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by Terma
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2152

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: 196

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: 282

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: 331

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: 466

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: 605

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: 3599

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: 1441

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: 323

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: 492

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: 492

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: 612

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: 231

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: 5
Views: 681

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: 5
Views: 681

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 ...
by Terma
Thu May 04, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Your favourite hagiographies and biogprahies?
Replies: 27
Views: 1419

Re: Your favourite hagiographies and biogprahies?

I Just finished "Blazing Splendor" which was fantastic.

These two hold a special place in my heart:

"Precious Essence: The Inner Biography of Terchen Barway Dorje"

And

"The Light of Dawn: A Brief Biography of the Second Barway Dorje".
by Terma
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How did you find your teacher?
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: How did you find your teacher?

Around 5 years ago I saw a post on this forum regarding a live webcast of a teaching that interested me that would take place that weekend. I began watching the webcasts and very quickly I had this strong feeling that I needed to contact and meet this teacher. During the break I quickly sent an emai...
by Terma
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for commentaries on "Wheel of Sharp Weapons"
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Looking for commentaries on "Wheel of Sharp Weapons"

The Book "Peacock in the poison grove" contains a commentary of this text as well.
by Terma
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Retaking Refuge?
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Retaking Refuge?

A friend of mine was retaking refuge, when she found her real teacher. It was a very important ritual for her. It wasn't an act of disrespect against her former lineage, but a strong marking for her connection with her root-teacher. Years ago, I decided to formally take refuge again when I first me...
by Terma
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accumulations
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Accumulations

When one is doing accumulations, in this case ngondro accumulations, is it best to complete full mala's as opposed to let's say one-and-a-half mala's, for example? There is not always time for a second or third mala's worth in a morning session before work so in this case is doing a half or even a q...