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by Spelare
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I'd like to be clearer about the best way to visualize a thigle. Am I correct in thinking that it should be a three-dimensional, shimmering sphere rather than something flat and static? Are the colored lights pulsating and intermingling, or do they remain in their repective layers? I am not sure if ...
by Spelare
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Preparation for Ordination in Nyingma
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

Re: Preparation for Ordination in Nyingma

I think this is a perfectly reasonable inquiry, and not necessarily a bad place to make it. Obviously, one would want to connect to whatever lamas may be present in one's local area, but it is a good idea to search widely and take stock of a variety of perspectives, especially before making such a b...
by Spelare
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Which of the various books on Yantra Yoga are most helpful or informative? Does the presentation differ significantly between the public and restricted texts? Mmm in my opinion this one, contains the union of the sun and the moon movements, the root text. Yantra Yoga ENG http://shop.shangshungfound...
by Spelare
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Which of the various books on Yantra Yoga are most helpful or informative? Does the presentation differ significantly between the public and restricted texts?
by Spelare
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma in London
Replies: 46
Views: 8507

Re: Nyingma in London

Have you heard of James Low? He's based in the UK. He is an authorized teacher in the Byangter (Northern Treasures) and Khordong lineages of Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche (CR Lama). Here are his upcoming events, all in various parts of Europe: http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/events/ Looks like he'll be in L...
by Spelare
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Another fun book to share
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: Another fun book to share

I have both the Beacon and Anyen Rinpoche's book about it, Journey to Certainty. So far, I've only looked at the first topic. I plan to resume my study of those texts, but have plenty else on my plate. I would be curious to hear how others have found them helpful. Meanwhile, Padmakara's new translat...
by Spelare
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge

The Treasury of Knowledge is not a restricted text. Shambhala, who publish the English translations of that series, generally indicate in their online product descriptions if a text has been restricted by the translator at a teacher's request. Certain practices may require empowerments from qualifie...
by Spelare
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I'd stick with that as a practice manual for a few years or so. These books are not to clarify points but to clarify practice. ;) I intended "points" as inclusive of both aids to understanding and points of practice. I also know that reading about the same topics in different presentations, from di...
by Spelare
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I've recently worked my way through The Precious Vase and ChNN's oral commentary on Longchenpa's Precious Ship . I am about halfway through The Song of the Vajra: An Oral Commentary. I might also reread The Crystal and the Way of Light after that. Are there topics not addressed in those works that ...
by Spelare
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I've recently worked my way through The Precious Vase . I'd stick with that as a practice manual for a few years or so. These books are not to clarify points but to clarify practice. ;) I intended "points" as inclusive of both aids to understanding and points of practice. I also know that reading a...
by Spelare
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I've recently worked my way through The Precious Vase and ChNN's oral commentary on Longchenpa's Precious Ship . I am about halfway through The Song of the Vajra: An Oral Commentary. I might also reread The Crystal and the Way of Light after that. Are there topics not addressed in those works that w...
by Spelare
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

And in particular stay away from the whole rang stong gzhan stong debate. It is completely irrelevant to Dzogchen. This is sort of a side question, but how is it that some people get the impression that it is relevant? I was talking to someone recently whose view of emptiness is more from a Gelug p...
by Spelare
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

Any recommendations of particular texts or translations? Currently in my library (most of these are committee translations by Padmakara or Dharmachakra): Vasubandhu Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only Asanga/Maitreya Uttaratantra Shastra (Buddha Nature) Madhyantavibhaga (Middle Beyond Extremes) Dhar...
by Spelare
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Re: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

I feel that it might be beneficial to study some non-tantric texts that are relevant to Dzogchen. My current knowledge is based mainly on tertiary sources and relatively concise explanations by lamas in the context of short retreats. In figuring out what comes next, I've decided I should probably r...
by Spelare
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Mahayana & philosophical background for Dzogchen

I feel that it might be beneficial to study some non-tantric texts that are relevant to Dzogchen. My current knowledge is based mainly on tertiary sources and relatively concise explanations by lamas in the context of short retreats. In figuring out what comes next, I've decided I should probably re...
by Spelare
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7078
Views: 812374

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If I want to dedicate time to reading a Dzogchen text, say a tantra or a terma, does it make sense to integrate that into a thun? If so, at what point in the thun should I do it? The goal I have in mind is that being in the right frame of mind should help me get more out of the text, and also readin...
by Spelare
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17
Replies: 102
Views: 19519

Re: Buddhahood in This Life Transmission: 09/15/17

Hello, looking forward to attending this! I just wanted to point out that the address for First Parish in Cambridge UU given in the original post seems to be incorrect. It should actually be 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, or else 3 Church Street.

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