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by Terma
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 2018

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

My Lama has said that no empowerment is needed for the Ngondro we practice, which is the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro When I asked at Saraha, a few people said I could practice it with no anything. But then others say one needs the lung. I suspect it was one of those "get it when you can but you can pract...
by Terma
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Teacher
Replies: 50
Views: 2152

Re: Searching for a Teacher

And I might add that a realized Master will teach you according to your own personal needs and situation. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the teachers that the OP has mentioned, has said that the role of the guru is to "assassinate the ego". And I think often times it won't be done in the...
by Terma
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I am looking for a good translation of Thangtong Gyalpo's Chenrezig sadhana. What are some good ones?
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: I am looking for a good translation of Thangtong Gyalpo's Chenrezig sadhana. What are some good ones?

I got mine from the Namse Bogdzo book store at KTD monastery in New York. The is the normal version as well as a very short version you can get. That is if you like the traditional pecha texts that is. Sorry, I am no good at posting links here. Edit: I did not know that this commentary could be foun...
by Terma
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tara’s Triple Excellence
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Tara’s Triple Excellence

Greetings, I hope this finds you all well. I would like to hear from people using this program "Tara’s Triple Excellence" through DharmaSun. How do you like the program? If you have questions do you have access to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche or a senior students? I noticed this is a 2 year or so program,...
by Terma
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Books that really spell out sadhana practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1460

Re: Books that really spell out sadhana practice

Sonam Wangchug wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Deity, mantra, and wisdom
This is one of my favorites. Especially useful for a Nyingma perspective.
by Terma
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Re: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

Jeez. If you must know, my Guru has left that up to me. If he has left it "up to you" then why are you asking us? Let me clarify. I am not "asking" you guys "what to do". I am more interested in discussing whether there are benefits to carrying on a daily practice while doing the accumulations vs. ...
by Terma
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Re: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

Yes it is the most important one. Why would you want any other? My Guru is not often strict in these regards. I thought that I would get others' experience in the question raised and discuss it a little. Then do you take it more serious than your Guru does? :roll: Then do you take it more serious t...
by Terma
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Re: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

What does your Lama say? Well I guess that is the most important one right? But that wasn't really my question here. :smile: Yes it is the most important one. Why would you want any other? My Guru is not often strict in these regards. I thought that I would get others' experience in the question ra...
by Terma
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Re: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

This is mainly a question for those who have finished their ngondro or at the very least a good chunk of the way through. Do you think it is better to do ngondro as a stand alone practice, meaning focusing only on that and not doing any other daily practices? Or do you feel there is some benefit to...
by Terma
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Ngondro: A Stand Alone Practice For You?

This is mainly a question for those who have finished their ngondro or at the very least a good chunk of the way through. Do you think it is better to do ngondro as a stand alone practice, meaning focusing only on that and not doing any other daily practices? Or do you feel there is some benefit to ...
by Terma
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche - online seminar on the "Union of Dzogchen & Mahamudra"
Replies: 93
Views: 4513

Re: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche - online seminar on the "Union of Dzogchen & Mahamudra"

I would like to meet this Lama. :twothumbsup: I had the good fortune to finally make a personal connection with Rinpoche during a teaching last summer. We spoke for a few minutes and for me it was a pretty powerful experience. I feel so fortunate to have the merit to meet with authentic teachers su...
by Terma
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 4448

Re: Charging for Dharma

Isn't also a downfall to refuse teachings for sincere seekers? A downfall that would fit maybe the two levels of teaching, secret mantra and sutra? I won't answer for Malcolm here but I will offer my own perspective. First of all, I think in terms of Vajrayana it is up to the Guru to determine if o...
by Terma
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 4448

Re: Charging for Dharma

It is the custom of secret mantra, described in the tantras themselves, that a fee is charged for initiation. End of story. If a teacher is willing to grant empowerment and instructions free of charge, one should feel blessed, and make offerings of whatever wealth one has for the teachings. This is...
by Terma
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2871

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

In my eyes, it is almost impossible to keep the details of Vajrayana secret without keeping the totality of Vajrayana secret. My reasoning: What makes Vajrayana what it is, is all of the secret stuff. Its the reason why if someone figures out IRL that I am a Buddhist, I never talk to them about emp...
by Terma
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1061

Favorite Madhyamika Book

What is your favorite Madhyamika book? What one has helped you to understand this topic the most and helped you to bring it into practice? It could be a text, commentary, teaching, etc. I seem to be fond of Chandrakirti. There are numerous commentaries available in English and some of them are quite...
by Terma
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2871

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Great, lets just let it all hang out then...after all, it seems no one cares anymore. Not what I said. We all need to be careful about what we have undertaken. I am simply pointing out that the dharma protects itself. If practitioners understood this well, there is little chance they would be so ca...
by Terma
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1599

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

Or, practice—4-6:30am, work 8-5, practice again 7:30-9....and push re-set button. Weekends, do more practice, and sometimes use PTO or vacation days for strict retreats of 4 or more sessions daily. Is there any hope for one with a full time job and a family such as myself? :D I guess in this case p...
by Terma
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1599

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

Or, practice—4-6:30am, work 8-5, practice again 7:30-9....and push re-set button. Weekends, do more practice, and sometimes use PTO or vacation days for strict retreats of 4 or more sessions daily. Is there any hope for one with a full time job and a family such as myself? :D I guess in this case p...
by Terma
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3339

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

I have asked my teacher once - considering all dieties are same, is there a reason to recive many abishekas. He answered, that from personal practice perspective it has no reason at all. One guru yoga, one yidam and one dharmapala is all that we need. But if i want to become a teacher one day in th...
by Terma
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 373
Views: 19647

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

If one is really serious about their practice, then isn't it best to seek out authentic Master's from authentic lineages? People think Trungpa was an authentic master, given the sheer amount of accolade he is accorded by highly respected Tibetan masters such as Dzongsar Khyentse and so on. Since th...

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