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by Nyingjetsal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 52
Views: 4593

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

[quote=dharmafootsteps So the same method, without the view, is shamatha; with the view, is trekchö. [/quote] Thats one way to put it. Or one can say, awareness of awareness is method, recognition is wisdom. I've heard a lama say that recognition is only possible if we let go of the very act of look...
by Nyingjetsal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Troma nagmo and rainbow body
Replies: 52
Views: 4593

Re: Troma nagmo and rainbow body

The explanation is that merit is crucial in actually realising the view. That lama accumulated sufficient merit by persevering in his mandala offering practise and attained the view with no need for pointing out. Is implicit, guru devotion is in his mandala offering practice so he received blessing...
by Nyingjetsal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 1646

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

My question, simply put, is: what is the difference between death and sunyata? or between being enlightened and being dead? As far as I understand, being enlightened one is "flowing" with sunyata, or within sunyata, transcending both life and death. But I wonder, one can only achieve enlightenment ...
by Nyingjetsal
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth

From a scientific perspective it's clear that what our eyes perceive is not an objective representation of an external reality. Is that really 'a scientific perspective', though? Science generally operates within a realist paradigm, where eyes are organs of perception, and objects are indeed extern...
by Nyingjetsal
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth

One fact that any kind of account of the nature of mind has to account for, is the subjective unity of experience. When we feel pain, it's not as if we learn about it second-hand. All of the sub-systems - physiological and psychological - are integrated into a unitary experience (ouch!) Likewise wh...
by Nyingjetsal
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Ālayavijñāna, the storehouse consciousness, and the process of rebirth

During the time of the Buddha, non-Buddhist schools held that there only was one consciousness or mind (often equated as a self or soul). Selflessness was however a central insight of the Buddha and Buddhism does therefore not hold the position of there being one mind. Instead, ‘the mind’ is conside...
by Nyingjetsal
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana

Also a conceptual description can be more or less accurate. There is no need to turn inward or outward for emptiness. Awareness-emptiness is already what we are, but because our perception is unrefined we percieve things as over there and over here, things appears as solid. Sometimes the word clarit...
by Nyingjetsal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Beginner in Mahamudra
Replies: 62
Views: 3944

Re: Beginner in Mahamudra

Hey, guys. I'm actually more interested in Shamatha. At the moment, I am practicing the second 'level' (Internal object = Watching Thoughts). I want to move to the third 'level' (no object). That's why I'm interested in these two books. But then I wondered if that would require a teacher, or I coul...
by Nyingjetsal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana

it comes down to first turning inward to Emptiness (or however you wish to call that state), and then turning outward to open awareness meditation, and then the stages beyond. Turning off the Light, then turning it on again and examining it, and it's relation to the previous state.. :thinking: hmmm...
by Nyingjetsal
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 2020

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Beautiful quotes here in the thread so not much to add. I think of compassion as the direction or motivational force which makes one move on the path. First one realize dukkha and wish for its end, that's compassion. Then one gets inspired with the possibility of liberation, and engage motivated by ...
by Nyingjetsal
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana

Not sure I understood your post correctly, but if I did it seems as if you are separating vipassana and shamatha, and then equating shamatha with generation stage and vipassana with completion stage? When it comes to the relationship between Shamatha and Vipassana, there are different traditions, bu...
by Nyingjetsal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 6013

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Great recap of Wallace's approach. Coincidentally, I am working through his Shamatha training material on Wisdom Publications, and in the current segment I am on he explicitly warns against reifying the subconscious as its own entity existing from its own side and instead recommends looking at it a...
by Nyingjetsal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 6013

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Would just like to add, that the main difference between Alans and the TUR approaches is if one starts out with shamatha and then vipassana (like for example Shantideva describes) or if one starts with Vipassana and then stabilizing that. Not sure Alans approach is the standard approach for Lamrim, ...
by Nyingjetsal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?
Replies: 70
Views: 6013

Re: What Shamatha tradition best prepares one for Dzogchen?

Well, as a student of both Alan Wallace and of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche I think like this. Alan teaches shamatha from the point of view of different traditions, but his approach is characterized by his training in gelugpa/lamrim as well as Sri Lankan Therevada. That approach is a gradual one where you ...

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