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.