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by dharmafootsteps
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Tara Mandala Open Webcast Transmission with Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton (Riwo Sangchöd, Chöd, Green Tara)
Replies: 22
Views: 1135

Re: Tara Mandala Open Webcast Transmission with Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton (Riwo Sangchöd, Chöd, Green Tara)

Reading up on it, it looks like I inadvertently took tantric vows when doing their green Tara web course, implicitly. Given all the uncertainties I've had about Tara Mandala and my usual bad habit of doubting teachers (which I'm actively working on breaking), it sounds like I've broken said vows to...
by dharmafootsteps
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Worrying is pointless, of course (telling people who are worried to stop worrying is at least as useless, though). But assuming that things are fine or that problems will sort themselves out just like that, one only has to wait, so we had better focus on our practice, is not only naive and ignores ...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I think patience is important here. When the year of mourning was suggested it was highlighted that periods of mourning are traditionally much longer. As for the future of transmission, there could be a number of conditions at play. It's a big responsibility to take on from any one who has the capa...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

none of them wants to teach... Officially we do not know it at all. Officially we dont know, but unofficially we know, that Yeshi "dont want to have anything to do with this tibetan folklore". Anyway, if they wanted to succed their father, they would be teaching already for some time when Rinpoche ...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Personally I don't even see what sort of plan could be expected that suddenly clarifies the situation. Rinpoche authorised his children to teach, but there's been no reason to expect them to take up the helm of the community just now. Maybe one or both will one day, but right now there's no indicati...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I don't see an announcement coming. I have full confidence that our guru knew exactly what he was doing and that there are students of his practicing and upholding his transmission wholeheartedly. Hopefully the transmission manifests organically. Yeah, but that's just one part of the equation. I'm ...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6979
Views: 763086

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

So, mourning time is over for few weeks and still no announcenment about how will be community in future, what are plans about carrying transmission to possible new commers, who will lead community and so on. I suppose we have here some guys from international gakyil. If so, could anyone comment on...
by dharmafootsteps
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 19
Views: 1044

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

I'm kind of hesitant to reply, as working out a plan for personal retreat is really a question for a teacher imo, but I'm just wondering why you're thinking of interspersing semde with some rushen practices? A bit of rushen mixed in with a retreat focused on something else sounds kind of wishy wash...
by dharmafootsteps
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde
Replies: 19
Views: 1044

Re: Personal retreat suggestions - focus on semde

I'm kind of hesitant to reply, as working out a plan for personal retreat is really a question for a teacher imo, but I'm just wondering why you're thinking of interspersing semde with some rushen practices? A bit of rushen mixed in with a retreat focused on something else sounds kind of wishy washy...
by dharmafootsteps
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 2851

Re: sems and rigpa

Coincidentally Malcolm just answered this question on Facebook. I won't quote him directly as he prefers his posts not shared elsewhere, but his answer is in agreement with Heart. And he points out, as he has done here before, that what distinguishes Dzogchen from the path of transformation, includ...
by dharmafootsteps
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: sems and rigpa
Replies: 85
Views: 2851

Re: sems and rigpa

Coincidentally Malcolm just answered this question on Facebook. I won't quote him directly as he prefers his posts not shared elsewhere, but his answer is in agreement with Heart. And he points out, as he has done here before, that what distinguishes Dzogchen from the path of transformation, includi...
by dharmafootsteps
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 2044

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: 11
Views: 606

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: 34
Views: 2044

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 2662

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...

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