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by Josef
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3473

Re: New Rigpa letter

A message from Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche that seems to be referring to the current kerfuffle: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dudjomrimpoche/permalink/954458854709277/ Sad. Kevin I don´t think it refers to Sogayl thing, I think it refers to the outrage about Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche´s comments and j...
by Josef
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Future
Replies: 84
Views: 2538

Re: The Future

People have been saying whether one becomes a buddhist has something to do with the person's merit and karmic connection. So..I am wondering.... Buddhists and great masters have been liberating animals in huge number. Before being liberated, holy prayers, mantras and powerful aspirations have been ...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 575

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Well, how do you keep your practice up without a community? I can walk around thinking positive thoughts about everyone, saying mantras during the day etc. But without the possibility of shared frame of reference with the people around you - it's all in your head. No one will ever know. I've starte...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Personally, I believe there is a huge market for pujas, blessing, divination and many of the services a Ngakpa may offer. It's just that others are offering them. One of the strongest brands at the moment is Westernised 'Shamanism' - they'll do you a sweat lodge, rabbit entrail divination, bless yo...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 3554

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Dzogchen is of definitive teaching, vajrayana teaching is not definitive, that's why the latter need a teacher. This is the reason I never post in vajrayana related forum. Those of definitive teaching does not need a teacher, unless it is about direct introduction. But we are here for the discussio...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Turn daily life into Dharma
Replies: 29
Views: 575

Re: Turn daily life into Dharma

Its very simple imo ;). Train in paramitas , practice bodhicitta - work with compassion and love, meditate (formal practice and in between sessions), train in pure perception, dont hurt anyone (that means you as well), use every single opportunity to practice Dharma - the four foundations should be...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Trying soo hard not to show that Aro g'Ter pic ............ desperately not wanting to show it..........damn, failed again! You really believe that every weterner practicing in a Ngakpa lineage has the same motivation as the Aro gTer cult? Really? Is that the feeling you got from taking part in the...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:08 pm
Can you be a ngakpa naturally ?
Without pursuing it ?
much like an artist with inborn talents that need development .
Sure, once you have received the empowerments etc. it is up to you how you manifest your activity.
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:47 pm
Trying soo hard not to show that Aro g'Ter pic ............ desperately not wanting to show it..........damn, failed again! :

Image
They have the most epic halloween costumes.
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

I agree there's not much "use" or "market" for "Ngakpa services," but frankly speaking, I am not certain how many so-called "Ngakpas" really "Hold mantra." There are many, many rituals and services for myriad purposes, as Pemachophel has noted--but the question arises as to whether a person can eff...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 881

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

You are right. At the moment I’m just trying to pray (a lot) and recite a liturgy (Mahamudra prayers etc) in my own language with a view to trying to represent or recreate the feeling. IMHO trying to re-create the proper emotion is key. I could be wrong. It's helpful to keep in mind that many of th...
by Josef
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 881

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

Not talking about the actual mantra. But re: liturgy or prayer, I'm headed toward rejecting just doing it because guru tells me. I just don't accept that if I don't understand or feel it, it will be effective. Sorry. That's magic. The forces behind the universe don't speak Tibetan. I realize that's...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 881

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

The purpose and effect of chanting/prayer is also impacted by the yana one is practicing. For example, prayer is different in Hinayana, Mahayana, the outer tantras, and the inner tantras. Each yana has different although inclusive constructs and perspectives on the application of prayers and invocat...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Parinirvana without remainder
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Parinirvana without remainder

What´s the difference between parinirvana without remainder between hinayana and dzogchen? Conceptually speaking. It's the same as the with/without remainder breakdown in Mahayana. Basically, the differentiation between arhats and buddhas. There is a good section on this in A Guide to the Words of ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Well does that mean ngakpa cannot have “fun” in the aspect of the modern world and its social values - drinking , making jokes , playing games or watching ... ( you know .. ;) ) . Not necessarily. As long as you can engage in those activities with bodhicitta, pure view, etc. Which is what makes the...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

A lot of people like to play dress up. Being a ngakpa is a non-monastic yogi who keeps samaya and practices dillingently. This goes beyond any external appearances. The path of the ngakpa is profound in that it is fully integrated with the world, rather than being cloistered in a monastic setting. ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?
Replies: 12
Views: 1194

Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

... Guru Buddha Amitabha, please hear us. Look here from dharmakaya’s sphere beyond concepts. Lead us with bad karma, who roam in samsara, To Sukhavati’s realm of pure perfection. Guru Avalokiteshvara, please hear us. Look from sambhogakaya’s realm, lucid knowing. Calm from their root the pains of ...
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Requesting Empowerment
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Requesting Empowerment

The proper way to request an empowerment is by asking politely.
It's not assumed that the person making the request will cover all costs.
by Josef
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3709

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

A lot of people like to play dress up.
Being a ngakpa is a non-monastic yogi who keeps samaya and practices dillingently.
This goes beyond any external appearances. The path of the ngakpa is profound in that it is fully integrated with the world, rather than being cloistered in a monastic setting.
by Josef
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3473

Re: New Rigpa letter

They aren't really writing to SL, or SL alone. They are writing to a global audience, and in doing so, they are trying to demonstrate what their values are. They are performing. They are showing that they are the kinds of practitioners who assume the best in their erstwhile teacher and who try to s...