Sherlock wrote:You don't need to visualize any human figure in his guruyoga, just an A. He doesn't even ask you to have that much faith in him, just the bare minimum of "interest" to receive and practice it.
That is right.
It is a very essential and simple type of guru yoga, directly from mind to the nature of mind for wich you don't need preparation or to practice it in a formal setting.
And combined with mindfulness becomes a very powerful all-encompassing practice.
Thank you for your concern, guys, but the one thing which would
be going against my lama is to practice Dzogchen teachings without first completing ngondro. He doesn't mind if his students attend dharma talks of other teachers, but doing Dzogchen without first completing ngondro is something which he has indicated that he is strongly against. In fact, I met a very great lama in Tibet who praised us for practicing ngondro and for not going straight to practicing Dzogchen. So this is the one line I don't want to cross. So anyway, I want to get away from all this Tibetan stuff because I am tired of all this "forbidden/not forbidden" stuff.
Indrajala wrote:Luke, have you studied much classical Indian Buddhist literature? Abhidharma and so forth.
Nobody can claim that as exclusively their own and moreover it isn't associated with a single ethnic or lineage development of Buddhism. You can read it on your own without any organization. I've found such readings extremely insightful and empowering. There's no secret or esoteric truth concealed therein. It is all out in the open and logically elucidated. If you read it, you get it without having to defer to tradition.
No, I haven't studied much of that, but you make good points, and I was already thinking along these lines. My plan is to practice Zen and to study the foundational Mahayana concepts that it's built on. For example, the Diamond Sutra remains great no matter which Mahayana sect one chooses.
Even if one's meditation is simple, one doesn't need to be simple-minded.