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by Josef
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 10
Views: 400

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

philji wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:16 pm
Currently reading Anyen Rinpoche’s Dying with Confidence which has a lot of practical advice and support for one either going through the death process or supporting someone who is.
That's a wonderful and approachable book.
It was also an absolute delight to work on with Rinpoche and Allison.
by Josef
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western oracles
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: Western oracles

Not that I have heard of.
Oracles seem to be a deeply cultural phenomena and it is unlikely that they will be formally recognized in the western transmission.
by Josef
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:28 am
what makes it a 'lung' ?
If one just goes to a service and hears the mantras, is it a lung?
Intention on both sides makes it a lung. Just hearing a mantra doesn’t cut it.
by Josef
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

So, advice here is that there may be the need for either retreat or permission of your teacher before giving someone a lung of a mantra which is not sutric, and one Lama's recommendation of at least 100,000 repetitions. I wonder what would happen if the clear stipulation was that you must have sign...
by Josef
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

So, are you saying that there is no need to get the permission the give empowerments from the master that actually gave you the empowerment? You can just decide for yourself when you are ready? /magnus It depends on circumstances. When sentient beings ask for teachings, a bodhisattva gives them. Th...
by Josef
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

So, advice here is that there may be the need for either retreat or permission of your teacher before giving someone a lung of a mantra which is not sutric, and one Lama's recommendation of at least 100,000 repetitions. I wonder what would happen if the clear stipulation was that you must have sign...
by Josef
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

So, advice here is that there may be the need for either retreat or permission of your teacher before giving someone a lung of a mantra which is not sutric, and one Lama's recommendation of at least 100,000 repetitions. I wonder what would happen if the clear stipulation was that you must have sign...
by Josef
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

Sofi wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:06 pm
I asked because I have a friend who is a Ngakpa and gave me transmission for the Vajra guru mantra. I wasn’t certain if only Lamas could give transmission or not so that’s why I asked.
This isn’t unusual.
by Josef
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngakpas
Replies: 37
Views: 914

Re: Ngakpas

Are Ngakpas qualified to give lung/transmission of mantras, sadhanas or other practices? Thanks! It would be weird to receive a lung of a mantra from someone who was NOT a ngakpa, at least in the sense of the words meaning. Yes, many lineage masters are ngakpa and they are supreme sources of transm...
by Josef
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1253

Re: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana

Hi Pam, Still asking these same questions eh? 1. yes 2. yes 3. it is growing at a faster rate than ever before. 4. Buddhism requires personal responsibility, it is a far more difficult path. 5. see 1 6. Only Hinayana claims there can only be one Buddha at a time. 7. Who knows? Probably. 8. It was a ...
by Josef
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure vision, what's up with?
Replies: 23
Views: 876

Re: Pure vision, what's up with?

So, following up on my OP, the discussion here keeps going back to Tertons (which is fascinating and awesome). Am I wrong in thinking though that receiving a pure visions is different from receiving a terma and being a terton? I'm under the impression that these are separate. I think it might be th...
by Josef
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Younge Khachab Rimpoche
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Younge Khachab Rimpoche

I'm surprised he is still around.
I would advise people to keep their distance from this one.
There is a significant and particularly gross controversy.
by Josef
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Gyalpo spirits
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Gyalpo spirits

Gyalpo are a class of devas [...] No. Gyalpos are pretas, and they live in the preta realm. Definitely not. Not all "spirits" are preta. Gyalpo are one of the 8 classes of very powerful beings and are much more closely related to the beings of the higher realms than the lower. They have little in c...
by Josef
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nagas -- mythological?
Replies: 25
Views: 907

Re: Nagas -- mythological?

We like to assume that the word "myth" means "not true".
The primary definition of myth is: "a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon"
by Josef
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Emanation Confusion
Replies: 9
Views: 377

Re: Emanation Confusion

If emanations are the deity itself, then are there any female deities that AREN'T forms of Tara and are an independent Buddha? Why single out female deities? Male deities share the same overlapping characteristics of emanations etc. For example, the numerous male deities that are emanations of/or d...
by Josef
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 119
Views: 4588

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: 93
Views: 3311

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: 704

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: 4238

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: 4205

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...