padma norbu wrote: At $70 per person per day, he's probably not really raking in the bucks, so I'm willing to believe it's a labor of love and he's really trying to help people... but, lol @ the idea he's figured it all out and we should be looking to him for advice. If he levitates and radiates colored lights, that's a different story....
padma norbu wrote: Like I said, if he can levitate or display something else utterly miraculous, that's a different story. All I see is a kid who thinks he's got it all figured out. Relative to your average jackass, he's ahead of the game, but so what?
Are there any living masters who have supposedly attained siddhis like that? I'm just curious for off topic's sake... I haven't heard of any but I'm generally out of the loop. And also not to throw a wrench in the works but levitation and siddhis of that sort wouldn't necessarily mean one was fully realized in a dzogchen sense or anything. Powers may just be a sign that one has done certain practices very thoroughly. That being said they would certainly be quite a remarkable case!
Yes, I've never seen it personally, but many people have attested to miraculous first-hand accounts whom I trust because they have a solid reputation and traceable lineage/education with nothing to be suspicious about. Lama Pema Wangdak once said at a teaching I attended that people really can fly around and stuff, but that it doesn't change anything. You go to Tibet, see some people flying around, come back and try to tell anyone and they don't believe it. Even in Tibet, he said it doesn't actually accomplish much at all. He followed up by telling the story of a Tibetan family feud where one of the members of one family attained various siddhis and was flying around one day while a member of the rival family was working in the field with his son. The boy said, "Look, daddy!" and pointed up to the man flying. The first thing the father did was look on the ground for the flying man's shadow, which he then spit at and told his son not to let the man's shadow hit him. I'm pretty sure this story is just a tale and I don't think Pema tried to tell it in a way that conveyed it was not just a story of unknown origin, like a legend or whatever, but he was just using it to illustrate the point he was making factually that such siddhis really are possible and people have seen them, in fact they are quite common in Tibet, but it doesn't really change much so we shouldn't dwell on such miraculous things.
Now, you could ask me "Well, then why are you dwelling on such miraculous things?" And my answer is that this guy doesn't fit the same criteria as far as why I trust Lama Pema, for example: "a solid reputation and traceable lineage/education with nothing to be suspicious about." I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as far as being genuine, but there's nothing I saw that struck me as particularly mind-blowing or unsuspicious.
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