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by pemachophel
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Johnny, Wow! You really took what I had to say personally. Sorry. I was not trying to dissuade you or anyone else from practicing Vajrayana. I was simply saying, or at least trying to say, that, if one is not of a religious disposition, maybe another path would be a better fit. You know -- 84,000 do...
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

I'm going into retreat for three weeks. So I guess I won't be able to see how this thread plays out. Nevertheless, I'd like to say that mindfulness is a product of merit. Without merit, there is no mindfulness. It simply won't arise. Also, I have never seen a single practitioner make any real progre...
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The One Hundred and Eight Names of the Tathāgatas?
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: The One Hundred and Eight Names of the Tathāgatas?

Here's a link to the TBRC's file from the gZungs 'Dus on the 108 names of the Buddha:

https://www.tbrc.org/#library_work_View ... 7CW1KG5988
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

Purifying a new pair of underwear bought at the department store is, IMO, not necessary. Offering those underwear to the Guru and the Three Jewels, that's another matter altogether. There's nothing negative about that. It's remembering the Guru first in all things and making merit for all sentient b...
by pemachophel
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Nana has bowel cancer
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Nana has bowel cancer

Zoe, Cancers usually include some element of don or spirit provocation/attack. Since this cancer is in the bowels, it is likely to involve Nagas, Nyen, and Sadag. To find this out for sure, you would need to ask for a divination from a Lama that does that kind of thing. Since I have no idea where yo...
by pemachophel
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The One Hundred and Eight Names of the Tathāgatas?
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: The One Hundred and Eight Names of the Tathāgatas?

Probably in the gZungs 'Dus (Compendium of Dharanis), last volume of the Kangyur
by pemachophel
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 29
Views: 1644

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Longchen Rabjam was offering tshog entirely based on the power of His samadhi. However, Ekadzati appeared before Longchenpa and told Him that, if it was at all possible, even He should make the effort to make material offerings. The point being, if Longchenpa was told by Ekadzati to still make mater...
by pemachophel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 29
Views: 1644

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Pema-la, Actually, in terms of Vajrayana, it does hurt the Lama if He or She transmits a practice and the recipient doesn't do it. It's not just a wash, a mulligan, a do-over. (I'm not talking about Hinayana or Mahayana here.) In transmitting a Tantrayana or Vajrayana practice, there is an implied p...
by pemachophel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking for help with severe provocations
Replies: 16
Views: 1327

Re: Looking for help with severe provocations

Recently I became ill and I asked for a divination from Khandro Kunzang, the Sangyum of the late Lama Dawa Chodrak of mirror divination fame. Khandro Kunzang does dice divination associated with Tsheringma. Khandro Kunzang was able to tell me what spirits were associated with my illness and what pra...
by pemachophel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Clear Coat for Tarnished Brass Bowls
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Clear Coat for Tarnished Brass Bowls

Except that polishing one's offering bowls is part of the practice.
by pemachophel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 29
Views: 1644

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

As stated above, of course you can do tshog alone. Tshog means "assembly," but only one of those assemblies is the assembly of participants. It also means the assembly of Teachers and Deities and the assembly of offerings -- outer, inner, and secret. That being said, if you have received Shower of B...
by pemachophel
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 29
Views: 1644

Re: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama

Don't ask for anything. Apologize! Apologize for having received ngondro and then not completed it. If you have to "ask for something," then ask the Teacher for a pith instruction on the "Four Thoughts Which Turn the Mind" and any advice on how to complete what you've begun. Asking for Three Root an...
by pemachophel
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

Johnny,

You make good points. So purify everything.
by pemachophel
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

Miroku, Whenever we buy new clothes or any new object, it's appropriate to offer these up to the Guru and the Three Jewels. Then we imagine that 1) They are pleased with an accept the offering and 2) They give the offering back to us for our use. When we receive these back from the Guru and the Thre...
by pemachophel
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

Grigoris, In Vajrayana, we most certainly don't ignore those things. We don't wear secondhand clothes, unless they come from our Teachers or senior practitioners in our lineage. We generally do not buy secondhand things. We don't eat food from people we're not sure about in terms of virtue and vice ...
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"
Replies: 73
Views: 1606

Vajrayana purification split from "Second hand mandala offering set"

In this case, the OP knows where the mandala set came from and knows the history of its previous owner. As an extension of this thread, IME, it is important not to use antique Dharma objects you don't know the provenance of. These objects (maybe not so common on the market today as they once were) m...
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Second hand mandala offering set
Replies: 13
Views: 728

Re: Second hand mandala offering set

Given that the person who previously owned it left the Dharma, I definitely wouldn't use it. If they had accomplished the practice and still held their samaya intact, then I'd say it's ok. But best is to use a brand new set you have purchased for yourself, unless, of course, your Teacher has given y...
by pemachophel
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Tibetan mountain protector
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: Tibetan mountain protector

Lingupa,

Have you ever tried to engrave Tibetan u-chen in metal. I have. It's not so easy. So I'd cut the engraver some slack. Does not look any worse than most Tibetan engraved on statues I have seen.

As to it's meaning, I think Ratna has identified it correctly.

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