James Low & Simply Being

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby gad rgyangs » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:10 pm

gad rgyangs wrote:
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gad rgyangs wrote:
interesting passage u got page ##s please?


Vima Nyinthig, volume two, starts on page 222.


thanks M, but which edition?? some editions vima nyingthig is 3 vol, others 4...


bump: still looking for a useable reference that includes the edition, you know, like how references are given in an academic publication...
thanks in advance.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Malcolm » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:36 am

gad rgyangs wrote:bump: still looking for a useable reference that includes the edition, you know, like how references are given in an academic publication...
thanks in advance.


I am not an academic (thankfully), but here you go:

dri med 'od zer. "gsang ba bla med sgron ma dbu skor gyi gdams pa:." In snying thig ya bzhi. TBRC W12827. 4: 158 - 245. delhi: sherab gyaltsen lama, 1975. http://tbrc.org/link?RID=O01CT0042|O01C ... 812$W12827


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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby MalaBeads » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:18 pm

It seems unfortunate that this thread has strayed so far from the OP which was about James Low and his teachings. Thanks so much to Astus for posting about him. I have been reading his talks and feel I have benefited greatly. Thanks again.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Paul » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:12 pm

Here is a talk (in two parts) by James Low:

http://soundcloud.com/simplybeing

The transcript is here: http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/articles.p ... _teachings

I like it - he really is very good at explaining the Dzogchen view in a straightforward way.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby asunthatneversets » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Paul wrote:Here is a talk (in two parts) by James Low:

http://soundcloud.com/simplybeing

The transcript is here: http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/articles.p ... _teachings

I like it - he really is very good at explaining the Dzogchen view in a straightforward way.


It's really really basic though, and he still gives credence to dualities of self and other even though he's trying to show the emptiness of the subjective-self, he basically tries to convey that our own views of ourselves is based on external situations and interactions. He even said were pretty much energy going out and energy coming in, which is a wrong view and suggests coming and going and in and out and all sorts of dualities. If dzogchen is being applied correctly there are absolutely no dualities at all. I only read the transcript though so perhaps this isn't his best talk for all I know. It's akin to the tip of the iceberg in dzogchen though I'd say.

He spends an awful lot of time discussing the self to really be attempting to successfully convey the emptiness of the self. But it is important to do self-work(purification) in the beginning for some, I know I had to, in order to dispel some habitual tendencies. So to each their own.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Paul » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:54 pm

asunthatneversets wrote:If dzogchen is being applied correctly there are absolutely no dualities at all. I only read the transcript though so perhaps this isn't his best talk for all I know. It's akin to the tip of the iceberg in dzogchen though I'd say.


Personally, I think all those aspects of teaching are certainly in there, but he often seems to talk on multiple levels - something I've seen many teachers do.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Astus » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:32 pm

Indeed, it is his straightforward manner of teaching that grabbed me in the first place. It is difficult to find teachers who don't just repeat the common terminology all the time. Perhaps it is also an advantage that he can teach directly in his native tongue, thus breaking down those cultural and linguistic difficulties.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby asunthatneversets » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:42 pm

Astus wrote:Indeed, it is his straightforward manner of teaching that grabbed me in the first place. It is difficult to find teachers who don't just repeat the common terminology all the time. Perhaps it is also an advantage that he can teach directly in his native tongue, thus breaking down those cultural and linguistic difficulties.


Agreed, I think any nondual teaching can be a great supplement to ones understanding and some teachers are definitely more clear than others. There might be an aspect of Buddhist teachings whether dzogchen, mahamudra etc that could seem unclear that can all of a sudden click by hearing someone put it a different way. Using the teachings as a tool and being able to implement various tools for the job is key, in my eyes.

Other good teachers who helped me are
Tony Parsons
Jeff Foster
Adyashanti
Greg Goode
Scott Kiloby
Rupert Spira
Nisargadatta Maharaj
Ramana Maharshi
Ramesh Balsekar
Atmananda Krishna Menon

I took bits and pieces of everything they say and found the correlations within buddhism and dzogchen and the traditional texts and teachings and then came at it from the position of Buddhism and dzogchen in the sense of what does it say about what these other teachers are saying.. How does it critique their views.. Do they mesh... What works.. What doesn't work. And it's helped my view and experience tremendously.

