
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Re: Chimé Phakmé Nyingthik

[quote=heart]It is a wonderful practice, I went to Australia to get it from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in august. If you get it from him they also give you access to a lot of translated material, short and long sadhanas with prayers and protector offerings and several commentaries. Then I am sure yo...
by makewhisper
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chimé Phakmé Nyingthik
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Chimé Phakmé Nyingthik

I am drawn towards this practice. Does anyone have any information about it? Has the empowerment ever been bestowed in the U.S.? If so, by whom?

Dharma blessings,

Eric
by makewhisper
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 6873

Re: Soul fragmentation and defragmentation as Buddism teaching?

Also, sentient beings cannot be reborn as non-sentient beings such plants. Malcolm, I'm approaching this question of mine from a place of genuine curiosity rather than a need to contradict or debate. I recall a recent(?) topic in which you appeared to argue the possibility of plant sentience with r...
by makewhisper
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Front-facing Samantabhadri, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Front-facing Samantabhadri, etc.

Hi all, Out of curiosity, are there any images available of the union of Samantabhadri and Samantabhadra or other yab-yum pairings in which the feminine arya is facing the front? I seem to recall hearing tell of such images, but would like to make sure that wasn't my imagination. Thanks and blessin...
by makewhisper
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Front-facing Samantabhadri, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Front-facing Samantabhadri, etc.

Hi all, Out of curiosity, are there any images available of the union of Samantabhadri and Samantabhadra or other yab-yum pairings in which the feminine arya is facing the front? I seem to recall hearing tell of such images, but would like to make sure that wasn't my imagination. Thanks and blessing...
by makewhisper
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: General questions on getting started
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Re: General questions on getting started

Hi there, So wonderful to hear about your Dharma path. May all beings benefit! I can't speak to your Sakya-specific questions. However, I'd like to comment on the more general aspect of your post by saying that the most important thing is to (re)discover your connection with your heart teacher(s). A...

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