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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby MalaBeads » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Very much like his poetry. Inspiring.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby alwayson » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:09 pm

I should have known that.

I can't believe I forgot about the infamous Dzogchen mirror analogy. :cheers:
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby heart » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:25 pm

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A single essence doesn't mean they are the same. Like the nature of mind not being the same as mind. Actually, what you say sounds more Mahamudra related then Dzogchen.

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It means there is only one vidyā that has five expressions.


Not making a clear distinction between "sem" and "rigpa" is not the Dzogchen way, so it still sounds like Mahamudra to me.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Malcolm » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:37 pm

heart wrote:
Namdrol wrote:
heart wrote:
A single essence doesn't mean they are the same. Like the nature of mind not being the same as mind. Actually, what you say sounds more Mahamudra related then Dzogchen.

/magnus



It means there is only one vidyā that has five expressions.


Not making a clear distinction between "sem" and "rigpa" is not the Dzogchen way, so it still sounds like Mahamudra to me.

/magnus



Take it up with Vimalamitra. He writes about this in both the Copper Letters and the Agate Letters.

The vidyā that apprehends characteristics: “the vidyā that imputes phenomena as universals and as mere personal names”, is one’s mere non-conceptual self-knowing awareness defiled by many cognitions.

The [vidyā that] appropriates the basis creates all cognitions when present in one’s body, and is present as the mere intrinsic clarity [of those cognitions] is called “unripened vidyā”.

The vidyā present as the basis is the reality of the essence, original purity, that exists possessing the three primordial wisdoms. The vidyā which is not covered by partiality is present as the essence of omniscient wisdom. Further, that primordial wisdom is present as a subtle primordial wisdom. If that primordial wisdom did not exist, there would be no liberation from emptiness. Further, there would be no liberation from the inert. However, if vidyā exists as primordial wisdom, it would be no different than the realist’s nirmanakāya.

The vidyā of insight is those vivid appearances when the instruction is demonstrated. It is called “the essence of the self-apparent thigle”. As there are many unmixed appearances, the Teacher stated:

    Everything arose from non-arising,
    showing the great miraculous display in every way.

The vidyā of thögal is the absence of increase or decrease in experience having reached the full measure of appearance through practice. Having completed all the signs and qualities, also they are not established by their own nature. When self-manifesting as omniscient wisdom, it [the vidyā of thögal] is called “abandoning phenomena”, “the exhaustion of phenomena”, “beyond phenomena”, “liberated from phenomena”, and “no arising even in mere arising”.

Are those vidyās different or not? They are not different since there is nothing more than a single nature.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby alwayson » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:03 pm

To be fair, I've seen Namdrol emphasize distinguishing rigpa and sems all the way back many years.

Even here, he told Adinatha about not using discursive thought as the path.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Virgo » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:09 pm

alwayson wrote:To be fair, I've seen Namdrol emphasize distinguishing rigpa and sems all the way back many years.

Even here, he told Adinatha about not using discursive thought as the path.

Discursive thought naturally happens. And through, one can deepen one's knowledge.

Semde, for example, is based on discursive thought. The 4'th level of it, lhundrub, which is the result of the first three, is not really different from trechgo.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby alwayson » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:10 pm

Virgo wrote: lhundrub, which is the result of the first three, is not really different from trechgo.

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I know lhun grub is exclusively related to the 4 visions, but many people misunderstand it as being related to trechgo, since very few receive the 4 vision teachings.

Of course kadag and lhun grub are inseperably one wisdom anyway......
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Virgo » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:07 pm

alwayson wrote:
Virgo wrote: lhundrub, which is the result of the first three, is not really different from trechgo.

Kevin



I know lhun grub is exclusively related to the 4 visions, but many people misunderstand it as being related to trechgo, since very few receive the 4 vision teachings.

Of course kadag and lhun grub are inseperably one wisdom anyway......

