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by conebeckham
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5450

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I would call that overstating the case then. Heritage does not equal identity. None of those schools would be recognisable to an Indian madhyamikan as madhyamika. They may embrace its view of emptiness, but their practices, view of the path, additional framework and so forth all distinguish them fr...
by conebeckham
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 14662

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

The truth of the matter is that there has not been an official position established by the College of Kagyu Cardinals at a theological convention. Of all the schools the most monolithic is the Karma Kagyu, specifically in the approaches of the Karmapa Tulkus. If the present incarnation had a sudden...
by conebeckham
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Wales
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: Hello from Wales

Croeso i Dharmawheel!

(Or, if you don't speak Cymraeg, "Hi!") :smile:
by conebeckham
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: No new Nyingma head!
Replies: 19
Views: 3319

Re: No new Nyingma head!

Greg wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:02 pm I mean, I guess they realized it is like signing up to be the drummer in Spinal Tap.
:applause:
by conebeckham
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Human Realm in Chenrezig Sadhana?
Replies: 6
Views: 1340

Re: Human Realm in Chenrezig Sadhana?

Yes, it was an omission and you should get the amended lines and add them in for the Human Realm.
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Narak Kong Shak Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 3414

Re: Narak Kong Shak Questions

I've done a number of different Jangchoks and Nyedrens--some quite elaborate, and others pretty concise. Karma Lingpa's Shi Tro is pretty amazing and elaborate. There's also one with the 35 confession Buddhas from Lama Gongdu that's beautiful. Gyalwa Gyamtso has, as does ChogLing Sangtik DorSem, and...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HH Sakya Trichen Virus Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 3194

Re: HH Sakya Trichen Virus Advice

This mantra is usually recited first thing in morning, immediately after all are seated, in group practices at Kagyu monasteries when engaging in intensive accomplishment rituals, followed immediately by Nam Jom Zung and NamGyal Zung, FWIW. Dunno if that is common to other lineages or not. The mant...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HH Sakya Trichen Virus Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 3194

Re: HH Sakya Trichen Virus Advice

This mantra is usually recited first thing in morning, immediately after all are seated, in group practices at Kagyu monasteries when engaging in intensive accomplishment rituals, followed immediately by Nam Jom Zung and NamGyal Zung, FWIW. Dunno if that is common to other lineages or not.
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

Sure they can. The advice is that people who are attracted to and have faith in vajrayana should study the tantras and commentaries before initiation. They should not. I am not sure from whom you heard this advice, but it is bad advice. Of course these days, everything is published and people are f...
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

the people who run the programs these days, decided that practitioners would gain more benefit by focusing on sutra related methods and reflections. :jawdrop: Well this is a shocker, and a saddening one, for sure. I have friends who have done several retreats in a row and there is lots to be said a...
by conebeckham
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

Lama Norhla had the hard-core “you don’t need to study, just practice” approach. When I ask about how people are told to prepare for 3 year retreat I’m told, “know how to read Tibetan so you can chant and finish a NgonDro.” Most retreat graduates I’ve met do have exposure to basic teachings, Lam Ri...
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

BTW a while ago HHK XVII visited the people doing 3 year retreat here and was asked, “What can we do to help Dharma come to the West?” He replied, “Study first, then practice.” Unfortunately he didn’t give a syllabus. You should ask him. Send him a letter. This defeatist attitude among westerners i...
by conebeckham
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

I suppose this is true, and it may be true even if one is not consciously aware that the idea has somehow opened one up to an experiental understanding. To quote Bokar R as quoted in your signature; It (Absolute Truth) is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate karmic potentia...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

But the whole "Rangtong/Shentong" thing is, after all, a matter of intellect, a matter of academics, in the end. Not quite. Different people have different karmas. For an individual sometimes the snowball of a karmically appropriate idea can become an appropriate opinion, then appropriate attitude,...
by conebeckham
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video
Replies: 76
Views: 6597

Re: Karmapa VIII & Buddha Nature (Self?) video

I've watched a few of these, previously, and will eventually watch the rest. They are interesting, but I will just note for the record, fairly "academic" though a few rays of light based on experience rather than intellect shine through occasionally. But the whole "Rangtong/Shentong" thing is, after...
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 7888

Re: Sudden Realization

To be blunt, both one's own dreams, and one's decisions about "not needing teachers" or having one's own path are more than likely just one's own delusions. It's good to be careful when studying and sizing up traditions, teachers, paths, etc. but starting out with the assumption that one MUST have o...
by conebeckham
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 13
Views: 1947

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

It largely depends on your sadhana. Most full sadhanas will have sections for consecrating bell, vajra, mala, etc.
by conebeckham
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 5123

Re: History of tantra

Even for those of us with”faith,” even for those born into the Dharma, our engagement is always to some extent intellectual, if not academic. I see no contradiction between, for example, a historical approach that claims “Tantra” as a later development —written in a younger language than the suttas ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 12892

Re: Our Anti-War President

That Ron Paul is allegedly racially prejudiced is often repeated, but as far as I can tell it is an baseless accusation to try to discredit him. He’s certainly no fool. In a debate, nine out of ten times he makes his opponent look foolish (he also made Trump look stupid during the Republican debate...
by conebeckham
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Nihilism is an extreme caused by a clinging to erroneous understanding of emptiness. In the Kagyu view,it is a fault of the intellect, and therefore conventional and deluded. On the level of no analysis, there is no need to deny appearances, law of karma, etc. To do so would be as foolish as superim...

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