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by pemachophel
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 51
Views: 1310

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Unless you add the "emulsifier" of Bodhisatvic motivation.
by pemachophel
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 51
Views: 1310

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Sorry if I've told this story before here on Dharmawheel. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I was asked by my Teacher, His Wife, and Their Daughter, the Tulku of Shuksep Jetsun Chonyid Wangmo, to drive them on a tour of eastern Canada as Their Daughter's high school graduation present. When w...
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: A question about Dream Yoga
Replies: 19
Views: 290

Re: A question about Dream Yoga

Greg, I did say that, in the story, the yogi had "accomplished dream yoga," i.e. , had, in your words, "perfected" the practice. The story I recounted also clearly showed that even a momentary lapse in that accomplishment made the yogi susceptible to all the habitual rules of samsara. No argument on...
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: A question about Dream Yoga
Replies: 19
Views: 290

Re: A question about Dream Yoga

Greg, "But we still have to get out of the way of moving buses." When I received the transmission for dream yoga, the Teacher told a story about a yogi who was practicing dream yoga on the east side of Mt. Kailash. Having accomplished dream yoga, he realized that the bardo of waking life is no diffe...
by pemachophel
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering mandala plates
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: Offering mandala plates

A. Convex symbolizes fullness and abundance. Concave symbolizes paucity and lack.

B. No problem. Carry on.

I rejoice!
by pemachophel
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Father has cancer.

Jesse, Very sorry to hear about your father's cancer. Please PM me his name and Tibetan astrology, i.e., the Tibetan zodiac animal and element of the year in which he was born, such as Fire Monkey, Water Dog, etc. Very difficult to effectively say prayers for another with out the name at the very le...
by pemachophel
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Differences between sects
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Differences between sects

I'd recommend Jamgon Kongtrul's The Ri-me Philosophy: A Study of the Buddhist Lineages of Tibet translated by Roingu Tulku and published by Shambhala (2006), ISBN-13 978-1-59030-286-9. Should be what you're looking for.
by pemachophel
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unknown Tibetan (?) Painting - any ideas please?
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Unknown Tibetan (?) Painting - any ideas please?

Yes, wrathful Deities of the Shi-tro.
by pemachophel
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 19
Views: 435

Re: Finding Your Guru

Neon, I have not met Khenpo Sonam, but He is the Teacher of one of my Teachers and, within Nyingma circles, He is highly regarded. There is no question about His lineage or training. I have never heard anything negative about him. In terms of finding your "Root Guru," please don't rush. It typically...
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Boulder, CO in May
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Boulder, CO in May

For more complete information on Dr. Nida's teachings at Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, please see: https://www.bouldervalleyngakpahouse.com/workshops
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding Your Guru
Replies: 19
Views: 435

Re: Finding Your Guru

If you're in Toronto, I don't think you could do better than Khenpo Sonam at the Riwoche Temple. There's no question about His bona fides.
by pemachophel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Looking for help with severe provocations
Replies: 11
Views: 715

Re: Looking for help with severe provocations

Dear OP, sorry you friend is having problems. I hope his or her suffering is quickly alleviated. Definitely, seek out a Lama and ask them to do a divination to find out A) if there is spirit provocation, in Tibetan called don , B) what category of spirit specifically, C) why the spirit is causing th...
by pemachophel
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1905

Re: working hard

Tharpa Chodron, Red Chapter 11, Purifying Conduct, of the Avatamsaka Sutra, available in English on-line, to see how you can practice all day, every day no matter where you are or what externally you are doing. You just need to take the aspirations from this chapter and create similar aspirations ba...
by pemachophel
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1905

Re: working hard

IME, one will "work hard" or "do their best" if they have really understood and internalized the Four Topics That Turn the Mind (Lo-dog Nam-zhi). If one is not working hard, it suggests a lack of nge-jung (renunciation/desire to get out of samsara). Milarepa worked so hard because of His totally exe...
by pemachophel
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 549

Re: How to "make amends" to a Bodhisattva or Buddha?

"stay away from the 5 pungent spices"

That depends on the level of tantra one is practicing (if one is practicing tantra). In the three higher tantras (i.e., Vajrayana), this is generally not a problem. In exoteric Mahayana and the three lower tantras, agreed.
by pemachophel
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Boulder, CO in May
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Boulder, CO in May

To anyone interested in either Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, the Yuthok Nyingthig, or Tibetan medicine, mark your calendars: On Thursday evening, May 23rd at 7 PM, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang will be bestowing the Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life Empowerment. On Friday, May 24 at 10 AM, Dr. Nida will teach on the Yuthok...
by pemachophel
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 17
Views: 561

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

In many, many Mahayana sutras, Lord Buddha specifically tells the listeners (and by extension anyone else who comes across these sutras) to recite that sutra, that dharani, or that mantra. Often Lord Buddha gives a specific number of recitations or says to recite a certain sutra once per day. To say...
by pemachophel
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Generosity & Offerings
Replies: 56
Views: 1515

Re: On Generosity & Offerings

Greg, I have to admit, my experience is somewhat different from what you have painted. Over the last 10 years or so, I have organized many teachings and wangs with out-of-town Teachers, and I have never wound up having to foot a large bill out of my own pocket. Yes, I had to pony up the money in adv...
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Twisting & Breaking the Buddhist Precepts because Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form

Buddhist scriptures are quite clear about how and when we can break which precepts when motivated by Bodhicitta. For instance, although it is potentially permissible to commit the three demeritorious activities of the body and the four of the voice when motivated by Bodhicitta, it is never permissib...
by pemachophel
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On Generosity & Offerings
Replies: 56
Views: 1515

Re: On Generosity & Offerings

Greg, I also don't believe there is anything false or inaccurate in Tulku Sherdor's letter. I'm glad that He wrote what He did. For me, it's not so much that Western Buddhists are cheap and closed-fisted but rather that we don't know what's right and wrong in terms of Vajrayana etiquette and it's ve...

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