Hi always,

Actually I was talking about Semde. Lhundrub is 'spontaneous presence' that occurs through using the mind in the other levels of Semde. I used this example because it appears to me that Semde approaches Dzogchen through well.. Sem. Of course, I am sure it is not without it's Direct Introduction.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Pema Rigdzin » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:46 pm

heart wrote:
Namdrol wrote:
heart wrote:
A single essence doesn't mean they are the same. Like the nature of mind not being the same as mind. Actually, what you say sounds more Mahamudra related then Dzogchen.

/magnus



It means there is only one vidyā that has five expressions.


Not making a clear distinction between "sem" and "rigpa" is not the Dzogchen way, so it still sounds like Mahamudra to me.

/magnus


Magnus,

It seems to me that making the distinction between sem and rigpa just enables one to bring rigpa to the fore and to understand that sem is like an afflicted offshoot of rigpa, for lack of a better description. Before making the distinction between sem and rigpa, one is unconscious of rigpa, and one's relationship with sem is as if it's the "end all, be all" to awareness; or even if one has some mere intellectual familiarity with Dzogchen teachings and does believe there is something called rigpa which is more fundamental than sem, one is nevertheless still unaware of what rigpa actually is and one is unable to understand sem in its actual context (as the tsal of rigpa mixed with karmic winds, and as naturally arising and self-liberating). I think after the distinction is made, and one is familiar with rigpa, one simply understands sem in its actual context, so one doesn't get fooled by it or feel something needs to be done about it... it just naturally arises and self-liberates and doesn't get in the way at all - except when one gets distracted haha. So we train in being mindful.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby heart » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:17 am

Namdrol wrote:
heart wrote:
Namdrol wrote:

It means there is only one vidyā that has five expressions.


Not making a clear distinction between "sem" and "rigpa" is not the Dzogchen way, so it still sounds like Mahamudra to me.

/magnus



Take it up with Vimalamitra. He writes about this in both the Copper Letters and the Agate Letters.

The vidyā that apprehends characteristics: “the vidyā that imputes phenomena as universals and as mere personal names”, is one’s mere non-conceptual self-knowing awareness defiled by many cognitions.

The [vidyā that] appropriates the basis creates all cognitions when present in one’s body, and is present as the mere intrinsic clarity [of those cognitions] is called “unripened vidyā”.

The vidyā present as the basis is the reality of the essence, original purity, that exists possessing the three primordial wisdoms. The vidyā which is not covered by partiality is present as the essence of omniscient wisdom. Further, that primordial wisdom is present as a subtle primordial wisdom. If that primordial wisdom did not exist, there would be no liberation from emptiness. Further, there would be no liberation from the inert. However, if vidyā exists as primordial wisdom, it would be no different than the realist’s nirmanakāya.

The vidyā of insight is those vivid appearances when the instruction is demonstrated. It is called “the essence of the self-apparent thigle”. As there are many unmixed appearances, the Teacher stated:

    Everything arose from non-arising,
    showing the great miraculous display in every way.

The vidyā of thögal is the absence of increase or decrease in experience having reached the full measure of appearance through practice. Having completed all the signs and qualities, also they are not established by their own nature. When self-manifesting as omniscient wisdom, it [the vidyā of thögal] is called “abandoning phenomena”, “the exhaustion of phenomena”, “beyond phenomena”, “liberated from phenomena”, and “no arising even in mere arising”.

Are those vidyās different or not? They are not different since there is nothing more than a single nature.


It is interesting Namdrol, I agree. But from this quote I can't come to the conclusion that there are concepts in rigpa, and since you agree that the Buddha don't have thoughts I am unsure what your actual point is.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby heart » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:32 am

Pema Rigdzin wrote:
heart wrote:
Namdrol wrote:

It means there is only one vidyā that has five expressions.


Not making a clear distinction between "sem" and "rigpa" is not the Dzogchen way, so it still sounds like Mahamudra to me.

/magnus


Magnus,

It seems to me that making the distinction between sem and rigpa just enables one to bring rigpa to the fore and to understand that sem is like an afflicted offshoot of rigpa, for lack of a better description. Before making the distinction between sem and rigpa, one is unconscious of rigpa, and one's relationship with sem is as if it's the "end all, be all" to awareness; or even if one has some mere intellectual familiarity with Dzogchen teachings and does believe there is something called rigpa which is more fundamental than sem, one is nevertheless still unaware of what rigpa actually is and one is unable to understand sem in its actual context (as the tsal of rigpa mixed with karmic winds, and as naturally arising and self-liberating). I think after the distinction is made, and one is familiar with rigpa, one simply understands sem in its actual context, so one doesn't get fooled by it or feel something needs to be done about it... it just naturally arises and self-liberates and doesn't get in the way at all - except when one gets distracted haha. So we train in being mindful.


