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by conebeckham
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28582

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Although I agree that discussion about the details of this kind of result have no practical application in my own personal continuum.....I thank Astus for asking the question. It's a good question. "Oh, that's pretty" but so what? Those who've answered about emanations and the ability to benefit bei...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 28582

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Namdrol may be right, I don't know.....he probably is. But it's important to note that quite a few "Sarma" Lamas practiced Dzokchen secretly, as well. Some of those Rainbow Bodies may have been Dzokchen-produced. Those Lamas just didn't talk about it.
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: North American Kagyu Monlam 2011 Jun 22-26 Vancouver
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: North American Kagyu Monlam 2011 Jun 22-26 Vancouver

Well...I can't answer your questions for certain. But I think that if you wish to participate actively, --have a seat, recite the prayers, etc.--you need to pre-register. I'm sure there are observers who come and go daily, as well. The prayers recited at the Monlam change daily, and yearly, but in g...
by conebeckham
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: North American Kagyu Monlam 2011 Jun 22-26 Vancouver
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: North American Kagyu Monlam 2011 Jun 22-26 Vancouver

Uh...Catmoon?

This is regarding next year's schedule. I think the post is timely.

Perhaps you were referring to the fact that this year's Monlam wasn't posted until after the fact?
by conebeckham
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4464

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Lise, I didn't mean to be cryptic. But the very question "How we know Milarepa was enlightened?" led me to the bigger question. If one reads Milarepa's life story, and his songs, one can get a very good idea of his state of mind, and his state of realization, I think. However, some people may feel t...
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4464

Re: Milarepa empowerment

Right.


And some people say "faith" has nothing to do with Buddhism!!


:shrug: :smile:
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu and Bön
Replies: 21
Views: 4133

Re: Namkhai Norbu and Bon

CNNR is usually associated primarily with the Nyingma lineages. But I believe he grew up as a Sakyapa. I could be mistaken about that though.
by conebeckham
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Milarepa empowerment
Replies: 32
Views: 4464

Re: Milarepa empowerment

How do we know anyone is or was enlightened?

How do we know Buddha Sakyamuni was enlightened?
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 12136

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

Luke- 3rd Karmapa was indeed a master of both the Mahamudra tradition, as transferred through Karma Kagyu lineage, and the Dzokchen practices--in fact, he was a terton who "revealed" the Karmai Nyingtik system. He was also an expert on the Kalachakra systems. I'm not sure which books, in particular,...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 12136

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

[quote="conebeckham"]Both terms, Dzokchen and Mahamudra, are quite "loaded." Both "Great Perfection" and "Great Seal" are, ultimately, descriptions of the Ultimate State of Realization. As such, they're equivalent, though the focus is a bit different. We could say this is in relation to the "Fruit."...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 12136

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

A wise and learned friend some of you may recall from times past noted that all Dzokchen practice is Tantric in nature. Not only does it come from the Tantras, but also the Guru/Chela relationship is key. "Tantra" means "thread," you know....it refers to an unbroken lineage, a stream of blessings. T...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 12136

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

Both terms, Dzokchen and Mahamudra, are quite "loaded." Both "Great Perfection" and "Great Seal" are, ultimately, descriptions of the Ultimate State of Realization. As such, they're equivalent, though the focus is a bit different. We could say this is in relation to the "Fruit." From the point of vi...
by conebeckham
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suffering as purification of Karma
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Suffering as purification of Karma

Suffering is the existential state of Samsara. In itself, "suffering" in this sense is not a "purification" of karma, per se....it is just as often a cause for further suffering. The only true and lasting purification of Karma occurs when one goes completely beyond suffering, beyond Samsara. Enlight...
by conebeckham
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?
Replies: 17
Views: 2659

Re: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?

Again---don't be sure it's the Indian Gov't. that is "to blame." There are a whole bunch of factors in play.
by conebeckham
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: ordination
Replies: 8
Views: 1517

Re: ordination

I am certain that one can ordained in the Karma Kagyu lineage. But this is not something to be taken lightly. It's also true that, in Kalu Rinpoche's centers, so-called "Shangpa Kagyu" three year retreatants take vows for the duration of the retreat, --on a daily basis--but these aren't complete "mo...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?
Replies: 17
Views: 2659

Re: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?

If I recall, HH Gyalwa Karmapa's office responded after the European Tour was cancelled, and they indicated that people should not fault India for the cancellation. This article is written by a Frenchman, published in an Indian forum. I would just counsel people to not jump to conclusions regarding ...
by conebeckham
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 2436

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

I'm not sure what "most liberal" means? Does this mean "most liberal in giving?" Or does it mean "most liberal (i.e., "loose") in behavior? I'm sure we're not talking about the political views, are we? I think Nyingmapas could be viewed as the most "liberal" in giving.....this is because the Dzokche...
by conebeckham
Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are you able to look through traditions?
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: Are you able to look through traditions?

The Dharma is not a cultural phenomenon, nor a set of conditioned circumstances, or even concepts in one's own mind.

Neither is it different from those.
by conebeckham
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3831

Re: Lioncity forum

Nope. I'm completely fine with the rules as they're currently spelled out... I was just commenting that the Free-for-all is a feature that, perhaps, E Sangha could have had.....channelling those who wanted to debate less "orthodox" positions on doctrinal issues into a place where they would not be s...
by conebeckham
Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3831

Re: Lioncity forum

I'm not sure I'm understanding this ^?

Dharmawheel has a free-for- all section, already. I was merely indicating that it's a good idea--a place where discussions about, say, the validity of Rebirth, etc., can take place.

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