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by conebeckham
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya-pa, Sep 24-26, 2010
Replies: 21
Views: 2714

Re: 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya-pa, Sep 24-26, 2010

Lama Kunga's center is in the hills.....Kensington is in a fairly residential neighborhood, and you'd have to walk down to Berkeley's busier streets for meals. But it's a very short drive...I'd think you'd be able to catch a ride with fellow students for meals.
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Which school of Vajrayana do you practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 4162

Re: Which school of Vajrayana do you practice?

For those that don't know me, I identify as a Kagyupa. you could say I "specialize" in practices from the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, if indeed I can be said to specialize in anything (that's why they call it "practice," eh? :smile: ) though I've practiced a fair amount of Kamtsang practices, and, becaus...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: deity yoga
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: deity yoga

You're welcome, Lise. Bokar Rinpoche's book, in particular, is great because it not only addresses issues relating to deity yoga in general, but it contains actual instructions in Chenrezig Deity Yoga, which is a practice that one can do without empowerment, and without fear. There's a reason this p...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: deity yoga
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: deity yoga

Bokar Rinpoche's book, Chenrezig, Lord of Love is a great little book about that practice specifically, and deity yoga, in general. Gyaltrul Rinpoche's Generating the Deity , I think it's called, is really good, too...I think it goes by a different name. Slightly more advanced, but dealing with deit...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Oh, yes...I've driven through Medford, and stayed in Ashland.....so, I take your meaning. You were thinking specifically of Medford. I was lumping that general section of the State of Orgeon into one big chunk, forgetting that vast "socio-culturo-economic differences" can take place within a relativ...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: The Banning of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
Replies: 74
Views: 14846

Re: The Banning of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

You all realize that when you say "the KTD Board" is wrong, incurring heavy karma, creating a schism, etc., that you're talking about Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche as well, right?? I understand the emotional responses, myself, and FROM THE OUTSIDE it appears certain Draconian measure were taken, or t...
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

...or in and around Ashland...

After all, Tashi Choling is near there, and Kagyu Sukha Choling is in Ashland itself....


:twothumbsup:
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Chod and Sur offerings
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Re: Chod and Sur offerings

Yonten, check your Private Messages! :smile:
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Hi, Yonten and Pema- The Milarepa sadhana available at KDK is the one written by Kongtrul, and the one that is practiced in 3 year retreat. It can also be practiced as a principal practice, or as a "special occasion" puja with Tsok. We've done it at KDK a few times. It is a "LaDrup," or a "Sadhana o...
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tummo
Replies: 11
Views: 2446

Re: Tummo

Can it be done in secular life? I assume you mean something like "can people do Tummo in the morning, during their morning session, and then go to the office to do their job, etc.??" Well....yes, it can....but successfully? Not likely. :smile: Seriously, though.....Tummo is a retreat practice. Actua...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Chod and Sur offerings
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Re: Chod and Sur offerings

Say Hi to Lamas Pema and Yeshe when they return--if they are the teachers who are on vacation! :smile:

and if you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, nevermind......

:smile:
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Chod and Sur offerings
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Re: Chod and Sur offerings

Let's get the typcial response out of the way first....."Ask your Lama." Okay, now that we've covered that..... Jamgon Kongtrul wrote a Sur Offering which requires only a "transmission." It's not particularly associated with 1,000-armed Chenrezig, but normally one does self-generation of Chenrezig f...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: what is Namtoza ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Re: what is Namtoza ?

Namtose? Known as "vaishravana" in Sanskrit... Namtose is a "protector" in the Karma Kagyu scheme of things....he's also known as one of the 4 directional gaurdians. He's also associated with "wealth." http://tsemtulku.com/resources/buddhas/vaishravana/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;...
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Time in Kalachakra
Replies: 6
Views: 3944

Re: Time in Kalachakra

This initiation could be done because Shangpa sheltered Jonang and so they became lineage holders of this Tantra. Well....not technically correct. By the time of Taranatha, there was no institutional Shangpa lineage, you know. The Shangpa transmission existed in the Karma Kagyu institutions, the Sa...
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 2537

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

Yep- It's a mistake to think that hippies with striped Zens, Long hair, earrings, aren't serious, committed practitioners with samaya. In the same way it's a mistake that everyone who looks that way is a committed practitioner. But--as Dharma Practitioners, we shouldn't become too attached to our ju...
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: good day, folks
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: good day, folks

Were you formerly Spiny? :smile:
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche and Jonang
Replies: 1
Views: 2270

Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche and Jonang

Just thought this may be of interest to you all....

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by conebeckham
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

I think that's a reasonable outlook. But if you read the biographies of great Lamas, like Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, or Jamgon Kongtrul's Autobiography, you'll see that there are reasons to obtain a vast array of empowerments. For ordinary beings such as ourselves,...
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Pema Rigdzin said: My lamas, who happen to be Nyingmapas, all concur with Kirtu and Cone's lamas on these matters and have said that taking as many empowerments as one has the opportunity to (with the bodhicitta motivation, not a collection mentality) is an excellent practice because it generates me...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4619

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Kirtu's answer hits all the important points. Every person is different. Every empowerment is different, too...commitments specific to empowerments differ. Although deity yoga, when done correctly, includes samatha and vipassana, it's also good to maintain those practices as they are taught outside ...

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