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by pemachophel
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Finding and Recognizing your Guru
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: Finding and Recognizing your Guru

IME, instant recognition of one's Guru is not all that common. It takes lots and lots of merit. The good news is that it also isn't necessary. Whether your faith is instantaneous or develops over time, it's the strength and quality of one's faith that's important.
by pemachophel
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: 9 vs 5 prong
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: 9 vs 5 prong

Same in use. Five prongs represent the five wisdoms. Nine prongs represent the nine yanas. So nine-pronged is specifically Nyingma. Five-pronged all Vajrayana practitioners, Nyingma and Sarma.
by pemachophel
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's a "Black Year?"
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: What's a "Black Year?"

A black year most often means the same zodiac year as when one was born. This becomes more and more important the older one gets. 72 is often a very dangerous year. In any case, one says this dog-pa (or has it said for one) the number of times as one's age in the month before Losar, i.e., now. This ...
by pemachophel
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 44
Views: 1283

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Someone up the thread mentioned the Western converts of the late 20th C. In the 70s, we were mostly rag-tag hippies. Some of us came from upperclass and well-educated backgrounds; others of us did not. Part of the counterculture at that time was giving up ideas of class and race. I think we were pre...
by pemachophel
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Liberation through six senses
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Liberation through six senses

Bhava,

Yes, I have received these teachings, i.e., phowa, jang-chog/ney-dren, Bardo Thodrol prayers.

I have known several Lamas who could know where a departed person's consciousness was and if phowa was successful or not. My Root Guru was quite expert in this.
by pemachophel
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Liberation through six senses
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Liberation through six senses

I know you addressed your question to Loppon-la, but I would like to share what I've been taught about reading the Bardo Thodrol prayers to a dying person/recently deceased person. First, it's important to understand that this is a Dzogchen practice. Therefore, the practice is especially beneficial ...
by pemachophel
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6983
Views: 765358

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

The 3-day retreat is necessary to activate the mantra. After that, you can accumulate numbers. Until activation, the mantra won't have much effect.

Good luck & best wishes.
by pemachophel
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5333

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

"As long as we have memory of Shakyamuni Buddha, there will be no buddhas in this world. Full stop." Sorry, I haven't been following this whole thread, but, in terms of the above statement, according to Vajrayana Buddhism, your statement is only partially true. In Vajrayana Buddhism, one can achieve...
by pemachophel
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Coarse language
Replies: 48
Views: 1512

Re: Coarse language

I talked to my wife on our lunchtime walk and she agreed with me that the incidence of profanity, cursing, swearing, whatever you want to call it markedly escalated with us Boomers. She said her mother, grandmother, aunt, and even her grandfather never swore. Her father swore only when he was drunk ...
by pemachophel
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Coarse language
Replies: 48
Views: 1512

Re: Coarse language

Loppon-la, I also agree there has always been cursing and cussing, but I think there was a definite up-tick in the use of swear-words with the Baby Boomers, especially in the 60s and 70s. Before us, I think so-called gentlemen and gentlewomen (what a concept!) did not swear so openly and constantly....
by pemachophel
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Coarse language
Replies: 48
Views: 1512

Re: Coarse language

I don't think we can separate the rampant use of profanity and the ills of uncivil discourse we are currently experiencing in the U.S. Profanity is non-virtuous activity and will have its inevitable karma fruit. It may seem like a joke to some, but I don't think it actually is. I say this with full ...
by pemachophel
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Narak Kong Shak Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

Re: Narak Kong Shak Questions

Also called nay-dren. Not all nay-dren/chang-chog are super-elaborate. We did one this last Sunday for a departed congregant. It was Orgyen Kusum Lingpa's from His Amoghapasha cycle. Took 2-3 hours once we had made the tormas and had set up the shrine. This chang-chog was definitely shorter and less...
by pemachophel
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 5193

Re: Our Anti-War President

The ultimate cause of our current degeneracy is a proliferation of our kleshas and the non-meritorious activity they motivate and the lack of merit resulting from meritorious activity. All other blame is merely identifying the proximate causes. We all are living in exactly the world we ourselves hav...
by pemachophel
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Daily Lungta Recitation by Mipham.
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Daily Lungta Recitation by Mipham.

If you have time and the inclination, after you have received lung for this, you can say any of these mantras as many times as you like.
by pemachophel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Mahashri Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: The Mahashri Sutra

According to Lama Dawa Chodrak, Mahashri in the sutra you are referring to is Lakshmi.
by pemachophel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5333

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Bay-pai nal-jor, "hidden yogi." Way to go.

"May I be content in a remote hermitage with food and cloths,
Perfecting ultimate Realization without a moment of outer or inner obstacle,
Ripening and liberating all beings without exception
Through immeasurable Enlightened activity."
by pemachophel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Going to see a Lama soon. Offerings to bring?
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Going to see a Lama soon. Offerings to bring?

You go to a coin store and buy a coin from an ounce down to a 10th of an ounce. Easy-peasy, although expensive.
by pemachophel
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 25
Views: 1745

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

One of the manual trades, such as carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc., where you can work as a free-lancer, make good money, and not have to take work problems home with you at night
by pemachophel
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yeshe Tsogyel Mantra
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Yeshe Tsogyel Mantra

The mantra that was removed most definitely requires lung/oral transmission at the least. Because it is part of various Dakini sadhanas, it typically also requires or is transmitted along with wang/empowerment as well.These practices are typically part of the Three Roots. For instance, Yumka Dechen ...
by pemachophel
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Requesting Teachings
Replies: 21
Views: 1074

Re: Requesting Teachings

Also, you may have to ask several times. If you receive a no or maybe the first two times, ask again. If it's still no on the third attempt, then that really does mean no. By making you ask more than once, the Teacher is gauging how really badly you want whatever you are asking for. In addition, if ...

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