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by conebeckham
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 16249

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

I start with the assumption that no matter what, conceptual elaboration will never adequately express reality. However, it is skillful means and can be expedient medicine for various ailments--as Pema Rigdzin is alluding to.... Given that assumption, I am confident that Tsong Khapa was and is a Grea...
by conebeckham
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 16249

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Je Tsongkhapa makes it quite clear what he is negating in Lam Rim Chen Mo, and what one shouldn't "negate too much", mere existence on a conventional level. What does this mean? Either something is negated or it it not. For the record, I am not "meaning 'true'existence" when I use the term "existen...
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 16249

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

TMingyur said: "Inherent Existence" in his system is nothing but a mental factor of the subject which projects what is not there. "Inherent existence" is a qualified existence, it differs from "mere existence" or from mere "existence." It is a conceptual elaboration. Nagarjuna, and others, including...
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 16249

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

It's not about "Philosophy" or "Systems of thought," TMingyur. It's about conditioned assumptions. Nagarjuna, and other Madhyamika philosophers, attempt to use "Systems of Thought" to analyse conditioned assumptions that we have. Buddha, and Nagarjuna, were not concerned with enlightening merely con...
by conebeckham
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 16249

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

I disagree that we conceive of "inherent existence" as being true. I believe that we don't need the qualifier "inherent." This issue is with existence, pure and simple. It is only when we conceptualize, we start to talk about "inherent existence" which is a qualifier. "Horn-like" means that which is...
by conebeckham
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

mr C-Beckham says: It is common to insist that everyone is on the level of a beginner, i.e. nobody is enlightened. Then on the other hand you demand that your practice of Tantra is to be called vipashyana, which leads to a contradiction. If you really practice vipashyana (or the three samadhis that...
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: May wrathful practice be performed?
Replies: 20
Views: 6735

Re: May wrathful practice be performed?

There's no contradiction.

In Kagyu three year retreats, chod is practiced daily. Dorje Drollo is also practiced as a main practice.
And of course daily protector practices, Kilaya practice......there are "wrathful" practices that are practiced daily.
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: Chod
Topic: May wrathful practice be performed?
Replies: 20
Views: 6735

Re: May wrathful practice be performed?

What do you mean by "wrathful practices?"

Do you mean "perform sadhana of wrathful yidams?" Or do you mean something else...some sort of "activity?"
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 56
Views: 4611

Re: Hello Everyone

Luke, I don't disagree with you. But I merely wanted to point out that Buddhist morality is "situational," really...there's no "absolute" morality, unless one talks about the most serious offenses--like, for example, killing a Buddha, which I would say is an absolute. And of course we're hopefully a...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 56
Views: 4611

Re: Hello Everyone

What about killing entirely out of a wish to benefit others?
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 3-year retreat question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: 3-year retreat question.

Not having done 3 year retreat, I'm not sure my opinion holds weight on this issue. I'm guessing that actually they were exposed to four different traditions, really--the Shangpa being the main tradition, but with Karma Kagyu, as well as Nyingma (Chogling Tersar and other Nyingma practices) and Chod...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: 3-year retreat question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: 3-year retreat question.

Six Yogas can be done before, or after, Chakrasamvara, in Kamstang tradition, I've heard. But Yogini has to be done first.......This is because the Six Yogas are Completion Stage practice, whereas Yogini and Demchok practice stress Creation Stage. Of course, both Demchok and Yogini have Completion S...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 56
Views: 4611

Re: Hello Everyone

First off, greetings to you , Lotus Lion. I wish to express great admiration and respect for you and for your tradition. I have friends who are Sikhs, and have some basic knowledge they have shared with me. Did you know that many Tibetan Buddhists consider Guru Nanak to be an incarnation of Guru Rin...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

I agree completely with the presentation by Pema Rigdzin, above. And with Magnus's recommendations. I can't add a thing-- they have done their best to dispel confusion. By the way, getting back on topic -- :smile: --we've agreed that Rainbow Body is a fruition, correct? Or, rather, a sign of fruitio...
by conebeckham
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

I agree with Magnus. Tulku Urgyen clearly indicates that the Creation Stage is to be practiced from the POV of Rigpa. Aemilius, I don't know where you are getting your information, or if you'e just speculating. I'm not even sure you're consistent in your assertions. Here, for you, is a quote from Tu...
by conebeckham
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Just to clarify the terms, enlightenment is a process. In the beginning, as Ven. Kalu Rimpoche has described it, it is like the new moon, very thin and barely visible, then it grows gradually bigger, until it reaches its fulness, which is Buddhahood. These stages of are described in a number of way...
by conebeckham
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

If you think that you are enlightened merely by receiving empowerment, you are either "one in a million" or you are deluded, simply put. Perhaps we should clarify our terms, though. Enlightenment means Buddhahood, right? Empowerment is the "Pointing Out" that which is primordially true. More specifi...
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 25694

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Tulku Urgyen said that one can achieve enlightenment through practicing solely the completion stage, but not through solely practicing the creation stage
Which leads us to the conclusion that one does not need to be "awakened" prior to practicing the completion stage. I rest my case.
by conebeckham
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Dolpo Dharma ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2666

Re: Dolpo Dharma ?

I may be making a false or incorrect conclusion based on my evidence. But you are certainly speculating, well outside the realm of the reasonable, in thinking Dolpopa was from Europe. Talk to Cyrus Stearns, or Gene Smith....or any Lama familiar with Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen's work and history. I will...
by conebeckham
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Dolpo Dharma ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2666

Re: Dolpo Dharma ?

Well, the Tibetans I hang out with have no problem saying "Europe." Without a "D" sound at the beginning. Some of them don't speak much English either. In any case, I'm quite sure Dolpopa was from Dolpo, In present-day Nepal, and was not European. You are free to speculate howsoever you desire, thou...