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by chimechodra
Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams
Replies: 360
Views: 33305

Re: Yidams

I question your interpretation of the "mode" of their presence, that's all. What is your understanding of my interpretation? I am not conebeckham, but in a previous page, you seemed to be implying that the qualities and activities of a buddha are somehow separate and solidly self-existent, apart fr...
by chimechodra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:38 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout
Replies: 38
Views: 7038

Re: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout

One last piece of advice, I promise! (...ok, maybe!) I remember reading someone on these forums mention that it's good to focus on reading the books of living teachers, and I think that's fantastic advice. Once you have a teacher and have a firm understanding of the lineage and teachings you are wor...
by chimechodra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams
Replies: 360
Views: 33305

Re: Yidams

Honestly, I don't understand why you guys are getting so worked up about what a bunch of illusory appearances appear to think about some other illusory appearances. :shrug: Beats me! :tongue: In all seriousness though, I think this conversation is honestly quite important for any serious Vajrayana ...
by chimechodra
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout
Replies: 38
Views: 7038

Re: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout

Fantastic help, thank you very much! Fortunately I can travel to other countries, so not dependent on online teaching. Once took the train and bus from Oslo to India. Didn't want to take any shortcuts ;) Probably wise to spend more than 20 minutes on a Ngondro session. Can't imagine it will have mu...
by chimechodra
Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout
Replies: 38
Views: 7038

Re: Good Ngondro schedule without burnout

Thanks for replies :) Not in a hurry to learn Dzogchen. Average samatha meditation is wonderful in itself. But good to know in advance how much time a practice demands. I think it's great that you are just discovering Tibetan Buddhism and already trying to plan logically for how to work on the path...
by chimechodra
Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams
Replies: 360
Views: 33305

Re: Yidams

There is no divine compassion or wisdom apart from the nature of the mind. Which is quasi-secular. It is am importation of an antipathy towards religion learned from our culture, and not found in Tibet. Are you then stating that there is a divine compassion or wisdom that exists apart from the natu...
by chimechodra
Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams
Replies: 360
Views: 33305

Re: Yidams

I think to use emptiness as a way to refute karma and rebirth is definitely a poor man's attempt at secularizing Buddhadharma. However, to reify yidams (or bodhicitta or "divine love/compassion" etc.) as being self-existent beings in any way I think quite clearly flies in the face of avoiding the ex...
by chimechodra
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Tantric ngöndro in Dzogchen Community
Replies: 16
Views: 3077

Re: Tantric ngöndro in Dzogchen Community

Hi Dharma friends Does anybody of you know the reason >> why << CHNNR doesn´t teach tantric ngöndro? For those who feel they need it? I have been member of DC since 3 years, I haven´t met CHNNR in person yet. In these 3 years I have found it very difficult to find circumstances for practice, diffic...
by chimechodra
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the fringe and on the fence - questions from a would be tantric
Replies: 58
Views: 7054

Re: On the fringe and on the fence - questions from a would be tantric

A good analogy I've heard is saying the deities are like a light switch, and you and I are like the light bulbs. That satisfies the practitioners that want them to be nothing more than their own mind/experience and still allows for them to be 'other'. It also gets around the fact that our ideation ...
by chimechodra
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 27739

Re: Enlightenment success rate

That depends on what you mean by faith. Dzogchen is a direct perception. Guru Yoga is a way of entering that direct perception. But ChNN never teaches guruyoga in the traditional sense of developing an attitude of yearning, tears flowing, etc. He never recommends any kind of contrived practice, whe...
by chimechodra
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the fringe and on the fence - questions from a would be tantric
Replies: 58
Views: 7054

Re: On the fringe and on the fence - questions from a would be tantric

I really appreciate these honest and genuine questions, as they're ones I've had to work with in the past (or am still working on), although I feel very comfortable as I learn more and dig deep into the tradition. The postings from several incredible members on this forum have been really helpful in...
by chimechodra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 27739

Re: Enlightenment success rate

...ChNN does also prescribe a type of Guru Yoga (presumably to cultivate faith and devotion) to facilitate Dzogchen as well. That depends on what you mean by faith. Dzogchen is a direct perception. Guru Yoga is a way of entering that direct perception. But ChNN never teaches guruyoga in the traditi...
by chimechodra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 27739

Re: Enlightenment success rate

Going by Malcolm's logic, one could even say that all paths have a 100% success rate, if you allow for enough time. Because over an infinite time scale, all possible events will occur an infinite number of times. A better way to judge teachings than based upon the words of another, are to compare t...
by chimechodra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 27739

Re: Enlightenment success rate

No problem. There are 21 capacities of Dzogchen practitioners divided into best, medium and average. The best achieve buddhahood in this life. The next 19 achieve buddhahood in the bardo. The last, the average of the average, achieve buddhahood in a nirmanakāya buddhafield without ever returning to...
by chimechodra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 27739

Re: Enlightenment success rate

Dzogchen, 100%. Just after empowerment? before or later? Is not Rainbow body the stage of full enlightement? Forgive my ignorance... No problem. There are 21 capacities of Dzogchen practitioners divided into best, medium and average. The best achieve buddhahood in this life. The next 19 achieve bud...
by chimechodra
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: is a sangha needed?
Replies: 21
Views: 3554

Re: is a sangha needed?

If you have a lama, the lama is the embodiment of the buddha, dharma, and sangha. If you keep clear faith and devotion, the lama will always be with you, along with the dakinis, the inner sangha.
by chimechodra
Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: where in america are nyingma retreat centers?
Replies: 14
Views: 2933

Re: where in america are nyingma retreat centers?

I highly recommend Orgyen Chö Dzong - http://www.tersar.org/dharma-centers/orgyen-cho-dzong/ His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, son of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, is active both here and in the center in NYC and makes himself very available to his students. Due t...
by chimechodra
Thu May 19, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Gradualism in Dzogchen teachings nowadays ?
Replies: 27
Views: 4645

Re: Gradualism in Dzogchen teachings nowadays ?

From my admittedly very limited understanding, Khaita is more a part of Rinpoche's efforts to preserve Tibet's culture, and it also has the side benefit of being a "practice in action" kind of activity. I remember when I met Rinpoche for the first time (and only time so far!) in Massachusetts, he co...
by chimechodra
Thu May 19, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Meaning of rangjung (rang byung)?
Replies: 17
Views: 2501

Re: Meaning of rangjung (rang byung)?

Depending on context, it means "arising from oneself," for example rang byung ye shes is the "self-originated pristine consciousness" because you discovered it yourself. In most cases, the reflexive pronoun "rang" refers to things that arise from or within one's own state. So in the case of rang by...
by chimechodra
Thu May 19, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Meaning of rangjung (rang byung)?
Replies: 17
Views: 2501

Meaning of rangjung (rang byung)?

Hi all, So I've been trying to wrap my head around the meaning of rang jung lately. Anytime I'm reading Dzogchen-related material, I'm always seeing the terms "Self-existent" or "self arisen" or "spontaneously existing" (I'm assuming these are all different translations of rangjung) or what not and ...

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