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by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: What's the difference between Guru Yoga and Yidam practice, and how do they relate to the Four Noble Truths?

The ultimate purpose of guru yoga is to merge our mind with the wisdom mind of the lama and all the objects of refuge in order to discover the very same wisdom mind--inseparable emptiness and knowing--in ourselves. To me, the ngondro is, like someone else said, one long guru yoga, culminating with t...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1352

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Starting with ngondro is not necessarily the best for someone who has lots of experience in Theravada. Problem however is that most Tibetan teachers will tell you to first do it and you end up months or years while you are already trained to a certain extent in mindfulness, concentration, compassio...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 8609

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

One cannot practice any kind of real Dzogchen practice without empowerment. Alan Wallace knows this, which is why he gives empowerments to the more advanced people in his program. This is the first I've heard about B Alan Wallace being authorized to give Dzogchen transmission. Is it your understand...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 108
Views: 8609

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

What is the course of action I should take here, if any? If any one has any thoughts on this I'm all ears. Hi there seeker! My advice would be to keep practising. Get some decent amount of meditation hours (do it daily!) under your belt before spending any more money on these events. Later you can ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

Because there is absolutely no guilt, shame, or judgement in bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is wisdom or the true nature of reality manifesting in thought, word, and deed. It is limitless and completely beyond the boundaries of religious dogma and social constructs. “Ugh, don’t you pray to your heathen god...
by Pema Rigdzin
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

Not if what you're doing is fully inspired by bodhicitta. That is of course the whole point, but what makes you so sure that would be enough to prevent them from becoming freaked out, angry, and/or fearful that they're sinning? Because there is absolutely no guilt, shame, or judgement in bodhicitta...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

It’s said that when wandering through the bardo, people are somewhat clairvoyant with respect to those they knew in the life they just passed away from. That being the case, then I’m wondering if doing Vajrayana practices on their behalf could unintentionally hurtle them into an unfortunate rebirth...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Doing Vajrayana practices for the dead of other religions

It’s said that when wandering through the bardo, people are somewhat clairvoyant with respect to those they knew in the life they just passed away from. That being the case, then I’m wondering if doing Vajrayana practices on their behalf could unintentionally hurtle them into an unfortunate rebirth ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra
Replies: 68
Views: 2302

Re: Importance of Secrecy in Secret Mantra

Along these lines, there is also the notion of "self secrecy", the fact that teachings remain opaque to those not ready for them. I have heard teachers bring this up, that some of the stuff out there is basically nonsense, and meaningless to people without the Karma to receive transmission or pract...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1272

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

It's been challenging for me to diligently practice daily. I usually get off work earlier than my wife, so I have at least a couple of hours to myself - time which I should use better. Motivation is a big problem for me. That and the fact that I can be horribly lazy. :? In my experience just establ...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turning daily life into retreat
Replies: 34
Views: 1272

Re: Turning daily life into retreat

It's been challenging for me to diligently practice daily. I usually get off work earlier than my wife, so I have at least a couple of hours to myself - time which I should use better. Motivation is a big problem for me. That and the fact that I can be horribly lazy. :? Something I've been focusing...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images

It is a basket. Does it symbolize holding the whole Dzogchen teachings, ie "Dzogchen pitaka"? If not, what does it symbolize? I only remember seeing it next to Dzogchen masters. It's where you store your stuff. lol ok, but what's the significance of depicting it in a lineage master's thangka? And s...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images

Out of curiosity, anyone know what the egg-shaped, vase-like things is to the right of Garab Dorje (and many other Dzogchen lineage masters) is? https://i.pinimg.com/736x/dc/02/b5/dc02b59b6e6735feaec074569d0d1c50.jpg It is a basket. Does it symbolize holding the whole Dzogchen teachings, ie "Dzogch...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Egg-shaped vase-like thing next to Garab Dorje in images

Out of curiosity, anyone know what the egg-shaped, vase-like things is to the right of Garab Dorje (and many other Dzogchen lineage masters) is?

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/dc/02/b5/dc02 ... 0d1c50.jpg
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 40
Views: 1592

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

Edit: I know this is out of topic but if anyone has an idea what 'One thousand buddha empowerment' may be it would be useful. I think it may be a bad translation or something like that. It's a 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara empowerment. It crossed my mind at first, but in this case the name should be wro...
by Pema Rigdzin
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings
Replies: 40
Views: 1592

Re: rtsal, shared samsaric vision, “other” sentient beings

Aryjna wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:13 pm

Edit: I know this is out of topic but if anyone has an idea what 'One thousand buddha empowerment' may be it would be useful. I think it may be a bad translation or something like that.
It's a 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara empowerment.
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1167

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Long-life prayers are really not about prolonging physical life or health at all, but about prolonging the life of someone's teachings/lineage/the Buddhadharma in general. Otherwise, an extended life has no beneficial purpose for anyone. Understanding this, your prayers will be effective. Long life...
by Pema Rigdzin
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1167

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Long-life prayers are really not about prolonging physical life or health at all, but about prolonging the life of someone's teachings/lineage/the Buddhadharma in general. Otherwise, an extended life has no beneficial purpose for anyone. Understanding this, your prayers will be effective. Long life...
by Pema Rigdzin
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Great Transfer Experience
Replies: 14
Views: 1073

Re: The Great Transfer Experience

If I’d come upon this video clip on my own, I don’t think it would’ve ever made me think of togal.

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