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by Terma
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Not been feeling like attending dharma events
Replies: 37
Views: 1341

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: 1341

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: 14069

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: 8301

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: 1877

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: 3299

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: 309

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: 375

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 ...
by Terma
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Low self esteem

Lojong and tonglen are great antidotes.

Never forget that you are also a suffering being so you need to have great compassion for yourself as well!

:consoling:
by Terma
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

If you are truly interested in a certain practice, then why don't you make an effort to receive that particular empowerment, transmission of the text and instructions on how the practice is done? Sometimes we need to help create our own causes for our practice to flourish in the future. I don't doub...
by Terma
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: Altar accessories

I have considered making a permanent offering torma (shaldze torma?) for my shrine out of clay as a few have suggested. Alternatively is it alright to make an actual torma out of quick oats (this is what I usually use) with butter nyens, and then place the torma in the freezer overnight when I close...
by Terma
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 133
Views: 5812

Re: Daily Lojong

HE Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche has been teaching on the 7 points of mind training on his teaching tour this year. I am hoping to attend these very teachings next month.

This is a wonderful practice. I have been working with lonjong in my practice as well for the past while.

Thanks for posting this!
by Terma
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Without Requirement
Replies: 32
Views: 1988

Re: Without Requirement

Tenma, Given your situation and it's limitations, I recommend you stay focused on Sutric Mahayana practices which do not require empowerment or lung/oral transmission. Having practiced at this level for some time, you will gather vast amounts of merit which will then allow you to practice Tantric M...
by Terma
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Gandhe
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Offering Gandhe

Here is a different purpose for using a conch on one's shrine... In the tradition of Chokgyur Lingpa, a conch containing water is often placed in the 7th offering bowl. The water from the conch is used for consecrating shrine items, usually by using a kusha grass stick to do so (which is also placed...
by Terma
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Re: Offering Torma's

Thank you Soma and Jake for your input.
by Terma
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Offering Torma's

In one section of Chekawa's 7 Point's of Mind Training, one line in the 3rd point suggests offering a torma to obstructors and those who would harm you. For example, if one has a period of being plagued by sudden intense anger, other negative emotions, illness or other thangs that may be causing obs...
by Terma
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Re: Wangdu prayer flags, and new vs old termas

Loppon, When you say your teacher (H.H. Kunzang Dechen Dorje?) told you it's better to practice newer terma because there is less chance the lineage has been damaged by broken samaya, are we talking about one's own particular lineage or all existent lineages of a terma cycle? IOW, if one lineage of...
by Terma
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding one's heart teacher
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Finding one's heart teacher

Maybe others have some alternative suggestions, but in my opinion you really can't go wrong with reciting "Calling the Guru From Afar", the prayer composed by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

Reciting the seven line supplication to Guru Rinpoche may be a good suggestion as well.
by Terma
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mendrup
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Mendrup

Thanks to both of you for your responses. I wish i had known to ask about what drubchen was performed during the consecration of the 2 sets of mendrub that i received. I mainly practice in a terma tradition and for one set i was specifically told that the lineage goes right back to Guru Rinpoche. Pe...
by Terma
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mendrup
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Mendrup

I have a few questions about what i presume are mendrup pills that i have received from my teachers. First, they look like little round black and brown balls; almost like seeds. They have been sitting on my shrine for 5 or 6 years in the tiny ziploc bag that it was given to me in. I have heard some ...