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by In the bone yard
Thu May 23, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: closed eyes vs. opened eyes
Replies: 21
Views: 4980

Re: closed eyes vs. opened eyes

just curious... some meditation techniques will suggest the meditator keep his eyes opened, focusing on an object, while other techniques suggest the eyes be kept closed. i'm looking for some insight as to why this is and what is the benifit of one over the other. it is my (limited) experience that...
by In the bone yard
Thu May 23, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 4094

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

"I get that stuff, but is the object always kind of secondary to the practice, or are there practices where the object itself serves some kind of function, outside of tantra? I'm just wondering if there is any concrete reason historically that some chose a Tibetan A, some taught certain visualizatio...
by In the bone yard
Fri May 17, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

I am sorry heart, if I thought it would help I'd copy some references. :smile:
I'm hoping Johnny will come through for us.
by In the bone yard
Fri May 17, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

gregkavarnos wrote:
In the bone yard wrote:Personally I don't care either way because it won't get me closer to the goal!
If you don't care either way then why make an issue of it? :shrug:
Bingo!
It doesn't matter if Mahamudra is lower tantra or not.
by In the bone yard
Fri May 17, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

double post!
by In the bone yard
Fri May 17, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

You don't believe anyway, what difference could it make? :smile: Doesn't Johhny Dangerously have the book? I think it would come across more honestly coming from him. I could write anything! Let's say I am wrong or that I'm correct in the reference. You pick. Now, how does that help you? Does it inc...
by In the bone yard
Wed May 15, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Bone yard- You'll find the term "mahamudra" in the Highest Yoga tantras, especially the Mother and Nondual subclasses. You'll also find it in the dohas of the Mahasiddhas. You should check out the Third Karmapa's "Aspiration prayer of Mahamudra," along with any commentary you can find on the text--...
by In the bone yard
Wed May 15, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Some tantric sadhanas include mahamudra meditations! Speaking purely as a tantra newbie, my limited experiences seems to be that tantra by definition includes the elements of vipassana and shamatha, the weird thing is they happen the same time as normal awareness and appearances, unlike doing sutra...
by In the bone yard
Sun May 05, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Chogyam Trungpa has said Mahamudra is lower tantra (first 3 yanas of tantra). Where did Chogyam Trungpa say that? In the Sarma tradition there is only one level of higher tantra, not three like in the Nyingma. /magnus heart, One of his seminars in the early 70s that was eventually published... LION...
by In the bone yard
Sat May 04, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 8923

Re: Stopping thoughts?

mirage, Good to see diligent practice! I think you may be trying too hard. There doesn't have to be any effort. Just sit ( you know what to do already ). Let the mind remain naturally without effort. You could just sit with boredom. Not every session has to be the same. Mindfulness (shamatha) is goo...
by In the bone yard
Sat May 04, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 23730

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Chogyam Trungpa has said Mahamudra is lower tantra (first 3 yanas of tantra). Because Buddhism steers us away from intellect, there can be many meanings to one word. Because this religion teaches us to look inward rather than outward to find god, there are more meanings to just one word. The deeper ...
by In the bone yard
Sat May 04, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Samantabhadra’s “Aspiration to Good Actions”
Replies: 9
Views: 1811

Re: Samantabhadra’s “Aspiration to Good Actions”

I've been puzzling over a particular verse of Samantabhadra’s prayer for a while: You who are like beacons of light shining through the worlds, Who passed through the stages of enlightenment, to attain buddhahood, freedom from all attachment, I exhort you: all of you protectors, Turn the unsurpassa...
by In the bone yard
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 3210

Re: Mahayana Problem

Here's the problem i have with the Mahayana: everyone always thinks their motivation is good. Even Hitler did what he did because he thought it was a good thing to do. Even if, from your vantage point, you see what someone else is doing is negative, that person doesn't see it that way. The doer alw...
by In the bone yard
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness vs Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 4287

Re: Mindfulness vs Analysis

Mindfulness is Shamatha and Vipasyana is awareness.
You don't want to foster thought during meditation, so how could analysis or being analytical help your meditation?

Also the merit aspect is missing so important to start by refraining from the 10 acts.
by In the bone yard
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Please help me with research on meditation!
Replies: 1
Views: 920

Re: Please help me with research on meditation!

This is spam and has nothing to do with Buddhism.
:oops:
by In the bone yard
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tantra
Replies: 28
Views: 4616

Re: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tant

T., Yes sir we did. I felt I was doing more harm than good so I took absence. People are protective of their beliefs, and social media makes all discussion difficult. You can't feel or see the person's energy you are talking to. I don't think we are meant to socialize this way but it is growing and ...
by In the bone yard
Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tantra
Replies: 28
Views: 4616

Re: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tant

Hi T., I was responding to the original post (...Tibetan passage regarding Tantra). It doesn't bother me but I understand, that is why they made so many different categories. I think Jamgon Kongtrul made a movement about this because of all the fighting that was done which is like the fighting again...
by In the bone yard
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tantra
Replies: 28
Views: 4616

Re: Question on a line from a Tibetan passage regarding Tant

Thank you for the response, though I'm not sure I understand. Put crudely, I suppose one can think of Bhaga (or a woman's sex) as a "hole." However, I don't understand the conception of it as a "void," akin to the formlessness of the sky. Can you explain this concept further? Am I wrong to think of...
by In the bone yard
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?
Replies: 10
Views: 3154

Re: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?

Rinpoche tells us in the book that he teaches how he was taught.
Explains both Shamatha and Vipahsyana and the process of learning to meditate.

The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation
by Chogyam Trungpa
by In the bone yard
Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and the Two Stages
Replies: 101
Views: 16906

Re: Dzogchen and the Two Stages

You are right Malcom, I am sorry. :smile: Now do you understand that all of this isn't helping? That very much depends on who you ask. It may not be helpful for you, which means you should put it aside. Please just remember that there are members on this board who do take their practice seriously a...

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