Question about group practice:
If a number people were planning to get together and do chNNr's Green Tara practice and everyone but two people had received introductory transmission and the Green Tara lung from chNNr, but had done Tara pracices before from other teachers would it be okay for them to participate in a group practice setting and do chNNr's Green Tara practice?
Both of these folks are intending on receiving transmission from chNNr eventually. I don't want to discourage them from coming to an event, but although it is a peaceful practice (obviously no action mantras during this gathering) It requires a lung so I am not sure what to do other than do another Tara practice that everyone has authorization for.
Thanks in advance for any advice,
IMHO It does not work without the lung, Rinpoche says lung is indespensible, but if they intend on getting the lung, I think Tara isn't uptight about having her sadhana read, perhaps they can see her as outside themselves (Kriya style) receiving lights from Taras heart to their heart etc... rather than a self generation.
I don't see why not...in a "temporary" way it would do harm, but sometimes if a yidam is a little different from one tradition to another then there could be a genuine difference, a teacher or their students, may say you can't practice "Northern Tradition" for a yidam if you didn't receive that empowerment within Northern Treasures and apply it to your practice in a different Ter.. This might be especially important if there is a difference in the visual, or the mantra etc.... So there are Ter's that are really different even though the yiddam is quite similar, has the same name and "essence", in other words Green Tara is Green Tara, however with that said if she has a different mantra in one tradition from the another tradition or holds some implements differently from one tradition to another, then you may want to get a separate lung for the practice you are doing and know in a certain way these differences and similarities. So far I have not seen strong differences in the visual and different mantras for Green Tara, but YMMV (Your mileage may vary), and your treasure text might vary. Theres a stand alone Red Tara for example Chagdud Rinpcohe gave, with a beautiful and distinct origination, and imho that empowerment is for that
practice and not for every other practice, however Chagdud Rinpoche might have said do it anyway...because some Lamas are not going stop people with motivation to practice.
Knowing how CHNN presents transformation practices, he says always to go in the essence, so if you go in that practice with transformation and go in the essence then I don't see why not, I'm not even sure it matters that much to get the seed syllable just "right" for beginning practice for CHNN, as he does not say you have to do it perfect with the seed syllable absolutely perfect right away, but from that center of Tara could be a green sphere or ball (bindu/tigle) of light...however, if you have a teacher you are dealing with other than CHNN they may consider you need a lung from their lineage tree. People will need a lung to actually practice, at least eventually.