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by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 56
Views: 4842

Re: Hello Everyone

What about killing entirely out of a wish to benefit others?
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 3-year retreat question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: 3-year retreat question.

Not having done 3 year retreat, I'm not sure my opinion holds weight on this issue. I'm guessing that actually they were exposed to four different traditions, really--the Shangpa being the main tradition, but with Karma Kagyu, as well as Nyingma (Chogling Tersar and other Nyingma practices) and Chod...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 3-year retreat question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: 3-year retreat question.

Six Yogas can be done before, or after, Chakrasamvara, in Kamstang tradition, I've heard. But Yogini has to be done first.......This is because the Six Yogas are Completion Stage practice, whereas Yogini and Demchok practice stress Creation Stage. Of course, both Demchok and Yogini have Completion S...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 56
Views: 4842

Re: Hello Everyone

First off, greetings to you , Lotus Lion. I wish to express great admiration and respect for you and for your tradition. I have friends who are Sikhs, and have some basic knowledge they have shared with me. Did you know that many Tibetan Buddhists consider Guru Nanak to be an incarnation of Guru Rin...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

I agree completely with the presentation by Pema Rigdzin, above. And with Magnus's recommendations. I can't add a thing-- they have done their best to dispel confusion. By the way, getting back on topic -- :smile: --we've agreed that Rainbow Body is a fruition, correct? Or, rather, a sign of fruitio...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

I agree with Magnus. Tulku Urgyen clearly indicates that the Creation Stage is to be practiced from the POV of Rigpa. Aemilius, I don't know where you are getting your information, or if you'e just speculating. I'm not even sure you're consistent in your assertions. Here, for you, is a quote from Tu...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Just to clarify the terms, enlightenment is a process. In the beginning, as Ven. Kalu Rimpoche has described it, it is like the new moon, very thin and barely visible, then it grows gradually bigger, until it reaches its fulness, which is Buddhahood. These stages of are described in a number of way...
by conebeckham
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

If you think that you are enlightened merely by receiving empowerment, you are either "one in a million" or you are deluded, simply put. Perhaps we should clarify our terms, though. Enlightenment means Buddhahood, right? Empowerment is the "Pointing Out" that which is primordially true. More specifi...
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Tulku Urgyen said that one can achieve enlightenment through practicing solely the completion stage, but not through solely practicing the creation stage
Which leads us to the conclusion that one does not need to be "awakened" prior to practicing the completion stage. I rest my case.
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Dolpo Dharma ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2900

Re: Dolpo Dharma ?

I may be making a false or incorrect conclusion based on my evidence. But you are certainly speculating, well outside the realm of the reasonable, in thinking Dolpopa was from Europe. Talk to Cyrus Stearns, or Gene Smith....or any Lama familiar with Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen's work and history. I will...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Dolpo Dharma ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2900

Re: Dolpo Dharma ?

Well, the Tibetans I hang out with have no problem saying "Europe." Without a "D" sound at the beginning. Some of them don't speak much English either. In any case, I'm quite sure Dolpopa was from Dolpo, In present-day Nepal, and was not European. You are free to speculate howsoever you desire, thou...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

OK, I'm not saying one can't "measure progress" in any of the Paths, whether we're talking about Mahamudra, or Sutra-based practice of the Paramitas, or tantric practice of the two stages. I also don't dispute that great masters may be able to equate certain "levels" of one given path with "levels" ...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Dolpo Dharma ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2900

Re: Dolpo Dharma ?

What is this "it" that Dolpo sounds like, specifically?

Are you saying that, in general, the word "Dolpo" sounds like a European word? And that, therefore, Dolpo must be Europe. Forgive me, I'm having a hard time following you here......
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

...and we've gone far afield of the original question regarding Rainbow Body, which, I gather, is a "result" in the Dzokchen lineages.
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Aemilius- You're confusing things. The "Paths" and "Grounds" you're talking about, as well as the "Four Yogas" of Mahamudra, cannot be equated with the Development and Completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra in an exact correspondence. The Bhumis are a system of classifying realization and experien...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Oh. Duh.

:smile:
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Actually, Pero, I think he's saying something different...i.e., that completion stage practices are only to be engaged in subsequent to some sort of "awakening" from the "Sutra Path."
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: what is Namtoza ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1313

Re: what is Namtoza ?

Oops, didn't read the original comment, only the question about what "Khor Nga" meant. You're correct, of course, about the "Mandala Of Dorje Bernagchen" and the five "retinue."
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28248

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

It is said that the Six Yogas of Naropa all belong to the Perfection Stage, they are something you do after have achieved awakening. There seem to be a lot of things to do after you have attained the awakening or the enlightenment. Historically the Tantra was available to you only after you had att...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: what is Namtoza ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1313

Re: what is Namtoza ?

"Khor Nga" means, most likely, that this is a Five (nga) deity Mandala (Khor, from KyilKhor).

I'm assuming this must be referring to a five deity practice of Namtose.

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