Yes thanks for your response.....
but nowhere in my post do I state preliminaries are not necessary nor without value..."Firstly, I am busy with my ngondro (Dorje Sempa) so even prelims are a source of great wealth and information for me
Reading about preliminaries over and over again serves no viable purpose.
If you want to believe I stated preliminaries have no purpose and then want to correct me on that...feel free enjoy
I certainly don't think "secrets" shouid be discussed in a public forum. I am certainly not wanting to know anyone elses "secrets" of any kind or sort. I am quite busy with my own...they are many and some are quite nefarious.
Dzochen has the same restrictions of practice to my knowledge and yet about every other thread in the forum on tibetan buddhism is about dzochen.
I know it is popular but that seems inordinately proportionate.
I have been to some places where lineage holders openly discuss things of this sort, practical helpful things of observational quality, and others where nothing is ever discussed in any fashion. I personally opt for the first, but don't personally care a bit as I am not a teacher and it is not my concern..
A good book to read about Mahamudra a technique or perspective I may not be familiar with to compare to what I am familiar with....that would be nice, to read on a summer day in my hammock with the breezes blowing mindly by.. but not a big big deal if not present.
So I think there is variance in this thing.
Such a book if this is one, would be a good recreation to my opinion.
I will not read about preliminaries for recreation, that would be boring for me. And that is not to state preliminaries are without value nor purpose...that would be absurd. I don't state that.
Being bored reading a book about preliminaries is not stateing they are without purpose or reason. That just means (for Me) I have read very many of books on preliminaries, and yes I have practiced them for long long periods of time.
Though I have no spiritual progression or advancement, nor could be considered even a practitioner of mahamudra as I am so dull. I don't know anything about that actually. Familiarization, to qualify, is not, to my opinion, knowledge of that thing necessarily.
But reading such books I have also not been told to not do. And I have been told to watch mind...so that I do. Mahamudra I don't know what that is nor care to know or not know....it is filled with secrets they say....I have to many of them already. But they say a lot of things. So I don't know.
You perhaps then know..enough for both of us. I will not bother with that.
I know if someone advises me this is a good book as I qualify it.. I will probably read it. If not not.
So qualify it or not. The part of your post where you qualify it has me optomistic, it is worth a try.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.