Panda wrote:We've got a Kagyu practice here in town and I'm meaning to check them out this saturday.
How was your visit to the Kagyu group?
Interrupted by covering someone else's shift at my job, sadly. I try to always remember that "Making others happy is the Dharma" from the life if milarepa, but it only seems to lead me to working other people's shifts at work. lol.
I asked off for this saturday and recieved the day off, so I'm definitely going. It's Dakpa Kagyu, but I don't know enough to know the differences between that and Karma Kagyu.
I imagine any counter with authentic vajrayana is a fruitful one at this point.
Currently reading John Powers' introduction to tibetan buddhism. Will probably read something more aimed at potential sadhaks after this. Any recommendations?
Viz ngakpas, I can see how people may take the title and make something out of it that just suits their ego. Seems like so many people want to come to tantra from a point of worldly pride, a point of "look how special I am", or some sort of fetishism for dark/wrathful practices. I'm used to seeing it and it still bugs the crap out of me. Regardless, I asked because I'm genuinely curious about that tradition - I came from a Kaula tradition prior to coming here, so the ideal of "socially fringe tantrik householder" feels 'native.
At this point my general perception is that I feel as though I understand decently the heart-contents of Vajrayana, but the traditional and cultural surroundings of it are something I have yet to fully penetrate. Working on that, of course.
I feel very alienated due to not having a nightly sadhana practice due to my guru putting things under kilaya. Can anyone advise mantra or sadhana work I could do in the meantime that does not require empowerment, just so that I can keep my practice schedule on track?
Thanks again, everyone.
edit: for those who are concerned about my understandings of emptiness etc, I've done a lot of reading about it and it doesn't sound alien at all to how I was already taught to consider things. My guru was found of making recourse to vajrayana teachers and sometimes to zen teachers, so I've always had a fruitful interchange between buddha dharma and kaula dharma. A few days ago I took refuge vows thrice verbally alone by myself - I realize it's not the same as taking them with a Lama and that I still need to do that, but the opportunity has not presented itself.