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by pensum
Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dr. Sanderson: Phowa etc. are directly from Saivism
Replies: 239
Views: 19213

Re: Dr. Sanderson: Phowa etc. are directly from Saivism

Crazywisdom wrote:
Zhen Li wrote:Ah, that makes more sense.
Je Mila said the central channel is primordially pure. So it can't be an organ.
Organs aren't primordially pure? Really? Are you sure about that?
by pensum
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: image of sambhogakaya Guru Rinpoche?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: image of sambhogakaya Guru Rinpoche?

Here is a lovely line drawing based on the Lotus Essence Tantra from the Chokling Tersar: http://dawnlhamo.files.wordpress.com/20 ... awing3.jpg
by pensum
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Three Skyes
Replies: 16
Views: 1652

Re: The Three Skyes

Can anyone come to this? Also how do these seminars generally look like? Chokling Rinpoche tends to do more practice-based retreats, so i would highly recommend this one. Also the centre in Austria is beautiful: great location, wonderful building, marvelous food, nice people. Well worth the trip. I...
by pensum
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Traditional 3 Year Retreat – new forms?
Replies: 14
Views: 1575

Re: Traditional 3 Year Retreat – new forms?

The online Tara program presented by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is similar, providing daily teachings and practices from mind training and progressing right through to advanced practices of the higher yoga tantras. They also support the online program with regular retreats led by qualified lamas at diffe...
by pensum
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Three Skyes
Replies: 16
Views: 1652

Re: The Three Skyes

Here you go Nirvan, you can read a basic explanation by Tulku Urgyen at http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductExtract.asp?PID=6242
by pensum
Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"
Replies: 46
Views: 3193

Re: Family lineages vs tulku system vs "meritocracy"

Some sound advice in regard to tulkus and finding a teacher by the recently deceased Shamar Rinpoche:
http://www.tricycle.com/interview/tulku ... ng-teacher
by pensum
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How do I structure prayers during retreat schedule?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: How do I structure prayers during retreat schedule?

The typical retreat schedule that I am familiar with is based on four sessions per day (though it can be more if you divide these four up into shorter sessions) ideally 2-3 hrs each (if one sleeps 6 hours from 10pm-4am, then has three meals breaks incl. washing, cleaning, study, etc. at 2 hours each...
by pensum
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 2962

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

Solver wrote:There is only one truth. This phrase is written like this in the Vedas.
I notice you only refer to the Vedas and mention Shiva, but make no reference to Shakyamuni or Buddhism, so i must ask: do you realize that this is actually a Buddhist forum?
by pensum
Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 2962

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

For a Buddhist perspective on nature and an engaged approach to care and sustainability, you might find it helpful to read the 17th Karmapa's booklet on Environmental Guidelines which is available at http://assets.worldwildlife.org/publica ... sFinal.pdf.
by pensum
Fri May 16, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: The Liberation will be Webcast
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: The Liberation will be Webcast

As far as I knew from previous Mönlams and the teachings at the Habitat Centre, HH Karmapa has decided whether or not reception via webcast is valid based on the given context. However, I've been told that he's indicated it's always considered a "blessing" to participate from afar, even if you're o...
by pensum
Fri May 16, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: HH Karmapa in Germany
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: HH Karmapa in Germany

PLEASE NOTE : Whether or not one has received an empowerment via live webcast is entirely at the discretion of the Gyalwang Karmapa. PLEASE NOTE : The official website clearly states: The ritual sections of the empowerments will be broadcasted only via audio. Webcast viewers cannot receive the empo...
by pensum
Fri May 16, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: The Liberation will be Webcast
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: The Liberation will be Webcast

PLEASE NOTE : Whether or not one has received an empowerment via live webcast is entirely at the discretion of the Gyalwang Karmapa. However, on the official website it clearly states: The ritual sections of the empowerments will be broadcasted only via audio. Webcast viewers cannot receive the emp...
by pensum
Thu May 15, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A closer look into empowerments
Replies: 87
Views: 10440

Re: A closer look into empowerments

ngodrup wrote:I received a "Potri wang" one time in which the Lama used
a computer hard drive.
Ah, we forgot to mention this type earlier, so perhaps Malcolm will be so kind as to explain exactly what a guidance manual empowerment (pod khrid dbang) is and its purpose.
by pensum
Sun May 11, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Semde teachers & teachings
Replies: 12
Views: 3017

Re: Semde teachers & teachings

@ heart: I read A.W. Hanson-Barber's dissertation on the Life and Teachings of Vairocana, which includes the translation of Vairocana's hagiography. Does the book you mentioned include another translation of the same text? I haven't read A.W. Hanson-Barber's dissertation, but Ani Jiba is long-time ...
by pensum
Fri May 09, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: “The Secret Lamp of Wisdom”
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: “The Secret Lamp of Wisdom”

In the “Supreme Source” it is mentioned that one of the early sources for the 4 yogas of Semde is a tantra called “The Secret Lamp of Wisdom” ( ye shes gsang ba sgron ma rin po che man ngag gi rgyud ). According to the title page in the rnying ma gyud 'bum found on TBRC it is indeed categorized as ...
by pensum
Fri May 09, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Mistranslating Gampopa?
Replies: 14
Views: 1263

Re: Mistranslating Gampopa?

Here Phakchok Rinpoche briefly explains the Four Dharmas of Gampopa: http://emailmarketing.cglf.org/index.ph ... 4e9bdc8.85
by pensum
Fri May 09, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Complete Togal Instruction in Unrestricted New Book
Replies: 70
Views: 8712

Re: Complete Togal Instruction in Unrestricted New Book

The Olds aren't the only ones to write a book on togal and make it available, there is also this bizarre shoddy contribution: http://www.amazon.ca/Vajrasattva-Secret-Wisdoms-Trekcho-Togal/dp/1491863684/ . Rife with typos and grammatically bizarre phrasing, and not to be trusted in the least. Here's ...
by pensum
Wed May 07, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Different meditations and Guru Yoga
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: Different meditations and Guru Yoga

Thank you pensum. That's my opinion too. But my question is if it better somehow to do the specific methods if you have proper instruction and empowerment. Or if it is not necessary at all to have a meditation for each issue because the obstacles will be pacified by main practice guru yoga? Chris W...
by pensum
Tue May 06, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A closer look into empowerments
Replies: 87
Views: 10440

Re: A closer look into empowerments

And that's about it, and in all of this there is no pre-recorded video abhiṣeka, etc., at least, not until this century. Wonderful stuff, thanks Malcolm. In regard to recorded empowerments, it might be fruitful to remember my earlier post at the beginning of this thread describing how empowerments ...
by pensum
Tue May 06, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A closer look into empowerments
Replies: 87
Views: 10440

Re: A closer look into empowerments

Agree that dbang("Wang") is shorthand for any sort of "empowerment ritual," in the same way most of us call all of these procedures "Empowerments" in English. In addition to Pensum's list, we should add Srog gtad ("Sog Tay") or Life Entrustment, which is a sort of empowerment with serious lifetime ...