Repa Tradition

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Repa Tradition

Postby Lay man » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:33 pm

Is there still a living Repa tradition in the Kamtsang Kagyu lineage?
If anyone knows anything, please share.

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:28 am

There seems to be, though to what extent I'm not sure. His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche ordained at least one of his students, Justin von Bujdoss, as a Repa. He is now alternatively known as Lama Repa Dorjé Ödzer, and runs both the New York Tsurphu Goshir center in Brooklyn and his own blog, centered around Chöd & chaplaincy:






One would think that he'd know more about the Repa tradition. He's really down-to-earth, and maintains a Facebook profile which he checks semi-regularly. I'd try contacting him.

Let us know what ya find out! :spy:
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Re: Repa Tradition

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby dzoki » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:17 pm

Repa tradition was started by Marpa and Milarepa, they were both laymen, Rechungpa then wrote a repa empowerment adjacent to Chakrasamvara empowerment that is a kind o Kagyu counterpart to ngagpa empowerment of Nyingma. Most of the famous repas were lay people. However nowadays many repas in Tibet are ordained monks who trained in tummo and later after gaining certain degree of proficiency are granted a white robe, though it is not clear to me whether they still continue to be monks, most likely yes. Don´t know whether they also receive that Rechungpa´s empowerment along with that. Originaly repas practiced karmamudra, but I don´t know whether that aspect is a part of repa empowerment.
Of course repas were hermits and spent much of their time in retreat, but that does not preclude having a family down in the valley, though I can imagine it wasn´t easy for the wife of such repa. There was also tradition of remas the female repas, such as Kunden Rema and Machig Onjo, both are from Rechung Kagyu lineage.
Apart from Rechung Kagyu which is now more or less extinct, Barom Kagyu is a lineage that is famous for upholding repa tradition, so try to inquire in that direction and there were some exceptional repas in all Kagyu lineages, but most of them don´t seem to support this tradition anymore, though Kamtsang Kagyu apparently did some effort to revive it recently (via Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche).

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:37 pm

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby heart » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:55 pm

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Lay man » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:24 am

So Thrangu Rinpoche intitiatea whole group of westerners in the 70s? Did any of them stick with it?

Any idea if the initiation was from the Demchog Nyengyu?

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby heart » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:22 am

"We are all here to help each other go through this thing, whatever it is."
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"The principal practice is Guruyoga. But we need to understand that any secondary practice combined with Guruyoga becomes a principal practice." ChNNR (Teachings on Thun and Ganapuja)

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Simon E. » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:46 am

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby ClearblueSky » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:18 am

Since we're discussing the living repa traditions, thought I'd throw this link in here!
http://togdens.net/about.html

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby conebeckham » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:52 pm

I have a friend here in the Bay Area, he's a student of Thrangu Rinpoche's, and he "became a repa" several years back...I don't know if there was an empowerment, or some sort of ceremony or ritual involved, or if Rinpoche merely gave him a name and told him to wear the zen. I've not asked.


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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby heart » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:06 pm

"We are all here to help each other go through this thing, whatever it is."
~Kurt Vonnegut

"The principal practice is Guruyoga. But we need to understand that any secondary practice combined with Guruyoga becomes a principal practice." ChNNR (Teachings on Thun and Ganapuja)

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Simon E. » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:17 pm

" My heart's in the Highlands
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My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby Lay man » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:21 pm

This is a great info.
Can anyone talk to what Repa vows entail?

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby heart » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:29 pm

"We are all here to help each other go through this thing, whatever it is."
~Kurt Vonnegut

"The principal practice is Guruyoga. But we need to understand that any secondary practice combined with Guruyoga becomes a principal practice." ChNNR (Teachings on Thun and Ganapuja)

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Re: Repa Tradition

Postby heart » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:36 am

"We are all here to help each other go through this thing, whatever it is."
~Kurt Vonnegut

"The principal practice is Guruyoga. But we need to understand that any secondary practice combined with Guruyoga becomes a principal practice." ChNNR (Teachings on Thun and Ganapuja)


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