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  1. Hello all :) good to be here!

    Hi Jessica, Welcome to LivingUnbound. ☺ Chas
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    Welcome, Yogalexis!
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  4. Jeff, It seems that we agree that the Dharma is important to Buddhists and students of Dzogchen. I appreciate the context you have given. It might be more effective for some to use the framework as "working hypothesis" more than a rigid belief or system of measurement with definite stages, etc.
  5. Hi Jeff, Some circles might be more strict than others on the qualifications. If the qualifications of the student of Great Perfection are enforced accurately and strictly, I doubt there would be many qualified students for long. Is it realistic to expect a students trust in the path to be absolutely unwavering at all times? I agree more with Wallaces explanation following the qualifications in the chapter, and how they are effective guidlines or "working hypothesis," rather than absolute requirements. On the traditions leading to different places, emptiness versus The One, etc... That is a very old debate and I don't have much interest in joining in. I see many similarities among the great traditions.
  6. Thank you for posting, Jeff. That is a good point. Personally, I don't have experience with a formal guru, path, etc. Rather than "qualifications," I would say that those qualities can be helpful. In general, I enjoy the way Wallace presents the path in a down to Earth way. I recognize that most traditions talk about superhuman things... they can be very inspiring and with infinite possibilities who is to say it is not possible? The traditions also warn about attainments, siddhis, etc... even warning about the desire to become omniscient. It is all good.
  7. Awesome, running. I can relate to everything you said. Thank you for sharing.
  8. My interpretation of Yogani's writing on that is that prior to the cultivation of inner silence, the witness is not present, much. I would say that awareness is always present, but the contents of consciousness often seem substantial. Standard self inquiry will likely be ineffective for most people and can lead to what Yogani calls non-relational self inquiry. Even so, there instances when openings and opportunities for break throughs are available. A couple of the well known examples are Ramana & Papaji, Siddharameshwar Maharaj & Nisargadatta, and there are many others. It is possible. Last year my dad and I were talking about motor sports and he was telling me why he loved riding... That his normal thoughts and concerns were not there, it was as if his thoughts stopped and he was fully in the moment, aware, and free. We had an inquiry flavored discussion about it and I feel it is a huge breakthrough for him. He hasn't practiced meditation in this lifetime, but in the last few months he has been very interested in yoga and is practicing asanas. It is not realization, but in terms of cracks in the local mind, that is a big one.
  9. Attached is one chapter from Wallace giving a general overview. He has written about it in some of his other books in more detail. I agree more with a gradual progression view as you point out. It is not necessarily linear or definite stages of 1-10. As a very loose idea, I think it can be helpful at times. On Ramana and Neem Karoli Baba, I can see how they can be seen as having attained the higher level Bhumis. However, I've not seen anything from them about attaining, becoming, evolving, etc. into the Self, or Ram, etc. Likewise, in Buddhism it is said that all beings have Buddha nature, it is always the essential nature, not a process of becoming. Ramana would tell people "You are the Self, be as you are" (paraphrasing). If that was not understood, he would introduce self inquiry ("who am I, etc.") Next he would advise practices... meditation, talking about the heart cave, etc. Maybe join an ashram, etc. In Kashmir Shaivism, the methodology is similar. The highest and most direct means is "Anupaya." You are Shiva, realize that. The idea that one is something other and separate is an obstacle. If it is not realized, there are other methods. Pay attention to awareness. Meditate. Karma yoga, etc. In any case, the general progression is opposite of attaining, accumulating, or becoming something other than what you are now. STMchap3-3.pdf
  10. Hello Tom I've read the Wikipedia page and other sources on the bhumis... Have you read any of B. Allen Wallaces material? It is more condensed an accurate in regards to the bhumis than anything else I've seen. In general, the bhumi/stages of progression topic is intriguing, but I have some disagrement with the way it seems to be polarized in the +/-, linear levels/stages, and hierarchy. The qualities resonate as being inspired or attributes of divinity, but I don't think it is effectively as black and white so to speak as this model (and others) might indicate. In my opinion, it can be helpful in the way of motivation, devotion, and commitment to an ideal. But, it can also be a conceptual model that human beings can't live up to. A bold statement perhaps, but relative to a model that describes people progressing into super human buddhas. If it is as advertised, how long shall we measure ourselves by such a standard, and what are the advantages and consequences of that approach? I wonder, what points in the model are salient aspects as they relate to you, which parts have you found to be accurate? Does the model have questionable aspects or inaccurate assertions in your experience?
  11. Hi EK, Thank you. OM Namah Shivaya and Sri Ram Jai Ram both come up frequently here too... usually in singing. _/\_
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