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by pemachophel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Sit-down with Dudjom Lineage Lama
Replies: 17
Views: 607

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: 1092

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: 9
Views: 206

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: 17
Views: 607

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: 17
Views: 607

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: Second hand mandala offering set
Replies: 22
Views: 506

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: Second hand mandala offering set
Replies: 22
Views: 506

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: Second hand mandala offering set
Replies: 22
Views: 506

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: Second hand mandala offering set
Replies: 22
Views: 506

Re: 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: 22
Views: 506

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: 325

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.
by pemachophel
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 1998

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Yeah, the herbal bath in the Saraswati chapter is really interesting. Although I recongize some of the ingredients, I haven't yet had time to track down the botanical/pharmacological identifications of all the ingredients. In theory, it should be possible to have the "formula" made up in Kathmandu.
by pemachophel
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 1998

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

I've compared the chapter on Drdha from the 21-chapter version and the 29-chapter version. The 29-chapter version has a whole ritual for invoking Drdha, including building a mandala, and three mantras which the 21-chapter version doesn't include at all. Can't say about any of the other chapters.
by pemachophel
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Mipham's Shower of Blessings
Replies: 26
Views: 6049

Re: Mipham's Shower of Blessings

Mandog, Lama Dawa gave this empowerment back in 2015. I've looked at my list of empowerments and oral transmissions and see that I didn't write down any of the things you've asked. Nor can I remember any details from that event. Sorry. What I can say was that the empowerment was specific to Shower o...
by pemachophel
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)

Many soy-based veggie meat substitutes are made with hexane, a potentially harmful chemical. Check out this guide to those U.S. companies which do and do not use hexane in the processing of their soybeans.

https://www.cornucopia.org/hexane-guide ... tives.html
by pemachophel
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 605

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Maybe two hours. It's part of a three hour session, but I've never actually looked at a clock to see how long the just sutras take me. I've been doing this for years and have gotten quite fast.
by pemachophel
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 605

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Miroku, Below are the ones I say every day. (Note, those that are titled dharanis are sections taken from various sutras.) Recolletion of the Three Jewels Sutra Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra Three Heaps Sutra Maha Shri Sutra Manibhadra Dharani The 108 Names of Jambhala Arya Ganapati Hridaya Sutra Th...
by pemachophel
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 605

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Nicholas, Thanks for the hot links. I didn't know about these. Miroku, Yes, long sutras can be very repetitive and, let's say, difficult to read. I tend to stick to shorter sutras where Lord Buddha gets right to point -- the teaching, whatever it is, and then the benefits of reading/reciting the sut...
by pemachophel
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 605

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

I also believe the Golden Light Sutra is especially important during this time of overpopulation, global warming, species extinction, rampant pollution, and any and all other degradations of the outer container. As this sutra itself explains, recitation of it can help restore the earth and its envir...
by pemachophel
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Calling the Lama From Afar
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Re: Calling the Lama From Afar

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