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by Silent Bob
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts
Replies: 36
Views: 13537

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Chaz wrote: @conebeckham & @ silentbob: When would you recommend a practitioner read those boks by Thrangu Rinpoche?
For you, my friend, now would be a perfect time.
by Silent Bob
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 23858

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Chaz wrote: @conebeckham & @ silentbob: When would you recommend a practitioner read those boks by Thrangu Rinpoche?
For you, my friend, now would be a perfect time.
by Silent Bob
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts
Replies: 36
Views: 13537

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

It should be noted that it's a restricted text. While at the same time you can get a couple of to the point and in depth explanations without any problem. Strange thinking, perhaps it's a marketing thing to make it look more important and more esoteric. Nitartha isn't exactly pushing the book in th...
by Silent Bob
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 23858

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

It should be noted that it's a restricted text. While at the same time you can get a couple of to the point and in depth explanations without any problem. Strange thinking, perhaps it's a marketing thing to make it look more important and more esoteric. Nitartha isn't exactly pushing the book in th...
by Silent Bob
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts
Replies: 36
Views: 13537

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Thrangu Rinpoche's "Vivid Awareness" is an instant classic and belongs on any list of essential books on Mahamudra: http://www.namsebangdzo.com/Vivid_Aware ... /16719.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Silent Bob
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 23858

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Thrangu Rinpoche's "Vivid Awareness" is an instant classic and belongs on any list of essential books on Mahamudra: http://www.namsebangdzo.com/Vivid_Aware ... /16719.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Silent Bob
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts
Replies: 36
Views: 13537

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Tony Duff and his Padma Karpo Translation Committee have published a number of books of mahamudra source materials: http://www.tibet.dk/pktc/transpaper.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Mr Duff is a very capable lotsawa, one of the best. Personally, I find his habit of finding fault...
by Silent Bob
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 23858

Re: Classic Kagyü Mahāmudrā Texts

Tony Duff and his Padma Karpo Translation Committee have published a number of books of mahamudra source materials: http://www.tibet.dk/pktc/transpaper.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Mr Duff is a very capable lotsawa, one of the best. Personally, I find his habit of finding fault...
by Silent Bob
Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra - The Moonlight
Replies: 8
Views: 1995

Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

This is embarrassing--I forgot to recommend Thrangu Rinpoche's "Essentials of Mahamudra" http://www.namobuddhapub.com/Essentials ... p000em.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
which is a well-edited compilation of his talks from all the Big Bear retreats.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra - The Moonlight
Replies: 8
Views: 1995

Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

I wholeheartedly second the book suggestions offered by Magnus. These three offer a readable approach to the topic of MM without the MEGO (Mine Eyes Glazeth Over) effect of "Moonlight...". Thrangu Rinpoche gave a legendary series of five ten-day retreats at Big Bear, CA between 1990-95, where he gav...
by Silent Bob
Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My cat suffered a stroke today
Replies: 94
Views: 5277

Re: My cat suffered a stroke today

There are many ways to ease pain also, if we think suffering is too intense. Regarding this last point, there's some discussion. Is it better to die in complete agony with a perfectly unbalanced mental state or enter the bardo while having been drugged? This I don't know and I'm not sure if there's...
by Silent Bob
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My cat suffered a stroke today
Replies: 94
Views: 5277

Re: My cat suffered a stroke today

DN--Thank you for your compassionate, common-sense response. I wish I could say that it was representative of the messages on this board, but it was not at all typical. If I didn't know better, I'd think that so-called Buddhists might be inhabiting some strange, parallel reality. Prolonging an anima...
by Silent Bob
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tealights!
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: Tealights!

I did a retreat several years ago at a center where open flames weren't permitted, so we used battery-powered tealights instead and I've never gone back to candles since then. That center director's concerns were well-founded, too, because I can think of several retreat cabins at various locations i...
by Silent Bob
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:10 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?
Replies: 41
Views: 8419

Re: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?

100,000 is just enough to get warmed up.
by Silent Bob
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?
Replies: 41
Views: 8419

Re: Mahamudra : What do you plan to do after ngondro?

Chaz wrote: I'm convinced that Ngondro is something you have to really want to do. It takes commitment. It takes focus.
The wonderful thing about ngondro is that unlike almost everything else in life, it can't be faked. Sooner or later you have to either get real or give it up.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Pointing out instructions
Replies: 113
Views: 14474

Re: Pointing out instructions

the typical Mahamudra pointing out instruction is long transmission that last several months That hasn't been my experience. The pointing out is fairly brief. But I can't say if my experience is typical or not. In the 9th Karmapa's text, "Mahamudra--the Ocean of Definitive Meaning", which is the Ka...
by Silent Bob
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Views on Dharma clothes
Replies: 84
Views: 7712

Re: Views on Dharma clothes

Whatever others decide to wear is of no concern to me, but personally, I already have enough silly affectations of my own without taking on any new ones.

Chris
by Silent Bob
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lung disease unique to Vajrayana?
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: Lung disease unique to Vajrayana?

If you are concerned about lung sickness, this two-part article by Tsoknyi Rinpoche may give you some useful information:
http://www.pundarika.org/news/?p=1435" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.pundarika.org/news/?p=1439" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Chris
by Silent Bob
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Encyclopedia of Bodhisattvas, Dharmapalas, Yidams, etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Encyclopedia of Bodhisattvas, Dharmapalas, Yidams, etc?

You'll find an enormous amount of reliable information at HimalayanArt.org:
http://www.himalayanart.org/pages/browse_subjects.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The curator of the collection, Jeff Watt, is a longtime practitioner in the Sakya tradition.
by Silent Bob
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commitment Issues
Replies: 69
Views: 3862

Re: Commitment Issues

This is a huge issue here in the west and one I wish I could resolve for you. I was fortunate because my first teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche, was absolutely uncompromising about having his students complete what they had begun, and there simply was no way out of that unless one chose to abandon the teac...