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by conebeckham
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?
Replies: 18
Views: 638

Re: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?

Thanks, Ratna.
by conebeckham
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?
Replies: 18
Views: 638

Re: Jewel Garland - Which Mahakala?

Hah yes, :) I think enlightened being can appreciate a good compromise. ;) The one posted by Grigoris seem to be the right one based on the source and lineage. In terms of iconography, yes, but not lineage -- the one in Drikung is said to come specifically from Cakrasaṃvara Tantra. This is the tsak...
by conebeckham
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 10030

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Are you saying that the Vajrayana is NOT posited on the authority of its lineage holders? It is primarily the collection of tantras that defines what Vajrayana is. I am not really wanting to debate, either...but I must point out that Vajrayana Buddhism relies on the oral transmission of explanation...
by conebeckham
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5885

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Right, but everyone here knows that we can't have the same level of confidence in a discussion with one another that we can with our teachers...so why even put it out there, other than reflexive disapproval? Thus far it's all been DW vets in this discussion, not new people who might get the wrong i...
by conebeckham
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5885

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

I will check out the book PSM. I've actually benefitted from this conversation for the record, and have also benefited from reading (some) books. Can we drop the "ask your teacher" thing? Give me the benefit of the doubt that I'm asking the question for good reasons, and that I make use of my own r...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?
Replies: 25
Views: 1243

Re: my local Karma Kagyu center is closed cult?

Look, Diamond Way Buddhism is really Ole's own creation. It's given grudging support by some of the Karma Kagyu lineage holders, but even HE Shamarpa ended up creating his own centers and programs prior to his passing. I think it's a stretch to call any Diamond Way Center a mainstream Karma Kagyu ce...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5885

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa...
by conebeckham
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5885

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

@cone excellently put :good: It is one's personal knowledge of the nature of one's own mind, as distinguished from the contents of mind, which is an unshakable and un-mistaken confidence, personally "experienced." But how sure are you that this is a personal knowledge? There is no difference betwee...
by conebeckham
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5885

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

So, simply stated....thoughts are not equivalent to the Nature of Mind. However, the nature of thoughts is at all times equivalent to the nature of mind. The nature of concepts is beyond concepts. The nature of mind is beyond "mind," but not beyond the Knowledge of Mind's own nature, which is Rigpa....
by conebeckham
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 10030

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

That is incorrect--- the Rangtong and Shentong views are not mutually exclusive. Typically, the Shentong is considered to be of the tradition of Asanga, and Rangtong to be of Nagarjuna. However, the Kagyus have not selected one over the other. Rather, they hold both Nagarjuna and Asanga in high reg...
by conebeckham
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question about Sang offering
Replies: 18
Views: 1087

Re: Question about Sang offering

In my tradition we offer serkyem and a kartor and martor near thr end of riwo sangcho. I believe it’s part of a short protector offering prayer we add to the root text.
by conebeckham
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Empowerment needed for tummo?
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Empowerment needed for tummo?

Tummo is really a sort of general term, with many methods, etc. It is most properly understood as a completion stage instruction, and like all completion stage instructions from HYT, it comes from the Tantras. In this case, mainly Hevajra and Cakrasamvara Tantras, though you will also find some mate...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2581

Re: Retreats in tb

Excellent post, Dzoki.
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 2581

Re: Retreats in tb

Hi I have some pieces of information of meditation retreats in Tibetan buddhism and was hoping if someone could enlighten me about it. Some are said to do so called box retreats, sitting upright up to 20 hours a day. On the other hand I got the impression that group meditation is not practiced in m...
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Important Kagyu texts
Replies: 8
Views: 656

Re: Important Kagyu texts

Miroku wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Thank you Malcom and Conebackham!
conebeckham wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:19 pm
Gyu Tag Nyi
I was not able to find this one. Do you know how it is called in English?
Sorry, “The Two Chapter Tantra” is another name for the Hevajra Tantra.
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Monlam live on FB- who is this lama?
Replies: 20
Views: 1147

Re: Kagyu Monlam live on FB- who is this lama?

I think this is the first time they’ve streamed a wang from the Monlam. Kyabje goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche la chaktsallo!

So fortunate and happy to see this.
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Important Kagyu texts
Replies: 8
Views: 656

Re: Important Kagyu texts

It’s best to get a wang for Hevajra, but any of the HYT major wangs is acceptable. Most often, Demchok would be the main basis in Kagyu. One other text of equal importance to those mentioned by Malcolm is the Zabmo NangDon, or Profound Inner Meaning. Kongtrul’s commentaries on Gyu Tag Nyi, Gyu Lama,...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu Monlam live on FB- who is this lama?
Replies: 20
Views: 1147

Re: Kagyu Monlam live on FB- who is this lama?

Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa la Chak Tsal Lo!

Truly one of the great masters teaching today. We are fortunate.
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Happy Losar !
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Happy Losar !

Bokar Losar, as well....Bhutan Losar too, I think!

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