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by Jangchup Donden
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Bernakchen Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Garchen Bernakchen Sadhana

Hmm, something’s maybe fishy here. I suppose there are many ways of understanding but I was always taught that Dorje Bernagchen was not an manifestation of Avalokiteshvara. Is it possible that Garchen Rinpoche was giving a different empowerment and some well meaning disciple just put some accidenta...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Tilopa
Replies: 15
Views: 863

Re: Tilopa

Garchen Rinpoche regularly teaches Tilopa's Ganges Mahamudra .. Would deepen the connection I imagine. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche is considered a rebirth of Tilopa. So perhaps the Zurmang kagyu has some related practices. Ganges Mahamudra is a port of call when the time is upon me. Zurmang Gharwang ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyung Ney
Replies: 17
Views: 1273

Re: Nyung Ney

I'd add Rest for the Fortunate - a great read for anyone interested in doing Nyungnes.
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1527

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

Buddha Shakyamuni was a Nirmanakaya, so therefore he could have stuck around if we had the merit, but instead he demonstrated impermanence. Lama Tenzin is not a Nirmanakaya. Practitiones who are siddhas, in some cases, can extend their lifespan, but never indefinitely. Even the incomparable Changch...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1527

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

Do you think we wouldn't be better off if Shakyamuni Buddha were still physically present with us today? Or if Guru Rinpoche was still physically present with us? Nope, because we would not take impermanence to heart. Yet the Buddha would have remained with us until the end of the Kalpa if Ananda h...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1527

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

This life is nothing, and the lamas know that. They just want to propagate the teaching. If they need to stay longer in a body to do that, they will... Fine, but that is not the same as "Long-life prayers are really nto about prolonging physical life or health at all." Kevin... Not according to my ...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3248

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

If you have a attachment to this life, you are not a Dharma person. -- Mañjuśṛī to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Then wouldn't you have to be enlightened to be a Dharma person? I think for most of us (hopefully) the practice of Dharma is one of giving up attachments. I don't think most people can just inst...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 106
Views: 7028

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

i think it is a task for a new "yangsi" generations of lamas, some of whom as it seems, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche or Kalu Rinpoche, for example, have already been through enough to get the idea of what consequences emotional/physical abuse can lead to. I'm not sure neurosis were not that common in T...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 2457

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Do you need to be able to read the entire Indo-Tibetan corpus if you have access to a teacher and translator who can provide pith practical instructions? Maybe it’s my Kagyu/Nyingma bias shining through, but I feel like having my butt on the cushion practicing what I’ve been taught is a much better ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

First of all, why not? Second of all, what is an "enlightened guru" in your eyes? Someone whose at least on the path of seeing, i.e., the first Bodhisattva level. But ideally, a Buddha. I think Patrul Rinpoche is pretty clear on what standards we should hold our guru to, and what they should ideall...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Regarding the samaya of not having sex with non-practitioners: What are those of us who have relationships with non-practitioners to do, divorce or otherwise leave our partners? We're told that being Buddhist is a matter of karma and thus, we don't proselytize and convert others if they don't have ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Would an enlightened guru ever have mundane sex? First of all, why not? Second of all, what is an "enlightened guru" in your eyes? Someone whose at least on the path of seeing, i.e., the first Bodhisattva level. But ideally, a Buddha. I think Patrul Rinpoche is pretty clear on what standards we sho...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Personally, I'd like to shy away from a blanket "a guru should never take a student as a karmamudra ever, ever" as Guru Rinpoche didn't follow that example. On the other hand, I'm pretty comfortable saying a guru should not be having mundane sex with a student. So teachers should only get laid via ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Now we are talking about parlor tricks... No wonder westerners are so lost and lose their reasoning abilities in front of lamas. In old times people knew very well this is connected with mind, and that is why they were impressed, nowadays people are just mesmerized even by the possibility. Dharma i...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

I'm not familiar with this story. What are you referring to? Don't remember the name of the nunnery, but I've been told there's a place where there are some nuns who are skilled enough at creation stage practices to be able to play radung using their other set of lips, so to speak. Not very likely....
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Or in the case of a lady, playing the radung from under her skirt I'm not familiar with this story. What are you referring to? Don't remember the name of the nunnery, but I've been told there's a place where there are some nuns who are skilled enough at creation stage practices to be able to play r...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

smcj wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:03 pm
What’s a radung?
Played the usual way:

by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13837

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Peeing off a building and retracting the urine back into your body before it hits the ground, for one famous example. You don’t need a building or precipice. A simple bowl of milk will do. Was not sure if I could mention that one. But yeah, showing you have the ability is pretty easy assuming you d...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preparing for death
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Preparing for death

I have also heard that completing ngöndro or doing 8 consecutive nyungne's closes the door to rebirth in lower realms. I don't have a textual source to back that up however. Also reciting 1 million (or 5 million?) Guru Rinpoche mantras assures rebirth in his pure land. I mean there's a lot of option...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Preparing for death
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Preparing for death

Motova wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:13 pm
Malcolm has said that if you recognize the nature of mind once then you are guaranteed to be reborn in a pureland.
Immediately after this life? Or sometime in the future?

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