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

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

Post by PeterC » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:05 pm
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 sure if this makes me very unusual - but I think that examining one's teacher for many years, receiving instructions for practice and going away and doing it, is more traditional than what seems the standard now of receiving dozens of teachings and empowerments (while idolising one's lama as a saviour) and joining a 'community'.
Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.

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

Post by Malcolm » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:27 pm

PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:05 pm
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 sure if this makes me very unusual - but I think that examining one's teacher for many years, receiving instructions for practice and going away and doing it, is more traditional than what seems the standard now of receiving dozens of teachings and empowerments (while idolising one's lama as a saviour) and joining a 'community'.
Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
I don’t think so.
I think so, the second samaya concerns one's relationship with one's vajra siblings.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

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

Post by conebeckham » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm

PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:05 pm
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 sure if this makes me very unusual - but I think that examining one's teacher for many years, receiving instructions for practice and going away and doing it, is more traditional than what seems the standard now of receiving dozens of teachings and empowerments (while idolising one's lama as a saviour) and joining a 'community'.
Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")

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

Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm

conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm


Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?

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Post by Motova » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:44 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:33 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:05 pm
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 sure if this makes me very unusual - but I think that examining one's teacher for many years, receiving instructions for practice and going away and doing it, is more traditional than what seems the standard now of receiving dozens of teachings and empowerments (while idolising one's lama as a saviour) and joining a 'community'.
Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
Could you explain why? and what is 'The Community' as distinct to 'a community' - thanks.
Why is interacting with a community essential?

Each Dharma vehicle has a learning curve and there is a lot to memorize for each vehicle. Memory is essential to prudence, and prudence is essential to maintaining vows and samayas... maintaining vows and samayas is the only way to realization. Furthermore, memory is essential to rhetoric, remedying/transforming/liberating negative rhetoric and fueling liberative rhetoric is essential to Mahayana. What are the keys to memory? Location, imagery, associations, emotion, and habit. Dharma centers provide a location with a schedule filled with intense imagery and associations that is highly charged with positive emotions.

Why is interacting with the Sangha or The Community essential?

When we take refuge we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. When we interact with the Sangha or senior students we receive feedback but also experience their reactions to experiences. They help regulate our reactions and habits to be more inline with the Dharma and thus they help us come closer to the Buddha.

Furthermore, what are the three keys to happiness? A positive social life, a positive job, and a positive religion. The Sangha helps us with these three.
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Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Post by Norwegian » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:46 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm


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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Ganapuja, Ganachakra, Drubchö, Drubchen, etc., are pretty much essential in the Vajrayana.

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

Post by Karma Dorje » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:46 pm

I think making a distinction between the personality of one's teacher and the guru that one does guru yoga with is crucial. The real guru is one's own buddha nature appearing as the path. Not everyone has the circumstance to receive instruction from a fully realized buddha. The samaya is with one's own natural state, not some potentially flawed human personality.
Interestingly, the nature of the dharma wheel of the scriptures is defined as "the mind of a disciple that appears either in the form of a buddha's speech (whose main topics are either the causes, the results, or the nature of nirvana) or that mind which appears as the collections of names, words, and letters that serve as the support for such speech." Of course, this is a definition very much from the point of view of emptiness or the relative and subjective nature of all things. It does not say that there are any real material texts or teachings out there, any external buddhas to teach us, or any material sounds coming into our ears. Basically, like everything else, the teaching situation happens nowhere other than in our own mind. It is our own mind that takes on the form of the texts, sounds, buddhas, and their teachings that appear to us. However, it does not do so randomly by itself, but under the guiding influence of a buddha's wisdom mind. In other words, in dependence on the dominant condition that is a buddha's omniscient wisdom and the causal condition that consists of the relatively pure mind streams of certain beings to be guided, the wheel of dharma of the scriptures is nothing but the very mind of these beings appearing for them in the form of words and letters. Since buddhas neither have any latent tendencies that would give rise to some speech of theirs nor possess any ignorance of clinging to inner mind as being external sounds, ultimately such a dharma wheel is not a teaching that results from any wish of a buddha to teach.

