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by pemachophel
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Loppon-la,

Thank you for clarifying the source of this belief. I did not know this. How wonderful!
by pemachophel
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

That Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was Guru Rinpoche's regent in this time is a commonly held belief among Nyingmapa. However, I don't know who first said this. Sorry. It is not my self-made opinion. I can say that I've heard this from the mouths of a number of my Gurus over the last 48 years.
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New terma and their continuation outside of a lineage.
Replies: 55
Views: 813

Re: New terma and their continuation outside of a lineage.

It's my understanding that, in Nyingma, when someone has completed all the coursework and passed the exams for the Khenpo "degree" but they are a layman, not a gelong, they are called Loppon or Acharya (like Loppon Orgyen Tenzin and Acharya Lama Dawa Chodrak).
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Left Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 594

Re: Left Buddhism

Of course there are magical forces when you recite Vajrasattva (or any other authentic mantra)! Mantrayana is magic, pure and simple. That's why many Teachers say, "Just do it." The practice itself will make it happen. This is also why some Teachers and yogis say mantra to animals, or some Lamas try...
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

The short Dudjom Tersar ngon-dro is wonderful. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was Guru Rinpoche's regent in this time. (some say Guru Rinpoche Himself.) There have been many great Lamas in the last 100 years, but Dudjom Rinpoche is most definitely one of the very greatest. So if you have any inclination of ...
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: malas (again)
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: malas (again)

"None of this matters." Depends on Your Teacher and what practice you are doing. There are terma practices where there are very specific instructions on exactly what kind of mala to use as well as all the various other samaya instruments and substances involved. Especially when it comes to the lay-t...
by pemachophel
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New terma and their continuation outside of a lineage.
Replies: 55
Views: 813

Re: New terma and their continuation outside of a lineage.

Greg, I understand what you are saying and I agree with you that a living Teacher with Whom one has a relationship in meat-space is extremely important, at least for many practitioners. (We've been over this issue before on this forum.) However, I'd like to Devil's advocate about terma after the Ter...
by pemachophel
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Yogis
Replies: 22
Views: 920

Re: Tibetan Yogis

"someone who meditate in caves and is determined to attain enlightenment" My guess, and it only a guess, would be Drigung and Drukpa Kagyud if you're talking about percentage of members of those lineages, not absolute numbers. If we're only talking about the four major sects, then I would say Kagyud...
by pemachophel
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

www.prayerflags.com will soon be selling Chatral Rinpoche's Averting Nuclear War prayer as prayer flags.
by pemachophel
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Yes, accumulating wealth consumes merit. Everything that comes to us is due to the ripening of our karma, good or bad.
by pemachophel
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Obviously I am still thinking about this thread. Besides practicing the Dharma as much as possible in order to generate as much merit as possible and being frugal in our use of resources, thus conserving our merit, there are a couple of specifics I would like to add. 1. After generating even the sli...
by pemachophel
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

In terms of merit in the world, one should also take into account the consumption of merit through over-indulgence. Everything we consume is the result of merit. So we can slow down the exhaustion of merit by consuming less. Once Choje Rinpoche was in a men's room with His Teacher Sog-tshe Rinpoche....
by pemachophel
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Nyig-mai du , degenerate times, are the result of the decrease in merit of the beings that live in those times and at that place. So the Buddhist answer to the OP's question is to generate as much merit as possible and to decrease and purify as much demerit as possible by whatever means possible de...
by pemachophel
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Yuthok Nyingthig Ngon-dro Feb. 16-24
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Yuthok Nyingthig Ngon-dro Feb. 16-24

Yuthok Nyingthig Ngon-dro Retreat Saturday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 24 At Boulder Valley Ngakpa House The Yuthok Nyingthig is a cycle of terma (treasures) combining all the stages of Vajrayana Buddhism from ngon-dro to Dzogchen designed specifically for doctors, healers, and medical professionals of...
by pemachophel
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1782

Re: three year retreat experiences?

I think clarifying what you think you will get out of a three-year retreat is hugely important in helping you decide if such a retreat is right for you.
by pemachophel
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 1964

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

Mipham Fan, Yes, you're right. In Tulzhug Lingpa's pamphlet, He makes it clear that one has to have reached a certain spiritual level before indulging in alcohol. He must've figured He was at that level. Don't have time now to quote from that pamphlet on this -- getting ready for tshog. Maybe will h...
by pemachophel
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 1964

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

"And the fifth precept with respect to laypeople is really the fourth, actually, since if you do not forgo drinking alcohol, you also do not possess the precept of avoiding sexual misconduct (on the theory that the former will lead to the latter)." Apropos of this, there's a Lama, maybe Kagyud, (Who...
by pemachophel
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 1964

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

According to Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, the tshog chang is amrit and not/no longer alcohol. So it does not violate the fifth precept.
by pemachophel
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 1964

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

Tulzhug Lingpa, a.k.a. Duddul Rolpai Dorje, a well-known Terton of the mid-20th century and student of both H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, and Chatral Sangay Dorje, wrote a small book on the importance of avoiding alcohol for Buddhist practitioners -- The Youthful Armor for Those Who Wan...
by pemachophel
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: three year retreat experiences?
Replies: 20
Views: 1782

Re: three year retreat experiences?

CMJD3055,

Why do you want to do a three-year retreat?

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