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by tomdzogchen27
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Korean Zen Kwan Um, only center available.
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Korean Zen Kwan Um, only center available.

Hi there, I am currently practicing online Vajrayana and someone asked me about Korean Zen, specifically about Kwan Um and Seung Sanh. I have some previous experience with Soto Zen, but no idea about this school in particular. I did do some research and found some previous sex scandals in the 80's. ...
by tomdzogchen27
Tue May 05, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

Thank you for all of your helpful responses! I actually got an answer from Tergar which was very helpful (they offered to do a free session of Skype to clarify doubts a few hours after I emailed them). So nice and compassionate.

With metta,

Tomás
by tomdzogchen27
Mon May 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Yogachara, the illusory nature of appearances and anxiety

Lately, I have been doing an online Tergar course named "Exploring Reality". They explain the four major philosophical schools within Tibetan Buddhism. When we got to Yogachara and they explained that everything is mind and that all appearances are illusory this generated a strong sense of anxiety. ...
by tomdzogchen27
Sat May 02, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

I have seen that there are many similar concepts between Buddhism and Bön. Nevertheless I was wondering, does the Bön tradition posit that we have individual souls? I saw that Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has a book called 'The true source of healing' which speaks of 'Soul retrieval'. If he does indeed s...
by tomdzogchen27
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

Devotion is not an “absolute” thing. I think that most Buddhists are what could be called the casual practitioner, who maybe has had some personal Q & A time with a lama, perhaps one’s refuge lama, attended teachings, may even have a picture of the lama on the shrine. Even after nearly forty years ...
by tomdzogchen27
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

I am currently practising in the Karma Kagyu lineage and have read some basic articles about the importance of devotion. Nevertheless, I can't comprehend why it is so fundamental towards achieving enlightenment. Couldn't it generate negative power/cultish dynamics? I also practiced in the Theravada ...
by tomdzogchen27
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

mandog wrote: Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:09 am Tom, many of these questions you are raising were actually answered in the big Sogyal Rinpoche threads from the past couple of years. You should try checking there.
Thank you all for your answers, it was very helpful. I will check out that thread 🙏🏻.
by tomdzogchen27
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

Yes, there are gurus who are in it for the game and fortune. They prey on the naive and are easily spotted by the experienced. ... I am not so sure they are easily spotted by the experienced. Sogyal Rinpoche was supported by many high lamas, including the Dalai Lama, for over 20 years and he was on...
by tomdzogchen27
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

it depends, renounciation is not the only method. Not all Lamas apply the renounciation methods, even if some of them do not make this disclaimer often enough. Don't the yanas teachings build one on top of the other? From my understanding, renounciation towards worldy concerns is a basic must for p...
by tomdzogchen27
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

People made all sorts of offerings to the Buddha, including huge tracts of land. He never turned down an offering as that would mean the person making the offering would not benefit from the act of generosity. He didn't even turn down spoiled food. Attachment and aversion, based on ignorance of the...
by tomdzogchen27
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Tibetan Lamas and wealth

If the Buddha renounced his fortune in search of the true path to the deathless, what is the purpose of surrounding multiple Lamas with incredible wealth and commodities since they are very young? Doesn't that foment attachment?
by tomdzogchen27
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1955

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

conebeckham wrote: Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:23 pm I've been a student of Rinpoche's for decades now, he is one of my most important teachers, and I recommend him without reservation.
That's awesome! I am glad you have received so much benefit from him.
by tomdzogchen27
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1955

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

I just finished reading this incredible book that Mingyur Rinpoche wrote about the first few weeks of his wandering retreat that happened a few years back. He wound up doing this retreat for 4 1/2 years i believe. I would love to read comments and discuss some of the highlights, important points wi...
by tomdzogchen27
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Bon online?
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Re: Bon online?

novicem wrote: Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:51 pm Does anyone on this forum give Bon teachings online?
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has many online classes through Ligmincha International. There are 5 courses that are completely free. Also, the other courses are quite affordable! Best wishes.
by tomdzogchen27
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 2584

Re: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

Maybe it's worth exploring here, my understanding is that Dzogchen as such is really not a wide range of practices, but an approach of view which can involve whatever practice, the state of Dzogchen is not dependent on particular forms or teaching structures. Tsa Lung practices in fact belong typic...
by tomdzogchen27
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 2584

Re: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

TWR is part of the liberal wing. Not all Bönpo teachers, especially some old times, share that open approach to the dissemination of the teachings. I was very surprised to see how TWR explained that he had done a 49 day dark retreat when he was a teenager. From what I learned from Alan Wallace, bef...
by tomdzogchen27
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 2584

Re: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

Mingyur Rinpoche is a qualified Dzogchen teacher, just so you know. /magnus Yes, I am aware that Mingyur is also a Dzogchen teacher. Nevertheless, from what I have seen while studying at Tergar, the curriculum is based on nectar of the path (a short version of a ngöndro)/ngöndro + Mahamudra, plus 6...
by tomdzogchen27
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 2584

Re: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

Thank you very much for your insight. I am already grateful to be able to learn meditation through Mingyur Rinpoche, but I am also very interested in Dzogchen teachings and I haven't been able to find any reliable online teachings (I do not have access to face-to-face teachers in my area). Also, I f...
by tomdzogchen27
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 2584

Tsa Lung and Guru Yoga in the Bön tradition vs Tibetan Buddhism

Good afternoon, So, I saw that Ligmincha International has a very interesting curriculum teaching Bön Dzogchen. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see that you are introduced straight away in the practices of Tsa Lung, working with different energies and Guru Yoga (all of them through a self-paced onl...
by tomdzogchen27
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Awareness of awareness and joy
Replies: 1
Views: 643

Awareness of awareness and joy

Today I meditated on awareness of sound. As I was simply aware of the song, I had the spontaneous idea of being aware of awareness itself while listening to the sound, but without forgetting about the sound. As if awareness and sound became one, and sound was a support/reminder of awareness itself. ...

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