Yes, and?

I never said there was no thoughts, just that the thoughts will not be rigpa.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby gad rgyangs » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:09 am

Namdrol wrote:
Take it up with Vimalamitra. He writes about this in both the Copper Letters and the Agate Letters.

The vidyā that apprehends characteristics: “the vidyā that imputes phenomena as universals and as mere personal names”, is one’s mere non-conceptual self-knowing awareness defiled by many cognitions.

The [vidyā that] appropriates the basis creates all cognitions when present in one’s body, and is present as the mere intrinsic clarity [of those cognitions] is called “unripened vidyā”.

The vidyā present as the basis is the reality of the essence, original purity, that exists possessing the three primordial wisdoms. The vidyā which is not covered by partiality is present as the essence of omniscient wisdom. Further, that primordial wisdom is present as a subtle primordial wisdom. If that primordial wisdom did not exist, there would be no liberation from emptiness. Further, there would be no liberation from the inert. However, if vidyā exists as primordial wisdom, it would be no different than the realist’s nirmanakāya.

The vidyā of insight is those vivid appearances when the instruction is demonstrated. It is called “the essence of the self-apparent thigle”. As there are many unmixed appearances, the Teacher stated:

    Everything arose from non-arising,
    showing the great miraculous display in every way.

The vidyā of thögal is the absence of increase or decrease in experience having reached the full measure of appearance through practice. Having completed all the signs and qualities, also they are not established by their own nature. When self-manifesting as omniscient wisdom, it [the vidyā of thögal] is called “abandoning phenomena”, “the exhaustion of phenomena”, “beyond phenomena”, “liberated from phenomena”, and “no arising even in mere arising”.

Are those vidyās different or not? They are not different since there is nothing more than a single nature.


interesting passage u got page ##s please?
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Adamantine » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:35 am

heart wrote:
Namdrol wrote:

Take it up with Vimalamitra. He writes about this in both the Copper Letters and the Agate Letters.

The vidyā that apprehends characteristics: “the vidyā that imputes phenomena as universals and as mere personal names”, is one’s mere non-conceptual self-knowing awareness defiled by many cognitions.

The [vidyā that] appropriates the basis creates all cognitions when present in one’s body, and is present as the mere intrinsic clarity [of those cognitions] is called “unripened vidyā”.

The vidyā present as the basis is the reality of the essence, original purity, that exists possessing the three primordial wisdoms. The vidyā which is not covered by partiality is present as the essence of omniscient wisdom. Further, that primordial wisdom is present as a subtle primordial wisdom. If that primordial wisdom did not exist, there would be no liberation from emptiness. Further, there would be no liberation from the inert. However, if vidyā exists as primordial wisdom, it would be no different than the realist’s nirmanakāya.

The vidyā of insight is those vivid appearances when the instruction is demonstrated. It is called “the essence of the self-apparent thigle”. As there are many unmixed appearances, the Teacher stated:

    Everything arose from non-arising,
    showing the great miraculous display in every way.

The vidyā of thögal is the absence of increase or decrease in experience having reached the full measure of appearance through practice. Having completed all the signs and qualities, also they are not established by their own nature. When self-manifesting as omniscient wisdom, it [the vidyā of thögal] is called “abandoning phenomena”, “the exhaustion of phenomena”, “beyond phenomena”, “liberated from phenomena”, and “no arising even in mere arising”.

Are those vidyās different or not? They are not different since there is nothing more than a single nature.


