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by Kunga
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 60
Views: 3008

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

To think that instructions on using a phurba could be so easy lololol Clearly few posting here (save Malcolm) has any teaching / experience of the medlei. It's just a game for you guys. Let's dress up as wizards and play with magic knives, without understanding what is done or what it means. Kali yu...
by Kunga
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Time taken for short sadhana for Vajra Nairatmya & Vajrayogini
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Time taken for short sadhana for Vajra Nairatmya & Vajrayogini

It's Naropa's Dakini. Timings depend on how long you accumulate mantras / practice completion . Short sadhana is easily done within 5-10 mins if you're quick. Long sadhana can be done in less than 20. First you have to do the 2 or 3 month retreat and accumulate 444,000 mantras using long sadhana. Af...
by Kunga
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jhampa Shaneman
Replies: 16
Views: 788

Re: Jhampa Shaneman

I'm sure, given his being an actual Translator of many years' standing, thus fluent in the language, there must be a reason (or maybe none).
by Kunga
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jhampa Shaneman
Replies: 16
Views: 788

Re: Jhampa Shaneman

He's 100% legit.

Did a 3 year retreat on Vajrabhairava, and was given permission to give wangs by HHDL. He wrote the best commentary on Yamantaka that I've ever read.
by Kunga
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Brass kapala
Replies: 21
Views: 1233

Re: Brass kapala

There is also rakta powder, which should be given by your lama and nobody else. This should be dissolved in tea (or red liquid) but not alcohol.
by Kunga
Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru?
Replies: 62
Views: 6029

Re: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Gur

I travelled through Europe and Asia to find my teachers, having to work in factories and other places to save up for airfares and teachings. I sacrificed relationships and social life just to save up. Just because there are no teachers near you doesn't mean you have to rely on the internet or try sh...
by Kunga
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: KANGLING
Replies: 24
Views: 6973

Re: KANGLING

It's impossible to have a wooden kangling. A trumpet made of wood is a shingling, surely? :P
by Kunga
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened yet fat
Replies: 93
Views: 6373

Re: Enlightened yet fat

In traditional Indian culture, so my brahmin friend tells me, people kind of like fatness in their guru or spiritual teacher. This might explain the description of Naropa in Pullahari, Nepal, being borne on a palanquin, corpulent, with hair coloured by henna - a far cry from the emaciated charnel gr...
by Kunga
Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Hair empowerment
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

Re: Hair empowerment

Many people make exceptions to this rule for modern daily life. Shenpen Rinpoche said one may cut their hair if they later do confession and Dorje Sempa and dispose of it properly, while Garab Dorje Rinpoche said asking permission in front of an image of a Buddha prior is acceptable. I was given th...
by Kunga
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:32 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: Chödpa Lama Rinpoche
Replies: 16
Views: 4271

Re: Chödpa Lama Rinpoche

Let's be clear - the title Rinpoche does not mean someone is a tulku, which is why we have titles like Khen Rinpoche. Actually, Rinpoche is a title given to your teacher, particularly one who has imparted liberating instructions. One doesn't have to be a tulku to be a teacher; some tulkus, even real...
by Kunga
Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wrathful "Mahakala" with Phurba and Kapala?
Replies: 13
Views: 1980

Re: Wrathful "Mahakala" with Phurba and Kapala?

He is Tsogdag Mahakala. The wang lineage comes originally from Vairotsana, but there is also a terma lineage.
by Kunga
Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Desperately seeking in Nepal
Replies: 3
Views: 1084

Re: Desperately seeking in Nepal

He is staying in the guesthouse at Thrangu Rinpoche's retreat centre in Bhaktapur. You can send letters or messages there.
by Kunga
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Understanding why ISIL beheads
Replies: 205
Views: 21930

Re: Understanding why ISIL beheads

A friend sent me the link to this interesting article which helps provide some insight into why beheadings are such a big deal for ISIL. Several images are graphic, so if you are faint-hearted don't proceed: http://www.thecommentator.com/article/5247/islamic_state_beheads_mutilates_as_the_koran_ins...
by Kunga
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tarot as divination tool
Replies: 57
Views: 4736

Re: Tarot as divination tool

A lama once told me it's expected that one completes ngondro and Three Roots retreats (though people have different abilities) before learning divination, so that one has developed some clarity and stability. Otherwise, as he said, one is "just playing with dice".
by Kunga
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nepal rescinds permission for Buddhist leader's cremation
Replies: 13
Views: 1274

Re: Shamar Rinpoche passed away

Very unfortunate state of affairs. Completely unnecessary. The official line seems to be that the refusal was made because Shamarpa had a Bhutanese diplomatic passport. The Bhutanese have earned the ire of the Nepalese by expelling ethnic Nepalis in what some regard as ethnic cleansing - but I doub...
by Kunga
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nepal rescinds permission for Buddhist leader's cremation
Replies: 13
Views: 1274

Re: Shamar Rinpoche passed away

Very unfortunate state of affairs. Completely unnecessary. The official line seems to be that the refusal was made because Shamarpa had a Bhutanese diplomatic passport. The Bhutanese have earned the ire of the Nepalese by expelling ethnic Nepalis in what some regard as ethnic cleansing - but I doub...
by Kunga
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Dalai Lama Says Gay Marriage Is OK
Replies: 356
Views: 13230

Re: The Dalai Lama Says Gay Marriage Is OK

Lhug-Pa wrote:Millions and millions of gays have not been systematically rounded up, enslaved, persecuted, and killed like Black & Brown people have been (and still are) by Caucasians.
... or by fellow Black and Brown people. Let's not be racist.
by Kunga
Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What tibetan buddhist traditions these people belong?
Replies: 83
Views: 4129

Re: What tibetan buddhist traditions these people belong?

As I said, things have gotten easier; besides, DJKR, despite being a Sakya lineage holder, is also a Rime master ;)
by Kunga
Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mass Buddhist wedding in Taiwan
Replies: 18
Views: 2346

Re: Mass Buddhist wedding in Taiwan

I think the problem is that they are not really making it relevant to people's lives, they are just perpetuating some kind of groupthink. I have looked at a number of Asian Buddhist groups who sport grand masters claiming to be modern, progressive and scientific (as if those are necessarily virtues)...