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

Post by Mr. G » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:48 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm


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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Samaya is not just between teacher and disciple, it's between vajra siblings as well. We do tsogs to purify any broken samayas between our teachers and vajra siblings.
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Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Post by conebeckham » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:01 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm


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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Yes.
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")

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

Post by Motova » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm


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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
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Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:09 pm

Mr. G wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:48 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm


Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Samaya is not just between teacher and disciple, it's between vajra siblings as well. We do tsogs to purify any broken samayas between our teachers and vajra siblings.
There was a period when I attended weekly (and periodic) group pujas, t'sok and so on. However now to attend the dharma centre with which I am associated would involve a two hour drive, followed by a 2 1/2 hour plane journey and then a one hour train journey (same for return). But this is not the main point - I would say that the group practices became irrelevant to me and, as I periodically ask my lama if there is anything I'm not doing and should, and he says no just get on with your practice/study - I don't worry about it.

As I understood it - it is a downfall to have anger for your dharma siblings - which I don't have - I don't think socialising with them is of any significance.

The sangha in which I take refuge is either the 'ordinary' one of the community of ordained monks or the bodhisattvas (as appearing on the refuge tree).

My reclusive lifestyle might be at odds with the majority opinion here - but hey I'm in good company.

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

Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm
conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm


Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
'Essential' - are you sure?
Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?

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

Post by Josef » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:17 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm


'Essential' - are you sure?
Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
If you have received teachings from a teacher you are already connected to that community.
Kye ma!
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Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

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

Post by Motova » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm


'Essential' - are you sure?
Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
What do you think you'll be doing as a Buddha? I bet it is basically Ganapuja.
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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

Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:20 pm

Josef wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:17 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm


Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
If you have received teachings from a teacher you are already connected to that community.
Yes technically I still connected to a particular community and dharma centre - but it is in another country and I don't attend and thus am not an active member in the usual sense.

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

Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:21 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm


Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
What do you think you'll be doing as a Buddha? I bet it is basically Ganapuja.
I will be doing Buddha activity (several eons hence : ) )

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

Post by Motova » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:22 pm

Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:21 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm


I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
What do you think you'll be doing as a Buddha? I bet it is basically Ganapuja.
I will be doing Buddha activity (several eons hence : ) )
That Buddha activity is not independent.
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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Post by Gatinho » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:28 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:22 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:21 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm


What do you think you'll be doing as a Buddha? I bet it is basically Ganapuja.
I will be doing Buddha activity (several eons hence : ) )
That Buddha activity is not independent.
I would respond but I feel I have derailed this thread too much.

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

Post by Motova » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:28 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Gatinho wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm


Even Pratyekabuddhas must receive Dharma teachings from a teacher before their liberation.
I have received dharma teachings from a teacher - why does this mean that joining a community is essential?
What do you think you'll be doing as a Buddha? I bet it is basically Ganapuja.
And Chod.
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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

Post by PeterC » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:23 am

conebeckham wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:28 pm
PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Motova wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pm


Being a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.
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 one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.
Group practice is an essential element of Vajrayana. The word "tsok" is translated as "assembly," despite our notion of it being a feast.

Of course individual practice is essential, but if you're practicing sadhana you'll usually join a community of practitioners to do drupcho, drupchen, etc.

In three year retreats, there are two group sessions a day, at most recent centers, as well as the standard monthly group tsoks, etc. There are many reasons people engage in practice in groups.
Perhaps we need to be more specific about the meaning of community here. Clearly bimonthly ganachakras are an important part of Vajrayana. Hanging out in dharma centers or group cosplay in Nova Scotia isn’t.

I would also question the assumption that retreat must always = group retreat. Plenty of great lamas spent a lot of time in solitary retreat. But I don’t disagree with your basic point given the incessant injunctions to make feast offerings twice a lunar month.

(As an aside - when did drubchens become an established practice - do they have Indian antecedents or were they primarily a Tibetan thing?)

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