I would - yet not only do I not know how to get in contact with the man but I'm not even sure he'd bother replying to such a silly question.
and know jackshit about Buddhism and especially Dzogchen. What's worse: I've read a few books on the subject now and still know jackshit. I can't explain karma adequately to save my life much less Mahayana or Dzogchen.
justsit wrote:Well, sounds like you might be ready for a bit of a different approach. Perhaps it's time for Pema Chodron.
Virgo wrote:Get rid of the stress.
mint wrote:I was doing just fine reading my Chogyam Trungpa books and listening to my Pema Chodron audiobooks until the Nov 20 worldwide transmission rolled around and everyone in the DC thread started harping about how I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to receive transmission from such a great master and how great Dzogchen is, etc.. I tried stating otherwise, but people said, 'Oh, Trungpa is dead, but Namkhai Norbu is alive.' I hope, after reading this thread, people will exercise more discretion when pushing people into things which they themselves acknowledge that they're not ready for!
mint wrote: I hope, after reading this thread, people will exercise more discretion when pushing people into things which they themselves acknowledge that they're not ready for!
Namdrol wrote:No one pushed you to do anything.
I'm scared to practice Dzogchen...
mint wrote:Namdrol wrote:No one pushed you to do anything.
So, given all that I've said above, this thread can only go in circles from this point on.
Nangwa wrote:It is now and always has been up to you.
Either do it, or dont.
You have a wealth or resources at your disposal, its up to you to figure out how they can work for you.
mint wrote:Well, I, for one, was REALLY looking forward to recieving the Oral Commentary to Day/Night since, as I've read here on the forum, it's the best laid out plan for how to approach Dzogchen daily. And now its lost in the mail somewhere between Italy and NC.
And now that I'm back home I'm so tense and pissed off that I've wasted precious time and energy and then I encounter threads saying, "Trekchö - Kadag - Dharmakaya - Thigle - Essence - Sounds," that I just want to break something.
mint wrote:PadmaVonSamba wrote: ask yourself what it is that you are worried will happen
if you don't find what it is you are after.
I'd like to avoid the following things: being wrong, practicing incorrectly, going to hell.
Pero wrote:Otherwise most of us here could go balistic half the time Namdrol posts something.
mint wrote:So, exactly one month ago I ordered the Oral Commentary to the Cycle of Day and Night from Shang Shung and it hasn't arrived yet. I take this as a sign that I should just quit.
mint wrote:None of you give a shit about me or my practice anyway
Namdrol wrote:Pero wrote:Otherwise most of us here could go balistic half the time Namdrol posts something.
Half the time people do...
mint wrote:Second, between Christmas Day and today, not only did I not get much of an opportunity to meditate or do guruyoga but even when I found the rare opportunity it wasn't for long due to being distracted. And now I want to smash my head in because I wasted valuable opportunities to practice even when I couldn't do formal practice. And I want to smash my head in for not knowing enough about Dzogchen to know this.
mint wrote: And yet it got so hard to concentrate on reading about Dzogchen while in Chicago that I just gave up and started reading a Beatles biography. And now that I'm back home I'm so tense and pissed off that I've wasted precious time and energy
mint wrote:and then I encounter threads saying, "Trekchö - Kadag - Dharmakaya - Thigle - Essence - Sounds," that I just want to break something.
mint wrote:I mean, it's been over a month and I don't even know how to do a short thun
mint wrote:And even if I did I don't have the privacy to do one because of my financial and living situation which I'm working to get out of, but my situation is what it is and it makes vocalizing A's and SOVs and thuns impossible and without vocalizing them it feels useless.
mint wrote: And I can't even pick up a book by ChNN now without wanting to chuck it across the room I'm so tense about all of this. And it's only with Dzogchen
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