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by Terma
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Life of Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
Replies: 6
Views: 1844

Re: Life of Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche

Wonderful post on the history of this great Yogi. Is this by chance the same Kunzang Dorje that was mentioned in "Blazing Splendour" as being Tulku Urgyen's youngest brother? Or is this a different Kunzang Dorje?
by Terma
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shower of Blessing Tsok Practice
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Shower of Blessing Tsok Practice

I have received the lung for this practice on a few occasions, and I have the short book by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso on the actual Sadhana as well as the audio teachings given at KTD from which the book was adapted. Though both go into the sadhana in a good amount of detail, neither contains much instruct...
by Terma
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 9215

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

You do not need to ask permission to take teachings from other lamas. You do not need approval to leave their company and move on either. This may be your own view, but I don't think this is always the best way to go. If you are fortunate enough to find a teacher that you have a good degree of fait...
by Terma
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Pema Dorje
Replies: 28
Views: 1259

Re: Lama Pema Dorje

Out of interest: the news I have received was unofficial and I need to inform my teacher about Lama Pema Dorje's death (he was friends with both brothers), does anybody have an official source for the news? Hi Greg, Not sure if it is what you are looking for, but I saw the same news- almost identic...
by Terma
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kriya Practices
Replies: 27
Views: 715

Re: Kriya Practices

I did a bit of digging and found some good info taken from Karma Chagme's Mountain Dharma. It is all quite traditional but helpful. Can you please post the relevant quotes here, or provide us with the citations of the appropriate page numbers? I'm guessing you're referring to the translation by KTD...
by Terma
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kriya Practices
Replies: 27
Views: 715

Re: Kriya Practices

When one is engaged in Kriya (outer tantra) practices, there are often restrictions to what one should or should not eat, as well as other things while engaged in these practices on a regular basis. From what I understand one must not eat meat, onions, garlic, eggs and should avoid alcoholwhile eng...
by Terma
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Kriya Practices
Replies: 27
Views: 715

Kriya Practices

When one is engaged in Kriya (outer tantra) practices, there are often restrictions to what one should or should not eat, as well as other things while engaged in these practices on a regular basis. From what I understand one must not eat meat, onions, garlic, eggs and should avoid alcoholwhile enga...
by Terma
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 10575

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Wienstein:

What do they say "sexual misconduct" is? For a vajrayana practioners, sleeping with ordinary partners who have not been ripened by empowerment is sexual musconduct, beyond that, the standard definitions apply. For example, the rape allegation against Mipham would be covered under this. Just a clari...
by Terma
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 10575

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Wienstein:

I am fortunate to have met real teachers. I am so fortunate. Real teachers seem few and far between. Kevin... I feel the same. But I think that there are plenty of authentic teachers available to us. I guess some don't have the merit and conditions to connect with one, which is a sad thing. The rea...
by Terma
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: About requesting initiation
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: About requesting initiation

I have personally requested particular empowerments on two separate occasions both of which were granted by the same Rinpoche who I am a student of. On the first occasion, I was visiting another dharma center where he was teaching. I knew the empowerments of a certain deity was going to be given and...
by Terma
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Online Ngondro programs
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: Online Ngondro programs

Yes, I meant that it also has many other things. I did the first part of the program last year. I am considering continuing, but I am not sure as I don't really like having to practice along with the computer, wearing headphones etc. Another factor is that the second excellence is extremely long, t...
by Terma
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicaryavatara Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 1575

Re: Bodhicaryavatara Discussion

Ringu Tulku did an online shedra of sorts in which he goes through the text line by line. Each video is only around 15 minutes in length so it is easy to take in a little at a time. It was never quite completed, as the chapters on meditation and wisdom were not covered. Nonetheless, I found it to be...
by Terma
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1755

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

I understand that quite well. Honestly I think the best thing one can do is find a practice group with which you have the same transmission and practice more with them than going to some teachings all the time. Sometimes when an interesting or great lama comes it is always good to go but once you h...
by Terma
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1755

Re: Not been feeling like attending dharma events

I don't think there is anything wrong with that at all. In fact I think a lot of times people just like to go around and "collect" different empowerments, with no real intention of practicing what they have received. Of course making a good connection to a teacher in this way can be a good thing. I'...
by Terma
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 19638

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

This question may have been posed at some point and I may have missed it. Nonetheless I was curious to know whether there are different....levels of samaya (for lack of a better way of putting it at the moment) based upon what is being received? For example, would one have greater samaya with the gu...
by Terma
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can you practice Tibetan Buddhism without ever had a Guru?
Replies: 93
Views: 9436

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

You do not need to be close to a Guru all the time. But if the teaching says that receiving an empowerment or reading instructions is a prerequisite, then it cannot be skipped. You may look for an opportunity for an empowerment or a reading instruction for that particular practices. after that, you...
by Terma
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 55
Views: 2509

Re: Translatorhood

Although some western practitioners may understand and read Tibetan the majority of us don't, including myself. I therefore owe a great debt of gratitude to those who both translate our texts and the live teachings given by our Guru's. So I also encourage everyone to support translators and their pr...
by Terma
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 3882

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

The sutric path is not some kind of entry-level requirement before practicing HYT or Dzogchen. Not sure I completely agree with your statement here. Though it may not be a "requirement" as you put it, I think that for example, the serious cutivation of bodhicitta is quite important. For most of us ...
by Terma
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: BODHICHARYAVATARA (3 OF ?)
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: BODHICHARYAVATARA (3 OF ?)

I don't believe that it is waning, but rather not taught extensively as it once was. It still appears in the curriculum of the shedra's of most main lineages I believe. Here in the West, teachers frequently quote Shantideva, and Bodhicaryavatara is often reccomended studying alone or as a group stud...
by Terma
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Simple tonglen question
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Simple tonglen question

It may be good to work with the practice of tonglen as a more concentrated practice initially and once you gain some confidence in the practice and then you can work to integrate tonglen (and the various slogans you have been working with) into your daily experience away from your formal meditation ...

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