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by Garudavista
Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness
Replies: 129
Views: 15868

Re: Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness

I have internalized "Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness," by Guru Padmasambhava and the accompanying commentary by John Reynolds. As the text says, there are no antecedent or subsequent requirements. It is not accurate to say that it is used to transmit the Direct Introduction, the...
by Garudavista
Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

Intellectual study makes you an "expert" but obscures the relaxed natural state of mind which is synonymous with Rigpa. This is incorrect. Intellectual study does not obscure rigpa. Dzogchen has no limits. A person can study intellectual concepts while practicing Dzogchen at the same time. Manjushr...
by Garudavista
Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

I think its time students of Buddhadharma got over the Abrahamic religions one way or another. Either revert and done with it, or see it with unthreatened eyes. Poo or vacate the pot I think.. Yes, it's time to grow up. Yes i totally agree :smile: CTR once said that the best mantra is "“OM—grow up—...
by Garudavista
Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

Quite often in dzogchen you get the same type of answers you would get if you were a Christian. As a Christian when you ask " why" they say " because the bible says so "or " that's what Jesus said". The reason direct introduction is impossible from a book is because a book does not have a mind. Sin...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

smcj wrote:
smcj, you and a few others seem to be approaching Dzogchen from an anti-authority stand-point,
You have misunderstood my posts.
Sorry, smcj, I did not misunderstand your previous posts. I did, however, address the wrong person. My apologies.
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

smcj wrote:
smcj, you and a few others seem to be approaching Dzogchen from an anti-authority stand-point,
You have misunderstood my posts.
Or the other possibility is that you miscommunicated in your posts.
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission

Right, no one said it was completely impossible. So do you believe it is possible for a deaf person? In a previous thread you said that it would be possible for a deaf person to receive transmission because transmission "is not only by sound, but can be communicated through any of the five senses. ...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission

Look, obviously being blind or deaf makes study and practice more difficult, but I don't accept that it makes them impossible. For Vajrayana, maybe, but otherwise no. I do think you need to have personal interaction, preferably a lot of it, with a good teacher to really get somewhere but that is po...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

It boils down to personal experience and having had a master establish credibility. That cannot be shared unfortunately. If a master has established credibility then his authority is accepted. If no master has established credibility then the very idea of authority is rejected (in our society). It ...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: The Eternal Buddha of the Lotus Sutra

Also, although this evidence is purely allegorical, in all my years of practicing dharma (mainly vajrayana an dzogchen), I never met a practitioner who was either blind or deaf. Actually I met a guy who was blind from either south or central america (don't recall which country) who is a student of ...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission

Look, obviously being blind or deaf makes study and practice more difficult, but I don't accept that it makes them impossible. For Vajrayana, maybe, but otherwise no. I do think you need to have personal interaction, preferably a lot of it, with a good teacher to really get somewhere but that is po...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

Argument from authority: Dzogchen masters are authorities on Dzogchen. Dzogchen masters say direct introduction is necessary. Dzogchen masters are (probably) correct. It's not necessarily a fallacy to rely on authority, after all the testament of masters is one of the valid forms of cognition in Bu...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

[...] if the teacher is truly a Dzogchen master [...] Unfortunately, this is a logical fallacy (or rhetoric trick) again. In the previous post you used " argument from authority ". Argument from authority: Dzogchen masters are authorities on Dzogchen. Dzogchen masters say direct introduction is nec...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

Although I certainly agree that direct introduction can only be received from a living Dzogchen master and not from a book: Unfortunately this logic is somewhat flawed. Of course all Dzogchen masters will readily agree that direct introduction can only be got from a Dzogchen master. This statement ...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

dzogchungpa wrote:You guys are being a bit dzogmatic, admit it.
:smile:
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: The Eternal Buddha of the Lotus Sutra

Q: "So, the deaf cannot really learn the Dharma?" A: "When we discuss what constitutes a precious human birth, having all sense faculties intact is one of the requirements." This is unclear and confusing. Surely it is not meant that the deaf cannot learn the Dharma because they cannot hear the Dhar...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

I have nowhere disavowed learning Dzogchen from a teacher. But the untenable position is calling the self-attested transmission of Guru Padmasambhava ineffective because it does not fit into someone's dogmatic pronouncements . Steve_Bakr, regarding what you call "dogmatic pronouncements," dogmatism...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

I have nowhere disavowed learning Dzogchen from a teacher. But the untenable position is calling the self-attested transmission of Guru Padmasambhava ineffective because it does not fit into someone's dogmatic pronouncements. Guru Padmasambhava's transmission was passed from lineage holder to linea...
by Garudavista
Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age
Replies: 179
Views: 21342

Re: Student Teacher Relationship in Modern Age

I am not recommending studying Dzogchen without a teacher. I am saying, however, that texts such as that which I named are in effect transmissions in themselves for that most fundamental experience of seeing into the nature of one's own mind. Every present experience is a transmission of Rigpa. Rea...
by Garudavista
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Importance of a Dharma Teacher/Oral Transmission
Replies: 157
Views: 16543

Re: The Eternal Buddha of the Lotus Sutra

Books do not communicate, only people do. Books may support that communication, but they are entirely incapable of replacing human transmission of the Dharma from mouth to ear. So, the deaf cannot really learn the Dharma? When we discuss what constitutes a precious human birth, having all sense fac...

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