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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: 2242

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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: 7702

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 ...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Christian Guilt
Replies: 14
Views: 1653

Re: Christian Guilt

...My heart is still in the church although my beliefs may now be Buddhist, and it's tearing me up. In my local Buddhist temple, I feel as though I'm an outsider. Has anyone else gone through something similar? I'm really in a tough spot with my heart pulling me in one direction and my brain in ano...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 1964

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

You're kidding! That's insane! :lol:
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:48 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen
Replies: 10
Views: 3137

Re: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen

I've been dropping by on and off. ;) I have a little more time available, so probably you'll be seeing more of me around here. I'm a sucker for the Open Dharma forum :lol: , but still hadn't the time to read properly what's going on. I did however glanced over a few topics around the whole board and...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few thoughts about Satanism
Replies: 20
Views: 1964

Re: a few thoughts about Satanism

Satanism is a poorly though idiocy dressed up for a Halloween party.It's childish, it's a philosophical disaster, it's fallacious... it's SO bad it isn't even wrong. Nobody right in their mind would take it seriously.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen
Replies: 10
Views: 3137

Re: New Moderators Redfaery and tomamundsen

Best of luck Tom :cheers: and readfaery.

And congrats to you too PorkChop! Hadn't noticed the change in the Administration. Well done!
by Dechen Norbu
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: do I have to be a nice guy to be a buddhist?
Replies: 113
Views: 10740

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

dear friends from behinningless time, if a person excels at meditation and knows a great amount of wisdom but is not a particularly nice person, can they still be an accomplished buddhist? or let me put it like this, how far can you get on the path if you are brutal or rude? what if you are just co...

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