smcj wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:20 am
Norwegian wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:57 pm
If you want to understand guru yoga, then you should receive teachings on this from a qualified teacher. Merely reading books will not do it I'm afraid.
I live in a Karma Kagyu monastery. I’ve specifically asked about GY from the resident retreat master for the 3 year retreats.
Is there something specific you think I should ask about?
I am only going by your own statements of you exclusively practicing lower yana only, which of course then naturally excludes guru yoga. And as such, I think for you yourself, it would probably be better to not talk so much about something you don't practice, as there's the likelihood of it creating very subtle and not-so subtle obscurations for yourself which can be a problem for you in both this life and future lives.
Also: Asking "about" something is vastly different from actually receiving the intimate instructions, and putting them into use, i.e., practicing them, and then working with that (which is much more useful).
So, there really isn't anything I have to suggest that you should "ask about". Satisfying ones intellectual curiosity is also not what guru yoga is about.
At one point or another you will have to make up your mind whether you should take the plunge into Secret Mantra Vajrayana or not. If you do, then you should work with that. If you don't, then that is also fine. But if you don't, then perhaps continually talking about so many topics within Secret Mantra Vajrayana (and Dzogchen) is not the greatest idea.