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by Silent Bob
Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Crystal Cave" Revised and Reprinted
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

"Crystal Cave" Revised and Reprinted

Erik Schmidt's anthology, with a new title ("Perfect Clarity"), additional chapters and without the previous restriction, is once again available after long being out of print.

http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Clarity-B ... ngyeshepub
by Silent Bob
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: samsara vs. nirvana == mind vs. nature of mind
Replies: 14
Views: 3709

Re: samsara vs. nirvana == mind vs. nature of mind

My main Dzogchen practice has only secret rushan instructions. It used to bother me little, now and then, until I read the excellent introduction by Cortland Dahl in this book http://www.shambhala.com/great-perfection-volume-ii.html . He says that there among the Nyingma Nyinthig teachings are many...
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Cyberspace
Replies: 4
Views: 1771

Prayer for Cyberspace

Namo ākāśagarbhāya oṃ ārya kamari mauli svāhā Oh bodhisattva mahasattva! As I prostrate at your lotus feet, I offer everything I can name and understand, And all my mind’s conjurings, As well as everything that exists, inconceivable and undreamed of, Throughout immeasurable space. To you, who are t...
by Silent Bob
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dharma Gossip
Replies: 9
Views: 2863

Dharma Gossip

How about a forum specifically for "dharma gossip", dishing all the dirt, real or fictitious, on teachers and organizations? It would draw the Bottom-Feeders and might clean up the board a bit for everyone else. ;) ;) ;)

Chris
by Silent Bob
Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Pointing Out / Systematic Instruction
Replies: 32
Views: 9460

Re: Pointing Out / Systematic Instruction

I think you're getting some good advice here, if you can manage to drop the worrying and drop the trying. Ripeness is all. I practiced formless shamatha for several years, thinking it was actually MM, but when I described my meditation to Thrangu Rinpoche he just shook his head and laughed.
by Silent Bob
Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Visualization
Replies: 10
Views: 2182

Re: Visualization

For you, the foremost obstacle to visualizing properly is your worry that you've got it all wrong. Think about it--do you need to look in the mirror to remember what your face looks like? If you think about your apartment, for example, you can do it without having to remember every single thing in i...
by Silent Bob
Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mandala Offering in Ngondro
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: Mandala Offering in Ngondro

We were taught that the best offering was one given with Threefold Purity: "no giver, no receiver and no offering". Though this may seem at first to be counter-intuitive, it can lead to an understanding of emptiness as a felt experience, rather than an interesting (or puzzling) concept.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Sex and the Lama
Replies: 134
Views: 25382

Re: Sex and the Lama

I think this is the second time around----that i know of--- when this subject is mainly discussed by men. What does that tell you? Is it because that are mainly men left on this forums or is it something else? IMHO For DW and all the similar forums before it to have more female participation would ...
by Silent Bob
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan Language Institute: Level I and II Packages
Replies: 3
Views: 1000

Re: Tibetan Language Institute: Level I and II Packages

Fa Dao wrote:I am also interested in this place...does anybody know if it is a good route to go or not? The website sounds good but, well, you know...

TLI is excellent--check your PM's.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: "Big Think" Interview With Robert Thurman
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Re: "Big Think" Interview With Robert Thurman

Aemilius wrote:He is blinking with his rigth eye, while the left one is steady and unmoving. Strange, any explanations for it?
He lost an eye to a mishap with a tire jack about 50 years ago.
by Silent Bob
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: George Ivanovich Gurdjieff's "Self-Remembering" and Dzogchen
Replies: 20
Views: 5812

Re: George Ivanovich Gurdjieff's "Self-Remembering" and Dzogchen

I remember doing Gurdjieff's "Stop" exercise when I was attending one of his groups many years ago. Though it wasn't Dzogchen, it did allow a gap in the customary stream of discursiveness. "The Stop Exercise is very famous in the Gurdjieff Work. The Stop Exercise is said to be impossible to do on yo...
by Silent Bob
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: SNOWLION MERGES WITH SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS
Replies: 47
Views: 6330

Re: SNOWLION MERGES WITH SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS

I don't have a dog in this fight, but people seem to conveniently forget that the Shambhala publishing house brought us works by Thrangu Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa, Tashi Namgyal's "Moonbeams of Mahamudra" and Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament..." (which must have been a big mo...
by Silent Bob
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What are common mistakes that beginners make?
Replies: 30
Views: 3014

Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Always chasing the carrot of the next, better empowerment. On second thought, this isn't just limited to beginners.
by Silent Bob
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 8429

Re: restricted texts question

Check your PM's.
by Silent Bob
Thu May 31, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: restricted texts question
Replies: 27
Views: 8429

Re: restricted texts question

If you study Thrangu Rinpoche's three books of commentary on the text in question, you'll have gotten the gist of the material. The alternative, as Cone suggests, would be for you to acquire a reading knowledge of Tibetan.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Thu May 31, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: White Tara and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: White Tara and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

Cone--The extended version on the benchen.org webpage is even more inspiring.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Wed May 30, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 156679

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

WOW!! this has been going on now for quite some time. Some people are really getting fired up. Not my place to take a side or say who is right or wrong. But at some point dont we all have to ask ourselves "is all of this bickering really helping anyone?" (and it truly has turned into bickering) May...
by Silent Bob
Wed May 30, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 156679

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

WOW!! this has been going on now for quite some time. Some people are really getting fired up. Not my place to take a side or say who is right or wrong. But at some point dont we all have to ask ourselves "is all of this bickering really helping anyone?" (and it truly has turned into bickering) May...
by Silent Bob
Wed May 23, 2012 5:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 156679

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

True.
by Silent Bob
Wed May 23, 2012 4:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Buddhism
Replies: 1454
Views: 156679

Re: Dzogchen and Buddhism

You'll get no argument whatever from me on your observations. Fact is, I moved on in 1985 after studying with him for 12 years because I was tired of bending myself out of shape trying to make sense of the contradictions I saw and felt, not just in CTR, but in some of the people closest to him. Bear...

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