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by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 9729

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

[quote="conebeckham"]Both terms, Dzokchen and Mahamudra, are quite "loaded." Both "Great Perfection" and "Great Seal" are, ultimately, descriptions of the Ultimate State of Realization. As such, they're equivalent, though the focus is a bit different. We could say this is in relation to the "Fruit."...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 9729

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

A wise and learned friend some of you may recall from times past noted that all Dzokchen practice is Tantric in nature. Not only does it come from the Tantras, but also the Guru/Chela relationship is key. "Tantra" means "thread," you know....it refers to an unbroken lineage, a stream of blessings. T...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra
Replies: 54
Views: 9729

Re: Difference between Dzogchen and Mahamudra

Both terms, Dzokchen and Mahamudra, are quite "loaded." Both "Great Perfection" and "Great Seal" are, ultimately, descriptions of the Ultimate State of Realization. As such, they're equivalent, though the focus is a bit different. We could say this is in relation to the "Fruit." From the point of vi...
by conebeckham
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suffering as purification of Karma
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Suffering as purification of Karma

Suffering is the existential state of Samsara. In itself, "suffering" in this sense is not a "purification" of karma, per se....it is just as often a cause for further suffering. The only true and lasting purification of Karma occurs when one goes completely beyond suffering, beyond Samsara. Enlight...
by conebeckham
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?
Replies: 17
Views: 2285

Re: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?

Again---don't be sure it's the Indian Gov't. that is "to blame." There are a whole bunch of factors in play.
by conebeckham
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: ordination
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: ordination

I am certain that one can ordained in the Karma Kagyu lineage. But this is not something to be taken lightly. It's also true that, in Kalu Rinpoche's centers, so-called "Shangpa Kagyu" three year retreatants take vows for the duration of the retreat, --on a daily basis--but these aren't complete "mo...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?
Replies: 17
Views: 2285

Re: Why was the Karmapa's US tour cancelled?

If I recall, HH Gyalwa Karmapa's office responded after the European Tour was cancelled, and they indicated that people should not fault India for the cancellation. This article is written by a Frenchman, published in an Indian forum. I would just counsel people to not jump to conclusions regarding ...
by conebeckham
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?
Replies: 16
Views: 2022

Re: Is Nyingma the Most Liberal?

I'm not sure what "most liberal" means? Does this mean "most liberal in giving?" Or does it mean "most liberal (i.e., "loose") in behavior? I'm sure we're not talking about the political views, are we? I think Nyingmapas could be viewed as the most "liberal" in giving.....this is because the Dzokche...
by conebeckham
Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are you able to look through traditions?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: Are you able to look through traditions?

The Dharma is not a cultural phenomenon, nor a set of conditioned circumstances, or even concepts in one's own mind.

Neither is it different from those.
by conebeckham
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3163

Re: Lioncity forum

Nope. I'm completely fine with the rules as they're currently spelled out... I was just commenting that the Free-for-all is a feature that, perhaps, E Sangha could have had.....channelling those who wanted to debate less "orthodox" positions on doctrinal issues into a place where they would not be s...
by conebeckham
Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3163

Re: Lioncity forum

I'm not sure I'm understanding this ^?

Dharmawheel has a free-for- all section, already. I was merely indicating that it's a good idea--a place where discussions about, say, the validity of Rebirth, etc., can take place.
by conebeckham
Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3163

Re: Lioncity forum

I, too, was a moderator at E Sangha, and I'd just like to second Astus' comments. They reflect my experience, as well. The people who "had issues" were, for the most part, those pushing an agenda that was contrary to the positions put forth by the owner and those he chose as administrators. It was, ...
by conebeckham
Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Hi friends
Replies: 9
Views: 1584

Re: Hi friends

Yo, Lama Dave...I came in after ya, but I'll reply to you anyway! Nice to see ya!

Cone
by conebeckham
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 710
Views: 51794

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Agreed, Magnus. I practice a bit of Nyingma-style development stage, as do most "Kagyupas," I'd bet. We're all influenced by Dzokchen I think, and thus, the Three Samadhis, etc. The "View" carries over into any Yidam practice one does, I think. Sarma lineages do stress emptiness, and all general Mah...
by conebeckham
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 710
Views: 51794

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Magnus- well, sorta. Mahamudra is both a view and a "practice," or variety of practices. There are some who "practice" Mahamudra in an "uncontrived" way, as they say, focusing on Samatha And Vipassana as they are explained in Mahamudra teachings, and who dispense with Yidam practice entirely. This i...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Special Days
Replies: 74
Views: 25850

Re: Special Days

We're celebrating the birthday of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Tinley Dorje on the 26th---if anyone's in the SF Bay Area, come by the Berkeley Marina between 10-3.....we'll be doing Riwo Sangcho at 10, and it's a special day for practice as noted above!
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Calendar
Replies: 144
Views: 8462

Re: Special Days

We're celebrating the birthday of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Tinley Dorje on the 26th---if anyone's in the SF Bay Area, come by the Berkeley Marina between 10-3.....we'll be doing Riwo Sangcho at 10, and it's a special day for practice as noted above!
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 710
Views: 51794

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Great thread, thanks to all. Somewhat off topic, but perhaps not....I recall a student of my Guru asking when we were going to "get to the Mahamudra practice" --this was in the context of a closed "druppa/Jinsek" yidam retreat. I'm not even going to give you the Guru's answer, I think you all know i...
by conebeckham
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Cone
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: Hello From Cone

Thanks!
:smile:
by conebeckham
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Cone
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Hello From Cone

I thought I'd "de-lurk" and join the club.

Hi to old friends, and to hopeful new ones, as well.

Be well.