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by pemachophel
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best location for naga puja
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Best location for naga puja

Just a story about Nagas and dams: Once I went with Sangyum Kamala (Chatral Sangay Dorje Rinpoche's Sangyum) to do Naga puja. She said it would be best to go up into the mountains near the source of the local river/creek. We eventually came to a beautiful reservoir with a nice park, a majestic view,...
by pemachophel
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best location for naga puja
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Best location for naga puja

Pema-la, I've read Mantrik's response and I respect his POV and experience. My training and experience and, therefore, my POV are perhaps a bit different. In my experience, a Lama with "sight" might tell you you need to do Naga puja, sang, or amendment due to having committed this or that breach. Fr...
by pemachophel
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best location for naga puja
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Best location for naga puja

BTW, injuring a snake may anger the Nagas, but in our day and age, I believe fracking is a much bigger problem -- at least where I live in Colorado.
by pemachophel
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best location for naga puja
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Best location for naga puja

Pema, Although Nagas in Buddhism are considered a kind of animal, Nagas have some magic power (at least from the human POV), and they may take many forms (again from the human POV. Who knows how they see themselves?). However, they are especially closely associated with amphibians (frogs, toads, sal...
by pemachophel
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Nyingma near Detroit
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Nyingma near Detroit

by pemachophel
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Who can read Dzogchen books?
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Who can read Dzogchen books?

Pael,

IME, for both Vajrayana and Dzogchen, work with a qualified Teacher and follow Their instructions. Don't try to take any shortcuts. In Dharma, this doesn't work and actually may set you back. Do it the right way and the results are assured.
by pemachophel
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: General question re: Nyang Ral's Narag Dongtrug
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: General question re: Nyang Ral's Narag Dongtrug

Pema-la, Yes, you continue doing prostrations through the whole section where it's naming Deities and then saying chag-tshal-lo. You'd have to be super speedy to actually do one prostration per line. So you do them as fast and as many as you can/want. If you have this section memorized, you chant al...
by pemachophel
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: General question re: Nyang Ral's Narag Dongtrug
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: General question re: Nyang Ral's Narag Dongtrug

Yes. Typically at this point the chopon (and choyok if there is one) stands up and does prostrations, but anyone else who feels like it can also do them. However, many Westerners don't know this and, therefore, I seldom see this done at Western centers. IME, in the Himalayas and Tibet, you will see ...
by pemachophel
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Prayer to Namgyalma
Replies: 8
Views: 1331

Re: Prayer to Namgyalma

Namgyalma is not a "Gelug" Deity. She is worshipped by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Her dharani comes from the Sutras. So nothing sectarian about Her.
by pemachophel
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 40
Views: 1391

Re: Blue "ripple"

How 'bout changing the constitution so that sparsely populated rural states don't hold the rest of the country captive? Wyoming only has 500,000+ people, while California has 37 million (I think that's the number). In other words, the population of California is 16+ times that of Wyoming. Yet both o...
by pemachophel
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyung Ney
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: Nyung Ney

One of my first Teachers (Nyingma) also said something similar to Loppon Orgyen Tenzin, although Their rationale was not "depriving the Deities." This was in the very early 70s and some other Lama was offering Nyung Nay (maybe Tarthang Tulku) for the first time in the U.S. (at least that my Dharma b...
by pemachophel
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1014

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

Grigoris, We use unlined ones. But I never asked Him.about this. Now He'S gone so cannot ssk. You can try asking Lama Jigme at potalagate.com . HE'S an expert on skullcups. Aside: I ate out of an unlined skullcup during retreats back when I was in my early 30s. But that was a long time ago. Still ha...
by pemachophel
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 1014

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

It's a common practice these days to put a ceramic bowl or glass jar inside a kapala, even lined ones. Nevertheless and even in that case, the kapala is an important part of the sadhana and definitely has an effect on the outcome. Yes, you can do without it, but better if you use one. My Teacher was...
by pemachophel
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pumpkin Pie and Auspicious Signs
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: Pumpkin Pie and Auspicious Signs

Lhasa,

Phurba Thrinlay Ling in Lansing, Iowa for the building and consecration of Acharya Lama Dawa Chodrak's memorial stupa.

Now back home in Colorado.
by pemachophel
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seeing in the Dark
Replies: 21
Views: 2231

Re: Seeing in the Dark

As Old Bob nicely and very clearly explained, this practice helps one realize that our so-called physical body is only a projection based on mistaken habituation. If you don't understand and at least intellectually accept that, then why do dark retreat or even Vajra yang self-visualization?
by pemachophel
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guru yoga for longchen?
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Guru yoga for longchen?

It's called Thig-le Gya-chen. It is the yang sang or "even more secret" of the Longchen Nyingthig'S four Guru yogas. It is the Guru yoga associated with practicing threk-chod and thod-gal when doing this in a traditional step by step order, as in three year retreat.
by pemachophel
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers before reading dharma texts
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Prayer to Manjusri known.as Gang Lo Ma for increasing intelligence and memory. Or pray to Saraswati for same.
by pemachophel
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community Naga Rite
Replies: 37
Views: 3181

Re: Dzogchen Community Naga Rite

Butter does not require the cow to be killed. Actually we use a number of animal products in Naga sang and puja, such as conch shell, crocodile claws, snake skin, none of which necessarily require the animal to be killed. Miusk is a very potent specific poison to Nagas. When doing a wrathful practic...
by pemachophel
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Tibetan Buddhist Prayers

Each Tibetan school and many individual lineages within those schools have their own Daily Prayer Book (Cho Jyod). For instance, in Nyingma, there's the Mindroling prayer book, Shechen Prayer book, Dudjom prayer book, etc. Nevertheless, there are many prayers in these books common to all, such as Za...

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