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Howdy from Yudron

Postby Yudron » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:03 pm

6-2-12

Hi Everyone!

This is Yudron, some of you Vajrayana folks may remember me from e-sangha or other boards. I’ve been off-line for a few years, and this is my first opportunity to say hi.

I am a practitioner in the Nyingma tradition. I first took refuge in the early 90’s, and became a Vajrayana student in 1996. My main focus has been on in-depth practice, at times practicing while working full time, and at other times undertaking short, medium and long term retreat under the guidance of my lamas. My main lineage is the Dudjom Tersar, but I have completed some of the core practices of the Longchen Nyingthig as well. I try not to be a dilettante, but instead to learn all aspects of my own traditions in a great deal of depth. I haven’t got the greatest memory in the world, though, so this may be a multi-lifetime project.

I am an exemplar of the lowest capacity practitioner. I am a very gradual developer as a practitioner and I have no realization so far, but I have trust in the teachings of Guru Rinpoche that eventually -- if I keep going -- enlightenment is inevitable.

I really liked participating in on-line forums in the past, and probably will once again. On the other hand, I can easily be swept up into ways that are counter to my practice, such as creating dichotomies, having a lot of solid opinions, demonizing certain people or groups, talking about higher level practices, being too intellectual, and so forth. So, I have to be mindful and circumspect about what I write.

My own main Dharma interest is ever-deepening my understanding of pure view, samaya and guru devotion, and bringing that understanding into my heart. I am continuing to improve my Tibetan, with the goal of being able to comprehend the prose of the best writers of our tradition; Longchenpa, Dudjom Rinpoche, Mipham and Jigme Lingpa. I am also concerned about the establishment of pure dharma lineage here in North America, particularly amongst youth.

I like elements of my own anglo-american culture, and occasionally miss them when I am exclusively operating in Tibetan Buddhist setting. These include all kinds of personal creativity (especially writing and music), psychological insights, science, the internet, interest in the environment, and global events. I like exploring obscure parts of the Western U.S. by car and sometimes on foot, and finding places here that feel sacred. Maybe we can do some field trips, eh?

I look forward to new friendships, and being inspired by humble and sincere Dharma people, whether they took refuge for the first time yesterday, or 40 years ago.

Old acquaintances, what have you been up to the last few years? Is your practice flourishing? Are your teachers well? I hope so. I believe we are at a critical point in the transmission of pure dharma in the world.

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Tara » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:10 pm

Hi Yudron, :smile:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Virgo » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:26 pm

Hey Yudron!

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Kunzang » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:45 am

Hi Yudron,

We've known each other online since tricycle and e-sangha where I was kunzang.Great to see you back. I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering if you had finished retreat yet. Didn't you do a 3 year?

Sadly, my root teacher Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche passed away in 2010, the anniversary is coming up on June 27th.

I look forward to reading your posts again. I used to really enjoy the exchanges you and Namdrol would have; I think you're going to like Namdrol 2.0, or Malcolm as he goes by now.

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Ogyen » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:47 am

:cheers: Welcome! :hi:
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:31 am

Hello Yudron. I thought that was you ! Nice to see you again :namaste:
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Yudron » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:18 am

Kunzang wrote:Hi Yudron,

We've known each other online since tricycle and e-sangha where I was kunzang.Great to see you back. I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering if you had finished retreat yet. Didn't you do a 3 year?

Sadly, my root teacher Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche passed away in 2010, the anniversary is coming up on June 27th.

I look forward to reading your posts again. I used to really enjoy the exchanges you and Namdrol would have; I think you're going to like Namdrol 2.0, or Malcolm as he goes by now.

your friend Kunzang


Hi, Kunzang! Yeah I hung around my main dharma center long enough that they couldn't quite turn me down for a "3 year," then I wasn't quite bad enough to get thrown out. So, here I am, loosed on the world again (for the last 29 hours.)

I was surprised when I heard in retreat that Khenchen Palden Sherab has passed away -- it seems like only yesterday I received the Dudjom Wangs from him. Great loss.

Hopefully Yudron 2.0 will be well behaved.
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Adamantine » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:43 am

Hi old friend! Have thought about you a lot... thanks to you and your sangha for fulfilling all the prayer requests I may have sent your way:) Welcome back to the wild world of the internet!
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby dharmagoat » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:00 am

Hello Yudron!
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:10 pm

:hi:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Yudron » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:34 pm

Adamantine wrote:Hi old friend! Have thought about you a lot... thanks to you and your sangha for fulfilling all the prayer requests I may have sent your way:) Welcome back to the wild world of the internet!

I thought about you a lot, too, my Dudjom family sibling. We are very appreciative when people do make offerings to druptra and request prayers, and I paid close attention to yours.
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Pero » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:51 pm

Wow, really nice to see you again! Cool that you completed your three year retreat. :smile:

Is your practice flourishing?

I keep forgetting not to walk through walls in public but otherwise I guess it is going ok. Always could/should be better though and still going through ups and downs hehe.

Are your teachers well? I hope so.

There were some problems about two years ago, he ended up in a hospital for a little while and had surgery but lately Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche has been looking very well. Thanks for asking. :smile:
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Yudron » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:28 pm

I'm glad Namkhai Norbu is well. He has made important contributions to the world, especially increasing awareness of the early Dzogchen texts.
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Dechen Norbu » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:42 pm

It's great seeing you again, Yudron.

Welcome aboard!
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Mr. G » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:25 am

Long time no see Yudron! Welcome!
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby Qian Zheng Yi » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:21 pm

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Re: Howdy from Yudron

Postby ReasonAndRhyme » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:44 pm

Hi Yudron,

I'm a bit late (like usual) but a very warm welcome from me, too. I was emaho on e-Sangha. I didn't contribute much there but I remember you and am glad to see you again.

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