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by dharmafootsteps
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 697

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

So you've had the traditional answer. One non-traditional one can be found in this blog though: https://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/ It's run by Soh Wei who used to post here, but hasn't in a few years, not sure if he still reads the forum. He claims to be enlightened, although acknowledges he'...
by dharmafootsteps
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samantha Meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Samantha Meditation

Hope this finds everyone doing well. How long do people tend to practice before developing true Samatha meditation? I heard Lama Tenzin say “ it takes about six month to train someone in Samatha meditation.” Have other people found this to be the case? And is the path to enlightenment about perfect...
by dharmafootsteps
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 697

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

So you've had the traditional answer. One non-traditional one can be found in this blog though: https://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/ It's run by Soh Wei who used to post here, but hasn't in a few years, not sure if he still reads the forum. He claims to be enlightened, although acknowledges he's...
by dharmafootsteps
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Vivid Awareness has some good instructions in this category.
Oh nice, I've been meaning to read that. Was blown away by some Dzogchen dohas of Khenpo Gangshar, taught by Thrangu Rinpoche last year and wanted to read more about his teachings.
by dharmafootsteps
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

What I understand to be the essence of Vajrayana is the principle of transformation, and transforming the five poisons into the five wisdoms. To this end I often hear statements that we shouldn't block emotion, powerful emotion is a powerful tool etc. However, despite having had many Vajrayana empo...
by dharmafootsteps
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

We transform the five kleshas into their corresponding wisdoms by merely recognizing their emptiness. Recognition of desire is the wisdom of discriminating awareness, etc. It's not that you recognize the klesha's inherent nature and then you have other great meditative experience or gain some other...
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

Or perhaps I just haven't practiced enough yet, and it will become obvious how to apply these in daily life with time.
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

what you mean, ime that's the reason why we practice a yidam. For Hinayana, Mahayana, Mahamudra and Dzogchen I've had instructions on how to apply the practices in daily life/behaviour with regard to their view. With Vajrayana, personally I've had instructions on how to sit on a cushion and practic...
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

If you have had many Tantric initiations and are a Tantric practitioner then the emotions can be transformed very easy, i would say so. If this is not the case then your methods are not good enough to deal with transforming emotions. Indeed, this is what I was asking about... My methods/capacity ar...
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Re: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:16 am
Yes. But when I can get the actual title I’ll PM you. It’s by a controversial teacher. ( Needlessly controversial imo).
It’s a topic of vital importance.
Thank you for the recommendation, I'll check it out.
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana and emotion in daily life
Replies: 57
Views: 1778

Vajrayana and emotion in daily life

What I understand to be the essence of Vajrayana is the principle of transformation, and transforming the five poisons into the five wisdoms. To this end I often hear statements that we shouldn't block emotion, powerful emotion is a powerful tool etc. However, despite having had many Vajrayana empow...
by dharmafootsteps
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2352

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

Thanks to everyone for this thread and who sent me helpful PM's, it was invaluable in helping me figure out how to do this long term. What I've discovered so far is: Scheduled daily practice (even longish periods) is not sufficient for me to gain experience of these practices. Upon some of the advi...
by dharmafootsteps
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own
Replies: 45
Views: 2352

Re: Seriously approaching Semde on ones own

I practiced shamatha / vipassana from a Theravada view for many years. After talking in depth with a former Theravada vipassana instructor turned Vajrayana instructor, I have come to the conclusion that Mahamudra shamatha is not the same. I had to completely let it go. The other thing I've found is...
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711737

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

In re: yantra yoga, Has anyone else consistently hurt their lower back doing it? I have more or less come to the conclusion that, for my particular body, I just can’t really do it. I have always had very little flexibility in the forward bend, and an odd left hip thing, but in the past I have been ...
by dharmafootsteps
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711737

Re: Yantra Yoga

I bought the level 1 dvd ages ago, did it a little, quit for a while. I'm back at it but wondering how one uses the Yantras, the dvd is somewhat opaque about that. There is the five yantras - this is what I learned last time, but then there is lungsang and the other sets...does one just pick a sect...
by dharmafootsteps
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711737

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Yeah, it does seem a shame. Although I suppose there's some wisdom in it, many teachers seem very restrictive with recordings, even to those who actually attended in person. There are huge archives of one my other teacher's teachings. They're all recorded and almost none have ever seen the light of ...
by dharmafootsteps
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711737

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Finally got replay access, how do I navigate this? All I see is recent stuff. Can someone send a pm? That's all there is unfortunately. The replays don't stay up for long. Seriously? Had no idea. What happens to the hours and hours of priceless teaching by Rinpoche, someone just selects what ends u...
by dharmafootsteps
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6782
Views: 711737

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:10 pm
Finally got replay access, how do I navigate this? All I see is recent stuff. Can someone send a pm?
That's all there is unfortunately. The replays don't stay up for long.
by dharmafootsteps
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Hello I'm looking for the best resource to find modern Monastic/Residential centers in the US
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Hello I'm looking for the best resource to find modern Monastic/Residential centers in the US

Group living is difficult. I’m not 100% sure it is the correct model for Dharma in the West. But to date nobody has asked my opinion on the subject. This is an interesting point. Your experience has been similar to mine - I've managed to get along with people, but I've yet to come across somewhere ...
by dharmafootsteps
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pausing sadhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 754

Re: Pausing sadhanas

Great, thanks all.

Good to see I wasn't way off base. I was actually just overthinking things as usual :D

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