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by Powerful bliss
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 26
Views: 1817

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

Glad you had such a good experience. I am doing JOL online and finding it is good. I am thinking of trying to do a retreat with him to get PO instructions. I have some hesitation about it though because of the bad feelings I still have about the guru devotion dynamic because of my experiences in Sh...
by Powerful bliss
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur
Replies: 26
Views: 1817

Re: TIPS? ADVICE? Leaving one sangha, looking for another, interested in Tergar/Mingyur

Thank you I found this really helpful. It sounds like you have a lot of respect for Mingyur as a practitioner and teacher. Do you need pointing out instructions to start Ngyondro? And it seems you might reccomend the option that involves less ritual if I am to pick between one Ngyondro that involve...
by Powerful bliss
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Response to Bernie
Replies: 100
Views: 7057

Re: Response to Bernie

I wonder why DJKR thinks he has a legitimacy to speak in the name of Vajrayana in general. He can talk for himself or his lineage but why does he think that he knows all about Vajrayana and its methods? :shrug: Clearly, different schools have different approaches. Why should we listen to him about V...
by Powerful bliss
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

My home-made criterion to evaluate a teacher. How many years of dedicated retreat? I take a nice minimum 6 years threshold set by Siddharta.

So DJKR, how many years of solitary retreat? :spy:
by Powerful bliss
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

Not trying to be pedantic, but devotion means to be devoted, which in turn can mean "a feeling of strong love or loyalty", but also "an act of giving (as effort or time) to something." In this case, the way I look at devotion in a Buddhist context is as a steady flow of one's loving attention towar...
by Powerful bliss
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

Earlier this year I had a conversation with Lama Phuntsok (Kagy/Ontario Canada). He said that what we are really devoted to is the Dharmakaya which is likened to snow. Our devotion is likened to the sun which melts the snow. The Lama simply acts as a pipeline for the blessings to flow to us. Thus t...
by Powerful bliss
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

On Guru Yoga A case could be made that, due to your cultural assumptions, you do not even understand it [...] So with that logic, would you say there have never been any westerners or people outside of Asia who have understood guru yoga due to the unavoidable cultural assumptions that 'outsiders' c...
by Powerful bliss
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: What is "mind" in mahamudra
Replies: 22
Views: 6980

Re: What is "mind" in mahamudra

Just to say that of course the first person I would go to is my teacher, but my teacher is very elderly, has many students and is not near me. I thought it's better to ask here than to do nothing. Did you receive pointing-out instructions from an authentic teacher? Meaning a teacher with lineage, l...
by Powerful bliss
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

...in your opinion. Not just in my opinion. As before. Atisha states: If one has an evil guru or an evil friend , one will be harmed by both. Mokṣākaragupta mentions in the Dohakoṣapañjikā-nāma : It is risky to consider evil gurus to be one's guru. Since one relies on such a one, the fault is that ...
by Powerful bliss
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

...about how "liberal" westerners and their neuroses can't get past this or that... Is it really nonsense? Coz it seems to me we "can't get past this or that". Seems to me we have been discussing this in never ending circles since it happened but not really proposing anything intelligent apart from...
by Powerful bliss
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

The quote from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche suggests they are not simultaneous: "It is a tool that helps us to gain confidence in the purity of our true nature." How can a tool that helps you achieve something be the same as that which you achieve through using it? How do you "gain confidence in the pur...
by Powerful bliss
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 38439

Re: The DJKR Topic

From my perspective there can be consent in a sexual intercourse even if there is an imbalance of power. For instance, my cousin doctor has married his student future-doctor 6 years younger. But I see a problem when a teacher uses the Dharma to get some sex. Easy to spot if the student would never s...
by Powerful bliss
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

Hi there, :hi: To Malcolm: you know that HHDL doesn’t have authority in all the sects and some affirm that his teachings are an evolution and not the tradition. Of course for my part I bowe to whatever word he pronounces. You seem very well learned, can you give some classical sources about my firs...
by Powerful bliss
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

Hi there, :hi: To Malcolm: you know that HHDL doesn’t have authority in all the sects and some affirm that his teachings are an evolution and not the tradition. Of course for my part I bowe to whatever word he pronounces. You seem very well learned, can you give some classical sources about my first...
by Powerful bliss
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

But my question was whether any samaya can be created when the Guru is not qualifed and cannot self-generate as he has no basis for doing so, and consequently the deity is not involved in any way. Whether both teacher and disciple are both deluded makes no difference at all. The answer is no. For t...
by Powerful bliss
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

That is a great book, but it's focus is slightly different to what is being discussed here. I am currently reading Tsele Natsok Rangdrol - Empowerment and the Path of Liberation, and it is exactly about what we are discussing here. Thanks Grigoris, I have just scanned this book and I have found not...
by Powerful bliss
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

A solid text of reference other than Shamar Rinpoche on "the meaning of samaya" (quoting the 8th Karmapa) would be very handful. A text that I don't think has been mentioned in this discussion so far is Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows by Ngari Panchen with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche...
by Powerful bliss
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?
Replies: 232
Views: 17253

Re: Successful empowerment and conferral of samaya?

:hi: Hi there, I am new here. :hug: I read the whole thread but I can't still figure out whether an inauthentic (or non-qualified) teacher like Sogyal Rinpoche could confer empowerments. The idea here would be that if he has broken completely his samayas, the chain is broken. So for his students the...

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