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by pemachophel
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1369

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

It's not sectarian. It's about samaya. And, since the Lama we are talking about died without confessing and purifying his breaches, this samaya can't be repaired. That being said, similar to what Malcolm said, I have taken teachings from His Holiness that did not come through this Lama, and we promi...
by pemachophel
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1369

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

The issue of Pabongkhapa for Nyingma is a difficult one. My original Teacher was HHDL's English language translator for 10 years from 1959-69. However, being Nyingmapa, He and His wife never took empowerment from His Holiness. There was a lot of gossip and back-biting about this in Dharamsala at the...
by pemachophel
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: TCM vs Tibetan Medicine
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: TCM vs Tibetan Medicine

Several summers ago, I spent a couple of weeks at H.H. Kusum Lingpa's Lung Ngon monastery in Golok. There was a small clinic in the monastery. Seeing both Tibetan and Chinese medicines in the dispensary, I asked the Tibetan doctor staffing the clinic about the use of both Chinese and Tibetan medicin...
by pemachophel
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Circumambulation and animals?
Replies: 14
Views: 316

Re: Circumambulation and animals?

Ten-drel, dependent arising. If one doesn't understand this, then it's hard to understand much of Vajrayana.
by pemachophel
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Altar accessories

The tormas offered at Saraswati Bhawan were only for a special fund-raising. This is not something regularly offered. If you want to have clay tormas made specifically for you, try Minling Gyurme. He's an artist Lama from Mindroling who is accomplished in all the Tibetan religious arts, including to...
by pemachophel
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 3250

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

Sorry, I forgot to answer the second part of your question. Yes, I am the resident Lama for the Boulder Valley Ngakpa Center in Lafayette, CO.

BTW, yesterday, Chimechodra from DW attended our Naga puja. Nice to meet him and hope that he joins us again.
by pemachophel
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Comissioning Naga offering pujas
Replies: 19
Views: 3250

Re: Comissioning Naga offering pujas

Yes, we do Naga puja at least once a month. In fact, we just did it yesterday afternoon. Oct. 19, 21, 23, 24, 27, and 29 are all Lu-theb days this month. We won't do a full Naga puja again this month, but if you need me to, I can do Naga sang and/or Naga amendment on one of these days. You'd need to...
by pemachophel
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Mantra?
Replies: 12
Views: 348

Re: Guru Mantra?

What I've been taught is that we pray to our Teacher in the form of Guru Rinpoche, Vajradhara, etc. to avoid having any criticism or impure view of our Teacher, such as, "How can He be a Buddha? He (or She) doesn't display the 32 major signs. He's fat, He's bald, He has an unsightly mole," etc. Howe...
by pemachophel
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Bey-yuls or hidden lands? Is this real in Buddhism?

Absolutely authentic within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. If you'd like to know more about bey-yuls, read One Step from Paradise, the story of Tulzhug Lingpa's attempt to go to a bey-yul on the slopes of Kanchenjungna (Kang Chen Dzod Nga) on the Sikkimese/Nepali border.
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: What is Bon?
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: What is Bon?

Many people forget (or don't know) that the Rime (nonsectarian) movement in Kham was, at least in part, a Buddhist rapprochement with Bon. It was Khyentse Wangpo Who said that Bon was a valid Dharma leading to Liberation. In terms of Gelug disregard for Bon, one of the ways many Gelug dis Ngagyur Ny...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Appropriate Material for Prostration Board?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Appropriate Material for Prostration Board?

Many, many years ago, I did something similar to Yagmort. I bought a 4 x 8' piece of 3/4' plywood and cut it down to 3 x 7.5'. Then I glue a very thin piece of smooth panelling to the top of this. Formica or lanoleum glued on top of plywood would also work. 3/4" plywood was probably overkill. If I w...
by pemachophel
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unity of deity and mantra
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: Unity of deity and mantra

This is something you can experience directly if you say a Deity's mantra enough times with one-pointed concentration. It is a nyam /meditative experience of non-dualism that leads to insight/wisdom. Once you have this experience, your recitation of mantra will be much more effective. It is a step t...
by pemachophel
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Question re Nagas
Replies: 33
Views: 1766

Re: Question re Nagas

If I remember correctly, Dudjom Lingpa says people dominated by earth and water are more apt to have visions than people whose dominant elements are wind and fire. Maybe Malcolm can explain the mechanics of this (and correct me if I've got the elements wrong). Nagas have great influence over the env...
by pemachophel
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Question re Nagas
Replies: 33
Views: 1766

Re: Question re Nagas

In Buddhism, Nagas are categorized as animals. They may live in many places: lakes, streams, oceans, springs, mountains, rocks/boulders, large, old trees -- actually in any of the four elements. They may take the form of snakes, dragons, or half-snakes/half-humanoid, but they can take all sorts of s...
by pemachophel
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Without Requirement
Replies: 32
Views: 1116

Re: Without Requirement

Tenma, Given your situation and it's limitations, I recommend you stay focused on Sutric Mahayana practices which do not require empowerment or lung/oral transmission. Having practiced at this level for some time, you will gather vast amounts of merit which will then allow you to practice Tantric Ma...
by pemachophel
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Altar accessories
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Altar accessories

Air-dry clay or oven-dry clay (Sculpey). If possible, mix tor-dze into the clay. You can get colored clay or paint the torma with acrylic paint after they have dried. Depending on how many torma you plan on making, an afternoon's project. If they are Deity torma, don't forget to make small hole in t...
by pemachophel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering Torma's
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Offering Torma's

You put the name of anyone, possibly including yourself, you wish the merit of the practice to be dedicated to. It is the name that will be read out for the participants to keep in mind while doing the practice.
by pemachophel
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Fullfilment Practice or Offerings
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Fullfilment Practice or Offerings

If you know how and have received the transmission, of course you can practice tshog alone. When in retreat doing 4 sessions a day, one typically does tshog every day. And for sure at the end of any practice that you are brining to a conclusion either based on signs, time, or number.
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?
Replies: 234
Views: 11603

Re: Did the 84 mahasiddhas practice Ngöndro?

In the beginning of many Mahayana sutras, the interlocutor is described as first prostrating to the Chom-den-de (i.e., Buddha) before sitting down and asking his or her question.
by pemachophel
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana teaching on Brahma
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Mahayana teaching on Brahma

Thomas,

Sorry, Protector practices are secret and require transmission.

Good luck & best wishes.