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by Adamantine
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 3602

Re: Retreats in tb

This thread also reminds me of this gem from Berzin's publishings of the late Serkong Rinpoche: Although full-time tantric meditation retreats continued over long periods are beneficial, most people do not have the luxury to undertake them. Therefore, Rinpoche felt it narrow-minded to think that we...
by Adamantine
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sutras on Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 22
Views: 2030

Re: Sutras on Sexual Misconduct

So far I have mostly read Patrul Rinpoche who seems to be quite strict on the orifices, places and times of the day, however I am quite interested where this idea came from and what the Buddha had to say about it. I have heard that Gampopa and Je Tsongkhapa were of the same style. Are there some Ti...
by Adamantine
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 6548

Re: Simhamukha Retreat @ Tara Mandala, May 19-27

They may be open to work-study arrangements if you’re willing to do a little work while you’re there. Most places are. Don’t forget, three meals a day are likely included in that fee.
by Adamantine
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Oral Transmission
Replies: 14
Views: 1951

Re: Oral Transmission

What are the prerequisites or conditions for oral transmission to occur? What is the difference between someone explaining Dzogchen to someone and a lama giving an oral transmission to a new student? Thank you. This is a bit confusing.. oral transmission usually refers to giving lung. As in the thr...
by Adamantine
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharmic Fungibility
Replies: 37
Views: 1883

Re: Dharmic Fungibility

Well one trend in Western countries among westerners interested in Dharma is a generalized feeling that the teachings, advice, pujas, divinations, etc. should be offered for free. Sometimes this is due to a philosophical and/or ethical stance or posturing, leading to an expectation that Dharma cond...
by Adamantine
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharmic Fungibility
Replies: 37
Views: 1883

Re: Dharmic Fungibility

Well one trend in Western countries among westerners interested in Dharma is a generalized feeling that the teachings, advice, pujas, divinations, etc. should be offered for free. Sometimes this is due to a philosophical and/or ethical stance or posturing, leading to an expectation that Dharma condu...
by Adamantine
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sedona/Flagstaff
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: Sedona/Flagstaff

Yeah, get a vortex map.. and I don’t know if Sedona has anything like this: I remember in the ‘90s in Crestone CO at the Road Kill Cafe the waitress would give you an “aura buffing” for a little extra tip. If Sedona doesn’t have restaurants with these services, it should. Enjoy! Sometimes the New Ag...
by Adamantine
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Finding a qualified Teacher
Replies: 19
Views: 2577

Re: Finding a qualified Teacher

I've gotten into contact with many of the teachers and feel very hopeful and excited. Thanks for all the help, I'll tell you if Llama Wangdor has a shadow or not when I go and meet him myself :twothumbsup: I’ve met Lama Wangdor Rinpoche when he’s visited New Jersey and attended a few different teac...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cinnabar Here
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Cinnabar Here

Actually it is very related to Dharma too. See this passage on the “vermillion powder” in Robert Beer’s handbook of TB symbols linked below: https://books.google.com/books?id=-3804Ud9-4IC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=cinnabar+tibetan&source=bl&ots=FSEHUYIkFv&sig=ACfU3U1Qg3tEallRkmQb_EcqX12ZES65aQ&hl=en&sa=X&...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cinnabar Here
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Cinnabar Here

Hi Cinnabar! Welcome :hi:
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:14 pm
Adamantine wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:47 pm
It’s extremely short: just 2 pages. More for personal use in a pinch .
It is for fulfilling samaya when you do not have time to do the medium or long version.
Yup. So very compassionate of Traktung Dudjom Lingpa, no?
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

I did address this above already. Assuming you are talking about Dudjom Lingpa’s intermediate length Troma Tsok. This is still from the larger Chod terma cycle. And btw that lasts from 4-5 hours usually... depends who is leading and what length of mantra accumulation and breaks there are..the long ...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

I did address this above already. Assuming you are talking about Dudjom Lingpa’s intermediate length Troma Tsok. This is still from the larger Chod terma cycle. And btw that lasts from 4-5 hours usually... depends who is leading and what length of mantra accumulation and breaks there are..the long ...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

I was under the impression that Throma practice is a chod practice. You are of course totally correct that Throma and chod are deeply entangled. You could even say (this is just my own interpretation, btw) that the Throma chod is a particular expression of the whole Throma thing, a leaf on the bran...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

Also, I have two Chod drums. I’ll take them both to retreat in case one breaks or gets off tune. It’s never bad to have a spare... I'm so horrible with the bell and damaru :lol: Separately I can keep a ok rhythm but soon as I try both... That’s totally normal for a beginner. If you just practice, p...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

Also, I have two Chod drums. I’ll take them both to retreat in case one breaks or gets off tune. It’s never bad to have a spare...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

Also, since these ritual implements are actually also samaya substances,,,they are not meant to be shared really. Best to get a new one, not a used one. Get your new one blessed by a lineage master, (just like its important to have statues and paintings consecrated. The Lama activates the mantra in...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

Also, since these ritual implements are actually also samaya substances,,,they are not meant to be shared really. Best to get a new one, not a used one. Get your new one blessed by a lineage master, (just like its important to have statues and paintings consecrated. The Lama activates the mantra in ...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru
Replies: 54
Views: 4794

Re: Chod Damaru vs standard Damaru

I agree and have heard the same, however I was told directly by Drupon Lama Karma that a Chod Damaru was absolutely required for wrathful Chod. Hope this helps! What's wrathful Chod? The context of what I said previously was Dudjom Troma. He didn't go into specifics. I had asked him if damaru and k...
by Adamantine
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Retreats in tb
Replies: 63
Views: 3602

Re: Retreats in

Great responses so far. One thing I’ll add is that with the tremendous varieties of practices in the scope of Tibetan Buddhism there are various forms of retreat. So for example, there’s the Chod retreat where you visit 108 specific cemeteries, or 108 wrathful elemental places, etc. In this case the...

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