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by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Triyik Yeshe Lama.
Replies: 183
Views: 15985

Re: Triyik Yeshe Lama.

Elitist or not, I really think that the translator should be the one who decides how their work is distributed and to whom. I've seen the whole "secret handshake" routine carried to ridiculous extremes, but after all, it's only through the efforts of the lotsawa that a particular translation exists ...
by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:48 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: three year retreat
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: three year retreat

Alaya7 wrote:i cant find any information about the three year retreat on that website
That's because there isn't any. Nonetheless, a three-year retreat is in progress there right now.
by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: three year retreat
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: three year retreat

Pema Osel Ling near Santa Cruz that I know of and there surely must be others. http://www.polmountainretreat.com/default.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Silent Bob
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?
Replies: 126
Views: 19317

Re: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?

"Restricted Distribution"
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?
Replies: 126
Views: 19317

Re: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?

If you read the book a little more closely, Thrangu Rinpoche says on p.205, "If you want to do any of these types of practices then you should get instruction from a lama and meditate according to their instructions. If you just do it on your own without any instructions, it will not be easy and yo...
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Speaking for the dead, and the dying.
Replies: 11
Views: 716

Re: Speaking for the dead, and the dying.

That too.
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Speaking for the dead, and the dying.
Replies: 11
Views: 716

Re: Speaking for the dead, and the dying.

The son of a friend of mine, who is just completing a five-year sentence in NV for a non-violent drug offense, said " these guys get into serious crime when they get out because they feel as though after what they've been through inside, they've already paid for anything else they want to do for the...
by Silent Bob
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Malas
Replies: 19
Views: 2399

Re: Malas

I've found that gemstone beads will always abrade whatever cord they're strung on unless the edges of the holes have been cleaned up with files designed for that purpose: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203232TL" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and that Accu-flex is by ...
by Silent Bob
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts to Study
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Texts to Study

I'm going on retreat in two weeks and have been trying to decide which books to bring with me. So far, I've narrowed it down to Shantideva, Thrangu Rinpoche's "Vivid Awareness", EPK's translation of "Flight of the Garuda" (which I always bring), and a few others by Tulku Urgyen, yet to be decided. I...
by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Malas
Replies: 19
Views: 2399

Re: Malas

Who does? I've never seen one, except for those little 27-bead wrist malas that people like to flash around.
by Silent Bob
Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations= Punishment?
Replies: 41
Views: 3428

Re: Prostrations= Punishment?

Uncle....jesus. I still stand by my initial assertion. Its a fact that prostrations were handed down as a form of punishment in Tibet. Why was that? Because they are painful. You really cannot refute this fact. Oh really? How about some references for that assertion? There were far worse forms of p...
by Silent Bob
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prostrations= Punishment?
Replies: 41
Views: 3428

Re: Prostrations= Punishment?

Grow up! I'll be 70 in a few months and am finishing my second round of ngondro.
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?
Replies: 126
Views: 19317

Re: Tögal for dzogchen beginners?

If you read the book a little more closely, Thrangu Rinpoche says on p.205, "If you want to do any of these types of practices then you should get instruction from a lama and meditate according to their instructions. If you just do it on your own without any instructions, it will not be easy and you...
by Silent Bob
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 14761

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

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If you're content to wander in samsara, why run out this thread to such length? Could it be that you're enjoying all the attention? I'm just sayin'...
by Silent Bob
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro
Replies: 210
Views: 31458

Re: Ngondro

Apart from the real benefits to the student of properly completing ngondro, it also helps the teacher see who among his oh-so-sincere aspirants are in it for the long haul and which ones are wasting his time.
by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 14761

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

A lot of your questions are answered in " Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism " by Bruce Newman. A very worthwhile book, IMHO, for the beginner or the perplexed. Another good book, aimed at practitioners who are more experienced but feel 'stuck' or are in crisis, is Andrew Holocek's "The Power and...
by Silent Bob
Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Lazy people should just give up, right?
Replies: 265
Views: 14761

Re: Lazy people should just give up, right?

So... let's say I'm doing Green Tara. What is the point of remaining in rigpa while chanting her mantra? Why not just remain in rigpa and stare at the wall? If, as you suggest, you're able to remain in rigpa for as long as it takes to do the GT sadhana, for uninterrupted minutes, or even as long as...
by Silent Bob
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dedication Prayer
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Dedication Prayer

It is perfectly acceptable to recite the dedication in English, without a melody. I'll post a link to a recording if I'm able to locate one.
by Silent Bob
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro
Replies: 210
Views: 31458

Re: Ngondro

Paul wrote:
dakini_boi wrote:Why did you begin the practice in the first place?
I thought it was about time. I've never been told to do it.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but since you took it upon yourself to begin ngondro without your teacher's permission, perhaps you aren't ready.