It is interesting Namdrol, I agree. But from this quote I can't come to the conclusion that there are concepts in rigpa, and since you agree that the Buddha don't have thoughts I am unsure what your actual point is.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby alpha » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:24 am

thoughts appear as a result of secondary causes but they also can be seen as a cause.
from outside they can be seen as anything but they are of the same essence as rigpa
they are an expression of rigpa but of the same essence

the single (real) cause for anything arising is rigpa
secondary causes give rise to thoughts
secondary causes are seen as illusory in their nature
and that which is illusory can only give rise to an illusion(or appears to give rise)
since they (thoughts )appear as an illusion their existence cannot be established and therefore we cannot talk about the distinction between rigpa and thoughts.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby heart » Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Take it up with Vimalamitra. He writes about this in both the Copper Letters and the Agate Letters.

The vidyā that apprehends characteristics: “the vidyā that imputes phenomena as universals and as mere personal names”, is one’s mere non-conceptual self-knowing awareness defiled by many cognitions.

The [vidyā that] appropriates the basis creates all cognitions when present in one’s body, and is present as the mere intrinsic clarity [of those cognitions] is called “unripened vidyā”.

The vidyā present as the basis is the reality of the essence, original purity, that exists possessing the three primordial wisdoms. The vidyā which is not covered by partiality is present as the essence of omniscient wisdom. Further, that primordial wisdom is present as a subtle primordial wisdom. If that primordial wisdom did not exist, there would be no liberation from emptiness. Further, there would be no liberation from the inert. However, if vidyā exists as primordial wisdom, it would be no different than the realist’s nirmanakāya.

The vidyā of insight is those vivid appearances when the instruction is demonstrated. It is called “the essence of the self-apparent thigle”. As there are many unmixed appearances, the Teacher stated:

    Everything arose from non-arising,
    showing the great miraculous display in every way.

The vidyā of thögal is the absence of increase or decrease in experience having reached the full measure of appearance through practice. Having completed all the signs and qualities, also they are not established by their own nature. When self-manifesting as omniscient wisdom, it [the vidyā of thögal] is called “abandoning phenomena”, “the exhaustion of phenomena”, “beyond phenomena”, “liberated from phenomena”, and “no arising even in mere arising”.

Are those vidyās different or not? They are not different since there is nothing more than a single nature.


Ok, thinking a little further on your translation I think Vimalamitra is saying that our cognizance [vidya], that can experience the world as either samsara or nirvana, is unchanging no matter what circumstances. So this vidya is the same the same vidya that experience the six realms, the same vidya that recognize the natural state and the same vidya that attain the four visions. Thoughts are mentioned together with the vidya that apprehends characteristics that is "defiled by many cognition's", so this defilement is what thoughts are. All sentient beings are already Buddhas, they just don't know it.

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Malcolm » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:40 pm

gad rgyangs wrote:
interesting passage u got page ##s please?


Vima Nyinthig, volume two, starts on page 222.
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby gad rgyangs » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:07 pm

Namdrol wrote:
gad rgyangs wrote:
interesting passage u got page ##s please?


Vima Nyinthig, volume two, starts on page 222.


thanks M, but which edition??
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby heart » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:23 pm

http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/rig_pa

vidya 1) rig pa, rig pa, rig pa intr. v.; to know, cognize, understand, see, be aware of. 2) intelligence, cognition, understanding, knowledge, insight. 3) intellectual reasoning, rationality, logic, philosophy, [intrinsically] real, reason, intellect, awareness, insightful; science 4) knowing, nondual mind, pure / sheer presence, awareness mind, wakefulness, intuitive awareness, intrinsic awareness, awakeness, immediate awareness. 5) noun. the knower / cognizer, mind [Syn shes rig. 6) Two of six/eight qualities describing the sangha. 7) in gnas 'gyu rig gsum - noticing. 8) mantra [RY]

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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby gad rgyangs » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:11 am

gad rgyangs wrote:
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gad rgyangs wrote:
interesting passage u got page ##s please?


Vima Nyinthig, volume two, starts on page 222.


thanks M, but which edition??


bump: some editions the vima nyingthig is 3 vol, in others 4...
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Re: James Low & Simply Being

Postby Sönam » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:56 pm

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Then what is the rtsal of rigpa when no thoughts?

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rtsal.


Keith Dowman speaks of responsiveness ...

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