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by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 22
Views: 818

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Pema-la, Actually, in terms of Vajrayana, it does hurt the Lama if He or She transmits a practice and the recipient doesn't do it. It's not just a wash, a mulligan, a do-over. (I'm not talking about Hinayana or Mahayana here.) In transmitting a Tantrayana or Vajrayana practice, there is an implied ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 22
Views: 818

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Don't ask for anything. Apologize! Apologize for having received ngondro and then not completed it. I'm not sure why one would feel the need to apologize for this. In not completing the ngondro, one is only hurting oneself. It doesn't hurt the lama one bit. The lama is not our daddy or our boss or ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mipham's Shower of Blessings
Replies: 26
Views: 6057

Re: Mipham's Shower of Blessings

Question about the tsok written for Shower of Blessings: typically one self-generates as a deity when doing tsok, but nothing is mentioned in The Excellent Vase of Splendor about this, and there's no self-generation in Shower of Blessings. Anyone else know if this tsok is just unique in that respect...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed May 29, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 34
Views: 966

Re: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?

It seems that some people in this thread are using the words "tantra" and "sutra" interchangeably, when they're not. They're two different kinds of text. It's not a requirement that one receive any kind of transmission to read sutra, and they're written in generally straightforward language; this is...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed May 15, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are the Tibetan "Fearful Dharma Protectors"?
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: What are the Tibetan "Fearful Dharma Protectors"?

Yamantaka is a Buddha, one of countless forms Buddha Manjushri appears in to tame beings very difficult to tame. The yamas are a class of beings, and they were causing trouble for others and themselves; out of compassion & wisdom, Manjushri appeared to them in a form they could relate to--but one mo...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Jamgon Ju Mipham transmissions?
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Jamgon Ju Mipham transmissions?

Indeed, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal holds many, if not all, of Mipham's transmissions. In addition to Gesar, I know for sure he has given the short and medium length Manjushri, Vajrapani, White Tara, and others, and of course the reading transmission for Shower of Blessings.
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Re: Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma

I like doing "Stirring the Depths" or "The Inexpressible Absolute Confession" within the context of Vajrasattva practice, the latter essentially being as much a purification practice as an essentially guru yoga practice; and then I rest in the natural state at the end. And of course ganapuja is an e...
by Pema Rigdzin
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5308

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Hope it helps! I'd love to hear your thoughts down the road after you've worked with it a bit.
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 5308

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Could be a Mahamudra question too: Once a person begins to have some confidence in distinguishing mind from it's nature, is there any particular point in working with conventional thoughts and appearances in meditation anymore, rather than simply resting in the nature of mind? Is it now time to exa...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Where to start?

I have to second Pema Chophel's point about the principal importance being finding a lama you determine you can trust, feel a connection to, and whose teachings resonate with you. All Vajrayana teachings--whether Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Gelug, or otherwise--are from the Buddha, so all are completely ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Where to start?

I have been learning and meditating on my own (and I basically know nothing). I am drawn to Nyingma but I am confused about the different lineages within Nyingma and unsure how to find a community. Can anyone help me out with some explanation? (If it matters, I am in northern NJ/NYC). Thanks in adv...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen

This Padmasambhava quote I think is a very challenging one because of its dichotomy: how can you have both the eagle's and the frog's perspective at the same time? I have no response to that but I have confidence that it is possible. It really just means that until one has arrived in total realizat...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen

Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:25 am
From what I can tell, generally speaking, Dzogchen Community as a sangha understands and honors and tried to practice this.
The bolded "tried" above was a typo. I meant to type "tries," but it's too late to be able to edit the original post.
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Meaning of different colored meditation shawls
Replies: 25
Views: 2334

Re: Meaning of different colored meditation shawls

Sennin wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:46 pm
I've been looking for a black shawl...
Does the color black for a shawl just call to you, or is it connected to a specific tradition/transmission?
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Ethics, sangha, and Dzogchen

Arupajhana7, Just wanna kinda echo & expand on what a couple others connected to ChNN's community have said: Rinpoche spoke constantly on the need, expectation, and really the samaya we have with each other to respect one another, and treat each other with respect, and to cooperate and collaborate i...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Does Tibetan Buddhism have Metta practice?

Tonglen is an excellent practice for this. The contemplations of lojong are also great. And into the tantric realm, there's the practice of chod. And of course, meditation on Avalokiteshvara (or Chenrezig in Tibetan). Really there are so many practices one could do, coming from different angles. Pro...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Tröma Nagmo ngondro
Replies: 22
Views: 1066

Dudjom Tröma Nagmo ngondro

So from what I can tell, the well known concise Tersar ngondro is in the same cycle (Dagnang Yeshe Drelwa) as the Tröma practices and teachings, but I’ve also heard of a so-called Tröma ngondro. Are these distinct ngondro’s? If so, does one typically start with the Tröma one from the start of one pl...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: What is Dzogchen?
Replies: 77
Views: 4810

Re: What is Dzogchen?

...therefore it is accurate to say that there is nothing, truly nothing. Disagree? That’s the problem with Madhyamaka. Yet appearances do appear. Hence the need for Yogacara. I don't think Madhyamaka denies appearances. If I'm not mistaken, it just prefers not to make much in the way of positive as...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2121

Re: Question

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:25 pm

They are sambhogakāya fields, in fact.
Haha now I'm even more in the dark. If they're actually sambhogakaya fields, why are they termed natural nirmanakaya fields? Can you say a little more about them, such as their features and the advantages of rebirth there that are particular to them?

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