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by conebeckham
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 2111

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Knowledge is that which can be communicated, as far as the “means of practice,” or the methods. I think wisdom can be “communicated” but it doesn’t rely so much on language, verbal expression. I think that wisdom is that which one discovers for oneself, in oneself, by practicing methods and also by ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 2111

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Learning enough Tibetan to practice is quite useful. And it is a far easier goal than “enlightenment,” of course. Being able to read and understand sadhanas and related tri texts is not a huge undertaking, IMO. But if your goal is to study Kangyur and Tengyur, that’s going to take more effort. Stil...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 2111

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Learning enough Tibetan to practice is quite useful. And it is a far easier goal than “enlightenment,” of course. Being able to read and understand sadhanas and related tri texts is not a huge undertaking, IMO. But if your goal is to study Kangyur and Tengyur, that’s going to take more effort. Still...
by conebeckham
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 63
Views: 2704

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

My recommendation is to connect with a teacher. Both approaches rely on a Guru, and that should be the primary focus when one is engaging in either path.
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2925

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

Last night Sean Hannity (Fox News contributor) said, “many are hailing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a rising star on the political landscape but in reality, her views, her policy positions, are actually downright scary.” And then showed a graphic outlining her platform: “Medicare For All” “Housing A...
by conebeckham
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 12534

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Mukpo and Lakhar were at fault by the standards of the practices they taught... Didn’t they teach guru yoga, and seeing everything the guru did as pure? For all intents and purposes that is the most cult-like teaching imaginable. The potential for abuse is infinite. It is offensive. So if it is ind...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: CTR, polygamy, cocaine, etc: Discuss
Replies: 174
Views: 7377

Re: Crazy Wisdom

Whatever we might think of Ngagpa Chogyam..and he quite clearly occupies the thinking of some people a lot..there has never been any suggestion, not even a whiff, of impropriety. Even from those who would be pleased to see him traduced. So as long as a self-proclaimed guru does not shag their stude...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: Troma Nagmo

I was just reviewing some notes, and made an error...the daily Cho LuJin Liturgy done by Karma Kagyupas is apparently not Kongtrul's compilation, but 14th Karmapa's........and also Troma does make an appearance in the Rinchen Trengwa and in some more elaborate feasts...... not an error but: "Troma ...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: Troma Nagmo

I was just reviewing some notes, and made an error...the daily Cho LuJin Liturgy done by Karma Kagyupas is apparently not Kongtrul's compilation, but 14th Karmapa's........and also Troma does make an appearance in the Rinchen Trengwa and in some more elaborate feasts......
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: Troma Nagmo

Afaik there is only the white and red feast in Jigten Sumgons chod and the dakini is Varahi. Jigten Sumgons Chod contains only a white/multicolored feast - the red feast in the ususal Drikung-Chod is (more or less) from the 3rd Karmapa's Chod (Tsogle Threngwa) "Tsogle Threngwa" is "Tsogle Rinchen T...
by conebeckham
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: Troma Nagmo

That is not the point. To spell it out, I have the Ganden transmission which uses Troma Nagmo. I am wondering if I've had contact with this Dakini in any other way. I asked about Garchen la's Chod empowerment because there was no sadhana given and I don't remember the details. I don't remember ChNN...
by conebeckham
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Troma Nagmo
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: Troma Nagmo

Hey Lhasa- In my Chod tradition, which is Kongtrul's and Karma Chagme's coming down from Machig, you don't need a separate empowerment for the Troma visualization; you need to the Chod empowerments and transmissions. I am guesssing Ganden Chod's transmission and "restriction" would be similar in som...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dharmapalas and Consorts
Replies: 23
Views: 962

Re: Dharmapalas and Consorts

In Kamtsang Bernakchen and Palden Lhamo most often practiced together. There are several forms of Mahakala that are Yabyum, of course. So it's seems pretty clear that Enlightened protectors can have consorts. There are worldly protectors, as well, that have consorts, as noted here. In fact, some wor...
by conebeckham
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 7146

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

Shangpa Kagyu’s ChagChen Ga’uma has a definite Pointing Out ritual, FWIW—“like a burglar stealing a glimpse.”
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?

Throughout history, back in India, Tibet, not to speak of Western countries and the internet, there have been scammers. Vajrayana comes from India: Padmasambhava was instrumental in bringing Vajrayana to Tibet, but he brought a tradition from the Indian Mahasiddhas. And this article is a thinly veil...
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5715

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I agree-Mipham was clearly not opposed to analysis. :smile: Nor was Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, or a host of other Kagyu and Nyingma commentators. But it's the ability to recognize the limits of such an approach, and to foster other valid approaches, that constitutes those Kagyu and Nyingma lamas. But that...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: what do you think of this article on Tibetan Buddhism?

Geshe Roach story is old news, and I'd never trust anyone who calls him or herself a "yoga doctor."

YMMV
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5715

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. Fair enough. Well, emptiness is of course not even an object, much less an "absolute one." My words were meant to point to the "object of Madhyamaka analysis," which is the recognition of empti...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5715

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Analytical Meditation is a tool. Yes, but it's the principal method for realising emptiness (or any object of Buddhadharma for that matter) For you and/or your lineage, perhaps. There are other methods which do not rely on analytical meditation. I disagree. The "object" to be realized is the absolu...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5715

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I've signed in for the first time in 3 or 4 years for this post, so, you know, I might respond on this thread, but then I sign out again..... 1. It's hard to do Tibetan Madhyamaka without sectarianism, but please try. Agreed, everyone should try. For me, it's not about "sectarianism" --it's about m...

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