It's wild, even so called "advaita" teachers like nisargadatta for example; his advice for practice is the exact same as the dzogchen method of being present at all times. He just uses different terms like "staying in the I AM" and he says forget Brahman and all that, it's useless.

It's interesting stuff.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Sönam » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:26 am

asunthatneversets wrote:... He just uses different terms like "staying in the I AM" ...


It does not sound very dzogchen ...

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Malcolm » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:47 pm

Sönam wrote:
asunthatneversets wrote:... He just uses different terms like "staying in the I AM" ...


It does not sound very dzogchen ...

Sönam



Agreed. Not very dzogchen at all.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby asunthatneversets » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:36 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Sönam wrote:
asunthatneversets wrote:... He just uses different terms like "staying in the I AM" ...


It does not sound very dzogchen ...

Sönam



Agreed. Not very dzogchen at all.


Perhaps not, I just mean the reference to remaining present. But you're right it isn't a dzogchen teaching but that's where I was saying take bits and pieces and see the correlations. Discard of the rest. Nevertheless I'm all for traditional dzogchen texts and teachings they hold their own undoubtably.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Mr. G » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:29 pm

Off Topic posts split: Jax's Dzogchen
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Dronma » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:08 pm

Mr. G wrote:Off Topic posts split: Jax's Dzogchen


Thank you! :thumbsup:
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby MalaBeads » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:40 pm

The most recent talk by James Low to be posted is from September, 2010, Milan, Italy. It is called "Emptiness of the Self"

Worth reading, IMHO.

You can find it on his website www.simplybeing.com
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby MalaBeads » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:40 pm

I continue to appreciate the manner in which James Low presents the way dzogchen teachings function in ordinary life. Worth a listen.


http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F% ... 1Vbu4i2pQQ
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Jikan » Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:52 am

I'm bumping this thread because I'm interested in a few different aspects of it. one of them concerns the content of the teaching as it has been transmitted. To what extent does Low's current teaching activity represent that of his esteemed teacher, CR Lama? If there are differences, of what kind or nature are they? (Certain posts in this thread suggest Mr Low has departed from tradition generally in his presentation of Dzogchen, hence my question.)

We know that Low was involved with many translation projects and has advocated particular kinds of sadhana practice (the chod practice linked below is one example)...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/78295370/Chod-Practice

I should add that I read Low's book Being Right Here and I feel I learned from it. I'm asking out of interest and not hostile intent.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Ivo » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:27 am

Jikan wrote:
We know that Low was involved with many translation projects and has advocated particular kinds of sadhana practice (the chod practice linked below is one example)...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/78295370/Chod-Practice


Hi Jikan. Just for your reference, the above is just the Chod practice from the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of Jigme lingpa, with some additional prayers connected to the monastery and lineage. It is one of the most popular Chod sadhanas currently practiced in the Nyingma tradition, if not the most popular. It is totally mainstream, just the translation is a little weird.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby smcj » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:43 am

To what extent does Low's current teaching activity represent that of his esteemed teacher, CR Lama?

Forgive my ignorance and laziness as it is probably already in the thread somewhere, but who is "CR Lama"? And has Low been authorized to teach?

Personally I'd rather hear a realized master say the seed syllable "AH" than hear a non-realized aspirant give a lucid and articulate talk.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Ivo » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:56 am

smcj wrote:Forgive my ignorance and laziness as it is probably already in the thread somewhere, but who is "CR Lama"?

Chime Rigdzin Rinpoche, a terton and a very interesting and powerful teacher, who passed away about 10 years ago. He was totally legitimate, although his style was not to everyones' taste. He was a special one.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby ReasonAndRhyme » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:15 am

smcj wrote:And has Low been authorized to teach?


Yes, Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche has authorized both him and Gudrun Knausenberger to teach and to give initiations, I've heard him say that about two dozen times and hundreds of others will be able to confirm that.
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