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by conebeckham
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6362

Re: Who is America ?

What if I told you that fascists make memes? What if I told you that the "common voters" were the one's responsible for putting the current fascists in power? Honestly, it was the common "non-voters" who bear much of the responsibility for Trump's presidency....along with a number of people who thr...
by conebeckham
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6362

Re: Who is America ?

What do you think are the right tactics to combat the alt-right, Cone? Outing them individually. This is what the reporters have done, and I believe it has had an effect. Maintaining resistance, and continually calling out Trump and any other elected official when the racists are being defended by ...
by conebeckham
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6362

Re: Who is America ?

Many of these guys travel around the country to participate, and they are set on violence. Though I don't advocate violence in general, I do think there are instances when it is an appropriate response. Antifa don't start things, really, as far as I can tell....these traveling White Supremacists do....
by conebeckham
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6362

Re: Who is America ?

THis past week there was a great and eye-opening Frontline épisode about the Alt Right. These people are organized and dangerous. What do you think are the right tactics to combat the alt-right, Cone? Outing them individually. This is what the reporters have done, and I believe it has had an effect...
by conebeckham
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 6362

Re: Who is America ?

THis past week there was a great and eye-opening Frontline épisode about the Alt Right. These people are organized and dangerous.
by conebeckham
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2886

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

As some of you know, I married the niece of my Lama, and lived at his residential center for almost 7 years. So, my situation is unique in many ways. But even those students who are not "family" but who lived at the center were, in some sense, "family" and still are...even after they have moved on.
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Space Force!
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Space Force!

by conebeckham
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Space Force!
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Space Force!

One can only hope.....










(That it breaks his chances, not that Buck Rogers in the 21st Century becomes a reality...LOL).
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2886

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

I suppose these days it is relatively rare for many. It is unfortunate that this is the case. Residential Dharma Centers with resident Lamas offer an experience that more closely resembles traditional Guru/Chela relations IMO. Living in a community with practitioners, and spending time with Gurus as...
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The owl
Replies: 25
Views: 1010

Re: The owl

There are Owl-Headed "Tramens" in many sadhanas arising from Cakrasamvara cycles, and from other Tantras I believe, as well.
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro vs. Yidam?
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Ngondro vs. Yidam?

Ngondro methods focus on accumulation of merit via skillful means and less focused on transformation of one's own self-image. Yidam practice also includes ngondro, but the main focus of yidam practices is to transform one's own self-image, and to work more or less directly with habits. Yidam practic...
by conebeckham
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

Ngondro was my "main practice," for years, but also had a some other short recitation practices--short torma offering to my protectors, and Chenrezig practice which was fairly regular, and some occasional Tara, LuJin, etc. I think it's good to focus on ngondro when you are accumulating.....Ngondro c...
by conebeckham
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short sadhanas
Replies: 39
Views: 1428

Re: Short sadhanas

Go for his lineage Drolod. It’s the beginning of Sadhana. You have to realize any deity you’re empowered in higher tantras have instantaneous arising and dissolution. And short open closing routines. You just need to connect w a teacher for empowerment and then it all slips into place. Long Sadhana...
by conebeckham
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short sadhanas
Replies: 39
Views: 1428

Re: Short sadhanas

The Chenrezig practice from Thangtong Gyalpo, DroDen KaKhyabma, is very short if you stick to the original sadhana and leave off amended prayers, etc. It is quite effective, IMO, as a daily practice. The book "Chenrezig: Lord of Love" has the complete sadhana along with commentary and instructions,...
by conebeckham
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Short sadhanas
Replies: 39
Views: 1428

Re: Short sadhanas

The Chenrezig practice from Thangtong Gyalpo, DroDen KaKhyabma, is very short if you stick to the original sadhana and leave off amended prayers, etc. It is quite effective, IMO, as a daily practice. The book "Chenrezig: Lord of Love" has the complete sadhana along with commentary and instructions, ...
by conebeckham
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Replies: 29
Views: 1710

Re: Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö

My red flag came from watching his videos where he says to the effect, only Jonang has the full Kalachakra teachings, others only have pieces. This is true. As a lineage, only they have preserved the entire creation and completion stage teachings as an integral whole. The Gelugpas preserve Kalacakr...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 18845

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

I don’t think so. What is paramount is the teacher-student relationship. The vajrayana was originally a personal and secret practice. You don’t need to be part of any community to practice. On the contrary, participation in a community probably increases the opportunities for breaching samaya. Yes ...
by conebeckham
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 18845

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

But it seems to me that I am being given authority to do a practice myself and I know it is very popular (encouraged even) to hang around lamas basking in the ambience - for me I have no inclination to do so. I avoid dharma centres and only go for specific teachings every few years or so. I'm not s...
by conebeckham
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to start a personal retreat?
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: How to start a personal retreat?

Kongtrul's retreat manual won't give you the specifics for preparing, though it's very good to read it for advice regarding motivation, etc. One of my favorite books, but it mainly explains what practices were done, and not so much how to conduct them....mostly. Based on the instructions I've been g...
by conebeckham
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1504

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

Or, practice—4-6:30am, work 8-5, practice again 7:30-9....and push re-set button. Weekends, do more practice, and sometimes use PTO or vacation days for strict retreats of 4 or more sessions daily. Is there any hope for one with a full time job and a family such as myself? :D I guess in this case p...

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