Precious Vase Book

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Precious Vase Book

Postby Blue Garuda » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:17 pm

The book seems to cover Lojong, Rushen and Semdzin but does it contain guidance on the actual practices themselves?

I have a pdf of the list. The shop isn't 'crystal' clear (pardon the pun). :)

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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby Clarence » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:44 pm

The actual guidance is not very elaborate. Not bad but the book on the 21 Semdzins and the one on the Rushan, Lojong and Semdzins are more detailed. That said, the Precious Vase is a great book and definitely worth buying and reading.
I just hope to one day learn how to do the Kumbhaka according to Rinpoche's system, which is the only Semdzin in the Precious Vase that needs to be learned from a teacher in person.
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby Blue Garuda » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:24 pm

Clarence wrote:The actual guidance is not very elaborate. Not bad but the book on the 21 Semdzins and the one on the Rushan, Lojong and Semdzins are more detailed. That said, the Precious Vase is a great book and definitely worth buying and reading.
I just hope to one day learn how to do the Kumbhaka according to Rinpoche's system, which is the only Semdzin in the Precious Vase that needs to be learned from a teacher in person.


Thanks.:) Added to my SSI shop 'wish list' :)
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby Clarence » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:50 pm

You are very welcome. :smile:
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:12 pm

Clarence wrote:The actual guidance is not very elaborate. Not bad but the book on the 21 Semdzins and the one on the Rushan, Lojong and Semdzins are more detailed.


Their instructions are also a bit different. It appears that Precious Vase is the authoritative text here, not the earlier publications. That's what I think I've been given to understand by an SMS instructor, in any case. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby simhanada » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:33 pm

treehuggingoctopus wrote:Their instructions are also a bit different. It appears that Precious Vase is the authoritative text here, not the earlier publications. That's what I think I've been given to understand by an SMS instructor, in any case. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)


Either book is fine. You will get results if you follow the instructions. Although it is an advantage to clarify any doubts about postures or anything with a more experienced practitioner.
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby Blue Garuda » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:55 pm

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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby asunthatneversets » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:07 pm

It may just be my Precious Vase PDF version, but I also have the actual book and when I compare the PDF with the book the PDF seems to have alot of pages omitted. When I first got the PDF I uploaded it on my phone and went to a SMS meeting figuring I was all set just to read along with my phone but the pages being discussed were missing. Whole sections missing. Is this the case for all the PDFs? Just in case someone leaks them online? Or is my PDF copy just defective?
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Re: Precious Vase Book

Postby Blue Garuda » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:44 am

asunthatneversets wrote:It may just be my Precious Vase PDF version, but I also have the actual book and when I compare the PDF with the book the PDF seems to have alot of pages omitted. When I first got the PDF I uploaded it on my phone and went to a SMS meeting figuring I was all set just to read along with my phone but the pages being discussed were missing. Whole sections missing. Is this the case for all the PDFs? Just in case someone leaks them online? Or is my PDF copy just defective?


I checked and mine are complete. However, there are problems in moving from page to page which sometimes seems to 'skip' pages. There is also a discrepancy between page numbers - if you go to page 45 of the pdf you get page 43 of the book - a very basic error easily corrected.

I wish they allowed 'cut and paste' though, as I like to compile my own documents. The protection is pretty crude and these days the paper books can be scanned or OCR used to create files so I'm not sure why they do it. After all, you agree to the conditions of confidentiality etc., just as you would if receiving an empowerment. However, what is very good to see is that so far I've not performed an internet search on a topic or practice which has thrown up an unprotected document, so maybe it is effective after all - or DC folk are especially honest . ;)
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