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  1. Admin please delete. Double post. Thank you
  2. ~ Tharchin Zangpo ~ Your conscious actions (karma) may deliver you to a certain place, be that heavenly, hell-like or neither, but know that, being entirely contingent, no such place of conditioned abiding will endure beyond its natural span.
  3. Discussion On Immortals

    Comprehensive list of Buddhist teachers and scholars here https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/index.html
  4. On a side note.... its a bad idea to consciously swallow mucus. They're nothing but blobs of toxin meant to be expunged. On the matter of nostril blockages, I'd be curious if any of you have regulated your breathing to the abdomen instead of from the lungs/chest? Personally, I'm a habitual abdominal breather, and I don't experience any bunged up nostrils unless I get a cold, which is pretty rare. Abdominal breathing is essential for dream yoga to stabilize, and dream yoga is another useful yardstick to know if your practice is working.
  5. ~ Trungpa Rinpoche ~ There are seasons in your life in the same way as there are seasons in nature. There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. These rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.
  6. Pema Chodron has written a handful on these issues.
  7. Stay alert at all times. Never ever be swayed by what is seen or heard, or felt for that matter, on an emotional level. Exercise every ounce of your discriminatory powers to avoid being drawn in to tempting situations. Be a strong skeptic, and yet be open enough not to be a cynic. Keep your feelings private, especially at group retreat settings - this is a most crucial point to bear in mind at all times - my experience have shown that this is a matter easily overlooked because, as in the case of a charismatic retreat master leading the group, participants easily lose their sense of composure and/or priority, and can't wait to seek out others to express their zealous excitement, and then to obtain consensus. This is a form of emotional surrender that one must not partake in until one has tested the guru thoroughly, which normally should require a few years of close assessment. By all means, adopt a beginner's mind, trust your intuition, yet maintain an expert level of discernment. Its imperative that one always stay ahead of the pack so that one is not fallible to being enticed by promises of quick spiritual gains - there's no such thing, regardless of whatever mystical visions and temporary 'felt' energetic shifts one is personally exposed to initially. In fact, being given these 'appetizers' early on is, in itself, a sign of caution. If one lacks patience and perseverance, stay away from following a teacher. An authentic guru or master won't want anyone new in the group to get too close because he/she would also want to *test* all new students/aspirants. One does not need a guru to first develop a mature spirit. When the spirit matures sufficiently, then seek out a guru. An authentic guru's role is not to mend any perceived brokenness or fragmentation.... Its to show that such perceptions arise from ignorance & delusion, And sets about showing the way out of this self-imposed dilemma.
  8. ~ Paramito Ladakh ~ The practitioner's responsibility is to realization alone.
  9. Accurate account. This sort of thing is rife in varying degrees throughout Southeast Asia, from small Hindu temples, comprising no more than 20 or 30 devotees, to massive 'corporate' structures with thousands of patrons & devotees. Some Tibetan charlatan 'gurus' indulge in similar disgusting practices as well, albeit with more sophisticated set-ups.
  10. Half Lotus Vs. Full Lotus

    Oh... this subject again. The recommended yoga asana (pose) thats tailored specifically to open the hips is the Gomukhasana. In the main, its believed that where Yoga is concerned, there are 84 asanas in total. A genuine practitioner will, at the early stages of taking up a meditative path, understand that there is a sequence to developing the physique, leading to, and culminating in the liberation of the bodymind. It will also be understood that not one pose takes priority over another, and those that experience pitfalls attempting full lotus have missed some of the pertinent yoga fundamentals. At the beginning of a spiritual and/or yoga adventure, most if not all traditional yoga schools will impart to aspirants the core principle of sthira sukham āsanam, translated as, "Asana means a steady and comfortable posture." If force is needed, one might as well abandon the practice and just remain focussed on cultivating one's path minus the incorporation of such poses. If one is hung up on a particular pose, the plot is lost. The four seated poses of Siddhasana, Padmasana, Bhadrasana and Simhasana share equal import - no one is more superior than the other.
  11. Reading/Study as a practice

    For anyone keen on most excellent translations of profound Vajrayana Buddhist texts..... https://read.84000.co/section/all-translated.html
  12. I think what the writer meant is to leave alone the non-dual awareness when realized, or when its arisings are profoundly & unmistakably felt (maybe 'grokked' would be a more apt term). The tendency or reflexive habit of grasping at the non-dual experience has to be abandoned because the actual work is to realise the habitual traits, in all their nuances and subtleties, that drives the grasping nature, rather than focus on the experience(s). Non-reactivity is what I think the writer alluded to when he suggested to avoid objectifying and solidifying said experience - maybe by 'false' he was referencing that which has been solidified or objectified. I fully concur with your thoughts here: