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by Dechen Norbu
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6383
Views: 592592

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

that's really hard without having someone teaching them to you... but there is a good course about it. still, if I were you would try to learn them from an instructor. till that becomes possible, don't stress too much. ps way too polite. nobody will think of you as a nuisance because of this questio...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 3483

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

post enlightenment mmmmmmm (insert homer)
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Faith is a very generalist word. I prefer informed confidence. You trust the teacher and the method after careful analysis. You give it a go and if you do things properly you'll get results. When you face an obstacle, you investigate it, search a solution and move on. When needed you consult with t...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Faith is a very generalist word. I prefer informed confidence. You trust the teacher and the method after careful analysis. You give it a go and if you do things properly you'll get results. When you face an obstacle, you investigate it, search a solution and move on. When needed you consult with th...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantric Empowerment and Dzogchen
Replies: 20
Views: 1075

Re: Tantric Empowerment and Dzogchen

If I were you I would try to attend the teachings of a few Lamas. I would get to know their sanghas and see how they role. Hang around for a while and see if things fall in place. After having some knowledge about these dynamics, then I would consider taking empowerments. Find a teacher and a sangha...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators: Virgo and Grigoris
Replies: 19
Views: 2560

Re: New Moderators: Virgo and Grigoris

:cheers: :cheers:
Good luck guys!
by Dechen Norbu
Tue May 30, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship
Replies: 30
Views: 2739

Re: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship

I had more than one teacher. Some I no longer visit, by one reason or another, usually because they live in another country or other usual things of life. I have deep feelings of gratitude towards them all. It's natural to have more than one teacher. I find very, very strange when teachers want excl...
by Dechen Norbu
Sun May 28, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3747

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Grigoris wrote:
Dechen Norbu wrote:I'm sure hippies stood in awe while hearing such tales...
Don't give up your day job...
Meaning? Am I wrong, Greg?
by Dechen Norbu
Sun May 28, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship
Replies: 30
Views: 2739

Re: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship

I believe there's a saying about it that compares the teacher to a flame or something. Too close it will burn you. To far it won't warm you. Anyway, it's better if you like your teacher. However, it helps a lot if you approach him in a healthy way, knowing what is his role and what isn't. Sometimes ...
by Dechen Norbu
Sun May 28, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 3747

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

:lol:
by Dechen Norbu
Sat May 27, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship
Replies: 30
Views: 2739

Re: The Teacher-Disciple Relationship

I have a hard time seeing that working, especially because people holding the title of Dharma teachers should above all be examples of compassion. From the part of the student, I think its hard to be inspired by someone he doesn't like, let alone feel any measure of devotion. We may prefer one teach...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri May 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.
Replies: 83
Views: 10429

Re: Origin of mankind and animals according Buddhism.

Buddhaghosha is at any rate not normative to Mahayana Buddhism. And you are extending your argument beyond reason by going on to the topic of world formation. The fact is we don't have many other scriptures of weight besides the aganna sutta that gives a human creation myth. Which also means it is ...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue May 23, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 36775

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

. I'll say this; his book has probably done more to promote Dzogchen in the general public than DW. In particular Dzogchen is promoted to that part of the public who would usually have zero interest in that type of topic. So even if his presentation doesn't meet DW standards, how is that a bad thin...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Err... I was commenting Kevin's post... where did it went?? ---------- I'm not saying it's better. I'm saying I don't believe 10 recitations can grant you rebirth in a Pure Land. Perfect faith... how can someone have perfect faith in that? It's believing just because! Salvation through belief... no ...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

The caveat is that since a single day there is many thousands of human years long... I'm sure time passes quickly in Sukhavati... Consider that most people born there have to wait five hundred years in that land before they can even hear to see Amitbha, 500 Sukhavati years that is... Even so... bea...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Still don't buy it. Just because it's written doesn't mean it's true. I just can't see how that would work, you see? Forget karma. We make ten recitations with the aspiration to be reborn in a pure land and we're off the hook? I mean, ten recitations are something so easy to perform that I wonder w...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

I wouldn't mind. Thousands of years in a Pure Land with enlightenment at the end is not a bad scenario. I just can't see how it works. You make ten recitations, discover shit about your true nature, let alone stabilizing anything, purify eons of karma and gain rebirth in a Pure Land? No way in hell ...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Yes. He also did A LOT of other practices. That's my point. I'm sure he was not lacking faith. And stil...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon May 22, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 9664

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Still don't buy it. Just because it's written doesn't mean it's true. I just can't see how that would work, you see? Forget karma. We make ten recitations with the aspiration to be reborn in a pure land and we're off the hook? I mean, ten recitations are something so easy to perform that I wonder wh...

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