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by n8pee
Sat May 23, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

Use this opportunity wisely, prepare for it, write down all your questions you want to ask, clear any doubts or concerns you have, that is the best use of this time probably. Listen carefully, closely to everything he says and afterwards, take notes or if possible record it, for future use and refl...
by n8pee
Sat May 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Advice for Consultation with Guru

I've not spoken to my root guru in seven years or so due to my travel and moving around the U.S. I've recently secured an audience via Zoom, which has been made available due to today's COVID crisis. I have specific practice questions of course. But I feel this urge to let him know his impact on my ...
by n8pee
Mon May 18, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of online empowerments
Replies: 36
Views: 1111

Re: Validity of online empowerments

This is simply my own personal thoughts - but I would wait until empowerments can be received again in person. I don't know how one could enter the mandala virtually.

Transmissions, sure, provided they are live and not recorded.
by n8pee
Wed May 06, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: White Robes, Matted Hair...
Replies: 11
Views: 857

Re: White Robes, Matted Hair...

If you have time, reading almost the whole of his blog might be both enjoyable and informative. It was for me, anyway.
Agreed - I particularly liked the post on the 'why' behind mantra.
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

And Kudos to translators, in general! THEY are the ones at the center of the transmission.
Emphasis on this. To steal some language from our state of affairs today: the translators are truly our 'essential' workers.
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I think, nobody can be forced to anything they don't want to do. In my experience with myself & practice impatience is a great hindrance. I realized that I should be be patient with my practice just as I should be patient with a friend who's eager to tell me a long story. Then the practice is able ...
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

I don't believe westerners should be forced to practice outside of their native language. To add to this... there is a sub-section of westerners that seem to want to be Tibetan, dress Tibetan, speak Tibetan, etc., versus being a dharma practitioner. One doesn't need to don a ngakpa shawl to be an a...
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: The sense in long rituals for non-Tibetans?

Personally I don't like to take part in rituals where I do not know what is happening. This is my strong opinion as well. I am incredibly lucky in that my guru also has a Ph.D as well as his Geshe Lharampa degree. He serves as a conduit for me between Tibet and western culture and is able to transl...
by n8pee
Fri May 01, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: Why is devotion towards the guru so important?

conebeckham wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:34 am
There's a great story about devotion and how it helped someone actualize an experience of mind's nature, related to Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, which I'll try to find and post.
Would enjoy hearing this.
by n8pee
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Analytical meditation of H.H. Dalailama

There is a lot of misinformation in this thread. I'll cite Thupten Jinpa's biography of Tsongkhapa. The following is a reference to the "Vajra Lines on the View [of Emptiness]", composed by Tsongkhapa: First, at the beginner's stage, when we are cultivating our experience of the view of emptiness, T...
by n8pee
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

Dzogchen, while a secret mantra path, since it is dependent on empowerments and its practice involves the vajra body, is not a path of creation and completion. Creation and completion can be used by Dzogchen practitioners, but it is not the path of Dzogchen. Dzogchen has a different approach. Sadly...
by n8pee
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

Here is an old thread on the subject: viewtopic.php?t=3483 That was an interesting rabbit hole, though I certainly do not wish to re-hash any of that debate in this thread. I do think we can all agree that Tsongkhapa was a genius as well as an incredible yogi. In my sangha, it was always interestin...
by n8pee
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

some have suggested a more than casual brush......
I'd be curious to hear more on this as the biography just mentions that Tsongkhapa didn't seem to be influenced in any way. As a Gelug student who has never received any type of Dzogchen teaching, it is an interesting subject.
by n8pee
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

Interesting fact in the book: Tsongkhapa had a cursory brush with Dzogchen.
by n8pee
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: new biography of Je Rinpoche
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: new biography of Je Rinpoche

Nearly done with it. Highly recommend.
by n8pee
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world
Replies: 18
Views: 1070

Re: Mingyur Rinpoche - In love with the world

The thing I loved most of the book was his depiction of achieving the clear light mind at the moment of death and the subsequent descriptions of his realization after the fact - i.e., the illusory nature of the world. It really helped me understand 'the concept' of emptiness just a bit more.
by n8pee
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Then he is participating in the theft. But if he does not know, then not. The karma does not adhere to the object, it is a function of intention and knowledge. I've read stories of masters who receive offerings that may have been obtained through less-than-honest means and their practice is negativ...
by n8pee
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani Tooth
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Mani Tooth

Yes, I have heard of it. There's a story about a woman who had three of those teeth in the book Siddhas of Ga.
Ah, happy to see someone else who has read this book as well.
by n8pee
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mani Tooth
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Mani Tooth

Has anyone ever heard of this phenomena? Practitioners or lay people who recite millions and millions of Mani mantras growing a new tooth?
by n8pee
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?
Replies: 39
Views: 4603

Re: Accepting a guru you haven’t personally met?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:08 pm
But in Buddhadharma, a connection with a vajra guru is a natural outgrowth of love and deep admiration of the Buddhadharma, and specifically, Vajrayāna. The guru is merely an embodiment of that.
I think using the word 'merely' severely underemphasizes the value of the guru in the equation.

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