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M1NDFUL wrote:I don't mean to come off as naive. I truly appreciate all the information. Out of curiosity, is this a very common thing for people to create centers and claim to be more than what they are, and in doing so, teaching their own method?
I will definitely contact Patrick at Vajra Echoes and see where it takes me. I know for a fact that I want to be on the Vajrayana path, but I also know for a fact that I want it to be authentic and traditional. A big reason why I have no interest in returning to the NKT center (even though I paid for classes in advance and will now eat the fee).
I still have a lot of reading ahead of me (per the books mentioned earlier in the thread) as well as some emails to have sent out for more inquiries into proper Vajrayana practice in CT and the surrounding area.
dzogchungpa wrote:Yudron wrote:Jeff, you should do some research about this center, or any center you get involved in. You may like the American lama there, but you should know that -- although they appear to now be doing traditional practices in connection with Tibetan lamas -- in the past his center was centered on unconventional practices that he believed to be his own "Shakyamuni Heart" revelation. There are many authentic centers of Tibetan Buddhist practice in New England, I suggest taking some time and checking out all lamas and centers and see if that one is where you feel most comfortable, and search on the web and talk to people who have been connected with Tibetan Buddhism for 15 or 20 years about their knowledge of the lamas involved.
What's the deal, Yudron? I've never heard of this guy.
M1NDFUL wrote:Both of those books sound very interesting, especially Magic Dance.
I've also been looking into Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and I must say, I am really looking forward to getting into his teachings.
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