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by Spelare
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: A secular mindfulness teacher who trained at Mt. Koya?
Replies: 0
Views: 83

A secular mindfulness teacher who trained at Mt. Koya?

Given the relatively low profile of Japanese esoteric Buddhism internationally, I was surprised to learn that a contemporary teacher of secular mindfulness was once a monk at Mt. Koya. Apparently Shinzen Young trained there for three years starting in 1970, and has since studied in other Buddhist tr...
by Spelare
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
Replies: 38
Views: 2263

Re: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

In English dictionaries alpha as a modifier is 'dominant' or 'first'. I would hope that 'dominant' purity is not the gist - sounds like a battle among purities. I mean, in post-Christian cultures and languages, such as those of Western Europe, there's still the echo of the Book of Revelation, "I am...
by Spelare
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
Replies: 38
Views: 2263

Re: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

Looks like Brunnhölzl has opted to render ka dag as "alpha-purity." I recall that being a contentious choice around these parts when Keith Dowman employed it in his work. But apparently it meets KB's more rigorous standards. A quick search showed that usage had already appeared in works by Chögyam T...
by Spelare
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen
Replies: 5
Views: 693

Tantra and the Luminosity of Dzogchen

It seems to me that, though the emphasis in dzogchen is on spontaneity and uncontrivedness, awareness of luminosity and visions is more likely to come about when one has engaged in intentional visualization at the level of tantra. One is not actively constructing at the time that they manifest, but ...
by Spelare
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Beyond cause and effect
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Beyond cause and effect

By going beyond the mind. In order to discern and grow in familiarity with the capacity to do so, would it be advisable to engage in exercises aimed at discrimination between sems and sems nyid? that helps. But what one really needs is a guru with the intimate instructions. Working on that. I feel ...
by Spelare
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Beyond cause and effect
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Beyond cause and effect

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:24 am
By going beyond the mind.
In order to discern and grow in familiarity with the capacity to do so, would it be advisable to engage in exercises aimed at discrimination between sems and sems nyid?
by Spelare
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Beyond cause and effect
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Beyond cause and effect

How, concretely, does one realize the view beyond cause and effect? Theoretically, I do adhere to the view that what is revealed through my practice is not something I have constructed developmentally, but rather the disclosure to consciousness of various aspects of timeless perfection as obstructio...
by Spelare
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I have a question regarding some experiences around ati guru yoga, including unexpected shifts in waking state perception and activity in the channels, etc. Specifically, my practice has been focused on the Guruyoga of the White A, with the invocation of Garab Dorje and Song of the Vajra. I wish Rin...
by Spelare
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: chos dbyings mdzod chapter 10 question
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: chos dbyings mdzod chapter 10 question

Lukeinaz wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:59 am
Thanks! Do you know how causality was translated?
The glossary in the back of Treasure Trove says it's rgyu 'bras that is translated in different places as cause and effect, result, or causality.

Here's the RY article:

http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/rgyu_%27bras
by Spelare
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: chos dbyings mdzod chapter 10 question
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: chos dbyings mdzod chapter 10 question

Towards the end of chapter 10 we are advised at least three times to "come to a decisive experience of causality." Is this a moment to moment awareness of our unfolding karma? What does "come to a decisive experience of causality" mean to you? Have you tried consulting Longchenpa's self-commentary ...
by Spelare
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

It is the White A of Guru Garab Dorje as found in the Guru Yoga book not thun book. If someone has the Tibetan verses of this I would really appreciate a copy or at least where to find. Does the collective practice book have the Tibetan? There's an out-of-print book that has the Tibetan text writte...
by Spelare
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 53
Views: 4774

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

This is indeed why I am asking. Yangsi Kalu is touring the US this fall and giving meditation instructions composed by his predecessor along with some empowerments. I would like to make connection with Shangpa tradition and this seemed like it could potentially be a good opportunity. Now that Lama ...
by Spelare
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche
Replies: 53
Views: 4774

Re: Situation of Kalu Rinpoche

The elephant in the room, unreferenced in the above document, remains the physical and sexual abuse that Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche reportedly endured from a young age at the hands of senior monks of the institution that issued it. His alleged reckless and destructive behavior could seem inexplicable when...
by Spelare
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Why ganapuja? I believe it's because it contains the most practices for purifying samaya of any DC sadhana. The Ganapuja itself and also the 100-syllable Vajrasattva mantra. In the webcast from Merigar today, they did many repetitions of the brief Ganapuja text "RAM YAM KHAM OM Ā HŪM . . ." and of ...
by Spelare
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

The was posted by Sey Namkha Dorje on Facebook today: Wrong information ! There is a misleading news being circulated falsely informing the passing of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. According to authentic source, citing Rinpoche’s main attendant Migmar Tsering who is serving Rinpoche in hospital a...
by Spelare
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Longchenpa's refuge prayer
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: Longchenpa's refuge prayer

Thanks, Ratna & Malcolm! Very helpful.
by Spelare
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Longchenpa's refuge prayer
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Longchenpa's refuge prayer

Does anyone know the source text for the following refuge prayer attributed to Longchenpa? Did he compose it or was it received from an earlier source? I've transcribed it from a recording of Adriano Clemente, who was taught it by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (sorry for any transcription errors): Namkhai ...
by Spelare
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

Receiving both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings?

Is it possible to receive both Buddhist & Bön Dzogchen teachings without any major difficulties arising? My primary concern is the implications for my practice; secondarily, I am unsure of the proper etiquette and social implications around this. My sense so far is that, at the level of Dzogchen, th...
by Spelare
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Thanks Spelare! I have completed about half of FPMT's Discovering Buddhism (I think that is their lamrim program) and it looks like some overlap. That said, I would like to look into this for sure. I appreciate the info! Then it sounds like you definitely have a good basis to get started! You may b...
by Spelare
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6468
Views: 607120

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Ditto, now that I understand what SMS is I am interested in looking into these courses. If anyone can direct me to a first step in this direction then I would appreciate it! I would say there's no harm whatsoever in getting a head start on the SMS curriculum. If you consider the actual contents of ...

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