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by oldbob
Wed May 30, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Extended Dzogchen Practice Retreats
Replies: 7
Views: 1280

Re: Extended Dzogchen Practice Retreats

I was wondering if anyone has plans to do an extended retreat and what format the retreat would take. Retreats are good for Dzogchen practice. I would like to do more dark retreat when I have the opportunity. Also do you think that in order to properly integrate we need to do retreat? No, if you ar...
by oldbob
Wed May 30, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: 2012 Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering
Replies: 2
Views: 614

2012 Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering

Free Monlam at Garrison Institute

June 1-4,2012

Light a light - say a prayer - for peace.


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by oldbob
Tue May 29, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Experiences

Mutsog Marro writes: Yes you are right that in the Natural State / Natural Mind, it is pure emptiness, dissolving without disturbances etc. But its also self-aware and in itself everything is pure. Everything is appearing as Dharmakaya, reflections are empty as reflections on water, not for grasping...
by oldbob
Tue May 29, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Experiences

I would be curious to know if there is such thing as the "experience of illusion" and how that feels? Isn't it that an "experience" of any kind is something temporary,illusory in itself and it happens within the field of rigpa and the more powerful an experience(illusion) is the more obvious will b...
by oldbob
Tue May 29, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Experiences

Tashi delek, Want to discuss here the experience of illusion and the experience of Nature as pure. - Some say the experience of illusion is correct in case of the Visions of Nature. - Some say the experiences of Nature are pure. - Are both assumptions correct? Mutsog Marro KY ----------------------...
by oldbob
Tue May 29, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 44258

Re: Institutional Buddhism

I can't speak about the recognition of others. They are not my teachers and I don't have any experience with them. However, if ChNN decides that his son is fit to lead the DC, I'll be cool with that. Why? Because I trust my teacher for very good reasons. Most of you guys pretty much know how I stan...
by oldbob
Tue May 29, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers

Ob, I wondered about the phrase you used to describe this thread until I remembered that it is possible to get drunk on dharma. At least for me it is. Then I remembered a zen priest saying to me one time, "Zazen affects some people like alcohol." And even stranger, when that happens, the best way t...
by oldbob
Sun May 27, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Institutional Buddhism
Replies: 650
Views: 44258

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

How bigger a Dharma Centre, the more are the costs. Sometimes it is not so clear which amounts of anual income regarding Dharma Centres are normal...... Having been involved with setting up retreats, it's amazing how much money is needed to run one. I don't think many people realise how much it can...
by oldbob
Sun May 27, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers

Dear all and ALL, I thought to send this under the thread of "Why is a lung for mantra necessary" to give a 2 cent answer to Michal's excellent questions but then realized his questions are addressing a more basic issue. These are very good questions that need be addressed. There are many other comm...
by oldbob
Sun May 27, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Future of Dzogchen Teachings
Replies: 97
Views: 14968

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

[quote="Malcolm The image I used was the famous Blue Pearl, the first color image of the globe take from space.(Oh Lord, now someone is going to accuse me of subverting Dzogchen with Siddha Yoga's blue pearl meditation)/ I'm a survivor of the infamous Siddha Yoga guru wars, and the last time the bl...
by oldbob
Sun May 27, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers
Replies: 4
Views: 898

My mother, drunk or sober - for newcomers

Dear all and ALL, I thought to send this under the thread of "Why is a lung for mantra necessary" to give a 2 cent answer to Michal's excellent questions but then realized his questions are addressing a more basic issue. These are very good questions that need be addressed. There are many other com...
by oldbob
Fri May 25, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Togal for newcomers
Replies: 8
Views: 1516

Thoughts on Togal for newcomers

Dear all and ALL, This was originally written for the "Batman Practices Togal" thread, but perhaps it deserves a new thread as its purpose is to clarify possible misunderstandings about Togal for newcomers. The wrong information in the Batman comic about Togal could cause a negative reaction in a re...
by oldbob
Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and karma?
Replies: 24
Views: 3102

Re: Dzogchen and karma?

I am not and have never been an Aro student. Yes, that is in complete accord with my understanding. The concept of Karma is sprats for mackerels. A crude and conventional way to interest the subject in finding the real essence. Er, okay, but are you a Dzogchen practioner? My main question is whethe...
by oldbob
Thu May 10, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The vast view.
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: The vast view.

Yup! If you want to understand a wordy expression of Dzogchen - it doesn't get better than this (above and below). The 9 Amazing Things (Translated by Lama Vajranatha, who is teaching in NYC on May 12th, C/O: jameshbae@yahoo.com) This self originated Clear Light, which from the very beginning was in...

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