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by JohnJ
Sat May 03, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Maybe that could be labeled as blind faith by some, but I have come to this faith through investigation and for numerous reasons I won't go into here. I feel the exact same way. That experiential connection with Rinpoche is what makes this particular topic difficult for me. But maybe I should just ...
by JohnJ
Sat May 03, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

A full empowerment generally takes two days (though it can all be done in one) and has an elaborate version of the vase empowerment, etc. Empowerments that do not have that are called "blessings" according to the new tantras and "meaning empowerments" according to the system of anuyoga because they...
by JohnJ
Sat May 03, 2014 4:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

My questions centrally revolve around the meaning of the word 'full' in this explanation of empowerment, since I have never thought the teachings and path presented by ChNN was lacking, or "not full". I just wanted to stress that this idea of "fullness" has to do with going in the essence. Rinpoche...
by JohnJ
Sat May 03, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

The issue is not whether someone can receive an empowerment through the internet. Actually, this was raised as an issue too. And your answer was basically that people cannot receive full empowerment via the internet, neither through live broadcast nor through a recording. My answer was clarifying t...
by JohnJ
Thu May 01, 2014 6:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

It might be good to mention that in my personal encounters with Garchen Rinpoche and the lamas that teach through his Institute, empowerment is understood as something that is rarely actually recieved. In other words, the belief seems to be that empowerment only occurs when one has understood the n...
by JohnJ
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Malcolm wrote: In the system of Dzogchen...
Thank you, Malcolm, that is very reasonable and clears up any arising confusion in regards to ChNN and the general Dzogchen view regarding empowerment.

John
by JohnJ
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Garchen Rinpoche has said that if you understand the essence (he probably meant bodhichitta) it is ok to practice sadhana without receiving initiation and there s no harm in doing it. You may not receive any harm, but it is clearly stated time and time again in the tantras that you will also not re...
by JohnJ
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

They don't mention the issue at all. How is it that the digital reproduction then is more valid than at a later date? Here at Dharma Wheel the validity is accepted because ChNN and Garchen R. say so. CHNN explicitly has stated that he cannot grant full fledged empowerments over the internet at all ...
by JohnJ
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

JohnJ, you seem to be reading several of my posts out of context: My advice to ask a lama quoted above is in direct response to dzogchunpa's specific question as to why it is necessary to ingest certain substances during an empowerment. I suggested this simply because it is proper etiquette not to ...
by JohnJ
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

First, this discussion was created by Greg, and not me. I was replying to question about Dharmapālas, and tangentially added my opinion about recorded empowerments, because of course, to practice Dharmapālas one must be someone who possesses samaya and that only comes from a properly granted empowe...
by JohnJ
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

That is the sort of thing that it is probably best not to openly talk about in a public forum. It is called " Secret Mantrayana" for a reason. I'm sure though that if you do a bit of research or ask your lama you can find out the reasons without much trouble. Interestingly enough, we did ask our la...
by JohnJ
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

I'm curious though, is there any explanation of why it is necessary to ingest certain substances in order for the empowerment to be effective? That is the sort of thing that it is probably best not to openly talk about in a public forum. It is called " Secret Mantrayana" for a reason. I'm sure thou...
by JohnJ
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Why express an opinion that is in direct contradiction to the words of an established, well respected and loved teacher? It is pointless to reply. But not pointless enough to refrain from being condescending. I am human being on the other end of this computer. What if we were face to face and I sin...
by JohnJ
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Well... Absolutely, I hope everyone who watches livestream empowerments will make every effort to see and speak with Garchen Rinpoche. I am just thinking of all those who might be discouraged by judgements of finality from respected online personas. Also, while I respect the fact that Malcom is a q...
by JohnJ
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

This what I said: I am really not certain at all that recorded empowerments have the necessary qualities to confer the stream of blessings. In fact, I am sure that they don't. That is my opinion. I did not tell anyone what to do or not do. There are some who agree with me, and some who do not. You ...
by JohnJ
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Yes, he follows in his lineage, and I apologize for causing any confusion or inferring otherwise. He has said in the past, at least according to his translation at the time, that holding the root Samaya of generating the altruistic mind fulfills the branch Samayas. He has also stated that it is good...
by JohnJ
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Validity of recorded empowerments
Replies: 357
Views: 40907

Re: Validity of recorded empowerments

Fortunately, for students who have faith and confidence in the teachings of Garchen Rinpoche, it does not matter in the least what Malcolm has to say in disagreement with Rinpoche on an Internet forum. Malcolm is not a lineage holder, nor is he a representative of Garchen Rinpoche. I would remind al...
by JohnJ
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Garchen Rinpoche webcast March 20-23 BC,Canada
Replies: 30
Views: 5255

Re: Garchen Rinpoche webcast March 20-23 BC,Canada

As far as White Tara, you can of course now order the sadhana off of the GBI website and practice that. There is a whole series of videos on you tube of Rinpoche going over the WT practice. Just do a search and they will pop up. Empowerment of deity alone doesn't give the right to practice a sadhan...

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