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by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dealing with impermanence
Replies: 17
Views: 1762

Re: Dealing with impermanence

I I should try talking to some Buddhists about how you live with that awareness... From what I have read, it sounds like the Buddhist answer to impermanence (and other suffering) is not to having clinging/attachment... but HOW? How can you be constantly aware that someday everyone you love will die...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 11457

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

Agree, as long as we have understood that just faking it won't do for actually making it. Right. The process of self-observing and the work on it can't stop until we're enlightened. Even Bodhisattvas still have to be cautious with their view and behavior. Because of this fact ("work doesn't end"), ...
by Dechen Norbu
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 11457

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

Agree, as long as we have understood that just faking it won't do for actually making it.
by Dechen Norbu
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 11457

Re: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?

Traits like rudeness and brutality tend to disappear naturally when practice is well succeeded, not because the practitioner chooses to act differently, but because he naturally does so out of insight regarding the futility of such lines of action in most cases. The practitioner doesn't fake nicene...
by Dechen Norbu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ethics are more important than religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 3083

Re: Ethics are more important than religion?

In a nutshell, without an ethical behaviour you'll suck at meditation and all forms of mind training. You'll be consumed by gross and subtle afflictions and won't make progress. Your mind will generally move back and forth from a caotic mess of agitation to a dull state of torpor. To that add the ne...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reflecting on the faults of samsara
Replies: 15
Views: 1753

Re: Reflecting on the faults of samsara

Does anyone have advice for developing revulsion toward samsara to the point where it really is a revulsion and not just intellectual? Are there any texts that particularly inspire you to leave samsara behind and make the dharma your only refuge? Any simple text about the nature of samsara will do....
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: who do you think you're taking to?
Replies: 14
Views: 2460

Re: who do you think you're taking to?

hello dear friends from beginningless time, de ja vue. question: is it wise to identify someone as an individual, "that is jenny, she is always like that"? or is it unwise because the illusion of their independent identity is the cause of suffering? How else would we know you were talking about Jen...
by Dechen Norbu
Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Are the Four Contemplations of Dzogchen Semde found in the Precious Vase book at all? Or do you know to get the book with that title from ChNN/Shang Shung? From SSI USA: http://shangshung.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74_75&products_id=241 From SSI international: http://shop.shan...
by Dechen Norbu
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

And the three methods of the seventh lojong of Chetsün Wangchug, would they be considered Dzogchen preliminaries? I think these are excellent for someone who hasn't yet recognized the base. Any text you recommend that goes over the seventh lojong of Chetsün Wangchug? A very simple one is in the boo...
by Dechen Norbu
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

That's why I think it is important to recognize the nature of the mind as soon as possible for someone who wants to practice Dzogchen. :thumbsup: Allthough certain people don't understand this, in a real sense, this is a no-brainer. There is no practice of Dzogchen without recognition of rigpa at a...
by Dechen Norbu
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Maybe recognition isn't so special. Maybe it is. But that's not the point, being or not special, but actually happening and being recognized as such. But when recognition is there, doing ngondro etc might still be the best option. Just recognizing the essence every now and then doesn't mean there's...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Perhaps that's the case too.
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Semdzins, rushens and lojongs are Dzogchen preliminaries (ngondro) . Rushan is practiced in all Dzogchen cycles I know about and lojongs in all cycles that comes through Vimalamitra. Just learned recently that there are no inner Rushan (six lokas) in the Vima Nyingtik so that exist only in cycles c...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

A tantric approach is almost taking the student by the hand. The chances to screw up are much less. But it may take more time, unless when the student is not following a tantric approach, got lost and doesn't even know it. Could you elaborate on this a little bit? What specifically do you mean when...
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

It's always nice to hear about everyone's experiences, which of course are unique. In the past I've shared my experience of ngondro as a way to assure others of how profound or important it is... But of course everyone is a unique karmic matrix and what was important for me may not be important for...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

You're here, that's what maters. You seem to have dealt with it, so just keep at it. :anjali:
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Don't be so certain about that. I didn't have much difficulties spread along the whole cycle, but there was one point during the Vajrasattva accumulations when I had it really, really hard. But I was kind of expecting it, knew what it could be, consulted two teachers about it and endured. Eventually...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

Well, my case was just the opposite then. Not having a wealth of Dharma teachers around, I had to wait for nearly two years until someone taught and gave me permission to practice ngondro. So I was very joyful when I received this practice and very happy to have my practice so well structured, somet...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

I don't repent having done a cycle. Sure beats digressing aimlessly without knowing what to do, and that probably would have been my case at the time. So it helped, but unlike EPK said, it didn't take me there . Probably my fault, but alas, that was how it was. It's just an easy way to structure one...
by Dechen Norbu
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Ngondro
Replies: 64
Views: 8111

Re: Dzogchen and Ngondro

It's just another soundbite claiming Dzogchen practitioners forcefully need to practice ngondro if they wanna get it right and anyone saying otherwise is just creating bad karma. Nothing new really. As old as the religious version of Tibetan history in fact. And probably as bogus. (now I'll run for ...

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